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EDITOR’S LETTER

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Hi there! GIVE IT A GO Freshen up your home this bank holiday with our budget-friendly DIY tasks, treat yourself to some bright buys and tackle your wall tiles. Then finish up with a delicious feast from one of our recipe ideas!

I feel very lucky to have the job that I do. It means I get to see all the latest interior trends and decorating ideas before they hit the shops, which is especially helpful right now as I’ve just bought a new home. The trouble I have, like all of us, is that I don’t have time to tackle the list of tasks I need to finish (or start!). So I always feel thankful when May rolls around, as it brings two sets of bank holidays – the perfect time for giving your home a refresh. And to help you along the way, we’ve packed in 40 fast fixes you can achieve in a long weekend (p54), quick perk-ups for your kitchen (p104), bathroom revamps for less than £130 (p96) and so much more! Plus, if you’re thinking about updating your wall tiles, the spring bank holiday is the ideal time to give it a go – and our eight-page Style School (p63) has all you need to know. As ever, we’ve crammed in plenty to inspire your own revamps, from converting your loft (p26) to making better use of space (p38), as well as tons of gorgeous real rooms to spark your decorating ideas. I’m sure you’ll agree that cover star Angela’s home (p42) is beautiful with its striking mix of pattern and colour. If you think your home is cover worthy, then send me an email with some photos attached. Until next issue...

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Inside… Love it

Buy it

Do it

Make it

Cook it

IInspiring homes h & room makeovers m eo e

Stylish musthave finds at high-street prices

Weekend projects, DIY advice & styling tips

Step-by-step craft ideas & upcycling how-tos

25+ quick and easy recipes on a budget

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STYLISTS AT HOME Meet the team and sign up to be part of your favourite mag

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THIS MONTH’S PINBOARD Things to see and what to do this May

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CONNECT WITH US See what we’ve been up to online recently

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SUBSCRIBE from just £17.49 a year!

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PLANTS OFFER Pretty up your outdoors with cottage garden plants worth £40

Refresh your room with the latest must-haves

WIN A LUXURY BATHROOM SUITE Chic Twyford ranges worth £1,000 each to be won by two lucky winners

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‘I FINALLY HAVE BEAUTIFUL SEA VIEWS’ Jo Caulfield revamped and renovated her Swansea home to make the most of its coastal location

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‘PRE-LOVED FINDS ADORN MY HOME’ A neutral palette is the ideal background for Sarah Cole’s haul of treasures

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‘IT’S ALL ABOUT VINTAGE DETAILS’ Family heirlooms and bold prints create a riot of colour in Angela Warlow’s house

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‘IT’S LIKE SLEEPING IN A MEADOW’ Emma Luck turned her bedroom into a sanctuary with striking floral bedding

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‘NOW IT FEELS LIGHT AND SPACIOUS’ Fiona MacCarron transformed her gloomy, dark red bathroom into a bright space punctuated by vivid pops of colour

95 98

STYLIST’S SECRETS Get a lush bathroom ‘NOW WE HAVE SPACE TO GROW’ A kitchen extension gave Keeley Ebelthite’s family a much-needed spacious dining area

Buy it 12 24

THE £35 EDIT Our high-street best buys

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CAKE STANDS Make your tea party a dainty affair with these sweet designs

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SPRING BEDLINEN Bring seasonal florals into your room for a colourful new look

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STYLIST’S SECRETS Painterly patterns

FREESTANDING BATHTUBS Soak in style with our pick of the top tubs

TRANQUIL ESCAPE Calming blue buys to turn your bathroom into a peaceful retreat

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54 Brighten up your home this bank holiday

SPRING SHOPPING Fall for this season’s latest looks, page 12


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SPA-LIKE SANCTUARY Create a chic feel in your bathroom for under £130

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VACUUM CLEANERS Our pick of the best-performing models for £300 or less

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WHERE TO SHOP Get the details here 10 UNDER £10 Budget-friendly finds

Do it

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See how Stylist at Home Keeley added more space to her kitchen-diner

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Definitely y Fresh and counts simpleas a main course! suppers

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LOFT CONVERSIONS Create a whole new room with these invaluable tips

38

UNUSED SPACE Add storage, a book nook, or even an office to those neglected areas of your home

41 50

STYLIST’S SECRETS Make a cosy retreat

54

40 SUPER EASY PERK-UPS Use the bank holiday weekend to transform your interiors with our bright ideas

63

STYLE SCHOOL: WALL TILES Tiling your room is easier than you think – follow our guide for perfect results

83

BEST BEDDING Find your ideal bedding and enjoy your best-ever night’s sleep

102

CREATE A RELAXED KITCHEN Be inspired by this tranquil scheme, and shop the look to get it for yourself

104

GIVE YOUR KITCHEN A COLOUR BOOST Cook up a vibrant scheme

116

HOME SAVER Common DIY dilemmas, plus handy apps for coping with clutter

TURN YOUR HOBBY INTO A BUSINESS Start your new career in interiors today

Make it 28

WALLPAPERED TEA TRAY Give an old tray a fresh new look with paper offcuts

40

FLORAL FABRIC MEMO BOARD This pretty and practical, vintage-style make will help keep your desk in order

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DINING CHAIR SEAT PAD Refresh your dining area with this cute and comfy look

75

STUDDED TABLE Get a high-end feel for less with our table makeover project

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REVAMPS AT HOME Don’t throw out old furniture – give it a new lease of life

Cook it BOLD HUES Shop for bathroom accessories, page 96

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Give tired furniture a makeover

108

LIGHT SUPPERS Tuck into the most flavoursome new season recipes

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TAKE A PACK OF …bacon. We’ve four yummy dinner ideas for you to try

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QUICK & EASY MEALS in just 30 minutes

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TASTY TREAT Lemon and yoghurt cake

BUSY COOK’S SHOPPING LIST Small on ingredients, big on flavour

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Stylists at Home

Meet the team

Every issue, we have a little extra help, thanks to our six Stylists at Home. Meet them here and find their comments in the magazine… Brigitte Smith

Kat Comer

ABOUT ME I’m 58 and I rent a one-bedroom lodge in Reading, Berkshire, with my partner of 30 years, Paul, 58. WHAT’S YOUR BEST MONEYSAVING TIP? Add new handles to furniture or cupboards, and refresh tired pieces with a lick of paint, to breathe new life into what you already have.

Sam Taylor-Crooks

ABOUT ME I’m 30 and I live with my boyfriend Max, 28, in a two-bedroom Victorian flat in east London, built in 1890 as a dentist’s surgery. WHAT’S YOUR MOST RECENT HOME PROJECT? I’ve just upcycled our dining room chairs by giving them a dip-dyed effect using Annie Sloan chalk paint. They really suit the room so much better now.

Ruth Didsbury

ABOUT ME I’m 29 and I live with my husband Matt, 26, in a three-bedroom semi-detached in Herne Bay, Kent. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM? I adore my kitchen – I dream of having a country cottage one day, so that’s been my decorating inspiration in this room. I have a wall dresser for my Cath Kidston crockery, antique scales and homemade bunting.

ABOUT ME I’m 30 and I live with my boyfriend James, 28, in a converted Victorian flat in Greenwich, London. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM? I love our living room/kitchen – it’s what first attracted me to the flat. I enjoy cooking and it’s a perfect social space. We painted one wall with chalkboard paint, and our friends have filled it with messages.

Rebecca Faith France

Claire Boylan

ABOUT ME I’m 29 and I live in a four-bed detached in Aberdare, South Wales with my husband Josh, 25. WHERE DO YOU GET DECORATING IDEAS? I use Instagram for home decorating ideas, and have my own home decor page, @missrebeccafaith. I follow a lot of designers and interiors enthusiasts and really love the daily inspiration it brings me.

GET IN TOUCH Have you just finished decorating your home or have you transformed one of your rooms from drab to fab? Email us at styleathome@ timeinc.com with some photos and you could be featured in a future issue of Style at Home.

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ABOUT ME I’m 40 and I live with my husband Paul, 33, in a three-bed terraced house in the Midlands. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM? Our living room, since we knocked down the wall and made it into an open-plan space. It’s very cosy, with pastel colours and shabby chic distressed furniture. I really like vintage style.

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Seams like fun… Sign up for a friendly introductory sewing class at one of Sew Over It’s London shops – it’s ideal for beginners! Visit sewoverit.co.uk

Do it

UR QUENCH YO THIRST Make a delicious batch of homemade cloudy lemonade for your garden party this summer. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest from six lemons and two limes, then add to a large jug with all the juices plus 200g of sugar. Pour in 1.5ltr of hot water and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Cover and leave to cool before serving.

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With the May Bank Holiday drawing near, save yourself from the scrupulous scraping of old wallpaper and apply the clever Cover Up from Zinsser to refresh your walls without any fuss. Apply directly to the wallpaper using a brush or roller and it will prime, seal and prepare the surface for painting in one coat. Zinsser Wallpaper Cover Up is available at B&Q, £24.99 per 2.5ltr.

Looking to take up a craft without the need for fancy equipment? Pick up Pompomania by Christine Leech, an exciting new book featuring a collection of 30 creative projects, from pom pom garlands to cute miniature pom pom animals. Available from Amazon and all leading bookshops, £10, Quadrille Publishing.

A PLACE TO REFLECT Featuring at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on 24-28 May is the Morgan Stanley garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital. The courtyard-style garden has been designed by Chris Beardshaw and will be installed at the hospital this summer. This new space will provide a much-needed private area for families of children undergoing care. housetohome.co.uk/styleathome MAY 2016 | 9


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@styleathomemag Our pick of your best tweets, snaps and posts from our digital world – join us online today!

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I have lots of old jam jars and milk bottles that I’ve collected over the years, but I’m not sure what to do with them. Do you have any creative ideas?

EMMA LEWIS, VIA TWITTER Firstly, jam jars are great as storage pots for every room, but they also make fabulous vases for stem flowers. Or if you’re a beginner who wants to try their hand at crafting, have a go at making these cute yarn-wrapped bottles. It’s a unique way to display flowers. Head to our blog, cushienumber.co.uk, to find all the instructions you’ll need. Got a burning styling question? Tweet it to our editor Lizzie @styleathomemag – she’s on hand with all the answers!

Tweets we love @ekbetts Perfect timing @styleathome mag. Want to redecorate, come home and you’re there!

@fionar8mnx House envy at Michelle’s home featured in the March edition of @styleathomemag

@vintagexbetty Chilling with @styleathomemag. Only on page 13 and love it already.

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WE’VE GOT MAIL ‘I was inspired by Style at Home to transform my stairs by removing the carpet and freshening up the steps with a coat of paint and fitting wallpaper on the risers. It’s an affordable idea and they’re easy to clean.’

RACHEL HALLAM, DEVON

MOST REPINNED Check out the Style at Home Pinterest page for lots more decorating inspiration and interior ideas. Our pick of bright yellow schemes and creative designs are just the thing to give your rooms a boost this spring. See our uplifting Love It: Yellows board at pinterest.com/styleathomemag


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YOU DID IT!

This month… Like us on Facebook and share your style tips, makeovers and crafty projects. Here’s one of our latest posts – using bold colours in large-scale print to create a vibrant feel in your living room. Follow us today at facebook.com/styleathomemag

Our top 5… @TOODLES_ MCDOOGLE

BANK HOLIDAY IDEAS

We love the summery prints on your pretty upcycled tables!

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Get the family out and about by going for a walk in the park or simply visit your local garden centre. Celebrate May Day, the time of year when flowers start to bloom, with posies around the house. Organise your bedroom storage – pack away the winter woollies to make space for summer clothes. Treat a loved one to afternoon tea in a fancy hotel, it’s a great place to get style ideas for your home. Tackle a big project that you’ve been putting off, such as sorting out the garden.

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@BEKI HOOK84 This DIY artwork is perfect for a baby’s nursery!

Share your latest crafty projects with us on instagram.com/styleathomemag using #stylistmakes or #stylistrevamps

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NEWS JUST IN

This month, we’re exploring a great new marketplace where you can buy and sell unique pre-loved furniture. Check it out now online and follow us for plenty of other exciting news, the latest trends, and more styling tips for your home. Visit our blog at cushienumber.co.uk today!

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BLOG LOVIN’

Tune in Watch this fantastic video on how to create a beautiful bouquet arrangement using affordable flowers from the supermarket – perfect for giving as a gift to a special friend. Take a look now at housetohome.co.uk/videos housetohome.co.uk/styleathome MAY 2016 | 11


CAPTURE IT Double photo frame, £9.99

LIGHT UP

ROSE TINTED

Blue candle, £4.99

Pink fairy lights, £8.99

NEW LOOK

Pastel punch Pa COSY UP ON THE SOFA

Fill your yo home with sweet sorbet shades

GREEN FINGERS Spiky artificial plant, £4.99

SQUARE DEAL Patterned cushion, £7.99

LOVE ME Lilac heart light, £9.99

The £35 EDIT Shopping Editor Laurie has searched the high street and online for this month’s brilliant home buys – all £35 or less

WALLPAPER DIRECT

Seasonal refresh Update your walls with these on-trend prints AQUA HAZE Albany Indian Summer Nirvana wallpaper, £25 per roll

PINK PUNCH Albany Wow! geometric wood panelling-effect wallpaper, £15.98 per roll

Want it now! NOTHING SAYS SPRING QUITE LIKE THESE BUTTERFLY AND DRAGONFLY ILLUSTRATIONS! Botanical tealights, £12 for a set of three, Next

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PRINT IT Omega wallpaper, £28 per roll

VINTAGE LOOK Postcard Florals wallpaper, £14.95 per roll


SHOPPING

CANDY CRUSH

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3 of the best METAL HOOKS Keep clutter organised with these stylish coathangers H HIDE AWAY A Be en De Lisi Chameleon ho hook, £18, Debenhams

FRUIT PUNCH SHELF LIFE Wire basket, £12.99 for two; candles, from £2.99 each; white frame, £7.99; mugs, £3.99 each; pug cushion, £7.99, all New Look

Pineapple hooks, £13, Sweetpea & Willow

A BUG’S LIFE Metal beetle hook in gold, £6.99 each, H&M

DINE IN STYLE Copper finish cutlery set, £30 for 16 pieces

ETHNIC INFLUENCE Jug, £15; dinner plates, £5 each; nibble bowls, £3.50 each; cereal bowls, £4 each

TWO TONE

METAL MIX

Grey and copper geo cushion, £12

Gold punched tealight holder, £3

Stylists at Home

SAINSBURY’S

My favourite buys Impress guests with Eastern-inspired delights RUTH SAYS ‘DIY the Easterninspired theme by creating lanterns using old jam jars, tealights and gold puff paint. Use the paint applicator tip to create small dots or Moroccanstyle patterns.’

CUT AWAY Arabian chopping board, £18

IN THE DETAIL Arabian lantern, £20

G BOHO GO GLAM SPICE TRAIL Arabian ceramic tagine, £35

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STAND TALL

CORNER

Ceramic embossed vase, £4.99 each

Pretty up a sofa with these pastel goodies

BE ON TIME Grantham station clock, £29.99

DUNELM

Rural idyll PAINT BY NUMBERS Watercolour pattern cushion, £23.45, Zazzle

Go for a quaint country look with these cute buys

NO PLACE LIKE… Decorative wooden house plaque, £4.99

FAMILY FUN Geese in wellies cushion, £9.99

FLOWER POWER Elsie Rose Lola cushion, £12, Bhs

PICK ME Glass embossed bud vase, £4.99

CLIMB ABOARD SUBTLE PRINT Teasels Duck Egg cushion cover, £15, Secret Linen Store

SHORE THING Cushions, from £20; bottle holder, £25; glass bottle, £9; vases, from £20, all House of Fraser

ON MY RADAR

New nauticals Be inspired by the coastal cool Hamptons vibe FANCY A BREW? Linea Regatta mug, £10, House of Fraser

ALL TIED UP Rope storage basket, £12, Sainsbury’s

FADE AWAY Mauve ombre cushion, £12, Next

Check out our blog cushienumber.co.uk for even more affordable, must-have accessories.

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WRAP UP Coastal ombre stripe throw, £30, Sainsbury’s


SHOPPING

Buy it

Give your sideboard a BOTANICAL UPDATE

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BURN BRIGHT

GO GREEN

AU NATUREL

Cocktail Gardener woodland martini candle, £30, Amazon

Glass floral patterned vase, £12, Sainsbury’s

Grass in ceramic pot, £14, George

OLIVER BONAS

Perfectly peachy Mix coral, peach and orange for summer schemes that fizzle STYLISH LIGHTS POINT IN

FRESH FEEL

Woven stripe cushion in peach, £32

Didsbury bedlinen, from £11.99; Country Fair cushion, £22.99; Aubrey bedlinen, from £24.99; pillowcases, from £5.99, all Dunelm

ROLL ON

HANG AROUND

Fika bowl, £5 each

Wire lanterns, from £8.50 for a small tealight holder

Stylists at Home

SWEET STORAGE Metal suitcase in coral, £30

FEATURE LAURIE DAVIDSON

Buy it, style it! FILL THESE LANTERNS WITH POT POURRI, , FLOWERHEADS, ,CONFETTI OR ANYTHING YOU LIKE! Decorative storm lantern lantern, from £24.95, The Ginger Pear

SAM SAYS ‘I love all these pastel colours – using pale pinks and blues is a quick and budget-friendly way to bring spring indoors.’

PHOTO FINISH Loftstanding frame in coral, £15

GOOD SERVICE Fika tray, £10

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STYLIST’S HOME

‘I finally have

BEAUTIFUL SEA VIEWS’

By renovating and extending Stylist at Home Jo, 46, now has the outlook she always craved

MY HOME...

ABOUT ME I’m Jo Caulfield, 46, editor of community magazine, Mumbles Times (sa3mumbles.com). I live with my husband Peter, 46, a civil engineer, our children Lily, 14, and Tom, 12, plus our dog Nessa. MY HOME A five-bedroom 1920s house in Mumbles, Swansea, where we’ve lived for 12 years. WHEN I BOUGHT IT Absolutely everything needed work, and getting rid of the ugly orange and beige carpets was the first step. We also needed to replace the kitchen and bathroom and install a new boiler, before completely redecorating. AND NOW With a loft conversion and side extension, we’ve got a bedroom for everyone, an office for me and a spare bedroom with sea views. We’ve also added a conservatory, which opens out to the garden where there's a sunny spot to sit and relax. STYLE TIP Chalk paint by Annie Sloan is such a great invention as it gives a good finish. In fact, I’m obsessed with painting everything with it!

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KEEP IT COSY ‘We kept the original fireplace, but added instant warmth with a woodburning stove from Charnwood’


GREAT IDEA

‘Paint above your picture rail in the same colour as the ceiling to highlight architectural features’

LOCAL LUXE ‘Our furniture came from John Long Suite Centre, and the vintage cushions are by local designer Angela Warlow’

DOUBLING UP

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lthough I've lived in London and abroad, I'm Swansea born and bred, so I always knew I’d return back home and live in Mumbles,’ says Jo. ‘As kids, we used to come for days out on an open-top bus, even though it’s only around five miles along the coast from the city centre, but it was a very special place where my aunty Carol lived, and has its own friendly and welcoming community. My husband Peter is originally from London, but after working on a project here in Swansea for work, he grew to love the area, so he fully embraced the idea of relocating and starting a family. It’s such a lovely place to live as you’ve got the sea, the beach, the hills, plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants, the city centre nearby and Cardiff’s only an hour away. You find whole generations of families living round the

‘This nautical chest is a handy coffee table and hides clutter’

corner from each other, and although the younger people want to move out for a bit, many of them come back to visit.

Returning home After renting properties in north London and living in Malaysia for a year for Peter’s job, we eventually moved back here around 15 years ago. We lived in a 1920s semi for a while, renovating it room by room, but two years after Lily came along I fell pregnant with Tom, so we needed a bigger home, preferably with a large garden, closer to the sea and with views of the coast. While I was heavily pregnant we used to drive around on the hunt for potential properties, and one day we saw this house, which looked great from the exterior, but had a ‘Sold’ sign up outside. The next day there was a ‘For Sale’ one instead, so we rushed to the estate agent to organise

Make it Give an unloved tray a new lease of life PAGE 28

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GREAT IDEA

‘Keep worktops clutter-free so they’re ready for food prep’

QUICK FIX ‘The original B&Q kitchen was looking a bit tired after 11 years, so we replaced the doors with ones from Granite Transformations’

a viewing, and straight away we knew it was the one. It was the second house we’d looked at, but we put in the asking price. Previously it had been occupied by a 90-year-old woman and was in a bad state of repair. Everything needed doing, but we could see the potential it had to become a proper family home. It had a 1960s boiler, virtually no kitchen, ugly beige and orange carpets everywhere and handrails in the bathroom, but you could hear the seagulls and it was just minutes from the water.

The work begins HIDE AWAY ‘Clever storage makes it quick and easy to find things we need’

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We moved in just after Tom was born, and started by stripping the wallpaper in the bedroom and painting the walls white. We then moved into the front room – now the playroom – with just a microwave, while a new kitchen and bathroom were installed and the entire house was redecorated. For the main renovations, we hired my cousin David and his building company,

as we knew and trusted their work. It was lucky we had, as soon after when Tom was just three months old, he was diagnosed with a serious heart condition, and needed surgery. So Lily lived with my mum for a month while we stayed in Bristol near the hospital. While we were away, the builders pushed to get everything done so we didn’t return to a construction site, while other friends and relatives helped out, too. After this, we lived with the house for several years while the kids were growing up, but about eight years ago we added a conservatory to make the most of the light. It’s south facing, so it’s lovely and sunny, and it gives us space for a proper table and chairs, whereas we used to make do with a small table in the kitchen before. Then three years ago, we decided to go for a loft conversion and a side extension by Clyne Design & Build. This gave us a utility area and a downstairs shower room, which is handy when you come in from


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Stylists

INSTANT ATTRACTION

at Home

BRIGITTE SAYS ‘Living right by the sea means there are many natural elements to inspire you for use in a coastal scheme. For instance, driftwood can be a beautiful artwork in itself.’

Love v it

‘The large hall was one of the things that drew us to the house’

MIX IT UP ‘Quirky details add charm and character to neutral wall spaces’

‘MAKE THE MOST OF LIVING BY THE SEASIDE AND LOOK OUT FOR NAUTICAL FURNISHINGS WHEREVER YOU ARE TO ADD TO YOUR INTERIOR’ OPEN UP ‘Adding a conservatory was one of the best things we did – it’s such a bright, sunny space’

3 style buys BLUE TONES Faux silk duck egg cushion, £4 each, Wilko

STONY LOOK Jethro floor lamp, £179, Furniture Village

NET WORTH Weathered rope lantern, £8, Matalan

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CHECK IT OUT ‘In Lily’s bedroom, the look is quite funky to show off her personality’

REBECCA SAYS ‘I love how Jo has kept her home bright and airy, adding character with throws, pillows, accessories and unique upcycled furniture. This is a great way to easily decorate and to quickly update your home for a new style or season.’

‘IF YOU’VE GOT YOUR EYE ON SOMETHING THAT’S A LITTLE BIT EXPENSIVE, , SEARCH ONLINE SECOND-HAND’ IT GET FIRST TO SEE IF YOU CAN

Hit the shops Five tips on what to buy to get Jo’s style NAUTICAL TWIST Embrace the popular seaside trend by scattering coastal-inspired blankets and throws on your sofa to make your home warm and cosy. We love Matalan’s anchor-print fleece throw, £5.

Buy it Welcome some luxury with a stylish new bath PAGE 24

PICK PASTELS Dress up your sofa, just like Jo has, with an array of candy-coloured cushions for a pretty, feminine touch. Antique rose cushion, £30, Cath Kidston at Next, would work very well. BRIGHT BATHROOM Invest in some vibrant towels to quickly add colour and character to your bathroom. We suggest the stylish Supreme Capsule Stripe design, £22 for a bath towel, Christy. GO VINTAGE Give your bed an instant country-style makeover with a quilted bedspread like the one Jo has. We recommend the Martha Rose bedspread, £89.95 for a double, Forever England. NEUTRAL STATEMENT Follow Jo’s lead and paint a pale colour throughout to create a calming backdrop with Pebble Shore matt emulsion, £17.99 per 2.5ltr, Dulux.

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WHITE OUT ‘The window is low enough so you can enjoy the views while soaking in the bath’


STYLIST’S HOME

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STYLE TIP

‘Place your bed under sloped ceilings in loft conversions to make the most of the space’

Do it Convert your loft into a stylish new room! PAGE 26

RELAXED VIBES

WORDS STEPHANIE SMITH PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN POOLE

‘I’ve carried on the pastel theme in here with the vintage-style bedspread from Forever England’

a day at the beach or if you’ve been out on the sea, which we often are. Peter has a kayak and we have a good outdoor life, taking daily clifftop walks with our dog. We’d also always planned to convert the loft into the master bedroom with an en suite. But I didn’t want two small rooms, so instead of having a separate bathroom, we’ve kept the room as one and made the roll-top into a feature. The best thing about this space is that I’ve finally got my sea view. I love lying in bed, looking at the bay. Plus, with me taking on the editorship of local magazine, Mumbles Times, I needed a space to work. So once the attic was finished, Lily moved into our old bedroom and we changed hers into a study, while Tom has the large one at the back and we still have a small area for guests.

Coastal style I’ve made the most of the seaside location and welcomed this theme into the decor, favouring different shades of blue, and

adding in lighthouse figurines, washed-out wood and striped accessories. Wherever possible, I try and support local companies, and there are two interiors shops just up the road – Chalk & Co and the Oyster Gallery. They offer a huge variety of items and are constantly changing their stock, so I enjoy going along to have a look around. Plus, I bought my living room furniture from a family company in Swansea and I always try to use local tradesmen. Now that we’ve got the house just as we want it, there’s plenty of space for everyone to do their own thing. You can often find me relaxing in my favourite place on the sofa in the new conservatory soaking up the sun. It’s just perfect.’

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COLOUR POP ‘A simple, neutral scheme is given character with splashes of blue’

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SMOOTH DESIGN

£599 Take a break and unwind in the Salisbury slipper bath with cast-iron feet, BATHSTORE.COM

Buy Jo’s style

FREESTANDING BATHTUBS

£599 Make a statement with the Shakespeare roll-top in black, VICTORIAPLUM.COM

Follow Jo’s luxurious lead by creating a boutique spa feel without breaking the bank

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here’s nothing better than coming home to a long, relaxing soak in a stylish standalone bath. And you’d be surprised to know, it doesn’t cost as much as you might think. Available in various shapes and sizes, from sleek slipper-style tubs to the more traditional roll-top with centrally located taps (no more hitting your head on them), there are plenty of great options and you’re sure to find something that suits your decor scheme and budget. We’ve rounded up 10 of our favourite designs, starting from as little as £335.

£1,260 Jazz up the acrylic boat bath in a colour that suits your scheme, BC DESIGNS

£335

£575

Position the modern Lily bath in the centre of a wall for a chic focal point, WREN BATHROOMS

Add wooden feet to the Skipton double-ended bath for a spa-like touch, FRONTLINE

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BATHTUBS U S

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FEET FIRST

£529.97

£413.99

Pair the W@sh bath with modern details for a sleek hotel feel, BATHROOM TAKEAWAY

Fit this traditional double-ended slipper bath in a period property, WORLDSTORES

STYLE SECRETS Read our handy hints for buying your perfect tub COLOUR BURST

£1,400

Spruce up the exterior of your bath with a bold paint that coordinates well with your scheme. Try Tubby UK for a range of bath surfacing kits, available in 48 different colours, starting from just £53.

Let stresses and strains drift away in the Cocoon freestanding bath, WICKES

TEST RUN Visit bathroom showrooms and try sitting in the bathtubs to get a feel for them and check that the length and depth is right for you. Be sure to choose one that you can relax and stretch out in comfortably.

SIZE MATTERS When deciding on your new bath, remember that freestanding designs generally require more room than standard ones. Take this into account when calculating the space you need and whether your boiler is able to produce enough hot water to fill it sufficiently.

£550 Go for the Cooke & Lewis Duchess bath for a classic look at an affordable cost, B&Q

£954 Store toiletries on the handy shelf of the Lara slipper bath, SOAKOLOGY

FEATURE CASSIE PRYCE ILLUSTRATION ALISON WALTER

SPLASH OUT!

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CLEAN LOOK

GLASS ACT

Add value with a stylish bathroom. Design from Clare Williams Interior Design

Install windows for a bright, airy space. Skye roof blind in Karo, from £30, The Fabric Box

Like Jo, create extra

SPACE IN THE LOFT Transform your home with a practical attic conversion

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onverting your attic can be one of the most straightforward ways to expand your home. An additional bedroom, office or just extra storage will make all the difference and can create extra space in a house that you may have thought was too small – and it will add value.

PINK HUE Splash Blush roller blind, £22.50, Clover & Thorne

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED…

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Is my loft right for a conversion? This will depend on the space you have, mainly the available head height, the pitch and the type of structure, as well as any features such as chimney stacks or water tanks. Inspect the space yourself and take measurements, but if you want to be sure that it’s suitable, then seek advice from a structural engineer or architect.

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How will I use the space? First, work out your requirements. Do you need another bedroom, a home office or a new bathroom? Once you know, look at the floor plan to determine how best to use the room. Also, remember that most lofts will have angled ceilings, which could restrict the type of furniture you can have.

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Who should carry out the work? While it’s possible to do the work yourself, you’ll need to consult an expert for some aspects and regulations. You can also seek the advice of an architect who will create drawings, obtain approvals and help find a builder. A specialist loft conversion

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company or an experienced builder are other options as they offer a one-stopshop, from the drawings to construction.

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Do I need planning permission and are there any building regulations? Permission isn’t normally required unless the conversion exceeds certain conditions – for advice visit planningportal.gov.uk. A structural engineer or architect will be able to advise and submit an application if needed. Depending on where you live in the UK will also have an impact. Your local council will require regulations, such as structural strength of the floor. A building control officer will visit during the work and will issue a Completion Certificate when


LOFT CONVERSION

Do it

3 of the best fabrics Pick pretty, patterned fabric blinds to add more character than plain ones

AQUA LUXE

TREE STYLE

HOT STUFF

Pimlico Emerge blind fabric, £28.35, Direct Blinds

Othello Memoir fabric, from £54, The Fabric Box

Isabella Red cotton, from £18, Ochre & Ocre

SMART STUDY Fitted furniture, from £3,000, Neville Johnson

WHEN CHOOSING A COMPANY, SHOP AROUND FOR QUOTES AND BETTER STILL, ASK FRIENDS, , FAMILY AND NEIGHBOURS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS the project is finished according to plans, which will be needed if the house is sold.

FEATURE ROSALIND ERSKINE

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What is a dormer window extension and is it better than a Velux? Dormer windows extend out of the roof and create extra space. There is, however, more work involved and they can be more expensive than a Velux. You’ll also need proper staircase access with a dormer design, which can require permission. But the extra expense and work may be worth it with the added value the space will bring.

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What is a Party-Wall Agreement? The party wall is a shared wall, usually between a terrace or semi-detached. A

Party Wall Agreement is a written contract from all owners that they agree to the work. A notice will be served to all affected parties in writing. The neighbour can ask for a party wall surveyor to be appointed to inspect the plans and to prepare a Party Wall Award (an agreed document outlining how the work should progress) or they can sign a waiver if the work is agreed upon.

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How is the roof strengthened? It’s unlikely that the original joists will be adequate to hold a conversion floor, therefore additional ones will be required. As long as your loft has a height of 2.3m, there’s no problem installing new joists above the existing ones – seek advice first.

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Any tips on energy-saving insulation? Good insulation reduces bills and helps the environment, and it now also falls under regulations. There are a number of options available, including wool, which is a greener option. Often, the building control inspector will specify what you require as the roof can be insulated in two ways – either filling the space between the rafters or installing insulation over them, which isn’t as practical.

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Make Jo’s

WALLPAPERED TEA TRAY Put leftover wallpaper to good use and give an unloved tray a brand-new lease of life with our simple step-by-step project

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inished your latest room makeover and don’t want to ditch the last scrap of wallpaper? Try your hand at our smart idea and use it to decorate a plain tray in just a few hours. This simple upcycle is perfect if you’re looking to add a little colour or pattern to existing accessories and the technique can be applied to a whole host of other pieces, too.

AT YOUR SERVICE

FOR UNDER

Stockholm rug, £160, Ikea. Olmo mugs, £7 each; plate, £7, both Habitat. Totak by Scion wallpaper, £28 per roll, Wallpaper Direct

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HOW TO TAKES 3HRS* COST £5.50 Klack tray, £4.50, Ikea Tape measure & pencil Leftover piece of wallpaper Ruler & scissors Storm Cloud paint 75ml tester pot, £1, Wilko Paintbrushes PVA glue & scalpel

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Once the paint has completely dried, apply a thin, even layer of PVA glue onto the central area of the tray and carefully stick your piece of wallpaper in place, smoothing out any air bubbles as you go. Use a scalpel to trim away any overlaps if necessary. Apply a thin coat of PVA glue on top of the wallpaper and leave to dry thoroughly. This will act as a protective layer when dry.

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USE THE EDGE OF A CREDIT CARD TO REMOVE ANY AIR BUBBLES IN THE WALLPAPER TO ACHIEVE A FLAT EVEN SURFACE AND A SMOOTH, NEAT FINISH

PROJECT & STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPH DAVID GILES *INCLUDING DRYING TIME

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ZESTY TONES ‘I painted some of the kitchen walls in lime green to add a touch of zing’

‘Pre-loved finds

MY HOME...

ABOUT ME I’m Sarah Coles, 55, an area manager and buyer for the Hospice of St Francis Charity and specialist shops, including Returned To Glory (stfrancis.org.uk). I have three grown-up children, Emma, 26, Hannah, 24, and Ed, 22. MY HOME A five-bed 1920s detached house in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, which I bought in October 2006. WHEN I BOUGHT IT The house felt homely but the decor was tired and the bathrooms dated. Also, the bedrooms were small and needed new layouts. AND NOW It has been redecorated in a neutral palette and I’ve added pops of colour with accessories. The bathrooms were replaced and the downstairs shower is now a utility room. We also extended the kitchen to include a dining table. STYLE TIP In a neutral scheme, change your cushions to match the season.

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OPEN UP ‘The bifold doors were a big investment but worth every penny as they’ve transformed the space. I love looking out to the garden from the dining table, which is from Habitat’


STYLIST’S HOME

Love it

ADORN MY HOME’ STYLE TIP

‘Paint frames in bold, citrus colours to brighten up a neutral space’

Decorating each room in a neutral tone gave Stylist at Home, Sarah, 55, the perfect backdrop for her eclectic furrnishings

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Buy it Present your star bakes on a pretty stand PAGE 36

eclaimed furniture has always been a passion of mine, ever since I opened Returned To Glory in 2012, a pre-loved furniture showroom with all profits going to The Hospice of St Francis. Because of this our interior is constantly changing depending on the second-hand treasures I purchase at work,’ says Sarah. ‘Buying used furniture also helped my budget when I downsized to this house nine years ago with my three children and I realised how much work had to be done to make it feel like home. When I first saw this property advertised in the local paper, I thought the room dimensions looked too small, but the location was ideal as it was within walking distance of the school, shops and the station. It was my mother who finally persuaded me to take a look and I was surprised at just how large it felt once inside, it was a bit like a Tardis. The five bedrooms, albeit slightly small, gave us the flexible space we needed and overall it had a warm feel, having been home to the previous family for 20 years. In fact, the loft still had the children’s drawings pinned to the wall, and nine years on, I still don’t have the heart to take them down!

Making it work The move went smoothly and while the house felt welcoming, the decor was quite tired. I also needed to do some immediate building work to fit a bed into the smallest bedroom, which my daughter, Emma, had agreed to have as she was shortly off to university. Fortunately, my brother-in-law works in the construction industry so he removed a large chimney breast and a linen cupboard, which increased the space available in Emma’s bedroom and the bathroom next door. A new bathroom and en suite were also added. We then removed the downstairs shower and changed it into a utility-cum-cloakroom, which is much better suited to our lifestyle. Once the essential building work was complete, I had every room painted in a light colour, either Dulux’s Natural Calico or Natural Hessian, and also laid the

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Love it

STYLIST’S HOME

SLEEK FINISH ‘The curved corners on the units help soften the space and add an interesting design feature, and the quartz worktop is a real treat’

3 style buys BIG DEAL Luna grey paper shade, £70, Habitat

DAINTY DISPLAY Butterfly By Matthew Williamson etched vase, £18, Debenhams

CITRUS PUNCH Lemon print tea towel, £5.50, Etsy

COLOUR CODE

‘IF YOU FEEL INSPIRED BY A PIECE OF ARTWORK, , BASE YOUR SCHEME AROUND IT – IT WILL TIE THE LOOK TOGETHER’

Stylists at Home

DESIGNED TO FIT ‘This is such a pretty spot and I love how everything is within easy reach on the shelves above’

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KAT SAYS ‘Adding pretty floral wallpaper to an office nook is a great way to cut through clutter and create a bright, uplifting look in a small space. Making a feature out of compact areas helps lend a purpose to the space and give it character.’

‘We spend most of our time in here. The apricot and mustard scheme was inspired by the antique fruit prints’


GREAT IDEA

‘Hang pretty floral blinds to bring the feeling of the outdoors in’

REFRESHING MIX

Do it

‘The living room feels warm and cosy with the woodburner and our rustic furniture’

same beige carpet throughout. This has created a lovely sense of continuity and helps the smaller rooms feel more spacious. It also allows me to add my favourite colours through accessories and easily update the decor or make changes if I fancy a new look from time to time.

Finding my style I really enjoy mixing modern pieces with vintage finds, overscale items with smaller ones, patterns and prints with plains, and dashes of colour. I’ve experimented with completely neutral schemes in the past, but it just doesn’t suit my personality as I prefer when a scheme has character. Instead my interior decor is influenced by my favourite shops, including Heal’s, Habitat, Bailey’s Home and Garden, and the hospice’s gift shop, number twenty. After just 12 weeks, all of the building work and decorating was finished, which was very quick and meant we weren’t disrupted for too long. Plus we could

Make the most of space in an unused, forgotten area PAGE 36 settle into our new home, giving me more time to start planning the next project.

Sociable dining Last year I decided to embark on a big kitchen renovation. I’d always imagined having a large sociable kitchen-diner, and knocking through to the garage next door, which was full of junk anyway, gave me the space I’d dreamt of. I also wanted a slightly vaulted ceiling with a remotecontrolled Velux window to ensure the room got as much light as possible, so I enlisted the help of an architect. Building work for the extension started in January 2014 and by the end of April it was more or less complete. My two big indulgences were the quartz worksurfaces and the painted bifold doors, but I don’t regret either. To contrast with the rest of the house, I went for a sleek, contemporary look for the units and I love their fresh, clean feel. The colour scheme was inspired by a table runner I had, and I matched

CUTE CORNER ‘As the hall is small, I’ve kept it simple with a comfy chair and card table’

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GREAT IDEA

‘Use a large bedspread to cover the bed so you never have to worry about matching duvet sets’ SERENE SCENE

DO IT UP ‘I love this bedside table, which features the original built-in clock and lamp – I gave it a new look with a coat of paint’

the lime green and teal to complement the taupe hi-gloss units. I’ve upcycled lots of second-hand treasures in this room, including the dresser and oversized clock, which I painted to match the rest of the scheme. It’s now my favourite space in the house and I love how the old pieces are juxtaposed with the slick, sleek finishes.

Restful retreat I’ve intentionally toned down the vibrancy of the colours upstairs to create calming areas that are welcoming and relaxing. In my bedroom, I’ve used duck-egg blue and neutral tones, to achieve this sense of tranquillity. The headboard, throw and cushions came from one of the regular design events that are held at Returned To Glory. I also found some great fabric bargains there and finished the scheme with a blind made from a beautiful Zoffany remnant. The soft blue and duck-egg theme continues into Hannah’s bedroom with a feature wall that is papered in a

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discontinued Sanderson design. I had less than a roll, so my brother, who hung it for me, was under quite a lot of pressure, but he did an absolutely wonderful job. My study has recently been redecorated and again I went for a Sanderson print to make a dramatic statement. The vintage lemonade bottles displayed on the shelf are from my grandfather’s brewery in Shropshire and they were found after years of scouring antiques shops in the area, so they’re very special treasured possessions. The next project to tackle is the garden and I’m planning to have decking fitted outside the kitchen doors. It will be a great entertaining space in summer, which will finish our house off perfectly.’

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WORDS & STYLING LOUISE O’BRYAN PHOTOGRAPHS RACHAEL SMITH

‘I wanted a restful feel in my bedroom so I stuck to duck-egg blues, taupes and off-whites. It feels elegant and graceful’


STYLIST’S HOME

Stylists at Home

Love it

ORGANISE IT ‘By adding fitted units under the window, there was enough space for a P-shaped bath’

RUTH SAYS ‘Sarah brings the outside in with green hues and flowers. I would add a terrarium in the bedroom to enhance the outdoor feel without the cost of replacing fresh flowers.’

‘PLAY WITH SCALE FOR AN INTERESTING AND MODERN LOOK – DON’T BE AFRAID TO USE OVERSIZED FURNITURE IN A SMALL SPACE’ ALL WHITE ‘The Laura Ashley bed was originally black but my son painted it in Dulux’s Natural Hessian, which is easier on the eye’

Make it Craft your own handmade pinboard PAGE 38

Hit the shops Five tips on what to buy to get Sarah’s style SHINE BRIGHT Add pendant ceiling lights to make a statement. Sarah chose the Harmony Ribbon pendant, from £80, John Lewis. BE BOLD Repaint an old piece of furniture. For a colour similar to Sarah’s teal vintage dresser, try the Rust-Oleum Duck Egg furniture paint, £14.99 per 750ml, Homebase. PRETTY PRINTS Hang a floral picture and pick out similar colours to use around the room. Try the second-hand range from Vintage Flower Paintings, from £45. FAKE IT Display artificial flowers among fresh displays to make them feel fuller. Check out the collection from Abigail Ahern at number twenty; red peonies, from £7.50.

UP SIZE ‘Although small, this space feels larger thanks to its neutral backdrop’

CUSHION CORNER Add a bolster cushion to comfy up a bed. Pick up the Ecru bolster cushion pad, £5.49, from Dunelm, and make your own to match your curtains.

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£39.50 Pretty up your tabletop with the Belle two-tier design in duck egg, BOMBAY DUCK

CUTE & DAINTY

£9 Fill this wire heart number with pastries and pop on your table, WILKO

Buy Sarah’s style…

CAKE STANDS Follow Sarah’s lead and display tasty show-stopping bakes for a homely touch

M £25.95 Display the Country Animals stand in a rural-style kitchen, AT HOME IN THE COUNTRY

ake sure your yummy kitchen creations are showcased in style by treating yourself to a new cake stand. Whether you’re after something on a budget for a one-off creation or a stand that will play host to numerous bakes, we’ve scoured the high street and online to find 10 pretty designs, all for £40 or less. Let’s bake!

£20 Fill the top tier of this glass design with sweets or smaller treats, JOHN LEWIS

£40 Choose the Southsea Stripe three-tier model to create a coastal feel, LAURA ASHLEY

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SPLASH OUT!


CAKE STANDS

£32 Bring out the London three-tier option for a traditional afternoon tea, CATH KIDSTON

Buy it

STYLE SECRETS Be inspired by our ideas for alternative displays SMART STYLING Keep your stand on show and have fun displaying alternative props on its tiers. Fresh flower heads make for a pretty styling idea, or double it up as a fruit holder for days when you haven’t been baking.

£34.95

PRACTICAL CHOICE

Showcase your baking skills on Joules’ cute floral print, WAITROSE KITCHEN

If you’re short on storage space and don’t want to keep your stand on show, opt for a multi-tiered design that can be taken apart and stored away in a box. Simply unscrew the central and top rods to dismantle it when not in use.

FEATURE CASSIE PRYCE

GET CREATIVE Can’t find a design to suit your style? Why not have a go at making your own baking display that will wow your guests and display your handiwork. Use old vinyls for a retro feel or vintage saucers if you’re after a countrycottage look. Try Amazon or eBay for a set of rods for the centre.

FILL TO THE BRIM!

£8 Bag a bargain with this feminine one-tier pink stand, GEORGE

£30 Mix it up with a trio of patterns on the Ashley Thomas design, DEBENHAMS

£22.50 Have this mini Portmeirion Water Garden option to hand for little cupcakes, PORTMEIRION

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Like Sarah,

BE CLEVER WITH UNUSED SPACES Add extra storage or a cosy office nook by making the most of commonly wasted areas, just as Sarah has done SHOW IT OFF

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et creative with your space and make your home work harder by utilising every nook and cranny. Adapt and configure the layout to suit your lifestyle and think about smart ways to add in extra features, such as a cosy reading nook or sociable dining area. Whether you want to transform an under-stairs alcove into a compact home office, or simply add more storage to wasted wall surface, we’ve got lots of quirky ideas to get you thinking, no matter what the shape or size of your house.

Beat the box room Many of us have a room in the house that feels too small to really make proper use of, and it soon gets used as an extra place to store items or a dumping ground for clutter. With careful planning and clever design, however, it’s easy to turn a wasted area into a practical part of everyday life. Start by adding storage to the room in the form of tall units to make the most of walls. Try Ikea for large wall cabinets or shelves that come in a range of designs and are suitable for bedrooms, living rooms or home offices. Choose one main function for the room where possible, to give it a purpose, and invest in smart furniture such as a compact sofa bed if the room needs to double-up as a guest bedroom, or a nifty wall-mounted desk if you plan on using the zone as an office during the day.

Above the bed We often utilise the area directly above our beds simply for decorative artwork, but there’s no reason this useful spot can’t be put to use for storage options, too. Choose open shelving or an attractive display unit to showcase your favourite trinkets and books and help keep clutter out of the way and keep surfaces in order. Just remember to make sure that anything you hang is securely fixed to the walls, in case of any rude awakenings! Storage shelf with drawers, £150, Scandi Living

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A shelf unit like this displays favourite pieces, while keeping clutter at bay


UNUSED SPACES

Do it

TUCK IN Make the most of a bite-sized spot

Into the alcove Utilise alcoves for storage by fitting shelves or cabinets. The areas either side of a fireplace are perfect for installing open shelves in a living room or tall wardrobes in a bedroom.

Create a dining nook A window area can easily be turned into a handy dining nook. Built-in banquettes topped with seat pads offer a snug, space-saving solution, or for an easier option, try benches. Bird cushion, £12; tablecloth, £12, both Sainsbury’s

O INTO HAVING MADE-TO-MEASURE FURNITURE LOOK CRAFTED IF YOU HAVE TRICKY SPACES TO FILL, , AS THIS WILL HELP MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR SCHEME Below stairs Make the most of the intimate proportions of your under-stairs alcove and create a mini office area. If you don’t want your workspace to be out on display, speak to a builder about adding some simple fold-back cupboard doors in front, so you can hide everything away when the zone isn’t in use. Brick Wall wallpaper £15; Luna desk, £125; Jasper dining chair £39; Tony task lamp £25, all House at John Lewis

HANG IT ALL Keep pans in easy reach

DESK TIDY Create a compact working area

FEATURE JOANNA THORNHILL PHOTOGRAPHS TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM

Utilise under-shelves Comfy corner If your hall or landing is wide enough, optimise any underused spot to create an intimate reading area where you can retreat with a good book. Choose a tall standard lamp to save on floor space or use a small low-hanging pendant for directed lighting – one with a plug attachment would easily hang from a wall or ceiling hook. Squeeze in a compact armchair or even a bench for some comfy seating and show off your book collection on open shelving.

The area underneath your kitchen shelves can easily end up as dead zone. Add extra storage with a few simple hooks to hang pots, pans or utensils. Copper frying pan, £41.99; saucepans, from £34.99, all Dunelm.

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Make Sarah’s

FLORAL FABRIC MEMO BOARD Follow Sarah’s lead and keep your room in order with this handy noticeboard that’s both pretty and practical

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isplay old family photos and treasured letters on this beautiful memo board, which is perfect for a bedroom, hallway or home office. We’ve chosen a muted floral fabric for our project, but it’s easy to swap it for any design of your choice to really make it your own. Check out your local charity shops or car-boot sale to pick up a vintage style frame like this one, or try Dunelm or Wilko for something similar.

DO IT IN

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HOW TO Large picture frame Cutting mat & scalpel Pencil & scissors White foam board, £3 for A2 size, Hobbycraft 1/2m of Rose Garden in Mineral fabric, £14 per m, Studio G Duct tape & staple gun 3m of 13mm cream ribbon, £1.05 for 6m, Hobbycraft White drawing pins

PERFECT PASTELS

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Trinket jar, £2.99; glass bottle,£2.99, both Dunelm

IS SIMPLE PROJECT CAN BE ADAPTED TO SUIT ANY THIS ROOM SCHEME – CHOOSE A FABRIC IN A COLOUR AND PATTERN TO SUIT YOUR STYLE AND DECOR

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Remove the back and glass from the frame. Using the backing board as a template, measure and cut a piece of foam board and a piece of fabric with a 5cm allowance all the way around. Lay the foam board on the back of the fabric and the backing board on top. Pull the fabric taut and tape to the board.

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Measure and cut three lengths of ribbon a few centimetres longer than the height of the board and three slightly longer than the width. Measure and mark three equally spaced points on the back of the board down the sides and staple the ribbons in place. Repeat along the top edges.

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You should now have a grid pattern as shown in the picture. Push a drawing pin into the board at the point where each ribbon crosses to hold them in place, this is so you can slot notes behind the ribbons. Place the whole board back inside the frame and stick with duct tape to secure it in place.

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Do it

THIS MONTH’S

Do it Create your own secret hideaway with a botanical feel by using a palette of sunflower yellow, marigold orange and burnt ochre. Finish it off with elements of wood, leather and metal for a laid-back rustic feel.

Sit back and relax with a cup of tea while taking in the view!

NATURAL LOOK Elements table, £199; chest, £399; Mumford chair, £299; chandelier, £250; rug, £120; Paris lamp, £60; vase, £20; lantern, £22; frame, from £6; cushion, £12, all Bhs

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MY HOME...

ABOUT ME I’m Angela Warlow, 39, owner of vintage homewares company bettimay. co.uk, named after my two grandmothers, Betty and May, who inspired me. MY HOME A three-bedroom 1920s terraced house in Swansea, South Wales. WHEN I BOUGHT IT The house was a bit of a wreck. It was suffering with damp downstairs, had layers of old wallpaper, the electrics were dodgy, and there was a lot of pine panelling and colourful carpets. AND NOW With replastered walls, stripped wooden floors and an off-white palette, I’ve created a great backdrop for my many collections, from crockery to mirrors. STYLE TIP You can never have too much colour, but use hues that complement one another for an effective, cohesive look.

‘It’s all about

VINTAGE DETAILS’

Stylist at Home Angela, 39, has filled her home using furnishings with a family history

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ravelling has always been a large part of my work life but I always knew I’d eventually move back to my roots in Swansea,’ says Angela. ‘I was brought up in a tight-knit family with two siblings, 20 cousins and my grandmothers Betty and May, who had a huge influence on my life and were the inspiration behind my vintage homewares business. Betty was keen on dressmaking and embroidery, while May enjoyed knitting and crochet, but both of them were always crafting, as well as putting on traditional tea afternoons with pretty china teacups and homemade cake. Sadly, Betty passed away just after I bought this house in 2005. I was incredibly close to her and inherited many of her furnishings, which ignited my passion for retro accessories and has had a big impact on my choice of decor.

Becoming a homeowner This house was the eighth one I looked at and wasn’t in great condition, but it had good proportions and all three bedrooms were a decent size. And although the bathroom was behind the kitchen – which

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GREAT IDEA

‘Mix and match your sofa and armchairs for a laid-back country look’

FINE LOOK ‘I’ve split the china I sell into two collections, and have named each one after my grandmothers, Betty and May’


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SETTLE DOWN ‘The huge cream sofa was a splashout buy, at £3,000 from DFS but it’s so comfy. I’ve softened its modern edges with pretty cushions’

OUR COVER STAR!

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CUTE CONTRAST ‘Painting the alcoves white helps them stand out against the bright pink Laura Ashley wallpaper’

GREAT IDEA

‘Be brave with a statement wallpaper and show off your personality’

Make it Create your own seat pad with our simple project PAGE 52

ON DISPLAY ‘I inherited this cabinet, which belonged to Betty – I used to love looking at all the pieces she kept inside’

is typical of these houses – it was huge, and you reached it via a small corridor rather than straight off the kitchen, so that was a bonus. I knew I’d stay here for a long time, too, so it was a sensible choice.

Starting work I love this friendly area – it’s easy to pop into Swansea, down to the beach and up into the hills. My parents still live where we were brought up nearby in St Thomas and initially my sister stayed with me and shared the costs, which was helpful. I started on the house slowly, as I was spending a lot of time travelling for work. Over the years, it’s been completely gutted and renovated. Most of the walls on the ground floor had to be repaired soon after I moved in due to damp, and the electrics

were in such a terrible state that I always tell people I’m lucky to be alive! It didn’t help that the last owners had wallpapered on top of wallpaper quite a few times – it was a nightmare to remove. While the work was being carried out, I used my kitchen, with its small seating area, as a living room because the work took so long.

Total transformation I’ve now redesigned every room, except for the kitchen, which I’ve just repainted and added a few vintage touches here and there. When I have the funds and the time, I’ll get round to tackling it properly at some point, but for now it suits me fine. In particular, the bathroom was a big project for me, as I really wanted a double shower, so I had all the sanitaryware


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Love it

COSY CORNER ‘The small area just off the kitchen is great for relaxing and chatting with friends’

IN A LINE Eaton Stripe wallpaper, £40 per roll, Laura Ashley

PUT A LID ON IT Cream pedal bin, £7, Wilko

STEAM ON Premier Housewares whistling kettle in pink, £29.99, Argos

,SIDEBOARDS AND KITCHEN ‘GIVE DOORS, CABINETS A BRAND -NEW LOOK BY FITTING DIFFERENT HANDLES AND DOORKNOBS’

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BRIGITTE SAYS ‘Battery-power spotlights at the top of a cabinet are excellent for lighting up all the pretty items inside.’

DRESS IT UP ‘I’d love to change the kitchen one day, but for now, I’ve added lots of retro bits in pastel colours to cheer the scheme up’

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Buy it Add colour and character with pretty bedding PAGE 48

‘Metal beds give an instant vintage feel and they’re easy to find on eBay’

Hit the shops Five tips on what to buy to get Angela’s style ADD PRINTS Make a bold statement like Angela has with a dramatic floral feature wall. Hang Laura Ashley’s stylish Oriental Garden wallpaper, £44 per roll. TIME FOR A CUPPA Put on a traditional vintage tea party when guests pop over and accessorise with one of the cute cake stands from Bettimay. We recommend the May blue design, £40. NIGHT NIGHT Create a classic country look that’s similar to Angela’s, with wrought-iron bed frames in a light ivory. Feather & Black has a good choice, from £125. FRESHEN UP Revive tired dining chairs by giving them a new lease of life with a coat of paint. We love the pretty pastel colours that Angela has used. Try Bongo Jazz eggshell, £20.69 per 2.5ltr, Dulux, for a similar shade.

APA T FROM IN THE KITCHEN,I’VE ‘APAR LAID WOODEN FLOORS THROUGHOUT TO CREATE A SENSE OF CONTINUITY’

STYLISH SETTING A modern coffee table makes a great setting for a tea tray and the Liatorp coffee table, £165 from Ikea, also has handy storage compartments for hiding away any unwanted clutter.

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TAKE A SOAK ‘The large bathroom was very appealing when I viewed this property – I love that it fits a roll-top bath’

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REBECCA SAYS ‘Open shelving is a great way to style and display favourite items in your home, plus it opens up a smaller space.’


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BRIGHT VIBE

STYLE TIP

‘Hang mirrors in different shapes and sizes to make a room feel more light and spacious’

‘Colourful rugs, cushions and throws look great against white sheets and wooden floors’

replaced. Then outside, the garden has been changed to suit how it captures the sun at different times of the day.

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A new direction The biggest change during the last year is that I now work from home running my vintage homewares business. Right from the start, it was important to me that the crockery and other products are made in Britain, as I want to support companies in the UK. I design the crockery myself, and it’s based on items my grandmothers owned, as well as cushions, tea tins, tea towels and other knick-knacks, and then someone else turns them into products. When the business launched in October 2014, I realised I needed an office, so I turned the third bedroom into a light, airy

WORK SMART

Do it Turn your love for interiors into a business! PAGE 50

‘My office reflects my tastes and is filled with lots of visual inspirations’

and inspirational work space. But luckily, I’ve still got a guest bedroom for friends and family at the front of the house. Since owning this house, my love for interior design has developed even more and I enjoy upcycling and mixing old pieces with new ones, as well as using clashing prints. I’m always on the lookout at junk shops and am constantly adding to my collections. But now the house and garden is finished, I just want to enjoy it for a while before I change anything.’

See inspiring house tour videos and ideas at housetohome.co.uk/ styleathome

LOOKING BACK ‘Hanging old family photos in black-andwhite frames makes a lovely display in a hallway or landing’


£12

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Fall in love with the exotic Island Birds bedding, GEORGE

Escape to paradise when you curl up in the Tropical bed set, DEBENHAMS

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SPRING BEDLINEN

ADD ZING TO YOUR ZZZS

Be inspired by the lighter skies and d warmer om in an instant days and brighten up your bedroo

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hanging your bedding is a quick and easy way to update for the new season.. Whether you want your room to exude exotic tropical vibes or you’re more a fan of calming flora al prints, we’ve selected 10 of the best double duvet sets from the high street and online. Invest in a beautifu ul new design now and you can enjoy it for many more years to come..

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FRESH SPRING HUES

£50 Choose the vibrant Accessorize Bali duvet set for a burst of colour, DUNELM

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£25 Channel a retro vibe with the Sunny Sensations bedding, VERY

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Pretty up your bed with the beautiful botanical Adriana floral bedding, MARKS & SPENCER


BRIGHT BEDDING

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Pick the Painted Geo bed set in pretty pastels, NEXT

£12 Introduce fresh hues and bold blooms with the Blue Floral duvet, WILKO

£20 Follow the watercolour floral trend with the Impressionist bedding set, MATALAN

£13 CREATE AN ARTY FEEL

Embrace the Rodved quilt cover in a super-soft poly/ cotton blend, IKEA

STYLE SECRETS Our top tips to turn your bedroom into a sanctuary ADD IT UP

£19.99 Set a seaside scene with the Painterly Stripe design, BHS

Pay attention to the material and thread count when selecting new bedding. The higher the cotton content, the more breathable the duvet cover will be. A higher thread count means a smoother, softer weave. A standard count is around 180, but this number can be over 1,000.

FOCAL POINT Create a headboard that makes your bed and new linens the

focus of the room. If you’re a fan of patterned linens, choose a complementary solid colour to reupholster your headboard.

MIX IT UP Go freestyle and combine a duvet cover from one set with pillowcases from another for a bespoke look. Start by combining a coordinating solid colour with your favourite pattern, then graduate to full-on pattern mixing as your styling confidence grows.

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MAGIC NUMBER Arrange items in threes for the biggest impact. Vases, from £34.95, Dwell

Like Angela… TURN YOUR HOBBY INTO A BUSINESS Obsessed with interior design and homewares? Consider starting a new career with your talents

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o you often find yourself sitting at work daydreaming about planning an office redesign rather than tackling the task at hand? Or have your family and friends admired your interior design skills in your own home? Then it might be time to think about turning your passion into a business or side income. Here we provide our advice to make your obsession a reality.

Become a blogger Blogs provide a great platform for building an audience and future client list. It takes time and effort to create a really great blog, but it will help open up relationships with PRs and media, which can eventually lead to paid sponsored posts, writing work and maybe even brand collaborations. Check out Sarah Akwisombe’s website (sarahakwisombe.com) for courses on

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starting a blog and setting up a creative career doing something that you love.

TOP TIPS...

Open an online store

…that will help you to excel

Many interiors enthusiasts have gone on to open their own online businesses. Take Jeska Hearne of Lobster & Swan, who launched her online shop The Future Kept after blogging for a few years. Or look at Julianna, founder of Barnaby & Co, who left her job in the city to focus on starting pop-up stands in London. But remember, it requires quite a bit of savings to get up and running as you’ll need to invest in stock and advertising, so think about testing your concept with a pop-up shop.

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Join Etsy If you’re often creating things or DIY-ing then start selling your handcrafted interior creations on Etsy. This online marketplace

Build up your knowledge of products and suppliers. Practise your photography and styling, then post on Instagram. Subscribe to interior magazines and visit shops for inspiration. Talk to course leaders at design schools about how to progress. Start to understand your own style and where it originates. Approach business owners and new designers about assisting. Make contacts by attending networking events and launches.


INTERIOR BUSINESS MODERN VIBE Find your style. Kix single sofa bed, £175; throw, £39; cushions, from £20; table, £125, all John Lewis

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EXPERIENCE INTERIOR DESIGN £185, KLC School of

, THEN ND YOUR OWN STYLE, U O UNDERSTA S A TO START USE INSTAGRAM AND OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA FORUMS TO BUILD UP A BRAND BASED ON THIS LOOK

Get qualified

TV shows such as The Great Interior Design Challenge highlight how hiring an interior designer isn’t just for the rich and famous any more. The demand for professional advice is rising when it comes to decor, floor layouts and storage, so now could be a good time to consider it as a career. You can carry out an interior design course at any point, and some allow you to study in your own time, when doing another job.

FEATURE SARAH AKWISOMBE

Consider styling Have an eye for what’s magazine worthy? You may want to look into interior styling. Working on photoshoots is a competitive area within interiors and there aren’t many qualifications for this type of work, it’s a lot about networking. But don’t be put off – start by compiling a portfolio, even if it’s just of items and room schemes you’ve snapped on your smartphone (we all have to start somewhere). Then get in touch with stylists and photographers and ask to do some assisting. This is a great way to learn about the job, pick up tips and gain contacts.

BRIGHT IDEA Lighting is an important design element. Thea and peeler pendants, all £95 each, Pooky

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KAT SAYS ‘This office is a great blank canvas where you can practise looks in your own space. By switching up cushions and shelf displays, it can be a great way to test out new schemes at home to give inspiration for your clients.’

is full of interesting homewares and it’s free to join. List one prototype of each product, see what sells, then make them to order. That way you won’t over-invest before you know what works. You can also set up your sales for ‘custom requests’ where people can enquire about bespoke items – many Etsy sellers are successful by offering this.

Do it

Design. A one-day introduction to the principles of interior design, including concept, sample-board creation and the effects of colour and light. Visit klc.co.uk

INTERIOR STYLING £495, University of the Arts London. An eight-week course where you will learn about styling for the camera, marketing yourself and styling methods. Visit arts.ac.uk DESIGN MASTERCLASS £225, Abigail Ahern. A one-day masterclass with the queen of quirky interiors, Abigail Ahern, in her north London home. Discover how to break the rules of interior design in the best way possible. Visit abigailahern.com


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SEAT PAD S

Make Angela’s

DINING CHAIR SEAT PAD Refresh your dining room decor in just one hour with our comfy chair cushion project, inspired by Angela’s statement look

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reat your dining chairs to a mini makeover and have a go at making a pretty seat pad using our easy-to-follow steps – it’s a great way to add colour to your scheme. We chose the beautiful Avignon fabric from Prestigious Textiles for our project, but you could choose any design that works with your scheme. If you have more fabric to hand, why not make several matching seat pads and create a coordinating set, or even a bench pad, too.

SITTING PRETTY Hovslund rug, £59, Ikea. Albany Glitter Texture wallpaper, £10.50 per roll, Wallpaper Direct

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HOW TO Measuring tape & pencil 1/2m of Avignon fabric in Petal, £14.99 per m, Prestigious Textiles Scissors & pins 1m of 6mm black satin ribbon, £2 for 5m, Hobbycraft Sewing machine Polyester filling, £3 for 750g, Hobbycraft Needle & cotton thread

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AN LEFTOVER FABRIC TO MAKE A COORDINATING USE ANY TABLECLOTH AND MATCHING NAPKINS TO HELP BRING YOUR DINING ROOM SCHEME TOGETHER

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Measure and cut two squares of fabric the size of the seat of your dining chair. Place them right sides together. Measure and cut two 50cm lengths of ribbon then fold each in half. Place them between the fabric in two corners with the ends facing inwards. Pin around the sides to trap the ribbon.

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Using a sewing machine, neatly sew around the edges of the pinned fabric pieces, leaving a small opening at one side to put the stuffing into later on. Turn the cushion cover the right way out and iron the edges flat to remove any creases or wrinkles in the fabric before stuffing.

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Fill the cushion cover with polyester filling, making sure it is evenly distributed inside as much as possible and fills the corners. Use a needle and thread to neatly stitch up the opening on the side. Finally, tie the cushion pad onto your dining chair with the ribbons and finish off with a bow.

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40 super easy

PERK-UPS

8GO GEO

Add wow factor to your bedroom by using masking tape and colourful paint to create large geo shapes on your wall. Echo the wall pattern with a modern colourblock bedspread and geometric accessories.

Make the most of May’s bank holidays by tackling some budget-friendly DIY tasks

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t can be hard to find time for all those little jobs around the house, and the projects you want to finish, so an extra day or two off work during the bank holiday is ideal for updating your home. Whether you want to paint a focal wall or upcycle an old piece of furniture, now is the perfect time to tackle some of the tasks on your list. Check out our essential kit guide on page 60 to make sure you’re prepped with the right materials before getting stuck in!

1 Hang it all

Add nifty storage to your kitchen by installing a wall-mounted rail from which to hang pots and pans – try using butcher’s hooks with the Bygel design from Ikea. Use the right wallplugs and screws for the wall type, as the load may be heavy.

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Do up your doors

Installing a complete new kitchen is a huge job, but you can update the look of

your existing cupboards in a couple of days. If they’re flat-fronted melamine, try covering them in specialist vinyl sheets, or sand and paint wooden doors in an eggshell-finish paint. Lay them flat before painting to avoid drip marks.

4 Create a cover

Re-upholster an old armchair the cheat’s way by removing the seat cushion (and back cushion if there is one), sewing a fabric slipcover for the chair, and then making new covers for the seat and back pads.

5 Keep the keys

Make and hang a key rack in your hallway. Add vintage-style hooks and label plates to a painted piece of tongue-and-groove MDF, then add hand-written inserts so everyone knows where to find the garage keys!

6 Put on a good front Spring is a great time to give your front door a fresh makeover. As well as a coat of paint, try a new knocker or stencilled door numbers.

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Love your laundry

Overhaul your utility room by getting creative – repurpose an old laundry box by painting it in a sunny colour, make new liners for clothes baskets and hang wall hooks for dusters and brushes to keep them off the floor.

9 Build it yourself

Make a bespoke side table. Jess and Jules sells plywood blank tops in five different shapes (the circle is 35cm diameter, £18). Take your pick from their choice of funky table legs.

10QUICK PAINT JOB Painting your dining chairs can change the feel of the area. Tackle just one at a time to make the job more manageable and consider investing in a small handheld sander to make light work of old paint and varnish – if you’re an avid upcycler, it’s a smart buy!

Hip hooks for a new look

3PICK A FILM

Apply semi-transparent film to street-facing or bathroom windows to add privacy. A selection of designs to suit your home can be purchased from £49 per m (1.2m wide) from Brume.

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11 ACCENT

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COLOUR

PERFECT PATTERN

Alhambra ceramic coat hook, £6.95, Dotcom giftshop

Geometric hook, £12, Pushka Knobs via Etsy

13 STAR BUY Zinc star hook, £2, The Contemporary Home


WEEKEND UPDATES

ALL CHANGE Ercol Romana dining table, from £1,680; Ercol Butterfly dining chairs, £520 each, both Furniture Village

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EASY WAYS WITH PAINT Transform furniture and walls with a hit of colour

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Why not paint just the bottom third of a wall? It’s a modern look that lets you add colour without swamping the room.

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Paint wooden stair risers for a dose of dynamic colour in your hall. You’ll be able to do them all with one large tin. Try Designers Guild for specialist floor paint in a huge range of hues, £57 per 2.5 ltr.

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Give your home some playful details by painting window or door frames in a vivid-coloured gloss. It’s a quirky way to highlight a favourite view or room.

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For a simple update to an unloved piece of furniture, it’s easy to paint pine drawer fronts. Try three shades of blue, or a trio of on-trend chalky pastels.

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Update terracotta plant pots with metallic spray paint for a luxe look. Search ‘painted pot’ on Pinterest for a whole host of other fun ideas to turn your house plants into lusted-after accessories.

Revitalise a tired scheme with bright painted pieces

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Give walls a splash of pattern without committing to wallpaper. The embossed pattern rollers from The Painted House, from £15, come in a range of intricately illustrated designs, and detailed instructions can be found on their website.

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STYLE A 20RETREAT

Go for a contemporary new look on a living room wall by using a stencil. Achieve a textural finish by applying the paint with a sponge rather than a stencil brush, and leave some white showing through.

Think ahead to summer and prepare an unloved sunroom or conservatory. Give the walls a lick of paint in a calming duck-egg shade, and furnish the space with neglected furniture and vases from the rest of the house.

MATERIAL MAKES Try these projects to add some fabric magic

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Re-upholster a headboard with a new fabric or make a new one. For a quick and easy fix, hem a large piece of material, sew a channel at one end for a rod, and hang it up with cup wall hooks.

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Love a cushion but feel like it needs an update? Why not add an over-sized pom pom trim?

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Have a go at quilting by creating a set of matching place mats. Make them doublesided by using contrasting fabrics and a layer of wadding, then finish off with bias binding in an accent colour.

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THINK BIG

Feeling brave? Tackle a bigger job this weekend and hang wallpaper on a feature wall. Go for an on-trend Moorish design such as this tile print from WallpaperDirect.

22 Style up switches

Unscrew wall-mounted light switches and either add a wallpaper ‘frame’ to the wall behind them, or update the switch plate itself with acrylic spray paint (make sure to turn the electricity off first).

23 Brighten up

Have you got a beautiful antique or ornate piece of furniture that you’re not too precious about keeping in its original state? If so, how about painting it in a bright, eye-catching hue, like a zesty lemon yellow, for an easy update that will bridge the gap between old and new.

24 Hit the tiles

Finally use up all those individual tiles left over from other projects – create a patchwork basin splashback with a mix of mismatched patterns and plain colours.

25TAKE NOTICE

Make use of wasted space on the side of a kitchen cupboard and create a notice board with cork. You can stencil on a simple chevron design using masking tape to make it a pretty and practical feature.

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Go bespoke and paint your own fabric. Dilute some fabric dye and paint on some simple brush marks or stripes using a large artist’s brush. Follow the instructions to fix the dye.

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Update wire hangers with fabric slip-covers or use unwanted remnants of material to decoupage wooden hangers.


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35 Make space

Use the weekend to squeeze a small work area into an under-utilised alcove or corner. Paint a section of wall with magnetic paint to create an oversized noticeboard, and fix on a fold-down table that can be tucked away when not in use. If you want a more ambitious project, check out our special on working with unused spaces, on page 38.

36 Pick a palette

Take some time to pull your living room scheme together. Choose two main colours and paint your picture frames, sew scatter cushions and consider making a bespoke lampshade or spray-painting old vases to suit the new scheme.

Paint panels of colour for a new look without decorating a whole room

37 Get the needle

Learn to knit or crochet using the great videos provided by Wool and the Gang on their website. Who knows, you might even be able to knit your own cushion by the end of the weekend!

38 Make your mark

Get creative and paint, sew or weave a unique piece of wall art. You could applique a single word onto fabric to hang from a dowel, or paint a favourite quote or saying in brush calligraphy.

39 Chalk it up

Create a place in the kitchen for notes or the shopping list by painting an alcove or door with chalkboard paint. Black is no longer your only option – Lakeland Paints has a whopping 180 colours to choose from.

ORANGE CRUSH Stencil painted in Tangerine Twist matt emulsion, £26.99 per 2.5ltr, Dulux

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Floral fabrics

40MAKE A MEMO 32 THINK PINK

Gosford Meadow Cyclamen curtain fabric, £40 per m, Laura Ashley

33 FLOWER POWER 34 WATERCOLOUR

Voyage Sunflower furnishing fabric, £35 per m, John Lewis

Morning Chorus furnishing fabric, £32 per m, Just Fabrics

Create a pretty notice board with an old picture frame. Take out the board and glass, glue cork tiles to the board, then cover with an off-cut of fabric. Replace the back and lean it on a shelf, or hang up.

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MIX IT UP

BE INSPIRED

Paint tired picture frames in bright colours, fix together at the back, and fill with some fun prints

Reader @emmacstamp couldn’t find a sink unit she liked so she upcycled this vintage cabinet into the perfect piece. With a lick of paint and some smart handiwork, this unique cabinet is the focal point of her bathroom.

Main feature Add character and charm to an alcove or small nook in your home with a bold wallpaper. Here, @choppy_chic has used an Orla Kiely wallpaper to give her hallway a retro twist and complement her muted palette. Take your time cutting around tricky light switches and plug sockets.

Look what you’ve

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New lease of life

RUSTIC CHARM

Check out this beautifully revamped bureau by @joandtess. To achieve a similar look, buy a stencil to apply an intricate design on top of paintwork and replace old drawer knobs with pretty alternatives. Use a chalk paint that doesn’t require a primer where possible to help speed up the process and give a nice even finish.

Wow! The rather clever @bekihook84 has transformed wooden scaffolding boards into a gorgeous dining table and benches for a statement piece in her dining room. This advanced upcycling project isn’t suitable for beginners, so call in the experts if you don’t feel completely confident tackling it yourself.

READY, STEADY, MAKE! Get hands on and make a rope shelf like @hannahtregoning. Use a leftover piece of wood as your base and drill holes for the rope to pass through. Secure the rope underneath with knots and hang the top of the ropes to a wall hook. 58 | MAY 2016 housetohome.co.uk/styleathome

Experiment with eclectic accessories to make your own style statement


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OFF THE WALL For an alternative idea to hanging a picture or mirror, why not think outside the box when it comes to decorating your walls? @sairanaomi has collected fun frames from high street stores to design a quirky focal point in a child’s room. Experiment with the layout before hanging to make sure you’re happy with it.

Luxury look Take an unloved chest of drawers and give it a little TLC to turn it from drab to fab in just a few days. @telerijones used Annie Sloan chalk paint in Paris Grey to give this piece a crisp new look and then gold spray paint to add a chic metallic finish to the drawers. Remember to neatly mask off any areas you don’t want to spray paint to keep the colour from spreading.

FRESH START Make the most of the bank holiday weekend and use the time to rearrange your furniture, de-clutter and have a thorough spring clean, just like @laurenkatedavies has done. Treat your home to some new accessories such as cushions and bedding for an instant style update and take any unwanted pieces to your local charity shop.

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Thrifty idea Head outdoors and make your very own vertical planter, as @qwerthia has done. This clever display is built from wooden pallets that have been lined to hold flowers and plants and is ideal for smaller gardens or balconies without flowerbeds. Use to hide unsightly fencing or add a splash of colour to a courtyard.

TRY SOME DIY Be inspired by @handmade_ ginab’s project and make your own hook rail. She coated a piece of driftwood with paint, decoupaged a f loral design using paper napkins and attached metal hooks onto the wood. Join in and share your snaps with the Style at Home team on Instagram using #SAHstylists

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STICK UP Multi-purpose tape now comes in a range of colours and patterns. Shurtape duck tape, £2.83 for 9.1m, Power Tools Direct

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Store your kit in this printed tin. Orla Kiely Scribble Stem Tool Box, £34.99, cuckooland.com

Get cracking on your mini weekend makeovers with these handy buys

IN EASY REACH Keep DIY bits and bobs in this leather belt. Rolson double leather tool pouch, £5.75, rapidonline.com

HOLE IN ONE Pick a lightweight drill that’s perfect for small home fixes. Black & Decker 12V drill, £34.99, Homebase

DECORATING TIPS & TRICKS Make life easy for yourself with our handy hacks WRAP IT UP Always have some cling film at hand when painting at home. Wrap up brushes tightly between coats and they’ll be ready to use when it’s time for the next layer. You can also use it to line a roller tray, so when you are done you simply fold it up and throw it away. DEAL WITH DUST If you’re drilling holes in the wall, an easy trick is to use masking tape to stick an opened envelope (with

the flap cut off) to the wall just under where you want to drill. This catches all the fine dust and saves you having to vacuum.

TAPE CARE If using masking tape to achieve crisp edges when painting around window frames, it’s best to remove the tape before the paint is dry. If you remove it afterwards, use a sharp blade to score along down the tape edge before removing, to avoid it pulling off the new paint.

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HAMMER TIME Spruce up a boring DIY job with a little floral fancy. V&A Roses hammer, £9.95, Bloomsbury Store

SMOOTH OPERATOR Be ready to sand just about any surface. Assorted grade sandpaper sheets, £1 for pack of 10, Wilko


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Five basics that every keen decorator needs SUGAR SOAP Make sure your surfaces are grease-free before painting with the sugar soap powder, £4.49 for 860g, Wickes

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DUST SHEET Use masking tape to fix plastic sheeting to the edge of skirting boards for clean edges. Plastic 360 x 360cm dust sheet, £2.99, Homebase

Buy good brushes that’ll last a long time. Wall paint brushes, from £14.95, Annie Sloan

PRETTY STORAGE Stash nails and screws in these print-top jars. Poppy glass jars, from £3.95, Dotcomgiftshop

ON A ROLL Get super-smooth walls. Sherlock six-piece Micropol paint roller set, £20.98, decorating direct.co.uk

WHITE SPIRIT Clean brushes after applying oil-based paints. White spirit, £1.50 for 750ml, Tesco Direct PAINT CAN OPENER Save your screwdrivers and use a specialist tool to crack open your p y paint tins. Harris p paint can o opener, £1.82, B&Q &Q

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MATCHING SET You’re less likely to mislay brighter tools! VonHaus 39-piece Hand Tool Kit, £10.99, domu.co.uk

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STYLE SCHOOL Part 8

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All you need to know about

WALL TILES

Tiling your home is easy – we share our tips to get the job done

SUBWAY COOL Create a classic look with a modern twist. Metro Grey tiles, £32.50 per sq m, Topps Tiles

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iling a wall is a job that anyone can do successfully, even if it’s something that’s totally new to you. And the selection of tiles on offer nowadays is so versatile that you can make your home both stylish and practical, be it modern, traditional or industrial chic. There are a few skills you’ll need to master along the way, but with the right preparation, tools and information to hand, you’ll be able to tackle each job competently. And just think about that huge sense of achievement when you step back to admire your own handy work.

You will learn What tools you’ll need and how to prepare your walls Different types of tile styles How to tile, including cutting tiles and finishing off How to paint your tiles Ways to make an impact with an interesting layout Expert tips from Topps Tiles Great tile combinations

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Getting

STARTED Arm yourself with the right equipment to complete your tiling project

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reparation is one of the most important factors when it comes to tiling. Walls need to be completely flat, clean, dry and stable before you begin. Start off by removing any grease, dirt, old tiles, wallpaper or flaky plaster, then fill in any big holes (smaller dents don’t matter too much). If your walls are very uneven, consider having them re-skimmed so you don’t end up with

BRIGHT IDEA Impact Glass range, price on request, British Ceramic Tile

a poor finish. But you’ll need to leave the new plaster to dry thoroughly, which can take a few weeks, and prime any porous surfaces with a PVA-based adhesive. Alternatively, you could re-line the surface with plasterboard.

Sprinkle water on a stone tile to see the darker shade it will be once sealed

Removing old tiles Wear safety goggles, a dust mask and heavy-duty gloves, and cover the floor with a dust sheet. Slide a chisel, putty knife or other flat tool in between the tile and the wall, so that it’s almost parallel against it. Tap the handle of the tool with a hammer until the tile comes away – be aware that it may break into several pieces if it’s firmly stuck on, so keep an eye out for any fragments that may fly off. Once all the tiles are fully removed, take off any remaining adhesive or grout with a scraper until the wall is smooth.

The right quantity Measure the height and width of the space you want to tile and multiply these two figures to give you the amount of tiles you’ll need in square metres. Add at least 10 per cent to this number to allow for any breakages, or round up the number of boxes to buy. If in doubt, always buy more than you need as you’ll find it very frustrating

NE TILE CALCULATOR IS A USEFUL TOOL TO HELP O AN ONLI YOU PURCHASE THE RIGHT NUMBER OF TILES – JUST ENTER THE MEASUREMENTS OF THE SPACE YOU’RE COVERING

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What you will need Goggles & gl gloves loves Dust mask Tape measure Spirit level Notched trowel Adhesive Tile cutter – either hand or electric

Tile nibbler & file Tile spacers Grout Rubber grout float Dense sponge Soft cloth Plastic bucket

GO FAUX Workshop woodeffect tiles, £49.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors

SAM SAYS ‘Floor tiles can totally transform a room and can also create an opulent feel. Try mosaic tiles in the kitchen, hall, bathroom, or even in a porch area.’


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BLUE SPLASH Henley Cool tiles, £59.95 per sq m, Topps Tiles

ALL TYPES OF TILES Find the right design to suit your decor scheme CERAMIC Available in a huge range of colours, styles and finishes. It’s affordable, easy to cut and waterproof, making it ideal for bathrooms. GLASS Rich and deep in colour, glass is an easy-to-clean surface that comes in a variety of sizes. Keep cutting to a minimum as edges remain sharp. PATCHWORK A box of tiles with a mix of designs that create a pattern. It’s perfect for adding personality to a plain scheme.

if you have a few mis-cuts and have to run out to the shop in the middle of the job. Ask the shop about its returns policy so you can take back any unopened boxes if you end up buying more than you need.

Adhesives and grout

OMBRE EFFECT Country Blanco; Gris Claro; Grey Pearl; Graphite; and Anthracite, all from £30 per sq m, Country range at Tile of Spain

Selecting the correct products is essential for a successful installation, and as there are so many available, it can be quite confusing. Adhesives and grout are both available ready-mixed or in powder form. Ready-mixed is applied easily straight from the tub and makes less mess, but it’s more expensive than powder options, which need to be mixed at home with water. Be sure to read the back of any packaging carefully so you make the right choice. For instance, large-format tiles are quite heavy so they’ll require an adhesive that will hold without slipping, and wet areas demand waterproof products.

NATURAL STONE Not every tile will be the same shade, but stone works in all schemes. Be aware that many require sealing to make them water resistant. MARBLE This looks glam and opulent in a bathroom, but it’s also expensive, hard to cut, and needs sealing and polishing, so it’s not easy for beginners. FAUX TIMBER Get the look of natural wood with the hard-wearing water-resistant properties of a faux design. MOSAIC It’s breathtakingly beautiful but can be expensive, so use as a feature or a border and surround it with larger tiles. BRICKS Use either thin, real bricks that are fitted individually, or larger tiles with several faux bricks on each piece for a fast fit.

3 of the best websites for tiles Confused with all the tiles on offer? Try one of these websites to search for your dream look

TOPPS TILES A great choice of tiles in a range of styles and prices – look online or at one of its 330-plus stores nationwide. It offers room images for inspiration, how-to videos and advice, and a choice of delivery options. 0800 783 6262, toppstiles.co.uk

TILE MOUNTAIN Browse a huge selection with up to 40 per cent off high-street prices. It also has a free cut tile sample service and an online visualiser. Many of its tiles are stocked in UK warehouses and can be delivered in 24 hours. 01782 223822, tilemountain.co.uk

WALLS & FLOORS Jam-packed with over 6,000 tiles in many styles and colours. On the site are some wonderful images showing tiles that have been used in unexpected rooms to inspire you. Free delivery on orders over £99. 01536 314730, wallsandfloors.co.uk

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MODERN MIX Brix Stratum Anthracite tile, £14.99 per sq m, Tile Mountain

Try sample tiles to get an idea of how they’ll look – most websites will post the samples, too

PAY A VISIT Take a trip to Vanessa Arbuthnott’s shop in Gloucestershire so you can feel the fabric

Putting up EASTERN INFLUENCE Nikea tiles, £31.75 per sq m, Tiles Direct

WALLTILES Worried about fitting the tiles yourself? Here’s how to achieve professional results

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URBAN FEEL Creative geometric tiles, £55.20 per sq m, Baked Tiles

alls and floors are rarely straight so the best way to ensure your tiles are lined up is to secure wooden battens to the wall. Use a spirit level and (after checking for pipes or cables) nail a batten to the wall with the top edge the height of one tile off the floor. To have equal cuts at either end, attach a second batten vertically at the centre of the wall. Next, spread adhesive over an area measuring one square metre using a notched trowel. Press hard, holding the trowel at a 45-degree angle, to get into the ridges. Set the first tile in place and press to the wall using a twisting motion. Add

spacers, then place the second tile next to it. Push tight up to the space to ensure even gaps in between each tile and make sure your spacers are below the level of the tiles so you can grout over them at the end. Continue tiling until you have covered the area of adhesive, then spread more and keep going until you have finished the whole area with full tiles. Clean off any adhesive from the tile surface as you go.

The perfect fit Cut tiles to fit at the end of the line, then spread adhesive on the back of the tile – it’s often too tricky to apply to a small area of wall – and finish off the tiling. Carefully


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CLAIRE SAYS ‘For a quick update to old tiles, use pretty floral transfers on random tiles or as a border. Re-grouting is another easy way to get a clean new look.’

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HOW TO PAINT YOUR TILES Give tired tiles an instant makeover with a new coat of paint DRESS IT UP If your tiles are flat and secure, but not quite to your colour taste, why not paint them for a brandnew look? There are lots of tile paints available at well-known DIY stores, but the basic steps remain the same. EASY AS 1, 2, 3… Give the tired tiles and grout a thorough clean before you begin, or otherwise the paint won’t adhere

properly. Next, run masking tape along any surface that meets the tile, and the wall above if it’s a splashback, for neat lines. After this, follow the instructions on the paint tin. TIDY THE EDGES If any paint leaks onto the grout, neaten it up with a pen for the perfect finish. Try Ronseal’s one-coat grout pen, £6.49, Homebase.

TAKE A BREAK FROM FEATURE WALLPAPER AND CREATE A HEADBOARD WITH PATTERNED TILES SURROUNDED BY A PLAIN BORDER – IT’S A GREAT PROJECT FOR BEGINNERS! b ld with bold h a bright b h hue, h such h as blue bl or orange. Tile Mountain even has glitter grout for that extra bit of sparkle. To finish off the edges neatly, use pencil trim tiles (a thin version of a standard tile) to give a traditional look, or for a smooth wall-to-wall finish, slip tile trim (a length of plastic trim) under the top of the last row of tiles to give a 1cm finished edge at the top of the tile. All joins between surfaces where water will be used should be finished with a bead of silicone.

Making straight cuts

BE BOLD Cookhouse metro tile, £25 per sq m, British Ceramic Tile

remove any adhesive that may have escaped onto the tiled surface with a clean, damp sponge before leaving to dry completely for about 24 hours. Don’t skip this step – adhesive dries rock hard and is difficult to remove if you leave it.

A neat finish Grout the spaces between the tiles about 24-36 hours after tiling using a spreader to force it into the gaps with a rubber squeegee. Wipe away excess with a damp, dense sponge, then when dry, polish with a soft cloth. You could add interest using coloured grout – a grey shade will give an industrial edge, or be

Work on a surface that can be cleaned – on top of newspaper or an old shower curtain that can be rolled up encasing tile shards and then disposed of. Measure then mark the surface of the tile with a pencil where the cut needs to be. Do not use felt-tips as the ink can run into the unglazed part of the tile and leave a mark. A manual cutter is ideal for cutting a tile in two, and a hand-held electric tool with a tile-cutting blade gives fast, accurate cuts, which is perfect for removing corners. An electric tile cutter is less labour intensive and makes clean lines, including L-shapes.

Unusual designs For cutting curves, make straight cuts up to the line, score the glaze, then use tile nibblers, before neatening up with a file. Or, you can clamp the tile in a bench and use a hand saw with a tile blade. If you have more obscure shapes, make a template from card first, then transfer the shape to a tile. Or you could buy a tile template, which is a hand tool with lots of small sliding plastic fingers that you push against the obstacle to make the template shape to then transfer to the tile.

FOCAL POINT V&A Santiago tile, £150 per sq m; plain tile, £26 per sq m, both British Ceramic Tile

3 tile stickers Give your interior an instant revamp with these quick fixes – take note, few DIY skills needed FUN FACTOR Go old-school retro with these Romantic Comic tile stickers, £24 per pack (either 20 at 15cm or 30 at 10cm with five designs per set), Spin Collective

HOT SUNSET Sandown Orange and white tile tattoo stickers by Mibo, £14 for a pack of 8, Notonthehigh street.com

FLORAL TOUCH Give plain white tiles an elegant finish in next to no time with the striking Shanklin Blue tile tattoos, £12.50 for a pack of 8, Mibo

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Choosing a

FORMAT

How your tiles are installed changes the feel of a space – find a layout to suit you

S

ome tiles, such as intricately patterned designs are shown off best when laid in a traditional grid pattern. But there are many other layouts you can consider that will take plain tiles to another level.

LUXE LOOK Hexagon Studio tiles, from £40 per sq m, Baked Tiles

GRID If you’ve chosen tiles with an interesting colour or pattern, a simple grid style – where tiles are aligned to form a repeating grid – will work well. HERRINGBONE This is a huge trend for 2016 that is achieved by laying tiles at right angles into zigzag formations or by a preformed mosaic. It will require careful cutting at the start, but once the layout is established, the main area will build up as fast as any other pattern. BRICK STYLE An easy-to-lay format that adds interest to a plain tile. Use a bright tile with white grout, or a pale tile with dark grout for extra impact. COLUMNS Rectangular tiles stacked in columns give a crisp, contemporary feel. Be accurate with the spacers so the grout lines are neat and tidy. BASKETWEAVE This pattern turns the popular subway tile into square units, which is so simple but creates a very striking look. Go for a bold colour such as mustard to make a statement. HEXAGONS & HONEYCOMB Use an eye-catching shape in one or multiple hues to create an artistic design on your walls. This is set to be another popular choice for 2016.

Q RE TILES IN A SIMPLE GRID CO OURED SQUA FIT COLO FORMAT IN MODERN SPACES. FINISH IT OFF WITH A WHITE GROUT FOR ZEN-LIKE SIMPLICITY

Top tile trends for 2016 For the latest looks, consider one of these sleek styles METALLICS Add a luxurious feel with a touch of copper or pewter.

about the installation as it may be a bit tricky for a novice to tackle.

PASTEL HUES Rose Quartz and Serenity are the two Pantone colours for 2016. These pastel shades are strong and beautiful with a lustre finish.

LARGE SCALE Using the same oversized tile throughout creates a streamlined and elegant display.

TEXTURE From wood and brick to natural stone, modern tiles are now available in these authentic materials, which can be used in all interiors.

SHAPES Look for interesting designs that take on an unusual form for a statement finish – but think carefully EASY FIX Prismatics tiles, from £21.29 per sq m, Tile Mountain

PATTERN Forget feature wallpaper – come up with your own design using tiles instead for a truly unique scheme. NEED MORE HELP? For written tips, head online to B&Q. Or try the videos at Topps Tiles and YouTube. Walls and Floors also has a Tile Guru you can email at technicalhelp@wallsandfloors.co.uk


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GO GREEN Country Cottage metro tiles, £39.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors

BRICK IT Aaronson matt white tile, £89.52 per sq m, Topps Tiles

Q

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How do I prepare my walls?

Ensure the surface you’re tiling is clean, even and able to withstand extra weight. If you’re tiling a newly plastered wall, the plaster will need at least 14 days to dry. If you’re tiling an old wall, the plaster may be too unstable. To check, tap gently along the wall and if it sounds hollow, it will need replacing. Just remove this section and level the surface with board. If a lot of the wall has dried out, you u may want to redo the whole surface.

SQUARE DEAL Slate Silver/ Black mosaic, £163.27 per sq m, Topps Tiles

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Anys tips on cleaning my new tiles?

This depends on the material al you’ve chosen. Porcelain is renowned for its strength and durability, so is easy to maintain, however, polished porcelain will need treating with a specialist protector to preserve its shine. While this type of tile is relatively low maintenance, it’s advisable to clean it with a tile and stone cleaner occasionally. Natural stone, like limestone, travertine or marble, needs a little more TLC. While these materials are hardy, looking after your tiles will help them last for longer. Use a specialist protector to stop it absorbing any oil or moisture, and a stone cleaner to help preserve its natural characteristics.

Q&A Your questions answered

Archivo Bakula tile, £95.36 per sq m, Topps Tiles

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Anything else a beginner should know?

Work in a methodical way across your surface using a grout float at 45 degrees to the wall. Make sure any gaps are filled using the edge of the tool. Once finished, remove the excess with a soft, damp sponge, and a damp emulsifying pad. After 10 minutes, you’ll notice a clay-like film building up – remove this with a damp sponge. BRIGITTE SAYS ‘Always plan ahead how your tiles will be spaced, making sure to work from the inside out. Tile spacers are a must to get equal distance.’

Yes, however it’s not o ideal e a and there are a few tthings you should consider before starting a project. As with any surface, you need to ensure the old tiles are completely clean, flat and secure. If any are loose or uneven, they’ll need to be removed and replaced. To do this, use a grout removal tool to take out the old grout, then prise the tile off the wall with a scraper before replacing it. Cover the surrounding area with a dust sheet and wear goggles and gloves when carrying out this task.

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What about tips on grouting?

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C I tile Can til over tiles?

ON THE EDGE Tile trim, from £5.99, Topps Tiles

To achieve a uniform finish, use tile spacers. These plastic crosses are available in different widths and should be placed between your tiles to make sure that the spacing is even. You can also fit a tile trim to the edges of the tiles to create a sleek, seamless look.

Robin Auld, head of marketing at Topps Tiles, shares his expert knowledge and top tips for first-time DIY tilers

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Hammered Hex glass mosaic, £70.02 per sq m; Burren Black tile, £15.99 per sq m, both Tile Mountain

Stardust Blue quartz, £95.44 per sq m; Stardust Blue mosaic, £129.89 per sq m, both Topps Tiles

Concrete Londres tile, £44.32 per sq m; Wave Europe tile, £51.02 per sq m, both Wickes

Off the WALL These striking duos will bring pizazz and personality to your home

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Runway Grey tile, £33.31 per sq m; Terra Copper Mix tile, £91.89 per sq m, both Topps Tiles

Skyros Blanco tile, £17.99 per sq m; Skyros Delft Blue tile, £18.99 per sq m, both Tile Mountain

Altundra Crema tile, £37.49 per sq m, Tile Giant; Shibori Blue tile, £84.44 per sq m, Topps Tiles

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Moon Red mosaic tiles, £121.31 per sq m; Bumpy white tile, £11 per sq m, both Topps Tiles

Porto square mosaic, £14.75 per sheet; Panache Grey mosaic, £37.96 per sq m, both The London Tile Co

Harvest Brick, £7.99 per sheet, Walls and Floors; Cento Mustard, £59.72 per sq m, Topps Tiles

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Introduce painterly patterns into your decor this season for an on-trend update. Inky blues and soft pinks are a perfect colour combo for a living room or bedroom in need of a fresh seasonal palette.

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GET IT FOR LESS

Make it

It could be designer...

STUDDED TABLE

SPLASH OUT

Try your hand at creating a luxury lookalike for a fraction of the cost

Andrew Martin Cook side table, £595, Houseology

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ou can treat your living room to a designer-inspired coffee table for a lot less than you think. Our simple project is inspired by the chic Cook table from Houseology and is bang on trend with its studded finish. Choose a colour to suit your scheme and transform an inexpensive buy in next to no time.

LESS THAN

£60

GET THE LOOK

PROJECT & STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPH DAVID GILES *EXCLUDES DRYING TIME

Lappljung Ruta rug, £60, Ikea. Croft mocha bottle vase, £40, John Lewis

Apply a coat of furniture wax to the table to add a protective layer if needed

TAKES 3HRS* COST £59.49 Skoghall coffee table, £35, Ikea Rust-Oleum chalky furniture paint in Laurel Green, £4.99 per 125ml, Homebase Paintbrush Screwdriver 2 x 5m pack of decorative upholstery nails, £9.75 per pack, eBay Hammer

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Take all the parts of the table out of the box and paint each with a coat of furniture paint. Once dry, apply a second coat. Follow the flatpack instructions and assemble the table when the paint is completely dry.

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Hold a strip of upholstery nails along the side of the tabletop and break off so you have a piece to fit the length of the side. Hammer the extra nails provided into the holes along the strip to secure it to the table, then repeat on the remaining sides and down the legs of the table.

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Give it a go!

REVAMPS AT HOME

Update existing furniture and accessories with our step-by-step upcycling projects

NAUTICAL NAPKIN HOLDERS Find a new use for wooden curtain rings TAKES 1HR COST £6.50

DO IT IN UNDER

White wood curtain rings Red and blue ready-mixed paints, £1 per tube, Hobbycraft Fine paintbrush Black rub-on letters, £1.50, eBay Rust-Oleum clear sealer, £4 for 125ml, B&Q

2hrs!

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Lexington Oxford striped table runner, £19.50; rattan napkin holder, £12; napkins, £5 for four, all John Lewis

Red ombre vase, £7, Wilko. Set of two wooden birds, £20; fish bunting, £12, both The Contemporary Home. Lighthouse tealight holder, £8, George. Large painted lantern, £40, Next

COASTAL SIDE TABLE Add beach style to an unloved piece TAKES 2HRS COST £32.08

PUT A RING ON IT

Small wooden table* Rust-Oleum Painters’ Touch spray paint in Deep Blue, £9.49, Amazon Hot-glue gun White 4mm rope, £7.99 for 30m, Wilko 4 x wardrobe rail centre brackets, £1.75 each, Wilko 2m x 18mm thick rope, Screws & screwdriver £3.80m, eBay Sewing thread

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Working outside, spray the table with two or three coats of blue paint, leaving

to dry between each. Turn it upside down and use a hot-glue gun to secure the end of the 4mm rope to the bottom of one leg, then wrap around the leg to your desired height. Repeat on the other three legs. Screw a chrome rail fitting into each corner on the tabletop, approximately 1.5cm from the corner. Thread the thick rope through the hoops and knot to secure on one side of the table. Wrap sewing thread 3cm from the ends of the rope.

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PROJECTS BECKY CLARKE STYLING CASSIE PRYCE PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES *WE USED THE FOLDING TRAY TABLE, £7.99, ARGOS

Hold each curtain ring by its metal loop and use a fine paintbrush to paint the coloured sections to mimic a life-saving ring. Repeat on each and leave to dry. Apply a second coat of paint for a stronger colour and leave to dry thoroughly. Use the transfer letters to write your chosen names on each ring and brush a layer of clear sealer over the whole ring. Remove the small metal ring if desired.


HOME REVAMPS Chunky knit throw in cranberry, £24.99, Dunelm

JAZZ UP OLD JEANS!

Make it

DENIM CUSHION Won’t wear them again? Recycle your worn-out jeans TAKES 1.5HRS COST £9.97 Several pairs of old jeans in different shades 30 x 50cm cushion pad, £6.99, Dunelm 1 x large red iron-on star, £1.99, eBay 2 x small red iron-on stars, 99p for three, eBay Measuring tape Sewing machine Iron and pins

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Cut seven strips of 33 x 10cm denim. Cut two larger pieces measuring 38 x 33cm from the leg of a pair of jeans, with the sewn hem being used as a short edge. Stitch the strips together with a 1.5cm seam allowance, then iron the seams open. Place the stars in position and iron into place. Lay the striped piece face up and the larger pieces face down on top (there will be an overlap). Pin all the way round and stitch round the edge. Turn through and press.

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PRESS-ON LETTERS TO SPELL TRY USING P OUT A FUNNY MESSAGE OR A NAME ON YOUR DENIM CUSHION FOR A PERSONA L TOUCH

SUITCASE SHELF Upcycle an old piece of luggage into quirky storage for your home

Boat ornament, £15; votives, £5 for three, both George. Clock, £4.99, Dunelm. Binoculars, £50, House of Fraser. Stripe candle, £4, Sainsbury’s

TAKES 2HRS COST £17.49 Old wooden suitcase Rust-Oleum furniture paint in Chalk White, £4.99 for 125ml, Homebase Paintbrush Cloth Small piece of wood for shelf Contour Seaside wallpaper, £12.50 per roll, Wilko PVA glue Nails & hammer

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Remove the lid and lining of the suitcase then coat the outside in white paint. Allow to dry a little, then use a damp cloth to rub at the corners and edges for a distressed finish. Cut a piece of wood for a shelf, paint white. Leave both to dry. Cut wallpaper to cover the inside, overlapping the back panel by 2cm. Stick in place with PVA glue. Cut another piece to cover the back panel and stick. Secure shelf by tapping nails from outside.

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COAT OF PAINT. ‘The dark wood chest of drawers didn’t suit the bedroom, so I transformed it with grey chalk paint’

‘It’s like sleeping BOLD AND CLASSY ‘Striking bedlinen, soft carpets and plenty of storage have given me the relaxing haven I hoped for when I set about tackling this bedroom’

‘Go a bit wild with your bedding to enliven a neutral backdrop’

MY ROOM...

ABOUT ME I’m Emma Luck, 33, a beauty therapist, and I live with my husband, Dan, 34, a mechanical engineer, and our baby son, Joe, in a three-bedroom 1920s detached bungalow in Shepperton, Surrey, which we moved into in August 2013. MY CHALLENGE Taking on a double-aspect room that had damp issues and was badly in need of new windows. It needed replastering and transforming into a stylish master bedroom that we could really relax and unwind in. MY WISH LIST I wanted proper storage to put all our clothes and shoes away, a soft carpet underfoot, calming colours on the walls and some fun elements to give the room a little more oomph!

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TOTAL

£1,998 TURN OVER FOR MY SHOPPING LIST

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BEDROOM MAKEOVER

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IN A MEADOW!’ Stylist at Home Emma, 33, turned her bedroom into a sanctuary with floral bedding, silky blinds and mirrored furniture

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uying a dilapidated bungalow, my husband Dan and I knew we had a lot of work to do,’ says Emma. ‘The windows needed replacing, there was damp and every room needed renovating. But it’s on a good-sized plot, with lots of potential and it’s a long-term project. We’d moved from a modern two-bedroom flat in nearby Egham – so this was our chance to live in a much bigger property.

Making plans We knew we had to take it slowly and sort out the structural stuff first, which is essential but frustrating as you can’t see the results straightaway. After replacing the windows, and putting in a new kitchen, a decent master bedroom was my biggest wish. There are two bedrooms at the front of the house, and the best is the one at the back, with windows on both sides, but this room was in the worst condition. An old garage built against the outside wall had caused damp in the wall over the years. So we knocked down the garage, got the wall treated and dried out, and replastered it. At the beginning of last year, we were left with a damp-free, square and empty room, stripped of its old carpet, and nothing worth saving in it. We also had a firm deadline to carry out the basics, as I was pregnant and wanted to have a warm, elegant space to be able to go to with my baby, as well as somewhere that was a sanctuary for Dan and me, away from the building chaos. Neutral walls, a nice carpet and storage were at the top of the list.

Choosing the f looring For the floor, we wanted something soft and stain resistant and we found a product in a pale grey at Cormar Carpets that was just right. We have lots more work to carry out on the house, so we were on a tight budget, but had spotted a great Ikea wardrobe system with a mirrored door. The bedroom has windows on two sides, so it made sense for the bed to be straight ahead on the big wall as you enter the

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PRACTICAL STORAGE

Stylists

‘A modular wardrobe meant we could choose exactly how we wanted the height, shelves and drawers arranged’

at Home

CLAIRE SAYS ‘As the room is in various shades of grey and the main colour comes from the bedlinen, Emma could paint her furniture to introduce some different hues.’

TOUCH OF GLAMOUR

DON’T HAVE TO SPEND A FORTUNE ON SILK FOR ‘YOU DO BLINDS.I MADE MY OWN USING LINING FABRIC AB IC – AT £3 PER M YOU CAN MAKE THEM LOOK NICE AND FULL’ room, with the wardrobes tucked away behind the door, as you don’t want to stare at them when you come in.

Colour coordination

HOT SEAT ‘This tactile velvet chair adds texture and drama to the room’

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As we were keeping our old bed with the grey linen headboard, we painted the walls a warm grey and chose a wallpaper with grey in it for the back wall. We also painted our old chest of drawers the same colour. The room was looking a bit too bland for my liking, so with baby Joe settled in the nursery towards the end of the year we started on phase two. We found some Art Deco-style pieces, mirrored bedside tables and a black velvet chair with matching diamante cushions, as well as a chandelier. With everything pretty much done, the bedding was still nagging at me – I couldn’t find the perfect duvet cover. I wanted something that would make a real impact and bring the room together. Then I saw the gorgeous flower design by Ted Baker, and knew that was the job finished. Finally I have the bedroom I’d always hoped for.’

My shopping list Arctic Grey carpet from the Sensation range, £13.75 per sq m, Cormar Carpets. Pax system wardrobes, £900, Ikea. Grandeco Clear Spirit Crossover wallpaper, £15.99 per roll, WorldStores. Ted Baker Tile Floral duvet, £100; pillowcases, £18.50; blue housewife pillowcases and sheet, £18; letter E, £10, all Fenwick. Bedside tables, £125 each, Sunbury Antiques Market. Chest of drawers painted in Paris Grey chalk paint, £18.95 per ltr, Annie Sloan. Feet for chest of drawers, £21 for four; chandelier, £20; lining fabric for blinds, £3 per m; plaster clock, £40, all eBay. Bedside lamps, £70 each, The White Company. Walls painted in Dimpse modern emulsion, £43.50 per 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. Black velvet chair, £125, Hookes Interiors. Black and diamante cushions, £20 each, Julien Macdonald for Debenhams. Silvered tray, £29.99, Zara Home. Tabletop mirror, £20, Bhs

WORDS STEPHANIE SMITH PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN POOLE SHOPPING LAURIE DAVIDSON

‘Mirrored furniture always says luxury to me, and these bedside tables are just right’


BEDROOM MAKEOVER

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Steal Emma’s

BEDROOM LOOK Want to get this luxe yet lively look? Here’s how to shop Emma’s style

TASTE OF METAL

HIGH GLASS

SWEET SCENT

Dig the distressed look. Mercury vase, from £35, House of Fraser

Look up to luxury. Fiji ceiling light, £55, Bhs

Introduce natural beauty. Orchid in ceramic pot, £14.99, Dobbies

KEEP GEMS SAFE

CLEAR CRYSTAL CHIC

PRETTY BUY

SUNNY ASPECT

WARM GLOW

Store jewellery in style. Glass floral print trinket box, £10, Next

Bring me sunshine. Atlantic Blankets yellow zigzag throw, from £40, Notonthehighstreet.com

Cast a twinkling light. Jewel Drop table lamp, £8.99, The Range

BIG COVER UP

TICK TOCK

SOFT TOUCH

Jewel Pearl wallpaper by Julien Macdonald, £20 per roll, Graham & Brown

Keep an eye on the time. Square mantel clock, £15.95, Melody Maison

Fall asleep among the flowers. Ted Baker Tile floral cushion, £25, John Lewis

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BEDROOM ACCESSORIES B

ICE COOL Mix and match. Chinoiserie double duvet set, £12; Peony cushion, £8; Ric Rak throw, £15, all George

LOOK AT ME Keep it stylish. Beningbrough mirror, £75, The Chandelier & Mirror Company

LITTLE EXTRA Scatter on your bed. Talen Dot cushion, £15, Made

GENTLE GLOW

MODERN VIBE

Create a calm ambience. Mint candle, £2.99, New Look

SET THE MOOD

EASTERN INFLUENCE Brighten up your bedside table. Blue glass lantern, £28, Next

Stay on track. Alarm clock, £19, Marquis & Dawe

Tranquil ESCAPE

Hide dirty laundry. Wash basket, £15, The Contemporary Home

FEATURE JOANNA THORNHILL

COUNT DOWN

TIDY UP

Combine peaceful blue hues to create a restful retreat SOFT TOUCH Add warm, fluffy textures. Arrow rug in light blue, £159, In-Spaces

INSTANT UPDATE

IN ITS PLACE

LIGHT LAYERS

Store jewellery safely. Umbra reflexion box, £35, Black by Design

Cover up. Sea Green windmill throw, £58, The British Blanket Company

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SMOOTH GROOVES Sing along. R1 digital radio, £200, Ruark Audio


BEST BEDDING

Do it

Sweet dreams in a

PERFECT BED Choose the best bedding, mattress and pillows for you

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icking your perfect mattress, duvet and pillows that you can’t wait to sink into should be as simple as counting sheep. But with so many options and varying prices available, it can be a bit overwhelming. Before you get the credit card out, think about how you sleep. Do you suffer from any aches and pains or airborne allergies? Do you sleep most comfortably on your front, back or side? Do you wake up in the night if you’re too hot (or cold)? Is your partner a similar sleeper or do they have

different requirements? Keep a notebook by your bed and jot down how you slept, so you’ll be able to easily narrow down your ideal bedding wish list.

Do your homework Once you’ve worked out what you need, do some research online, comparing styles and prices as you go. It might all seem like a lot of money to pay at once, but as we spend around one third of our lives in bed, it’s worth investing what you can afford in a good night’s sleep.

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MAN-MADE MATERIALS ARE GENERALLY EASIER TO CLEAN THAN NATURAL ONES – MOST SYNTHETIC WASHING MACHINE, ALTHOUGH DUVETS CAN GO IN THE WAS Y THIS MAY CAUSE FIBRES TO PERISH MORE QUICKL Find your fabrics Good bedlinen is about more than colour – a good-quality set of sheets can help aid a comfy night’s sleep. Bedding with a thread count of at least 200 will give you some assurance of quality. Polycotton is affordable and offers easy maintenance, yet has less breathability than natural materials. If you’re prone to overheating in the night, a 100% cotton bedlinen set might be beneficial, as would linen and silk.

PICK AND CHOOSE If you’re on a budget, get the best pillowcase you can afford, and save on your duvet cover. H&M sells sets from £14.99

HOT IN HERE The fleece topper on this Lakeland electric blanket makes it extra soft

Cut out the chill The weather might be heating up but it can still get cold at night, and freezing extremities is never conducive to a great slumber. An electric blanket can help take the edge off and prevent you needing to layer up with throws that you’ll inevitably end up kicking off in the night as you get too hot. Try the luxury fleece fitted electric blanket, £75.99 for a king size, Lakeland

UP TO DATE Experts recommend replacing mattresses around every eight years due to the inner materials deteriorating. Find designs like this at Silentnight

FIND YOUR BEST BEDDING We all have our little sleep quirks and needs – here’s how to make your bed and love lying in it FOR BAD BACKS Memory foam or latex mattresses and pillows are often recommended by chiropractors as they can help relieve pressure, support your head and body and improve blood circulation, leading to a better-quality sleep. Try Time4Sleep.

FOR COUPLES Opt for a partner’s duvet, where you can each specify your preferred tog rating on either side. Alternatively,

check out The Fine Bedding Company’s Breathe duvet, which uses innovative Smartfil fibres that help to regulate individual body temperatures during sleep.

FOR ALLERGIES Synthetic pillows, especially those with anti-bacterial treatment, can reduce allergies caused by dust mites, as can memory foam pillows. Mattresse that include Purotex can also help. Try Warren Evans.

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FOR THE INDECISIVE If you’re a bit princess-andthe-pea when it comes to sleep, look for mattresses that you can try before you buy. Bed Monkey offers 14 nights’ hassle-free return, while Eve allows you a whopping 100 days to sleep on its new mattress before deciding whether to keep it or send it back.

FOR GREEN SLEEPERS Sustainable natural materials such as wool are naturally

hypoallergenic and breathable, as well as being eco-friendly. Look for 100% organic wool with a GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certificate to ensure a truly green product. Try I Am Organic.

FOR SNORERS Anti-snore pillows are designed to support the head and neck to help keep airways clear. Try the Slumberdown Anti-Snore pillow, £6, Tesco Direct


BEST BEDDING

Do it

Dreamy duvet For maximum comfort choose a sprung mattress with a high number of springs

You might have heard of the duvettog system – this regulated industrywide standard allows you to judge how warm a duvet will be, regardless of its construction or manufacturer. Lightweight summer duvets will have lower togs, with thicker winter offerings usually between 13.5 and 15, while 10.5 is considered a good option all year round.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER Natural duvets are typically filled with feathers and down, like the Sotvedel double, £40, Ikea

Top it off A decent mattress topper can improve the comfort and prolong the lifespan of your mattress, but they’re also a good option for even the comfiest of beds. With memory foam, wool, synthetic, and feather and down varieties, there are options for various sleeping styles, plus they add an extra layer of protection between your mattress and sheets from sweat and dirt.

Surface tension There’s an overwhelming choice of mattresses, so do your homework. An open coil mattress is a good option for smaller budgets, while pocket sprung designs give better comfort and support. Size is just as important as comfort when it comes to mattresses, particularly for larger or tall sleepers, as a double might feel restrictive.

FEATURE JOANNA THORNHILL

Pillow talk Low-quality pillows can lead to pain, as well as poor sleep, so it pays to find the right pair. Pick one that aligns your head with your shoulders and spine to ensure good support. Back sleepers will benefit from Microfibre pillows with Hollowfibre filling, while side sleepers will be cushioned more comfortably by a firmer pillow.

CRASH PAD A pillow protector will help extend their life and give extra comfort

ON CLOUD NINE Toppers like this one from Loaf are a cosy upgrade to any mattress

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Escape into

THE BLUE Create your dream home with this Moroccan-themed range of accessories

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risp whites and inky blues combine to create a timeless scheme inspired by the sights and sounds of Morocco. This look is perfect for the summer months ahead. Soft linens with attractive stitching and knitted textured throws all complement display accessories

AND RELAX Linens and bold prints create this soft look

for a beautifully tranquil scheme that will have you dreaming of lazing on hot exotic shores.

Get the look Prices in the new Sainsbury’s range start from only £8, and these great-value items include bedding, cushions and accessories.

IN PRINT Moroccan printed tassel cushion, £12

THE FEEL OF LUXURY

DISHY DESIGNS

LINE UP

Moroccan Blue nibble bowls, £3 each

Moroccan Blue stripe cushion, £12

SOFT AND CHIC DRINK TO THAT Morrocan Blue mug, £4

LUXE LOOKS Navy knit throw, £25

MAKE IT YOURS How you can recreate Moroccan style at home BE INSPIRED by Sainsbury’s incredible selection of great-value homewares and accessories in store and check out the other stunning ranges while you’re there. TAKE A LOOK online at sainsburyshome.co.uk to discover the new collections and to find where your nearest store is.

SOFT TOUCH Moroccan bedlinen, £28

PERFECT POUR Moroccan Blue jug, £12

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PROMOTION PERFECT MATCH Vibrant blue prints and beautiful fabrics combine for a bold look that never goes out of style

Stylists at Home

REBECCA SAYS You could take these deep blue accessories outdoors in summer to style your next BBQ. Pair them with twinkly Moroccan lanterns or string some lights to create a magical evening retreat.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;


SUBTLE TILING ‘I wanted something calm and neutral, and I love the colour difference between the walls and floor, plus the different tile sizes’

CURVED DESIGN ‘The shower enclosure takes up a lot less room than the old unit but is actually bigger inside’

MY ROOM...

ABOUT ME I’m Fiona MacCarron, 47, a customer training manager, and I live with my son, Nathan, 11, and our dog, Doodles, in a threebedroom 1930s semi-detached in Hampton, London, which we moved into in October 2014. MY CHALLENGE The bathroom was cramped and painted a startling dark red everywhere, and my aim was to create a modern, practical layout, with a new colour scheme. MY WISH LIST I wanted a feeling of space, plus a decent bath, a powerful shower, a window that wasn’t rotten and somewhere to store our towels and toiletries.

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BATHROOM MAKEOVER

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‘Now it feels

LIGHT AND SPACIOUS’ Stylist at Home Fiona, 47, turned her oppressive suite into a calm retreat

M GREAT IDEA

‘Wall-mounted bath controls mean you can lie back in the bath without taps getting in the way’

oving from a Victorian terraced house in nearby Teddington, west London, I was looking for a place with bigger rooms and a larger garden,’ says Fiona. ‘So 1930s houses were appealing because the proportions are definitely better. I wanted somewhere with a community feel, and I’d been told by friends that this area was very friendly and had a real village atmosphere, so I narrowed my search. I found this semi, which definitely needed some love and attention, but fitted the brief. The previous owner had clearly been a fan of dark, dramatic colours, so there was plenty of navy blue, deep yellow, bottle green and oxblood red everywhere, but that could be easily changed, and the structure wasn’t too bad. The bathroom at the top of the stairs was big enough, but felt cramped and the decor was stuck in the 1980s so it needed a redesign.

Planning the space Because of the plumbing and the direction the door opened, the bath and shower had to stay in roughly the same position they were already in. The loo tucks away nicely behind the shower, and I didn’t want to be staring at it every time I looked into the bathroom, so it made sense that the bath, shower, loo and sink should stay in the same place. The current pieces were all mismatched shades of white and far too big, they were falling apart, and the shower was leaking – there was nothing worth saving. So I researched sanitaryware that took up less space, or had dual use, like the vanity unit.

TOTAL

£3,864 TURN OVER FOR MY SHOPPING LIST

Problem solving The window in the bathroom was rotten, so although it wasn’t in my budget, I spent £600 on a replacement, with textured glass for privacy. When it came to the sanitaryware, I wanted to go for a contemporary feel, so I had fun looking through lots of brochures before

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SOPHISTICATED SOLUTION

Stylists at Home

‘Using a smaller version of the floor tiles up the side of the bath and above it gives a continuous feel’

RUTH SAYS ‘Fiona has visually doubled the size of her bathroom by swapping dark red paint for neutral tiles. The large wall mirror reflects light and makes the room look even bigger.’

STYLE TIP

‘Choose neutral tiles so you can quickly update your look with accessories and a simple blind that can be easily changed’

‘PICK YOUR COLOUR PALETTE FIRST THING TO MAKE SHOPPING EASIER – IT’S AMAZING WHAT YOU CAN FIND WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING FOR PARTICUL AR SHADES’ h i b h lloo and d a llovely l curved d choosing a bath, shower enclosure with a powerful shower, which leaves the maximum space available in the room, while being big enough to shower in. I didn’t want anything hanging on the walls, such as an over-sink cabinet, but I urgently needed some storage, so I opted for an attractive vanity unit with drawers and a built-in basin.

Finishing touches It took a long time to choose the right tiles, but I finally found what I wanted nearby. Using local suppliers where possible is a priority to me, as it’s good to support businesses in the area. I chose large-scale grey floor tiles – my builder had already laid a wooden floor to support them. I decided to hang a large mirror over the bath to help make the room feel bigger, and framed it with gorgeous mosaics. With the tiles up, it was almost there and now the blind and accessories are in, I finally have a bathroom I can be proud of.’

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My shopping list Bette Starlet bath, £715.53, Crosswater. Follow Me handset and hose taps, £269, CP Hart. Lumin8 two-door quadrant shower enclosure, £703.99; low-level capped stone shower tray, £129.60, both Roman At Home. ECCV51 Ecco twin-valve shower, £251; A3116 Worth shower kit and handset, £424; HK3872 straight heated rails, £116, all Ultra. Debba compact basin and two-drawer vanity unit, £412; Targa basin mixer, £160; Debba WC with close-coupled cistern and pan and soft-close white seat, £407, all Roca. Cappuccino gloss wall tiles, £20.40sq m; Tiger Taupe matt tiles, 30 x 60cm, £37.80sq m; Cretaceous mosaic tiles, £31.50 per sheet; Tiger Taupe matt floor tiles, 60 x 60cm, £36.78sq m, all Tiles of Wisdom. Mirror glass, £100, Howells Glazing. Supreme Supima Hygro towels in Paprika and Lagoon, from £10 for a hand towel, all Christy Towels. Flat-top glass bowl, £35, Kelly Hoppen. Orchid in pot, £5, Marks & Spencer

BARGAIN BLIND ‘My neighbour made this out of a fabric remnant’

VERSATILE VANITY ‘Rather than one drawer, I went for two so I can separate towels and toiletries’

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BATHROOM MAKEOVER

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Copy Fiona’s

BATHROOM LOOK Shop for sleek metals and bright accessories to achieve this style

WORDS STEPHANIE SMITH PHOTOGRAPHS DAVID GILES SHOPPING LAURIE DAVIDSON

TEAL APPEAL

LOOKING GLASS

OFF THE WALL

SOFT TOUCH

Admire your reflection. Chrome round vanity mirror, £25, Next

Get a natural look. Stone Random Linear Strip mosaic tiles, £23.95 per sheet, Walls and Floors

Pick towels that pack a punch. Teal 100% Egyptian cotton towels, from £1.99, Dunelm

TRUE BLUE

BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

SMOOTH STYLE

Light the way. Pomax Cordoue tealight holder in turquoise, £6, Amara

Be bold with prints. Vegetal pattern blind, from £102 including measuring and fitting, Hillarys

Opt for sleek fittings. Yang Mono wash basin mixer tap, £31.16, Bathroom Takeaway

KEEP IT TIDY

PAMPER PRODUCT

SMART STORAGE

LAUNDRY STORE

Make bathing a spiritual experience. Happy Buddha shower foam, £8.50, Rituals

Stash your shampoo. Gecko quick lock suction shower basket, £34.50, Roman at Home

Keep clothes clutter at bay. Collapsible laundry hamper, £10, Matalan

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Stylists

MINT LOOK Be inspired by these subtle hues. Diamante Pastel Mint tile, £49 per sq m

at Home

KAT SAYS ‘You’d never know that the floor tiles in this bathroom weren’t real wood, and the pale timber effect perfectly complements the mint metro tiles’

Beautiful

TILING TO IMPRESS Choosing tiles for your home is easy with friendly advice from Topps Tiles

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ive your home a new lease of life by decorating with statement tiles from Topps Tiles. With hundreds of designs to choose from – both in store and online – you’ll have no problem finding a design you love. By working directly with its suppliers, Topps Tiles has created exclusive products, including classic metrostyle tiles from the Diamante Pastel

collection or the Victorian feel of the Berkeley floor tiles. Whether you go for a modern look or a more traditional one, for either floors or walls, you can trust that the tiles you choose will be great quality and excellent value for money. Plus, with summer just around the corner, it’s worth rethinking your outdoor space, too, and Topps Tiles has all you need for perfecting your patio.


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SEE IT, SHOP IT Try out the smart Visualiser tool before you purchase The newly launched Visualiser tool, with multiple roomsets and over 1,300 tiles, allows you to see the tiles in a variety of rooms, helping you choose a design. Try it in store or at home, and bring your tile choice to life.

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Introduce some natural beauty. Piscola tile, £44.39 per sq m

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Don’t miss the chance to win Twyford’s new furniture collection tyle at Home has teamed up with Twyford to give away two luxurious bathroom suites from its e100 range worth up to £1,000 each. Made from grey ash wood, this on-trend design will add warmth and style to your space. The design is an extension of Twyford’s e100 ceramics range, which offers a practical and stylish selection of furniture. The water- and humidity-resistant designs are backed by a two-year guarantee and include five vanity units, large and small modular side cupboards and three mirror cabinets. The vanity units can be paired with five different sizes of the e100 square-design washbasin for stowing away toiletries. Mirror cabinets come in three sizes and their slim 179mm projection means they won’t infringe on the washbasin space. A fold-down door under the mirror provides extra storage and doubles up as a shelf, displaying items at eye level for easy access. Optional accessories include a washbasin towel hook, a mirror cabinet lighting kit, chrome legs or plinths, and an internal shelf. The furniture also comes in hi-gloss white.

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SLEEK FINISH Create a spa-like finish with Twyford’s e100 furniture range in grey ash wood

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION call 01270 879777 or visit twyfordbathrooms.com TERMS & CONDITIONS Entrants must be over 18 years of age. Two winners will each receive a combination of an e100 mirror cabinet with lighting kit; an e100 vanity unit with internal door shelf and towel hook, on a plinth or chrome legs, plus a matching e100 washbasin; and e100 large or small side furniture units, all to the value of £1,000. The winner can choose between the grey ash wood grain finish, or if they prefer, they can opt for the hi-gloss white. The prize does not include installation. Entrants may not be employees of Twyford (or affiliated brand), their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition. No cash alternative offered. Competition open to UK mainland entrants only. The prize is not transferable and is subject to availability. When you enter by text you may get SMS marketing messages from Time Inc. (UK) Ltd and Style at Home. If you don’t want to receive marketing messages, end text with NO INFO.

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STYLIST’S SECRETS

THIS MONTH’S

Love it

Love it

Introduce indoor plants to enhance the feeling of being outdoors

From vivid aqua furniture to rainforest-inspired details – use this bright selection of affordable accessories to create a tropical vibe in your bathroom. You’ll feel like you’re bathing in the middle of the Amazon!

Stylists at Home

BRIGHT & BOLD Mirror, £50; candles, £10 for three; toothbrush holder, £12; soap dispenser, £15; Eden box, £23; towels, from £10; mat, £18, all Butterfly by Matthew Williamson at Debenhams

REBECCA SAYS ‘Tropical prints are a big trend right now. Bring touches of it into your home with exotic leaf cushions, or by framing an offcut of rainforeststyle wallpaper.’


Your own SPA-LIKE It needn’t cost a fortune to create an idyllic restful retreat in your bathroom

Cool neutral

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LOOKING GLASS

PRETTY PASTELS

Add a little glitz. Porthole mirror, £24, SAINSBURY’S

Go for soft colours. Super dry towels, £12.95 each, HOUSE OF BATH

Deep blue

SELECT SAILOR STYLE!

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IN THE NAVY

Be contemporary with simple shapes. Bolina mirror, £53, AMARA

Pick a strong colour. Tattoo towels, from £4, GEORGE

Bold twist

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GLORIOUS TECHNICOLOR

Hang a statement piece. Moroccan cut-out mirror, £29.99, DUNELM

Embrace the rainbow. Zigzag hand towel, £5; bath towel, £10; sheet, £15, all BHS


STYLISH ADDITIONS

SANCTUARY – try some of these accessories for less than £130!

Buy it

Hit the shops! Head to theroomedit.com for more great high-street buys for every room in your home.

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LIGHT UP

FLORAL FEEL

WASH DAY

Create a romantic feel. White lantern, £39, AT NO 67 CONCEPT STORE

Pick a delicate design. Dispenser, £5; dish, £3, and tumbler, £3, both GEORGE

Opt for simple style. Pour Le Bain laundry basket, £14.99, HOMESENSE

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LINE UP

CUTTING EDGE

FULL STRIPE

Try a striking feature piece. Matt black Jane lantern, £18, AMARA

Work in subtle shades. Duck egg dispenser, £18; tumbler, £14, both HOUSE OF FRASER

Combine different patterns. Laundry bag, £12.95, IDYLL HOME

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CERAMIC STYLE

HARD TO BEAT

WICKER ADDITION

Go for an eclectic look. Ceramic round lantern, £26, SAINSBURY’S

Inject a metallic tone. Spirella Darwin tumbler, £6.99; dispenser, £9.99, VERY

Keep your smalls out of sight. Dipped laundry basket, £25, TESCO DIRECT

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‘Now we have

SPACE TO GROW’

Stylist At Home Keeley, 42, extended her kitchen to create a roomy dining area where her growing family could cook, eat and relax in comfort

MY ROOM...

ABOUT ME I’m Keeley Ebelthite, 42, and I work for Kent County Council. I live with my husband, Cliff, 48, and we have identical twin boys, James Cameron and Connor Jack, 16. Our four-bedroom detached house was built in 2003 and we bought it three months ahead of completion, which was great for us because we could choose the fixtures and fittings. We moved in June 2003. MY CHALLENGE Our kitchen, after 13 years, felt a little dated and we needed to accommodate our growing boys. The dining area had become so small for us that we literally had to clamber over each other to get in and out of our seats. MY WISH LIST I wanted to have a contemporary, light airy space with a modern kitchen and a spacious dining area for us all to enjoy.

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KITCHEN MAKEOVER

Love it

STYLE TIP

‘Choose tonal curtains with a pop of colour to create a focal point as you look into the kitchen’

ROOM FOR ALL ‘Our new oak table from Pine Solutions seats eight – perfect for family dinners’

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s a growing family with then 3-year-old twins, moving to a house with more space was a must,’ says Keeley. ‘We saw this development in the paper and on visiting this showhome, we knew it was the one for us. Sittingbourne is a brilliant location, as it has great travel links for my husband Cliff’s job. What really sold the house to us was the amount of space, as it’s over three floors, and because it was a new-build we could move straight in – ideal with young children. It also has a bathroom, an en suite and a shower room, which is especially handy in the mornings. Plus, we could see it had potential for development. I would say our design taste is modern but traditional. We like home comforts that make our decor feel cosy, such as long curtains, soft carpet underfoot in the living room and plenty of lamps to create atmospheric lighting. It’s a very light house, as the majority of the rooms are dual aspect – another feature that definitely appealed to us.

Hard work starts

TOTAL

£5,738 TURN OVER FOR MY SHOPPING LIST

BRIGHT AND OPEN ‘The boys can now eat their breakfast in comfort on the seating from Stools Online, and we have a lovely spacious dining area for entertaining’

We decided to extend onto the back of the kitchen to create a large kitchen-diner, with enough room to put a corner sofa for us to relax on, too. The original dining area seated six but we wanted to be able to fit at least eight around the table, plus have lots of extra space. It’s now a really light area, being south-facing with double doors. It also has three sets of windows and two Velux windows in the ceiling, angled so the light pours into the kitchen, as it had done before it was extended. The extension took 10 weeks and all work was carried out by a local building company. The kitchen was

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NEAT AND TIDY

GREAT IDEA

‘Keep the oven at head height to make cooking easier ’

‘A bank of floor-toceiling wall units house the cooker and fridge freezer with space for the microwave, too’

ALL THAT SHINES ‘We kept our existing hob then invested in a new oven and extractor to work alongside it’

GREAT IDEA ‘Make the most of your space with a carousel in a corner cupboard’

The colour scheme We decided we wanted a neutral palette, so we could change the wall colour and accessories as and when we fancy. We chose solid oak wood worktops as it’s a very tactile material and provides a softer, warmer look. We accessorised with items we had already, and bought and chose new pieces whenever we saw them. It’s a great mix of old and new and we love how the classic style units work in the modern space. Our new kitchen-diner is a great place for entertaining, as the doubled space and breakfast bar is ideal for quick meals and for visitors to sit and chat.’

Check out our blog cushienumber.co.uk for even more affordable, must-have accessories.

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‘CHOOSE WALL UNITS, WALL PAINT AND FLOORING IN SHADES OF CREAM TO MAKE YOUR OVERALL SPACE LOOK BRIGHT AND OPEN’

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SAM SAYS ‘The neutral decor gives the room a bright and airy feel and is perfect for adding accent colours through accessories. You could change them by season, with yellows in the spring and reds in autumn.’

My shopping list Cream m Country Country t ki kitchen kit chen h in in matt, £2,387; Sophie steel handles, £220 in total; oak worktop, £925; QMatrix integrated fridge freezer, £383; Bosch fully integrated dishwasher, £299; flat glass chimney cooker hood in stainless steel, £149; Calder round stainless steel sink, £57.50; Eden 1.5 bowl stainlesssteel sink with drainer, £157.50; Hermes tap in chrome, £91, all Wren Kitchens. For an oven similar to Keeley’s try the Neff electric oven in stainless steel, £450; try the Belling gas hob in stainless steel, £169; Breville toaster, £30; Breville kettle, £30; Kenwood Solo microwave in stainless steel is a match, £69.99, all Currys. For similar kitchen flooring try Deema,

£ 8 per sq m; m; for f dining diniing area di £18 flooring like this, Amouage is comparable, £59.99 per sq m; for similar wall tiles, try Burano Yellow wall tile, £49 per sq m, all Topps Tiles. For a matching table and chairs, see the light oak extending table, £299, and cream leather chairs, £95 each (sold as a pair), Pine Solutions. Berty breakfast bar stool, £99 each, Stools Online. Botanist dinner plates, £3.50 each; teapot, £12; milk jug, £4; teacup and saucer, £5; Chunky chopping board, £16 for 2; all Sainsbury’s. Le Creuset Signature cast-iron round casserole, from £120; large jug with utensils, £18; try the Roberts DAB Internet radio, £120, all John Lewis. White herb pot, £5.99, Squires

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fitted in just three weeks. The kitchen is from Wren and we chose it after spending an afternoon in their showroom piecing together exactly what we wanted. The oven was moved across the room so it was at eye level, with cupboards above and below. We integrated the fridge freezer, adding a cupboard above it, plus a corner cabinet with a rotating shelf that maximises what would have been dead space.


KITCHEN MAKEOVER

Love it

Get Keeley’s

KITCHEN STYLE Go for light touches and botanical elements to pull off this relaxed look

GOING GREEN

FLOWER POWER

WOOD LOOK

Make your glassware stand out. Tumbler, £2.99, HomeSense

Enjoy a spring supper. Botanist dinner plate, £3.50, Sainsbury’s

Introduce natural textures. Bamboo chopping board, £9.50, Marks & Spencer

INVEST IN POSH PANS!

PERFECTLY WHITE

OFF THE WALL

SLEEK ADDITION

Brighten up tea time. Breville Impressions kettle, £39.50, Amazon

Keep clutter off worktops. Stenstorp wall shelf with drawers, £40, Ikea

Select modern cookware. Tefal stainless-steel pans, £127 for a five-piece set, Home & Cook

FRESH FEEL

LITTLE EXTRAS

A NEW LEAF

Get a gallery look. Four framed Wild Flowers botanical prints, £100, Cox & Cox

Pay attention to details. Essentials embossed storage jar, £8, Bhs

Look to nature for decor ideas. Botanical print tea towel, £2.99, H&M

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Shine on Keep your design simple and forgo tiles in favour of a glass splashback. Choose reinforced glass in this milky green shade, or something bolder. Splashbackshop.co.uk stocks a wide range, from £39.95 for 60 x 45cm

On display Show off your crockery and china by storing it on open shelves. If you don’t want to make a permanent change, add a white floor-standing unit. Try the white Nash shelving unit, £200, Debenhams

Traditional twist Add a modern feel to a country-inspired item by painting a basket in a dip-dyed effect. Simple paint updates can finish the room perfectly. See the set of two dipped baskets, £36, Quince Living

Create a relaxed,

CALM KITCHEN Try our fab shopping finds to get this look for only £75!

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ll too often, a kitchen can be a purely practical space. But in this jadeand-white scheme, just as much thought has been given to form as it has function, creating

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a kitchen that meets the cook’s needs, and is an attractive space in its own right. The green hero hue is carried throughout, but the white basin, floor, worktops and walls stop the colour palette becoming

overwhelming. The butler sink lends a traditional feel to this whimsical decor, the wood of the chairs and the wicker shopper lend a natural feel and keep the room seeming fresh rather than sterile.


Do it

ROOM RECIPE RUSTIC TOUCH Bloomingville neutral/ white basket, £33, Amara

MINT MAGIC Puritan cup and saucer, £8, John Lewis

Living green Bring the outside in, and add a mini herb garden to your green scheme. It’ll provide a constant supply of fresh flavours. Try the indoor allotment, £24.95 for a gift set, Notts Saver via eBay

CENTRE PIECE Romantisk white tray, £7, Ikea

Casual kitchen GET THE LOOK Pair mint green with bright white for a cohesive scheme DRY WIT Tea towel, £1.50, Matalan

Pick pale oak and white-painted finishes to complement duckegg blues and turquoise. Simple, fluid shapes give a streamlined look. The Fjord oak and white dining chairs are similar, £99 for two, Made

Rabbit lid biscuit jar, £20, Debenhams

CLEAR WINNER Kilner clip-top green glass 1ltr a jar, £5.19, NuCasa

TOTAL

£75

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BUNNY TREATS

Mid-Century design

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Colour coded CREATE A SPLASH Dictate mood with a funky splashback

In a totally white kitchen-diner, an accent colour can be added with accessories and textiles. Choose your shade and then display coloured glassware on a wall-mounted dresser, and hang painted ceramic wall plates that include your hero hue, too. To find stylish home accessories categorised by colour, visit kitchencraft.co.uk.

Not so tall story You don’t have to install a splashback all the way around the worktop – go full-out behind the hob and fit a strip of coloured glass along the rest of the surface. To get this look shown (left), try Peppermint Gloss Oblong tiles, £26.45 per sq m, wallsandfloors.co.uk. Or add a row of coloured metro tiles for a fun contrast.

Give your kitchen a

COLOUR BOOST Our low-cost ideas show you the best and easiest ways to perk up a white kitchen with a cheerful scheme and accessories

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omeowners often choose a white kitchen because of its timeless appeal. And playing it safe with a neutral base in this important family room is a wise move, especially as it’s simple to add colour with your less-permanent kitchen buys. Lots of gadgets and appliances come in a beautiful selection of colours and are a fast way to get a bolder scheme going. Opting for matching sets is a good start.

Cool customising

Wide-open spaces Doorless cupboards with characterful pull-out baskets can add warm tones. For an extensive selection of baskets, from £6, visit Ikea, which stocks a range of styles specifically designed to display on open-unit shelves.

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TIMELESS CHIC Find a fun clock that tones in with a feature wall to make a strong statement

FEATURE SIAN TOMLINSON

Introduce colour in unexpected ways. Hang pretty pendant lights with coloured lampshades over an island or breakfast bar. Or go for coloured flexes – you’ll find them in over 40 colours, from £3.79 per m, at dowsingandreynolds.com. Once you’ve chosen an accent shade, look out for eye-catching items that will fit in perfectly.


KITCHEN UPDATE

Do it

SOFTEN UP Sew or buy seat pads to update white kitchen chairs

Theme a dining area by matching your crockery to the fabric items

COOL CURVE Swan Retro 2-slice toaster in blue, £24, Very

CITRUS ZING Zest canister set, £9 for three, George

5 of the best WA UP A SPACE WITH FUNKY TEXTILES BY WAKE BUYING OR MAKING YOUR OWN OVEN GLOVES, TEA TOWELS, APRONS AND SEAT PADS ADD ZEST Pop fruits in a bowl for instant colour

BRIGHT KITCHEN BUYS Bold, beautiful and useful

Tone zone If you’re painting chairs, pick various shades from the same side of the colour wheel for a cohesive, unique look. Try Duck Egg decorative furniture paint, £21.99 per 1ltr, Laura Ashley, for a similar green colour.

HOT BOX Bread bin, £20, House by John Lewis

BOILED OVER Kettle, £36, Quince Living

ON SHOW

Take two Be brave and pick two contrasting shades of equal intensity instead of one accent colour. Then pull the scheme together with textiles of both colours. For chic contrasting shades, check out the set of two patterned tea towels in the Geometric range, £8, Habitat.

FAST COLOUR POPS

Hang bright utensils from a row of S-hooks

GET SET Ben De Lisi measuring cup set, £10, Debenhams

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LIGHT SUPPERS Bring in the new season with tasty recipes sure to put a spring in your step SUMAC LAMB WITH HOUMOUS AND ROASTED RED ONIONS TAKES 40MINS SERVES 2 400g lamb neck fillets, seasoned 2 red onions, cut into wedges 2tbsp sumac Salad and lemon wedges, to serve FOR THE HOUMOUS 1tsp coriander seeds, crushed 400g can chickpeas, drained 2 garlic cloves, crushed 11⁄2tbsp tahini 5tbsp rapeseed oil Juice 1⁄2 lemon

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Preheat oven to 200°C/ Gas 6. Heat some oil in a pan and brown the lamb. Place on a baking sheet lined with foil with the onions and roast for 25 mins. Sprinkle the sumac over. For the houmous, blend the ingredients to a fine paste with 2tbsp cold water and season. Serve with the lamb, salad and lemon sprinkled with more sumac.

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FALAFEL PITTAS

EXTRA SPECIAL DISH

TAKES 40MINS SERVES 4 Pulse 2 x 410g cans drained chickpeas until coarse. Add 1 chopped onion, 2tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley, 2tbsp chopped coriander, 1 chopped garlic clove, 3tbsp plain flour, 1tsp baking powder, 1⁄2tsp chilli flakes and 1⁄2tsp cumin. Pulse until a coarse paste and season. Shape into 16 balls. Chill for 20 mins. Mix 1 sliced

red pepper, 2 carrots, in fine sticks, 1⁄4 shredded cabbage and 5tbsp cider vinegar in a bowl. Heat some oil in a pan. Add falafels in batches and cook for 2-3 mins. Toast 4 pitta breads, split and fill with the veg and falafels, and top with rocket leaves. Stir any remaining vinegar from the cabbage mixture into 150ml plain yoghurt and drizzle on.


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NEW POTATO AND TOMATO TART

FETTUCCINE WITH PEAS AND PROSCIUTTO

TAKES 1HR SERVES 6 500g new potatoes 375g ready-rolled puff pastry Milk, for glazing 3 tomatoes 100g goats’ cheese, cut into chunks Fresh rosemary sprigs 1-2tbsp olive oil

TAKES 15MINS SERVES 2 Cook 175g fettuccine, adding 100g frozen peas for the last 2 mins. Heat 2tbsp olive oil in a pan, add 6 sage leaves, fry until just crisping and take out. Tear 3 slices of prosciutto into the pan, cook until crisp, then take out. Add 1 crushed garlic clove and cook for 1 min. Off the heat, stir 2-3tbsp creme fraiche and the zest and juice of 1⁄2 lemon. Mix in drained pasta and peas with a dash of cooking water. Season. Top with the prosciutto, sage, and grated Parmesan.

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Preheat oven to 220°C/Gas 7. Cook the potatoes in boiling water for 12-15 mins until just tender, then drain and rinse under cold water. Unroll the pastry and lay on a baking sheet. Use the tip of a sharp knife to score a rim about 2cm from the edge. Then score a criss-cross pattern in the rim and prick the centre all over with a fork. Brush milk over the scored rim. Slice the potatoes and tomatoes and arrange in the centre. Tuck in the pieces of cheese and sprigs of fresh rosemary. Season, drizzle over olive oil and bake for 20-25 mins, or until the pastry is light golden.

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RICE NOODLE SALAD WITH HOT SMOKED SALMON TAKES 20MINS SERVES 2 100g thin rice noodles 1tbsp sesame oil 100g mange tout, halved 1 red pepper, sliced 1 orange pepper, sliced 2 spring onions, thinly sliced 2tbsp coriander leaves 1tbsp sesame seeds 200g hot smoked salmon fillets FOR 1⁄2 shallot, THE DRESSING diced 1 garlic clove, crushed 1⁄2 red chilli, chopped 1tbsp lime juice 1tbsp fish sauce 1 tbsp soy sauce 1tbsp brown sugar 2tbsp sesame oil

SIMPLE AND TASTY

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Pour boiling water over the rice noodles and cover for 5 mins. Drain and toss with the sesame oil. Mix the dressing ingredients together. Cook the mange tout, cool and add to the noodles. Add the veg, herbs and seeds. Break the salmon into pieces and combine. Pour over the dressing.

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Cook it

TAKE ONE...

Take a pack of…

BACON Turn a fridge favourite into exciting family meals with our simple ideas BREAKFAST FRITTATA

GREAT FAMILY LUNCH

TAKES 20MINS SERVES 6 Grill 6 rashers streaky bacon until crispy. Cool then break into pieces. Meanwhile, cook 150g green beans, halved for 5 mins, drain then refresh under cold running water. Arrange leaves from 2 baby gem lettuces on a plate and scatter over 200g sunblush tomatoes, 4 sliced readycooked chicken breasts and bacon. For the dressing put 5tbsp olive oil, 4tbsp half-fat creme fraiche, 4 drained anchovies and 1 clove crushed garlic into a blender. Add 2tbsp cold water and whizz together until smooth. Season and drizzle dressing over the salad.

TAKES 20MINS SERVES 4 500g new potatoes 2tbsp sunflower oil 6 rashers smoked, streaky bacon, chopped 125g mushrooms, sliced 6 eggs Chopped parsley, to garnish

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Boil the potatoes for 12-15 mins then drain. Heat the oil in a pan, add the bacon and mushrooms and cook for 5-7 mins. Slice the potatoes and add them to the pan. Lightly beat the eggs, season and pour into the pan. Cover and cook over a medium heat until the egg has almost set. Place the pan under a grill to brown the top. Sprinkle over the parsley.

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1tbsp vegetable oil 1⁄2 spring cabbage, shredded 150g peas 1 clove garlic, crushed

1 BAKED FISH WRAPPED IN BACON TAKES 30MINS SERVES 4 4 white fish fillets (eg, cod, pollock) 2tbsp 8 wholegrain mustard rashers smoked streaky bacon 150ml white wine

Preheat the oven to 190°C/Gas 5. Brush the fish fillets with the mustard and wrap each in two slices of bacon. Put in an ovenproof dish with 100ml wine and bake for 15 mins. In a pan, warm the oil, and stir-fry the cabbage for 2-3 mins. Add the peas, garlic and remaining wine. Season and cook for 2 mins. Divide the vegetables onto 4 plates, add the fish and pour over the cooking juices from the veg. Serve with mashed potato.

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TAKES 10MINS SERVES 4 500g frying steak, fat removed 2tsp paprika 2tsp cayenne pepper 2tsp olive oil 4 flour tortilla wraps 3 tomatoes, chopped Small bunch coriander, chopped Handful of Cheddar, grated 150ml soured cream, to serve FOR SALSA 3 ripe tomatoes Small garlic clove, crushed Small bunch 1⁄2 red coriander, chopped d onion, finely chopped Juic ce of 1 lime 1 tbsp olive oil

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MAC ’N’ VEG BAKE TAKES 25MINS Serves 4 FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE 25g butter 25g plain flour 600ml milk 100g mature Cheddar, grated FOR THE BAKE 250g pasta or macaroni shapes 200g cauliflower, cut into small florets 50g curly kale 1 courgette 2tsp olive oil 75g grated cheese (eg Cheddar, Parmesan, Gruyere e)

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Preheat oven to 220°C/ Gas 7. Grease a baking tray with 1tbsp olive oil and arrange the fish fillets and tomatoes on top. Squeeze over half the lemon juice. Spread the mayonnaise over each of the fish fillets and sprinkle the crushed garlic on top. Mix the breadcrumbs with the remaining olive oil, remaining lemon juice

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To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a pan, stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 mins. Gradually stir in the milk, stirring all the time until you have a smooth sauce. Stir in the grated Cheddar and season. Heat the oven to 200°C/ Gas 6. Cook the pasta shapes according to the pack instructions, then drain and mix into the cheese sauce. Meanwhile, steam the cauliflower florets for 5 mins, adding the kale for the last 2 mins. Drain the vegetables and stir into the

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TAKES 10MINS SERVES 4 1 litre chicken stock 25g root ginger, peeled and finely sliced 1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 2tbsp hoisin sauce 1tbsp fish sauce 8 asparagus spears, trimmed and cut into 3cm lengths 200g cooked medium egg noodles 300g cold roast e chicken, shredded Juice of 1 lime Small bunch e coriander leaves Sesame oil, to serve 2 limes, halved, to serve

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