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11 Sneak preview Create a pretty vintage-style picnic. 12 Focus on: August The latest events and homeware buys. 14 Sneak news Our top shopping finds this month. 16 Garden update Dates for your diary and expert advice. 18 Shortlist: Deckchairs Sit back and while away the hours in one of these cheerful designs. 21 Trend: Fruit Add zingy colour with fun accessories.

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22 Cobalt blue living room Take inspiration from our fresh blue and white decorating scheme. 26 Outdoors in, indoors out Give your home and your garden a bright new look this season. 31 Plant pots Bold designs to add impact.

33 How to use colour Expert advice on how to introduce colour blocking in your home. 42 Clever tricks for walls Give a room a new look with decorative wall panels, stickers and cut-outs. 49 Monochrome wallpapers Go for contemporary style with these quirky black and white designs. 52 Style on our travels A provincial-style bedroom scheme from The Bella Luce Hotel, Guernsey.

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58 Price patrol: Conservatory Choose textural pieces inspired by nature for an elegant scheme. 60 Vintage bedroom Simple ideas to create a luxurious room.

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converted an old barn into a bright and inviting family home using design inspiration from the natural world. 71 Rhona’s inspiration Recreate Rhona’s distinctive living room. 72 Coming home Rebecca Millward moved back to her childhood home of Leamington Spa to live in a charming Georgian townhouse. 79 Get Rebecca’s look Create a feminine bedroom using soft pink shades and smart stripes. 80 Garden workshop Julia Miller used space at the end of her garden to build a workroom for creating and storing her textile products. 85 Julia’s style file Emulate Julia’s summerhouse and invest in retro-style accessories. 86 Kitchen makeover Veronica and Stephen Worrall turned their kitchen into a sociable open-plan space by creating a breakfast bar. 89 Kitchen paints Refresh your kitchen with a lick of paint. 90 Property buzz The latest property facts and figures.

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COMPETITION WINNERS April issue 2011

Willis & Gambier winner: Neil Steward, Maidenhead. Eurostar winner: Sallie Burrows, Ipswich. Made.com winner: J Roberts, Doncaster. Hoar Cross Hall Spa winner: Trevor Jackman, Streatham. InSinkErator tap winner: K Foster, Blackburn. Ladder allotment winners: H Hughes, Gwynedd; Polly Bird, Bedlington; M Handford, Hinckley; Jo Easey, Suffolk; Maria Dewhurst, Preston.

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Get set for a day at the seaside with vintage-style accessories Strawberry print deckchair, £125; cabbages cushion, £60; both Thornback & Peel. Southend and Westcliffe on Sea A4 poster, £9.95; Southend on Sea A3 poster, £14.95; Return tickets poster, £14.95; all London Transport Museum Shop. Blyton red vintage hamper for two, £68; Classic wicker hamper for two, £118; white wooden starfish set, £12.95; all Interiors at Tides. Green fringed wool picnic rug, £80, The Atlantic Blanket Company. Red metal beach spade, £2.95; small red retrospot windmill, £2.95; both Dotcomgiftshop. Red citronella candle bucket, £2.99, Dunelm Mill.

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Don’t miss the flower festival at Chicheley Hall, Buckinghamshire on 5–7 August. Stroll around the flower displays and enjoy the various competitions. Tickets cost from £15, call 01933 445578 or visit fleur-events.co.uk.

We took some well-loved furniture to The Makery in Bath and brought it back to life at a one-day upholstery course. First up, this battered pub stool was transformed into a boudoir perch!

Osborne & Little’s Balyan fabric, £35 per m, adds a modern look.

We have two pairs of tickets for the flower festival to give away. To enter, send a postcard with your telephone number to GoodHomes/ Chicheley Hall giveaway, Judith Blacklock Flower School, 4/5 Kinnerton Place South, London SW1X 8EH. Winners will be drawn at random. Closing date 25 July.

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Great gardening!

Learn about sustainable gardening and promote wildlife in your garden at Knoll Gardens in East Dorset. What’s more, you can now enjoy free entry on the last Friday of every month until November! Call 01202 873931 or visit knollgardens. co.uk.

AMBITIOUS TASK This antique chair was a bigger project and needed more than a day to complete. The tough stuff was all done with the tutor though, and we feel confident we can finish it at home. ◀ The chair was totally stripped down.

SUPER STRIPES!

Cornishware’s new mugs are a great twist on the traditional blue. The For The Girls set comes in a gorgeous pastel palette (left), and the corresponding For The Boys set comes in bolder colours. Both are presented in a smart box – perfect for a last-minute wedding gift! Buy online for £40 at tggreen.co.uk.

Casadeco’s Elysees fabric is a timeless choice for classic furniture.

BOOK A COURSE The Makery runs courses in all sorts of practical skills. Call 01225 421175 or visit themakeryonline.co.uk.

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Brighten up your bedroom Ready to swap your white bedlinen? Then embrace the new trend for bold patterns and colours. New from Bedeck is Harlequin’s Silhouette range (right), which mixes modern silhouettes with bright hues. Also check out the latest looks from Horrockses, based on vintage fashion designs, and Bhs, where the cheerful florals evoke a summery feel. ◀ Pretty patchwork

Vintage Garden Patchwork bedding, from £32, Bhs, 0845 196 0000, bhs.co.uk.

▲ Fifties style Eletta bedlinen set, from £55 for a double duvet cover, Horrockses, 0161 276 9052, horrocksesfashions.co.uk.

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The LULU vases, £5.25 from ASA, add a new dimension to displaying flowers. They’ll look great suspended or even just balanced at an angle. Buy them at objectandline.co.uk.

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TWIT ▶ TWOO! We’re big fans of British designer Selina Rose, and her latest offering doesn’t disappoint! These snazzy felt owl rugs, £150, would look superb in a child’s room and come in three bright shades, selinarose.co.uk.

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For wow windows you can’t beat a splash of colour. The California Shutter Company’s custom-colour service lets you select the ideal shade for your scheme. These striking blue Poplar wood shutters make a real impact and cost from £168 per sq m. For more details, call 0845 123 5661 or visit californiashuttercompany.co.uk.

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Celebrity chef Ching He-Huang has teamed up with Typhoon to launch a lovely range of kitchen ceramics. Designed with traditional Chinese dining in mind, you’ll want to show them off! Garlic pot (top), £10.99; storage jar, £12.99; teapot with infuser, £13.49; typhoon houseware. co.uk.

SUNNY SIDE UP Vibrant yellow is bang on trend this summer and our favourite find has to be this super Lacey floor lamp, £280, from The French Bedroom Company. There are loads more colourful buys on offer, from desks to armchairs – call 0845 644 8022 or click on frenchbedroom company.co.uk.

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We love the Eden Project’s new range of outdoor chairs available in four different designs. The fabric slings are made from tea towels by a local supplier and teamed with sustainably sourced beech frames – perfect for planet-pleasing garden style. Prices start from £20, 01726 811944, edenproject.com/shop. For more deckchair inspiration turn to page 18.

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RAINBOW BRIGHTS

We all know that Furniture Village has a great range of sofas and bedroom pieces, but have you checked out its latest dining room ranges? Top of our wish list is the Lollipop dining table and chairs, from £99 for a chair, 0845 085 0480, furniturevillage.co.uk.

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Looking for an eco-friendly pesticide? Try out Marseille soap flakes, made from pure vegetable oils. Mix with water and spray onto leaves to smother existing insects and make your plants undesirable to pests. Marseille Soap Flakes by Compagnie de Provence, £9.50, Llewelyn and Company, 01497 821880, llewelynandcompany.com.

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Hot pot We love the dual function of this terracotta barbecue pot by Black+Blum. The lid can be used as a herb planter while the base serves as a barbecue grill, ideal for balconies. When the lid is replaced, the barbecue looks just like a regular garden plant pot. Barbecue Pot, £99, Home Garden Living, 0844 870 2706, home gardenliving.co.uk.

Keep drinks chilled this bank holiday weekend with Lakeland’s Cool Bar. Fill the base with ice to store bottles, then lower the lid to create a handy coffee table or raise it for a stylish cocktail table. Cool Bar, £59.99, Lakeland, 01539 488100, lakeland.co.uk.

DIARY DATES Chilli Fiesta, West Dean Gardens, West Sussex

5–7 AUGUST 2011 The UK’s biggest chilli extravaganza, with over 200 peppers grown in the Victorian glasshouses on show, plenty of opportunity for taste testing, plus live music and salsa dancing. Tickets cost from £8 for adults. For details call 01243 811301 or visit westdean.org.uk.

Shrewsbury Flower Show, Shropshire

12–13 AUGUST 2011 Now in its 124th year, this flower show highlights the best in garden design. Advance tickets cost £19. See shrewsburyflower show.org.uk for details.

Southport Flower Show, Merseyside

18-21 AUGUST 2011 This year’s show has a vintage theme, with exhibitors taking inspiration from the design classics of the 1950s-1970s. There’s also a cinema in a 1960s bus, a food village and celebrity gardeners. Advance tickets cost £16. Call 0844 847 1555 or go to southport flowershow.co.uk.

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Maui deckchair frame, £40; Maui deckchair sling, £10; both Habitat, 0844 499 4686, habitat.co.uk.

Stripe deckchair, £35, John Lewis, 0895 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

ENGLISH ROSE

Vintage rose chic eco deckchair, £125, Furniture Divas at Notonthehighstreet, 0844 848 4000, notonthehigh street.com.

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FSC wooden deckchair, £49.99, Sainsbury’s, 0800 636262, sainsburys.co.uk.

SIMPLE STRIPE

Woven cotton deckchair WC36, £97, Southsea Deckchairs, 023 9265 2865, deckchairs.co.uk.

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H logo traditional deckchair, £95, Heal’s, 0870 024 0780, heals.co.uk.

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DDK14 deckchair, £125, Thornback & Peel, 020 7242 7478, thornback andpeel.co.uk.

CANDY STRIPES Hawaii deckchair, £29, B&Q, 0845 609 6688, diy.com.

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Skyline deckchair, £30, Tesco Direct, 0845 600 4411, direct.tesco.com.

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▲ Isosceles nest of tables, £199, John Lewis.

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◀ On trend tones and shapely furniture create a modern feel Studio couch, from £1,925, Ercol Originals. Deena low table, £250, Habitat. Felted wool rug, £140, Tesco Direct. Vogue flooring in Oak White Passionata, £28.49 per sq m, Quick-Step. Curtains in Collette Sapphire (5947/710); blind in Fizz Apple (5951/603); green spots cushions in Fizz Apple (5951/603); blue spots cushions in Fizz Sapphire (5951/710); floral green cushions in Collette Apple (5947/603); all £14.99 per m, Weekend collection at Prestigious Textiles. Douppion lime silk cushion, £25, Heal’s. Stripe cushion cover, £6.99, H&M. Blommig tray, £30, goodhomes.net

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Caroline McGrath. LSA Orb vase in White, £65; Brighton tumblers, £6 each; all John Lewis. LSA curve vase, £42, Heal’s. Blue Lace lidded bowl, £40, Mateus Ceramics. Array fruit bowl, £40, Paperchase. Napkins, £3 each, Linea at House of Fraser.

▲ White accessories contrast beautifully against a blue wall Wall in Skipping Nude matt interior paint, £14 for 1ltr, Fauvism 55 collection at Valtti. Room divider bookshelf, £279; Jolly Jack rabbit, £39.95; both Dwell. Karlstad chair, £131.75, Ikea. Deena high table, £150, Habitat. Felted wool rug, £140, Tesco Direct. Green cushion

(see left). Blue cushion in Picnic (1303-61), £34 per m, Thackeray West. Sophie glass lamp, £62; Aldo Londi Rimini Blue pot vase, £36; Aldo Londi Rimini Blue bassett hound, £41; all Heal’s. Green Oyster bowl, £32; white Oyster bowl, £21; cup & saucer, £31; ceramic butterflies, £6 each; all Mateus Ceramics. Ceramic vase No 1, £29.95; Ceramic vase No 3, £44.95; ring binder, £14.95; all Ferm Living at 95% Danish. Ovantad white vase, £1.99; Haverdal frames, £4.99 each; all Ikea. Storage basket, £30 for three, Casa Couture at House of Fraser. Postcards, 60p each, Paperchase. Faux flower in vase, £16, Jane Packer at Debenhams.

◀ Leaning Man side table, £175, BrightonPOD.

▲ Twist table, £401, Design House Stockholm at Skandium.

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▶ Opt for a pared down feel in

Stylist tip Choose a statement piece of furniture to showcase favourite finds

the dining room by layering cobalt and aqua pieces on a fresh white backdrop Blind in Picnic (1303-61), £34 per m, Thackeray West. White table, find similar at Chic Shack. Blue butterfly chair, £425, Ercol Orginals. Rimini Blue Aldo Londi tall cylinder vase, £104; Aldo Londi Rimini Blue flat bowl, £67; Aldo Londi Rimini Blue cat, £41; all Heal’s. Fabric on chair Collette Apple (5947/603), £14.99 per m, Weekend collection at Prestigious Textiles. Pavillion napkins, £6 each, Casa Couture at House of Fraser. Ceramic butterfly, £6, Mateus Ceramics.

SHOP THE LOOK ✽ Prestigious Textiles for the vibrant prints in its Weekend fabric collection ✽ Valtti for intense cobalt paint ✽ Mateus, Heal’s and Flux at EDC for beautiful ceramic pieces ✽ Louise Body for striking wallpaper designs

▲ This gorgeous tile-effect

wallpaper provides a Moorish feel and ties our colour scheme together Paper Tiles in Old Blue, £25 per m, Louise Body. Turquoise lacquered sideboard, £1,795, Orchid Furniture. Nautical teapot, £60, Paperchase. Clover cereal bowls, £5 each, Linea at House of Fraser. Novella mug, £25; coupe plates, from £35 each; all Flux collection at EDC London. Blue glass coastal vase, £25, John Lewis. Aldo Londi Rimini Blue small cylinder vase, £31, Heal’s. Aryd candlestick, £13.27, Ikea. Mediterrania tea towel, £4 for three, Tesco Direct.

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▶ The latest blue and white china designs give an updated twist to a classic combination Clockwise from top left: Game plate, £45 for four, Rockett St George. White on blue spot plate, £38 for four, Baking Days collection at Spode. Clover side plate, £5.50, Linea at House of Fraser. Blue Lace plate, £17, Mateus Ceramics. Willow Blues birdcage plate, £35; Splat gilded plate, £42; both Flux collection at EDC London. Blue butterfly plate, £24; green Oyster bowl, £32; both Mateus Ceramics. Novella gilded, £35; Flux collection at EDC London. goodhomes.net

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Stylist tip Beautiful Aldo Londi ceramics introduce an intense turquoise shade to our scheme

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Bring the outdoors in‌

Love the fresh, vibrant colours of your garden? Bring them inside and feel summery all year round!

A simple white sofa provides the perfect backdrop for a riot of colourful cushions

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◀ Mixing and matching bright tones is right on trend, so don’t be afraid to go all out with colour. Butterfly print, £29 for six, Rockett St George. Maddie green glass vase, £9.75; Hand-painted candle holder, £21.50; both Berry Red. Rusino resin frame in Pink, £8.50; Laviano resin frame in Lilac, £8.50; orange diary, £5; all Paperchase. Turquoise lacquered frame, £15, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson at Debenhams. Japanese masking tape, £9.50 for three rolls, Papermash. Perched yellow bird, £12.60 pack of 12, DZD. Betty round vase, £34, Brissi at John Lewis. ▼ Florals are key for this scheme – combine beautiful leather and embroidered

pieces with painterly ceramics. Rose rug, £550, Graham & Green. Leather footstool, £460; leather cushion, £180; both Susannah Hunter. Gorgeous Blossom cushion, £30, John Lewis. Amazonia buffet plate, £79, Villeroy & Boch. Sunflower bowl, £27.50, Berry Red. PiP Studio A6 notebook, £8, John Lewis.

Stylist tip

Keep an eye out for fun accessories with a nod to the great outdoors – we love Rockett St George’s tree trunk stool, and Cushlab’s sculptural felt cushions are a work of art too!

◀ Choose a paint that’s the shade of summery skies, team with white furniture, then start to splash on the colour. Focus on vibrant florals, birds and butterflies. Walls painted in Sky Blue acrylic matt emulsion, £27.50 for 2.5ltr, The Little Greene Paint Company. Jackson three-seater sofa in Ice brushed linen cotton, £1,050, Sofa. com. White lacquered elm ladder, £139; ceramic drum stool in Lime, £350; both Orchid Furniture. Rose rug, £550, Graham & Green. Tree trunk stool table, £95; Chloe Croft Loving Budgies cushion, £49; cat magazine rack, £36; butterfly prints, £29 for six; all Rockett St George. Norm 06 lampshade, from £43; Claydies grass vase, from £29.50; both Caroline McGrath. Fresh green beehive lambswool throw, £75, The Atlantic Blanket Company. Cushlab felt floral cushion, £125; I Love Retro Sparrow vase, £21.95; both Brighton Pod. Mardi Gras cushion, £15, Bhs. Linen cushion in Fuchsia, £32, Lombok. Handpainted candle holder, £21.50, Berry Red. Amazonia espresso cup & saucer, £32, Villeroy & Boch. PiP Studio A5 notebook, £12, John Lewis. Japanese masking tape, £9.50 for three rolls, Papermash. Perched yellow bird, £12.60 for pack of 12, DZD. goodhomes.net

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▼ Look out for bright furniture – Habitat’s Parc range comes in bold tones and House of Fraser’s lacquered stools are perfect for a colour hit. Parc table, £80; Parc chair, £40; Rocio outdoor rug, £12; all Habitat. Lacquered bamboo stool, £40, Linea at House of Fraser. Orange

◀ Decorate your outside space as you would any other room – we painted bamboo screening, chose neutral contemporary furniture, then added lighting, soft furnishings and accessories. Laura Ashley Eden low level outdoor set, £499 (with four chairs); Bamboo slat screen (4x2m), £26.99; Ceramic planters, £7.99 each; Dianthus, £4.99; Chrysanthemums, £2.49 each; Dahlias, £5.99 each; Genista lydia, £7.99; Salvia nemerosa, £7.99; all Homebase. Screen paint, Plastikote Super Spray paint, £5.49 for 400ml, available from DIY stores. Polynesia bean drum, £80; orange cushion, £22; both Heal’s. Tropical scatter cushion, £12, Littlewoods. Ananda cushion in Green, £35, Rocha.John Rocha at Debenhams. Turquoise cushion cover, £2.99, H&M. Bamboo lantern, £48, Graham & Green. Rocio outdoor rug, £12; Rie small planter, £35; pineapple tealight holder, £7; all Habitat. R1 MkII DAB radio, £180, Vita Audio at Selfridges. Tropical plate, £39 for a 12-piece picnic set, Littlewoods. Square candle, £4; acrylic cutlery, £2 set; both Tesco Direct. Diaries, £5 each, Paperchase. Yellow glass tealight, £28.50 for three, Jme. Sawa ceramic pot in Orange, £18, Lombok. Sea tray in Yellow, £35, Caroline McGrath. Picnic tumblers, £16.99 for six, Rockett St George. Acrylic jug, £15.29, Amazon. goodhomes.net

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cushion, £22; Bello acrylic wine glass, £4; both Heal’s. Bamboo lantern, £48, Graham & Green. Pink glass hurricane lamp, £6; Hawaiian Flower bowls in Blue, £2 each; all Tesco Direct. Plastic basket, £20; diary, £5; both Paperchase. Yellow tealight, £28.50 for three, Jme. Round Ikat tray, £12; acrylic tumbler, £3.50; both Butterfly by Matthew Williamson at Debenhams. Floral tray, £6.99; Floral bowls (top of stack), £1.99 each; all H&M. Tropical bowls (bottom of stack), £39 for 12-piece picnic set, Littlewoods. Jali tablecloth, £32; Urvi cushion cover, £48 (with inner); both Lombok. PiP Studio notebook, £8, John Lewis.

Stylist tip

Outdoor art is a big trend this summer. We’ve created our own ‘art’ by hanging a rug but you’ll find loads of pictures available – try grahamandbrown.com for bold canvases.

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◀ For outdoor dining we love tropical and graphic prints combined with jewel-coloured drinkware and cutlery. Acapulco outdoor mat in Green, £19.95, Dotcomgiftshop. Sea tray in Yellow, £35, Caroline McGrath. Tropical floral plate, £39 for a 12-piece picnic set, Littlewoods. Chrysanthemum, £2.49; Dianthus, £4.99; both Homebase. Pineapple tealight holder, £7, Habitat. Large plastic picnic tumblers, £16.99 for six, Rockett St George. Coloured diaries, £5 each, Paperchase. Fuchsia acrylic cutlery, £2 set, Tesco Direct. Jali design napkin, £5, Lombok.

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Give your garden some colour with our pick of the best bright planters

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POT LUCK

Conjure up a summe ry feeling in your outdoor space with these vibrant desig ns Bamboo slat screen (4x2m), £26.99; aqua glazed ceram ic planter, £7.99; Chrysanthemums, £2 .49 each; Dianthus, £4.99; Genista lydia, £7.99 ; Salvia nemerosa, £7. 99; all Homebase. Scree n painted in Plasti-Ko te Super Spray paint, £5.49 for 400ml, ava ilable from DIY stores. Lantl iv plant stand, £39.9 9; Kalasa plant pot, £4 .99; both Ikea. Sawa design ceramic pot in Orange, £18, Lomb ok. Rie small planter, £3 5, Habitat. Coco win dow box in Green, £18, He al’s. Acapulco outdo or rug in Green, £19.95 , Dotcomgiftshop. Ca pe Cod all weather ma t in Orange, £39.95, Turtle Mat. Mini watering can , £2.99, Dunelm Mill.

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Colour confidence Using blocks of different colour is this year’s biggest decorating trend. You can change the look and mood of a room with this remarkably powerful tool.

INSPIRATION

Using colour

in your home

Colour blocking is a key look this year. Try mixing bold shades in unexpected ways to highlight features in your home

Choosing colours with confidence need not be a daunting task. Pull together a mood board or a scrapbook of colours from magazines and photographs. Use anything that appeals to you in some way to create a visual library of colours that you enjoy.

COMBINATIONS

Either opt for colours from the same family, colours that are opposites or tonal colours. Have a look at a colour wheel online to see where your choices fall. Look at room schemes in books, magazines, online and at friends’ homes for colour combinations that work for you. Paint manufacturers can help you choose combinations as they often group colours that sit well together.

LIGHTING

Light plays an important role in whether a colour works in a room or not, so always test your paint in-situ. Try it on different walls and in different light to make sure you are happy with the look. Remember there is a world of difference between overhead electric lights and natural light from early morning to dusk.

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Back wall in Steamer; lefthand wall in Grotto; door frame in Greenacre; all Albany matt emulsion, £22.95 for 2.5ltr, Brewers, 01323 411080, brewers.co.uk.

The direction a room faces will also affect your colour choice. Cool rooms face north or east while bright rooms face south or west. Choose warm colours for a cool room and cool colours for bright rooms. Read on to take inspiration from our key colour looks.

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Blues

Blue is considered a restful, cool colour and is often used in bedrooms and bathrooms. For a dynamic alternative try a teal shade in your kitchen. This bluegreen colour creates a sophisticated contemporary look. Team with crisp, clean whites for a chic finish.

Q&A Can I use a bold colour in my compact kitchen?

Walls in Acrylic Matt Emulsion in Canton, £27.50 for 2.5ltr; stool in Acrylic Eggshell in Baked Cherry, £37.50 for 2.5ltr; The Little Greene Paint Company, 0845 880 5855, thelittlegreene.com.

Just because your kitchen is small it doesn’t mean you need to avoid big colour. Blues are associated with light and space so could be a great choice for your kitchen. Small rooms can be made to feel bigger using cool colours as they tend to make walls look further away. If you want to add warmth avoid greyblues and go for a green-blue, such as this Canton shade (left).

Expert tip ‘People love blue because it’s fresh, it can make a room feel bigger, and it works very well with natural finishes. If you’re afraid that a blue will be too cold, opt for one with green in it – duck-egg blues, powder blues and teals are actually warm colours and they have all the versatility and freshness of their cooler counterparts.’ David Mottershead, The Little Greene Paint Company.

Shop the look

PAINT 1 Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen Matt Emulsion in Touchy Tealey, £17.98 for 2.5ltr, B&Q. 2 Solo one coat matt emulsion in Teal, £22.49 for 2.5ltr, Crown. 3 Colour by Kevin McCloud matt emulsion in Turkish Blue, £29.50 for 2.5ltr, Fired Earth. 4 Feature Wall matt in Teal Tension, £11.99 for 1.25ltr, Dulux.

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Dark mineral fabric, £36 per m, John Lewis.

WALLPAPER Precious wallpaper in Teal and Chocolate, £20 per roll, Poise collection at Graham & Brown.

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Expert tip

Greens

‘Try introducing shades of green into unexpected places. Wallpapering inside a cupboard or behind some shelves can make an interesting alternative to a feature wall. Olive greens and aubergine are complementary colours that work perfectly together, bringing the outside in, and creating a modern and elegant aesthetic.’

Greens offer a huge range of shades, from earthy moss, olive and apple to zingy mint and lime. It is a calm and refreshing colour so is ideal in a hallway, living room or study. Stripe wallpaper, £30.25 per roll; Flower wallpaper, £30.25 per roll; Leaves fabric (on cushion), £46.20 per m; all Copenhague collection at Casadeco, 0844 369 0102, casadeco.com.

Cathryn Archer, Laura Ashley Design Service.

Shop the look

Irving Stripe fabric in Olive, £28 per m, Laura Ashley.

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PAINT 1 Matt emulsion in Reedgrass, £22.92 for 2.5ltr, Albany at designerpaint.co.uk. 2 Estate emulsion in Cooking Apple Green, £29.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. 3 Ultra matt finish claypaint in Cricket, £25.48 for 2.5ltr, Earthborn. 4 Matt emulsion in Gardenia Green, £31 for 2.5ltr, Sanderson.

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Q&A How do I combine colour and pattern?

Pattern is an integral part of any room scheme. Look at combining patterned fabrics or wallpapers in similar shades to bring the look together. Try and balance the scale of pattern so different designs are not competing. Let a larger pattern take centre stage and choose a less powerful pattern to sit alongside it. Once you have chosen a patterned wallpaper, use the colours in it as the palette for the rest of the room.

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Wall behind bed in Spring Breeze 3; right wall in Steel Symphony 1; both Flat Matt Emulsion, £19.49 for 2.5ltr, Dulux.

Yellows

From muted mustards to citrus tones, yellow is an optimistic colour that will add warmth to a cool room. Experiment with the light to find the shade that works in your setting and does not disappear in the sunlight. It’s perfect for a welcoming hallway or bedroom.

Q&A How do I give my bedroom a contemporary edge?

Yellow is a sunny colour in the morning and is warm at night, so it’s an ideal choice for bedrooms. Keep the shade contemporary – avoid soft lemon and choose a bold, punchy tone that leaps off the wall. Fresh yellow can create a sharp, architectural look when teamed with steel grey (above).

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Expert tip ‘Yellow made its comeback last year and is an important trend colour. More degraded shades create a welcoming broad wall effect while intense tones are perfect for accenting or zoning areas of a room, such as alcoves. If you are a little shy with colour try painting the inside of your cupboards, so that each time you open the doors you get a lovely hit of sunshine.’

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PAINT 1 Matt emulsion by Barbara Hulanicki in Cha Cha, £23 for 2.5ltr, Graham & Brown. 2 Authentic Origins matt emulsion in Butter Dish, £20.99 for 2.5ltr, Dulux. 3 Estate emulsion in Dayroom Yellow, £29.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. 4 Silk emulsion in Lemon Fizz, £12.98 for 2.5ltr, Colours by B&Q. FABRIC Amara fabric in Citrine, £22 per m, John Lewis.

Louise Smith, Dulux.

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Pinks

Pink adds elegance to a room and oozes glamour. From soft pinks to dynamic fuchsia shades, it is a firm favourite for bedrooms but also works well in living rooms and bathrooms. It is perhaps best avoided in a dining room as it is said to suppress your appetite.

Q&A

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How can I use pink in a living room?

Pink is often thought of as a feminine colour, which might not be ideal in a shared living room. Try toning down the girly associations by styling it with silvers, blacks, greys or chocolate brown. To keep the look unisex steer away from soft pink and go for bolder plum shades.

Expert tip ‘Chalky pinks are really fashionable at the moment. An up-to-the-minute way of using them is to balance their softness with tougher colours and textures. Introducing contrasts using chrome, wooden flooring and crisp linen fabrics will give soft pinks an edgier look. Don’t be afraid to bring in strong grey tones and even touches of charcoal and black.’

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PAINT 1 Matt emulsion in Blush, £14 for 2.5ltr, Next. 2 Matt emulsion by Barbara Hulanicki in Pink Sands, £23 for 2.5ltr, Graham & Brown. 3 Matt emulsion in Pale Amethyst, £24 for 2.5ltr, Laura Ashley. 4 Matt emulsion in Gypsum, £22.92 for 2.5ltr, Albany at designerpaint.co.uk.

Figaro wallpaper, £25 per roll, Graham & Brown.

Majestic wallpaper in Hot Pink, £20 per roll, Graham & Brown, 0800 328 8452, grahambrown.com.

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Neutrals

Left wall in Espresso wallpaper with gold flecks, £28.95 per roll; middle wall in Ash wallpaper, £26.95 per roll; both the Livingstones collection at Grandeco, 01892 700730, grandeco.co.uk.

Neutrals create a feeling of space and light so are perfect for small or dark rooms. Natural light plays a huge part in selecting the right shade – opt for cool whites in bright rooms and creams in darker rooms.

Expert tip ‘A palette of neutrals makes the perfect backdrop for any scheme. The serenity of an interior scheme lies in the subtlety and contrast of tone and textural combinations. Monochrome loves reflective surfaces, such as glossy lacquer or silky polished plaster, and contrasting textures, such as the combination of linen, lace and velvet.’

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PAINT 1 Deep emulsion in Welcome, £33 for 2.5ltr, The Little Greene Paint Company. 2 Matt emulsion by Kelly Hoppen in The Perfect Taupe, £19.98 for 2.5ltr, Craig & Rose. 3 Home of Colour matt emulsion in Caramel, £7.93 for 2.5ltr, Homebase. 4 Timeless Classics matt emulsion in Trench Coat, £20.99 for 2.5ltr, Dulux.

Skin Collection wallpaper, £30.95 per roll, Grandeco.

How do I use neutrals and still create the wow factor?

Neutrals have an unfair reputation of being an easy option but they are ideal for providing a blank canvas for statement furniture, feature walls and accessories. A strong accent colour used sparingly will lift a neutral scheme. Add interest with textures in fabrics, flooring and furniture.

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USING COLOUR | DECORATING

Getting it right the first time Choosing the right paint and shade is easy with these products designed to lend a helping hand

Hardwearing paint Practical paints don’t have to be dull. Wickes’ durable matt emulsion range allows marks to be scrubbed away without spoiling the finish or fading the colour and is available in a variety of shades. Visit wickes.co.uk for details.

Colour on the go Get colour advice when you are out and about with Dulux’s Let’s Colour Studio iPhone app. The free app allows you to take a photograph of the colour you love and the experts at Dulux will give you a selection of colour schemes that coordinate perfectly with it. See dulux. co.uk/studio for more information.

Expert tip ‘Bold colours create intimacy and drama, and small spaces can really be brought to life with the use of a strong shade. There is a brave and uplifting quality about decorating with a unexpected bold colour, whether using it everywhere or as an accent to lift a scheme.’ Sarah Cole, Farrow & Ball.

All-rounder One paint can do the whole job with Colours Everywhere from B&Q. From walls and ceilings to wood and metal in a choice of matt or gloss, this tough, durable paint is all you need to paint a whole room. Go to diy.com for details.

The real thing It’s easy to select the right colour and finish with colour samples from Crown Pure Paint. They come in A5-sized swatches that let you see the real paint colour and finish in the comfort of your own home. You can order up to five in one go for £2.49. See crownpaint.co.uk.

Heritage paints If you are looking for a timeless colour, The Little Greene Paint Company may have what you’ve been searching for. It has worked with English Heritage to create a paint range covering all the key periods of interior design from the early Georgian era through to the 1950s. So if you are after the original Eau de Nil, visit littlegreene.com for information.

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Read all about it Essential Colour by Terence Conran, £12.99, Conran Octopus.

Written by renowned designer Terence Conran, this book guides you through understanding how to use colour at home. A helpful read if you want to introduce colour into your home but don’t know where to start.

Farrow & Ball: Living with Colour by Ros Byam Shaw,

£30, Farrow & Ball. This book is filled with stunning images of inspiring interiors from around Britain. It shows how to use colour to create atmosphere and charm with wallpaper and paint.

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Clever tricks

for walls

This month we’ve searched high and low to find the best new papers, panels, decals and stickers to turn your walls into a talking point

These graphic mini city maps make an instant impact in a hallway

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TOP TIP Stickers are an inexpensive way to update a room scheme

Mapped out

Bring colour and interest to your hallway with fresh pastels Mr Perswall City Square mural (1.8x2.65), £110, Wallpaper Direct. Peony rug, £165, Tesco Direct. Ruby coat stand, £129, John Lewis. Sigurd bench, £59; Ribba picture ledge, £8.16; Diod glass, £2.03; all Ikea. Knitted cushions in Coral, £74.95 each; ring binder in Coral, £14.95; all Ferm Living at 95% Danish. Floral leather satchel, from £104; leather barrel bags in Pastel Grass Green and Pastel Daffodil Yellow, £40 each; all Zatchels. Millie wellies, £32, Joules. Postcards, from 60p each, Keep Calm Gallery, Paperchase and Flora Dora. Chocolates, from a selection, Prestat.

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Simple to use, this design looks great against bright colours White Jungle Peas wall sticker, £57, Decosticker. Wall in Celebrity flat matt emulsion, £16.99 for 2.5ltr, Crown Paints. Tess runner, £139 per sq m, Quirky collection at Alternative Flooring. Flip console, £379, Dwell. Masters chair, £123, Graham & Green. Casa Couture basket, £30 for three; Kenneth Cole Brooklyn cushion, £35; Kenneth Cole Broadway lamp, £109; all House of Fraser. Ovantad vases, from £1.99, Ikea. Ring binder, £14.95, Ferm Living at 95% Danish. Black & white boxes, £45 set of ten; metal S, £20; bulldog clip, £16.50 for four; notebook, £13.25 for two; pencils, £2.50 for ten; all Paperchase. GOODHOMES AUGUST 2011

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Pretty print

For a feminine touch hang these lovely lace-effect panels Paris hand screen printed panels, £100 each, Tracy Kendall. Caravan bed, from £975, The Sleep Room. Jardiniere double duvet cover, £65, Timney at House of Fraser. Martha pillowcases, from £12 each; Martha bedspread, from £115; Martha silk cushion, from £29; all Horrockses. Roses for You cushion, £50; Shabby Chic cushion, £25; both PiP Studio at John Lewis. Table, £59, Plümo. Siva lamp, £65, Lombok. Key, £29 for three, Day Birger & Mikkelson Home. Faux flowers, £18, Jane Packer at Debenhams. Lantern, £23, Littlewoods. Rug, £550, Graham & Green. Journal, £10, Paperchase. 44

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Full bloom

Create a decadent living room with a show-stopping design Surface View The Rosy Wealth of June mural (240cm sq), £300; Andrew Martin Botanist floral cushion, £69; both John Lewis. Bath button-back sofa with coloured buttons, £1,450, Graham & Green. Radiate wire stool, £79, Dwell. Silver table lamp, £235; magnifying glass, £41; both Day Birger & Mikkelson Home. Flourish folio cushion, £80; Entomology notebooks, £90 set of four; all Natural History. Brooklyn cushion (reverse shown in black), £35; Madison tumbler (used as vase), £7; both Kenneth Cole at House of Fraser. Mardi Gras cushion in Ivory, £15, Bhs.

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This bold mural works well with both traditional and modern furniture

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Retro revival

Quirky pictures create vintage appeal in a matter of minutes Hand-printed and hand-painted wallpaper cutouts: Paper plates, £37 for five; Phoney phone, £28; 1.15 clock, £26; all Deborah Bowness. Wall in Flamingo Pink matt emulsion, £29.50 for 2.5ltr, Mid Century Colours collection at Fired Earth. Larkin sideboard, £875, Graham & Green. Churchill dining table, £180, Habitat. Celine spindle and Curved back chairs, £89 each, Bhs. Porcelain swallows, from £6 each; Victorian bottle shelf, £25.50; Retro water bottle, £4.75; Retro glasses, £10 for three; all Berry Red. Chalkboard, £10, Paperchase. Rolling pin, £8.95; cake tin, £18.95; both Dotcomgiftshop. Naughty But Nice tea towel, £9.95, Charlotte Farmer at New House Textiles. Buttering board, £14.95, Ferm Living at 95% Danish. Gertrude Jekyll vase No.4, £37, Natural History. Pavillion napkins, £6 each, Casa Couture at House of Fraser. Ribbon, from a selection, Hobbycraft.

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Classic style

Add a touch of grandeur with a striking trompe l’oeil Intaglio wallcovering: Capital (top section), £48 per roll; Pillar (body section), £48 per roll; Base (lower border), £20 per roll; all Zoffany. Spacia Stone Bias Travertine flooring in Oyster, from £35 per sq m, Amtico. Flow roll-top bath, £1,215; Classic bath and shower mixer tap, £1,125; bath painted in Mercury eggshell, £43.50 for 2.5ltr; all Fired Earth. Gunnebo three-tiered table, £275, Oka. Ultimate hand towel in Cream, £10; Ultimate bath towel in Cream, £18; both Bhs. Bone inlay jewellery box (top used as tray), £95, Lombok. Classic elegance candelabra in Ivory, £14.99, Dunelm Mill. Glass storage jar, £18, Laura Ashley. Flower-shaped candle holders, £16 each, Pied a Terre at House of Fraser.

FEATURE EMMA CLAYTON PHOTOGRAPHS ANDREW BOYD STYLIST’S ASSISTANT CHARLOTTE LOVE

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Musical mood

For a retro 1980s feel, try this fun cassette tape print C60 wallpaper, £45 per roll, Mini Moderns. Fresh rug, from £129, WovenGround. Spinnaker chair in Mustard, £599, John Lewis. Tray table, £109.50, Rockett St George. Kiss Me cushion, £29, Day Birger & Mikkelson Home. Diod white glass, £2.03, Ikea. Limited-edition R1 MkII DAB radio, £180, Vita Audio at Selfridges. Block lacquer frame in Pink, £15; Block lacquer frame in Blue, £11; both Heal’s. Postcards, 60p each; pink diary, £5; all Paperchase.

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Make a statement with this eye-catching circle panel Fusion collection wall panel (FSN18339118), £183.30, Casadeco. Pied a Terre Josephine console table, £539; Kenneth Cole Madison tumbler, £7; both House of Fraser. Slow drops ceramic vase, £22; Fast drops ceramic vase, £32; both Heal’s. Dogtooth check notebook, £2.75, Paperchase. Facit vase in Black, £60, John Lewis. Birdcage, £106; magnifying glasses, £41 each; all Day Birger & Mikkelson Home.

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Crisp stripes will instantly smarten up your space Vertigo wallpaper (FW148), £69.95 per roll; ring binder in Coral, £14.95; both Ferm Living at 95% Danish. Stacking chair in Orange, £275, Ercol Orginals. Tess runner in Black, £139 per sq m, Quirky collection at Alternative Flooring. Orange clock, £38, Northlight Design. Black and white patterned boxes, £45 set of ten; dogtooth check file box, £8; Le Tiger notebook, £12.75; all Paperchase. Sweet Home snail plate, £22.75, Takae Mizutani at Brighton Pod.

Follow the herd

Add a touch of fun to any room with this quirky design Marimekko 2 Iltavilli wallpaper (14106), £72.95 per roll, Wallpaper Direct. Polar coffee table, £199; Wriggle rug, £275; both John Lewis. Stockholm table lamp, £105, Ikea. Winebottle candle holders, from £19.95 each, Ferm Living at 95% Danish. Empire mug, £3, Kenneth Cole at House of Fraser. Orange diary, £5; dogtooth notebook, £2.75; dogtooth box, £45 set of ten; all Paperchase.

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The Bella Luce Hotel

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Location Guernsey.

Rates & reservations

Standard room, from £120, April-September.

Why go…

Unwind in peaceful surroundings, indulge in a treatment at the Bella Spa or take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool. Treat yourself to a lovely evening meal at Bella Luce restaurant, which serves wonderful fresh fish, caught locally.

Things to do…

Browse the pretty boutiques at St Peter’s port or take a short drive to one of the many beaches around the island. Visit the Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery or take a guided tour around Victor Hugo’s house. ■ For more information see visitguernsey.com.

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This charming boutique hotel, located in the picturesque lanes of St Martin’s, is the ideal setting for a peaceful break. The 12th century house has been thoughtfully restored to offer 24 elegant guest rooms decorated with plush accessories. The tranquil bedroom we stayed in (above) is decorated with provincial-style furniture and wooden cladded walls. A soft colour palette sets a relaxed mood and slatted blinds add to the restful feel. The use of fabrics on the bedside tables and around the four-poster bed softens the whitepainted furniture. We found modern fittings and stone floor tiles in our en suite bathroom. We loved the hotel’s welcoming dining room, which has old leather chests stacked in every corner, and enjoyed drinking a glass of wine in the beautiful country garden. ADDRESS The Bella Luce Hotel, La Fosse, St Martin’s, Guernsey GY4 6EB. CONTACT 01481 238764, wakeup@bellalucehotel.com.

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TRAVEL STYLE | DECORATING

The Bella Luce Hotel, Guernsey

6 key pieces ▼ Macau bedside chest in White, £90, Tesco Direct, 0845 600 4411, tesco.com. Provincial wing chair, £325, The French Furniture Company, 0845 054 7528, thefrench furniturecompany. co.uk.

▼ Samantha rectangle shade in Natural Linen, from £30; blocked glass lamp base, £45; both John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

Stylist tip Prett y provincial-style furniture creates an instant country feel

▲ Parisien print by Jim Chamberlain, £25.95, EasyArt, 0845 166 2732, easyart.com.

▲ Duck egg squares blanket, from £19.99, Dunelm Mill, 0845 165 6565, dunelm-mill.com.

Kevin McCloud matt emulsion in Alabaster, £29.50 for 2.5ltr, Fired Earth, 0845 293 8798, fired earth.com.

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Modern fittings

FEATURE HEATHER HEWARD

Design notes

✻ Wooden cladded walls ✻ Natural linens ✻ Vintage-style paintings ✻ Classic white-painted furniture

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his year, Graham & Brown, the UK’s leading wallpaper brand, celebrates its 65th anniversary. Over the past 65 years, the wallpaper maestros have helped Britain – and the rest of the world – transform their walls with imaginative design and daring colour. We take a look at where it all started.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Graham & Brown’s heritage dates back to 1946, when good friends Harold Graham and Henry Brown started printing wallpaper in Blackburn, Lancashire. Britons were emerging from the war with an optimistic determination to make the best of things – and where better to start than with their homes? Taking a risk, the two budding entrepreneurs started the business at a time of severe paper shortages, but cleverly procured a large supply of surplus metallic paper, which had been used in the war to foil enemy radar. With a printing and embossing machine, and using their homes as canvases, the two men began a very British wallpaper revolution.

▲ Clockwise from top left: Founding fathers, Harold Graham and Henry Brown; the Graham & Brown factory in the 1950s; the Graham & Brown girl in an original advert from the 1960s; the first wallpaper design printed by Graham & Brown, about to revamped and relaunched to mark the 65th anniversary.

CHANGING TIMES

In the 1980s, wallpaper dropped out of favour. Harold and Henry’s sons, Roger Graham and David Brown, took a gamble and invested in a new printing process known as expanded vinyl. The result was a new type of textured wallpaper, which they named Superfresco. Easy to hang (and remove), keep clean, and able to be painted, the revolutionary decorating concept became Above: Poppy an immediate bestseller. Fields outdoor Thirty years on, Superfresco is Britain’s most popular wall art, £35. wallpaper brand, with its Below: Romance own app and website, wallpaper from the superfrescoeasy.com. And it’s Superfresco Easy even easier to hang than ever. range, £20 Today, innovation and per roll. imagination remain at the heart of the company’s values and have seen Graham & Brown recognised for its design-led, eclectic style. The company boasts a talented design team, creating exciting ranges of wallpaper, paint and wall art, giving customers a greater choice of decorative solutions.

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Did you know? Graham & Brown is renowned for its

collaborations with iconic designers such as Kelly Hoppen, Barbara Hulanicki, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Marcel Wanders, as well as upcoming talent from London’s Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

425,000 rolls of wallpaper are produced

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All of Graham & Brown’s wallpaper and paint

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COMING SOON

Kelly Hoppen Paint & Wall Art This September, look out for the new paint and wall art collections created by Kelly Hoppen MBE exclusively for Graham & Brown. Designed to work in harmony with her wallpaper range, the collections are inspired by the fusion of East meets West, featuring neutral shades with an unexpected injection of colour. Prices start at £19 for 2.5ltr of paint, £10 for a canvas.

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When did you join Graham & Brown? After graduating, I worked in textile design before moving to the design studio at Graham & Brown in 1995. I have developed various ranges for customers worldwide and worked alongside designers such as Linda Barker, Wayne Hemmingway and Julien Macdonald on their collections. For the past 12 years, I have worked on the design and colour trends for Graham & Brown. What is it like to work for Graham & Brown? Graham & Brown is a fun and dynamic place to work. My job is very diverse – no two days are the same. One day I could travel to London to meet up with one of our key designers, the next I could be attending a trend seminar, or presenting a new range to a customer. Some days are purely spent at the computer working out colour combinations for the new collections. As we are a global company I could be working on a Russian palette one day and the next day it could be French! What is your favourite product in the new collection? I love Graham & Brown’s paint range. It was exciting to work on the concept, the colour palette and the names. You can have so much fun with a ‘Damson in Distress’ or a ‘Princess to Be’. Each one has its own personality and being able to buy paint that coordinates with our wallpapers just makes it so much easier for people to get creative. The latest Graham & Brown wallpaper collection features some of my favourite designs, hot off the trend pages, including illustrated and handpainted techniques. To find out more about Graham & Brown, call 0800 328 8452, visit grahambrown.com or go to superfrescoeasy.com.

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‘London Calling’ canvas, £50.

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▶ INVESTMENT BUY Gloster’s Havana deep seated armchair with cushions has a modern curved shape.

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◀ QUICK UPDATE The leaf pattern chenille cushion from Wilkinson adds a fresh burst of colour at a great price. ▶ INVESTMENT BUY The Cotswold Company’s Amaranta green cushion with removable cover has a delicate leaf pattern.

Price Perfect conservatory £58 ▲ QUICK UPDATE Tesco Direct’s Stratford coffee table (H45xW90x D45cm) is a compact design with a natural look.

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▼ INVESTMENT BUY Willis & Gambier’s Escana Light oak coffee table (H48xW120xD60cm) is sturdy and elegant.

◀ QUICK UPDATE Matalan’s 126cm artificial bay tree has an affordable price tag and will add greenery all year round. ▶ INVESTMENT BUY Bloom’s 110cm faux bay tree is elegant and lifelike and comes potted in a stylish planter.

▶ INVESTMENT BUY Laura Ashley’s Bexley stripe rug (120x180cm) in 100% tufted wool will add soft texture.

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◀ Quick update Garden Trading’s Swinbrook wall lantern gives a warm welcome and can be used indoors or out.

£60

▶ Investment Buy Jim Lawrence’s outdoor Coach lantern with a black matt finish is made from hand-forged steel.

£130

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▲ Quick update The Provence printed cotton fabric from Terry’s Fabrics will add charm to cushions and curtains. ▶ Investment Buy Sanderson’s Parchment Flowers fabric in 100% linen is a luxurious choice for blinds.

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◀ Quick update The Green lustre table lamp by Betty Jackson at Debenhams has an attractive curvy base.

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▶ Investment Buy Artisanti’s Provence baker’s rack has an antiqued iron finish and latticed shelving.

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▲ Quick update The mosaic and metal Verona baker’s rack from Marks & Spencer has a chic summery feel.

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5 of the best:

Cushions

Luxurious texture

Your bed is the centrepiece of your bedroom and it’s important to choose the right frame for it to look its best. The new Cloud headboard from Furniture Village will add a touch of vintage glamour to any dull divan bedstead with its elegant button-back detailing. It is covered in a soft velvet velour fabric in a beautiful dusky rose shade that will complement cream painted furniture.

▲ Flora Garden multi

cushion in Black, £39, Barbara Coupe, 020 7720 1415, barbaracoupe.co.uk.

Cloud headboard, from £199 for a 3ft headboard; Sleepeezee Aspen divan bedstead, from £499 for a single; both Furniture Village, 0845 085 0480, furniturevillage.co.uk.

▲ Blue hummingbird

cushion, £70, Natural History, origin-of-style.com.

▲ GreenGate cushion cover, £35, Berry Red, 01432 274805, berryred.co.uk.

Ways to create…

a vintage bedroom Transform a tired bedroom into a pretty boudoir with these simple ideas

TOP TIP

▲ Heart cushion in red

stripe, £28, Susie Watson Designs, 01672 520604, susiewatsondesigns.co.uk.

Invest in a small metal cake stand and use it to display your jewellery – it will make an attractive accessory and it will be easier to see your jewellery collection.

▶ Looking glass

▲ Cosy cushion, £19.99, Not Mass Produced, 01279 447615, notmassproduced.com.

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If you don’t have space in your room for a dressing table, a classic cheval mirror will take up less floor space and add vintage style. Hang necklaces and silk scarves from the hinges on each side to soften the look.

Waxed oak cheval mirror, £400, Sweetpea & Willow, 0845 257 2627, sweetpea andwillow.com.

▲ The light side

Elaborate chandeliers are an obvious choice for a vintage-style bedroom but they can sometimes look a bit out of place in smaller rooms. A simple etched pendant, like this beautiful light from Roost Living, can look just as effective without dominating the space. Vintage pendant light, £79, Roost Living, 020 7485 3455, roostliving.com.

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Twilight wallpaper in Cream, £30 per roll, from the Vintage collection at Arthouse, 01706 239600, arthouse.com.

▼ Elegant storage

Roomy storage units are a must to keep bedrooms clutter-free. We love the vintage styling and monochrome look of this painted Paris saloon chest from Dibor, which will bring an antique feel to your room. It has six large drawers to provide essential storage for clothes, while the three cubby drawers in the centre paneI will keep trinkets safely stowed away. Paris saloon storage chest, £790, Dibor, 0871 472 2322, dibor.co.uk.

Heather embroidered dot quilt, £150, Laura Ashley, 0871 983 5999, lauraashley.com.

▲ Sumptuous quilt

Quilts are a simple way to add comfort and texture to a vintagethemed bedroom. Go for a patchwork design for colour and pattern or choose an opulent satin-look design in a pretty pastel shade.

Classic backdrop

No vintage-style scheme is complete without a pretty wallpaper. Choose floral or damask designs in muted shades to create a look that echoes styling from years gone by. Arthouse’s Vintage collection boasts 25 gorgeous designs, including Twilight (above) in five shades.

▼ Daily read

With its distressed frame and classic words of wisdom, this smart print is the perfect buy to add charm and character to your space. Live Well Laugh Often framed print, £14.99, The Contemporary Home, 0845 130 8229, tch.net.

Expert advice

‘Individual pieces of furniture that contrast with each other are ideal for evoking a wonderful antique feel and can add a focal feature to a vintage-style bedroom.’ Poonam Sharma, purchasing director, Dibor, 0871 455 2322, dibor.co.uk.

▶ Pretty bedlinen

Go for patterned bedlinen in a classic floral design for a vintage feel. Don’t be afraid of the pattern clashing with your wallpaper – contrasting patterns can work beautifully together when they share a similar colour palette or are separated by a bold shade.

FEATURE GINEVRA BENEDETTI

LOVES

PiP Studio Bird of Paradise duvet cover and pillowcase set in Blue, from £70 for a single, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

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REAL HOMES Striking properties with unique interiors that will inspire you

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BEAUTIFUL PROPERTIES YOU’LL LOVE

Rhona Peacock and Nick Turnbull transformed the shell of a delapidated barn in North Yorkshire into a distinctive family home using inspiration from the natural world.

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Rebecca Millward restored a Georgian terraced house in her hometown of Leamington Spa using a neutral palette to complement the property’s beautiful original features.

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GEORGIAN TOWNHOUSE

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Julia Miller created a relaxed space for storing her vintage fabric collection and working on her textile designs by building a functional summerhouse at the end of her garden.

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House fact file

The property

A converted barn, originally built in the 19th century and formerly part of a working farm in North Yorkshire.

Bedrooms Five. Bathrooms Three. Improvements made

Built an interior layout over three floors within the completely hollow space inside the barn. Installed plumbing, electrical wiring, central heating and glazing. Installed kitchen and bathroom fittings. Decorated throughout.

Design brief

‘Our light and spacious family home is a combination of traditional features and modern pieces, teamed with bold colours and vibrant textiles to create a unique style.’

Buying price

£100,000 in 2005.

Renovation costs £300,000.

Now worth £695,000.

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hen Nick Turnbull and Rhona Peacock found a 19th century barn in rural North Yorkshire, complete with fantastic views of the surrounding countryside, they were instantly attracted to the property. The only thing that their new home was missing was an interior. ‘A lofty chimney bearing the property’s original date, 1874, added to the appeal, and we were thrilled to find an original millstone in the garden that would make a great garden feature,’ says Rhona. ‘We loved the countryside location and the barn’s exterior but » 64

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NATURALLY INSPIRED

The splashback tiles behind the Aga came from Fired Earth (0845 293 8798, firedearth.com).

Rhona Peacock and Nick Turnbull transformed an old barn into a distinctive family home using colour and pattern from the natural world feature BEVERLEY BYRNE photographs Colin Poole

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My favourite corner ‘For me the kitchen is the heart of a home and being able to choose the dimensions and layout was a real luxury. What really makes this room special is the original stone wall. We got a specialist stonemason to restore it. We hadn’t budgeted for it but the individuality it lends to the kitchen makes up for the extra expense.’

TOP LEFT Rhona chose oak kitchen cabinets combined with black granite work surfaces from PWS (01325 505588, pws.co.uk). The walls are painted in White Ochre by Fired Earth (0845 293 8798, firedearth.com). LEFT Triple French windows, formerly a vast barn door, at the far end of the kitchen flood the area with light. The kitchen table was designed by Beechwood Design in Darlington (01325 245726).

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left The oak staircase combines traditional timber with contemporary glass panelling. It was handmade by Lowe and Simpson (01642 677181, ls-stairs.co.uk).

above Double oak doors lead into the living room. The leather dining chairs are from Barkers of Northallerton (01609 772303, barkers-north allerton.co.uk).

inside it was a different story.’ Despite being confronted with an empty shell, four walls and a dirt floor, Nick and Rhona could see the barn’s potential. The barn was part of a working farm that Nick bought as an investment. ‘Cows and pigs were still in residence when we first viewed it!’ laughs Rhona. ‘We sold off the other barns and farm buildings to help finance our barn conversion. We knew this empty space offered an opportunity to create a unique family home from scratch.’

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The couple’s main objective was to design a layout that allowed the natural beauty of the outdoors to complement the traditional character of the interior. ‘Our first priority was to make sure the views could be seen from every room. We were also determined to maintain the original features, including the high wooden beams in the living room and the stone wall in the kitchen. In collaboration with an architect we set to work visualising the rooms and dividing up the open floor space.’

CREATING A LAYOUT

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BELOW A deep brown lacquered cabinet from Ikea (0845 358 3363, ikea.co.uk) is perfect for displaying Rhona’s collection of contemporary vases and family photographs.

RIGHT Rhona painted the chimney breast in Mulberry Burst from Dulux (0844 481 7817, dulux.co.uk). The same shade is picked up in the floral motif rug from Next (0844 844 8000, next.co.uk).

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‘I wanted to get a feel for the interior before making decorating decisions’ interior design concept. ‘The materials used in the fabric of the building informed its interior evolution. By capitalising on original features, working with natural light and incorporating modern additions, the skeleton of a home began to emerge.’ The ground floor plans also incorporated a playroom, two utility rooms and a cloakroom. The plans for the second floor outlined a family bathroom, a main bedroom complete with an en suite bathroom, and a bedroom each for daughters Betty and Martha. ‘I’ve always wanted to create a bathroom with the relaxing spa atmosphere you’d find in a fivestar hotel. A wet room was a real luxury,’ says Rhona. A self-contained guest room with a space-saving en suite shower was designed for the third floor of the building. 68

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‘It was a remarkably smooth transition from old barn to new home. Fortunately we weren’t in any rush to move in; we stayed in our old home until this one was ready. We were blessed with local builders, electricians and plumbers who proved diligent and professional, so I never felt out of control,’ says Rhona.

CONSIDERED CHOICES

Once the plans had been translated into reality and the family could move in, Nick and Rhona were faced with decorating decisions. ‘We finally moved in three years after buying the property. I wanted to get a feel for the interior before making radical decisions – I needed to see what the atmosphere was like and how the light influenced the rooms by day and evening.’ The family waited another year to raise the funds to complete the living

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INTERIOR INSPIRATION 

TOP RIGHT The oak theme is carried through into the main bedroom. The bed and bedside tables are from Barkers of Northallerton (01609 772303, barkers-north allerton.co.uk).

RIGHT Rhona’s en suite bathroom includes a waterfall shower and twin sinks from Roman (01325 311318, roman-showers. com). The wall tiles are from Fired Earth (0845 293 8798, firedearth.com).

room. Until then, a thick floor-to-ceiling curtain divided the dining and kitchen area shutting off the unfinished room. Once the curtain came down on the newly completed living room, Nick and Rhona were confronted with an unexpected problem. ‘The lofty space needed a fireplace as a focal point.’ They chose a cassette-style oak burner, which meant a faux chimney breast had to be created to accommodate the unit. ‘It was something we hadn’t planned for but once it was constructed it inspired me to introduce a solid block of colour.’ Rhona chose a dramatic shade of deep plum for the chimney »

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‘Nick is passionate about wood and his influence can be seen throughout the house, not simply in the preserved original timber but also the decision to include oak flooring, door frames and bespoke beams throughout. Nick’s grandfather was a skilled furniture maker – he once worked for renowned craftsman Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson, who signed his furniture with the mouse trademark. Even though oak wasn’t the cheapest option, Nick’s inherited feel for timber certainly influenced our choices when planning the fabric of the building. My style is definitely modern. I prefer a bold look and I don’t like fancy schemes. Nick was against the idea of us having an Aga but I got my way in the end! Fortunately, we do tend to agree about most things.’

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‘I used colours and patterns inspired by the natural world’

left Betty loves spending time in her bedroom. The pink duvet set and princess castle came from House of Fraser (0845 602 1073, house offraser.co.uk).

ABOVE Accessories in mocha and cream tones give the guest bedroom a warm and welcoming feel. The gold throw is from Sia (020 8947 9339, siahomefashion.com).

breast. ‘It not only adds impact, it also led me to experiment with contrasting colours and patterns inspired by the natural world.’

BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

Using her eye for bold colour, vivid prints and patterned fabrics, Rhona has created distinctive room schemes throughout the house. ‘My sister and I used to run an interiors shop and quite a few pieces of furniture and soft furnishings came from there. I don’t spends hours looking at samples, I usually know exactly what I want.’ Five years after viewing an empty barn, Nick and Rhona are more than happy with the house they’ve created. ‘The big advantage to starting from scratch is getting a house tailor-made to your family’s needs. It may have taken time to create a bespoke home out of an old barn but, looking back, it was well worth the wait.’ GH 70

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Learning curve Did you go over budget?

‘There are bound to be unforeseen circumstances requiring extra funds with barn conversions. I was not prepared to compromise on quality so we either borrowed extra if we needed to or waited until we could afford what we wanted. My advice to anyone considering a barn conversion is plan way above what you think it will cost to avoid a shock.’ Did you have difficulties with planning consent?

‘We put in a request to add a second floor to the living room. It was refused and, in retrospect, we’re glad because it would have diminished the impact of the room. Existing windows and doors can dictate how you design the interior but your architect will be aware of restrictions.’

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Rhona’s inspiration p

Recreate Rhona’s modern living room using bold accent colours

◀ Spindle table lamp in Lime, £45, Tesco Direct, 0845 600 4411, direct. tesco.com. ◀ Kensington boucle throw in Plum, £22.99, Dunelm Mill, 0845 165 6565, dunelm-mill.com.

◀ French Lavender wall heart, 21x19cm, £45, Austrian Spice Craft, austrianspice craft.co.uk.

◀ Lila frameless artwork, from £40, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

▲ EXPEDIT black bookcase, £61.17, Ikea, 0845 358 3363, ikea.co.uk.

Matt emulsion in Pamplona Purple 3, £21.69 for 2.5ltr, Tailor Made Colour by Dulux, 0844 481 7817, dulux.co.uk.

▲ Larkspur upholstery fabric, £69 per m, Fabrics & Papers, 01273 495500, fabricsandpapers.com.

Lola three-seater sofa in White Sand, £1,190, sofa.com, 0845 400 2222, sofa.com.

FEATURE SOPHIE WARREN-SMITH

MY STYLE ADVICE ‘I’m allergic to clutter so any decorative objects have to fulfil a functional purpose, such as providing a colour theme. Having chosen a particular colour for a wall, I like to see that shade echoed in soft furnishings, pottery and artwork – it creates a sense of coherence, especially in a large space.’

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Ruffle cushion in Plum, £8, Matalan, 0845 330 3330, matalan.co.uk.

Large rustic rattan basket, £99, Idyll Home 01630 695779, idyllhome.co.uk.

▲ Madison footstool in Reims Cranberry, £450, Raines & Willow, 01628 486710, rainesandwillow.com.

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House fact file The property

Four-storey Georgian terraced house in Leamington Spa, built around 1830.

Bedrooms Three.

to open up downstairs space. Main bathroom replastered and fittings replaced, new kitchen fitted, floorboards replaced, decorated throughout.

Bathrooms Two. Improvements made Central

heating and electrics replaced. Roof repaired and outside walls painted. En suite bathroom built within the guest bedroom on the fourth floor. Wall knocked down

COMING HOME Rebecca Millward returned to her hometown of Leamington Spa to find her dream Georgian house FEATURE & STYLING SOPHIE WARREN-SMITH PHOTOGRAPHS OLIVER GORDON

LEFT Rebecca bought the Herne Bay poster from a poster sale at Christie’s in London (020 7839 9060, christies.com). She made the vintage-style floral cushions herself. The sofas came from Ikea (0845 358 3363, ikea.co.uk). RIGHT The large fireplace creates a dramatic focal point. Rebecca painted the existing shelving unit white and stained the floorboards in American Walnut to achieve a contrast with the neutral walls. The French doors open out on to a small balcony overlooking the back garden.

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ebecca Millward had always loved her childhood home in Leamington Spa, but her career took her to London, where she lived for six years. ‘I really wanted to leave London and move back to my hometown. I grew up in a rambling Victorian villa there,’ she says. ‘One of my memories as a child is walking round the streets with my parents giving houses marks out of ten!’

A LUCKY FIND

While visiting her parents, Rebecca came across an advertisement in the local paper for a four-storey Georgian house up for sale. She didn’t know the small street it was located on, but it was within walking distance of the centre of town, so she went to find it. ‘The house was empty so I had a look through the windows. I was met with a spacious open-plan kitchendining area on the basement level, and a huge room on the first floor with a fantastic fireplace and large windows at the front and back. I immediately fell in love with it!’ »

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Interior inspiration

‘I like to combine traditional elements with modern pieces for a fresh look. A neutral palette enhances natural light and creates a simple backdrop for paintings.’

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DECORATING ADVICE

Where does your eye for art come from? ‘I love art and architecture. I used to work in an auction house and I have many happy childhood memories of visiting art galleries and stately homes, and that has definitely seeped into my home.’ How did you choose your colours? ‘I move towards pale pinks, greens, greys and lilacs. I think it’s important to use colours that have the same tone so you’re not walking from a dark room into a light room. I collect paintings and posters to liven up neutral walls.’

After making some enquiries, Rebecca discovered that the house had been on the market for nearly two years, and was currently owned by a relocation company. She put her house in London on the market and received two offers at her asking price straight away. Sadly, when Rebecca put her offer in for the Leamington Spa house, she was beaten by another couple’s offer. ‘I put it behind me and began my search again, but nothing ever quite matched up to this house. Then my luck changed – I was on holiday in the Lake District with my mum when I got a call saying the couple had pulled out of the sale. My offer was accepted and I received the keys on my 30th birthday.’

ESSENTIAL RENOVATIONS

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ABOVE Rebecca bought the 1930s antique Longcase clock at an auction. The flower painting to the right of the clock influenced the room’s muted colour scheme.

RIGHT The set of LNER posters came from The Railway Museum in York (0844 815 3139, nrm.org.uk). The dining chairs are from Ikea (0845 358 3363, ikea.co.uk).

order, but I soon found out that it wasn’t.’ Originally the water tank and boiler were positioned underneath the stairs on the open-plan basement level and were an eyesore. Rebecca bought a new boiler and the water tank was moved to a cupboard on the landing to free up space for the washing machine underneath the stairs. Rebecca also had the radiators moved. ‘I had scaffolding put up at the garden end of the house as it was so covered in ivy you could barely see the windows.’ Once the ivy had been removed, the outside walls needed repainting and the roof also had to »

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‘I love Shaker-style units so I designed the kitchen myself with that in mind’ ABOVE The bespoke kitchen units are painted in Dimity by Farrow & Ball (01202 876141, farrow-ball.com). The fridge is from Smeg (0844 557 9907, smeguk.com). LEFT The bold rug is from Ikea (0845 358 3363, ikea. co.uk). The French doors lead out into the garden area. The sofa came from Habitat (0844 499 4686, habitat.co.uk). TOP RIGHT Rebecca’s mum made the curtains in the main bedroom. The bedside table lamps came from Laura Ashley (0871 983 5999, lauraashley.com).

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be repaired. ‘The porch floor was rough concrete so I had it tiled and I had new glass with a star motif fitted into the front door. I put a patio down in the garden and had a summerhouse built.’

BESPOKE FURNISHINGS

In the hallway and living room the floorboards had been sanded so often over the years that they had worn very thin and were unsafe in places. Rebecca sourced solid oak floorboards from a supplier in France and had them put down by a local carpenter who had a workshop across the road from the house. A friend of his transported the wood from France, which helped keep Rebecca’s costs to a minimum. ‘The carpenter also built the kitchen for

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DESIGN DECISIONS

me – the old kitchen was bright purple! I love Shaker-style units so I designed the kitchen myself with that in mind. I had the cabinets made from mdf with solid wood shelves inside, and painted them in a warm cream shade.’ The work surface area was extended by building a wall, which hides an enormous larder. Rebecca chose a large butler’s sink and a plate rack to go above it.

DECORATING CHOICES

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‘I made a decision to take down two doors and a wall to open up the downstairs corridor. I also put in a balustrade along the stairs, which automatically made it appear lighter and more spacious.  I love the open-plan kitchen. I painted it white for a fresh and clean feel, as there is a danger of a basement space looking too dark. The kitchen used to be positioned at the back of the house but it didn’t work for me. I moved it to the front of the house so that the dining table at the other end overlooks the garden.’

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ROOM IN DETAIL

‘The bathroom is possibly my favourite room of the house. I didn’t want cold tiles – my aim was to create a room with a bath in it rather than a ‘bathroom’ so to speak. I chose a solid oak floor and tongue and groove wall panelling with a shelf above it. It took me ages to find the right paint colour for the walls and I painted the underside of the bath blue, too. The curtains and lace panel are both from Laura Ashley. I found the chest of drawers in an Emmaus charity shop. I particularly love the material on the little French boot stool, which I bought at a market in London.’ ABOVE Rebecca bought the large poster from a museum in Paris. She found the picture frame in a skip outside an auction house.

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BELOW The delicate jug is another of Rebecca’s free finds, also left at an auction house. She bought the chest of drawers at a charity shop.

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‘Beautiful art need not cost a fortune, you can find bargains at local auctions’ railway advertising posters hanging above the dining table from The Railway Museum in York. ‘When you buy posters from exhibitions or museums and frame them, not only do you have art on your walls but a visual reminder of a good day out. Having beautiful art need not cost a fortune, you can get some relative bargains at local auctions and charity shops. I collect all sorts of picture frames – sometimes I just need to get glass cut for them or I’ll paint the frame.’ Rebecca’s last big project was to revive the dated bathroom, which had a leaking toilet and walls that needed replastering. She decided the room had to be completely gutted and asked her brother to take a sledgehammer to it! Now it is her favourite room in the house. ‘I bought a roll top bath as I have always loved them.’ She darkened the colour of the floorboards in both the

bathroom and the living room using a wood stain in American Walnut.

FINAL TOUCHES

Rebecca wanted to create a relaxing feel in the main bedroom and used a soothing colour palette of pink and green. ‘It’s a favourite combination of mine,’ she says. The pink walls are luckily a hit with her fiancé, too. She put in a new fireplace surround to replace the old one that had been made from painted chipboard. After six months of hard work, Rebecca moved in to her new home. ‘I have loved the process of seeing it evolve from a neglected house into a place that I love. In the future, I hope to get stuck into a new property with my fiancé. This house has given me lots of ideas and has been an outlet for my creativity but now I am after a new challenge!’ GH

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Get Rebecca’s look Emulate Rebecca’s feminine bedroom using soft pinks and elegant stripes Trowbridge ▶ fabric, £40.50 per m, Fabrics & Papers, 01273 495500, fabrics andpapers.com.

◀ Capiz Daisy ceiling light, £75, Marks & Spencer, 0845 302 1234, marksand spencer.com.

Hastings wooden bedstead, from £2,649, Original Bedstead Company, 020 7351 1955, obc-uk.net.

Esther silver mirror, £200, Laura Ashley, 0871 983 5999, lauraashley.com.

◀ Jessica table

lamp, £100, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

Matt emulsion in Secret Shell, £27.50 for 2.5ltr, The Little Greene Paint Company, 0845 880 5855, thelittlegreene. com.

‘I am a huge fan of ultra flat matt paint, it always looks better – even in the bathroom! My favourite colours are traditional shades from Farrow & Ball, The Little Greene Paint Company and the Heritage Collection at Dulux. I also love stripes – to me they finish off a room. They look fantastic against plain walls and, combined with pretty floral pictures and accessories, can complete a scheme.’

◀ Ticking stripe

quilt, £225, Toast, 0844 557 5200, toast.co.uk.

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▼ Avondale five-drawer chest in solid oak, £349, Hart & Johanson, 01884 855863, hartandjohanson.co.uk.

Devonia Plains in Manor Cream, £31 per sq m, Axminster Carpets, 01297 32244, axminster-carpets. co.uk.

FEATURE SOPHIE WARREN-SMITH

MY DECORATIVE TOUCHES

◀ Figurine, £180, Kathy Dalwood at Roost Living, 020 7485 3455, roostliving. com.

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House fact file

Julia’s summerhouse came from Reg’s Sheds (01452 310233, regssheds.co.uk). She painted the exterior in Wood Pigeon from Dulux’s Aquatech range (0844 481 7817, dulux.co.uk).

The property

Mid-terraced Victorian house with a 44ft garden in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Improvements made Added a summerhouse at the bottom of the garden, with a large workroom and a small storage room for the family’s bikes.

Buying price

The summerhouse cost £1,400.

Renovation costs £100 for paint.

Who works here?

I’m Julia Miller and I live in a Victorian terraced house in Cheltenham with my husband Ian, a chartered surveyor, our son Jack, 10, daughter Kitty, 6, and our greyhound Peggy. I started collecting vintage fabrics and homewares when I bought my first house at the age of 21. It’s an interest I’ve inherited from my mother, who also spends her time searching through second-hand shops and car boot sales for vintage collectables. I use the material to make cushions and the offcuts for patchwork and illustrations.

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‘The project was incredibly straightforward – we didn’t need planning permission’

Functional space

The summerhouse is a comfortable and inviting place for Julia to make her soft furnishings. A small storage room next to her workroom has replaced the old garden shed and is used to store the family’s bikes.

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Julia stores her fabrics in this cabinet, which she found in a secondhand shop. She painted it in Farrow & Ball’s Borrowed Light (01202 876141, farrow-ball.com).

I used to work in a room in the basement but I would often end up moving to the kitchen table where there is more light and space. The kitchen is my favourite room in the house and although it was great to work there, it’s the busiest family room and I was forever having to clear away my creations. It became apparent that I needed a dedicated space for my work.

How did you find the right summerhouse?

We searched on the internet for a garden workroom but they all seemed to be above our price limit. I was just about to give up the search when I visited a friend whose neighbour had a potting shed. I liked the style of it so I contacted the supplier who happened to be local. I was so pleased to find they were able to provide us with what we wanted within our budget.

How did you plan the project? I sketched out the layout that I thought would work. The builder was then able to interpret my ideas

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and we finalised the dimensions before we went ahead. We already had a shed at the bottom of the garden that housed our bikes so we needed to incorporate storage for them too. The design consisted of two rooms; a large workroom and a smaller space for the six bikes.

Did you have any problems?

The whole process was incredibly straightforward. The summerhouse is built on a raft system, which meant we didn’t need to dig foundations. The builders removed the old shed and levelled out the ground. The structure itself arrived flat packed and was put up in a day. The project was also simplified by the fact that we didn’t need planning permission due to its height and distance from the house.

Do you regret losing some garden space?

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Julia found the wicker chair discarded in the street she lives in. She has made the cushion covers.

‘I find it very inspiring to surround myself with fabrics’ provides us with plenty of hard work and vegetables.

Did you have a deadline?

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Has the project been a success? Yes, I love the summerhouse. I find it very inspiring surrounding myself with my fabrics. It’s a lovely place to work and it’s a good way to separate myself from housework. It’s also filled with wonderful memories of our wedding day. We were able to make my old workroom in the basement into a second guest bedroom to accommodate family and friends when they come to stay.

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What inspires you?

I love fabric designs from the 1930s through to the 1970s. My favourite designer is Lisa Stickley and I was buying Cath Kidston fabrics by mail order before she opened her first shop. I’m also keen on crochet – if I’m not sewing I’m crocheting! ✻ For one-off textile pieces and cushions contact Julia at vintageheaven.blogspot.com. GH

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Julia’s style y ffile Be inspired by Julia’s summerhouse and invest in floral accessories and retro-style storage

▶ Storage boxes, from £12 each, Idyll Home, 01630 695779, idyllhome. co.uk. ▼ Belvoir chair, £300, Lloyd Loom, 01775 724358, lloydloom.com.

▲ Ivory wire organiser, £24.95, Dotcomgiftshop, 020 8746 2473, dotcomgiftshop.com.

▲ Floral summer bunting, L28ft, £26.90 for two, Scotts of Stow, 0844 482 2800, scottsofstow.co.uk.

HOT SHOPPING

▶ Occasional lamp table, £295, Nathan Furniture, 01706 811299, nathanfurniture. co.uk.

▶ Union Jack

FEATURE SOPHIE WARREN-SMITH

LINNARP bookcase, £169, Ikea, 0845 358 3363, ikea.co.uk.

cushion sewing kit in Blue, £25, Clothkits, 01243 600301, clothkits.co.uk.

Oak engineered overlay charcoal wash plank, £48 per sq m, The Natural Wood Floor Company, 020 8871 9771, naturalwoodfloor.co.uk.

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‘I love to shop at Cath Kidston in Cheltenham. It’s not just the products I like, but the way the shop is laid out. I find it really inspirational and I usually come away with all sorts of ideas, such as adding the rose fabric to the child’s deckchair hanging up on my wall.’ Cath Kidston, 21 The Promenade, Cheltenham GL50 1LE, 01242 245912, cathkidston.co.uk. ▼ A4 box file in Provence Rose Red, £12, Cath Kidston, 0845 026 2440, cathkidston. co.uk.

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PROPERTY PROJECT

Island living Veronica and Stephen Worrall turned a dated kitchen into a sociable space by adding a functional breakfast bar BEFORE

WHO LIVES THERE? Veronica and Stephen Worrall. WHERE IS IT? Sudbourne, Suffolk. KITCHEN DIMENSIONS 3.6x3.5m. WHAT CHANGED? The kitchen was linked with the dining space by removing the existing units and introducing an island.

‘W

BREAKFAST BAR

An extended granite worktop means that the island unit can act as a breakfast bar for informal meals in addition to housing the electric hob.

e bought this house for its wonderful sea views. Although the kitchen was the room that needed the most updating, we gave priority to the roof and the upstairs, and the kitchen was our final project. I looked everywhere for inspiration and cut out articles from magazines to create an ideas portfolio. Our designer, Dan Barr, looked at my scrapbook and translated my wish list into a stunning design. I used masking tape to outline the position of the units on the floor and walked around, acting out cooking! I love the finished design – we spend hours sitting at the island. It’s transformed the way we live. Veronica Worrall

FEATURE CAROLINE FOSTER

THE PROJECT

■ To replace a worn out kitchen with a design that incorporates an island and breakfast bar. ■ The kitchen and dining area were linked by knocking out the old kitchen cupboards and replacing them with an island in the centre of the room. ■ A false ceiling was added to hide the ducting from the extractor and to fit ceiling lights. ■ Veronica settled on a classic look with a limited colour palette to ensure the space would not date quickly. ■ Floor-to-ceiling units house appliances, including the fridge, freezer, and both steam and conventional ovens. ■ The couple chose traditionalstyle cabinets with sleek contemporary handles. Deep pull-out drawers and cupboards ensure the work surfaces are kept free of clutter.

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PAINTED UNITS

The blue-painted units give the kitchen instant character. A new shade is an easy way to refresh the space.

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VERTICAL WINE RACK The couple utilised an otherwise wasted space by creating a full-height wine storage feature that adds interest to the wall units.

DUAL OVENS

Separate steam and conventional ovens allow for versatile cooking. The stainless steel finish adds to the sleek room scheme.

TALL STORAGE

Floor-to-ceiling units accommodate Veronica’s separate ovens, as well as providing extra storage space for cookware.

VERONICA’S KEY PIECES ■ Custom-made timber cabinets, Anglia Factors, 01473 610192, angliafactors.co.uk. ■ 30mm Angolan Black Granite worktops, from £500 per linear m, Wood For Stone Ltd, 01206 390003, woodforstone.com.

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■ T42D20 hob, £449; C67m70 combi oven, £895; B1542 oven, £566; S54M45 dishwasher, £499; K5614 larder fridge, £560; all Neff, 0844 892 8989, neff.co.uk. ■ KBG160 sink, £417; Eiger tap, £141; both Franke, 0161 436 6280, franke.co.uk.

■ Ring extractor fan, £699, Elica, 01252 351111, elica.co.uk. ■ Vinyl flooring, £15.95 per sq m, Suffolk Carpet Weavers, 01473 241444, suffolkcarpetweavers.co.uk. ■ Digital radio, for similar try PURE Evoke 1S DAB radio in Maple, from £99.99, House of Fraser, 0845 602 1073, houseoffraser.co.uk.

■ Wooden kitchen stools, find similar from £61.97 at Wimbledon Pine, 020 8336 6100, wimbledonpine.co.uk. ■ Food mixer, find similar by Kenwood from £242.95 at John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com. ■ Stainless steel kettle, find similar by Russell Hobbs from £49.97 at Tesco Direct, 0845 600 4411, direct.tesco.com.

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SPEAKING FROM EXPERIENCE Veronica says: ’Keep your ideas in a scrapbook so you start to get a feel for how you want your room to look. Then put your wish list and yourself in front of a kitchen expert, who will be able to interpret your thoughts into a working design. I know that some people dread the thought of a kitchen makeover, but I urge everyone to just enjoy the process. After all, you’re spending a huge amount of money and most people get the chance to create their dream kitchen only once.’ THE BUDGET Cabinets..................£13,800 Worktops..................£3,360 Appliances................£4,320 Installation................£3,600 Sink and tap.................£672

UTILITY AREA

The same flooring and cabinets have been used in the utility room. A large butler’s sink is ideal for handwashing laundry.

VINYL FLOORING

With an eye on her budget, Veronica opted for vinyl flooring, which she finds very comfortable underfoot. It’s also durable, stain resistant and easy to clean. Continuing the same flooring into the dining area, utility room and hallway creates a sense of flow between the rooms.

TOTAL.................£25,752

ELECTRIC HOB

The island unit features an easy-to-clean electric hob, which blends in with the black granite worktops beautifully. A stylish induction fan is suspended from the ceiling above the island.

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Lighten up

CAFE CREME

Using a pale shade for flooring will instantly brighten a space. This washable paint can be used on wooden or concrete floors. Floor

Painting furniture in shades that coordinate with walls creates a streamlined look.

Walls painted in Ultimatt Emulsion in Silt, £33 for 2.5ltr; table in Acrylic Eggshell in Portland Stone, £37.50 for 2.5ltr; both The Little Greene Paint Company.

Paint in Linen Wash, £46 for 2.5ltr, The Little Greene Paint Company.

Vibrant colour This year bright hues are replacing stone and putty shades in the kitchen. Dulux predicts intense botanical greens will be popular this season, such as this fresh shade. Louise Smith at Dulux says: ‘Painting cabinets the same colour as walls will open up the space.’ Forest Falls, Tailor Made Colour range, £21.69 for 2.5ltr, Dulux.

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Update your kitchen with a lick of paint to walls, flooring, furniture or cupboards ▼ Shine

on

If you’re after mirror-like cupboards, International’s High Gloss Kitchen Cupboard paint is far more budgetfriendly than buying new cupboard doors. The one-coat gloss is scratch resistant so your doors will stay looking good for years to come. £24.99 for 1ltr, International.

▲ LEMON

living

in Everglade; Super Clear Acrylic; both £6.95 for 400ml, Plasti-Kote.

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FEATURE LIZ BUTLER-GRAHAM

▲ Green

Update the look of your kitchen storage and prolong the life of vegetable baskets with a fresh spring shade. Finish off with a final coat of hardwearing acrylic. Super Satin Spray

ZEST

Perk up a tired dresser inside and out with tonal shades of cheerful yellow. This sunshine shade from B&Q will add warmth to your room. Dresser

exterior painted in Colours Quick Dry Gloss in Lemon Ice, £8.98 for 750ml; interior painted in Colours Everywhere in Warm Yellow, £15.98 for 2.5ltr; both B&Q.

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Property buzz... News, views and the latest expert advice

HOME TRUTHS Fabric designer Vanessa Arbuthnott shares her past, present and future homes First home

near Cirencester, perched on the My childhood edge of a beautiful home was a valley with 300-year-old wonderful walks. Cumbrian We rented a house farmhouse. there while we I lived there renovated our until I got current home. married. It had lovely whitewashed stone walls Home disasters on the outside with blueLuckily I am married to a painted window surrounds. very creative architect who We had a solid fuel boiler has probably pre-empted that my father had to keep the majority of home stoking up to keep us disasters, although we did all warm. There were run all our power amazing old from a generator Browse flagstones on for two years so Vanessa’s the floors and we had endless designs at incredibly thick power cuts vanessa walls. My mother where we all arbuthnott is a brilliant huddled around fabrics. seamstress and the fire by co.uk she made all the candlelight! curtains and chair covers in the house. Dream home I think we are living in our dream home now! It’s a Best area I’ve lived in wonderful converted cow A small Arts and Crafts byre, which is a U-shaped village called Sapperton,

Vanessa’s work room Her dining room are surrounded by beautiful trees and masses of cow parsley.

Next move

Countr y garden house with a courtyard in the centre. It has simple wooden floors and French windows that look out into our courtyard garden. We

If we move again I think it would be to a townhouse in Oxford as my husband is now studying at the university. He would love to live near the libraries and concerts, though I’m not sure I could live without my chickens and that very special peace that surrounds you in the countryside!

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to enhance its appeal. According to a survey by property website Globrix, one in 14 people would be prepared to pay more for a home with a name rather than an ordinary house number, and 40% said that their

perceptions of a property with a name would be more positive. One in five people would assume it was an older property with character if it had a name, while 19% said they’d assume the property was situated in a good area. goodhomes.net

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s o Finding it difficult to find a quality tradesperson who you can trust? Jo Behari, founder of handywomen website Home Jane, says her clients feel more comfortable opening their home to and leaving their keys with a woman. Home Jane has a bulging contacts list of professional tradeswomen, from plumbers and electricians to decorators, who provide clear and competitive estimates and promise to respect your home. They’ll even come round to carry out everyday DIY jobs, such as hanging pictures and putting up shelves. Visit home-jane.co.uk for details.

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Studio Spectrum kitchen in Orange, from £343 for a 60cm floor unit, Magnet, 01325 469441, magnet.co.uk.

Be inspired

Need some ideas for a new kitchen? Then check out Magnet’s new moodboard website, my-kitchenscrapbook.co.uk. Create a virtual moodboard by uploading your own pictures or simply choose from the online image library. Repeat the process as many times as you like until you find your design inspiration.

3 OF THE BEST

Measuring cups

1 ▲ Stack up

Kitchen source Equinox cooker hood, £1,499, Best from Britannia, 0800 073 1003, besthoods.co.uk.

House & Home buttercup ceramic measuring cups, £18 for four, Lisa Stickley at Debenhams, 0844 561 6161, debenhams.com.

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FEATURE GINEVRA BENEDETTI

Baking Days measuring cups in Green, £20 for four, Spode, 01782 743456, spode.co.uk.

3 ▲ Russian classic

M-cups, £9.99 for six, Strawberry Fool, 0845 226 9177, strawberryfool.co.uk.

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Stylish fan

Where can I find a contemporary extractor fan for my open-plan kitchen? The Equinox wall-mounted cooker hood is perfect for open-plan spaces as it looks more like a modern mirror rather than an extractor fan and is extremely quiet when in use. It’s available in a choice of two finishes – white glass with a chrome surround or mirrored glass with a black surround.

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▲ Pretty pots We love La Cafetière’s latest filter coffee press designs, featuring beautiful etched motifs. Available in teal and sky blue, they would look at home at an elegant tea party. Secret Garden cafetière, £30, La Cafetière, 01352 717555, lacafetiere.com.

Alfresco entertaining The summer tableware range from Jamie at Home features glazed terracotta bowls for dips and nibbles, and nifty food covers to keep insects at bay. We think the Drink Up drinks dispenser is a must-have for a garden party. Under Wraps food covers, £25 for three; Drink Up drinks dispenser, £29; both Jamie at Home.

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OVEN GLOVES | SOURCE BOOK

Cheery oven mitts

Brighten up your kitchen with our top selection of oven gloves 3 1 2

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oven glove, £22.99, Aga, 0845 345 2823, agacookshop.co.uk. 2 Retro look Oven glove, £12, H is for Home, 01706 819941, hisforhome.com. 3 Line up Striped oven glove, £10.25, Jamie at Home, 0844 871 2010, jamieoliver.com/jme. 4 Pretty pastels Check oven mitt, £10, Cath Kidston, 0845 026 2440, cathkidston. co.uk. 5 Written in the stars Big Love oven gloves, £13, Emma Bridgewater, 0844 243 9266, emma bridgewater.co.uk. 6 Trattoria style Portofino grabber mitt, £5.95, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com. 7 Vintage design Rose Du Sud oven glove, £6.95, Dotcomgiftshop, 020 8746 2473, dotcomgiftshop.com. 8 Flower motif Embroidered oven gloves, £14.99, The Contemporary Home, 0845 130 8229, tch.net. 9 Food heaven Wild Mushroom oven mitt, £10.96, New House Textiles, 01989 740380, newhouse textiles.co.uk. 10 Check it out Chequered mitt, £6, Debenhams, 0844 800 8877, debenhams.com.

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KITCHEN DRESSERS | SOURCE BOOK

KITCHENS

DESIGN CLASSIC

Barton solid oak armoire, £2,995, Terence Conran for The Conran Shop, 0844 848 4000, conranshop.co.uk.

COUNTRY FEEL

Sussex dresser with three spice drawers, £685, CPW Furniture, 01797 225014, cpwfurniture.co.uk.

Dressers

PROVENCAL LOOK Luberon armoire in Antique White, £1,499, Oka, 0844 815 7380, okadirect.com.

Display or conceal your dining essentials in a smart storage unit

LOVES

ELABORATE FINISH

Aquamarine large elm cabinet and shelf unit, £965, Sweetpea & Willow, 0845 257 2627, sweetpeaandwillow.com.

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STURDY STORAGE

Cottage Oak dresser top and base, £1,249, The Cotswold Company, 0844 984 0003, cotswoldco.com.

CLASSIC LINES

Dorchester grand chest open rack dresser in Limestone, £2,150, Kit Stone, 0870 777 0099, kitstone.co.uk.

SHAKER STYLE

Padstow sideboard in Moss, £449; Padstow sideboard top in Moss, £399; both Marks & Spencer, 0845 302 1234, marksandspencer.com.

FEATURE GINEVRA BENEDETTI

RETRO CHIC

Rowan walnut cupboard with white painted door, £1,895, Orla Kiely for Heal’s, 0870 024 0780, heals.co.uk.

COOL CONTRASTS

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BATHROOMS | SOURCE BOOK

4 OF THE BEST

Bathroom mirrors

Instant accessory

Q

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▲ Close up

Magnetic towel rail, from £182.40; Decorative panel vertical radiators in Yellow and Navy blue, from £409.20; all Bisque, 01225 466367, bisque.co.uk.

Splash-proof magnifying mirror, £95, BC Designs, 01206 827100, bcdesigns.co.uk.

Shelf life

Bathroom source

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I have a large solid panel radiator in my bathroom – is it possible to add a towel rail to it and what’s the easiest way of doing this? Drilling or glueing a towel rail onto your radiator will almost certainly damage it so avoid doing it at all costs. Bisque’s new chrome magnetic towel rail is a great alternative as it fixes on instantly and can be repositioned wherever you like on your radiator. It can hold towels up to 5kg in weight.

2

Banff mirror in Wenge, £66, Better Bathrooms, 0844 484 7678, better bathrooms. com.

STATEMENT SINK Perfect for small or awkward-shaped bathrooms, the new Amberes freestanding basin from Roca measures just 54cm in diameter and can be plumbed into any area of the room from underneath the floor.

Splash of colour

FEATURE GINEVRA BENEDETTI

Tired of a plain white bathroom? Fired Earth has just added a host of new shades to its Liquid Glass tile range. The eight bold colours – ranging from yellow to dark purple – have been designed to complement the existing range of blue pastel tones. ▲ Liquid Glass wall tiles in Dark Grey, Light Grey and Kiwi, £199.98 per sq m; Fratello basin, £275; Roma standard basin mixer, £225; all Fired Earth, 0845 293 8798, firedearth.com.

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Amberes basin, £1,680, Roca, 01530 830080, uk.roca.com.

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▲ Look of love

Vänna mirror, £5.10, Ikea, 0845 358 3363, ikea.co.uk.

4

Luxury look Go for cosmetics that will add sophistication to your room – Jo Malone’s new moisturising dry body oils have a timeless classic design. ◀ English pear and freesia dry body oil, £38 for 100ml, Jo Malone, 0870 034 2411, jomalone.co.uk.

▲ Designer style

Ghost mirror in Purple, £217, Phillipe Starck for Kartell at John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

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instant

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6 bathroom schemes Combine delicate accessories with faded neutral tones

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Pretty vintage SNAP SHOT Olivia bathroom wall mirror, £109, Feather & Black. ABOVE FROM LEFT Ships passing washbag, £21, Cabbages & Roses. Iridescent glass art deco jars, from £9.50, The Orchard at Notonthehighstreet.com. White Rope square linen bin, £50, John Lewis. Antique Flowers white soap rack with two bottles, £13.95, Dotcomgiftshop.com.

Mix and match blocks of bold colour for a summery feel

2

Zingy brights

SNAP SHOT Oasis bathroom suite, from £6,000 for a fully fitted bathroom, Dolphin Bathrooms. ABOVE FROM LEFT Wenko laundry collector in Lipstick Pink, £15, John Lewis. Lima pedal bin, £20, Habitat. Bright ball hooks, £8, Matalan. Linea Luxe Egyptian cotton towels in Teal, from £3 for a face cloth, House of Fraser. Gedy rainbow soap dispenser in Green, £25.95, Ziggiziggi.com.

FEATURE SOPHIE PAYNE

Choose understated pieces that share a muted colour palette

Classic elegance

3

SNAP SHOT Canterbury bathroom furniture, from £199 for a single door vanity unit, B&Q. ABOVE FROM LEFT Scroll collection soap dispenser, £4.24, Dunelm Mill. Spa brush, £5, Matalan. Heyland & Whittle green tea and grapefruit candle, £20, Ziggiziggi.com. TU extending bath rack, £10, Sainsbury’s. Egyptian cotton towels in Grey, from £12 for a hand towel, The White Company.

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A change of accessories can transform the mood of your room in minutes. Here are our top picks for a new look, whatever your style

Wide stripes create instant impact while narrow stripes have subtle appeal

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Fresh stripes

SNAP SHOT Fusion wall tiles in Kiwi, Jet Black and Angel White, from £2.99 each, Topps Tiles. ABOVE FROM LEFT Rush stripe towels in Willow, from £12 for a hand towel, Harlequin By Christy at House of Fraser. Blue stripe accessory set, £14, Next. Belize bath mat, £38, Heal’s. Striped toilet brush, £12, Very.

Look out for nautical-inspired and weather-worn products

5

Coastal look

SNAP SHOT 4-tier storage caddy, £35; Striped laundry bags, £16 set of two; Next. ABOVE FROM LEFT Wooden FSC duckboard, £25, Biome Lifestyle at Notonthehighstreet.com. Large ropes toiletry bag, £8.75, Anorak. Over door beach hut hook, £25, Next. Positively Practical tumbler in Old Blue Superstripe, £12, Lisa Stickley. Roller towel, £14.95, Pedlars.

Create a striking contrast with black and white designs

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Chic monochrome SNAP SHOT Freeform bathroom suite, from £180 for a 500mm basin, Bathstore. ABOVE FROM LEFT Black lidded pot, £8, Matalan. Salter pebble electronic scale, £40, House of Fraser. Black and white bath mat, £9.99, H&M. Inside Out bathroom cabinet, £255, Barker & Stonehouse. Black woven multi stripe towels, from £3 for a face cloth, Debenhams.

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Next big thing

TiVo

A hit in the US, the TiVo personal video recorder is now available with Virgin Media TV. As with other settop boxes it records at the push of a button, can rewind and pause live TV but, unlike the majority, it also lets you watch hundreds of ondemand shows, catch up with BBC iPlayer and YouTube, even shop on eBay, Tweet from Twitter and update your Facebook account.

Gadget of the month

From £199, plus £26.50 per month virginmedia.com/TiVo.

Fidelio SoundSphere, from £700, Philips, philips.co.uk. iPod docks seem to be getting better and better and the SoundSphere is no exception. This wireless design features amazing hi-fidelity sound and you can play music from iTunes, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch over your Wi-Fi network on the speakers without even docking your device.

We bring you the latest gadgets, gizmos and gossip from TECH-O-METER

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■ The first ever digital camera was made for Kodak by Steve Sasson in 1975. It weighed 8lbs, recorded 0.01 megapixel black and white photos to a cassette tape and the first image took 23 seconds to create. petapixel.com

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■ The first consumer-ready digital camera that could connect to a home computer was the Apple QuickTake 100. Launched in 1994 it could store eight images on the internal memory. docs.info.apple.com/ article ■ Astonishingly, there are 2.5 billion photos uploaded to Facebook each month. blog.facebook.com

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Black & Decker steam mop

TECHNICAL CV Electric steam mop with Autoselect technology to release the correct amount of steam for different floor types. DESIGN Sleek blue and white upright. WHY BUY? A great alternative to a mop and bucket, this lightweight cleaner heats up in seconds and kills 99.9% of germs. The machinewashable pad is easily afixed and removed, and there is an attachment for steaming carpets too. As it uses steam, floors are dry in seconds and there are no detergents required, so once you’ve bought it, there are no extra costs. IDEAL FOR Homes with a mix of laminate, wood and tiles – the steam mop will work on all these surfaces.

Shark steam pocket mop, JML

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TECHNICAL CV Doublesided steam pocket technology allows steam and moisture to evaporate through both sides of the pocket, retaining the ideal cleaning temperature. DESIGN Grey and lilac upright. WHY BUY? A really easy to use mop – it takes just seconds to heat up and cleans floors brilliantly. It comes with several attachments for awkward corners and hardwood floors. You can flip over the cleaning pocket to use the other side before removing it and putting it in the washing machine to be reused. IDEAL FOR Households with children as no harmful chemicals are needed to break down dirt and kill bacteria – just tap water.

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WATER POWERED RADIO

We’ve found the ultimate in bathroom radios! So simple to set up (attach it between the tap and shower hose – there are standard sized hose attachments included), amazingly, as the water rushes through the radio and out of the shower, the pressure it creates runs the battery and powers the FM radio. It’s so convenient, you’ll never need to worry about changing batteries again, and it doesn’t take up any valuable space on the bathroom shelf!

NEWS FLASH Get your five-a-day

The new Fruit & Vegetable Juice Extractor, £160 from Cuisinart, has five speeds, so can tackle any fruit and veg, hard or soft, to create up to a litre of healthy juice. The parts are all dishwasher safe too, so the whole process is fuss-free from start to finish!

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▲ With 22 mini cyclones the Vorticity, £199, offers superior suction on multiple surfaces.

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Can you recommend an inexpensive range of picnicware that looks stylish and fun? H&M’s stunning new picnic ranges are ideal seasonal purchases as they look smart and summery but won’t cost you the earth. With picnic blankets, plastic tableware, matching cushions and coolbags, there are five different ranges to choose from – a bright floral print, a bold candy stripe, a classic blue and white nautical design, a muted industrial print and a chic monochrome look. Available online and in selected stores.

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◀ Fleece blanket, £7.99; picnic blanket, £9.99; dinner plates, £2.99 each; bowls, £1.99 each; tumblers, £1.99 each; 14ltr cool bag, £12.99; cotton velvet cushions, £6.99 each; lace tablecloth, £24.99; washed linen napkins, £2.99 each; all H&M, 0844 736 9000, hm.com/gb.

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▼ Bugs Beware fragranced mini bucket candle, £3, Wax Lyrical, 01229 461132, wax-lyrical.co.uk.

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Our self-catering holiday accommodation doesn’t have safe-deposit boxes. Can you recommend another way of keeping our valuables out of sight when we’re away? Ideal if you don’t have easy access to a safety deposit box, the Safecan from Sterling Locks is a brilliantly easy solution to holiday security. Camouflaged as a book, it has plenty of space to hold keys, money or travel documents in your accommodation when you’re out for the day and is available from all good independent hardware stores.

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▲ DC24 Animal vacuum cleaner, £319.99, Dyson.

of a vacuum cleaner that will pick up stubborn pet hair? The easy-to-manoeuvre Dyson DC24 Animal is specifically designed to catch pesky pet hair. It boasts a special mini turbine and motorised brush bar in the cleaner head, and is light and easy to use due to the swivelling ball mechanism. Team it with Dyson’s groom tool, a gadget that attaches to the end of the vacuum hose. It has bristles that allow you to brush your dog’s fur while the cleaner sucks up all the loose hair, dead skin and allergens. Suitable for medium or long-haired dogs, it’s designed to fit all Dyson vacuum cleaners.

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candles are the most humane way of keeping bugs away but can your recommend a design that would also look good at a dinner party? Wax Lyrical’s Bugs Beware range of citronella and herb candles are a great addition to alfresco summer evenings. Choose from a large range of smartly packaged designs, including jar and bucket candles, or combine citronella tealights with a silver lantern for a smart, elegant look.

▶ Dyson groom tool, £40.85, Dyson, 0800 298 0298, dyson.co.uk.

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5 of the best:

Serving trays

▲ Electric Avenue trays, from £18, People Will Always Need Plates, 01442 876907, peoplewillalwaysneedplates.co.uk.

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I’m looking for a compact airer that I can use indoors as well as outside. Can you suggest one that I can attach hangers to? Lakeland’s brand new Smart Pole is a brilliant space-saving clothes dryer and airer, costing just £39.99. It has space for up to 27 hangers on its top flip-down arms while the lower webbed airer can hold up to 10kg of wet washing. It folds down simply to make it easier to store when not in use.

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▲ Sagaform Juicy tray, £14.50, Red Candy, 0121 224 7728, redcandy.co.uk.

‘When the sun is shining, cleaning my windows moves to the top of my list of chores. If you use a microfibre cloth, you’re guaranteed to achieve a sparkling, streak-free finish using very little effort in no time at all.’ Wendy Miranda, Lakeland.

▲White wash round tray, £55, The White Company, 0845 678 8150, thewhitecompany.com.

▼ Value recycled polyester hollowfibre duvet, from £9.50 for a single 4.5tog duvet, John Lewis, 0845 604 9049, johnlewis.com.

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▲ Sensational butterfly tray, £15, Natural History Museum, 0845 608 4448, nhmshop.co.uk.

▲ Bärbar tray, £6.99, Ikea, 0845 358 3363, ikea.co.uk.

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Our goose duvet is far too warm for the summer months. What’s a good alternative? While ideal for the winter months, goose-down duvets are usually too heavy for summer, making it hard to get a good night’s sleep. John Lewis sells a wide range of duvets, from bargain-friendly polyester hollowfibre duvets in its Value range to luxurious body-temperature adjusting wool designs by Devon Duvets, all of which are ideal for warmer summer nights.

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Can you recommend a good ice cream machine? If you long for Italian-style ice cream all year round, why not invest in some professional kit? Gaggia’s Gelatiera has a built-in freezer and is ready to use in just five minutes, so you don’t have to worry about freezing the bowl beforehand. It can make up to 600g of ice cream per batch and it comes with two bowls so you can make two batches in one sitting.

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I need to keep my hallway clear of clutter this summer – any ideas? If you’re expecting lots of guests this summer, it’s important to keep your hallway as neat and tidy as possible so that family and friends can come and go without tripping over clutter. The Dormy House sells a wide range of hallway furniture and shelving. Depending on how much room you have, the units can provide plenty of space to hang or hide away jackets, hats and handbags, keeping the path clear for your visitors.

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▼ Double storage peg shelf with white painted finish, £115; lined baskets with Albany Stripe 2 lining, £25 each; double storage bench with white painted finish and padded seat in Albany Stripe 2, £245; The Dormy House, 01264 365808, thedormyhouse.com.

Discovery Duo travel kettle, £19.99; Discovery Duo travel iron, £16.99; both Kenwood.

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How can I get creases out of my clothes when I’m travelling? With such strict luggage restrictions these days, we all tend to cram as much as possible into our bags. Unfortunately this means that our clothes end up crumpled and creased. Thankfully, Mrs White’s Crease Decrease spray loosens creases in minutes and Kenwood’s Discovery Duo iron is compact enough to fit into your case. If you have any room left, why not take the Kenwood travel kettle too? ▶ Mrs White’s Crease Decrease, £12, Roullier White.

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I haven’t got the budget to buy a new set of garden furniture but I’d like a new look. Is there anyway to update my existing set of plastic garden chairs? If you’re looking to dress up garden furniture, The Plastic Chair Cover Company is definitely worth a look. Its chair covers are a simple and affordable way to smarten up your outdoor chairs. Made from 100% polyester, they are water resistant and colourfast so won’t fade in the sunlight, plus they are really easy to clean – just rinse off with water from a garden hose. Choose from a green or tan colourway and either a high or low back size to fit your furniture.

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Where can I find a parasol base that is more attractive than the usual unsightly designs? As well as selling a range of beautiful parasols, Burford Garden Company has just introduced two fantastic elephant parasol stands to its collection. Handmade in Thailand, these sandstone carved stands are ideal if you’re looking for something a little more decorative.

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◀ Trumpet elephant parasol stand, £120, Burford Garden Company, 01993 823117, burford.co.uk.

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‘To clean your barbecue grill put it on a newspaper inside a bin liner and spray with oven cleaner. Fold over the bag and leave for a few hours. Wear rubber gloves to remove it and rinse it with water. Take care as oven cleaner can kill grass.’ Barbara Roberts, Merry Maids.

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washing machine is one of the hardest working and essential appliances in the kitchen, and if you have children, it’s probably used more than any other! The little ones being at home for several weeks during the school holidays puts more demands on your machine and you may find that it’s time to upgrade to one of the latest models that will give you the best possible performance. If you choose wisely, not only can you take advantage of the time-saving features and exciting new technology, you should also be able to enjoy great energy and water savings, that will help cut down your bills. Don’t rush into a hasty purchase; think about how you currently use your existing machine TOP TIP and the patterns you have. Work out how much It’s advisable to washing you do in an put all the plumbing average week. Are you to the side of the site for constantly playing catch-up? What’s your the machine so that budget? Do you have everything is easily space to dry your accessible in case washed clothes or do you need to consider a of emergency. washer-dryer? Would you like your washing machine to be free-standing and slotted under a worktop or integrated covered with a panel to match your units? The WMB91242L Once you have established these points, is the fastest you’ll be prepared to find a washing 9kg machine on machine that is perfect for you and your the market. From family. Read on to find out everything you £369, Beko. need to know and how you can make every laundry day stress-free.

Buying advice: what to look for TECHNOLOGY Many washing machines now use advanced technology to automatically assess conditions during the wash cycle and ensure optimum cleaning and performance using minimum water, energy and even detergent. CAPACITY The size of the drum should be taken into consideration when shopping around. If you

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often wash bulky or heavy items, look for a machine with an 8kg or 9kg capacity. SPIN SPEED This varies from model to model with some boasting 1,600 revolutions per minute (rpm) or even 1,800rpm, but as a guide 1,200rpm is standard and adequate for most loads. Most machines will autoselect the spin speed depending on the programme.

ENERGY RATINGS All machines have an energy efficiency and performance grading A-G, with A being the most economical. You may now see models that are A+, A++, or even A+++ rated or state A-20% or A-30%, which means the machine is 20% or 30% more efficient than an A-rated model. Some models include settings that save energy by washing at 30°C or lower.

PROGRAMMES You may pay a bit more for a large choice of programmes. Expect to see handwash programmes, economy, which automatically reduces the temperature, and quick/express washes that can wash a load in just 15 minutes. Some washing machines have variable temperature control, so you can select a lower temperature for a load that is not particularly unclean.

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PRODUCT CODE: L98690FL CAPACITY: 9kg ENERGY RATING: A+++ DIMENSIONS: H850xW600x D600mm FEATURES: OptiSense wash system ■ Advanced Washing Technology ■ Weight sensor with detergent recommendation ■ Delay start WHY BUY? The OptiSense wash system washes clothes to perfection by sensing the size of the load and deciding on the exact amount of water, detergent, energy and time so that garments are not over-washed.

PRODUCT CODE: W7440 CAPACITY: 7kg ENERGY RATING: A+ DIMENSIONS: H797xW595xD549mm FEATURES: VarioPerfect system ■ Aquaspa wash system ■ Time delay up to 24 hours WHY BUY? This smart machine includes the VarioPerfect system that lets you decide whether time (Speed Perfect) or energy efficiency (Eco Perfect) is the priority for each wash. It includes a 15-minute wash, and the electronic control dial is really easy to operate as well.

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John Lewis stainless steel PRODUCT CODE: JLWMS1605 CAPACITY: 8kg ENERGY RATING: A DIMENSIONS: H850xW600x D600mm FEATURES: Aquaspray system ■ 1,600rpm spin ■ 21 wash programmes ■ Centre dial controls WHY BUY? Great for speedy washing, this sleek machine includes a 14-minute programme and delay start so you can take advantage of offpeak electricity. The LCD display is easy to read and the spin speed keeps creasing to a minimum.

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PRODUCT CODE: WAQ28460GB CAPACITY: 7kg ENERGY RATING: A+++ DIMENSIONS: H848xW598xD550mm FEATURES: ActiveWater™ ■ Antivibration panels ■ Eight wash programmes ■ Time delay WHY BUY? Can wash ten men’s shirts in 15 minutes and has programmes designed for needs such as reduced ironing. The ActiveWater™ technology uses the precise amount of water needed for each cycle depending on your laundry type and load size.

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£500

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Whirlpool Green Generation PRODUCT CODE: AWOE 8760/B CAPACITY: 8kg ENERGY RATING: A+++ DIMENSIONS: H850xW600x D600mm FEATURES: 6th sense technology ■ Detergent dosing recommendation system ■ LCD screen WHY BUY? The 6th sense technology optimises the functions according to the load size, saving up to 50% water, time and energy. Programmes include Super Eco and Jeans and it has Microban® antibacterial treatment so it stays clean, fresh and hygienic.

PRODUCT CODE: ZWJ14591W CAPACITY: 8kg ENERGY RATING: A+++ DIMENSIONS: H850xW600x D600mm FEATURES: Jetsystem+ technology ■ 21 wash programmes ■ LCD display ■ 20 hour delay start WHY BUY? Easy to operate and with a huge choice of wash programmes, this affordable machine will prove invaluable for hectic households. The Jetsystem+ saves time, energy, water and detergent and it can easily cope with large items like duvets.

£479

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Fagor Turbo Time freestanding PRODUCT CODE: FU-7814 CAPACITY: 8kg ENERGY RATING: A+ DIMENSIONS: H850xW590xD550mm FEATURES: LCD display ■ 24 hour delayed start ■ 16 programmes ■ Turbo-Time washing system WHY BUY? The Turbo Time system can reduce average wash times by around 30% to just 30 minutes and there’s an extra-large porthole for easier loading. Another selling point is the Advanced Balance System that distributes clothes evenly within the drum, eliminating vibration.

PRODUCT CODE: MWA09149WH CAPACITY: 9kg ENERGY RATING: A DIMENSIONS: H850xW595xD600mm FEATURES: Intellisense® technology ■ 10-year warranty ■ 14 programmes WHY BUY? Great for keeping noise to a minimum in open-plan areas as it has a silent motor. The induction motor with brushless technology also reduces energy loss and wear and tear while the Intellisense® technology automatically adjusts wash time and water consumption depending on the load and your chosen temperature.

LAUNDRY ESSENTIALS ▶ Make a mark

Easier than sew-on labels, this clever pen uses a permanent ink that won’t come out in the wash – great for use on school uniforms and PE kit. Sharpie laundry marker pen, £2.29, Lakeland.

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Store your laundry in style with this bright and sturdy bag. Made from recycled plastic bottles with a metal zip fastening, it’s an eco must-have. Alphabet Design recycled jumbo bag, £4.95, Dotcomgiftshop.

Hotpoint Aqualtis

£1,000

PRODUCT CODE: AQ113D697E CAPACITY: 11kg ENERGY RATING: A+++ DIMENSIONS: H850xW595xD645mm FEATURES: Steam Hygiene & Steam Refresh ■ Anti Allergy cycle ■ Woolmark Platinum star WHY BUY? This family-friendly buy has been certified by Allergy UK, making it a must for allergy sufferers. The anti-allergy cycle neutralises all major allergens using high heat and additional rinses and it also has a delicate cycle approved by Woolmark.

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Brighten up your washing line with these fun, vibrant bird-shaped pegs. Bright bird pegs, £4.99 pack of 12, The Contemporary Home.

▶ Powder perfect

This chic enamel box will keep your washing powder in perfect condition and looks superstylish on the laundry room shelf. Washing powder box, £15, Lily and Lime.

Siemens i-Dos PRODUCT CODE: iQ700 WM14S890GB CAPACITY: 8kg ENERGY RATING: A+++ DIMENSIONS: H842xW600xD590mm FEATURES: Integrated dosing system ■ Anti-stain system ■ Extra large optiWave drum WHY BUY? Doing the laundry couldn’t be easier with the world’s first self-dosing machine. It weighs the laundry and works out how dirty it is, before dispensing the right amount of detergent and fabric softener.

▲ Pretty pegs

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At Craig & Rose we know a thing or two about HERITAGE... We are proud to have been manufacturing paint in the UK since 1829. The same year that: • Bollinger first started making Champagne; • Perth, Australia was founded; • The Metropolitan Police were founded by Sir Robert Peel; • The first ever Oxford versus Cambridge Boat Race took place; • Levi Strauss was born, the founder of denim ‘jeans’

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