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Welcome WHEN PEOPLE HEAR THAT I work on a homes magazine, their first comment is always: ‘You must have an amazing home!’ The reality is that, like most people, I’m full of dreams of how I’d like my house to look and constantly edge towards achieving it. I love the excitement of buying something new – no matter how small – or getting major work done. Our biggest project by far was having the loft converted, and when the builders packed up after finishing, it really did feel as though the fabulous new spacious bedroom they left behind had appeared by magic. But, of course, updates and renovations are much grittier than that and tend to involve a lot of dust, noise, and paint-splattered dust sheets. A lot of that came back to me while we were judging the entries to this year’s Renovation of the Year Awards. The standard was really high and it was difficult to settle on winners for our three categories – whole house, room and project. The winners of the whole house category certainly had their fair share of mess as, all by themselves, they transformed an unremarkable Aberdeen flat into a stunning Scandiinspired space. Turn to page 72 to see their handiwork. Although the time of year I love most is summer, November holds a special place in my heart. This is mainly because it’s my birthday month – I share the day with Prince Charles, though fortunately not the year! – but also because it’s time for two of my favourite events: Bonfire Night and the House Beautiful Awards. This year the Awards will be staged at a glittering ceremony in the heart of London. We’ll be recognising the best home products and services, and honouring the businesses you’ve voted as best homes and online homes retailers. Look out for our March issue to find out who the winners are. I hope your November is spectacular!

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1 Update the sophisticated style with soft greys and rose gold metallics: chair in Riva Earth, £269; lamp, £95; and wire table, £99; Marks & Spencer 2 Serve drinks in Manhattan tumblers, £19.50 for four,

Marks & Spencer 3 Savoy Geo bath towel, £7, George Home 4 Logan bin, £59.99, My Furniture 5 Alessi’s Stanza dello Scirocco Centrepiece, £110 6 Neviti’s Scripted paper plate, £1.99, brings glamour to a table


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Getting the balance of neutrals right

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8 What’s hot Ember glow 11 Design news Latest designs from Ikea 13 Bargain news Updates for bedding and wallpaper 15 On trend Marvellous marbling on wood, glass and more 17 Deco update Picture perfect stylish frames 104 On the loom Weave kit º 108 Stoves to snuggle up beside Your essential guide to woodburners, multi-fuel, electric and gas heaters º 161 Bright yellow Accessories  in sunshine shades º 169 Smart living Gadgets to help improve sleep 191 From the heart Treasured handmade pieces

Style inspiration 18 Natural warmth Updating Scandi woods and whites

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Style insight Tableware Moodboard masterclass Recreate our cover look Colour confident The whole spectrum of pinks Lighting the way Best new-season buys Take a closer look at porcelain tiles Kitchen notes Hand blenders and more Bathroom notebook Spa ideas and heated rails

Reader homes 38 Organised to perfection Structure and storage were priorities in this Edwardian terrace º 46 Collectors’ choice Treasures packed with memories add personality to a rented home º 54 All change Novice renovators create a characterful home

62 Right time, right place A pretty cottage updated in a pale colour scheme º 72 All our own work Winner of Renovation of the Year 2017!

Makeover ideas Modern classic Extending into the garden for an open-plan kitchen 146 A well-formed plan Kitchen design advice, tailored to your layout 154 Luxe contrast Dark wood and vibrant accents in a modern bedroom 140

By House Beautiful 102 Ready for guests Multifunctional two-inone sofas and beds from the House Beautiful collection at DFS

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Profile The designers behind the new company Two Lovely Gays How Britain lives An award-winning five-bedroom new-build Garden notebook Plants for security, and wall lights Food for the soul Hearty comfort meals from a GBBO winner What my home means to me Liz Earle

Offers for you 93 Enjoy 20% off at Out & Out Original º 106 Update your flooring Win and save on the House Beautiful collection at Carpetright 139 Save on energy bills 153 Win £5,000 to spend on a kitchen Fill in our survey for a chance to win

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WHAT’S HOT CITRUS FIZZ Let this matt black pendant light, £99 from Atkin & Thyme, give off a gorgeous glow from its gold-leaf interior. It stands out beautifully against the backdrop of vibrant Lynx fabric in Sunset, £46.50 a metre from Clarke & Clarke, which adds a little spice to your living room. Use it to make up a dramatic set of curtains and cushion covers

‘Contrast burnt orange with charcoal to create depth, and add layers of tactile materials’ KIERA BUCKLEY-JONES INTERIORS EDITOR

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1 Fill the Rotary tray by Vitra with fruit for the breakfast table, £30.60, 2 Mix and match John Lewis’ tumbler and highball glasses, from £5 each, in orange hues to make an impact 3 Deck out the open shelves of this Arty mango-wood highboard, £599.50, Maisons du Monde, with your favourite ornaments 4 This graphic patterned Ben Di Lisi cushion, £22, Debenhams, will brighten up a sofa or bed 5 Take the chill out of nippy mornings with a warming cuppa from this jumbo Tourron cup & saucer, £30, Abode Living 6 Bring a modern feel to a room with the Danish-designed Point coffee table, from £578, Within 4 Walls 7 Create a colourful focal point on your desk with the sleek lines and vivid orange of the Truman task lamp, £35, Made 8 Snuggle up under this coral ombre lambswool throw, £150, Clarissa Hulse 9 The stunning fluid-streaked pattern on this Delta bowl from Henry Dean, £450 at The Conran Shop, is made using traditional mouth-blown techniques FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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DESIGN NEWS From designer collaborations to abstract patterns, the latest styles will inspire you 3 of the best…


SCANDI STYLE A new collaboration with Danish designers Hay has arrived in Ikea stores. The hotly anticipated range includes furniture, textiles, ceramics and lighting. Stool, £20; wall shelf, £12; vase, £18; cushion covers, £5 each: all Ypperlig collection, Ikea.


Sula pendant in pearl, £299, Heal’s

FLOWER POWER Go mad for Tulipomania, the vibrant new collection of seven wallpapers from Dutch designer Ottoline de Vries, inspired by the 17th-century craze for tulip collecting. The dramatic Tulip Festival comes in three bold shades – pink (above), green or blue, £165 for a 900cm roll.

Gaston pendant light in brass (also available in white), £55, Loaf



Bree pendant, £49.50, Marks & Spencer


BOOK CLUB From how to give your house that coveted Nordic look to what you need for the perfect cinnamon buns, North: How to Live Scandinavian by Bronte Aurell (£20, Aurum Press) has it covered.

3 1 IT’S A WRAP Snuggle up for winter in this soft, knitted cotton Haden throw from Sheridan, which comes in Blue Gum (above) or Dusty Rose, £79. 2 SCREEN PRINTED Abstract shapes and geometric designs in a muted colour palette influence Joy Jolliffe’s

new calico cushion collection. Available in four styles, including this Composition #1, £38 from Random Retail. 3 SUMPTUOUS SEATING Based on artisan tile patterns, the new collaboration between interiors brand Bert & May and Design Lab at includes the striking Peggy armchair,


available in Bert & May Asquith Darkroom black and natural (above), or black and navy linen/ cotton-mix fabric, £1,140. 4 PLEATS PLEASE Enjoy the reflective qualities of this pretty Pleat vase in grey (above), clear, amber or heather. It costs from £32 at LSA International.


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BARGA IN NEWS A round-up of the hottest homeware – all at great prices NEW IN

PRETTY PRINTS With a strong colour scheme and retroinspired design, the playful Geometric Panel polycotton bedlinen from George Home will brighten up any bedtime. Team with dusky greys and glints of copper for a look that’s totally up to date. From £15 for a double duvet set.

TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES The colour palette for Graham & Brown’s Indigo collection aims to promote a calm and liveable atmosphere, while the geometric pattern is inspired by shibori, a traditional Japanese technique that’s similar to tiedyeing. Available in cool shades of aqua, blue, grey or natural, at £50 a roll.

Give your room an edge with Geometric Panel bedlinen from George Home


Treat yourself…


1 a new Orla Kiely towel. Her Acorn Cup design (above) comes in Dandelion, Light Granite or Dark Duck Egg. From £4 for a face towel.


1 SNUGGLE DOWN Drape this herringbone acrylic throw over a bed or sofa to keep toasty. Available in blue, dusky pink, natural, white, grey or camel, £34.99 from H&M Home. 2 FELINE FEATURES Calling all cat lovers: a new novelty cat-themed china range


from Cath Kidston includes this charming egg cup, £5, as well as a cat-shaped teapot, £32, a cat-shaped mug with a coaster, £12, and a cat head-shaped plate, £10. 3 WOVEN WONDER Bring glamour to a living space with this fringed woven pendant

lampshade that contrasts neutral strands with peach and navy blue. £55, Oliver Bonas. 4 STONE ACCENTS This marble chopping board doubles as a serving platter and comes with a simple leather hanging loop. It’s a great value £15.50 from Scottie & Russell.


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Contemporary colours bring this classic effect up to date 1 Made from Swedish birch ply, this Archipelago tray, £34.95, Hus & Hem, is handy for a drinks party 2 Put some succulents or potted plants into the striking Angerman marble-effect concrete pots, from £19, La Redoute, to bring a room to life 3 Susi Bellamy describes her cushions as ‘art for the sofa’. This design costs £95 4 Group marble-topped Elgin bottles, from £65 each, Dartington, for a flamboyant display or on their own to highlight a colour scheme 5 The hexagon shape of this Blush and Grey clock, £30 from Bombus at Not On The High Street, allows it to either stand or be hung 6 Handpainted glass tops in a swirling palette of cobalt and white are reminiscent of semi-precious stone. Tables by Notre Monde, £617, Amara 7 Jot down your thoughts in Home Boutique notepads, from £3 at Sainsbury’s 8 Dot the pale marbled tealight holders by Pols Potten, £25 from Trouva, around your dinner table 9 Fill these handy Eberta boxes with bits and bobs to leave surfaces uncluttered, £60 for two, Out There Interiors FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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PICTURE PERFECT Refresh any room instantly by creating a display of art in stylish frames 1 A matt blue finish updates the bevelled detail on the Skatteby frame (32 x 26cm), £15 for two, Ikea 2 West Elm’s brass gallery frame (21.5 x 27cm), £29, adds a glint of glamour 3 For something understated, look no further than the silver aluminium frame (30 x 40cm), £24, House at John Lewis. Print in frame is Oceania by Ellen Giggenbach (30 x 23cm), £15, King & McGaw 4 This gorgeous bone frame (12.7 x 18cm), £28, Graham & Green, features a delicate pattern 5 The Jay frame (45.5 x 62.5cm), £18 from Next, can be customised in a range of colours. Print in frame is Arid by Ellen Giggenbach (30 x 23cm), £15, King & McGaw 6 Display holiday mementos in The Perfect Picture Frame for Postcards (24 x 30cm). £14, Rockett St George 7 With a hinge opening, the Kariba antique brass frame (12.7 x 18cm) from Nkuku, £24.95, means you can easily update your art. Ribbon used to hang the Nkuku frame, £3.75, Loop 8 Habitat’s Toronto frame (30 x 40cm), £30, has a beautiful walnut finish 9 Bring in a different shape with a square frame (27 x 27cm). £25, The White Company FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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Lagom, the Swedish idea of having just the right amount, is captured in a perfect balance of rose-tinted neutrals, wood and cosy textures

In harmony Linen curtains in a gentle rose shade glow against clear glass and stark black ornaments




Snuggle up Create the perfect Sunday afternoon hideaway with layers of feelgood fabrics, warm woods and textured ceramics. A woodburning stove and a log basket complete the cosy scheme



On the bench GREY WALLS, TONES


Kitchen counter White-painted stool tops and drawer fronts add just enough contrast to this elegant scheme 22


Soft sanctuary LAYER THE BED WITH


Work/life balance A stylish desk, somewhere to put everything and a harmonious colour scheme will bring a sense of wellbeing to a work space



Where to buy everything In haarmony Curtain, £99.99, Linen Me. Linen (on table), £40, Sunbury Antiques Market. Similar tray, £23.83, Patterned vase, £25; jug, £25; both Habitat. Bottle, £47, Neptune. Vase with grey base, £25, Cox & Cox. Tall glass vase, £3.95; small glass vase, £4.50; both Graham & Green

Relaxxed dinin ng Walls in Slate II, £46.50 for 2.5L, Paint & Paper Library. Curtains, £227, The Natural Curtain Company. Curtain pole, £19.99, Homebase. Pendant, £330, Naomi Paul. Table, £420; chairs, £150 each; bench, £190; all Perch & Parrow. Sheepskin, £175, Cox & Cox. Table runner, £19.99; napkins, £8.99 each; both Linen Me. Pink plate, £59, The Conran Shop. Butter dish, £42, Charlotte Storrs Stoneware. Large vase, £34; small vase, £10; placemats (in cabinet), £72 for six; tumblers, £36 for six; all Neptune. Patterned candle, £3.99, H&M. Cabinet, £130, Ikea. Lamp, £210; shade, £65; both Pooky. Print, from £105, Surface View. Pink vase, £30, Heal’s. Black vase, £8.99, H&M. Plant pot (in cabinet), £14.95 for two, Idyll Home. Rug, £450; jug, £25; plates, £10 each; large vase (on cabinet), £50; all Habitat

Snug ggle up Walls, as before. Blind made up in Cybele fabric, £66 a metre, Zoffany. Sofa, £1,836, Cushions on sofa (l-r) Cotton monochrome stitch (also on chair), £55, Cox & Cox; Carly, £40, Habitat; Cotton canvas, £8.99, H&M; Holkham, £64.95, Tori Murphy; Soft wool, £55, Cox & Cox. Throw, £159, Heal’s. Slippers, £69, Toast. Lamp, £200, Pooky. Table, £855; bowl, £90; both Heal’s. Mug, £19, The Conran Shop. Candleholder, £125, By Lassen. Patterned candle, £3.99, H&M. Vase, £35; Arnold rug, £450; both Habitat. Armchair, £250, John Lewis. Stool, £192; basket, £64; both Rowen & Wren. Sheepskin, £325; vase (on cupboard in background), £18.50; both Cox & Cox

On th he bench Mirror, £195, Habitat. Hooks, £56 for a pair, By Lassen. Bag, £325, Ally Cappellino. Basket, £20, Olli Ella. Scarf, £39.95, Tori Murphy. Bench, £199, A Place for Everything. Cushion made in Leaf fabric, £57 a metre, Romo. Cushion, £75; rug, £319; both Heal’s. Throw, £65, Cox & Cox. Blanket, £220, Amara. Slippers, £69, Toast. Shoes, £35, Brora. Candleholder, £40, Formahouse

Kitch hen counteer Blind made up in Chervil fabric, £35.10 a metre, Sanderson. Pendant, £32, Soak & Sleep. Stools, £120 each, Cox & Cox. Apron (on stool), £34.99, Linen Me. Tea towel, £24.95, Tori Murphy. Tray, £84; herb pot (on back counter), £28; both Charlotte Storrs Stoneware. Mugs, £30 each; beakers, £26 each; jug, £70; all Arran St East. Bowl, £60; pen pot (on back counter), £30; both by Pip Hartle at Toast. Vase, £60, Heal’s. Basket, £55, Olli Ella. On back counter Plate, £10, Habitat. Breadboard, £38, Rowen & Wren. Vase, £39, The Conran Shop. Similar wall light, £115, Graham & Green. Rug, £79, Idyll Home


Walls in Bouillon, £39 for 2.5L, Eico Paints. Blind made up in Leaf fabric, as before. Bench, £549, Perch & Parrow. Cushion made up in Quartz Velvet (on bench), £112 a metre, Zoffany. Blanket (on bench), £34.99, H&M. Bedstead, £795, Button & Sprung. Pair of cushions, £94.95 each, Tori Murphy. Pillowcases, £24.99 each, Linen Me. Duvet cover, £79, Secret Linen Store. Throw, £139; black and white salad plate, £16; both Heal’s. Sheepskin, £395; quilt, £495; cushion, £110; pink plate, £17; all The Conran Shop. Table, £865, Pinch. Lamp, £119; Pernille Folcarelli; print, £48; both Idyll Home. Frame, £4, Ikea. Tumbler, £7, Habitat. Vase, £4.95, Graham & Green. Runner, £100, Cox & Cox

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(opposite page) Desk, £495, Idyll Home. Scissors, £9.50, Amara. Lamp, £25; Hobart. Vase, £30; print, £35; frame, £30; all Habitat. Notebook (on top), £12, Toast. Notebook (on bottom), £9.95, Liberty. Pen pot, £2.95; magazine file, £5.95; both Karenza & Co. Tape dispenser, £1.50, Ikea. Mug, £35; rug, £799; both Heal’s. Box, £22, The Conran Shop. Spools, £4 each, Sunbury Antiques Market. Chair, £149, Heal’s. Cardigan, £139, Brora. Basket (hung up), £35; basket, £35; both Olli Ella. Paper (in basket), £2.50 a sheet, Cambridge Imprint HB H



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Named after one of their mums, Joy wallpaper, £50 a roll, is part of the couple’s Perry Rise collection at Graham & Brown

Interior designers Jordan Cluroe (left) and Russell Whitehead of 2LG

Dramatically different Russell and Jordan’s partnership in and out of the studio is the inspiration behind their interiors company, which celebrates fun, drama and being brave WORDS AMANDA CABLE


hen Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe first set up their interior design company together, the humour that’s so fundamental to their work came immediately to the fore. ‘The postcode of our home ended with 2LG, so we became known as the Two Lovely Gays,’ says Jordan, 35. ‘It stuck and became the name of our company!’ Russell, who’s from Hemel Hempstead, and Jordan, from Cornwall, were both actors working in London when they met and later married in a civil partnership. It

was their passion for colour that inspired them to try interior design and they’ve created a much sought-after signature style. The secret to their success, according to Russell, is telling a story – and caring about their clients. ‘We love people and really get to know and understand their taste,’ he says. ‘Only then can we create the perfect setting for them. It’s about capturing an element of a personality, the sense of a couple, the essence of a family.’ In all of their designs, their theatrical past is never far from the surface. ‘As a boy, I spent a lot of time on building sites with my

dad, who was a quantity surveyor,’ says Russell, 37. ‘Then, when I became an actor, I’d wait in the wings and study the light falling on the scenery. That sense of creating drama still creeps into our interiors.’ The couple even held their civil partnership ceremony at the Wilton’s Music Hall in London – the oldest such theatre in Europe. It was while they were living in Forest Hill, south London, in between lucrative acting jobs and Russell’s long-standing role in the West End musical Chicago, that they started screen-printing and designing their own fabrics, which they sold at Greenwich House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 27


Jordan and Russell’s love of pink is reflected in their home

The carpet’s design is based on a traditional pattern from Brintons

Geometrics combine with florals in their Perry Rise collection at Graham & Brown

market. Then Russell’s father and his business partner bought a hotel in Kent and asked the boys if they would design the interior. ‘We started with the bridal and master suites, and loved the process so much that we took on the whole hotel,’ says Jordan. ‘Russell was performing in eight shows a week in Chicago and would rush from the hotel to the theatre in London. Meanwhile, we were up at five in the morning each Saturday for our market stall. We realised that we had to make a choice, and when the show came to an end, it seemed a natural 28

The fluoro light, designed by a friend, is a fun contrast to the room’s retro furniture

‘We love people and really get to know them. It’s about capturing an element of a personality, the sense of a couple, the essence of a family’

time to move into interior design full time.’ Soon after, Jordan was invited to appear on the first series of BBC Two’s Great Interior Design Challenge – he was runner up in the 2014 finals. In the weeks before the show was aired, the couple prepared their website and interiors blog, ready for their business to take off – which it did. The Two Lovely Gays quickly became famous for their fun and quirky designs. For a large family home in Blackheath, south-east London, Russell and Jordan created a train carriage-like entrance with a rich orange colour, low curved ceiling and recessed strip


lighting that leads to an open-plan living room. They also commissioned colourful murals from artist friends of the owners to add a personal touch to the home. That same sense of fun is apparent on the glass panels of the front door at their own four-bed Victorian home. Local signwriter, artist and friend Archie Proudfoot, has painted the house number in gold lettering, and a golden outline of the couple’s beloved dachshund Buckley sits on the window above the doorway. Key geometric shapes from the hallway wallpaper within the house are picked out in gilding on the door. The biggest surprise inside is the wallpapered ceiling. ‘The ceiling is always a neglected space,’ says Russell. ‘It should be used as a fifth wall!’ Jordan adds, ‘When we bought the house we looked at maps online and saw this row of houses appear in about 1870. We went to the Brintons carpet design archive and found a pattern from that time in red, gold and blue. We enlarged the print, made it a contemporary blue and used it on the

RUSSELL AND JORDAN’S RULES OF COLOUR º Be bold when it comes to colour. You can paint a room in a day and it’s an inexpensive thing to change. º If you can’t decide on a colour scheme, throw open your wardrobe and see what shades you enjoy wearing. º The ceiling is a really effective place to add colour and pattern for a big impact. Don’t forget your fifth wall! º Being brave with colour doesn’t mean going for a statement shade. Softer colours can be just as daring. º Buy cheap lining paper and paint sheets of it in the sample paints. Pin them on the wall, and see what colour combinations work well together.

stairs for an eyecatching nod to the past. ’This attention to the smallest of period details led the couple to designing their own wallpaper collection with Graham & Brown and a rug collection with Floor Story. Two of their wallpaper designs, Joy and Rebecca, are named after the duo’s mothers, who remain a huge influence in their lives. ‘Russell’s mum buys beautiful, expensive items, whereas my mum redecorates every year,’ says Jordan. ‘When we first got together, we went for Christmas dinner at my house and halfway through the meal, Mum decided she wanted to move the dining room furniture into the conservatory – in between courses! Russell was stunned, but he’s used to it now!’ As a couple, they are a perfect jigsaw fit, with an understanding so deep that they complete each other’s sentences. ‘We both believe you should always overachieve to get what you want. We over prepare, and over deliver,’ says Jordan. Russell adds: ‘I try to think of every possible eventuality, but Jordan makes me more brave and I make him more detailed.’ How do the boys live together and fight the urge to discuss work all the time? 30

Practising what they preach: the couple’s bedroom makes a statement with colour

‘Netflix!’ they answer together. ‘We put on a movie or watch an entire TV series to try and balance the fine line between life and work,’ adds Russell. What design trends do they see for our homes in the future? ‘There are so many images coming at us all through social media, that many people are living in blank spaces because they’re too afraid to make the wrong choice,’ says Russell. ‘When it comes to interiors, there isn’t a wrong choice. Walls can be painted again – so use colour and enjoy life.’ He also believes we’re going to move away from open-plan living. ‘There was a time when any wall would be

knocked down, but now homeowners want the shape, security and solitude that walls bring,’ says Russell. ‘As modern-day life becomes more intense, people need a Batcave to retreat to. They’re clinging to their homes more than ever. They’ve gone from being a financial investment to a place that makes them feel better and feeds the soul.’ It’s perhaps unsurprising that two young men who fought so hard to be themselves are now encouraging a whole new generation to have the confidence to be themselves in their own homes. ‘Your home should be a true reflection of yourself and we want to help people achieve that,’ says Russell. HB


‘In interiors, there isn’t a wrong choice. Walls can be painted again – so use colour and enjoy life’


Style insight

SET THE TABLE The latest trends in tableware focus on relaxed dining and pieces with a hint of glamour – great for both formal meals and family suppers

Add a luxurious feel with gold accents: Astratto cup and saucer, £48 for a set of four, Oliver Bonas


MOLLY PARK is head designer for homes and gifts at Oliver Bonas THE BIG NEW TREND This season it’s all about bringing a touch of modern opulence and luxury to everyday home items through mixed metallics on tableware and glassware and playing with colour and print. PERSONAL FAVOURITE Our Astratto collection, named after the Italian word for abstract. We’ve combined gold accents and watercolour florals to add an indulgent feel to the coffee-time ritual. TOP TIPS º Mix and match cups and saucers and add glamour with carafes and tumblers that have gold touches. º Display nibbles and canapés on colourful sharing platters and contrast with mixed metallic spoons to add a grand but laidback feel. º Use contrasting materials and textures, such as handmade ceramics, marble and scalloped finishes, to create a gorgeous and varied table top.

Mix and match elegant tableware: crockery from the Nordic Sea, Spiral, Touch of Blue and Jia ranges, from £9, Heal’s

EMILY RUBNER is dining buyer for Heal’s Sparkling metallics and bold colours mix to striking effect on teacups from the Astratto range at Oliver Bonas

THE BIG NEW TREND With the popularity of home cooking and entertaining, the focus is on simple, pared-back design that allows food to take centre stage. Bowls are becoming more

commonplace as the main dish thanks to the rise in international cooking. Having plates and bowls in lots of shapes and sizes gives more flexibility in serving and sharing. PERSONAL FAVOURITE Spiral and Touch of Blue are two of my favourites from the new Heal’s collection – they offer a contemporary twist on a classic white porcelain dinner service with hand-painted decorations. Use with the crockery within their own collections, or mix and match with other styles. TOP TIPS º White tableware is timeless, but choosing a range with a design element enhances any table setting and reflects your personal taste. º Layer in statement pieces to create a talking point when entertaining and to inject an impressive backdrop against plain china. º Some stoneware designs are oven safe, meaning you needn’t transfer food from oven and table dishes before serving. House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 33


Gorgeous colour adds interest to a table: plates and bowls in chartreuse, from £10, Murmur

JULIE HALL is head of design for Murmur THE BIG NEW TREND It’s all about mixing and matching colours and textures for a relaxed look that can be updated with simple touches each season. For a more sophisticated feel, finish the table with lovely thick linens and artisanal glass, or for something more rustic, go for subtle natural shades and pair with wooden platters and serving boards. PERSONAL FAVOURITE Murmur’s chartreuse tableware adds a cheerful contrast to more autumnal shades and the shapes of the ceramics are tactile and inviting. TOP TIPS º Incorporate seasonal fragrances such as cedarwood, rosemary and juniper berries to enhance a winter table setting. º Keep table arrangements casual and don’t worry about symmetry or neatness. º Accessorise with fresh seasonal decorations such as ivy or miniature gourds of different shapes and sizes.

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Ridged Studio Craft bowl, £18, Denby

also as decorative interiors pieces. Beautifully glazed bowls, for example, have moved from inside the kitchen cupboard and are now proudly displayed in the living room. Many of these pieces have amazing, reactive glazes and textured shapes, which look wonderful when delicious food is lovingly served in them. PERSONAL FAVOURITE The ridged bowls from Studio Craft showcase the textural glazes and wood-inspired hues that I love. TOP TIPS º Re-purpose your tableware; use a tall bowl as a plant pot or ridged bowl as a display piece on your table. º Choose tableware that’s beautiful and practical – make sure it’s dishwasher safe. º Be brave with colours and textures – for instance, give everybody a different coloured plate or bowl.


White tableware combines with rich colour – see Neptune’s selection of plates and platters. Longton teal pot, £55

CELINE LYNCH is the founder of Home Address

Salad bowl, £30, Home Address

THE BIG NEW TREND Instead of trying to replicate the look of a pristine restaurant, most people entertaining at home prefer a more relaxed atmosphere. It’s about sharing and passing things around the table. The use of texture encourages human touch while colour enlivens our mood. We’re seeing a return to nature – greens and natural materials such as wood and linen, finished off with gold for a touch of glamour. PERSONAL FAVOURITE Our traditional handmade Verde plates are really something special. TOP TIPS º Rather than buying expensive tablecloths, seek out remnants of fabric and dress the table by matching the linens to different menus and moods. º Warm up white ceramics by teaming them with wood and brass or gold accessories. º Avoid long-stemmed glasses or tall candlesticks and opt for smaller vases and an array of tealights so everyone can see each other easily across the table.

EMMA SIMSHILDITCH is creative director at Neptune THE BIG NEW TREND Informal dining is the key trend with lots of sharing platters to create FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE


a sociable and laidback time for all of the family to enjoy. Dining chairs are replaced by benches for an instantly easy atmosphere, while soft linen placemats take the place of stiff linens and more structured table settings. PERSONAL FAVOURITE I love the Longton serve range in the teal colourway, which is beautifully crafted and a perfect alternative to formal glassware. TOP TIPS º Having lots of good quality, simple tableware is a real time saver. Classic white or off-white china is perfect for formal gatherings but just as good for setting the scene for fun weekend brunches. º Pick tableware in earthy tones for a sophisticated but casual occasion. º Candlesticks and hurricane vases add drama and interest, but be careful not to make the table too cluttered. HB


SUNNY OUTLOOK Homeowner Zoe enjoys the view from a wall of oak-framed windows that overlook the garden

Organised to PERFECTION Structure and storage were the priorities in this stunning Edwardian terrace WORDS KATE JACOBS PHOTOGRAPHY RACHAEL SMITH 38

KITCHEN Drawers and open shelving provide plenty of storage

KITCHEN Shapely pendant lighting in neutral shades creates different moods in the separate kitchen and dining areas


STORAGE AREA The pantry feels like an original Edwardian feature but it was built by Big Egg Designs and painted in Charleston Grey by Farrow & Ball

ost interior designers’ philosophies are writ large on their homes. But with Zoe Murphy, 45, of Stealth Design, the colours or curtains are not where her focus lies. Instead, her emphasis is on dealing with the practicalities. ‘I don’t have a signature look,’ explains Zoe, ‘I’m more interested in collaborating with clients. I’m obsessed with how people use their homes and how they cope as the family grows and evolves. When renovating a house, I think it’s essential to focus on the structure and layout first. Then, when the finances recover, you can turn your attention to décor and furniture. It doesn’t matter how many cushions you buy if the structure isn’t perfect.’ Perhaps this pragmatic approach is a result of her previous role – she worked as a lawyer for 20 years. ‘I went to a very academic school and a career in design was never an option,’ Zoe explains. ‘But I gradually decided that I wanted to do something creative with the second half of my working life.’ In 2009, before she made the career switch, Zoe, along with her lawyer husband Peter, 45, and children Oscar, 11, and Eve, eight, moved from Shoreditch to their Edwardian house in Herne Hill, south London. ‘I love East London, but it wasn’t set up for family life. This area is more chilled out,’ she says. The right house wasn’t easy to find though. They even leafleted the area, only securing this property after nerve-wracking sealed bids. They were seduced by the double-fronted house because of the quality of light and flow of space. However, extensive


‘I’m a great believer in modern craft, someone bringing their skills to a piece so that it will stand the test of time,’ SAYS ZOE

FAMILY ROOM The family room, with its Vitsoe shelving, can be separated from the kitchen/diner with folding glass doors. The walls are in Mizzle by Farrow & Ball

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LIVING ROOM Zoe’s passion for mid-century pieces, such as this teak sideboard, is evident throughout the house

LIVING ROOM Zoe inherited the Heal’s chair and Minty bookshelves from her great aunt and uncle

HALLWAY Fabulous glass panels flood the area with light


renovations were in order, including everything from a new roof and major re-pointing work to adding a downstairs WC and a new kitchen in the rear and side extension. ‘It was the classic building project to open up the ground floor and provide a large family kitchen/diner,’ explains Zoe. She brought in Steve Seary of Seary Architects, ‘He’s fantastic, very focused on things like sight lines. The first thing he said was that we should be able to see the garden at the rear as we came through the front door, which unbeknown to him was one of our key criteria. So he was hired on the spot!’ A strip of space between the former back of the house and the new kitchen/diner allowed room for a new downstairs WC, accessed via the hall. Adjacent to the loo, on the kitchen side, Zoe created a recessed dresser, where tea and toast are prepared in the morning, meaning there’s only one small area to tidy up after the breakfast rush. Beyond this, where the start of the side return once was, is an elegant compact pantry that looks like an original Edwardian feature. It is kept cooler than the rest of the kitchen via cold-air vents, and all the food and kitchen gadgets are stored here, meaning the other work surfaces stay clear. The new kitchen takes full advantage of the garden, via a wall of striking oak-framed windows. ‘We wanted to create a contemporary addition without it looking dated in a few years time,’ says Zoe, who commissioned Big Egg Designs to create cabinets inspired by her cherished 1960s sideboard. ‘I’m a


BATHROOM Pale greens give this room a calm feel – the mat is by Missoni and the walls are in Green Blue by Farrow & Ball

BEDROOM Colourful pieces mix to striking effect – the blue chair is from Designers Guild

EXTERIOR The double-fronted Edwardian house has plenty of light and space for the family

great believer in modern craft, someone bringing their skills to a piece so that it will stand the test of time,’ she adds. This area has been made to feel individual with a bold palette of ‘dirty yellow’, turquoise and chartreuse – colours inspired by the bright painting over fireplace in the adjacent room. The family has a great art collection featuring contemporary and street works – some is even hung in the children’s bedrooms. Music is another constant, and while the rear living room, opening off the kitchen via double glass doors, is dedicated to family life, the front sitting room is more of a grown-up space, complete with drinks cabinet and vintage decks on which the couple play their vinyl collection. But the most important element of Zoe’s style is her love of mid-century modern design, from the kitchen sideboard to the coffee tables and the dining chairs. ‘I grew up in a Georgian house with Georgian furniture, but I loved my great uncle and aunt’s home in Blackheath, London, which was full of 1950s furniture and objects. Everything was so much lighter, more comfortable and, frankly, cooler than what went before,’ she says. Zoe’s home is a successful demonstration of what good design is all about – the beautiful and practical every day. ‘This house has given our family a place to enjoy life, whether that’s eating together or just dancing around the kitchen.’ HB OTo see more of Zoe’s work visit FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE



HOME PROFILE WHO LIVES HERE Michael Beatt, 39 (known as Mikey), and Michael Jones, 40, who run interiors company Hunter Jones, and their dog, Daisy THE PROPERTY A two-bedroom Victorian terraced cottage in Rye, East Sussex PRICE The couple are renting. They pay a low rent in return for the upkeep of the interior of the house

LIVING ROOM Colour is used to stunning effect in this inviting space. The blue sofa is from Sofa Sofa, while the armchair and kilim are from Hunter Jones



CHOICE An eclectic mix of styles, and treasures packed with memories, have added personality to this rented home WORDS AMY MAYNARD PHOTOGRAPHY RICHARD GADSBY

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hen Michael Beatt and Michael Jones decided they wanted to leave London, a tiny cottage in Rye, East Sussex, turned out to be the perfect place to move to. The Cinque Port town sits on the edge of Romney Marsh, a few miles inland from the sea, and its cobbled streets are filled with independent shops, antiques dealers and art galleries. It seemed the ideal spot for the couple to expand their vintage homeware business, Hunter Jones. Michael Jones was working in product development and Michael Beatt, known as Mikey, in sales, and they were renting a flat in the capital when they decided to devote more time to their fledgling business. ‘We knew that if we could halve our rent by moving to the countryside, then we would have more freedom to put our energies into our company,’ says Mikey. They began to hunt for an ideal area to relocate to. ‘A friend had moved to


Hastings and we considered that area, but then we were driving through the town of Rye one day and just thought, “We can’t do any better than this”,’ he says. And so began their search for the perfect rental property. ‘There wasn’t a great deal available for rent but then we were told about one house in the old town. I loved it straight away. It was the attic bedroom that sold it to me because it’s just gorgeous, tucked away in the eaves,’ says Michael. They signed on the dotted line and, in October 2010, left London for Rye. Luckily for the couple, their landlord allows them free rein when it comes to decoration. As a result, they’ve used vibrant colours throughout the house and replaced the kitchen. ‘We weren’t sure about spending money on the kitchen in a rented property, but it was so old that we decided it was worth it,’ says Michael. ‘We spent about £1,000 in the end.’ Gone are the dated units and in their place are


pale Wickes cabinets with a dark-stained worktop and open shelving. In the rest of the house, colourful rugs and cushions, jewel-toned upholstered furniture and a phenomenal collection of knick-knacks and art work all come together to create a fun, unique look. ‘Michael likes big pieces of furniture and I’m into the details,’ says Mikey. ‘I become obsessed with certain objects. So, for a few weeks I’ll be fixated on finding the perfect candlesticks, and then I’ll move on to something else. It can be quite specific, like 1970s Wedgwood glass or Victorian mantle dogs.’ Michael and Mikey try to steer clear of what’s in fashion, preferring to be led by their hearts. ‘Both of us are drawn to ethnic pieces, such as Persian and Moroccan accessories. If we like something, we just go for it and then make it work – we don’t think about it too much. We don’t follow any style rules – we just fill our home with the things we love,’ says Michael. Mikey agrees. ‘We go

CAREFULLY CURATED A careful selection of art and mirrors hangs above the sofa. Paisley cushion by Rowan Plowden Design. The Persian rug (on back of sofa) is from Hunter Jones

ON THE SHELF The couple found most of the objects on display at car boot sales, including the ancient gilded angel wing and the bamboo chair, which Mikey updated with red paint

COLOURFUL CORNER Old and new mix to stunning effect, with a 1920s bamboo table, antique paintings and a modern lampshade from Pooky

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‘We weren’t sure about spending money on the kitchen in a rented property, but it has been worth it,’ SAYS MICHAEL

KITCHEN A wall rail constructed from plumbing materials and an airer on the ceiling add extra storage




Artwork displayed vertically gives a sense of height in the narrow space

The Victorian terraced property is in Rye’s old town

CURIOS Old pieces of coral, animal figures and trophies have been collected over many years

PATIO GARDEN Mikey (left) and Michael are happily settled in their home

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‘I’d much rather someone thought our house was interesting than really stylish and on trend,’ SAYS MIKEY

for lots of different looks. Sometimes I think I need a 600-bedroom property to indulge them all! I’d much rather someone thought our house was interesting than really stylish or on trend,’ he says. Life in Rye has more than lived up to expectations for both Mikey and Michael. ‘After London, the Sussex countryside around us feels more natural,’ says Michael. ‘We both grew up surrounded by greenery, so this feels like coming home.’ What’s more, they’ve been able to put more of their time into the business, and their homewares have gone down a storm in the area. ‘It’s easy for anyone to have a nice house,’ says Michael, ‘but unless you trust your instincts, you won’t make it your home.’ HB OFor more information on Hunter Jones, call 07792 985943 or visit FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE


ATTIC BEDROOM Bed linen is from Merchant & Mills. The print of Henry VIII in a gilt frame was bought from a friend and the fan coral came from a trip to Santorini BATHROOM Wooden cladding painted in a dark grey shade provides a smart contrast to the white suite and walls


ALL CHANGE Novice renovators Margy and Leigh have surprised themselves by creating a modern, characterful home WORDS KAREN WILSON PHOTOGRAPHY KATIE LEE


aving rented in London for eight years, Margy Forshaw and Leigh Harrison planned to start a family and move back to Leeds where they had met while at university. ‘We had to get to know the area again and chose to rent for a while,’ says Margy. Two years later, during which time their daughter Bella was born, the couple started house-hunting. ‘A two-bedroom house in Headingley kept popping up on one of the property websites we were watching,’ explains Margy. ‘It looked as though there was more renovation work required than 54

we wanted to tackle but we viewed it anyway just to rule it out for certain.’ After being surprised by how spacious it felt, especially the main bedroom that runs across the front of the house, the couple made an offer of £170,000, which was accepted. ‘We were so naive,’ Margy admits. ‘I thought since I knew how to use a drill and could paint, renovating it would be easy. However, the reality was that every wall we touched crumbled and the work took much longer than expected.’ The biggest change was knocking the tiny galley kitchen and dining room together to

LIVING ROOM Much of the furniture is from Ikea, with Margy adding a few bespoke touches

SOFA After months of searching on Ebay for a classic sofa by the Danish designer Borge Mogensen, Margy was lucky enough to buy this one for just £500

HOME PROFILE WHO LIVES HERE Margy Forshaw, 37, an interior designer at Ikea, her husband Leigh Harrison, also 37, a motion graphics designer, and their children Bella, five, and Robyn, two THE PROPERTY A two-bedroom Victorian terraced house in Headingley, Leeds PRICE £170,000 MONEY SPENT £25,000 WHAT IT’S WORTH NOW £250,000

KITCHEN The large Ikea central island unit makes the new layout a success. 1970s wallpaper was bought in a charity shop for 49p



A mustard throw from Homesense and cushions in vintage fabrics add colour to the grey sofa. The potato-print picture is by the couple’s daughter Bella

After painting the stairway white, Margy used a staple gun to attach eight Ikea runners to the risers and steps


‘I’m drawn to homes that are jampacked with stuff as I love to see things on display on open shelves, but I’ve come to realise that I feel a lot calmer when everything has its place,’ SAYS MARGY

DINING ROOM Blackboard paint creates a striking backdrop to the dining area. The table, made from reclaimed scaffold boards, is by The Vintage Furniture Company in Harrogate, and the chairs are from local store Retro Boutique

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‘At work I keep falling for new pieces, but at home I’m attempting to be more minimal and functional,’ SAYS MARGY

create an open-plan space. It needed to include doors to both the basement and hallway, a chimney breast and a window overlooking the rear garden, so planning the new layout was tricky. ‘Something on every wall restricted where we could put units,’ says Margy. ‘In the end, we knocked out the stone fireplace and opted for a large central island and a run of units on one wall. The old kitchen became the dining area. Looking back I wish we’d moved the basement door but, even so, everyone loves the new space.’ As the couple didn’t know many tradespeople in the area, they hired a Lancashire building firm recommended by Margy’s parents and let them sleep in the house while they fitted the kitchen and bathroom, replaced the central heating and re-plastered throughout. They also removed a large cupboard that housed the water tank but blocked a portion of the landing. The space is now a curtained-off storage area with room in front for a desk where Margy uses her sewing machine. A complete redesign was in store for the bathroom too. ‘I wanted a freestanding bath with a separate shower tucked behind the door,’ says Margy. ‘The black-and-white floor tiles were inspired by the morgue in the TV show Ripper Street, which was on at the time!’ Although the couple had £10,000 ringfenced for the kitchen and bathroom, Margy admits they hadn’t really budgeted for the

MAIN BEDROOM The white drawers are from Ikea and the bed is from Habitat. It’s been dressed with simple Ikea bedding and cushions that Margy made herself from vintage fabric

CURTAIN BACKDROP Plain grey and white fabric hanging from a curtain pole helps to soften the crisp whiteness of the walls

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rest, so the renovation has been a gradual process over the past four years. ‘For the first three months we all slept together in the living room,’ says Margy. ‘And to save money Leigh carried out some of the work himself, including knocking out the stone fireplaces and replacing the carpets with laminate flooring.’ The house features many quirky touches, such as an old stove in the living room salvaged from a neighbour, 1970s wallpaper in the kitchen and a stair runner made from several Ikea rugs. And with 12 charity shops in Headingley, there are plenty of places to pick up vintage items. ‘At work I’m surrounded by interiors images and keep falling for new pieces, but I’m attempting to be more minimal and functional. I’m drawn to homes jampacked with stuff as I love seeing things on display on open shelves, but I’ve come to realise that I feel a lot calmer when everything has its place.’ Having initially toyed with the idea of improving the house to sell on, the couple have had a complete change of heart. ‘Once we’d moved in we realised how much we loved the house,’ says Margy. ‘Next we plan to make the front garden more family-friendly. In the longer term, we’ll turn the basement into a room for Leigh’s collection of guitars and amps, and then it’s on to converting the loft into a third bedroom!’ HB FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

MAIN BEDROOM An open rail is a good solution in a small space. Black and white Cambodian opium pots on the cast-iron fireplace were bought during the couple’s travels abroad

BATHROOM Margy painted the underside of the bath dark green and the chrome feet black to help it blend into the scheme. Plants and charity shop frames make a striking display

CHILDREN’S BEDROOM Wilko tester pots in Mint Crisp and Happy Yellow were used to liven up the chest of drawers, while alphabet wrapping paper was used to create a stunning budget artwork


RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE A pretty cottage has been updated with a pale colour scheme and upcycled finds WORDS MANDI MILLAR PHOTOGRAPHY FIONA WALKER ARNOTT

DINING AREA Katie and David chose a pale colour scheme, painting the upcycled tables and chairs in Farrow & Ball’s Wevet. The white Ikea Metod cupboards provide a subtle storage solution as they look like a continuation of the wall

HOME PROFILE WHO LIVES HERE Katie Ives, 33, and her husband David, 38, both procurement professionals, live here with their dog, Winnie, and a brood of rescue hens THE PROPERTY A mid-terrace cottage, on a former estate dating from the 16th century, in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire PRICE £370,000 MONEY SPENT £10,000 WHAT IT’S WORTH NOW £530,000

KITCHEN The existing Shaker-style units were updated with Farrow & Ball’s French Gray. Katie loves the Belfast sink – for similar, try Ikea’s Domsjo


hen it comes to house searches, timing is everything – just as Katie and David Ives discovered. Having rejected a dark cottage after viewing it on a rainy day, the couple took a second look on a sunny afternoon and spotted potential in every nook and cranny. They even unearthed some British comedy history in the process. ‘Having lived in the country all of my life, I missed it so much after moving into David’s bungalow in the town of High Wycombe. So, about five years ago, we sold his property and moved back in with our parents to save money while looking for the perfect home,’ says Katie, who dreamed of a house she could fill with antiques. ‘I wanted character, low beams and a large open fire, though David wasn’t particularly set on a period building as he wanted as much space as possible for our money,’ she explains. ‘We found this property quite early on in our search, but it was a dull day and the cottage seemed gloomy with its dark green walls. It wasn’t the home I’d pictured and we discounted it right away. But, three months and several rejected offers later, we went back for a second viewing. This time the sun was shining and everything was transformed,’ says Katie. Second time round she uncovered a period fireplace hidden by clutter in the second bedroom – it hadn’t


even been mentioned in the brochure. The couple also discovered that the cottage was formerly home to script writer John Junkin, who worked with many of the comedy greats, from Morecombe and Wise to Spike Milligan. ‘This time I fell for it – though I think living with parents had focused our minds too,’ confesses Katie. ‘The cottage had already been extended across the back to give a much bigger kitchen-diner – the only major work we had to do was to fit some new lighting and replace the single-glazed bay window in the living room. It was so draughty that in the middle of winter the curtains would blow and the condensation pooled on the window sill. We replaced this with a beautiful double-glazed bay. We were really excited too at having an open fire and decided it would be romantic to light it on our first night. But, as the chimney hadn’t been swept in many years, the smoke came billowing back into the room. Hence we got a woodburner!’ says Katie. She describes her style as ‘relaxed country charm’, preferring calm colours and minimal clutter, teamed with a selection of antiques. Cream walls have made the rooms look bigger and smart storage ideas have played a part in maximising the space. ‘We had to be clever with the furniture and either have built-in storage or source pieces – such as our bedroom wardrobe – which



A china cabinet, rescued from a local tip, was painted to match the kitchen units and filled with glassware and ceramics

Katie’s armchair is from and the walls are painted in Crown’s Wheatgrass. The glass cabinet is an upcycled Gumtree find

LIVING ROOM The Odeon settee was an Ebay bargain from Sofa Sofa, while the wicker tray is from Biggie Best. Katie reupholstered the footstool

OPEN SHELVING There’s plenty of storage space for Katie’s vintage glassware and retro shop scales from Old Whyte Interiors. She found the crates in an outbuilding


‘I wanted character, low beams and a large open fire,’ SAYS KATIE BEDROOM An Annabella crystal chandelier from John Lewis adds glamour and sparkle. The Coco bed is from Loaf

BATHROOM Katie loves to relax in the rolltop bath from Victorian Plumbing, and catch glimpses of the countryside beyond

DRESSING AREA The chest of drawers from Antiques & More has been painted in Annie Sloan’s Country Grey

fits perfectly; it’s time-consuming, but worth it. My favourite rooms are the bedroom and our bathroom. I’d always wanted a rolltop bath and nothing beats getting into it after a long day. The bathroom was painted a bold green when we bought the house and felt very small. I painted it in a neutral shade and removed the built-in storage to open up the space,’ says Katie, who also changed the lighting in the bedroom. ‘We put in a chandelier. As the ceilings are high, it highlights the space, giving a sense of grandeur and luxury.’ As part of the sale, the vendors, who lived in New Zealand, had asked if they could leave some furniture. ‘Once we started going through it all we discovered lovely old pieces, too tatty to keep but too good to just throw out. They prompted my passion for upcycling, which I do in John Junkin’s old script shed,’ adds Katie. Despite their reservations during that soggy first viewing, the couple have no regrets about buying their home. ‘I can hardly believe now that we ruled it out in the first instance and, but for the sunshine on the second viewing, we may not have given it another chance. We wouldn’t want to be anywhere else now.’ HB OSee Katie’s upcycled pieces at FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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Websites can offer better value than the high street

Internet shopping has gone up a gear, with cheaper and more efficient ways to make more major purchases. Here’s how… º KITCHENS Claiming to offer savings of up to 30 per cent on comparable big-name brands, companies such as are pioneering a different way of choosing a new kitchen. The process puts you in control, with no sales tactics. You can send anything from your basic kitchen shape to a detailed plan online, and your kitchen is made to measure.

º SOFAS As well as saving money, you can have a sofa bought online custom-built to your requirements including seat height, cushion depth and length. Try and Always ask for a sample fabric swatch to be posted to you so you can check the colour and texture, and be prepared to wait for delivery. It can take up to two months for a hand-built sofa to be made.

º BATHROOM FURNITURE Compared to showroom prices, there are serious savings of up to 70 per cent to be made on showers, baths, vanity units and accessories from sites such as After-sales service is crucial with plumbing, as some of these savings are only possible because items are bought in bulk from overseas suppliers. Make sure that spare parts and replacements are easy to obtain.

º CARPETS AND FLOORING Companies such as mail free samples and promise discounts of up to 50 per cent on list prices. Compare prices at DIY superstores such as Wickes and B&Q, which often have deals of 10 or 15 per cent off if you purchase online rather than in-store. Invest the money you’ve saved on paying for the best fitter you can find. See the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers’ website,, for industry-recommended local tradespeople.

º PHOTOGRAPHS AND ART Visit or to have photos printed directly from your mobile phone, tablet or laptop, from basic prints up to huge canvases. Look for discount codes. For bespoke reproductions of classic paintings, modern art, line drawings and more, see, which can also print images onto splashbacks, lampshades, wallpapers and tiles. From £150 for a 500 x 500mm National Gallery canvas.

º BEFORE YOU SHOP • Look at customer reviews and check out Trustpilot recommendations, advises consumer expert Jasmine Birtles of • ’Use a credit card as then you’ll be covered from £100 up to £30,000,’ adds Jasmine. • Pay by a secure means such as Paypal or Apple. • Buy from a cyber-safe site. Look for the green padlock in the address bar.

WHERE’S MY SMART METER? We’ve been hearing about the benefits of smart meters for months now, but millions of UK consumers are frustrated by delays in fitting them. Stephen Shawcross from Smart Energy GB, which represents the installation programme, says that, while the plan is to fit more than 50 million smart gas and electricity meters in UK homes and businesses by 2020, fewer than seven million are in place. ‘Smart meters are installed to energy suppliers’ own timetables,’ Stephen explains. The latest figures from industry magazine Energyst report that British Gas has installed about 3.5m smart meters, Eon 750,000-plus, SSE about 400,000 and EDF 150,000. At the end of last year, Npower had installed 130,000, and Scottish Power 240,000. Most energy companies are carrying out installation area by area, rather than responding directly to individual requests. So if you want to be first in the queue, what can you do? Ring your energy supplier direct and ask when installation is planned for your area. Then follow them on Twitter to keep up to date. OSee

@HB TWITTER POLL... you told us After Kirstie Allsopp commented that keeping washing machines in the kitchen was ‘disgusting’, we asked: ‘Where do you keep yours?’

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UK PROPERTY off-street parking

Horror writer Stephen King lived in this house in Maine

RAYDON, IPSWICH, SUFFOLK With exposed beams and period fireplaces, Ruggs Hall is packed with character and has half an acre of garden, a driveway with electric gates, plus a parking/turning space and 18ft garage. There are also three bedrooms, three receptions, an Aga and pantry. Fenn Wright, 01473 232700



There are stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales at this former shooting lodge, which has a private drive and parking area. With a coach house suitable for conversion to an annexe or holiday cottage, subject to planning consent, there’s scope for development. Buchanan Mitchell, 01423 360055



A gravel driveway with turning area and two garages – a double for cars, and another for the lawn tractor – make this five-bed home overlooking a nature reserve a great buy. The sitting room and kitchen/breakfast room open to the garden with French doors. Colebrook Sturrock, 01227 831999




Here’s a rarity – a brand-new two-bedroom apartment in a popular London postcode with an allocated parking space. It also comes with a private balcony, open-plan living/dining room and underfloor heating, and is less than five minutes’ walk from Putney Heath. Barratt London, 0844 811 4321

PROPERTY gossip How do you fancy owning a house with a literary legacy? The home that inspired Stephen King’s novel Pet Sematary, located in Maine in the US, is for sale for an alleged $255,000. The acclaimed American author of horror fiction rented the property in 1978 while working as a writer-in-residence at the University of Maine. During this time, his daughter’s cat was killed by a passing vehicle and buried in an informal pet cemetery in woodland behind the house. King wrote on his website of the incident: ‘I can remember crossing the road and thinking that the cat had been killed in the road and thought: what if a kid died in that road […] I knew immediately that it was a novel’.

PROPERTY FINANCE SPECIALIST Melanie Bien Money expert and founder of Bien Media

Is this the right time to buy? We’re first-time buyers and with lots in the media about house prices falling, or at least not rising at such a fast rate, is this a good time to take out a mortgage? We’re worried about negative equity. First and foremost your home is exactly that – somewhere to live. If prices go up, that’s a bonus, but it shouldn’t be your priority. Whether you buy now or not depends on your circumstances. The main issue is whether you can afford it. Lenders look closely at affordability when deciding how much to lend, taking into account outgoings as well as income. They want evidence that you can afford your mortgage now and in the future, when interest rates rise. The issue for many first-timers is that they don’t have much of a deposit and if property prices fall, they may end up with a home worth less than their mortgage, meaning they’re trapped and unable to sell. But that’s only a problem if you’re selling – over time, property prices recover so you will find your equity position improves and you’re no longer in negative equity. It’s another reason why you should buy property for the long term, not in the hope of making a quick profit as that’s unlikely to happen.



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The judges were impressed by the sheer amount of work that went into this transformation and selected it as the winner of the whole house category

LIVING AREA An iconic Eames lounge chair sits with more budget-friendly pieces, including a sofa from Sofas & Stuff, a rug from TK Maxx and a plywood coffee table, which Adam made himself


HOME PROFILE WHO LIVES THERE Emma Hay-Higgins, 26, a health visitor for newborns, and her partner, Adam Kelly, 25, a chartered architectural technologist, now studying to become an architect

THE OWNERS First-time buyers Emma and Adam transformed their flat into a modern home

THE PROPERTY A two-bedroom ground-floor tenement flat with a small side extension in Aberdeen. It cost £140,000 and is now worth £180,000

WHAT IT COST Boiler/plumbing........... £3,000 Kitchen........................ £4,000 Bathroom..................... £3,000 Electrical....................... £1,500 Furniture.......................£2,000 Decoration/painting.... £2,000 Materials...................... £3,000 Flooring.........................£1,500 TOTAL......................... £20,000



Turning a Scottish inner-city flat into a calm, light-filled Scandi-style home was a huge undertaking for this young couple, but they’ve created an award winner WORDS KERRY FOWLER PHOTOGRAPHY DAVID BARBOUR

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LIVING AREA Adam made the storage cabinet below the TV and added stylish hairpin legs from Wicked Hairpins

KITCHEN Sleek white gloss units from Howdens Joinery stand along one side of the living space

ICONIC SEATING The couple invested in an Eames rocker chair from John Lewis to add interest to their pared-back scheme


n the very first night Emma Hay-Higgins and her partner Adam Kelly moved into their flat in Aberdeen, the DIY gloves came out. The couple were barely through the door when they started ripping up the old carpets and pulling down a built-in wardrobe. Even before their heads hit the pillow of what would be their makeshift bed for the best part of 18 months, they had a vision of what they wanted: to turn their tired ground-floor flat in a Victorian tenement into a modern, Scandi-style home that would reflect their taste and lifestyle. ‘We wanted to take it back to the bare bones,’ says Adam. ‘We were first-time buyers looking for a flat that we could renovate, but also try to increase in value by adding a new room.’ It was 2015 and the local market was booming. Emma and Adam had been together for six years and were looking for their first home as a couple, but were not having much luck when they stepped into the hallway of this converted ground-floor flat and knew immediately they’d come home. ‘The location was a real plus,’ says Emma. ‘It’s a 10-minute walk to the city centre, there’s off-street parking and lots of interesting independent shops and cafes on our doorstep. Plus, it’s easy for both of us to get to work and access the wonderful countryside nearby.’ However, the downside was the layout: a wide hallway connecting through to a large family kitchen, the living area was at the back, overlooking the small garden while a bedroom and bathroom were at the front. ‘The family kitchen was a waste for just the two of us, so our plan was to turn that into a spare room and study, and then take some of the large hallway to create a modern, House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 75

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STUDY/GUEST ROOM By creating an extra room, Adam and Emma now have a study area and somewhere for guests to stay. Adam designed and built the shelves and desk. The chair was a charity shop find

open-plan living/kitchen arrangement in what was the bedroom at the front of the building,’ says Adam. With the couple working full-time and a budget of just £15,000, they knew they were going to have to give up their free time to transform their new home. They were itching to get on with the major work, but then made an unwelcome discovery. ‘About four days in, we discovered the flat-roof extension, which runs along the side of the building, was leaking,’ says Emma. ‘So we had to repair the gutter, which Adam did himself, and the damage the leak had caused. It was particularly bad in the bathroom – when you put your finger against the plasterboard it just crumbled away!’ Once they’d finished the repairs, Emma and Adam drew up a list of priorities. At the top was installing a new kitchen, boiler and heating system, and then completely renovating the bathroom. The bedroom, which needed much less work, could be left until later and the study could act as a makeshift workshop while the flat was being transformed. ‘We hired a heating engineer to install a new boiler and radiators, a plumber for the kitchen sink and a joiner and electrician to fit the new kitchen,’ says Adam. ‘The electrician also upgraded the electrical system, but I did the basic updates, such as fitting new switch plates and socket plates.’ As the renovation developed, so did Emma and Adam’s DIY confidence and knowledge. ‘We took down the non-load-bearing wall in the old bedroom – I did it myself with a hammer – as the first step towards incorporating the kitchen into the living area,’ Adam explains. Taking up one side of the living area, the kitchen discreetly houses a fridge, oven and washing machine and a

half-sized dishwasher. The rest of the room is now a perfect chill-out place, where the couple can listen to music and catch up with each other at the end of the day. Emma and Adam’s plan had always been to have a pure white scheme and after a few weeks they realised that this had been a good practical decision, too. ‘When we stripped out all the carpets, we could see the place looked dark,’ says Emma. ‘Aberdeen isn’t the sunniest place, so by painting everything white, light now bounces off the walls. We chose cool wood laminate for the flooring, brought in new streamlined doors, and went for furniture that would stand out – contemporary Scandi design and some mid-century pieces.’ Adam is a fan of furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames, so they invested in an iconic Eames lounge chair, a rocker chair for their bedroom and Eames house bird figures, as a running motif throughout the flat. They added statement pendants in the bedroom and living area, and then set out to make or salvage the rest of their furniture. ‘This was my first time making things for the home!’ says Adam. ‘I learned on the job by watching videos on YouTube and getting ideas from Pinterest. I made the coffee table and, with some help from the joiner, the console desk and shelves in the study. But my biggest project was our king-size bed. After building, I fitted slats bought from Ikea. It looks really good and cost less than £150 unlike similar beds I’ve seen that cost about £700.’ In the old bathroom, which was dominated by a huge, dated, semi-circular bath, Emma and Adam wanted a calm, comforting atmosphere and a practical, hygienic finish. ‘We covered the skylights to make it more cosy and put in underfloor heating – it’s House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 77

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BATHROOM The all-white room is tiled in Bisel Blanco bevelled tiles from Tile Giant, and accented by the striking Eames House Bird by Vitra at John Lewis

Adam and Emma’s RENOVATION TIPS º Have a go at DIY projects as long as they’re safe. If it doesn’t work out, get a professional to help you. º If you’re looking to create midcentury style, hairpin legs are great – you can just screw them into any piece of furniture to revamp it. º Research online for help with building furniture. Pinterest is great for ideas. We came across lots of inspiring projects. º Keep to your plan: people will comment, but not everyone is going to like the same style as you. Don’t let negative comments get in the way – it’s your vision. º Be aware there will be jobs you don’t like and that might take a long time to complete. We both got fed up with the paint and paper stripping, but we slotted more achievable projects in between and that kept us focused.

BEDROOM Beautifully simple, the serene space is painted in Dulux Pure White. Cushions from Made add colour and pattern. The light shade and wardrobes are both from Ikea

lovely in winter,’ says Emma. ‘We chose a space-saving suite with a wall-hung basin and loo to make cleaning the floor easier. Grey grout helps defines the tiles and keeps the overall look fresh.’ Their other sanctuary is their bedroom, which is simple in its decor, with Adam’s handmade bed, a freestanding Ikea Pax wardrobe and the designer rocker chair. ‘Our aim was to make it light and peaceful with a sense of calm, so there’s no TV,’ says Adam. Once the renovation was complete, the couple emptied the spare room of all the half-used paint pots, and turned it into a study and guest room. ‘I can now close the door, sit at the desk and do my university coursework,’ says Adam. ‘We salvaged an original 1960s sofa bed from Emma’s mum’s garage and have already had friends and family over to stay. Everyone enjoys visiting.’ Now the work’s finished, the couple have had time to reflect on their experience. ‘I wouldn’t say the renovation was all plain sailing,’ says Adam. ‘There was a point where we had spent almost all of our budget and were paying for things like the furniture and final touches from our wages. But I was really impressed with Emma’s drive to finish the flat, because it was hard at times and she really encouraged me to keep going.’ OAdam and Emma won £3,000 worth of vouchers to spend on DFS furniture. Runner-up in this category, winning £500 worth of vouchers for DFS, was Jane Jones from Yorkshire. See our February issue to find out about the winners of the two remaining categories. FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE





From bottom: Ombre tealight holder, £7.99, Zara Home. Triangolin wallpaper in grey, £17 a roll, Graham & Brown. Perth fabric in Peacock, £49.50 a metre, Ian Mankin. Mira patterned canvas in Duck Egg, £40 a metre, Akin & Suri. Brianza velvet in Aqua, £53 a metre, Sanderson. Forenza velvet in Venetian Blue, £60.50 a metre, Romo. Plains Five fabric in Spice, £39 a metre, Scion. Prestigious Textiles Finlay fabric in Anthracite, £18.50 a metre, Graham Sanderson Interiors. Riko fabric in Ochre, £30 a metre, Scion. Notebook (with paint chart attached), £4.50 for five, Muji. Paint, all £44 for 2.5L marble matt emulsion, Mylands

Get the look Sumptuous shades of teal and midnight navy feel especially luxurious in tactile velvet fabrics. Combine with accents of warm ochre and gold for a cosy room with touches of glamour House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 81

Walls painted in Mortar absolute matt emulsion, £42 for 2.5L, Little Greene. Izzy sofa in Deep turquoise pure cotton matt velvet, £1,640, Cushions (l-r): Sueda, £100, Habitat. Islington in navy, £55; Velvet Paint by One Nine Eight Five, £85; both Heal’s. (Shown on cover: Frame cushion cover, £75, The Conran Shop.) Percy armchair in Deep Turquoise pure cotton matt velvet, £790, Furrow throw, £159, Heal’s. (Shown on cover: Everyday wool throw in Caramel, £495, The Conran Shop.) Banyan mirror, £325, Loaf. Jug, £75, I & JL Brown. Monarch rug, £1,495; Oak shelving unit, £795; both Graham & Green. Bowl table by Ayush Kasliwal for Mater, £399, Heal’s. Cast iron kettle, £145; Arita tea cup, £18; Oak bowl, £46; all Native & Co. Log basket, find similar at Garden Trading. On shelving unit Abaya blue and white vase, £15; Esterban glass vase, £30; both Habitat. Gold frame, £16.50, Oliver Bonas. Block alarm clock, £59, The Conran Shop. Round Shaker box, £341.92 for five, James Morgan at Selvedge

Living room Deep and dramatic blue hues can sometimes feel overpowering, but soft neutral walls keep the look light and airy. Add contemporary warm-toned wood furniture for a snug, inviting space 82


Striking pattern

Simple shapes If space is tight, opt for a circular table design with dainty dimensions. Hydena Makwa side table, £29.99, Argos

Add a warming hit of autumnal colour. Havana hand-finished vase, £18, Habitat

Colour combo Deep navy is the perfect partner for teal, adding depth and contrast to a living space. Remsta armchair, £140, Ikea

Store in style Make your book collection a feature with open shelving. Trocadero mango wood unit, £574, Maisons du Monde

Stay grounded

Upon reflection

Soothe a bold scheme with a faded rug in pale shades. Izoe Medallion-effect rug, £199, La Redoute

An unusual mirror that adds character is a great investment. Quatrefoil bone inlay mirror, £480, India May Home

Keep warm Layer in tones of black and dark indigo in tactile textures for a cosy feel. Lecce throw in Ink Blue, £63, Linum

Golden glint Brighten up a dark corner with a metallic lamp. Brass table lamp, £89, Nordic House

Lighten up Centre stage A velvet teal sofa is the ultimate centrepiece for a sumptuous scheme. Eden sofa in Pacific dusky velvet, £1,459, Sofa Workshop

Ochre makes a perfect highlight colour and will bring a sunny feel. Bantry weave cushion, £12, Marks & Spencer

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Get the look

Bold colour can work in a bedroom, but needs to be softened with more subtle shades to create a tranquil atmosphere. A backdrop of steel grey creates calm, while metallic accessories add some fun

Linen pillowcase in Lens Charcoal, £30, The Linen Works. Patanzzi floral wallpaper in Slate Blue, £59 a roll, Designers Guild. Campbell fabric in Union Navy Blue, £42.50 a metre, Ian Mankin. Forenza red velvet in Cayenne, £60.50 a metre, Romo. Pale Wedgwood paint; Marine Blue paint, both £42 for 2.5L absolute matt emulsion, Little Greene. Old Gloucester Street panel wallpaper in Tome, £80 a roll, Little Greene. Lana flecked fabric in Frost, £42.90 a metre, Linwood. Prestigious Textiles Silver Birch leafy fabric in Shadow, £9.32 a metre, Graham Sanderson Interiors. Plain weave linen in Chinese Yellow, £38 a metre, Volga Linen. Miramar silk fabric in Norway Spruce, £75.50 a metre, James Hare. Round grid coaster, £7.50, Oliver Bonas



Lavender double bed in Argent, £745, Button & Sprung

Bedroom Walls in a deep, plush shade create a cocooning feel that’s right for a bedroom. White wooden floorboards and silver grey freshen the look, while textiles in indigo blue with splashes of cranberry provide contrast House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 85


Woven wonder Add subtle pattern with a vintage-inspired rug in sophisticated steel tones. Lucia rug, from £89.99, Very

Hollywood shine An antiqued mirrored surface combines with a scallopededged frame for a glamorous look. Ivy side table in brass, £179, Swoon Editions

Reading corner Choose a smart chair upholstered in complementary colours. Calvin armchair in green velvet and linen, £399, Atkin & Thyme

Cuddle up Well worth the investment, this gorgeous bed cover will keep you warm for years to come. Quilt velvet bedspread, £275, Lexington

Good swap Opt for a reversible design in 100 per cent Belgian linen. Cercosa bedlinen, from £99 for a double duvet cover, Urbanara

Pretty patina Unite the elements in the scheme with this stunning brass and teal vase. Brass Verdi vase, £29.99, Blabar


Create a sense of height by hanging a pendant light by your bedside. Butler pendant in antiqued brass, £75.40, Jim Lawrence

Colour bursts Introduce subtle accents of rose red and ochre with this floral print. Bohemian Circles cushion, £25, National Trust Shop

Aim high A tall headboard in a soft silver stands out beautifully against a dark teal wall. Ruffle bed in Flint brushed cotton, £915, Loaf



Rounded beauty This wall-hung storage looks spectacular and adds interesting shape to the room. Circular brass display shelf, £79, Rose & Grey


COLOUR confıdent

Choose from the whole spectrum of pinks to warm up your home



Add vibrancy to your walls with fruity hues

Introduce a luxurious feel with these intense tones

Salsa Mix (above) is a warmtoned, modern coral shade that’s sure to perk up a gloomy north-facing room. Team with subdued orange and fresh white accents for a contemporary feel that’s perfect for an energising bedroom scheme. MARIANNE SHILLINGFORD DULUX

Named after a tropical tree that has reddish-brown wood, Inkwood is an enticing and soft hue. Proving that pink doesn’t have to be girly, this paint looks gorgeous combined with greys and inky colours to create a contemporary scheme. REBECCA CRAIG SANDERSON

As part of the Dramatic Deeps paint collection, Cranberry Cocktail (above) is a rich berry hue that’s balanced with an earthy black undertone. This deep shade is a mature take on pink and looks sophisticated. HELEN SHAW BENJAMIN MOORE

Chinese Lantern is an exotic colour full of warmth, so it’s perfect for cosy living rooms. Combine with gentle sage greens to create a restful haven and accessorise with grey floral prints for a refined take on a traditional look. TREVOR BRADFORD LIBERTY PAINTS

Salsa Mix flat matt emulsion, £25.72 for 2.5L, Dulux

Inkwood matt emulsion, £43 for 2.5L, Sanderson

Cranberry Cocktail regal select eggshell finish, £19.50 for 0.94L, Benjamin Moore

Chinese Lantern emulsion by Liberty Paints, £39 for 2.5L, Colour & Paint

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Deeply pigmented shades will ground your scheme

Enhance your room with gentle blushes

A rustic earthy colour, Tuscan Red (above) has a subtle heat that’s ideal for cooler rooms or shaded walls. Despite its intensity, the strong red pigment feels feminine, especially alongside soft greys and off-white. DAVID MOTTERSHEAD LITTLE GREENE

Plucked straight from a garden in full bloom, Lille Pink brings in a sense of nature with its rose and peony shades. Its vibrant look can be softened with neutral accessories, or invigorated with splashes of chartreuse, indigo and teal. PAULA TAYLOR GRAHAM & BROWN

Pashmina (above) is one of those colours that immediately evokes a modern romantic feel in any room, particularly a bedroom. Its delicate warmth pairs beautifully with copper accessories to create a scheme that is both soft and striking. JUDY SMITH CROWN

Orchard Pink looks simply stunning with greys and lavender blues. Alternatively, for a brighter feel, it works well with pastel yellows and greens, while also offering a calming counterpoint to deep greys, reds and earthy browns. SARAH FOSTER FIRED EARTH

Tuscan Red absolute matt emulsion, £42 for 2.5L, Little Greene

Lille Pink matt emulsion, £32 for 2.5L, Graham & Brown

Pashmina matt emulsion, £14 for 2.5L, Crown

Orchard Pink matt emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5L, Fired Earth




The best thing about decorating with pinks is that different shades layer seamlessly in the same room. Gentle tones add subtle warmth without dominating the scheme while show-stopping, brighter pinks can be used to add accents and flair.


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ith Christmas around the corner, what better time to get your home looking its best. And with this exclusive 20 per cent discount for House Beautiful readers, updating your home this season couldn’t be easier. Save on the full interiors range including spacious sideboards, dining sets perfect for a festive feast, additional seating for unexpected visitors and pared-back lighting, all from Out & Out Original. Whether you want to give your space a complete makeover or simply introduce a few key pieces, Out & Out Original’s extensive range has plenty of unique styles and designs to suit all schemes and budgets. OExplore the entire collection at

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Bring a new look and mood to your home with our edit of the best new-season buys and latest looks in lights, lamps and pendants

HOT DESKING Offering classic, modern and industrial styles, Pooky has an inspiring collection of designled lighting, which is a little bit different but also affordable. With a huge range of fabric shades, pendants, table lamps and floor lights, you’ll find something for every room scheme. This brass pendant and desk lamp will give your home office a retro feel. Mo desk light in solid brass, £160; Roller pendant in brass, £95; both Pooky






Vintage illumination 1 EARTHY TONES


Hung on a fabric-covered cable, this spherical Amber glass lamp, hand-blown in the UK, can be used to light up a dark corner. Suspend on either side of a bed or hang three in a row to define a dining area. Its off-centre opening at the base adds a quirky touch.

Neat and discreet, these small lights are fixed to the wall on a china base and the glass shade concentrates light downwards. They’re effective when used in a row above the cooker or in a bathroom.

Globe light, £176.50; Maroc cushion, £98; Iznik cushion, £94; all Rapture & Wright

Minster 1 prismatic wall lights, £145 each, Original BTC


Take simple clean-lined furniture and combine with cosy cushions in striking monochrome fabrics, soft throws in calming neutrals and accessories in shiny metallics.

With more people working remotely, every home office needs a statement desk lamp and one where you can position the light source above the action. This retro design in black is graceful while the warm metal base adds extra character.

Long brass Swing lamp by House Doctor, £169.95,

Megaphone desk lamp, available in black or green, £200, Out There Interiors


FROM TOP Bring cool style to a room with the Orbis Lamp in white marble, £110, A by Amara. Create ambience with this Industrial table light, £75 by Gray & Willow at House of Fraser. Cast a warm glow with a beautifully designed Clark table lamp, £79 from Marks & Spencer. Introduce metallic chic with the Macy table light, £50, Debenhams House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 95






Circular style

FROM TOP A statement piece with stylish mixed metal tones, Jayson Pendant, £118.80, Dar Lighting. Choose three matching colours or mix them up. Smaller Coolie Hat with Threesome Cluster ceiling fitting in antiqued brass, £204, Pooky. Colours on this Twin Tone paper shade, £65 from Lane, are matched with Little Greene’s paint collection, Lane & Little Greene. Admire the quirky design of the knotted flex, Vitamin knot lamp in Blue, £165, Rume 96


glare-free downward soft light.

A colourful glazed lamp base is a great way to brighten up a neutral room and a shade in a contrasting colour adds extra impact. Continue the look with sparing splashes of colour in accessories, such as cushions.

Louis Poulsen Cirque pendant, £183, Nest

Nellie table lamp in Mootard, £100, with Straight Empire in Papaya Parchment, £85; Stanley wall light in petrol blue with ‘elbow’ wall fitting in antiqued brass, £94; all Pooky. Percy armchair, £790; Georgette footstool, £590; both

2 UP AND AWAY Inspired by hot air balloons and carousels, this striped design can be clustered together, hung in a row or used individually. It’s made from aluminium with a matt-white interior, offering

3 OLD SCHOOL Thanks to a weight in its base this table lamp is super sturdy. An integrated dimmer allows it to change from general to mood lighting and even on full, it still provides a soft glow so is ideal for bedtime reading. Stockholm chrome-plated lamp, £39, Ikea

4 CLEAR WINNERS Create ambience with these simple glass pendants. Complete with brass fittings, the clean design will look neat in a row of three above a dining table or kitchen island. Kingsley Vintage jar lamps, £49 each; Evelyn extending dining table, £179; both Very


THE POWER OF THREE In a dining room, the right lighting is critical. If you have a multi-functional space, position lighting above a dining table to help with your ‘zoning’. Try hanging a few in a row; odd numbers work best. And get the height right. Typically, the bottom of the light fixture should be 90cm above the table. Walls painted in Teal emulsion, £37; Carter extending dining table, £1,780; Carter bench, £470; Carter shelves, from £620; Tennyson pendants, £94 each; all Neptune


ALL ABOUT THE LUXE Inspired by the luxury hotels of Manhattan, this opulent look sees a four-light chandelier in antique brass taking centre stage. The 1930s feel makes it the perfect standout piece above a dining table. Team with soft velvets, marble and monochrome furniture for a chic finish. Stella chandelier, £129; Candleholders, £12.50 each; lantern, £15; Confetti vase, £29.50; Manhattan wire bowl, £26; Scallop dinnerware, from £7.50; chairs, £299 for two; dining table, £899; display cabinet, £1,199; all Marks & Spencer








Wow-factor glow 1 SWITCHED ON


Light up dark corners with this sophisticated floor lamp made from antique brass metal with five glass bubble lights that cascade in a spiral down the pole. Huxley floor lamp, £195; Draper armchair, £1,299; both John Lewis

These mouth-blown glass pendants are a reinterpretation of the classic school lights found in 1920s classrooms, libraries and refectories. With a translucent shade, they work well with a filament-exposed light bulb and give off a wonderful ambient light.


Glass School pendant, size 2, clear glass, £345 each, Davey Lighting

These pretty pendant lights are inspired by Victorian shades spotted in antique shops in Venice, but they’ve been given a modern makeover with just a touch of frill. Their delicate form lends a subtle elegance to a room and they’d look beautiful suspended low over a dressing table or bedside table. Chintz bowl light, £395; Plate in Blush, £445; both Curiousa & Curiousa

4 BRASS BEAUTY Framed in antiqued brasswork, this striking pendant is designed to take centre stage. Suspend above a kitchen island or hang low over a dining table for intimate light. Go for LED filament bulbs, as they not only look good but give off a lovely, warm light, too. Lang and Long Luxor pendant, £330, Pooky

FROM TOP Choose from copper, grey and black – Grasshopper metal floor lamp, £129, Cult Living. Embrace Art Deco style with this Flyder floor lamp, £325, Oliver Bonas. This distinctive tripod design is made from walnut. Maxwell floor lamp, £159, Very House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 99



The elegant dimmable Gaia LED 6W E27, £39 by Tala at Heal’s, uses 10 times less energy than ordinary bulbs



hether you’re after a practical bulb, a decorative one with a glowing element on show or a smart bulb controlled wirelessly by an app on your phone, the good news is that it won’t rack up your electricity bill. Energyguzzling 100 watt light bulbs have been replaced by low-wattage energy saving CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) and highly efficient LED (light-emitting diode) bulbs, and there are more changes to halogen bulbs coming next year. When you buy a bulb, you’ll be able to tell how much energy it will use, as well as its wattage. Look on the packaging for an energy rating (A+++ is the highest), and check the Lumen rating – it’s a better guide to the brightness than the wattage. Decide on a daylight or warm tone, measured in kelvins – the lower the number, the warmer the light. Diane Simpson, lighting buyer at John Lewis, advises on choosing lighting… Why are halogen bulbs in the news? Halogen bulbs are being phased out because they only use 20 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs, compared with LEDs, which use 80 per cent less. We’ve already stopped importing halogen GU10 spotlight bulbs, but regulations on more classic shaped bulbs will come into force from September 2018. Retailers will still be able to sell the phased-out products but it won’t be possible for manufacturers to import them. What can I use instead of halogen?

LED bulbs will replace halogen. The latest LED technology is very close to exactly matching the functionality, light output and colour temperature – warm or cool tones – of the traditional incandescent bulbs. What are the advantages of LED bulbs? Although they cost on average two to three times more than halogen, they last 10 times longer – between 10,000 and 20,000 hours. Are LEDs suitable for older light fittings? Yes, LED is compatible with all standard mains voltage lighting. John Lewis has a range of cap types such as BC, ES, SES and GU10 and glass shapes such as candle, golf, classic and spot in LED as well as vintage-style filament LED bulbs, which replicate the look of old incandescent bulbs. Do LED bulbs work with dimmers? You’ll need to buy dimmable LEDs. These bulbs will work with compatible dimmers that use V-Pro technology. All dimmers at John Lewis use this. Will the LEDs work with my old halogen lighting, which is on a circuit? Yes, assuming it’s GU10 mains voltage. It would be good practice to change over all lightbulbs in a circuit at the same time to ensure they all last longer together. If in doubt, speak to a qualified electrician. Are there any changes to CFL bulbs? CFL bulbs are already energy efficient and so there’s no change there for now. However, LED bulbs offer a greater energy saving and better lighting at a similar price. FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE


FROM TOP Calex 4W ES LED ST64 dimmable Rustic Filament bulb, 320lm, energy A++, £10, John Lewis. Crompton Golfball bulb 5.5W ES-E27 LED, 470lm, energy A+, £2.99, Lightbulbs Direct. GU10 dimmable bulb, 4.5W LED, 350lm, energy A++, £6.95, Hector Finch. Plumen low energy CFL bulb, E27, 11W, 680lm, energy A, £24.95, Holloways of Ludlow


Brighten up your home the smart, efficient way


READY FOR GUESTS Multifunctional two-in-one sofas and beds mean you’re always prepared for Christmas

Bestselling Sophia is as flexible as it is stylish, £1,198, House Beautiful Collection, DFS


Lydia has secret storage built into the chaise, £1,498, House Beautiful Collection, DFS


The Sofia can be converted into a double bed

Beth storage bed, £399, House Beautiful Collection, DFS




ith the festive season just around the corner, having somewhere to hide away gifts and accommodate guests is key. Combining style with function to allow you to easily adapt your home when you need extra space, these sofas and beds from the House Beautiful collection at DFS could be the answer. With a discreet trunk hidden in the chaise, the Lydia modular sofa (1) is ideal for keeping Christmas presents and wrapping paper out of sight. It can also be easily converted into a double bed for overnight visitors. The Sophia (2), the collection’s

bestselling design, is also available as a sofa bed, so you can efficiently transform your living room or home office into a stylish and comfortable area for family or friends to rest and unwind. The Beth bed (3) combines comfort with enough hidden storage in the spacious ottoman base to hold out-of-season clothes, luggage or extra bedding. Available in a range of colours in either a cotton or velvet finish, it has smart button-backed detailing on the softly curved headboard. OSee the entire House Beautiful collection at House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 103


ON THE LOOM Get weaving with this essential kit of beautiful wooden tools and sumptuous yarns 4 1 2



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1 Oak tri-loom (22.5cm), £36, Dales Looms. Mustard yarn, part of the Weaving Supply Pack, £14.95, Hawthorn Handmade 2 Pony lucet fork, £10.95, Love Knitting 3 Blue fibre and fibre on loom are part of the Roving Grab Bag, £3 for 30g, Wool Couture 4 Weaving loom (28 x 39cm), £30 for a kit, Wool Couture 5 Large wooden 104

weaving needle (20cm), £7, Wool Couture 6 Handwoven Welsh wool rug, from £35, Nellie & Eve 7 Mustard and teal yarn are part of the Weaving Supply Pack, £14.95, Hawthorn Handmade 8 Weaving stick kit with threader, £5.50, The Hand Weaving Company 9 Grey yarn and tapestry needle are part of the

Weaving Supply Pack, £14.95, Hawthorn Handmade 10 Mini circular weaving looms, £13.50 for three, and yarn on weaving looms, part of the Roving Grab Bag, £3 for 30g, all Wool Couture 11 Black buttons, from 95p each, Merchant & Mills 12 Stork thread puller, £8, Loop 13 Mink Cheeky Chunky yarn, £3.49 (50g), Wool


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Couture 14 Oak peg loom, £45, (60cm), Nellie & Eve 15 Handwoven Welsh wool rug, from £35, Nellie & Eve 16 Clover tapestry needles, £3.59 for three, Love Knitting 17 Stork embroidery scissors, £4.99, Hawthorn Handmade 18 Cotton warp thread, part of the Weaving Supply Pack, £14.95, Hawthorn Handmade

19 Circular weaving loom set, £29.99 for six, Lazzylozhandicrafts at Etsy 20 Wooden folding ruler, £10.50, Merchant & Mills 21 Cotton warp threads, part of the Weaving Supply Pack, £14.95, Hawthorn Handmade 22 Weaving comb, £8, Wool Couture 23 Mini wooden weaving needle, £2, Wool Couture 24 Mini balls of yarn

are part of the Roving Grab Bag, £3 for 30g, Wool Couture 25 Handwoven basket, £28, The Conran Shop 26 Mustard fibre, part of the Roving Grab Bag, £3 for 30g, Wool Couture 27 Plant-dyed hand-spun yarns, all £12 each (50g), Nellie & Eve FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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TWO WAYS TO UPDATE YOUR FLOORING Give your home a new look with this competition and offer featuring the latest from House Beautiful’s flooring collection at Carpetright


£2,000 WORTH OF FANTASTIC FLOORING FOR YOUR HOME PLUS SIX RUNNERS UP WILL EACH WIN AN OASIS RUG WORTH £139 Chevron wool carpet in the Manchester colourway, £39.99 a sq metre, Carpetright


rom hardwearing engineered wood to luxurious carpets and rugs including this 100 per cent wool Chevron carpet, the House Beautiful flooring collection from Carpetright has a look and style that will work in every room. Now one lucky reader

will win £2,000 worth of flooring and six runners up will each win a 120 x 170cm rug from the Oasis range, made from 100 per cent viscose. Even if you don’t win, you still have the chance to buy flooring at a specially reduced price – see offer (right).

Six runners up will win a rug from the Oasis range

SAVE 10% ON THE ENTIRE COLLECTION Revamping your home with new flooring is a great way to create a fresh look ahead of the new year. Combining elegance with practicality, the House Beautiful collection at Carpetright has so many designs to choose from, there’s bound to be something to suit your style. With this great discount, every reader can enjoy 10 per cent off the whole flooring range including laminate, vinyl, engineered wood and premium soft carpet ranges in a wide variety of colours and textures. To view the House Beautiful flooring range visit

Aspects engineered wood is available in six natural shades for a beautiful finish

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN TEXT HBWIN followed by a space and then your answer to the question below and your name and address to 84010 (£1.50 plus usual network operator rate) or CALL 090 5789 0102 (80p a min plus your telephone company’s network access charge) and give your answer. Calls should last no longer than two minutes. Phone lines open 1 OCTOBER 2017 and close 30 NOVEMBER 2017. Or POST completed coupon to House Beautiful/ CPHSBN17526, Worksop S80 2RT for receipt before 5 DECEMBER 2017.

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Email address TERMS AND CONDITIONS Prizes are non-transferable and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. If the value of the order is more than the value of the prize, you must pay the difference in price by cash, cheque, debit or credit card at the time of placing your order. If the value of the order is less than the value of the prize, a credit note for any balance of £100 or more will be issued by Carpetright plc and will be sent to you by post within 28 days. Prizes must be claimed by 31 May 2018. Calls from mobiles and other networks may cost more. If you phone or text your entry after the advertised closing date, you won’t be entered but you will be charged. The winners will be selected at random from all correct entries after the closing date. Service provider: Spoke (0333 202 3390). The prize is as stated and is not transferable. For full terms and conditions turn to p201. DATA PROTECTION We will use the information you supply to process your competition entry. For our privacy policy, visit

HOW TO CLAIM YOUR DISCOUNT To get 10 per cent off House Beautiful flooring, take this voucher into one of Carpetright’s stores or enter voucher code FLOOR100317 at TERMS AND CONDITIONS This discount is valid from 5 October 2017 until 30 November 2017. Offer excludes underlay, accessories, fitting and delivery. Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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STOVES TO SNUGGLE UP BESIDE With their roaring flames and sleek designs, the latest stoves and heaters are as stylish as they are efficient

CURVE APPEAL Scan 66 is a versatile teardrop-shape woodburner that can be hung on the wall, mounted on a pedestal, a log store plinth (shown) or a sweeping S-shaped stand. Choose from Black, Pure White or Dusty Green – the 5kW model has a Defra-approved 78 per cent efficiency rating. Scan 66-4 Plinth (H94.6 x W50 x D38cm), £1,935, Scan

WOODBURNERS Stock up on logs and add some flickering charm to winter




This classic-style woodburner has enough power (4.8kW) for a large living room. However, its efficiency rating of 77 per cent means it’s not suitable for Defra smoke-controlled zones. Wren (H59.6 x

A small enamel stove that offers 4.8kW of power and a 78.9 per cent efficiency rating. Its three air supplies help encourage burning, keep the glass clear and remove flue gasses quicker. 5 SE (H56 x W40 x D39.5cm), £1,355, Mendip Stoves

Dutch brand Dovre has produced this stylish cast-iron burner with a mid-century feel. It has a 9kW heat output and 80 per cent efficiency, and will heat a large open-plan space with ease. Rock 500

W46 x D45.4cm), £695, Aga Stoves

(H70.5 x W66 x D37.5cm), £2,289, Dovre




Airwash technology keeps the glass cleaner for longer on this minimalist design, which has an output of 5kW and an efficiency rating of 80 per cent. Riva

Jotul’s inset stove offers high output at low settings, with glass on one, two or three sides. Heat output is from 3.9kW to 12kW, with an efficiency rating of 77 per cent.

Worcester Bosch has launched its first range of woodburning stoves – choose from 3.9, 4.9 and 8kW, and get superb efficiency of between 74-82 per cent.

Studio 500 (H47.9 x W60.7 x D38.2cm), £1,985; bench, £249; both Stovax

Jotul I 620 insert, from £2,350 (sizes vary), Jotul

Greenstyle Bewdley range, from £999 (sizes vary), Worcester Bosch

Dispelling the wood burning myths Links have been made between woodburning stoves and poor air quality. Bruce Allen, CEO of the Heating Equipment Testing and Approvals Scheme (HETAS*), answers common queries… *HETAS IS THE ONLY SPECIALIST ORGANISATION APPROVING BIOMASS AND SOLID FUEL HEATING APPLIANCES, FUELS AND SERVICES. FOR MORE INFO VISIT HETAS.CO.UK


Is my stove harming air quality? In London and the South East [where ownership is highest], woodburners contribute about five per cent of particle pollution, and this is expected to rise. However, when stoves are looked after correctly they produce minimal emissions, so use good-quality fuel, get the chimney swept regularly and have the appliance serviced routinely.


Should we care about the smoke control zones? Smoke Control Areas safeguard the quality of the air and you can be fined up to £1,000 if you break the rules. Don’t take the risk – either choose a multi-fuel stove and use smokeless fuel or a Defra-exempted appliance that burns a fuel specified by the manufacturer.


What’s the difference between a Defraapproved stove and a normal one? A Defra-exempted appliance – typically with an efficiency rating of at least 70 per cent – has been tested to ensure that the products of combustion are clean enough to burn in a Smoke Control Area.


Why can’t you burn all types of wood in the stove? Would you burn any old oil in your oil boiler, or any old diesel in your high-performance car? The same applies for stoves. If you want your stove to operate effectively, efficiently and safely while protecting our environment, you must only burn goodquality dry logs.

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BURNING DESIRE Blending cutting-edge Scandinavian design with the latest in super-efficient cleanburning technology, the S11-43 is a simple, elegant design with a 4.4kW output and a slim, 36.8cm width. It’s available with a plain base or log storage. S11-43 (H77.3 x W36.8 x D32cm), £1,110, Morso

Select the size of stove that’s going to be most efficient for your room



MULTI-FUEL STOVES Super-efficient, the latest models use clean-burning smokeless fuel




Esse’s 5kW 100 KC has Defra-approved clean-burning technology and 82 per cent efficiency. Add Autoblaze – an electronic fan ignition system – and get a roaring fire in under 10 minutes. 100 KC (H72.1 x

Ekol’s design is the first twin-window to meet Defra’s strict emissions targets. It has a maximum heat of 14kW – ideal for keeping two rooms toasty – and 73.3 per cent efficiency. Ekol Clarity Double Sided

Designed and manufactured on the Isle of Wight, this 5kW stove comes in several colours and has an impressive 86 per cent efficiency. The Skye

W54.5 x D29.8cm), from £1,400, Esse

Stove (H60 x W62 x D35cm), £1,699, Bell

(H80.8 x W50.9 x D39cm), from £1,698, Charnwood




As well as generating 7kW of heat, this large stove can be connected to a back boiler and supply as much as 14kW of hot water to up to 19 radiators. Not Defra approved. Stockton 14HB (H72.3

By burning wood pellets rather than traditional fuels, this 12.7kW stove manages a phenomenal 95 per cent efficiency. It also has an automatic ignition. Charme Ductable (H60 x W113.9

Designed by Philippe Starck, the Speetbox has an app-controlled 5.5kW, 79 per cent efficiency stove. You can then add on extras including a log store and storage box. Speetbox (each cube H50 x W50 x

x W80 x D51.8cm), £2,495, Stovax

x D53.6cm), from £3,516, Cola Stoves

D100cm), £3,905, Lloyds Heat Design

Installing your stove Choosing the right model is only half the job. Dave Saunders, technical and standards manager at Stovax, gives his top tips to help you set your stove up properly


Perfect positioning Your stove must be a minimum distance from walls and other surfaces, known as combustible materials. Each woodburning stove’s distance to combustibles varies depending on design.


Call in the professionals After you’ve selected your stove, contact an expert retailer who will work out which heat output is best for your living space. It’s important to size the stove correctly for the most efficient use. They’ll also assess your chimney for the installation. If it’s in poor condition or not suitable, a chimney liner may be advised to make it safe.


Choosing a hearth This must be made from a non-combustible material – slate, stone and tiles are all popular – and big enough that any burning fuel or hot embers that fall, don’t land on anything that could catch fire.


Assess the chimney If you don’t have a traditional chimney, you may be able to install a pre-fabricated one that runs either inside or outside your property. Or look at one of the gas and electric products suitable for homes without a chimney.

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FLAME LOOK Amazingly, this stove is electric, so not only is it stylish but it’s also easy to install – you simply plug it in. It has a realistic log and smoke-effect, two heat settings, a thermostat and remote and the flame effect can be used independently of heat. Dimplex Opti-Myst Grand Cream Electric Stove (H66 x W62 x D39cm), £625,



No f lue? No problem. Electric stoves are a practical alternative to a gas or woodburning fire


ELECTRIC AND GAS HEATERS Enjoy the benefits of instant and controllable heat




A high-gloss electric stove with a realistic flame display. It has two heats – 1.0 and 2.0kW – and a remote control. Available in three sizes, and also with gas. Gazco

This ultra-modern gas design offers all the convenience of instant and remote-controllable heat, with the high output – 4.8-6.9kW – of a large wood burner. Vaska (H112.5 x W47.2 x

Made from cast iron, the 1-2kW Solo is a striking thermostatically controlled electric heater. The tall, thin design acts as a chimney, helping to spread heat through the vents. Solo (H80 x dia

D45.8cm), £1,800, Faber

37cm), from £603, Esse

Vision Medium Electric (H67.6 x W53.5 x D36.3cm), £925, Stovax




Get a whole new look for your living area with this 1.5-4kW gas fire and smart Portuguese limestone surround. Remote control optional. Inspire 600

Thanks to its Opti-myst technology, Dimplex has created a very realistic flame effect in its electric fan heaters. This 1-2kW model comes with a remote control. Oakhurst Opti-myst (H62 x

Small but stylish, this remote-controlled electric fire has a 2kW heat output with 99 per cent efficiency. The Veriflame fire effect has three settings to make your space look as warm as it feels. CL5 (H55.2

W48 x D30cm), £583, Dimplex

x W41 x D33.3cm), £715, Yeoman Stoves

Napoli Suite (H47 x W64.6 x D29.4cm), from £2,079, Valor

Installing your stove Choosing a heater isn’t just a question of looks and price – as Paul Ravnbo-West, flame technology manager at Dimplex, explains…

WOOD- AND MULTIFUEL-BURNING STOVES The pros • Wood is carbon-neutral. • Cheaper to run than LPG (Liquid propane gas) or oil. • You won’t have to rely on a utility company for all of your heat. • The appeal of a real flame fire and its traditional feel are difficult to mimic. • Significantly more efficient than an open fire.

The cons • Need to factor in buying and storing solid fuel. • Wood is more expensive than gas or electricity. • Installation can be costly, with chimneys requiring professionally installed flues for safety. • Woodburning is contributing to particulate air pollution. • Setting a fire takes time and skill, and it can’t be left unattended once lit.

ELECTRIC/GAS STOVES The pros • No soot, no ash and no mess to clean up. • Electric fires and some gas models don’t rely on a chimney, greatly reducing the installation cost. • You get instant heat that’s also controllable. • Portable stoves can be moved between rooms, and heat up in minutes. • Electric fires are 100 per cent efficient.

The cons • It’s impossible to completely replicate the atmosphere of a real woodburning stove. • With lower heat outputs, they’re better suited to topping up heat, rather than as a main source of warmth. • Electric heaters can be expensive to run; electricity costs approximately three times the price of gas per kWh. HB

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your space Ultimate guide to storage solutions Latest looks update Finishing touches Where to buy

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PERFECTION Great ideas to help you make a success of decluttering

Drawers are best for squirrelling away equipment, but include open display space for tableware that you want to show off. Bar stool, £59; rug, £25; canister, £4; vase, £6; casserole dish, £35; all George Home



Most of us have a room that, however good our intentions, could do with decluttering. In some cases, it’s the whole house! That doesn’t mean getting rid of everything, though. ‘More of us are relying on electronic devices to store important items such as photos and songs,’ says Vlatka Lake, from storage company Space Station. ‘For other items that you simply can’t throw away, removing them from your immediate surroundings and finding storage solutions elsewhere will keep your home streamlined.’

easily done with a fresh mind, so limit the job to a couple of hours before taking a break. When sorting, be ruthless: don’t stop to flick through books and magazines or reminisce over memorabilia. Watch out for those unhelpful thoughts that make you hang onto stuff. ‘I might need it one day; it was expensive; it might be important’ are just excuses for keeping broken, outdated, useless or ugly items. It’s a sad fact that things do wear out, go out of date, or no longer suit the way you live.

Reuse remedy Making it happen Consider what’s holding you back from clearing out your home and visualise how tidy your home could be. Ask friends for advice, and copy what they do. ‘When a room becomes cluttered, the cause is more than just physical,’ says professional declutterer and author, Marie Kondo, in The Life-changing Magic of Tidying, (£10.99, Vermilion). ‘Try confronting your feeling of anxiety. The true goal should be to establish the lifestyle you want most once your house is in order.’ The results don’t have to be perfect – accepting ‘good enough’ as a goal will take the pressure off. Work in the way that suits you best. Do you prefer setting a strict deadline, tackling junk all at once, or using a little-andoften strategy, in which case, clearing a drawer or setting the kitchen timer for 10 minutes might be more of an incentive. Promise yourself and your family or helpers a trip out, a good meal or other treat once the job is done.

Get going Gather up bin bags, recycling bags and boxes and make a start. Decluttering comes down to decision making. Every item must be considered and judged, more

That mountain of mess will soon be turned into a manageable number of things ready for reprocessing. Before discarding items, consider whether they can be given a new lease of life. If you have a large quantity of goods or furniture, you may be able to arrange a collection by a charity such as the British Heart Foundation ( Companies such as Anyjunk (020 7819 9000, will pick up from you, sending most waste for recycling or reuse. To sell unwanted CDs, DVDs, games, books, phones and games consoles, try Music Magpie ( ‘Be wary of holding onto too much with the intention of selling it,’ says professional declutterer Kate Ibbotson of A Tidy Mind. ‘You don’t want it to still be there months or years down the line. Try posting your bargain on local Facebook selling groups or Gumtree, or use apps such as Shpock.’

A new design If you have time, give your streamlined home a new look. ‘To make a room feel less cluttered, paint your ceiling the same colour as the walls as it blurs the boundaries, creates infinity and will feel so much bigger,’ says Abigail Ahern, designer for Debenhams. >

With a drawer and two shelved sections, the Bethan Gray Newman sideboard in oak, £899 from John Lewis, is a great storage option

CLEAR THE GARAGE No room for the car? Professional declutterer Kate Ibbotson of A Tidy Mind ( puts everything in its place º Don’t try to sort this space on your own. You need help from friends, family or a professional. Find an expert at The Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers ( º It’s best to get the job done in a day, as you may need to use outside space as a sorting area. If possible, lay a tarpaulin outside, gather everything from the garage and place it there. º Use a stick to clear the cobwebs from the ceiling and give the garage a good sweep. º Throw away things that are broken, useless or out of date and load the car for a tip run. Most recycling centres can safely dispose of gas canisters, paint, metal, wood, rubble,

broken electrical items, batteries, white goods and light bulbs – but check yours before setting off. If you have petrol or hazardous waste, ask your local council for advice. º Categorise similar items together. If there are duplicates, can you declutter down to one? º Bag up unwanted items in good condition for charity shop donations. British Heart Foundation will pick up some furniture including sofas and beds with fire safety labels. They also collect smaller items, including electricals. Some recycling centres have reuse sections, or consider animal shelters or homeless refuges. º For storage, use labelled boxes and fill the wall space with shelving. Try Big Dug (0800 088 6300; A peg wall is useful to hang tools; try Trade Counter Direct (01803 666630;

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Living spaces ‘When planning a family living room, think about all the different activities that will take place in it,’ says Clotilde Passalacqua, Interior Design Leader at Ikea. ‘Ample storage is central to a well-functioning family room so that toys and other items can be hidden away.’ Boxing out wall alcoves with cupboards, adding shallow shelves and handleless doors will streamline the effect. In open-plan spaces, low furniture such as a sideboard or tall open room-divider shelving can help to arrange a large area into distinct zones. ‘Large display cabinets are great,’ says Claire Hornby from Barker & Stonehouse. ‘Reserve the lower levels for bigger, bulkier items and keep shelves in the line of sight for decorative objects and ornaments.’

Kitchen transformers Once you’ve freed up cupboards from unused appliances and unwanted china and glassware, organise the remaining contents. ‘If you’re not using cupboard shelves to their full height, add shelves between, or use Ikea’s Variera inserts in drawers so that you can store more products,’ says Clotilde. ‘Store food and spices in transparent boxes and jars, so it’s easy to see what you’re running low on.’ For quick fixes, consider a hanging rail by the hob for

utensils, extra hooks or shelves within cupboards and adjustable drawer dividers.

Blissful bedroom A calm, uncluttered bedroom is the ideal place to relax and de-stress. Though a fitted wardrobe is the ultimate solution for efficiently storing clothes, shoes and even sports equipment or spare bedlinen, some freestanding wardrobes also have flexible interiors. ‘For additional storage space, choose extra tall wardrobes with pull-down hanging rails, leaving you with plenty of room for racks for shoes, ties, and belts,’ says Simon. Sliding wardrobe doors are a great space saver for small rooms, and it’s useful to add a shallow storage box on castors beneath the bed and hooks or a rail on the back of a door.

Create a sleek contemporary look with the Royo Street unit with basin, £495, Frontline

Bathroom blitz Often the smallest room, the bathroom can still be a clear, organised zone. ‘A compact vanity unit will provide plenty of storage space to keep the area clutter-free,’ says Helen Shaw from Roper Rhodes. ‘Wall-mounted options free up valuable floor space, and can be teamed with a wall-hung WC to instantly create the illusion of a larger space.’ Fit a wall-mounted towel rail and fix rails or hooks to take smaller items. An under-basin storage unit can sit around an existing pedestal to hold bottles and supplies.

Clear the hall If it’s always the place for pile ups, the hall needs welcoming coat pegs at high and low levels, and a long, slim unit including shelves or basket storage, with space on top for decorative items. A shoe rack, just 30cm deep (try Ikea), is the answer for outdoor shoes and trainers.

CREATING A STORAGE WALL Clotilde Passalacqua from Ikea loves storing things beautifully… º In a small space, filling the wall from floor to ceiling and corner to corner maximises storage and avoids the room feeling too busy and disorganised. In a large space, it’s more about personal preference. º Having three quarters of my storage in cupboards gives me peace of mind as all clutter can be hidden. With modular furniture you can refresh a living room by adding or removing doors and shelves, or including glass doors instead. º The general rule is to have the TV positioned at eye level when you’re sitting on the sofa. Keeping media equipment symmetrical is more aesthetically pleasing,



but only keep what you regularly use. Buy the Rabalder cable tidy, £4.50 or the Fixa 114-piece cable management set, £3.50, both from Ikea, to reduce cable clutter. º Place spotlights at the centre of unit compartments to highlight photos or vases. If including strip lighting, unless the display cabinet has a lip at the shelf front, place the strip as far back as possible, keeping it out of sight. º At Ikea, we recommend attaching all furniture to the wall. You can place as much load as you like on the shelf as long as this doesn’t go above the maximum weight stated on the unit. It will look nicer, though, with larger items at the bottom and lighter, more decorative pieces towards the top.


It’s also often worth investing in more stylish storage, but before you splash out, think about you really need. ‘We’re always expanding our wardrobes or collecting more objects, or even just paperwork,’ says Simon Tcherniak, senior furniture designer at Neville Johnson. ‘Incorporating extra space into your storage plan is essential to allow for growth.’


These mix and match units can be put together in a variety of ways. Units from £699 for W84cm, West Elm Industrial Modular furniture, John Lewis

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Make the most of your space with these clever buys

The light wood wardrobe from the Morten collection, a Nordic-influenced furniture range designed to offer understated style to busy city dwellers, sits beautifully with other Scandi-inspired homewares. Wardrobe, £899; three-drawer chest, £699; both Heal’s



WARDROBE ESSENTIALS º Before you buy, have a good clear out of your current wardrobe and only keep things that you’ve worn in the last year or so. You’ll be left with a capsule collection that will be easier to manage. º Look at the internal fittings as well as the exterior style and finish. Do you want a single or double hanging rail? What about added extras such as belt and tie rails, accessory drawers, shoe boxes and lighting? º A floor-to-ceiling design will allow you to store last season’s clothes and spare bedding in the top sections.




1 Farmhouse chic The Knickerbocker wardrobe from Loaf has a lighter look and is made from solid reclaimed fir recovered from

old buildings, which is ideal if you want to make a more ecofriendly purchase. Priced £995, it has a slightly scuffed vintage finish in off-white and comes with two drawers 2 Simple and sophisticated The painted woodgrain finish on the Origin Shaker wardrobe design from Kindred would suit both classic and contemporary bedrooms. In a Porcelain finish as pictured, prices start at £2,500 for two double wardrobes and a matching chest 3 Elegant finish With a handy drawer at the bottom for hats, scarves, gloves and other smaller bits and pieces, the double West Coast wardrobe, £1,219 from Willis & Gambier, is a great space saver

When it comes to choosing wooden furniture, look for reclaimed timber, a scuffed finish or white-painted styles to update your scheme

TOP DRAWERS º Consider how many drawers you really need and whether you’d prefer deep ones or narrow. Find out if the furniture is self-assembly or ready-built, as this may influence your decision. º Check the quality of the runners and handles – difficult when buying online, but the smallprint should say what materials they’re made from. º Solid wood may cost more, but is often worth the investment as it will last longer. º Rather than throwing out an old chest, why not upcycle it with a stain, varnish or paint and use it in another room, such as the bathroom?







1 Decorative detail Be on trend with dark mango wood, Junipa Iris, £850, House of Fraser 2 Rustic edge

In natural timber, the Norway, £385.80, Element One House, makes a feature of different drawer handles 3 Classic option A solid oak design, the Bevel, £549, Oak Furnitureland, will complement all types of decor 4 Silver sparkle Atkin &Thyme’s Phoenix, £499, has a metal-clad front 5 Linear look For a glamorous touch, the Silas, £329, Made, comes in a brown toughened glass finish 6 Flexible choice The Lund Highboard, £749, Barker & Stonehouse, has sliding doors and open shelving

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FLEXIBLE CLOTHES RAILS º Rather than splashing out on a wardrobe for the guest bedroom, you could opt for a flexible clothes rail instead. º As the guest room is often also a home office, box room or general junk room, it’s important to have something that’s easy to move around and your guests will only need a few hangers anyway. º Wooden designs are durable and hardwearing and can also be used in the main bedroom or a teenager’s space. Metal styles tend to be cheaper and make a great temporary measure if extra storage is needed.




1 DIY design AmazonBasics has a great choice of budget buys, perfect for temporary or flexible storage. This Double Rod freestanding closet, for example, costs just £36.99 2 Hang around The Brunel hanging rail, £299 at Heal’s, is inspired by original 1950s designs and is ideal for a guest bedroom. Made from solid American oak with a powder-coated steel frame, it’s assembled on site by the delivery team 3 Tailor made Create as much clothing and shoe storage as you need with the selection of String shelving in walnut with white wall and floor panels. Prices start from £42 at Skandium

Make the clothes rail look smart with wooden hangers and boxes for guests’ scarves, hats and gloves



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1 Retro feel Choose a white gloss lacquer design to help reflect light around the room. Malone chest, £349, Dwell 2 Ship shape Part of the urban living upcycled collection from Alexander & Pearl, the Brooklyn Finest Industrial Tall Cupboard, £878, is made from reclaimed boat timbers, so each one is unique 3 Take five This Wembury chest, £129.99, The Range, will slot easily into a small space 4 Ecofriendly The Hoxton Apothecary tallboy, £389.99, Harley & Lola, is made from reclaimed timber, black metal, used bicycle parts and industrial-style handles


º A tallboy is a tall, narrow chest of drawers and works well in a guest room, as it offers enough space for visitors’ clothes and accessories without taking up much space. º Mirrored or gloss lacquered finishes help bounce light around the room, making the space feel larger and lighter. º Dark or colourful painted styles can create a focal point and bring a sense of fun or a dramatic element into the room. º Handleless drawers offer a seamless finish, which adds to the feeling of space.


ADAPTABLE BEDS  º Sofa beds are the perfect solution for overnight guests. A double is obviously more versatile, while a single or daybed will take up less space. º Consider the fabric and colourway and whether you will need removable, washable covers or a stain-resistant protection applied before delivery. º If possible, try both the seated and sleeping option. Ask to open up the bed to see how easy it is, how sturdy the mechanism is and how comfortable the mattress. º A design with integral storage for pillows is practical.




1 Corner design Use otherwise wasted space with a clever corner sofa bed, such as the seven-seater Cleverton design (W245cm x 2; D89 x H97cm) in House Linen Argent, priced £2,445 from Willow & Hall 2 Pretty package Perch & Parrow’s Lolly

two-seater sofa bed (W155 x D92 x H92cm) has a wooden frame and webbed foam back and costs £999 in Grace Kelly cotton 3 Box clever This is a fantastic space saver that’s perfect for a guest bedroom or home office.’s Henry is a bed

in a box (W107 x D74 x H42cm), which folds into a stylish ottoman when not in use. In Teal pure Belgian linen, it costs £840

Take note of the whole length of a sofa bed once it’s fully opened, to make sure there’s enough floor space in front

HOT DESKING º A compact desk/dressing table can work in a kitchen as well as a small study or home office. º Look for styles with lift-up lids or built-in drawers for added value. Avoid materials that can be easily scratched and select something sturdy. º Invest in a comfortable, supportive chair or stool to slide underneath. Most ranges will offer a matching seat but if not, take note of the height of the desk/table and choose a chair to suit.





1 Thin edge Go for something sleek and streamlined to enhance a feeling of space. Scout desk, £295, Habitat 2 Matching set The Antoinette mirrored console dressing table, £299.99 from My Furniture, has a distinctive curved front and handcrafted mirrored panels inlaid into an antique-pewter-effect wooden frame. It’s part of a full bedroom collection for a co-ordinated look 3 Colour contrast Made from birch plywood with colourful laminate legs, the Small Switch table by Belgian design brand Rform, £370 from Noxu Home, has a water-repellent finish 4 Classic character Blending mid-century design with rustic style, the Carpenter desk, £525, Sweetpea & Willow, comes with a large drawer

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MULTI-MEDIA MODELS º A dedicated unit will keep all your entertainment equipment in one place. Think about everything that needs a home – TV, set-top boxes, DVD player, music systems and games consoles, as well as the games, DVDs, CDs and remote controls themselves. º Do you prefer closed-door storage or open shelving and cubby-hole designs? º Wider units take up more floor space, while tall cabinets free up the floor area. º A made-to-measure piece can make the most of space and create the perfect combination for your needs.




1 Space saver West Elm’s ladder shelf media console, £499, is designed with smaller areas in mind. It also includes a cabinet with sliding door and adjustable shelf 2 Open ended Combine your TV cabinet with extra storage for set-top boxes, games consoles and

family admin with the Tomnas storage unit from Ikea, which costs £155 and comes in a white finish to complement all colour schemes 3 Industrial chic Made from sustainable mango hardwood with contrasting panels and a mix of iron, bone and cut-glass handles, the Milligan Retro media unit, £379, Atkin & Thyme, includes space for DVDs, remote controls and gaming accessories

Keep cables and leads tidied away with a unit that includes cable holes at the back


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1 Simply does it Habitat’s autumn/winter collection includes furniture such as the Bonnie table, £80, stripped back to the bare necessities 2 Shapely selection Separate this smart piece to form two

low tables, or combine for an adaptable occasional table with storage. Embrace coffee table, £275, Noxu Home 3 All round Get two layers of storage with the Cottage, £199 from Kaleidoscope, in fir wood veneer with frame and borders in matt black steel 4 Nesting instinct Save space with the Lunar nest of two tables (one shown), £185 from Puji, with wooden tops and a white metal base for a fresh, modern look


º Coffee and side tables are not only practical but can also help to balance a room, create zones and make the space feel more cosy and welcoming. º Measure the floor area, taking into account other furniture and any rugs and think about the height of the table and surrounding items. º If your space is limited, a nest of tables is an ideal solution, as you can stack them at the side of the room when not in use. º Look for added storage such as shelves beneath the tabletop or drawers on either side of the table.


CLEVER SHELVING º Bookcases can be used for book collections as well as displaying family photos, ceramics, glassware and other treasured bits and pieces. º Some designs make great room dividers – perfect for open-plan living. Always ensure the furniture is fixed appropriately according to manufacturer’s instructions. º Fitted designs will complement your space and can be made to measure to suit alcoves, awkward nooks and crannies and even unused space, such as the area above and around a door frame.




1 See through Create zones in an open-plan living/dining area with an open shelving unit, which can be used as a bookcase or to display ceramics and collectables. Elmari Tall Shelving from Content by Terence Conran costs £549 at Furniture Village 2 Low level Bookcases don’t have to be tall; a low design will take up less space visually, so is ideal for a smaller room. The Industrie low bookcase, £297 from Element One House, is made from reclaimed wood and steel 3 Wire work For an industrial effect, choose a freestanding mesh grey shelving unit, with an open style that’s ideal for organising your items. The Portobello, £350, Garden Trading

Consider the space between shelves to make sure there’s room for all sizes of your books or collectables

SUPER SIDEBOARDS º Useful and stylish, sideboards are great for holding everything from books, CDs and paperwork to board games, dinnerware, glasses and cutlery. º Think about open or closed storage, sliding doors, cupboards, drawers and dividers. A simple design is ideal for modern living, while an intricate finish will work well in traditional settings. º Check room measurements carefully, as well as door openings and any access issues, before you order. º Painted designs can be another way to add a splash of colour to a neutral scheme.





1 Lasting appeal It’s worth spending more on a wow-factor piece that can be treasured and handed

down to the next generation. Jonathan Adler’s Antibes console, £2,450, has a mid-century-modern design 2 Vintage vibe Loaf’s new Chockablock console, £345, makes a handy sideboard with drawers and shelves that can be arranged as you like 3 Textural thinking For a smaller area, look for a medium-width sideboard. The Wave in limed oak, £1,445 from Content by Terence Conran, will add a designer look 4 Très chic Crafted from rubberwood with carved block detail in a dark blue painted finish, the Bourbon Vintage sideboard, £379 from Made, is inspired by French style

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CENTRAL ATTRACTION º Island units make wonderful multifunctional areas. As well as providing extra worktop space for prepping food, they can also incorporate built-in appliances such as a hob, downdraft extractor or wine cooler, plus drawers, cupboards and open niches for easy access. º To turn your island into a breakfast bar, simply add a couple of high stools. If your worktop has an overhang, you can tuck them underneath after use. Check the height of the island before you buy the stools to make sure they’re not too high to sit comfortably.




1 Farmhouse feel Bar stools slot neatly below the worktop in this practical island. Style 4 from Alchemy features the Cornell door range and is perfect for a timeless look in a graphite painted finish. Kitchens cost from £10,000 2 Light touch A subtle grey design will suit

both classic and contemporary styles. Devol’s Real Shaker kitchen starts at £12,000 and can include islands with storage, integrated appliances and surface space for eating and prepping food 3 Slim fit British Standard furniture is handmade in England and comes primed and fully assembled. Available to buy online, a single floor cupboard is £465

Make sure there’s enough room around the island to open cupboards and appliance doors; around 900mm minimum should be fine





1 On display Look at other furniture ranges, not just for kitchens, for something a little different.

The Clarendon display cabinet from M&S, for instance, is designed for the living/dining area but would make a great larder space too. It costs £1,199 2 Urban edge Bring an industrial look to the kitchen by using this mesh cupboard, £825 from Vincent & Barn, as a larder cabinet. It’s hardwearing and has three shelves and two lockable doors 3 Smart storage Made from oak with woven panels, the Newbury larder, £749 from Made, features multiple drawers and shelves as well as a wine rack


º A modern take on the traditional pantry, larder units are a great way of keeping all your dried food in one easy-to-access place. Look for extras such as spice racks on the inside of the door, wine racks and adjustable shelving for added flexibility. º Freestanding designs can be slotted in position where needed and taken with you if you move, whereas fitted styles can be incorporated as part of a complete kitchen design and will make the most of space. º Some come with plug points and USB ports inside, perfect for small appliances and charging mobiles.


WOW WALL CABINETS º Choose taller options if you have high ceilings, and store less frequently used items at the top of the cabinet. º Ask your kitchen retailer about interior fittings. Blum has plenty of fixtures, fittings, pullouts, rails and organisers that can keep everything in its place. º Vary the height of the wall cabinets to create interest visually, and think about adjustable shelving inside for a more flexible approach. º Mix and match by using different colours or finishes from the same kitchen range to create a really personal touch.




1 Nautical effect Choose a variety of cabinet sizes to make the most of the space. In this Metz White and Ocean design from Caple, a mix of standard wall units, long, linear styles and floating base cabinets creates flexible storage. Prices start at £8,172 2 Modern choice

When you need lots of wall cabinets, go for a handleless design to keep the look streamlined. Biography’s Style 6 features Parker, from £10,000, in 27 colours including Dove Grey and White 3 Going up A tall cabinet can incorporate plenty of pullouts for dried food, tins, packets and bottles. The Melia design in Graphite Gloss and Matt White from the Mobalpa’s iPractis range costs from £8,000

If the kitchen would feel too closed in with wall cabinets, opt for open shelving instead


º The main appeal of mobile trolleys is that they can be wheeled into position when needed, but they also work as islands and room dividers for an open-plan space. Even lighter designs without wheels aren’t too tricky to move around. º Look for shelf space, pullouts, rails and racks, as well as plenty of surface area for food preparation. º A painted wooden finish is ideal for a classic feel, while metal versions suit more contemporary spaces. º Consider open shelves and pegboards to free up worktop space and for keeping utensils and essentials close to hand.




1 Make it personal Pib’s metal potting shelf table, £439, can be used in the kitchen to store crockery,

cutlery and cookery books. It can also be customised by adding an inscription on the black upper panel with chalk or white felt 2 Easy mover A butcher’s block on wheels is easy to shift around, freeing up space when needed. The New England trolley from T&G Woodware, £810 fully assembled, features an acacia wood top 3 On board The Chef’s Edition pegboard, £180 from Kreis Design, has all the accessories you need to get organised – eight pegs, knife rack, utensil rack, condiment tray and shelf 4 Natural thinking Eddingtons’ Lambourn trolley in solid beech costs £729.99 from Lakeland

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º Fitted designs can be made to measure and are ideal for awkward nooks and crannies as well as loft conversions, period properties with uneven walls and rooms with sloping ceilings. º Off-the-peg fitted furniture is available in a range of sizes and many collections include slim-depth and narrow versions of standard designs, perfect for a limited space. º A high-gloss finish will help to keep the room airy, bouncing light around the space, while darker tones can absorb light and make the area feel more cosy.

1 Insider info A wall-hung vanity unit saves space as it can accommodate handy storage below. Catalano’s Newlight basin 80, from £235; two-drawer unit, from £524 2 Match up Roca’s Inspira range includes basin units with deep double drawers and matching cabinets,

perfect for making the most of vertical space. Inspira 1000 basin unit in a City Oak finish, £808.50; column unit, £945; basin, £409.50 3 Luxe look Add subtle colour with the latest range from Utopia Bathrooms, which includes this striking Lustre modular collection in Sea

Green glass with copper accents. From £625 for the WC unit, £795 for the tall storage unit and £1,095 for the single-drawer vanity with basin

Keep an eye on medicines and check use-by dates, restocking anything that’s past its best. Store out of children’s reach, ideally in a lockable cabinet

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1 Tight fit Make use of otherwise wasted space with the MC105 Liberty stainless-steel tall corner mirror cabinet, £146.99 from 2 Light fantastic Madison is a new illuminated cabinet, £350

from Croydex, with a double-sided mirrored door and LED lighting bar, shaver socket and two glass shelves 3 Safe and sound Keep medicine locked away with the First Aid wall cabinet, £52.50 at The Farthing 4 In a spin Made from solid American oak, Wireworks’ Domain Revolve cabinet, £345 from Black by Design, has no door – simply turn the cabinet around to reveal five glass shelves


the basin and come in single, double or triple sizes – avoid a top-heavy look by choosing a width to match the basin below. º Added features include integrated LED lighting, sensor lighting, demister pads and shaver sockets. Some of the top-end designs also include Bluetooth for music. º Make sure the space between the shelving inside will suit your needs – adjustable models are more flexible. º Look for something classic for a traditional scheme or a modern, fun style for a contemporary bathroom.


FLEXIBLY MODULAR º Freestanding pieces are more versatile, as they can be moved into different positions and taken with you if you move. Some designs will be unmovable if they need to be plumbed in, so take time to consider where you want a basin unit to be positioned as once it’s in, it would be costly to move. º Cabinets on legs can help create a feeling of space in a small area. Wooden styles are sturdy and classic, with natural timbers or a painted finish. Gloss and lacquer are more modern and are ideal for a contemporary space.




1 Farmhouse feel For a country look, the freestanding Bastide washstand, £2,580 at Fired Earth, comes with a lavastone top. The Bastide linen cabinet costs £1,625 2 Pure and simple Vitra’s Scandi-inspired Sento collection is designed to suit smaller bathroom spaces. It has rounded profiles, LED sensor lighting and soft-close drawers, prices start from £450 for the washbasin unit 3 Co-ordinated collection

Knightsbridge is a classic range from Mereway, which includes a freestanding tall slim unit with open and closed-door storage and a vanity unit, useful for concealing pipework and plumbing, along with matching mirror and WC unit. The set shown would cost £1,607

A dual towel warmer runs off the central heating but can also be operated electrically, so you can still use it for warming towels in summer



º Towel warmers allow you to make a statement and bring a sense of fun into the bathroom. High-grade mild steel is hardwearing, rust- and corrosion-resistant. º If the towel warmer is also to be used as the main heat source, work out the BTU (British Thermal Unit) of the room to see which heat output you need. Castrads has a handy online calculator on its website ( º Bleed the radiator regularly, especially if it feels cooler at the top than at the bottom, as this indicates that there’s an air lock inside.

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1 Monochrome mood Choose a black towel radiator to contrast with a simple white suite. The

Crosswater Svelte towel warmer, £545, is made from high-grade mild steel with a matt black finish 2 S-shaped Anglia, £464 from Aestus, is a geometric towel warmer with an S-like profile and 50mm square tubing, offering ample hanging space 3 Two for one Castrads’ Vivien 11 towel

radiator, £422, is a traditional radiator and towel warmer in one – perfect for a classic decor FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY ON PAGE 138

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Inspirational ideas for an uncluttered scheme, whatever your style

SIMPLY STUNNING Streamlined designs for a sleek effect Colour block OSmooth lines on Ercol’s Rimini furniture collection give this bedroom a contemporary minimal look. There’s masses of storage inside the four-drawer, low-level wide chest, £795; the matching double bed costs £895 OColour blocking makes for a lively scheme – match accessories to an abstract rug, such as the Astoria, £299 from Made OBring warmth to the bed with the lookalike Relaxed Country Florence throw in Coral, £25, John Lewis



Light and white OA super-smart floor-to-ceiling solution for media storage is a bespoke design such as the Sudbury Concept, from £3,000, Neville Johnson OPaint floorboards white to extend the feeling of space OA curvy armed sofa softens the look of the room. The Loft sofa in Suma Silver Hox Col 7, £645 at Furniture Village, is similar OPale green walls are a great backdrop for objects on display. Try Soft Lime emulsion, £14.50 for 2.5L, Crown

Naturally pared-back OScandi style is perfect for an uncluttered hallway. This Skagerak Nomad rail in oak, £279, Cloudberry Living, will hold the dog lead, scarves and keys. Add shelves, £42 each, to make it even more practical OBring in the Skagerak Cobbler stool in oak, £269, Cloudberry Living, to perch on while changing shoes OOblong floor tiles emphasise the length of a corridor. Fired Earth’s Giotto tiles, £79.86 a sq metre, would create the look

In the round OA curved island unit will bring your kitchen right up to date, creating a softer feel in what can be an area of hard edges. Combining blue and white doors creates an individual look and breaks up the bank of units. Curved Tomas Kitchen Living kitchen, from £25,000 OA dark wood worktop adds classic style and is echoed in the plinths and handles OTo bring in more light, consider installing a skylight in the work area of the kitchen

Understated style OTake away all the clutter, and the emphasis moves to the walls. Shown here is the delicate pattern of Cow Parsley wallpaper in Off White and Lavender Grey, 95/9049, by Cole & Son, £76 a roll from Designer Wallpapers OAn Esta cloakroom basin unit in Gloss Light Grey, £272, with basin, £133.50, from Roper Rhodes, provides maximum storage with the least fuss OGo for a minimal look with a wall-hung loo and wall-mounted soap dispenser

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Neutral mix OBehind glazed doors, an assortment of books and favourite objects looks neat and stays dust free. Billy/Oxberg bookcase, £190, Ikea OSmooth wooden floorboards with a washed effect enhance the feeling of space OFor contrast, add a nest of two Stockholm tables in walnut veneer, £160, Ikea OLiven up the Nockeby Tallmyra two-seater sofa, £475, with a leafy Syssan white/beige cushion in cotton velvet, £12, Ikea

Beautifully homespun OThe country style of this English Oak Box Settle, £995, Titchmarsh & Goodwin, is the perfect hallway fit, and the seat lifts to reveal valuable storage OCreate a cosy, rustic look by painting panelling in a warm shade of taupe; Paint & Paper Library’s huge selection of neutrals includes the similar Thames Mud, £65.50 for 2.5L of architects’ eggshell OAdd a flash of colour; John Lewis’s plain velvet cushion in Hibiscus, £25, is similar

Delicate tones OThis built-in dressing table set alongside classic ivory wardrobes brings a touch of classic elegance to the bedroom. Artisan furniture in Blush and Belvedere, from £5,000, John Lewis of Hungerford OFor luxurious softness, try the similar Merino Cashmere Blend throw in Softest Pink Herringbone, £114, The Wool Company OThe Tulips print by Robert John Thornton, with distressed gold-leaf frame, £63 from King & McGaw copies the look

New Victoriana OIn a small bathroom, a basin on a chrome stand keeps the space looking light and airy and allows room for towels to dry. Victorian Plumbing’s similar Burlington comes in various sizes from £368.90 OKeep toiletries hidden in a storage tower with pullout drawers, £40, Matalan, and add a simple wall shelf above it for display ODiamante tiles, £48.25 a sq metre, Topps Tiles, can be laid in similar herringbone pattern



TIMELESS CHIC Clever solutions designed to last Silver tones OA country dresser wins hands down for displaying favourite china and hiding away kitchen and dining accessories. Large St Ives dresser in natural oak and light grey painted finish, £699, Oakfurnitureland OUse shades of blue and grey to create a feature ombré effect on the wall. Silent Steel and Sapphire Springs 3, paint mixing matt, £25.72 for 2.5L, Dulux, would get the look OPick the St Ives dining set, £799, Oakfurnitureland, for its striking chairs with a cross-back design

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BOLD MOVES Create wow factor with eyecatching features California retro OHave some fun with a Palm Springs-inspired scheme OOpen shelving shows off a striking display of favourite artwork, books and ceramics. Soren wide three-shelf unit, £599; Soren narrow five-shelf unit, £429; both John Lewis OThe beech uprights of the shelving are echoed by the defined legs and arms of a vintage-style Hendrick chair, £499, along with a Soren coffee table, £199, and side table, £150. All John Lewis




Luxe finish OFloor-to-ceiling wardrobes maximise storage in the bedroom. This bespoke fitted design with spaceenhancing mirrored sliding doors costs from £800 a linear metre, Cococucine OPaint walls in a soft grey for a soothing look OHang curtains in minimalist style from a ceiling track. Try John Lewis for a Aluminium Slim Top Fixing track, £11, suitable for hanging sheers or a voile panel

Creative crates OA rustic console with moveable drawers and shelves means you can put together your own bespoke storage O Display what you love and hide the messy bits, and if you run out of space, add another unit! Chockablock console table, from £345, Loaf OPlace a favourite artwork above it for an individual touch O Choose flexible lighting so you can direct light where needed. The Anglepoise Type75 mini desk lamp, £115 at John Lewis, is similar

Bright accent OLine up freestanding shelving to deal with books and CDs in these USM modular units with striking yellow lacquer doors and contemporary chrome frames, £2,688, Aram OFor warmth underfoot, add a long-pile rug, such as the Twilight Chalk rug, £215, The Rugs Warehouse OGiant Metal Hollywood Lights, £325 each, The Letteroom, would be equally effective

Take two ODesigned by Sebastian Conran, this isn’t just a stylish bench but ideal storage for shoes, scarves and gloves, somewhere to put your bag and to put on your shoes – and it doesn’t take up too much space. Ashwood shoe bench, £150, Store OBe adventurous with a low-level metallic pendant lamp. The Levi 1 light pendant, £122.99 from Wayfair, is similar


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Stylish containers to take care of your favourite things

Squaring up Customising an oak veneer modular unit with shelves, drawers and oak or painted doors puts you in charge of what stays on show. Oxford cube unit, £277; felt box, £35; both House by John Lewis.







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Deal with bedroom clutter in plastic boxes for anything from holiday clothes to spare bedding. Box with snap-down handles, in five sizes, from 5L (H15 x W20cm), £5.95, to 60L (H37 x W40cm), £21.95, The Holding Company. 2 Welcome weave Add a strong look to your scheme with these synthetic felt bags that can be toted around by their leather-look handles. Chevron bags, £60 for three, Cox & Cox. 3 Signature design Complete with a ceramic lid, the Orla Kiely Elephant jar (H13.5cm), £27.98, Cotswold Trading, will add a zing of colour to a kitchen dresser or worktop. 4 Statement zigzags The chevron design of these boxes will add a decided flair to open shelving. Made from paperloom and card with a fabric liner and faux leather handles,

Chevron boxes (H20.5cm and H18.5cm) are £19.95 for two, Very. 5 Room for two Stack up a few transparent boxes where the easy-access opening lets you grab a pair of shoes in a hurry. Drop Front shoe box, £11.99 for D31cm, and £13.99 for D36cm, Lakeland. 6 Well-handled Made from flexible rope, these baskets will do duty in a bedroom or living room. Rice DK Oval Rope baskets (H19cm and H22cm), £75 for two, Berry Red. 7 Cool customer Open wide to reveal an orange interior, then shut for a contrasting cool white look. Trunk in small (H17cm), £45, or large (H22cm), £55, Habitat. 8 Industrial feel Practical for a garage or utility room, this sturdy container is stylish enough to be on show. The metal basket (H28cm) with an MDF lid is £16, Sainsbury’s.

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SHELVING Every inch has been used and carefully thought out – cookbooks are stored neatly above the fridge-freezer


Remodelling the kitchen and extending into the garden has created a versatile space that’s flooded with light. Natasha Prime, 37, an A&E nurse, and husband Matthew, 39, a surgeon, moved into their fourbedroom, four-storey Edwardian terraced house in Hammersmith, west London, when daughter, Isla, now three, was a baby, and have since had Henry, one. Their plans for big changes were hatched while Natasha was on maternity leave 140

INTEGRATED APPLIANCE A large American fridge-freezer sits flush with the units, giving a sleek look

FLOORING They look like stone, but the pale grey tiles are actually hardwearing ceramic

LIGHTS The copper lights add a dazzling shine to the room and draw the eye

BEFORE ISLAND Painting the island in a different colour to the units makes it a focal point

ACTION PLAN DECIDE ON THE EXTENSION SIZE AND LAYOUT STOOLS Blue metal legs and oak seats match the freestanding furniture and ямБnishes


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WALL LIGHTS A row of lights on the wall behind the table continues the industrial theme

TABLE This simple oak table is a practical choice with small children yet smart enough for entertaining


‘Strong blue successfully defines and emphasises different areas, but is used just enough so that the space is light and open.’ What was wrong with the old kitchen?

It was far too small, dark and dated. A lean-to at one side looked as if it would have to be knocked down, and there was little natural light. We knew it would be a big project, so initially we just made some cosmetic changes and bought a couple of new appliances while we waited for the right moment to make more drastic changes. Describe the plan...

While I was at home on maternity leave with Henry, I had the chance to consider what we could do to improve things. The big plan was to extend out into the garden to create space for eating and relaxing, and sort out the lean-to once and for all. We really needed to introduce more light into the space and wanted to have a Shaker-style painted kitchen with an island. What did you do next?

unbearable to live through so we moved out for six months. I would really recommend this, although you do have to factor the cost of renting accommodation into your budget. How did the layout change?

Our table and chairs fitted perfectly in the newly revamped side return and we put a comfy sofa in the extended area close to the garden. This area is bathed in light and we can open the doors up fully when the weather allows. Our garden was re-landscaped and the patio stones were laid flush with the kitchen tiles, so there’s easy access when the bifold doors are open. Did everything go smoothly?

Yes, apart from the fact that a vertical steel support needed to be hidden, so the wall next to it had to be brought forward slightly to keep the kitchen cupboards in a straight line.

We enlisted the help of a company that could project manage the build and advise on the finer details. A friend recommended Run Projects, the team had some great ideas and the interior designer advised us about colour schemes, the layout and sourcing products.

Any space-saving ideas?

Were there any other benefits of having project management?

How did you pick the furniture?

There was an unexpected financial advantage as the existing side return wall, which was due to be demolished and re-built, was deemed structurally sound after inspection. We were able to keep it and save nearly £10,000 by just upgrading it with insulated plasterboard. You moved out of the house during the work…

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To avoid the kitchen door opening on cupboards, we fitted a pocket door. This slides behind a stud wall, which is now covered with kitchen units, giving a seamless finish. I was going to keep our original country-style table, but the more I looked at it, the more I realised it didn’t go with the new scheme. We were getting to the end of our budget, but fortunately our existing bench was plain enough to fit in, as were the folding chairs, so we chose a simple oak table with metal legs to give a contemporary finish. It’s now a room that will adapt with us over the years, but also has elements of colour and lots of our personality in it. OFor more info on Run Projects, visit



LARDER There is plenty of storage hidden neatly behind the larder door

THE NEW LAYOUT A simple galley arrangement is an efficient use of space and new folding doors at the end provide a smart focal point


Vassad ash veneer dining table, £100, Ikea

Bothy silver handle, £6.99, Dowsing & Reynolds



Charcoal Svalbard wooden bar stool, £79, Rockett St George

Units ........................ £17,000 Worktops......................£3,000 Appliances ................. £2,300 Furniture .................... £1,883 Lights ............................ £352 Paint ...............................£87 Tiles ........................... £1,292 Total ....................... £25,619

SHOPPING LIST SHELVING A gap between units is a perfect spot for Natasha’s favourite china

Walls painted in Strong White Modern emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Floor tiles, Conproj White (60 x 60cm), £34 a sq metre, Run Projects. Cabinets in Putty with island in Lago, £17,000, The Shaker Kitchen Company. Worktop, 15mm surface in Lyra, £3,000, Silestone. Double oven, £900; gas hob, £300; both Neff. Integrated dishwasher, £300; double sink, £300; both Caple. Hot water tap, £500, Grohe. Libra copper lights over island, £125 each; blue bar stools, £89 each; all Fusion Living. Wall lights, £34 each, Ebay. Calia table, £799, John Lewis. Similar bench, Radius, £295, Habitat. Terje folding chairs, £11 each, Ikea. Grey sofa, £500, Made. Cushions made from fabric bought in Malawi. Similar cowskin rug, Zulu Cow HB FOR STORE DETAILS SEE WHERE TO BUY PAGE

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Take a closer look Porcelain works well on a kitchen floor where demands for performance are high

LASTING PATTERN The beauty of porcelain tiles lies in the many colours, patterns and styles available – all made possible because of high-definition digital ink printing. Colours don’t fade, and distinct pattern details and designs mean they often look like real wood or stone.

SHOW OF STRENGTH Porcelain tiles are made from a more refined and purified clay than ceramic tiles, and are fired at higher temperatures to produce a denser, harder tile that’s longlasting and less porous. As they absorb very little water, they’re ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. The non-porous surface is also stain resistant and can withstand freezing temperatures, so tiles can be used outside – perfect for achieving a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. As the surface is so durable, it’s less likely to scratch or chip so suits households with children and pets, as well as high-traffic areas, such as hallways.


DESIGN CREDENTIALS The top surface of glazed porcelain tiles is coated with a design or colour with a gloss, matt or textured finish that’s impervious to staining and water. When unglazed, the colour and pattern penetrates the entire tile. This is a good option where there’s heavy footfall, as scuffs or a chip are less noticeable. It can also be left natural, textured for slip-resistance,

or polished with abrasive heads for a shiny finish.

NEAT FIT Make sure the tiles are appropriate for their use. The Porcelain Enamel Institute (PEI) rating identifies tile suitability in the home, ranging from PEI 0 for wall tiles to PEI 5 for heavy traffic. Walls need to be sound enough to carry the load; if not, a tile-backer board should be fitted. Porcelain can be tiled directly onto screed or timber floors that have been braced with plywood. They’re good heat conductors, but antifracture matting should be put down before tiling is laid over underfloor heating.

Luna Grey chevron porcelain floor tiles (9.5 x 54cm), £90 a sq metre, Stone & Ceramic Warehouse

BEST PROTECTION Some porcelain tiles come pre-sealed. If not, applying a sealer when the tiles have been laid, before and after grouting, will give best protection. Use the correct sealant for the tile finish and re-seal every five years. Clean with warm water and a pH-neutral cleaner. Acidic spills like juice can break down the sealer so reapply after cleaning. OTurn to p174 for advice on laying floor tiles

THE DETAILS º Walls and Floors Online

º Stone & Ceramic

company with more than 1,600 porcelain tiles in over 200 different ranges and often discounted. 01536 314730; º Porcelain Superstore Lots of options for porcelain tiles that mimic natural stone or wood.

Warehouse Offers a good choice of large format porcelain tiles and slabs. 020 8993 5545; º Floors of Stone Classic porcelain floor tiles mainly in a matt finish and in subtle neutral tones. 01509 234000;

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A WELLFORMED PLAN When you’re designing a new kitchen, the way your units and appliances are arranged can have a huge impact not just on how the room looks but on how well it will work. Experts give their advice on four different shapes GALLEY STYLE This type of arrangement has units fitted along one or on two opposite walls (pictured right). Floor space between the units needs to be at least 1.2m so that there’s comfortable access to cupboards and drawers, and enough space to turn and get to appliances on the other side of the room. With units on both sides, the sink, cooker and fridge are best positioned conveniently close on either side, not directly opposite each other. On a single run, place the sink in the middle with the fridge and cooker on either side, leaving at least 1.2m between them if possible. ‘With careful planning a galley kitchen needn’t feel cramped,’ says Graeme Smith, senior designer at Second Nature Kitchens. ‘A tall larder, for instance, will hold a surprising amount of provisions. Use a mix of materials and finishes, and include either glazed wall units or open shelving so the room doesn’t feel hemmed in.’ Pros If well-planned this design can

be efficient and streamlined. Cons It can feel a bit like a corridor

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L-SHAPED SCHEME An L-shaped layout is an open arrangement with a table or island added if space allows, and it’s easy to retain the work triangle of sink, fridge and oven by spacing them out on both walls. Good lighting is important as natural light may not reach the whole room. Combining a section of tall cupboards with floor and wall units creates varied storage and breaks up the layout. Alternatively, use wall and base units on the longest wall only, then install base units only on the short wall. In a small kitchen, opt for a hob and built-in

oven as they will look sleeker than a cooker. ‘L-shaped kitchens offer optimum counter space but remember the three-point placement of the hob/oven, sink and fridge that allows you to successfully move between the three areas,’ says Rebecca Hughes of Rebecca Hughes Interiors. The appliances should be no less than 1.2m apart and no further than 2.7m. Pros It’s adaptable and spacious with the

possibility of adding a table or island. Cons A large kitchen could mean appliances are

far apart with a lot of walking between them.

This generous-sized L-shaped kitchen keeps the space feeling open and has enough room to add a table and chairs. The fridge-freezer straddles the cooking and eating zones, with the oven and hob on the long run of units and the sink on the short return looking out to the garden. The peninsula separates the kitchen from the sitting area, and has a small breakfast bar at the end for casual dining.

In this kitchen, two rooms were merged to create a long, galley style (left and above). As there are no wall units, the room feels wide, and quartz and wood surfaces are used to break up the space. At the end, a freestanding larder gives height and plenty of storage. Alongside it the impressive French doors seem to foreshorten the appearance of the room.

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U- SHAPED UNITS This layout is formed by lining three walls with cupboards or by adding a peninsula that brings the units around to create the shape. Don’t make this run too long, however, as you could feel cut off from the rest of the room. ‘Of all the possible layouts in a kitchen, the U-shape is potentially the most effective and ergonomic,’ says Graeme Smith, senior designer at Second Nature Kitchens. ‘The wraparound shape can make the most of a compact kitchen, but is equally effective if you have the luxury of more space. ‘If there’s enough room, add an island or a dining table and chairs within the U-shape, remembering that you’ll need at least 1.2m for easy access all around it.’ Pros You’re surrounded with units so appliances

are within easy reach and are more accessible. Cons The two corners need to be fitted with flexible

storage to be as useful and accessible as possible. 148

A peninsula forms the third side of this U-shaped kitchen layout (left and above). It creates extra storage and makes good use both of the area in front of the window and floor space that would otherwise be wasted, while leaving access to the wall of cupboards alongside it. The cooker, fridge and sink are within reach of each other to make meal preparation easier and efficient.

CENTRAL ISLAND An island looks impressive, and provides storage and extra space for food preparation and eating. As you’ll need at least 1.2 m between the island and units or wall, it’s unlikely to fit into a small kitchen. Islands start at around 1m square, but 1m by 2m is better, though it could fill a larger space provided it doesn’t obstruct movement between the main appliances. Appliances – such as a hob, wine cooler or small sink – can be fitted, while a worktop overhang of 30cm to 45cm will create a breakfast bar to use with stools. ‘Consider the height and design of your stools. Ones that tuck under your breakfast bar will give a streamlined look,’ says Melissa Klink of Harvey Jones. You will also need to think about directing the electricity and water supply to the centre of the room, which will add to the costs. Pros Can make good use of a large kitchen by offering

storage and convenient food-preparation areas. Cons Takes up a lot of space in small to middle-sized

rooms and may block access. HB 150

This kitchen (left and above) shows an island working at its best. In a new extension with a wall of windows, units are fitted on opposite sides and the space in the middle is filled with the island. It forms a link between the two runs of units, creating symmetry and a calm design. As well as containing cupboards, the island has a long breakfast bar, sink and bookshelves.




FLOOR SHOW Tiles provide a stylish backdrop to furniture and fittings so visit the experts at Topps Tiles to find hundreds of designs, advice and inspiration


beautiful tiled floor makes a room look smart, spacious and inviting. Laying one, though, is a big project, so it’s important to get every aspect of it right. With a large team of experts and fabulously wide range of designs, leading tile specialist Topps Tiles is ideally placed to help. It stocks shapes and patterns in every style you can think of, from rustic to contemporary. And with 370-plus stores across the UK, expert advice is never far away. Whether you’re thinking of natural limestone, woodeffect porcelain or a Victorian pattern, visit the Topps Tiles website for photographs, videos and a room visualiser, where you can try out different tiles, grouting and laying patterns. Get ready to experiment!


Silvabirch Tawny Shimmer porcelain tiles (15.31 x 91cm), £71.70 a sq metre, capture the beauty of silver-barked trees

Porcelain tiles not only look gorgeous but they’re easy to maintain too, so you’ll spend less time cleaning

Topps Tiles always offers excellent quality at fantastic prices, but until 19 December 2017, you can get an even better deal. It’s offering up to 50 per cent off a selection of wall and floor tiles, as well as WarmUp underfloor heating – worth thinking about now the colder months are here. To find out more, buy samples, place orders and find your nearest branch, visit Wall: Bistro Black porcelain tiles (21 x 18.2cm), £55.12 a sq metre. Floor: Stadia Shore porcelain tiles (90 x 90cm), £69.14 a sq metre


SHAKER UPDATE Contrasting cabinet colours, especially if you have an island, give this classic design a modern update, says Tori Summers from Benchmarx Kitchens & Joinery

º Choosing a dramatic dark shade for an island

Sherwood Charcoal and Bone White kitchen from £2,200 for an eight-unit arrangement, Benchmarx Kitchens & Joinery


unit and a neutral colour for the remaining cabinets makes the island the focal point of the room. º Mix different worktop materials. Wood gives warmth and definition to an island. º Use flooring to draw even more attention to an island by zoning the floor area around it with patterned tiles, keeping the rest of the room plain. º A curved corner pantry makes great use of an awkward space and you can tailor the shelving to meet your needs. º Wood-effect PVC doors give the look and feel of painted wood with the durability and hardwearing qualities of a synthetic material. º Add drama to a Shaker kitchen with pendants installed on a separate circuit, which can be controlled independently and move from bright task lighting to an atmospheric evening glow.


NOTEBOOK Best new trends, expert advice and timesaving innovations

A Cool Switch function enables Indesit’s new range of chest freezers to convert from freezer to fridge on demand so you can choose to store fresh or frozen food.


The remote-controlled Raffaello ceiling hood from Air Uno features a dimmable LED panel that’s powerful enough to illuminate the whole kitchen space. Priced from £1,234 for W1200mm, the highperformance appliance has an extraction rate of 766 m3/h and is available in a white or stainless-steel frame.

l More akin to a mini food processor this hand blender comes with attachments including a potato masher to cream potatoes and vegetables. It’s powerful with adjustable speed control and turbo boost. HBF02 hand blender, £119.95, Smeg

l An easy-to-grip handle,

variable speed controls and 800w motor make light work of chopping, puréeing, blitzing and whisking. This design comes in four pale shades and the attachments are dishwasher-safe. Fearne By Swan 3-in-1 stick blender, £59.99, Currys



l This comes with a storage stand and attachments to blend, whisk and chop. The blender has dual blades for extra cutting power and the jug and mini chopper have lids so you can store prepared foods easily. Crux All-in-one blender set, £129.99, Lakeland






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BED The bold lines of the four poster create a dramatic focal point


CONTRAST Dark wood, vibrant accents and modern designs have created a spacious bedroom and ensuite. Clare Haxby, 50, an artist, lives with her husband, Owen Wyrley-Birch, 52, a company director, and their children Teddy, 17, Scarlett, 15, and Alfie, seven, near Epsom in Surrey. Their home was once a manor house that was divided up into separate properties during the early 1900s. Since moving in a year ago, they’ve had it renovated throughout and had a wet room and dressing area incorporated into the main bedroom 154

FLOORING The dark varnished floorboards blend with the furniture



Wallpaper with a line-drawn design of houses in soft grey and white creates an understated feature


COLOUR SCHEME Highlights of mustard yellow add warmth to the otherwise monochrome room

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Travels in Asia inspired Clare’s dramatic artwork, which features colours used throughout the bedroom

Moroccan-style tiles make a fantastic decorative statement


‘This is a creative mix of imposing black furniture with subtle patterns from tiles and wallpaper, all livened up with bright yellow highlights.’ Tell us about your home

And the decor?

We bought this property after returning from living in Singapore and completely renovated it. As it had been empty for a while and the decor was very 1980s, every room needed attention. Our bedroom and ensuite took a good chunk of the budget, as we had to get some structural work done. However, as we had decided that this is going to be our forever home, we felt justified in treating ourselves to some luxury fittings.

It was really important to me to get the tiles right, and I’d decided that I definitely wanted to include pattern – I spent a long time looking at black, grey and cream options, rather than going for stark white. I also found traditional-style taps and searched out a shower fitting in a shape that I really loved.

How did the bedroom evolve?

While we were living in Singapore we bought our bed, cabinets and wardrobe, and had them shipped over to the UK when we moved back. This dark wood furniture was the starting point for the scheme. I wanted an elegant bedroom with an open-plan ensuite, all with the look of a luxury hotel. Behind the bed we went for a feature wall using Little Greene’s Hampstead wallpaper in a soft grey and white. The floors were sanded and varnished in a dark tone to complement the furniture and create a cosy feel. You made some big changes…

Yes, we put up a stud wall to divide the old bathroom and a raised floor was removed in part of the space that became a dressing area. Once we’d decided how to split the room, things began to take shape. We went for a single showstopper basin, which was a deciding factor in how big the wet room could be.

Was it a smooth process?

We planned carefully to ensure everything was done in the right order and had to work around the lead times for each element in the ensuite. The plumbing was done first in preparation for the sanitaryware to go in. Next, the bedroom floor was sanded and stained, and then the wardrobes were fitted. Following this the shower and basin fittings were installed, and, finally, the painting and wallpapering were done. What have you learned from this project?

That the details count. After going to great lengths to choose the right tiles, I wanted to ensure the grout was the perfect shade. Our builder made up boards with four shades of grey grout to help us pick the one that looked best. Any aspect that you’re particularly happy with?

The shutters – the pale grey colour finishes off the room beautifully. I also love the generous space of the shower and the way we’ve got a mixture of hidden and display storage. House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 157




As there’s no door between the bedroom and the ensuite shower room, the space has an open-plan feel

Plump cushions in different patterns and textures give a sumptuous feel



Bedroom Paint ............................. £180 Wallpaper.........................£192 Shutters ..................... £1,600 Total ......................... £1,972 Ensuite Wall tiles ....................... £700 Floor tiles ................... £1,100 Wet room panel ............£529 Basin.......................... £1,394 Basin taps ..................... £664 Shower ...................... £2,373 Heated towel rail ........ £1,478 Total ......................... £8,238



EASTERN STYLE The mirrorfronted wardrobe came from Singapore

Bedroom walls in Salt IV emulsion, £90 for 5L, Paint & Paper Library. Hampstead wallpaper in Cool Grey, £64 a roll, Little Greene. Floor stained in Ronseal Diamond Hard walnut floor varnish, £34.50 for 2.5L, Wood Finishes Direct. Faux wood shutters in Soft Grey, £1,600, Luxaflex. Victorian radiator, about £220, plus £175 for pressure testing and respray, Authentic Reclamation. Similar bed and side tables, Canton four poster, £1,175; tables, £255 each; all Lombok. Primrose Fitz chair, £369, Swoon Editions. Bedside lights, about £120 each, Taylor Design. Velvet throw, £225; matching cushions, £30 each; all Feather & Black. Similar bedlinen, Circles & Squares Silver duvet cover, £116, Planet Linen. Frangipani Called Me To The Temple, painting, from £4,000, by Clare Haxby. Ensuite Hexagon Mosaic unglazed wall tiles, £57.59 a sq metre, Waxman Ceramics. Romanesque floor tiles, £224.95 a sq metre, Original Style. La Chapelle console basin and legs, £1,394; Classic towel rail, £1,478; Mackintosh black lever basin mixer, £664; Godolphin black lever thermostatic mixing valve with riser kit, handset, lever and diverter with 8in rose, £2,373; bone-china mug and holder, £247; glass shelf with rail, £199; Classic wall light, £277; all Lefroy Brooks. Wet room panel, £529, Matki HB

Orion geometric tripod table lamp, £49, Cult Furniture

Tabor small pot, £36, Abode Living

Kirkby Design Arcade chenille cushion, £63, Sweetpea & Willow


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SHINE ON Updated in Yellow Ochre, the Margaret Howell Anglepoise Type 75 desk lamp has all the features of the 1970s design classic. Find it at for £140

VELVET TOUCH On a solid birch frame, the mid-century-style Lula cocktail chair, with plush yellow upholstery, creates a vibrant place to sit and relax. It’s £289 from Fern & Grey

TICK TOCK The minimalist design of Alessi’s Dotty clock, £70 from Black by Design, relies on its bold colour for impact. A simple face means it would suit any contemporary scheme


YELLOW TEXTURED FEEL Made from 100 per cent cotton, the Hygena yellow stripe cushion from Argos, £12.99, adds an element of texture with its tactile, woven-style front

Add a touch of sunshine to your November with designs in this happy colour

VALUE FLORALS Comprising two pillowcases and a duvet cover, the Yellow Floral bedlinen set from George Home starts at just £12 for a double. The reverse features a striped design



º Yellow can bring a feeling

MODERN COUNTRY Jacky Al-Samarraie’s Skipton Yellow digital print on canvas (H44 x W54cm) is a fresh take on a landscape, stylishly bordered with a black frame. It costs £55 from John Lewis

of optimism. Fresh primrose tones are especially lively and upbeat when teamed with white. Darker mustards will add warmth to a scheme. º When using accessories in yellow, combine different tones to create depth. º Unless you want to make a bold statement, use sparingly, as yellow is attention-grabbing and can be overwhelming.

ZESTY ACCESSORY West Elm’s super-soft Cosiest throw in Horseradish, £39, has fringed edges and a subtle ribbed pattern. Drape over the bed or an armchair for a colourful highlight


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EVERYDAY LUXE Transform your ensuite into a blissful spa with a large walk-in shower, says Eileen Slattery from Merlyn Showering. Thanks to modern production techniques, they’re suitable for most rooms. Here’s how to make the look work

º Advanced glasscutting techniques and a greater choice of shower enclosures make awkwardly shaped rooms with sloping walls and low ceilings easier to work around. º To ensure glass retains its sparkle, look for designs that offer an invisible, protective coating that acts as a barrier to water marks. º Flush-to-floor trays that match the floor colour give a seamless finish, creating a sense of space. º Enhance a pale scheme by adding a stronger colour for impact. Limit its use to one wall and coordinate the rest of the area with the bedroom. º Check your water system can cope before splashing out on a sophisticated showering system that includes different spray patterns, colour therapy and digital technology.

Series 8 Showerwall, £366; Truestone tray in white, £515; both Merlyn Showering



NOTEBOOK New ideas and expert advice to refresh the look of your room

When space is limited but you want a freestanding bath, Victoria & Albert’s Vetralla, £2,220, might work. At 150cm long rather than the standard 170cm, it’s compact but extra deep.



CURVE APPEAL For modern glamour, choose an unusual rounded tap. Crosswater’s minimalist Water Circle design, which has a restful waterfall effect, is soothing and sleek. It costs £409 for the monobloc basin tap (H121mm), pictured, above, in a chrome finish. A wall-mounted option is also available.

l As it’s available in 26 colours, matching this bold fitting to your scheme is easy. A heat output of 1146Btu provides plenty of heat for drying towels and there’s an electric-only option. Archibald (H1230 x W525 x D105mm), £847, Bisque

l Made from brass with a chrome mirror finish, this wall-mounted model has traditional crosshead valves and ball joints and a heat output of 270Btu. Hamlet towel warmer (H235 x W575 x D125mm), £604, VogueUK

l Slim enough to squeeze onto limited wall space beside bathroom cabinets, this tall, shapely black design has plenty of hanging space and a 2,583Btu heat output that’ll warm the room as well. Terma Swale (H1244 x W465 x D75mm), £200, B&Q


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NATURAL WINNER Creating this stunning house was an adventurous project, but it’s paid off with a warm and welcoming family home for the owners – and a top award for the builder WORDS AMANDA CABLE PHOTOGRAPHY BILL KINGSTON


The magniďŹ cent ďŹ ve-bedroom property is nestled among the hills in Carryduff, Northern Ireland

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A double-height hallway with a floating staircase creates a stunning entrance for Nuala’s breathtaking home


hen Nuala and Danny McConnell needed a builder to turn their dream home into a reality, there was no obvious reason to pick someone who, like them, had never built a house before. But Nuala says: ‘When we showed Gavin Dynes our plot of land, he had a look in his eye that we hadn’t seen from more experienced builders. We decided to take a chance – and it turned out to be the best decision we’ve ever made.’

Eleven months later, the result is a breathtaking five-bedroom, 6,300 sq ft family home that mixes traditional Donegal slate with walnut wood interiors and modern glass. Nestled in the rolling hills of Carryduff on the outskirts of Belfast, it has not only won New Build of the Year 2017 in the prestigious Federation of Master Builder Awards, but Gavin, 30, has also been crowned Builder of the Year. ‘Down to the last tile and smallest detail, Gavin repeatedly went the extra mile,’ says 166

‘Down to the last tile and smallest detail, Gavin repeatedly went the extra mile,’ SAYS NUALA a delighted Nuala, 50, who lives there with her accountant husband Danny, also 50, and children Joseph, 21, Patrick, 18, and Katie, 15. ‘The house was made with real love – and it shows.’ It was during the summer of 2014 that Nuala and Danny decided that they wanted a change from their four-storey terraced house in Belfast. ‘When an architect friend mentioned a plot of land just outside the capital and suggested a custom build, I replied “That isn’t my dream at all”,’ says Nuala. ‘But Danny and I went to see it and found ourselves standing in a field with beautiful views. Suddenly I could see myself living here.’ The land had planning permission for two dwellings, so the couple submitted new drawings for a single property complete with

garage. ‘One architect’s plans left us feeling uninspired,’ says Nuala. ‘Then, an architect friend, Ronan Downey, asked if he could try, so I showed him images of homes I liked. When Ronan unveiled his 3D plans, my dream home unfolded in front of my eyes and I couldn’t contain my excitement.’ Ronan’s design mixes traditional Donegal slate with wood and render, plus modern glass and steel panelling. Centrepieces include a floating walnut staircase to provide a stunning entrance and steps down into a huge open-plan kitchen and living space. A breathtaking slate fireplace is a focal point in the open-plan kitchen/living area, while floor-to-ceiling glass showcases the stunning views. The upstairs landing leads onto a glazed exterior balcony, and the house also has a utility room with separate laundry room, games room, cinema room, reception room, five ensuite bedrooms and a communications room/study. There’s a further bedroom above the double garage with a separate entrance and staircase. It connects to the main building by a levitated glass and cladding corridor. With planning permission assured, the couple’s search for a builder led them to


Gavin’s commitment to the project was key to its success

WHY GAVIN’S AN AWARD WINNER Local Donegal slate was used to clad the exterior

The ‘suspended’ fireplace adds wow factor


avin Dynes became a dad at the age of 30 while completing his first ever house build. Both baby Harry and the McConnells’ spectacular contemporary home now rank as the proudest achievements of his life. The builder is convinced that having a small firm helped him communicate well and deliver exactly what his clients wanted. ‘Nuala and Danny could call my mobile at any time. There was no line of command or communication network – it was instant,’ he says. ‘The fact that it was my first ever house build also made the home incredibly special. It was the couple’s first self-build – so we shared a real sense of all being in this together. I don’t think a bigger building firm would have shared the excitement and joy.’ The first challenge came right at the start when Nuala and Danny brought the build forward by eight weeks. ‘When they rang to say their buyers needed to move earlier than expected, I reassured them that we would have the house ready – and we did!’ says Gavin. ‘My wife had just given birth to our first baby, and I was working until 10pm before going home for night feeds. Each morning, a strong cup of coffee would get me going again!’ Despite exhausting weeks, Gavin met with Nuala and Danny every weekend on site to discuss progress. ‘One of the joys of building your own home is the flexibility to make changes as you go along. It was my

job to make those plans a reality – even if it meant several sleepless nights working out how we were going to achieve it,’ he says. ‘Our biggest challenge was hanging the stone fireplace. It meant working with engineers to install two steel beams to support it, so it appears to be suspended.’ While Gavin is proud of every aspect of the property, his favourite corner comes as a surprise. ‘I love the walnut cupboards on the landing. The wood is a warm and tactile theme throughout the house. I also liked the Donegal stone, because we are close to the source, and using what nature has given us.’ The McConnells attended the plush Federation of Master Builder Awards Ceremony to see Gavin crowned Builder of the Year, and Nuala says: ‘He built our home with devotion and love, and saved us money and stress in the process. Nobody deserves the honour more.’ Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB adds: ‘This project epitomises what it is to be a Master Builder. The house teams modern design, traditional materials and quality workmanship and the final result is stunning. Outstanding features include the walnut staircase and the floating Donegal slate kitchen fire. The builder overcame numerous challenges, including a tight timescale and structural issues, to deliver a breathtaking home that we would all like to live in.’

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Belfast firm Robinson’s Interiors designed the kitchen, which has sleek handleless taupe units and porcelain worktops

A scheme of calming greys has been used in the living room


Gavin and his local company. A major change to the plan came when Nuala saw a picture in a magazine of an open fireplace with a stone column, cantilevered to give the impression of being ‘suspended’. ‘I wanted a real “wow factor” and Gavin worked with the engineer to install hidden supporting beams,’ she says. There’s also a traditional woodburning stove in the living room. ‘Danny grew up on a farm and it reminds him of fetching logs when he was a child,’ says Nuala. ‘In truth, with triple glazing and insulation in the house, we’ve hardly had to use it.’ Gavin also made some further suggestions. For instance, he wasn’t happy with the existing quote for the windows and doors and drove Nuala and Danny to see alternative suppliers, managing to shave £20,000 off their bill. ‘I loved the way that Gavin cared about the finest of details,’ says Nuala. ‘He drove miles to hand pick the slate himself for the very best quality. ‘Also, I wanted a chute so dirty clothes could be ‘dropped’ from upstairs and land in the laundry room. Gavin came up with a design and the kids love “posting” their laundry!’ A seating area in the hallway evolved by accident. ‘We put our old sofa there

to be collected and realised we loved sitting there! We asked the carpenters who made the stairs to create two matching walnut benches,’ says Nuala, who’s tied the different areas together with the same grey colour scheme. ‘I wanted everything to flow, so I chose French Grey paint from Little Greene. It’s a calming colour, but also shows off the walnut and industrial steel beautifully. I’ve introduced colour through soft furnishings, such as the pink footstool in the cinema room and posters of our favourite films.’ The property has changed the way this close family live together. ‘My keyword was warmth and the wonderful bonus is the way this house pulls us all together,’ Nuala says. ‘We see more of the children now because they don’t escape to their rooms. Instead, we use all three reception rooms, while the boys treat the games room as a man cave! ‘In the evenings, the boys are in the cinema room watching sport on the large TV, my daughter is in the living room with friends and my friends are enjoying a glass of wine in the kitchen or dancing to music via the new sound system. It’s a house that welcomes people in and encourages fun.’ HB

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SOUND The Luna e25 HD Bluetooth speakers from Edifier are a bold, versatile choice. Connect them to your smartphone wirelessly to play tunes, or plug the speakers directly into your multimedia system to dial up your TV viewing. £169.99 from Amazon.

l Four components make up Wiser – a main thermostat, a radiator thermostat, a Heat Hub that’s the link to your boiler and an app. Control the temperature using your phone or via voice commands with Amazon Echo. It costs £219.99 from B&Q.

l Hive’s Active Heating gives you control of your heating and hot water from your phone and includes a holiday mode, frost protection and a ‘geolocation’ setting that will send you reminders to turn it on or off based on where you are. It costs £249 from

l Worcester’s Wave Smart Control, £239.99 from Screwfix, will get to know how you use your heating and hot water in order to help you be more energy efficient. It even takes the weather into account, adjusting the temperature accordingly.


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Laying floor tiles


I want to update my kitchen by replacing the existing flooring with tiles, but there are so many styles to pick from. How do I choose and then lay the tiles correctly?

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Plan your floor layout on paper first to ensure an even finish


Shopping for floor tiles can be quite overwhelming, so here’s what you need to know. Ceramic tiles are hardwearing, come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours and are easy to install. Glass tiles are too slippery to be used on floors so avoid them. Natural stone isn’t necessarily consistent in colour, shade or texture, so won’t give a very uniform finish. Made from hard materials, it can be more difficult to cut and needs regular maintenance. You’ll also need to apply a tile sealer as it can stain easily. Terracotta styles are made from natural clays with little processing, tend to be unglazed in a range of rustic earthy colours, and may need treating to increase water resistance. Mosaic tiles are great for adding colour and texture and can be made from any of the above materials. The small chips are laid on mesh backing so are easy to cut but can be difficult to align due to their size. Vinyl is a much softer material which makes the tiles easier to fit as they just need to be glued down. They don’t require grouting and come in a range of colours. Tiles are sold in boxes or singles and each box tells you the square meterage it will cover. To calculate the size of your floor area, multiply the width by the depth and then add 10 per cent contingency. First plan the layout on paper so you know where to start and where the cuts will be – spread them along both edges so it looks even. When cutting, make a template as a guide, and for big jobs, invest in a wetwheel cutter for accuracy and speed. Prepare your floor with plywood or a screed to make laying easier. Apply a small amount of adhesive to the floor, then push the first tile gently on top using a piece of timber so you know the tiles are straight and level. Use tile spacers to fit the next tile up to the first one and so on. When all the tiles are laid wait 24 hours before grouting to ensure the adhesive has dried. OSee Take A Closer Look on p145 for more tiling tips

Use mirrors to help your home seem brighter

Letting the light in


I so love the summer months when my home feels wonderful and light, but during the winter, rooms tend to look gloomy. What can I do to increase the amount of light that flows around the house and bring a greater feeling of openness?

ECO DESIGN OLIVER HEATH The UK’s leading expert in sustainable architecture and interior design and a familiar face on TV


Light has a huge impact on our daily wellbeing – it influences mood, behaviour and physical health, so opening your home to lots of natural light, particularly in the winter, is a very good idea. There are several ways to help bounce light around your home, ranging from simple adjustments to bigger changes. Start with the things that won’t cost any money, such as tying back your curtains and keeping windows free of obstructions, ensuring that plants around the outside of your windows are trimmed back to allow lots of light in and simply keeping the glass clean after rainy days. If you’re looking for a nonstructural and low-cost solution, then a new coat of paint could do the trick. Dulux Light and Space paint is said to be twice as reflective as most other paints. Certain hues can increase levels of light and mean you don’t have to be restricted to neutrals. Whites and off-whites will certainly reflect a lot of light, but colours

with shorter wavelengths such as blues, greens and violets appear to enlarge rooms and allow them to ‘visually breathe’, making them feel bigger and airier. Reflective paints such as gloss or eggshell finishes, when used alongside matt finishes in the same colour, can provide the room with a striking highlight. The placement of mirrors in dark corners can work in a similar way, giving extra light, movement and space to a room. Flooring can also create a lighter home. Paler carpets, lighter woods, polished surfaces and shiny tiles will all bounce light off the ground back up into the room. Toughened glass within door panels can also encourage light to disperse well through your home, especially into dark hallways, and glazed screens take this idea a step further. Or if you’re happy to take a more structural approach, then skylights or sunlight tubes can bring lots of light into dark spaces, such as upstairs hallways, which tend to have few windows.

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Advice for homebuyers


Gazumping is at an all-time high where I live. We want to buy a new house but are worried about losing out at a late stage after we’ve spent money on surveyors and solicitors. How can we avoid being gazumped?

Gazumping is still common right across the country


CONSUMER TEENA LYONS Writer on consumer and financial issues

espite the fact that the housing market has had a wobble since the Brexit vote, the practice of gazumping remains widespread. Gazumping is when a buyer accepts a bid on their property, only to later accept another higher offer further down the line. As a buyer, you lose not only your dream home, but also the money spent on searches, solicitor’s fees and surveys. According to online estate agent Emoov, gazumping has increased from 13 per cent in 2013, to 36 per cent in 2017 and in London and across the Southeast the problem is particularly acute. Unfortunately there are no surefire ways of avoiding the problem, but

you can make yourself a more attractive buyer. Be sure to present yourself to the vendor in the best possible light, so they know you can move quickly and are less likely to mess them around. It would be good to have an Agreement in Principle (AiP) for your mortgage ahead of making an offer and if you’re chain-free, tell them. Once the offer is made, make it a condition that the house is taken off the market, with no more viewings conducted. Request the online listing is changed to ‘under offer’, or ‘sold subject to contract’. Chase up all the paperwork with your solicitor, or conveyancer, and read, sign and return any forms as

quickly as you can. If you’re really worried, get a contract drawn up that says buyer and vendor will exchange within a certain timeframe, and that if the vendor backs out they’ll be liable to pay a small amount of compensation. None of these things will guarantee you won’t be gazumped, but it means there will be more confidence about the sale and a smaller window of time for things to go wrong. There are some specialist insurance providers that will offer loss of fees if a sale falls through, but be sure to read the wording of a policy very carefully, since there will be exclusions and limits to the cover. House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 177


Terrarium tips


I’d love a terrarium. How can I plant and care for one of my own?

A GARDENING CAROLINE TILSTON The experienced garden designer runs her own business, Oak Studio Garden Design

Terrariums are back in fashion and have come a long way from the misty green bottle gardens of the 1970s. Look for beautiful containers made from interesting materials and in unusual shapes such as glass globes for succulents and tall pyramids that are perfect for a single orchid. They will all have the essential transparency and enclosure, producing a microclimate that allows you to grow delicate plants. One thing they won’t have is drainage, so it’s essential to put a good layer of gravel or chippings at the bottom

under the compost to prevent it becoming waterlogged. Even then, water sparingly. If the container is completely closed it may need watering less than once a month. These transparent containers mean everything is on show, so get the layers of gravel and compost neat and level and try a layer of moss on top of the compost to help finish the look. Orchids, creeping fig, small-leaved ivy and ferns perform particularly well in terrariums, but remember to always keep them out of direct sunlight. HB


Console table You showed a really sleek and simple console table in a recent feature on paint. It would look fabulous in my dining room. Where can I find one similar?


This table is a stunning, contemporary version of the console and would work just as well in a dining room as a hallway, especially as it has an extra shelf for storing beautiful tableware. For something similar, try the Sybil console table (H75 x D45 x L120cm) from La Redoute. The elegant metal frame has a durable double-tempered glass top and the same useful second shelf as the original.

ALICIA FORD Junior Features Writer

Everything is on show in a terrarium so make sure your layers of gravel are visually pleasing



Sybil console table, £189, La Redoute


SEEDS OF SECURITY it will make a loud crunching noise, so no one can approach without you hearing them. º Thorny climbers grown over fences make them more tricky to scale. Look for roses with vigorous growth and spiny stems, such as Rosa rugosa. One thing to beware of, though, is allowing these green deterrents to grow too big. An overgrown garden gives thieves shelter and plenty of places to hide. Leave points of entry to the house visible to the street and illuminate them with a motion-sensor light if possible. Also, don’t attract burglars into the front garden with ornaments or expensive pots – keep these decorative items in the back garden or make sure they’re well secured.

Crunching gravel will help to deter potential intruders


NOTEBOOK Seasonal tasks, planting ideas, shopping and expert advice to make your garden grow

Clean tools and store for winter

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If you have one hour to spare… …winterproof your garden. Look for things that might be damaged by frost; bring hoses inside and protect outdoor taps – either with special tap covers or foam taped around them. Give tools a good clean, oil and put away. Check your terracotta pots too – they are often frost ‘resistant’ not frost ‘proof’ so move them to a sheltered spot to prevent them shattering during a very cold spell.

Flower of the month An everlasting finish on the Galvanised Up And Down Wall Light by Garden Selections, £40 from Not on the High Street, means that it’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

This super stylish up-and-down Geneve Outdoor Wall Lantern, £131 from The Worm That Turned, is available in three finishes – white, aluminium or graphite.

Create a sleek wall decoration outside by using one or several of the contemporary Eglo Zamorana LED Exterior Angular Stainless Steel Wall Light, £36.10 from Dusk Lighting.



The most beautiful winter bedding plant has to be the delicate colourful viola. Try Viola x williamsiana ‘Sweeties’ – it’s small and perfect for containers. Grouped in tiny terracotta pots, they make a great centrepiece for a garden table, or display in a plant ‘theatre’ (tiered shelves for pots). Alternatively, bring the cut flowers inside and arrange in tiny vessels, such as shot glasses.


As well as good-quality fencing and motion-sensor lights, plants can work to help secure your home. Select the following as good burglar deterrents: º Prickly hedges are obviously a good way to help stop an intruder. Go for gorse, berberis, pyracantha, blackthorn or hawthorn as they all have nasty thorns. º Dense evergreens form a physical barrier. Bamboo, yew and laurel will all grow into a tall and solid barrier, while low plants such as creeping juniper are difficult to walk through. º Evergreen shrubs dotted around your garden – especially if you have a side path or piece of land – with gravel laid between will mean that anyone crossing


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Put 200g rose harissa paste, 150g runny honey and 4tsp lemon juice into a small frying pan and bring to the boil. Simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until reduced by half. Allow to cool.

Moroccan sticky wings with pilaf SERVES 4

1kg chicken wings 1tbsp olive oil 1tsp salt flakes FOR THE PILAF 300g pearled spelt 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 red pepper, diced 1 lemon, quartered Glaze (see Cook’s Note) ½ cucumber, diced Small handful of fresh dill fronds, roughly chopped Small handful of fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped 250g full-fat Greek yogurt 1 Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Toss the chicken with the oil and salt then arrange, well-spaced, on a baking tray. Cook in oven for 45min, until the skin is golden brown and crisp. 2 Meanwhile bring a pan of water to the boil. Rinse the spelt and add to pan. Allow the water to come back to the boil then reduce to a brisk simmer. Cook for 20min, until fluffy and tender. Drain in a colander then spread out on a baking sheet to cool. 3 Heat 1tbsp oil in a small frying pan over a high heat. Once hot, add the red pepper and fry for a few minutes, stirring, until the pepper is a little softer.. Place the pepper into a large bowl. 4 Put the pan back over a high heat and add the lemon. Cook on each side, until the skin is slightly mottled and blackened – a really hot pan is key here. Set the lemon aside. 5 When the chicken is roasted, remove it from the oven and increase the heat to 240°C/ 220°C fan/gas 9. Coat the wings with the glaze – it’s easiest to transfer them into a heatproof bowl, add the glaze and mix with a wooden spoon. Put the wings back onto the baking tray and roast for a further 7-10min. 6 Add the cooled spelt, cucumber, dill, mint, remaining oil, and a pinch of salt to the bowl with the cooked pepper. Combine, then scatter the pilaf onto a large platter and add the Greek yogurt in blobs. Place the chicken wings on top and finish with the charred lemon.

COOK’S NOTE º When whisking

egg whites for the frittata, the bowl and the beaters must be absolutely clean as even the tiniest bit of fat will prevent peaks from forming successfully.

Greek salad frittata SERVES 4-6 12 eggs, separated 2tbsp olive oil 1 red onion, chopped 1 green pepper, diced 1 red pepper, diced 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 300ml whipping cream 250g cherry tomatoes, halved 80g pitted Kalamata olives, halved 100g feta cheese 2tbsp fresh oregano, chopped Small handful of flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped 1tsp red wine vinegar 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. Whisk the egg whites in a spotlessly clean bowl until soft peaks form, then set aside.

2 Heat a large, deep-sided (preferably non-stick) ovenproof frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and red onion, cook for 2min, until the onion starts to soften. Add the peppers and garlic and cook for a further 4min, until the peppers soften and the garlic smells strongly. 3 While the peppers are cooking, give the egg whites another short whisk to bring them back together. Add the egg yolks, cream and salt and pepper to the bowl and whisk. 4 Lower oven temperature to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4 and turn on the grill to medium heat – or, if you can’t use the grill function at the same time

as the oven, simply preheat the grill to medium-high. 5 Add half the tomatoes and all the olives, feta and oregano to the pan, while still over a medium-high heat. Stir well then pour in the eggs. 6 Gently stir the eggs until they are just beginning to set. Remove the pan from the heat and place on a high shelf in the oven. Cook for 5min. Meanwhile, put the remaining cherry tomatoes in a small bowl. Add the parsley, vinegar and oil. Season with salt and pepper and stir well. 7 Remove the frittata from the oven and allow it to sit for 2min. Transfer from the pan to a serving dish and top with extra tomatoes to serve.

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Rhubarb & ginger jam lamb chops with roasted potatoes and beetroot


500g new potatoes, cut into 2cm dice 1 purple beetroot, peeled and cut into 2cm dice 1 golden beetroot, peeled and cut into 2cm dice 3 dried bay leaves 1tbsp olive oil 4 lamb chops 3tbsp rhubarb and ginger jam 1 Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/gas 7.

2 Put the potatoes, beetroot and bay leaves into a large roasting dish and toss with the oil, salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 30min. Meanwhile rub the chops with the jam, covering completely. 3 After the veg has roasted for 30min, place the chops on top and roast for a further 20min. Remove from the oven, cover loosely and allow the meat to rest (still on top of everything is fine), for 5min before serving.

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Spanish mince & cauliflower cheese SERVES 6

FOR THE BEEF 2tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, finely sliced 200g smoked chorizo, finely sliced ½tsp smoked paprika 3 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced Juice of ½ lemon 500ml beef stock 500g minced beef 1 x 400g can chickpeas, drained Small handful of fresh parsley, roughly chopped FOR THE CAULIFLOWER 1kg mixed broccoli and cauliflower florets 50g unsalted butter 50g plain flour 600ml whole milk 400g Manchego cheese, coarsely grated 1 Set a large pan or flameproof casserole over a medium heat and pour in the oil. Once it’s hot, add the onion and chorizo, and cook until the onion is soft. Add the smoked paprika and garlic, and fry for a minute, then add the lemon juice, beef stock, mince and chickpeas. 2 Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 hour, uncovered. After this time, turn off the heat then stir in the parsley, and salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. 3 Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. 4 Arrange the florets on a baking tray and roast for 25-30min, until slightly dry and charred. 5 Meanwhile, heat a pan over a high heat and add the butter. As soon as it melts, add the flour and stir in to form a paste. Pour over the milk, a little at a time, stirring well after each addition to ensure no lumps form. When all the milk is added, let the mixture come to the boil – don’t stop stirring – then add the cheese and reduce heat to low. Allow the cheese to melt into the sauce. 6 Place the roasted florets in a bowl and stir in the sauce. Transfer the minced beef to a medium-sized baking dish and top with the cauliflower cheese. Bake for 50-60min, until the top is golden brown.


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Mushroom, spinach & ricotta Yorkshire pudding SERVES 4

FOR THE BATTER 2tbsp sunflower oil 225ml whole milk 4 large eggs 115g self-raising flour ½tsp fine sea salt FOR THE FILLING 400g spinach, washed 1tbsp sunflower oil 50g unsalted butter 400g chestnut mushrooms, finely sliced 1 small onion, finely sliced ¼tsp freshly grated nutmeg 250g ricotta 125g pecorino cheese, finely grated 100g mozzarella cheese, torn into small pieces

1 Preheat the oven to 250°C/230°C fan/gas 9. Pour the oil for the batter into the base of a medium roasting dish (about 30 x 20cm) and put into the oven to get very hot. 2 For the batter, put the milk and eggs into a jug and beat together. Combine the flour and salt in a bowl and add a generous splash of the liquid ingredients. Whisk to form a smooth, thick batter, then slowly pour in the remaining liquid, whisking as you go. By this time the oil should have got very hot in the roasting tray, so drop a little of the batter in – if it sizzles, the oil is ready. If not, leave the tray in the oven until it is hot.

3 Pour the batter into the tray and return it to the oven. Bake for 20-25min, until the Yorkshire pudding has puffed up and is deep golden around the edges. 4 Meanwhile make the filling. Heat a dry frying pan over a high heat and add the spinach. Cook, stirring, until the spinach wilts down, then tip it into a sieve set over a bowl. Add the oil, butter, mushrooms and onion to the pan and cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms soften – you need to ensure all excess liquid has evaporated from the pan. Remove the pan from the heat. 5 Squeeze out the excess moisture from the spinach

and discard its liquid. 6 Put into a bowl together with the mushrooms and onions, and add the nutmeg, ricotta and pecorino cheese. Season to taste. 7 When the Yorkshire pudding is golden and puffed up, remove it from the heat and scatter the filling over it – you might need to press the pudding down in the centre if it has ballooned up completely. Scatter the torn mozzarella on top of the filling. Return the tray to the oven for 10-15min, until the mozzarella cheese has melted. Serve immediately. HB

COOK’S NOTE º The key to making


taken from Comfort by John Whaite (£19.99, Kyle Books)



the perfect Yorkshire pudding is to ensure the pan is ferociously hot before you pour in the batter; otherwise you’ll end up with a very rubbery texture.


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W H AT M Y H O M E M E A N S T O M E Plants and pots of herbs fill the house

Hereford cows are bred on Liz’s farm

Liz’s family love coming home for a roast dinner served with vegetables from the kitchen garden


WHERE I LIVE We’d been in London for a long time and wanted to bring up the children with more freedom and fresh air so 16 years ago we moved here. At first we lived in a manor house and then took over a derelict farm, converting the land back to organic: we now produce 100 per cent grass-fed beef from Hereford cattle. Our house is right in the middle of the farm so we have a 360-degree view of the fields. We rebuilt it pretty much from scratch and used a soft, mossy green, local stone called Chilmark. To maximise the light, we installed new sash windows, French doors and light wells in the roof. We also hunted down huge Yorkshire stone floor slabs from an old church and bought some wooden beams at an auction in France – it now looks like a traditional farmhouse. There’s a real sense of space in our house. You go through a big front door into the hallway and straight through to French doors that lead out on to the garden. We’re surrounded by green, so I’ve used paint colours that coordinate with the landscape – a lot of cream, grey and muted shades of green. The kitchen is the heart of our home and has a lovely atmosphere. Although I have five children with ages ranging from 26 to seven, only three of them live at home – two are 202

EARLE Wellbeing author Liz Earle, 54, lives in a farmhouse in the West Country on an organic farm with husband Patrick, 57, and the three youngest of her five children away working – and I’m at my happiest when they’re all here together round our old Chalon table while I cook on the four-oven cream Aga. I love soft, tactile fabrics, and we have chairs covered in velvet as well as big squashy sofas that you just sink into. I also like natural linens and have some Bennison botanical print, heavy linen curtains, which have a slightly faded look. There’s a botanical theme that flows through the house, whether it’s in the paintings of flowers or captured in smaller details.

MY INSPIRATION Looking out across the fields helps me get my thoughts together. Now I no longer work with the Liz Earle Beauty Co, I’m a big fan of working from home, whether it’s on ideas for my Wellbeing website or a new book. I have a writing desk underneath the window and

enjoy gazing at the horizon in particular; it’s very calming to watch the sun rise and set. You can’t fail to be inspired by the natural world. Whether I’m cooking with produce from the garden or looking for botanical ingredients for seasonal recipes and herbal remedies for wellbeing, it all comes back to the incredible beauty of nature and trying to live in harmony with it. Colours influence me and I’m a big fan of pink. We have a formal drawing room based around shades of pink and green, and I collect vintage tapestry cushions, quite a few of which are in pretty pinks with flower motifs. Our aim is to live here for ever. We have planted oak trees knowing we won’t reap the benefit for another 20 years or so, but that our children will see them grow and, hopefully, so will their children.

MY FAMILY LIFE Our oldest children love coming home for roast chicken or some of our home-grown roast beef with Yorkshire puddings. We also have a big vegetable garden and I love pottering out there, growing on seedlings and trying lots of different varieties, picking what’s available, whether it’s beans, asparagus or tomatoes. We moved around a lot when I was a child, so maybe that’s why I appreciate being settled. My father was an admiral in the navy and when he was home we loved being in the garden together. Now as a family we like to take a rug out, throw it under a tree and picnic on the farm. I find it uplifting to bring plants inside. Most windowsills have planters or a pot of herbs, just something to bring life into the home. And a favourite switch-off time for me is on a Friday evening when I cut some flowers or foliage to arrange in the house, and to celebrate having the family together. HB O To buy Liz Earle’s Wellbeing magazine, visit the website To order The Liz Earle Yearbook Volume 1 (£25, Liz Earle Associated Productions), at the special price of £20, visit the website and enter housebeautiful5 at the checkout between 4 October and 1 November 2017.


Pink and botanical prints are passions







HEAD LIGHTS Angelic faces on these quirky Peaceful People candlesticks, £26 for three at Rockett St George, make them perfect for a fun gift

PASSIONATE Inspiring ideas for friends who like to set the trends









1 ON DISPLAY Confetti cakestand, £18, Sainsbury’s Home 2 FEELING FRUITY Glass apple paperweight, £30, Laura Ashley 3 MARTINI MOMENT Pulcinella cocktail glasses, £68 for a set of four, Oka 4 HEAVEN SCENT Diptyque Figuier candle, £45, with spinning Christmas carousel, £40, Liberty 5 POSH PLUMMAGE Feather wall art in Natural, £95, Mink Interiors 6 GOLD TOP Blue and metallic metal vase, £65, Out There Interiors 7 HIGH STREET BUY Heavy glass Art Deco-inspired Biba Royale decanter, £40, House of Fraser 8 WARM GLOW Contemporary marble-based table lamp with industrial-style bulb, £135, Ines Cole House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 5








9 DESIGNER CHINA Garland mug, £12, Clarissa Hulse 10 BRITISH MADE Snuggly zigzag throw, £59, The British Blanket Company 11 SAY HELLO Fun neon wall light, £54.99, Talking Tables 12 ANIMAL QUIRKS Dapper salad plate, £10 from a selection designed by Rachel Kozlowski, West Elm 13 LUXE COLOUR An exquisite velvet cushion designed by one of the artists with complex epilepsy or learning disabilities at Arthouse Meath. All the revenue from the sales goes into supporting this fantastic enterprise. Divine Inspiration cushion, £70 14 STIRRED UP Heart-shaped spoons, £19 for four, Oliver Bonas 6







15 CUTE BOX Garden-inspired Novelty felt sewing box (29 x 19 x 18.5cm), £60, Cath Kidston 16 FANCY ARTWORK The painterly floral Kippen notebook, £19.95, is the work of Scottish designer Fi Douglas at Bluebellgray 17 TEA TIME Elegant cup and saucer decorated with a delicate dragonfly, £32, Melody Rose 18 REFLECTIVE BEAUTY Sleek mirrored steel pitcher, designed by style guru Ilse Crawford, £75, Georg Jensen 19 DAY TRIP Treating someone you love to a National Art Pass, £65 for one year from Art Fund, means they can enjoy free or discounted entry to many of the country’s art galleries and historic houses, plus a subscription to Art Quarterly magazine House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 7


KITCHEN Help aspiring chefs get creative with these hot treats

HEALTHY OPTION Using just a teaspoon of oil, this air fryer is great for chips, fish and chicken, and is a breeze to clean. Touchscreen healthy air fryer, £79.99, Lakeland









1 DESIGN CLASSIC Sarpaneva pot, £185, Iittala 2 GORGEOUS GLOVE Meadow Grass oven mitt, £12, Clarissa Hulse 3 ITALIAN STYLE Aluminium tray and rolling pin for making ravioli, £25.50, Manufactum 4 ARTISAN MADE Unique handcrafted stoneware clay spoon, £22, Debbie Nicholls Studio, Etsy; and traditional wooden-handled spatula, £6, Cath Kidston 5 CLEVERLY STORED Set of five enamel bowls and a colander, £62, Falcon 6 TOP POT Leather-handled LSA International Utility utensil pot, £32, Black by Design 7 COVER UP Bloom cotton apron, £59.95, Tori Murphy 8 SEVENTIES THROWBACK Croft copper fondue, £85, John Lewis House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 9










9 PROFESSIONAL QUALITY Forged in Japan, these knives can be laser-engraved for a personal gift, from £100 each; engraving, £35, Tog 10 SMOOTH STONE Gray & Willow pestle and mortar, £30, House of Fraser 11 GET ORGANISED Queen Anne print recipe tin, £34, Papermash 12 BLUE HUE Geometric trivet, £10, Sainsbury’s Home 13 PERFECT SERVING Arabesque appetiser dish, £25, Sthal 14 SMART SPOONS Minshin salad servers, £32, Kalinko 15 FEELGOOD COOKING Top chefs have each donated a recipe to to make up this cookbook, £40; £5 from each sale goes to your choice from 7,500 UK charities 16 CHEF’S PICK Rick Stein jar, £17, Unique & Unity 10


TWO TONE Made from white marble and mango wood, this tray offers a beautiful way to serve cheese, bread and canapés, £26.95, Decorator’s Notebook


BLOOMING Take your pick from this fabulous selection for growers and sowers

GOING POTTY Perfect for displaying a growing collection of succulents, these Antique brass pots, £45 for two, Nisi Living, are coloured with a stylish green lacquer on the inside










1 PAMPER SET Soothing hand creams and muscle soaks are in the Relax and Renew tin, £14, Heathcote & Ivory 2 OPEN GARDEN Bulb & Bloom Welcome sign, £6, Creative Tops 3 PERFECT PRINT Tools picture, £35, Bold & Noble 4 PLAN AHEAD Herb planner, £29.99, Northlight 5 COFFEE BREAK A tenth of the profits on the sale of this English Country garden mug, £11, Sophie Allport, go to the Alzheimer’s Society 6 IN FULL BLOOM V&A William Kilburn trowel and fork set, £23, Wild & Wolf 7 SEASONAL GLORY Planted in a sparkling pot, this winter Azalea, £25, Interflora, can be delivered boxed 8 PRETTY PROTECTION Julie Dodsworth Orangery apron £9.99, Briers House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 13










9 POSH PAD Bird box, £29.95, Highgrove. Profits go to the The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation 10 ETCHED PETALS Berrington floral vine slate thermometer, £15, National Trust Shop 11 STAY DRY Flora and Fauna umbrella, £15.95, Annabel James 12 IN THE CAN Culinary Concepts salt and pepper set, £34.95, John Lewis 13 ON THE MOVE Wirework herb pots and carrier, £32, Garden Trading 14 ESSENTIAL READING Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden, £21.99, Abrams & Chronicle Books 15 TIME TO REFLECT A lovely box of notecards, paired with a flower seed packet, £20, The School of Life 16 WARMING BREW Bulb & Bloom thermos flask, £17, Creative Tops 14


INSIDE STORY Until the weather improves, give someone all they need to grow and care for plants inside. Plant hanger, £18; flower pot, £31; basket, £17; garden markers, £24; scissors, £21; watering can, £11.50; tea towel, £8.95; all Bloomingville


T R U LY Deliciously decadent treats for food lovers

COCKTAIL TIME Everything you need, whether you like your martinis shaken or stirred. Martini glass, £5; carafe, £15; coasters, £12 for four; mixing spoon, £4.50; tumblers, £5 each; tray, £15; cocktail shaker, £9.50; all Sainsbury’s Home









1 FESTIVE RELISH Granny Smith apples, cinnamon, ginger, a dash of rum and bitter cocoa nibs make up this chutney, £5, Hotel Chocolat 2 SEASONAL SONG Boxed Christmas Carols plates, £39.95, Emma Bridgewater 3 ASIAN FLAVOUR Patterned Kotobuki noodle bowls with chopsticks, £28 for two, Rouge 4 GOOD WOOD Solid wood Tatra Ash cakestand, £85, LSA International 5 CAFFEINE FIX Freud stovetop espresso maker, based on the traditional Italian moka pot system, £114, Oggetto 6 CUTTING EDGE Cake slice, £10, Waitrose 7 HAPPY HOUR Manhattan bar tool set, £39.50, Marks & Spencer 8 BITTER SWEET London dry gin infused with Yorkshire grown rhubarb, £39.99, Slingsby House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 17










9 SEASONAL SPICE White stilton, £23.50, Fortnum & Mason 10 BAKED GOODNESS Hand-decorated bauble biscuits, £39.50, Biscuiteers 11 DARK AND FRUITY Organic dark chocolate with pomegranate and almond, £3, Chocolate & Love 12 FANCY FEATHERS Flamingo egg cup, £20.99, Hannah Turner 13 TRADITIONAL TREAT Sea salt toffees, £7.99, Marie Curie. Buying them helps towards funding nurses caring for the terminally ill 14 SWEET CHEWS Slightly fizzy Rosé gummies, £2.99, Lakeland 15 TOP TIPPLE A subscription to the Master of Malt Dram Club with five carefully curated samples each month, from £24.95 a month, Master of Malt 16 TIME FOR TEA Hamper, £25, Wyevale Garden Centres 18


SERIOUSLY INDULGENT For all those with a sweet tooth, a beautiful pot filled with champagne-flavoured chocs. Oudinot Champagne truffles, £10 for 140g, Marks & Spencer









1 STACKED UP Hay wooden blocks, £49, Amara 2 SO CHARMING You can personalise this bracelet with a message or initial, from £19, All by Mama 3 MONSTER EGG T-Rex egg cup, £8, Red Candy 4 WATCH THE MAGIC Adding hot water changes the colour of this mug, £12.99, Totally Funky 5 IN DISGUISE Have your superhero’s initials added to this cape and mask set, £36, Not On The High Street 6 TRAVEL ESSENTIAL Weather Friends cases, £24.95 for the set, Dotcomgiftshop 7 S FOR SHARK Alphabet cushion, £30 by Elsie Dodds; each has a letter on one side and a collage of images beginning with that letter on the reverse 8 OVER THE RAINBOW Neon light, £49.95, National Theatre Bookshop House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 21












9 SMART BUY A sweatshirt for the super kid in your life, £25, The FMLY Store; £5 from its sale goes straight to Kids Charity UK 10 POSH PURSE Leather pocket money pouch, £7 Polar Post 11 SNUGGLY AND SOFT Fleece robe, £30, My First Years 12 ROLE PLAY Fully fitted pink deluxe kitchen with washing machine, £65, George 13 LITTLE RUDOLPH Jingle reindeer, £20, The White Company 14 HEY KITTY Mittens, £11, Jojo Maman Bebe 15 STAR GAZING Discovery Kids 40mm telescope, £35, The Science Museum 16 MARCHING ORDERS Mini rucksack, £18, Cath Kidston 17 NEW FRIEND Smart Bot can be programmed to carry out 50 action sequences, £29.99, Brightminds 22


FOR FURRY Make the day special for your precious pets DOGS’ LIFE Everything a dog could want! Earthbound tweed dog bed, £56.99; bowl, £16.99; toys, from £7.99 each; rattan baskets, from £49.99 each; all Dobbies












1 TREND SETTER Graphic monochrome lead, £60, Lead The Walk 2 BEST DRESSED Woof neckerchief, £10, Sophie Allport 3 BATH TIME Aesop animal wash, £25, Liberty 4 DESIGNER HOME Coldwater Aquarium starter kit, £130, Pets At Home 5 GOOD SEED Fatty Box, £23 from Boxwild, with high-energy seed and suet; 50p from each sale goes to support UK wildlife charities 6 SEASONAL SNACK Christmas Treats for cats, £2.95, Lily’s Kitchen 7 ON THE GO Nordic stripe linen carrier, £92, Pets Pyjamas 8 LUXURY DINING Silver-plated pet food scoop that can be personalised with a name and message, £19.50, John Lewis 9 TWEET TREATS Gregory & the Pecks bird food tin, £14.99, Burgon & Ball 24









1 SAFE KEEPING Avion leather iPhone holder, £65, Kate Sheridan 2 HOME HELP The voice-controlled Amazon Echo Dot, £49.99, can activate music, control smart home devices and more 3 EASY LISTENING Zipp mini Bluetooth and Wifi speaker, £169, Libratone, John Lewis 4 SUPER SOUND Portable Evoke H4 DAB and FM radio with Bluetooth connectivity, £170, Pure 5 NEAT AND TIDY Soft leather tech case, £95, Not On The High Street, with chargers, headphones, a USB cable and flash drive that can be personalised with a name or message 6 HEY DJ RT100 turntable, £249.99, Roberts 7 LUXE LISTEN Avanti headphones, £159.95, Moshi 8 POCKET-SIZED HP Sprocket portable printer, £99, John Lewis 26










9 FILM STAR Samsung Gear 360 ultra-HD action camcorder, £219, Currys 10 SMILE PLEASE A digital version of the Polaroid camera, Polaroid Pop, £199.99, enables printing of photos in the classic bordered format and has storage on a micro SD card 11 GYM BUDDY Fitbit Blaze Activity & Sleep fitness watch with heart-rate monitor, £176, QVC 12 FLYING HIGH Spark Mini Drone, £519, John Lewis 13 FUN RUN In-ear headphones, £5, Cancer Research 14 PURE AIR Dyson Pure Hot & Cool Link air purifier, £499, 15 EYE SPY Polaroid Hoop security camera, from £159, Argos 16 IN CHARGE Cabin-sized case with battery charger, from £219, Horizn Studios House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 27










1 GROWING STYLE Greenhouse by Design House Stockholm, £704, Skandium 2 SUPER STITCHING This Pentreath & Hall Regency Caning cushion, £95, Fine Cell Work, has been sewn by prisoners taught by volunteers from the Embroiderers’ and Quilters’ Guilds. A third of the price is paid to the prisoner and a third goes towards rehabilitative work 3 FUN MESSAGE Master Cleanse coasters, £78, Jonathan Adler 4 CUTE KITTY Handbag by Kate Spade, £250, House of Fraser 5 SILVER DESIGN Soju cups, £2,200, Kyosun Jung 6 PICTURE PERFECT Lumix GX800, £429, John Lewis 7 FILM STAR For Potter fans, Hedwig owl, £250 by Steiff 8 DECO CURVES Trolley, £1,799, Arteriors House Beautiful NOVEMBER 2017 29









9 WHAT’S THE FORECAST? Copper mechanically animated weather clock with built-in barometer, £460, Bramwell Brown Clocks 10 MODERN JEWELLERY Necklace with five charms in Orla Kiely designs, £170, Amara 11 CHILL OUT Wyatt ice bucket and tongs, £195, Ralph Lauren Home 12 PIZZA TO GO UUNI 3 portable wood-fired pizza oven, £199, 13 COOL CRYSTAL Octea Nova watch with rose gold toned case, £259, Swarovski 14 THE REAL THING Nespresso Creatista by Sage in Royal Champagne, £399, Currys 15 CHECK MATE London landmarks feature in the Skyline chess set, £95, The British Library Shop 30

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