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July CONTENTS Use paint to add a colour surprise

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…enjoy the sunshine in style with our round-up of the best patio chairs (page 19); bring summer indoors by embracing pretty cottage-garden prints (page 34) and take country style in a contemporary direction with a cool combo of spearmint and denim blue (page 44). Revitalise a room in an afternoon with our quick paint tricks on page 52 and find decorating inspiration in this month’s real homes on page 59. Pass the Pimm’s! SHOPPING IDEAS

ON THE COVER VOLUME 192 ISSUE 5 See our top picks from the hottest interiors trends on the high street and find decorating ideas for fresh country style

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Step inside four inspiring readers’ homes and steal project ideas from real kitchen and bathroom revamps

Mix things up with these clever ways to add drama using a pot of paint

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60 Discover simple ways your home could earn extra cash for you

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Read our style notes on how to use uplifting florals in a modern country scheme

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Mood Of The Moment Everybody’s Doing Design Report Cash Clever Decorator The Next Big Thing Look What We Found! High-Street Hero

30 Be Inspired By Our Moodboards 34 Put A Modern Spin On Country Florals 42 Boutique Hotel Spy 44 Colour School: Spearmint & Denim 48 Pick The Perfect Pattern 52 Take A Pot Of Paint…

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CONTENTS July

130 Keep it simple for a modern country look

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Add beautiful colour to your outdoor plot

60 REAL HOMES 60 ‘I Turned A Rented House Into A Home’ 72 ‘I Was Desperate To Add Some Character’ 84 ‘A Modest Budget Inspired My Creativity’ 96 ‘We Put The Life Back Into This Old House’ 110 Extreme Transformations 116 Property Projects 118 ‘ We Maximised Our Space’

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Team soothing shades for efortless style

122 ‘Widening The Room Worked Wonders’ 126 ‘We Did This On A Tight Budget’ 130 ‘We Started This Room From Scratch’

SEASONAL LIVING 134 136 140 142 145 178

In The Kitchen Mix A Fresh Summer Salad In The Garden Make Money From Your Home Tackle A Task Try Something New

INNOVATION 147 This Month’s Most Wanted 149 The Hi-Tech Way To Enjoy Your Family Holiday 153 You’ll Love This Simple-To-Use Action Cam 155 How To Set Up Your Broadband

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Create calm with whitepainted pieces

157 How To Buy The Best American-Style Fridge-Freezer

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July EDITOR’S LETTER

My to-do list for July

This time next year, I’ll be sunning myself in my new garden…

The things I’ll be planning, doing and shopping for this month hile I’d love to be sunning myself in the garden, I’m going into organisational overdrive preparing for what will – hopefully – be my last move in a good long time… TRYING NOT TO PACK I’m on the verge of exchanging contracts, so am experiencing that conflict every soon-tobe-homeowner faces: to pack or not to pack? The super-organised forward planner in me (seriously, I’m already thinking about Christmas…) just wants it done already, but the ultra-cautious inner voice is telling me not to tempt fate. Nothing to stop me preparing for battle, though: I’ve ordered a ton of plastic crates from plasticboxshop.co.uk – I was converted to these when stuff I had stored in cardboard boxes fell victim to damp, thanks to a leaking pipe under the floor. Plus, because they’re clear, you can see exactly what’s in them – ideal if, like me, it takes you weeks to unpack! PUTTING THE RENTAL TO RIGHTS Being the kind of person who always leaves a place better than they found it, I’ll be breaking out the big guns to get my rented house cleaned up before returning the keys. In my armoury: HG mould remover for the weird patch that keeps reappearing on the kitchen ceiling; Kilrock descaler to tackle the shower; Doktor Power Magic Eraser (the cheat’s way to get rid of marks on walls without

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repainting) and De-Solv-It to degrease the cooker hood. GETTING MY OVERALLS ON Pa Richmond and I are planning a painting binge as soon as we can get into the new house – woodwork only, not walls. I need time to choose colours, but it’s worth getting the fiddly trim done before the place fills up with furniture and momentum is lost. I wonder if Pa realises what he’s letting himself in for? As a pain-in-the-ass perfectionist, it’s my way or no way. When it comes to painting, that means proper use of masking tape – and it simply has to be FrogTape, because no others even come close. It also means persuading Pa to leave the white spirit at home and ditch the old-school gloss paint for a waterbased satin. Mine will be a low-VOC home, thank you! It might be harder to handle, but with no yellowing, less pong and an end to brush-cleaning nightmares, it’s a no-brainer. I always use trade paint because it’s better quality and better value – my favourite’s Johnstone’s Trade Acrylic Satin, £29.41 for 2.5ltr. Here’s to a busy summer!

Vanessa

Goodbye flaky skirting boards, hello painting marathon!

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Flag it up Create a party feel with simple decorations White fabric bunting (L5m), £10, Hobbycraft

Stand out Create a centrepiece with a delicious dessert Glass cake stand in pink, £8, George Home

Safe haven

drinks Upcycle an old tray for a summer ge map, party by lining its base with a vinta ping paper wallpaper offcuts or pretty wrap

Vintage vibe

Pretty pattern Add a diamond design in a pastel shade Geo jacquard cushion, £6, Matalan

Create a garden where wildlife can thrive Bug and bee house, £25, Laura Ashley

Mood of the moment

Part of a full tableware range Lace embossed side plates, £35 for four, Katie Alice range, Kaleidescope

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Come on over! Eclectic mix Add coloured glasses Fleur de Lys glass, £8.50, Van Verre range, Amara

This summer, set up a stylish area for garden gatherings – think casual alfresco suppers with friends to sunny family celebrations

Dusk delight Protect candles from summer breezes Tall rustic metal lantern, £40, Debenhams

MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR

Laid-back style Just made for lounging on warm summer evenings Jacky chair, £165, Wayfair

Full bloom Faux florals won’t wilt or need watering Mauve hydrangea stem, £9, Bloom

Flexi time Inside or out, it’s a great drinks table Tray table, £125, Next

Rustic finish Fill with plants or, better yet, ice and bottles of bubbly Oval pot planter, £30.99, Wayfair

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Summer entertaining SHOPPING IDEAS

FEATURE MICHELA COLLING PHOTOGRAPHS LIVING 4 MEDIA, TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM

Turn a corner of your garden into the perfect spot for chilling out with friends and family For a similar table, try the Ace, £325, Loaf. For a similar bench, try the Salcombe, £157, B&Q. For a similar parasol, try the natural wooden, £49.99, Homebase. For similar cushion covers, try the Mai cushion cover, £25, GreenGate range, Houseology




       



        

               

             


Rainforest inspired SHOPPING IDEAS

Find forest friends Distressed green sideboard, £130; ornamental parrot, £12.99; pineapple pot, £5.99; all HomeSense

In the shade Lightweight and simple to hang Large bamboo pendant, £40, Habitat

Jungle fever Bring a touch of the outside in with this vibrant cushion Jangala embroidered cushion, £28, Made.com

Hide & seek An old-school record player disguised as an exotic suitcase Palm print keepsake record player, £160, Crosley range, Urban Outfitters

Everybody’s doing Go gold Glam it up with gilded accessories Gold parrot hook, £2, Primark

Palm plate Inspired by jungle flora La Selva palm-print dinner plate, £8, John Lewis

With Rio 2016 on the horizon, all things tropical are trending. It’s not just fiesta brights, though – we love this upscale botanical look

Green weaves Made from natural seagrass Seville green woven hurricane lantern, £18, Habitat

HOLLY CATFORD, ACTING STYLE & DECORATING ASSISTANT

Simple silhouette

Folding find A bamboo chair fit for a rainforest look Mandisa folding chair, £105, Lene Bjerre range, Houseology FEATURE HOLLY CATFORD

Include subtle leafy wall art Banana leaf wall art, £34.99 for two, Dunelm

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Take a seat Forest floor Get a lush feel with a palm-print rug in your conservatory or garden room Manila green rug (140cm x 200cm), £409, Sanderson range, Modern Rugs

Add a retro vibe with this unusual Seventies-style buy Rattan paperclip stool, £89, MiaFleur

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Faux flowers SHOPPING IDEAS

‘We’ve always championed the belief that flowers are as exciting as fashion and interior design but are entirely more accessible’ GARY WALLIS, CO-FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, JANE PACKER

Gary Wallis, co-founder and CEO, Jane Packer

Faux flowers and plants, from £16 to £32 each, Jane Packer range, Sainsbury’s

DESIGN REPORT

FEATURE HOLLY CATFORD

Sainsbury’s and Jane Packer just made posh faux flowers affordable Faux flowers used to be the kind of thing we’d covet in high-end homeware boutiques, then go and buy a £1 bunch of supermarket daffs instead. But now everyone can indulge in them, as new to your nearest big Sainsbury’s is the supermarket’s first designer faux-flower and fragrance collection. Created in collaboration with renowned florist studio, Jane Packer,

the range features romantic peonies, hydrangea heads, garden roses and elegant orchids in a blush palette. The realistic-looking blooms reflect the distinctly elegant yet refreshingly modern signature-Jane-Packer style, but with the non-scary price tags you’d expect from Sainsbury’s. Created first with real flowers at the Jane Packer HQ, the faux design

is then re-created by hand and arranged in a glass or ceramic vessel. To complement the blooms, Jane Packer and Sainsbury’s have developed three home fragrances – Paperwhite and Jasmine, Tuberose and Amber, and Violet and Peony (£6 each) – so that you can spritz your fakes with something delicious. So, you might find your love for faux soon blossoms…

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CASH CLEVER Decorator Get a simple country look for less than £150 Give your bedroom a tranquil feel with classic furniture and a muted palette of soothing shades. Use soft layers, wooden textures and gentle prints to add to the calming look HOLLY CATFORD, ACTING STYLE & DECORATING ASSISTANT

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Pretty posy A look that will last Faux white hydrangeas in vase, Jane Packer range, By Sainsbury’s

Available in a smaller size, too Scented candle in glass jar, H&M

£12 To the touch

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Add a hint of vintage style with this ceramic buy White textured vase, BHS

Timeless style

In the frame Mix and match similar frames in different sizes for an effortless look Distressed mango wood photo frame, Soak&Sleep

YOUR RECEIPT

£12 Basket case Great for storing odds and ends Basket, By Sainsbury’s

£19.99 Prints charming Add subtle, elegant pattern in muted tones Evelyn cushion, Homebase

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Choose traditional, white-painted furniture for a refined but relaxing look Double bed, £399; bed-end storage, £299; two-door one-drawer wardrobe, £689; bedside chests, £129 each; all Melrose collection, Schreiber range, Homebase

£59 Handy storage Go for simple, paredback bedside furniture Boston-Lyon chest, Wilko

Candle, H&M............................................. £6.99 Faux flowers, By Sainsbury’s..............................£28 Vase, BHS.................................................. £12 Photo frame, Soak&Sleep...................................£12 Chest, Wilko................................................£59 Cushion, Homebase.............................. £19.99 Basket, By Sainsbury’s............................... £12

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White country bedroom SHOPPING IDEAS

Use simple black-and-white artwork to bring personality to this pared-back scheme

Clear choice

LOVE THE LOOK? FIND OUT MORE… THE STORY Since a neutral country scheme is nothing new, this trend celebrates the return of composed simplicity and smart-yet-relaxing style. WHY WE LOVE IT It’s classic, easy to live with and guaranteed to work in any space – plus, this straightforward scheme suits almost any period of home and is fail-safe to put together. HOW TO USE IT Opt for white on both the walls and floor for a cohesive, Scandi-inspired scheme, particularly in a small room as it’ll give it an airy, uplifting feel. For refined country style, choose painted furniture, subtle grey

layers and muted, floral touches – this calming look would work well in a bedroom. Alternatively, add ornate detailing for a hint of château chic, keep it cool and contemporary with glass and marble accessories, or add pops of silver for a touch of luxe. WHO’S DOING IT The Essential Style range from By Sainsbury’s has understated porcelain tableware and crisp Egyptian cotton towels, while simple-country pioneer, The White Company, continues to deliver with its chic and harmonious home accessories, candles and bed linen.

Glass serveware adds a smart, contemporary feel Cup and saucer, £16; teapot, £45; all The White Company

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Terrazzo SHOPPING IDEAS

Noted design Stimulate creativity with colourful stationery Le Terrazzo notebook, £9.50, Haykin

Falling fragments Make your sofa stand out with this talking-point design Radium Forest cushion, £69, Kangan Arora

Pencil it in

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Jazz up a dull desk area with pattern-popping pencils Terrazzo pencil, £2, Hay range, The Goodhood Store

The next big thing Terrazzo effect

Go for a striking look with a wall-to-wall mural of this colourful composite Holy Granite wallpaper, from £31 per sq m, Nothing Can Go Wrng range, Photowall

Designers are using this confetti-effect surface to bring colour to everyday homeware MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR

THE STORY SO FAR Often used as flooring, terrazzo is a budgetfriendly alternative to marble and can be found adorning many a train station and shopping-centre floor. It’s created using offcuts of natural elements, such as marble, stone or glass, which are set into concrete that is then sanded and polished to create its shiny, fragmented effect. Previously a feature of the Eighties’ recently revived Memphis Movement, terrazzo’s flecked finish is now used by designers to fall in with the current trend for coloured stone. WHERE WE’VE SEEN IT By using a blend of recycled materials, the terrazzo finish is being mimicked to create colourful and highly durable surfaces – Smile Plastics reuses items such as yoghurt pots to create speckled surfaces, which can be seen in kitchens, bathrooms,

furniture and even shelving. Kangan Arora’s Radium collection has been inspired by vinyl offcuts used to decorate trucks in India, resulting in a fragmented layer design used on home textiles. LATEST RELEASES The Swedish design duo that makes up Fish and Pink were inspired to create their range of tables while waiting for a train – they wanted to transpose terrazzo from the station’s floor onto furniture designs and revisit the traditional terrazzo-making process. See newcomer Olivia Aspinall’s take, which features bold chip and prime-matter surfaces, tables and wallpaper. Sevak Zargarian’s Unearthed designs consist of hand-made, coloured porcelain chips, which are then added to more clay, moulded, sanded and polished to reveal a random pattern.

Set in stone Bring in the trend with a bold basin Confetti Terrazzo washbasin 40, £149, Pegase range, Tikamoon

Layer up Break the rules with this colourful chaos Radium rug, from £550, Kangan Arora range, Floor_Story

Terrazzo top

Made by hand The fragments are pieces of porcelain Unearthed bowls, £120 each, Sevak Zargarian range, 12Thirteen Store

Choose from a range of colourful bases Confetti coffee table with grey base, £721, Fish and Pink range, Crowdy House

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Garden chairs SHOPPING IDEAS

TRUE BLUE Made of artificial, weatherproof rattan Lounge chair in Royal Blue, £99, Out & Out Original

PUT YOUR FEET UP Choose from a grey-painted or a natural oiled finish Seville chair with footstool, £135, Next

CUTE CACTUS Give your patio a pop of colour with this bold choice, which also comes in coral Cactus chair, £59, Oliver Bonas

Look what we found!

Gorgeous patio chairs NATURAL STYLE This chic, neutral option would look great in any scheme Islay lounging armchair, £250, John Lewis

Style-over your garden by swapping boring chairs for something a bit more fabulous… LISA FAZZANI, SHOPPING EDITOR

COOL HANGOUT Rock a Seventies boho vibe with this jute hanging chair Hetty swing chair, £165, Out There Interiors

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PASTEL PICK Comes in four colours, so you can mix and match for an eclectic, summery look Chair, £35.99, Dobbies Garden Centres

CONTEMPORARY CURVES The springy, woven seat is ultra comfy Lounge braided rattan chair, £389, Bloomingville range, Amara

ROCK STAR All you need is some sun and a good book with this statement rocker Louisiane chair, £199, Maisons du Monde

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SHOPPING IDEAS Garden chairs

SUMMER STYLE Team with the matching dining table for a retro result Lyra poly chair, £179 for two, Made.com

SWING LOW Get a laid-back holiday feel Hanging hammock chair, £75, Bloomingville range, Design Vintage

CHIC CHEVRONS Folds up so it’s easy to stow away Chevron director’s chair, £34.99, Homebase

STRING ALONG Make a bold impression with this bright contemporary choice Primo Egg chair, £60, George Home

STEEL THE SHOW Pair this industrial-style chair with a cool concrete table Henri chair, £260 for two, MiaFleur

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HIT THE DECK For a slightly more modern take on the traditional deckchair Deckchair, £190, Oggetto

IDEAL V GREAT DEAL Get the look whatever your budget

SUPERSIZED SEAT Go big with a luxe, oversized design Gipsy Cocoon lounge chair, £960, Vincent Sheppard range, Lagoon

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GO DOTTY Sturdy armrests give this deckchair added comfort Maui black-dot lounger, £60, Habitat

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SEE STRIPES The trendy chevron sling comes in a choice of three colours Mysingsö beach chair, £20, Ikea

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High-street hero SHOPPING IDEAS

This month’s high-street hero... Fenella Smith

FEATHERED FRIEND Give your table simple country style Pheasant tableware, £205 for a six-piece set, Fenella Smith

Get to know the animal-loving British designer behind the illustrated ceramics that never fail to raise a smile ith her products sold in stores across the country, including John Lewis, Heal’s and Fortnum & Mason, and a thriving online business of her own, it’s rather surprising to hear that Fenella Smith started up her company a mere five years ago. From the start, when she began producing a range of mugs adorned with her brother’s adorable dog illustrations, Fenella’s products instantly tapped into the nation’s love for animals. She now produces a wide range of ceramics, kitchen textiles, cushions, giftwrap, stationery and even fabric by the metre.

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it fascinating how products changed each season,’ she says. ‘It was a real eye-opener into the world of retail and product development.’ Fenella attributes her love of ceramics to her Nana Adelaide. ‘She had a cabinet full of crazy, unusual ceramics that I was obsessed with,’ she recalls. ‘When I began designing my own range, I set about creating pieces that I love; designs that are elegant, useful, classic and minimal, with a French look. I made a dog bowl for my Labrador, Bramble, and asked Greg to draw a picture of her to go on it. When friends kept commenting on how much they loved it, I thought perhaps I should develop it more. That’s how the company started.’

‘I set about creating pieces that I love; designs that are elegant, useful, classic and minimal’

THE WOMAN BEHIND THE LOOK Growing up with two brothers, Fenella’s childhood was packed with adventure. ‘My parents were so laid back,’ she says. ‘They encouraged us to follow our dreams. Greg is an artist and creates all the illustrations that appear on our products, and Myles writes for children’s TV.’ Greg and Myles own animation company The Brothers McLeod and have both been awarded BAFTAs. ‘My brothers are a remarkable pair,’ says Fenella. ‘I think having real freedom and encouragement from our parents allowed us all to find what we wanted to do. Our childhood was so fun and relaxed, and the house was full of musical instruments.’ After studying fashion at Nottingham Trent University, Fenella worked as a PA at a PR firm that represented fashion and interiors brands. ‘I found

ANIMAL INSTINCTS ‘Growing up we had dogs, a cat, a rabbit, fish and stick insects, so animals have always been a part of our lives,’ says Fenella. ‘I think because I’m a mixture of creative and commercial, I’m quite happy to introduce a product and see how it goes. I can feel it in my bones if something is going to be a hit, though; our pug design, for instance, is so cute and perky, I knew it would do really well. The same goes for the Aga toppers in the Labrador print. As I see it, if you have an Aga, chances are you probably have a Labrador, too.’

A FAMILY AFFAIR Fenella lives near Henley-on-Thames with her husband, Simon, her teenage stepchildren, Phoebe, Oscar and Thea, and her one-year-old daughter, Finty. Bramble the Labrador and Fox, a rescue border

collie, complete the family. Both Greg and Myles live in Stratford and the siblings meet up most Fridays to catch up and chat about projects. As well as working regularly on product design with Greg, Fenella has also collaborated with both her brothers to create a book about dogs, called Breeds: A Canine Compendium. ‘It all came from a stupid conversation,’ she laughs. ‘Greg and I were having lunch together in a bar and there was a really long dachshund there. One of us commented that he looked like a draught excluder, so Greg drew a picture of it and it developed from there. Myles joined in, and a publisher picked it up and it became a book!’ WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS ‘Later this year, we’re launching a range of bakeware – a mixing bowl, a baking dish and a nest of three dishes – all in collaboration with John Whaite, who won The Great British Bake Off in 2012,’ explains Fenella. ‘I love to bake and I think the designs are really beautiful and quite different from what we usually do. Then, in January 2017, we’re launching our first range of ceramics for kids. These days, children’s tableware is nearly always made from melamine, which I’m not keen on. My daughter, Finty, had a melamine bowl that she managed to break, which I didn’t even realise you could do. When I was young, I had ceramic bowls and cups, and Finty now has the same.’ ➺

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SHOPPING IDEAS High-street hero

BEST IN SHOW Celebrate pooch pals Mugs, vases and dog bowl; all Dogs Trust range, from £14.50 for a mini mug, Fenella Smith

GOOD NEIGHBOURS The open farmland surrounding Fenella’s Oxfordshire home is a constant source of inspiration for her ranges of textiles and ceramics

CUTE CUPPA Snap up one of these loveable rogues Dog mugs, £17.50 each, Fenella Smith range, Amara

FRIENDS IN NEED A quarter of sales of this hand-crafted jug will go to Dogs Trust Dogs Trust little jug, £18.50, Fenella Smith range, John Lewis

GET TO KNOW HER SIGNATURE STYLE When asked what her main source of inspiration is, Fenella doesn’t hesitate: ‘Colour, colour, colour!’ she says. ‘My home is very minimalist with pops of bright accents. We have a big library area where we’ve colour-coded all the books, with all the yellows grouped together, the pinks together and so on.’ Fenella’s home is full of pieces that have a story attached to them. ‘I love things that have a personal element,’ she says. ‘I had a picture of a dandelion that my husband, Simon, had drawn digitally printed onto fabric, which was made into curtains for our breakfast room. We don’t have a lot of clutter in

CRAFT PROJECT Fenella’s pug and Labrador patterns have been printed on cotton and linen fabrics that can be bought by the metre

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our house, but what we do have usually has history or a story attached to it. I recently bought my daughter Finty a beautiful old rocking chair and a push-along, fabric-covered horse on wheels, both from eBay. I want her to have classic toys to play with. I also love to look for old books, especially ones that have a name or date written inside. I once found a book with a load of beautiful old postcards tucked inside.’ Fenella also draws inspiration from the outdoors. ‘Our home backs onto a beautiful open space that, along with all the farmland around us, is owned by friends,’ she says. ‘In the summer, it’s heady with wild flowers and bees and lots of colour. We often see lambs and horses. It’s a wonderful place to bring up children.’ PUPPY LOVE One for pug fans Pug linen cushion, £40, Fenella Smith range, John Lewis HAIR OF THE DOG Perk up your tea break with this dapper fella Pug teapot, £34, Fenella Smith

FEATURE GINEVRA BENEDETTI PHOTOGRAPH ALAN CURTIS/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

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DOGGY DICTIONARY Brush up on canine profiles Breeds: A Canine Compendium by Fenella Smith and The Brothers McLeod (£9.99, Square Peg)


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BE INSPIRED, BE CREATIVE with JULY’S DECORATING IDEAS Flower power

Be your own

Put a modern spin on country florals, page 34

INTERIOR DESIGNER If you love the stylish schemes in Ideal Home, but aren’t sure how to transform your own rooms, we’re here to help. All great looks start with inspiring images, so indulge in a research session with our decorating section, then build a moodboard for your project. Find our moodboards and more inspiration over the page...

Hotel chic Copy this refined look at home, page 42

Summer living Get a fresh feel with spearmint and denim, page 44

Wow with paint Add pops of colour with these easy ideas, page 52

FIND INSPIRING MOODBOARDS ONLINE AT

housetohome.co.uk/moodboards

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HYDRANGEA & LIMED OAK Hydrangea wallpaper (background), £25 per roll; dessert plate, £6; tea towel, £12 for two; all Cath Kidston. Ceramic fork, £3.50, John Lewis. Chelsea 254789 cushion, £70, Sanderson. Latte cup, £25, Mud Australia

SEE IT IN A ROOM... page 35

Be inspired by our

MOODBOARDS

FIND MORE MOODBOARDS ONLINE AT

houseto home.co.uk/ moodboards

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Moodboards ROOM IDEAS SPEARMINT & SLATE

SEE IT IN A ROOM... page 38

UF1246 flooring, £31.99 per sq m, Quick-Step. Cushion cover made in 3526/721, £39.99 per m, Prestigious Textiles. Tamil Oak napkin, £32 for four, Woven Oak. Parisian Blue napkin, £7.50, The Linen Works. Cutlery, £100 for a 24-piece set, Denby. V3204/07 swatch, £64 per m, Villa Nova. Tumbler, £6, John Lewis. Dinner plate, £19.50; bowl, £10.50; both Ceramica Blue. 111316 wallpaper, £37 per roll, Scion

COTTAGE ROSE Chelsea PR7430/2 fabric (background), £59 per m, Sanderson. Time to Nest pillowcase, £12, Bedeck. Cushion cover, £18, Cath Kidston. Print, from a selection, Arc Prints. Heart, £9, Indigo and Rose. Ribbon, from a selection, Berisfords. Boheme Linen swatch, £38 per m, Harlequin

PHLOX & OLD GOLD

SEE IT IN A ROOM... page 46

DESIGN YOUR MOODBOARD

Cottage Garden fabric (background), £49 per m, Sanderson. Print, from a selection, Arc Prints. Lupin cushion cover, £30, Cath Kidston. Reverie Chalk fabric, £49 per m, Harlequin. Rosalie side plate, £6, Marks & Spencer. Faux sweet peas, £25 for six, Cox & Cox. Bowl, £25, Mud Australia. Pure Brilliant White emulsion, £13.99 for 2.5ltr, Dulux. Swatch from Medium Little Jon sofa in Beach House Plain Ivory, from £1,485, Sofa Workshop

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Cheat your way to a professional finish

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CHOOSE YOUR BASE COLOUR Whether it’s flooring or a wall, the base colour will be the largest area of colour in your room, so place a generous sample of it onto your board. Including carpet samples will help you think about texture, too. ADD AN ACCENT TONE Want to try a dramatic contrast or an accent just a few tones away from your base colour? Use your moodboard to play with options and layer it with swatches of fabric, scraps of wallpaper and paint colour charts. FIND THE RIGHT ACCESSORIES These will really set the tone in your room – go for ones that share an accent colour and stick to a single theme. Don’t mix styles, or your finished scheme will look messy rather than efortlessly eclectic.

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ROOM IDEAS Moodboards

SEE IT IN A ROOM... page 39

SEE IT IN A ROOM... page 42

REFINED COUNTRY For similar flooring, try the IMP1628S, £67.99 per sq m, Quick Step. For similar fabrics (from top), try the: Wild Fern, £28 per m, Clarke & Clarke; L’Ane Toile de Jouy, £63 per m, Fabrics & Papers; Cairness, £71 per m, Osborne & Little; Mellor Alpine, £48.50 per m, Romo

MEADOW BLOOMS Meadow Bunch fabric (background), £20 per m; notebook, £6; both Cath Kidston. Chelsea 214600 wallpaper, £55 per roll, Sanderson. Hollyhocks cushion, £45, Bedeck. Pencils, £6.95 for six, Joules range, John Lewis. Korken jar, 80p, Ikea. Pure Brilliant White matt emulsion, £13.99 for 2.5ltr, Dulux. Summer candle, £20, The White Company

FOLLOW THE 3 GOLDEN RULES

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THE 70-20-10 RULE For a balanced scheme, keep 70% of the elements (say, walls and floors) as one colour, then add 20% in a second colour (fabrics) and 10% in an accent (accessories).

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THE PATTERN RULE When mixing patterns, use large with medium or medium with small, never large with small. Pick prints that share a colour in common.

SPEARMINT & DENIM For similar flooring, try the Biscayne in Mascarpone, £73 per sq m, Crucial Trading. Cushion covers (from top): made in 2494/82, £35.50 per m; made in 7729/52, £59 per m; both Romo; Blue Bloom, from £45, Woven Oak. Leaf dish, £28.95; candles, £2.95 each; all MiaFleur. V3204/07 swatch (right), £64 per m, Villa Nova. Dandelion One swatch, £54 per m, St Jude’s Fabrics & Papers. Wood blocks, £14.95 for three, Paper High range, Notonthe highstreet.com. Bowl, £4.95, Dotcomgiftshop. Spearmint Intelligent Matt Emulsion, £45 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene

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THE PAINTED BOX RULE The look of paint changes according to the time of day and the amount of light that is in a room. Paint the inside of a large box with a tester to create a miniature ‘room’ and see how the colour changes within a 3D space. AND FINALLY… Always add a surprise. A focal point – whether it’s a feature wall or a piece of art – is the short cut to a ‘wow’ room.

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Add character with distressed-wood pieces, like this rustic peg rail

BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HOME WITH

country florals Crisp cottage-garden prints will fill your home with colour and cheer, so pick a paper or fabric you love and decorate happy! FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO PAGE 40

In a plain white room, you can get away with mixing large and smallscale floral patterns freely

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Modern country florals ROOM IDEAS This vintage-style hydrangea print creates a glorious backdrop to simple, white-painted furniture. Don’t be afraid to mix a bold wallpaper pattern with other florals on accessories

IDEA Create a display of pretty charityshop china in colours picked from your feature floral wallpaper

IDEAL HOME

MOODBOARD

Hydrangea & Limed Oak

For details of this moodboard, turn to page 30


IDEA Add a few contemporary designs like this – the prints might be trad, but the overall look is very modern

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Keep the look contemporary by choosing furniture with simple lines, then add a touch of glamour with hits of burnished gold

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Modern country florals ROOM IDEAS Build in large areas of plain white and avoid the temptation to match cushions, curtains and carpet, or you’ll end up re-creating the chintz-heavy style of the Eighties

IDEAL HOME

MOODBOARD

Phlox & Old Gold

For details of this moodboard, turn to page 30

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Create a ‘wow’ moment in your home with an abundance of roses and quirky details like vintage prints stuck on with decorative tape and statement pendants

IDEAL HOME

MOODBOARD

Cottage Roses

For details of this moodboard, turn to page 30

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IDEA Use curtain clips to hang a plain white flat sheet at the window to bring a breezy feel to a modern country scheme


Modern country florals ROOM IDEAS

Use florals with flair Follow these rules to make sure your flowerpacked scheme says ‘modern vintage’ not ‘granny’s house’… HAVE FUN WITH PATTERN Feel free to mix up prints featuring different flower types, such as rose, hydrangea and hollyhocks – the more the merrier. Create continuity by sticking to florals that share the same colours, though: pick just three or four key shades. We used cornflower blue, hot pink, primrose yellow and sage green, but you could swap the blue for a lilac or the yellow for a lime green. PLAY WITH SCALE A whole room of small-scale florals can look twee, so combine large blousy prints with ditzy florals to keep the overall look contemporary. CHOOSE A FOCAL POINT Be selective about which elements in your room showcase flower prints – adding too many will create floral overkill. In a living room, choose either a feature wall or the sofa to be your floral ‘star’; in a bedroom, make it either the bed linen or the curtains.

Use pattern sparingly in a work space to keep the overall feel calm. Paint walls and furniture white, then build in colour with a blind and cushion cover in pretty vintage prints

IDEA Line cube shelves with a wallpaper featuring large-scale blooms to create a colourful backdrop for books and photo frames

Keep the look casual with vintage rustic finds like this little cupboard

TRY A PASTEL BACKDROP Don’t like white walls? Choose a barely there colour instead

HINT OF GREEN

PALE PINK

SUBTLE BLUE

Echo Absolute Matt Emulsion, £38 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene

Marble II Pure Flat Emulsion, £42.50 for 2.5ltr, Paint & Paper Library

Visionary W26A Walls & Ceilings, £21.98 for 2.5ltr, Valspar

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ROOM IDEAS Modern country florals

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DECORATION AND FURNITURE Hydrangea wallpaper, £25 per roll, Cath Kidston. For similar flooring, try the Nougat oak oiled planks IMP1626S, £67.99 per sq m, Imperio collection, Quick-Step. Pinner dining table, £975; Pinner dining chair (against the wall), £395 for two; all Heal’s. For similar dining

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each; dessert plates, £6 each; all Highgate Rose range; tea towels (in basket), £12 for two; all Cath Kidston. Salad plates, as before. Dinner plate in Citrus, £35, Mud Australia. Print, from a selection, Arc Prints. Punch jug, £15; Asian East tumblers, £4 each; trifle bowl, £12; wire basket, £8; all John Lewis. Traditional Moroccan recycled jug, £25; large teal jug, £30; both Heal’s. Chelsea cushion in Duck Egg/Rose, £70, Sanderson. Electric wall clock, £40, Newgate Clocks. ON/ABOVE WORKTOP Large serving board, £40, Cox & Cox. For a similar bread bin, try the bread bin in Clay, £28, Garden Trading. D4 Chelsea radio, £200, Pure. Highgate Rose tea towels, £12 for two; Stanley mugs, £6.50 each; all Cath Kidston

similar flooring, try the Nougat oak oiled planks IMP1626S, £67.99 per sq m, Imperio collection, Quick-Step. Windsor Seaspray rug (120cm x 180cm), £175, Laura Ashley. Curtains made in Reverie Chalk 131093, £49 per m, Harlequin. Medium Little Jon sofa in Beach House Plain Ivory, from £1,485, Sofa Workshop. Alpine chairs in Sanderson Cottage Garden Scarlett/Cobalt, £1,079 each, Multiyork. Ella coffee table, £395, Graham and Green. Liatorp bookcase, £195, Ikea. French metal café table, £230, Pale & Interesting. ON/NEAR SOFA Cushions, from left: Original Chelsea, £70, Sanderson; Hollyhocks (reverse shown), £45, Bedeck; made in Cottage Garden Scarlett/Cobalt, £49 per m, Sanderson; Lupin boudoir, £30, Cath Kidston; made in Chelsea PR7430/4, £59 per m, Sanderson. Tore floor lamp in Eau de Nil, £175, Cox & Cox. ON CHAIR

Hollyhocks cushion, as before. ON COFFEE TABLE Kilner clip-top bottle, from £3; Asian East hand-made tumbler, £4; both John Lewis. Side plate, £6, Marks & Spencer. For a similar jug, try the Gräddad, £6, Ikea. Small flared bowl, £25, Mud Australia. ON SIDE TABLE Chiddingfold glass lamp base, £75; shade, £32; both Laura Ashley. Mason jar, £34, Design Vintage. Faux sweet-pea sprays, £25 for six, Cox & Cox. Bowl; side plate; both as before. Latte cup, £25, Mud Australia. ON BOOKCASE Basket, £8, John Lewis. Bottle vase, £8; white vase, £12.50; both Design Vintage. Jar, £3.99, Dunelm. Tealight holder, £1, Ikea. Vintage-style display jars, £20 for three, Cox & Cox. ON WINDOWSILLS Rotera tealight lantern, £2, Ikea. Print, from a selection, Arc Prints. Kyoto sugar bowl, £20.75, Denby. Photo frame, £18, John Lewis

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DECORATION AND FURNITURE Walls painted in Pure Brilliant White matt emulsion, £13.99 for 2.5ltr, Dulux. For similar flooring, try the IMP1626S, £67.99 per sq m, Quick-Step. Swedish rug, from £112, Design Vintage. Curtains made in Boheme Linen, £38 per m, Harlequin. Piper double bed in Duck Egg vintage linen, £815, Loaf. Triomphe table, £295, Oka. NEAR/ ON/ABOVE BED Plimsols, £65, The White Company. Eiderdown, £195, Belinda Davies. For a similar throw, try the Dylan Cranberry, £50, Laura Ashley. Cushions, from left: made in Chelsea, £59 per m, Sanderson; pastel floral, £39, Indigo and Rose; Birds & Roses, £18, Cath Kidston. Time to Nest pillowcase, £12, Bedeck. Red Provence canvas, from £170, Surface View. Prints, from a selection, Arc Prints. ON/ABOVE SIDE TABLE Glass, £2.75 for six, Ikea. Alarm clock, £22, Newgate Clocks. Cup, £16 for a cup-and-saucer set, Cath Kidston. Teaspoon, £3.50, John Lewis. Bespoke Barkcloth lampshades, from £35 each, Folly & Glee

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chairs, try the Alabama white, £99.99 for four, Dunelm. Chichester 4ft open-rack dresser in Snow, £1,775, Neptune. For a similar rustic mug rack, try a selection, eBay. ON/NEAR DINING TABLE Dinner plates, £35 each; salad plates; flared bowls; all £25 each; all Mud Australia. Monsoon Kyoto cream salad plates, £9.50 each, Denby. For a similar left-hand vase, try the elegant recycled, £30; glazed jug, £12.50; both Cox & Cox. Glass vase in Blush, £69, Out There Interiors. Moroccan glasses, £6 each, Heal’s. Ceramic cutlery, £3.50 per piece, John Lewis. Cushion made in Florica, £46 per m, Harlequin. ON/NEAR DRESSER Teapot, £28; breakfast saucer, £16 for a cup-and-saucer set; milk jug, £8; dinner plates, £7

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DECORATION AND FURNITURE Walls painted in Pure Brilliant White matt emulsion, £13.99 for 2.5ltr, Dulux. For similar flooring, try the Nougat oak oiled planks IMP1626S, £67.99 per sq m, Imperio collection, Quick-Step. Blind made in Meadow Bunch Cotton Duck, £20 per m, Cath Kidston. Micke desk, £65; Valje wall cubes,

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DETAIL SHOTS PICNIC Oilcloth, £22;

cake stand, £36; both Cath Kidston. For similar milk bottles, try the milk-bottle holder, £5.95, Dotcomgiftshop. Glasses, £2.75 for six, Ikea. For a similar vase, try the Teardrop, £18.50, Cox & Cox. Kilner clip-top bottle, from £3, John Lewis. Bowl, £25, Mud Australia. SHELF For a similar shelf, try the pale blue wall shelf, £220, Woodpecker Interiors. Jar, £3.99, Dunelm. Plate, £6, Marks & Spencer. Vintage-style display jars, £20 for three, Cox & Cox. Mason jar, £16.80,

£17 each; all Ikea. Rochelle dining chair, £299 for a five-piece set, Next. ON/NEAR DESK Apex table lamp, £65, John Lewis. Meadow Bunch mug, £6.50; Latimer Rose ring binders, £8 for two; all Cath Kidston. Pencils, £6.95 for six, Joules range; box frame, £20; all John Lewis. Glitter jar, £5.25, Paperchase. Hollyhocks cushion, £45, Bedeck. ON WINDOWSILL Large Oval vase, £127, Mud Australia. Summer candle, £20, The White Company. IN CUBES (from top left) Chelsea wallpaper, £55 per roll, Sanderson. Pink flared bowl, £25, Mud Australia. Box frame, £10, John Lewis. Hydrangea wallpaper, £25 per roll, Cath Kidston. Vintage-style display jar, £20 for three, Cox & Cox. Ensidig vase, £1, Ikea

Design Vintage. Shawl, £35; bag, £48; sweater, £40; all Cath Kidston. WINDOW SEAT Sewing basket, £32, Cath Kidston. Cushions, from left: Lupin boudoir, £30, Cath Kidston; Chelsea, £70; made in Hollyhocks, £62 per m; both Sanderson. Drum stool, £125, The Dormy House; covered in Hollyhocks, as before. Jug, £30, Heal’s. TABLETOP Tumbler, £4, John Lewis. Plate, £6, Marks & Spencer. Latte cup in blue; small flared bowl in pink; both £25 each, Mud Australia. For a similar jug, try the Gräddad, £6, Ikea

FEATURE SARITA SHARMA PHOTOGRAPHS DOMINIC BLACKMORE STYLING ASSISTANT CHARLOTTE PAGE

FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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Team classic features with soft colours and toile prints, then bring up to date with raw wooden surfaces and dark accent pieces

Boutique

HOTEL SPY Kings Head Hotel We took a sneak peek into this gorgeous hotel to bring you luxe style inspiration anyone can steal FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

LOCATION The Kings Head Hotel is nestled in the market town of Cirencester in the heart of the Cotswolds. Just over an hour’s train ride from London, it reopened in 2014 after a six-year renovation. ROOMS Intimate yet luxurious, the hotel’s 28 bedrooms and 17 suites ofer everything you’d expect from a boutique hotel. The rooms, ranging from Classic (shown) to Indulgent, are decorated in pale, muted colours, with contemporary accent pieces and traditional country prints. Each space has its own personality thanks to a host of period and architectural features, such as bare beams and exposed, centuries-old brickwork, while the suites boast freestanding copper baths and rainforest showers

for a deluxe feel. There’s also a spa located in the vaulted cellars, with a relaxation area under its arches for those in need of a pamper. FAMOUS FOR Its history and original features. The Kings Head Hotel was a coaching inn during the 14th century, while records show that in 1550 it was owned by High Bailif and clothier Robert Strange. By the 20th century, it had passed hands so many times that the story of its origin became confused. Then, during its restoration in 2014, an original Roman mosaic was unearthed, which is now displayed under glass in the reception. CELEBRITY GUESTS The hotel can’t comment on its visitors, but rumour has it that Fifty Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan was spotted in the bar.

YOU CAN BUY THE LOOK… Inner circle Give the room an instant focal point Black mirror (diameter 90cm), Next

Table talk Create a stylish dressing area with this baroque-style piece of furniture Leksvik desk, Ikea

Take a seat This classic design is full of traditional style Windsor dining chair, Debenhams

£135

Pick a classic print Sage Sea and Ivory toile cushion, South Sea Collection range, Etsy

£13tw0o for

£129

Go green

£21.79

£115

Curve appeal

£140

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Add character with a timeless, elegant accessory Medium study lamp, Culinary Concepts

Fake it Include a beautiful evergreen display Faux lily, rose and larkspur arrangement, Peony


Hotel spy ROOM IDEAS

Soften a scheme that has angular or boxy furniture with a circular mirror

FACT FILE HOTEL Kings Head Hotel

ADDRESS 24 Market Place, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2NR

PRICE

CONTACT

From £125 a night, with breakfast

01285 700900; kingshead-hotel.co.uk

IDEAL HOME

MOODBOARD

Refined Country

IDEAL V GREAT DEAL Get the look whatever the budget £349

£245

FEATURE HOLLY CATFORD

LOVE THE LOOK Layer natural textures and traditional monochrome prints with a hint of green for pared-back elegance

Clean lines The angular steel base gives this table a contemporary touch Box frame coffee table, West Elm

Wood works Its elm tabletop is hand finished for unique character Poste coffee table, Loaf

For more moodboards turn to page 30

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COLOUR SCHOOL

SPEARMINT & DENIM More contemporary than either jade or teal, invigorating mint is the perfect colour to give your living space a cool, refreshing vibe. Create an informal, effortless feel by mixing it with relaxed denim blue and slate grey, then bring the whole palette to life with pops of crisp white, chartreuse and zesty lime. Make it mellower for the winter season with accents of navy blue and soft purple FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Break up a solid block of colour on walls with white frames and folkart-inspired pieces

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Spearmint & denim ROOM IDEAS Choose angular wooden furniture, textured ceramics and fabrics with graphic prints for a mid-century-style look

IDEAL HOME

MOODBOARD

Spearmint & Denim

The PALETTE

For details of this moodboard, turn to page 30

PATTERN #1

Add subtle colour with this retro pattern Tocca 111316 wallpaper, £37 per roll, Scion

THE PAINT

Go for a cool, calm blue Spearmint Intelligent Matt Emulsion, £45 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene

PATTERN #2

This pretty motif is ideal for blinds or cushions Aymara Eucalyptus fabric, £64 per m, Villa Nova


IDEAL HOME

Contrast different prints with ease by sticking to just one or two colours in the same tone – here, a retro wallpaper, ethnic-inspired blind and stripy rug work in harmony for a modern but relaxed result

MOODBOARD

Spearmint & Slate

For details of this moodboard, turn to page 30

OUR STYLIST SAYS Pale mint hues can appear washed out, so give them structure with charcoal upholstery and dark wood furniture NICKY PHILLIPS, DECORATING EDITOR


Spearmint & denim ROOM IDEAS Swap a traditional table lamp for a pair of peridot-green pendant lights next to a sofa

SHADES TO AVOID Q CITRUS ORANGE Although lemon and lime work, zesty orange could be a colour clash too far – this daring pairing would certainly be an acquired taste. Q BUBBLEGUM While candy colours are cute in a girl’s room, steer

clear of saccharine shades if you’re after a refined living space. Q CLARET Keep away from deep red tones, such as claret or mahogany, as their richness will deaden or even erase spearmint’s crisp, fresh appeal. Soft oak is the ideal partner for minty tones – use simple furniture, wooden accessories and tactile rattan to add a natural touch

TRY THESE COLOURS WITH SPEARMINT

Q LAVENDER Bring out mint’s more restful properties with soft purples, such as lilac, lavender or wisteria

Q LIME While most greens will perk up an icy blue, go for those with a yellow base for an even livelier effect

Q CUMIN Opt for earthy shades, such as cumin or nutmeg, to give your scheme some welcome warmth

FEATURE CAROL WORTLEY-BISHOP PHOTOGRAPHS SIMON WHITMORE

FIND ALL THE DETAILS (PREVIOUS PAGES, LEFT & ABOVE) LIVING ROOM (PREVIOUS PAGE) DECORATION AND FURNITURE Walls painted in Spearmint Intelligent Matt Emulsion, £45 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. For similar flooring, try the Biscayne in Mascarpone, £73 per sq m, Crucial Trading. Raita rug in Kiwi (170cm x 240cm), £499, Scion. Blind made in V3204/07, £64 per m, Villa Nova. Manhattan three-seater sofa in Romo Linara Nordic Blue, £1,569, Multiyork. Kinsale coffee table, £199; side table, £110; both Brewers Home. Ekenäset armchair, £150, Ikea; covered in Dandelion Two, £54 per m, St Jude’s Fabrics & Papers. Ashworth console table, £399, Conran range, Marks & Spencer. ON SOFA Lapuan Kankurit Corona blanket, £89, Cloudberry Living. Cushions, from left: made in 7729/52, £59 per m (front); made in 2494/82, £35.50 per m; both Romo; Karo, £39, Akin & Suri; Blue Bloom, from £45, Woven Oak; made in Dandelion One, £54 per m, St Jude’s Fabrics & Papers; made in V3204/07,

as before. ON COFFEE TABLE Socks tumbler, £29 for two; pitcher, £60; both Cloudberry Living. Leaf dish, £28.95, MiaFleur. Esterban vase, £30, Habitat. Japanese bowl, from £4.95, Dotcomgiftshop. ON ARMCHAIR Pilgrim Booti cushion, from £30, Woven Oak. ON SIDE TABLE Jurassic vase, £25, Habitat. Paisley block, £17.95, Paper High range, Notonthehighstreet. com. Candle, £2.95, MiaFleur. ON CONSOLE Bubble lamp, £119, Idyll Home. In The Mountains 14in lampshade, £110, Orwell and Goode. Flower bouquet vase, £40; Elemental Selene vessel, £65; box frame, £10; all John Lewis. Indigo vase, £28, MiaFleur. DETAIL SHOT (PREVIOUS PAGE) Ribba frames, from £3.50 each, Ikea. Rattan & Cord print (left), £70, Ruth Allen range; wall-mounted test tube vases, £36.80, Hannah Dowding Furniture range; both Madebyhand online.com. Mini Mountainscape print, £12.50, Orwell and Goode. Holmegaard glass bowl, £39.95,

Cloudberry Living. Candle holder, £7.99, Zara Home. All other items, as before. DINING ROOM (LEFT) DECORATION AND FURNITURE Tocca 111316 wallpaper, £37 per roll; Symmetry rug in Kingfisher (170cm x 240cm), £349; both Scion. UF1246 flooring, £31.99 per sq m, Quick-Step. Ashworth dining table, £699; Ashworth dining chairs, £449 for two; all Conran range, Marks & Spencer. Chichester 4ft sideboard in Fog, £1,075, Neptune. Blinds made in V3204/07, £64 per m, Villa Nova. Utility light, £69.95, Dotcomgiftshop. NEAR/ ON TABLE (from left) Cushions made in 3526/721 (front), £39.99 per m, Prestigious Textiles; 7729/52, £59 per m, Romo. Jars Tourron Jade dinner plates, £19.50 each; Sea pasta bowls, £10.50 each; Jars Ceramistes oil bottle, £19; Sea serving bowl, £32; all Ceramica Blue. Linear cutlery, £100 for a 24-piece set; Imperial Blue/ Royal cutlery, £40 for a 16-piece set; all Denby. Alfresco tumblers, £6 each, John Lewis. Tamil Oak napkins, £32 for

four, Woven Oak. Parisian Blue napkins, £7.50 each, The Linen Works. Bottle vase, £40; tapas board, £35; both Designers Guild. Mythology bowls, from £5 each, Marks & Spencer. ON SIDEBOARD Duck Egg lamp, £69.95, Dotcomgiftshop. Crosses tablecloth, £95, Georgia Bosson. Pistachio bowl, £36, Lucy Burley. LIVING ROOM DETAIL (ABOVE LEFT) Large green glass lampshades, £34.50 each; fabric cables and sockets; £24 per set; all Idyll Home. Green Circles bowl, from £4.95, Dotcomgiftshop. Duck-Egg jug, £50, Lucy Burley. All other items, as before. DINING ROOM DETAIL (ABOVE RIGHT) Ash and elm tray, £92, Natasha Gowdy range, Madebyhandonline. com. Puritan side plates, £6 each, John Lewis. Coby basket, £30 for three, Habitat. Oak breadboard, £38, Designers Guild. Stacking Rocks framed wall art (H83cm x W63cm), £119, Conran range, Marks & Spencer. All other items, as before

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PICK THE

Perfect pattern Need inspiration? Check out the best of this season’s fabrics and wallpapers FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Fall for sunshine yellow WHY WE LOVE IT No colour embodies summer more than bright, cheerful yellow. From pale lemon hues to richer shades of buttercup and mustard, it instantly puts you in a good mood, lifts the look of any space and fills a room with a soft, inviting glow. WHERE TO USE IT Yellow is a versatile shade and the right print will sit happily in a kitchen, bedroom, living room or home office. Floral motifs are the perfect fit for bedrooms and living spaces, while graphic prints work brilliantly in kids’ rooms and smart stripes suit a home office. It’s also the ideal colour for brightening up small, dark spaces, such as cloakrooms or utility areas. HOW TO USE IT To ensure your room doesn’t look like it’s been drowned in the

3 places to buy YELLOW PRINTS Elanbach This classic English brand’s fabrics and wallpaper designs, from florals and stripes to paisleys and ikats, come in a range of yellow shades. Prices start at £38 per m for fabric and £96 per roll for wallpaper. John Lewis Find a huge selection of fabrics and wallpapers in plains, florals and graphic prints from well-known brands, as well as the company’s in-house range. Prices start from £8 per m and £19 per roll. Wallpaperdirect There’s a vast choice of yellow wallpapers at this online store, from big-name brands as well as exclusives by Brewers and Albany. From £14 per roll.

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decorative equivalent of custard, make sure you don’t overdo it. Stick to just one shade of yellow for a unified look, then mix it with one or two complimentary colours. Grey and yellow are a match made in heaven, as grey will give this buttery colour a smart, sophisticated touch. Alternatively, go for gold highlights on a yellow wallpaper to create a luxe look, keep it simple by pairing it with white for a classic summertime feel or team with leaf green for a country look. HOW TO ACCESSORISE IT White country-style furniture teamed with yellow wallpaper and fabric will give a space a relaxed, traditional feel, while more contemporary shapes in honey-coloured wood or a black gloss will keep the look modern. SHINE BRIGHT The delicate metallic sheen on this paper reflects the light Sakura in Yellow Lustre, £82 per roll, Archive Trails collection, Little Greene

‘Choosing a confident yellow colour scheme is guaranteed to brighten up both your home and your mood’ GINEVRA BENEDETTI, ASSOCIATE EDITOR


Wallpapers & fabrics ROOM IDEAS

TOP 10 Wallpapers Yellow prints Bring a room to life with these sunny delights

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Fruity number This fun, vintage-style, lemony print will look great in a kitchen Ailsa in Soft Lemon, £12 per roll, B&Q

BRIGHT STAR Inspired by a blanketed sky of stars, this delicate, intricate design comes in five colourways Stjärnflor 14665, £60 per roll, Wonderland collection, BoråsTapeter

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Painterly florals Large dreamy blooms work well in a bedroom Watercolour Bloom in Ochre, £15 per roll, Next

HOT LINES This wallpaper’s smart sartorial stripe would suit most spaces Sigge in Yellow 787-32, £60 per roll, Edward collection, Sandberg

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Leafy look Give your hallway a subtle retro vibe Golden Leaf, £48.50 per roll, Layla Faye range, Wallpaperdirect

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Blooming lovely Bring a fresh feel to a country-style scheme Spring Meadow in yellow, £28 per roll, Sussex Gardens collection, Albany range, Wallpaperdirect

IDEAL V GREAT DEAL Add a splash of summer with these bold fabrics MELLOW YELLOW A small-scale motif will be perfect for covering cushions Pasha Fan 1250-4, Elanbach

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Ditsy design This subtle print would work well in any space Lym in yellow, £9.99 per roll, Home of Colour range, Homebase

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ROOM IDEAS Wallpapers & fabrics THE TOP 10 WALLPAPERS ...continued

INTO THE BLUE Layering fabrics creates a bold and sumptuous look Bed canopy in Muse 004; fabric headboard in Menagerie; both £35 per m; bench in Parallel 003, £66 per m; all Mystical collection, Blendworth

‘Use a bold yellow cushion to give your space personality’ GINEVRA BENEDETTI, ASSOCIATE EDITOR

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Taste of India

A delicate block print with exotic fan motifs Kashmira in yellow, £69 per roll, Echo Indienne collection, Baker Lifestyle

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Choose a graphic paper for a lively scheme Pom Pom in Lemon Slice, £105 per roll, Natasha Marshall

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French feel

Keep it chic with traditional pattern Toile in Butterleigh, £48 per roll, Brewers range, Wallpaperdirect

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Abstract print Striking, stylised florals create a modern look Issy in Quince, £44 per roll, Xander collection, Villa Nova

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Use this fun-filled design for a feature wall in an office Philippa Wallpaper in Yellow Jersey, £70 per roll, Liberty

WHAT’S NEW AT

Blendworth Romantic florals are the focus of its new collection THE COMPANY Founded in London in 1921 by Sidney Cassey, Blendworth started as a wholesale fabric business selling woven designs, damasks and tapestries. Nearly 100 years later, the company exports to more than 40 countries worldwide. It offers a wide selection of original designs with a quintessentially British feel, and has collaborated with the iconic Wedgwood brand on an exclusive collection of fabrics and wallpapers. THE NEW COLLECTION Drawing on the Romantic era of the 19th century for inspiration, Blendworth’s latest fabric collection, Mystical, features

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eight beautiful designs. In a lush palette of blues, purples, greens and pinks, it includes pretty printed blooms and brushstroke florals, together with classic plains and crackle-effect velvets. Prices range from £35 per m for printed cotton designs to £88 per m for more ornate, embroidered jacquard prints. WHY WE LOVE IT If Scandi-style block prints and modern geometrics aren’t your cup of tea, then you’re sure to fall for these fabulous floral offerings. The designs, which are all markedly different from one other, look stunning when layered together and are perfect for adding romance to your scheme.

FEATURE GINEVRA BENEDETTI PHOTOGRAPHS RHAPSODY MEDIA

Big and bold


Why paint a wall one colour when you can make it three? Just be sure to choose tints of the same weight

THROW IN A COLOUR BOMB! Take a neutral room from meh to amazing with a confident hit of acid yellow. Try it on the fireplace or a border around the fireplace, on a coffee table or on frames. Fire surround painted in Babouche Estate Eggshell, £55 for 2.5ltr; walls painted in Pavilion Gray Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr; both Farrow & Ball

TAKE A POT OF PAINT…

The easiest, quickest way to change up a room? Try a clever paint trick to make it wow

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hen you can’t be faffed with redecorating, but you’re tired of your room scheme – or maybe it just needs a little something to give it character – then open up that cupboard where all the halffinished pots of paint are kept. With a little imagination and not much time at all (especially if you get a friend on board), you could add a little colour and a lot of style

to a space. Take a look at which architectural features you could highlight or areas that lack visual structure or simply need a standout focal point. Plan it carefully before you break out the brushes, though, and go easy on the number of colours you use – too many will be hard on the eye. A good general rule of thumb to stick to is to use two accent colours against a neutral backdrop. Go on, be a braver decorator!

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TIP Use the same paint to add a colour surprise elsewhere in the room by upcycling a small table


Paint tricks ROOM IDEAS

For similar paint shades, try Sun Sparkle, You Are My Sunshine and Oopsy Daisy Premium Walls & Ceilings, all ÂŁ26.98 for 2.5ltr, Valspar range, B&Q

GO OMBRÉ Create a graduated effect using three shades of the same colour. Paint all of the wall in the palest shade, then paint the middle horizontal section in the medium

shade. For the lower third of the wall, use the darkest shade of paint. Finally, mix the light shade with the medium, and the dark with the medium, then use a dry brush to blend the sections.

Define a dining area in an open-plan space by painting a circle in a shade that tones with the main wall colour

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IDEA Add an extra hit of colour by painting shutters in a bold shade. Use eggshell for a soft finish

Conceal skirting by painting it the same colour as the walls

Alcove wall painted in Knightsbridge Absolute Matt Emulsion, £38 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene

CREATE A CHIC DISPLAY Make shelves blend in – and what’s on them stand out – by painting them the same colour as your walls. Sand laminate shelves well first, then apply a primer, such as Zinsser’s Bulls Eye, £14.39 for 1ltr, Screwfix.

ADD DRAMA TO ALCOVES Use a deep shade in a flat matt finish to give alcoves greater depth. Pick a colour that complements the palette used in the rest of the room, but adds a point of difference in the open-plan space. 54 | JULY 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine


Paint tricks ROOM IDEAS

‘Creating a fun mural is so simple you can even get the kids to join in – just mark out the design first and guide them to stay within the lines’ HOLLY CATFORD, ACTING STYLE & DECORATING ASSISTANT Use a washable eggshell paint to add colour to risers For a similar paint, try the Bridge Blue Wood & Metal Eggshell, £26 for 1ltr, Mylands of London

CHOOSE THE RIGHT FINISH Flat matt Use a matt emulsion on

MAKE A KID’S ROOM MAGICAL You don’t have to be an artist to turn a kid’s room into a haven for creative play. Use masking tape to design a mountain range or geometric shapes, then paint inside the lines. Classic poplar wood solid raised shutters painted in Dulux Spring Breeze, £159 per sq m, California Shutters. Mini star stickers, £16, Ferm Living

walls in a living room, dining room or bedroom, or for ceilings. The flat finish will help hide imperfections on the surfaces. It doesn’t wash well, but blends easily if you need to touch up an area with a new coat of paint. Eggshell Not as glossy as satin or silk, it’s suitable for giving woodwork, such as skirting boards and doors, a smart effect. It can also be used on walls for a durable, washable finish. Satin or silk Satin has a more glossy finish, while silk has a mid-sheen. Used on walls, these can withstand scrubbing, so they are well suited to kitchens and bathrooms, and high-traffic areas, such as hallways. Satinwood or gloss Both suitable for woodwork, satin has a lower sheen than gloss and hides more surface imperfections, while gloss will provide a light-reflecting finish. Primer This is useful if wood or walls have never been painted. It will help the paint to adhere to the surface and give it a durable finish, so it’s ideal for window frames and bannisters. When painting over a dark colour, a tinted primer will reduce the number of coats of paint needed for coverage.

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ROOMS IDEAS Paint tricks Highlight skirting against white walls Skirting painted in Urbane Grey and Lamp Black Intelligent Eggshell, both £54.50 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene

Window trim painted in Ravishing Red Aura SemiGloss paint, £23 for 0.94ltr, Benjamin Moore

‘For a small pop of colour, paint a trim above the skirting on a staircase or around a door’ MICHELA COLLING, STYLE EDITOR

For a contemporary look, create a striking contrast by introducing an accent shade against white walls. Use paint to pick out architectural details, such as around a window or beneath an arch or dividing-wall beam. Rather than disguising pipework, make a feature of it by giving it a coat of eggshell paint – use either a bold, eye-catching shade or one that complements the wall colour.

Wall painted in black matt chalkboard paint, £11.73 for 1ltr, Colours range, B&Q

PAINT A CRAZY CREATIVE SCRIBBLE WALL Is your desk or dining table forever buried under a mound of Post-it notes and to-do lists? Clear the clutter and create an organisation hub by painting a feature wall in chalkboard paint – the bigger the scale, the higher the decorative impact will be. Use it to set up a timetable for the week, write shopping lists or just to leave each other notes – it’s a blank canvas, so the possibilities are endless. 56 | JULY 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

FEATURE MICHELA COLLING PHOTOGRAPHS TIMEINCUKCONTENT.COM

PUT COLOUR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES


OPEN HOUSE Step inside these stylish real homes and savvy improvement projects…

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The big

CHANGE INSTALLING A NEW KITCHEN AND PERSONALISING A RENTAL PROPERTY WITH ANTIQUE FURNITURE, FLORAL PAINTINGS AND VINTAGE FABRICS

‘I turned a rented house into a home’ Isabelle Jolivet’s cottage was a blank, functional space until she used simple decorating tricks and treasured finds to make it her own FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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Period cottage REAL HOMES

1 Living room Isabelle has given the sofa character by teaming vintage sheets with some hand-painted cushion covers Söderhamn sofa, £515, Ikea. For similar cushions, try the Agapanthus, from £55 each, Holly Lasseter Designs

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REAL HOMES Period cottage

Take the 60-SECOND TOUR THE PROPERTY A one-bedroom cottage with a separate workshop in Brussels, Belgium, rented since March 2013.

WHO LIVES HERE Isabelle Jolivet and her partner, Christian Toro, live here. Isabelle is a jewellery designer and owns a boutique called Nina Bohême, and Christian is an antiques dealer.

THE LOOK Elegant country, with one-of pieces of furniture, open shelving and informal galleries of paintings set against a soothing backdrop of soft, natural tones.

LESSONS LEARNED It’s definitely possible to bring personality to a rented property, even if you can’t

repaint or hang pictures on the walls. Propping up artwork and creating displays on shelves are easy ways to add interest to a room.

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‘I bought the wooden cabinet at a flea market in Provence, which is where I find most of my furniture’

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2 Dining room ‘I like old pieces that bring history to my home,’ says Isabelle, who has added texture with wooden buys For a similar table, try the Newport, £250, Maisons du Monde. For a similar cabinet, try the Portland wardrobe, £499, The Cotswold Company


‘I took away the door between the kitchen and dining room, so my friends can talk to me while I cook’ 3 Dining room ‘The fireplace is original and it’s one of my favourite pieces in the house,’ says Isabelle For a similar fireplace, try the Edwardian Corbel, £1,314, Chesney’s. For similar chairs, try the X back, £155 each, Graham and Green

4 Kitchen ‘The original sink was so ugly!’ says Isabelle. She replaced it with a modern version of a butler’s sink for a sleeker look For a similar sink, try the Domsjö single bowl, £140; for a similar tap, try the Ringskär, £80; both Ikea

hen Isabelle Jolivet moved into her cottage in Brussels, Belgium, three years ago, she knew it would be a challenge to make a rented property feel like home. A jewellery designer and boutique owner, Isabelle filled the property with personal touches to make it her own without actually owning the property. ‘I’d been living in the South of France in a lovely riverside loft apartment, but I needed a change,’ she says. ‘I came here to Brussels for a more interesting life and to open my shop. It’s an interiors and lifestyle boutique selling my own jewellery and perfume, as well as the vintage furniture that I find and restore.’ Renting seemed a sensible option while she found out if the move, and her new business

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venture, would work out. ‘When I found this house it was just perfect,’ says Isabelle. ‘Its location is great, close to the centre of Brussels, and I love its period features, such as the fireplaces in the living and dining rooms.’ The property also comes with a self-contained studio that sits just a few steps away across a walled courtyard and is the perfect workspace for Isabelle to create her designs. ‘I was fortunate because the owners allowed me to change some aspects of the property to make it work for me,’ she says. ‘I started with the studio at the end of the garden, adding insulation so that I could work there all year round, then I installed a new floor and repainted the walls a fresh white.’ The new colourway makes the most of the light entering the studio, especially as it only has windows on the front wall, overlooking ➺


Period cottage REAL HOMES 5 Kitchen Although this is a rented cottage, the owners allowed Isabelle to choose a new kitchen For similar units, try the Hittarp, from £11 for a door; Råsunda worktop, from £60 for a 186cm length; Ekby Hemnes shelves, from £12 each; all Ikea

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the courtyard garden. ‘The ground floor of my studio is quite dark, so I decided to paint the courtyard walls white, as it helps to reflect light into the rooms,’ says Isabelle. In an ideal world, she would connect the house and studio using a glass roof. ‘I’d like to walk between them without getting wet when it rains,’ she says. In the main house, the rooms were already decorated when Isabelle moved in. ‘I didn’t need to paint at all,’ says Isabelle. ‘The walls were done in the soft, natural shades of grey, green and taupe that I love.’ But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t put her mark on the property. ‘The kitchen was terrible – just a cooker and an ugly sink,’ she says. ‘Fortunately, the property owners let me choose a kitchen to replace it.’ Opting for simple kitchen units and open shelving enhances the house’s elegant-country aesthetic. ‘I love to cook and I have a multitude of accessories, tableware and spices – they all find their place in here,’ says Isabelle. ‘The previous occupants used the room next to the kitchen for storage and drying laundry, but I love to entertain my friends, so I turned it into a dining room,’ she says. ‘It’s not an open-plan space, but I took away the door between the two rooms and now my friends can drift between the two and talk to me while I cook.’ Isabelle designed the dining table herself and had it made by a carpenter. She has ➺

6 Bedroom Isabelle has added country prints, serene artwork and vintage touches to give the bedroom a homely feel For similar bed linen, try the Latimer Rose duvet set, from £35, Cath Kidston

7 Studio A long farmhouse table is an ideal workbench For a similar table, try the Little Tree Furniture Whiteleaf upcycled, £569, Barker & Stonehouse

3 of the best

WALL MIRRORS Hang on

£36.95

Bounce light around the room with this contemporary design Octagon copper mirror, MiaFleur

£34.95 Square up Its simple brass frame has been finished off with an antique sari tie Small Kariba mirror, Nkuku

£60 Tilt action This shapely mirror has pivot fixings so it can be set at an angle Fleur mirror, Next

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Period cottage REAL HOMES

‘I fitted the long shelf – it’s really important to me to use materials such as wood to feel close to nature’

8 Bathroom The antique-style bath was already in place when Isabelle moved in For a similar bath, try the Falmouth, £745, The Cast Iron Bath Company. For a similar wall paint, try the Lamp Room Gray Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

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‘I was fortunate because the owners allowed me to change some aspects of the property to make it work for me’ 9 Courtyard Outside the studio is a courtyard, where Isabelle has installed a bench that she’s had since she was a child For a similar bench, try the Rosedale, £149, Marks & Spencer. For similar floral cushions, try the Morning Chorus, £60 each, Voyage range, John Lewis

teamed her bespoke pieces with beautiful, one-off finds. ‘I bought the wooden cabinet at a flea market in Provence, which is where I find most of my furniture,’ says Isabelle. It’s perfect for storing her large collection of old linens, vintage tableware and mismatched crockery. On the second floor, Isabelle’s bedroom is tucked into the eaves and has an awkward angled ceiling. To make the room appear larger, she has hung artwork low on the walls and chosen small stools to act as her bedside cabinets. ‘I love countryside paintings, as they give the room a real serenity,’ she says. Isabelle has employed other simple ideas to help make the space her own. The house is filled with antique flower paintings that she has collected for years – they are now leant against walls, propped on mantelpieces, or simply stuck with low-tack tape so that they don’t leave marks. Every surface houses a curated

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display of accessories, quirky flea-market finds and family treasures, such as china dolls from Bulgaria and birds from a Spanish market. Even in the bathroom, it’s Isabelle’s personal touches that make it feel unique and homely. ‘The bath was already in place, but I fitted the long shelf,’ she says. ‘It’s really important to me to use materials such as wood to feel close to nature.’ It’s Isabelle’s love of old pieces and natural materials that adds a sense of history to her living space, too. ‘I’ve collected old linens for years – they’re comfortable and somehow noble, so different from the new fabrics you buy today,’ she says. It’s the same with the vintage cutlery and crockery that she’s gathered at flea markets over time. The pieces Isabelle has chosen to surround herself with tell her story, as well as enchancing her home. As she says, ‘I love to make use of these objects – they beautify my life.’ IH


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A line up of antique vases creates an artistic display For similar vases, try the Lila, from £29 each, Brissi

Mismatched crockery gives the space relaxed, rustic style For similar bowls, try the Marseille, £34.95 each, Dibor

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FEATURE ANDRÉA CHILDS PHOTOGRAPHS LAETIZIA BAZZONI/BASSET IMAGES BOX COPY LISA FAZZANI PLANS PERSONA-ID

Isabelle has given her home character by combining individual, French-style buys in a soft palette

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Curated kitchenalia adds to the house’s elegant country look For similar utensils, try the enamel ladles, from £13 each, Objects of Use

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Isabelle has used low-tack tape to create an easy-toupdate display For similar artwork, try the Impressionism range, King & McGaw

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REAL HOMES Period cottage

Get Isabelle’s look Give your scheme refined rustic style with a cool palette FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

£54.66

DINING ROOM

Faded florals Its gentle tones work well with muted décor Magnolia and Red tulip canvas print (30cm sq), King & McGaw

£325 Well handled Use to hold firewood or as a laundry hamper in a bedroom Kubu rattan barrel large log basket, Wovenhill

Stow away

Create a relaxed, sociable space with antique-style finds

Store crockery and linens out of sight Bourton painted Shaker cupboard (H183cm x W64cm x D46cm), The Cotswold Company

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Café chair

£22.95 Board meeting

£800 Farmhouse feel Add authenticity with a rustic piece made from recycled fir Sologne table (H78cm x W200cm x D100cm), Maisons du Monde

Perfect for the weekly shopping list Wooden heart blackboard with chalk, Melody Maison

£35

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Artisan buy

£130

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Each of these hand-crafted ceramics is unique Wobbler cereal bowls, Loaf

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Go figure Include little details to give your space personality Ceramic Bertie, Plum & Ashby

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Keep it simple with classic French style Cross back chair, Alexander & Pearl


‘I was desperate to add some character’ Faced with a neutral-painted home that lacked light in places, Caroline Firth used colour and creativity to inject some style sass FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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1 Living room Caroline knocked through the existing living room and a small reception room to create a bigger, brighter space, then added colourful accents Miss Clementine sofas, from £1,889 each, Sofa Workshop. Rug, from a selection, City Cows. Felix cushions, £45 each, Habitat

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CHANGE FITTING A NEW BATHROOM AND KITCHEN, KNOCKING THROUGH TO OPEN UP THE LIVING ROOM AND REDECORATING THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE

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THE PROPERTY A five-bedroom, semi-detached, Victorian house in Bramhall, Cheshire, bought in July 2006.

WHAT IT COST Building work.............................£1,500 Kitchen.......................................£11,000 Bathroom...................................£8,000 Flooring......................................£2,000 Decorating....................................£500

TOTAL.....................£23,000 WHO LIVES HERE Caroline and Ian Firth live here with their children, Sam, 14, and Erin, nine. Caroline is an interior designer and Ian is a musician and music teacher.

THE LOOK Colourful and eclectic, with period features and informal furnishings, as well as a mix of classic, retro and high-street buys.

LESSONS LEARNED Tackle your garden early on – we left it until last in our previous home and it took ages to mature. This time I made it a priority and we’ve been able to enjoy it so much more.

SECOND FLOOR ⊲ The children have the top floor, with Sam’s bedroom on the right-hand side of the house and Erin’s on the left. There’s a bathroom between their rooms

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‘When there’s limited natural light, strong colours really stand out and energise a room’

2 Kitchen-diner Caroline had the units made by a joiner, then recycled the old ones to fit out her utility room For a similar kitchen, try the Chichester, from £640 for a W600mm base unit; for a similar dresser, try the Chichester 5ft, from £2,285; both Neptune

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een to swap their Manchester home for one in a more family friendly area, Caroline and Ian Firth began looking for a period house in nearby Cheshire. ‘When one of the few Victorian properties in the area came onto the market, we were determined to buy it,’ says Caroline. Built in 1865 for the local stationmaster, the house was a double-fronted semi with high ceilings and period fireplaces. Caroline and Ian stretched their finances as far as possible and, although they weren’t the only ones bidding on it, they struck lucky. Inside, the rooms were bland and were fitted out with uninspiring budget floors and fixtures. ‘The house had been decorated to sell, so it was all liveable and nothing needed doing urgently,

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but none of it was what I’d have chosen,’ says Caroline, who gave birth to daughter Erin shortly before they moved into the house. ‘I was desperate to add some character, so as soon as we were settled and Erin started sleeping through, I was ready to spring into action.’ Those first few months gave Caroline time to get to know the new house and start planning. She soon discovered that parts of it felt dark at certain times of day, so opening up the space to add brightness was key. In terms of decorating, it would have been easy to go for a pale, paredback look, but Caroline was keen to introduce colour and individuality, too. ‘I was very aware that I would need to think creatively to achieve my vision on our limited budget,’ she says. Caroline tackled the kitchen first. Its woodlook floor and oak-effect cupboards made the ➺

3 Kitchen-diner Caroline saved money by repainting the kitchen’s existing floor. Her faded dining chairs were also given a new lease of life with a coat of paint Floor painted in Dark Lead Colour floor paint, £61 for 2.5ltr, Little Greene. For similar chairs, try the Tulip style, £99.99 each, MDM Furniture


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4 Office area On one side of the dining room, there’s an office area defined by a calendar wall sticker. The retrostyle desk is a reinvented dressing table from eBay For a similar desk, try the Portobello, £649, Maisons du Monde. Calendar wall sticker, £69, Ferm Living

5 Dining room Bright prints and eclectic artwork add colour and personality to the space For a similar tablecloth, try a selection, Etsy. Lucky lightbox, from a selection, Goodwin & Goodwin. England’s Green & Pleasant Land XXL print (unframed), £69.95, King & McGaw

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‘I’ve tried to work with the original building but still make it ours, so there are traditional features next to modern pieces and unusual accessories’ room feel narrow and dark, and there was a window and back door sitting either side of the central range cooker, which felt unbalanced. To counter this, Caroline designed a single symmetrical run of units to incorporate the range and add storage, and placed a slim dresser opposite. She then framed the range cooker with a false chimneybreast, and turned the back door into a second, matching window. Having a local joiner make the Shaker-style cabinets at a fair price meant that Caroline could splash out on quartz worksurfaces. In a further bid to save money, she cut back with the flooring. ‘We simply lifted the laminate and re-laid it horizontally to accentuate the width of the room, then painted it,’ she says. ‘It was 78 | JULY 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

supposed to be a temporary measure, but we ended up really liking it so it’s here for good.’ Caroline then focused on the downstairs layout. ‘The living room was dark and uninviting, and a little front reception room was a bit of a nothing space, but it benefitted from the afternoon sun,’ she says. ‘I wanted to even out the natural light between the two rooms.’ With that in mind, she decided to knock through from the small reception room at the front of the house to the larger living room at the back, giving the space more light. The room is decorated in fresh off-white and vibrant mid-green, which Caroline contrasted with a dramatic dark grey and yellow scheme for the adjacent study. ‘When there’s limited ➺

6 Study Zesty yellow accents give the house’s period features a modern edge For a similar fireplace, try the Nottage, from £850, Victorian Fireplaces. Tub chair, £395, Oliver Bonas

7 Hall A pinstriped runner brings an element of surprise to the hallway Halle runner, from £125 per m, Roger Oates. For a similar clock, try the Gardman Paddington, £19.99, Charlies Direct


Victorian house REAL HOMES 8 Sam’s bedroom Simple furniture, a black wall and acid-yellow highlights give the room a linear, modern edge Feature wall painted in Off-Black Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball. For a similar lamp, try the Sven, £65, Wayfair

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MONOCHROME ARTWORK £124 Skim read Keep it simple with a contemporary statement piece ‘I Never Read’ print (framed), King & McGaw

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Happy vibes

£29.99 Fine print A whole book in just one picture ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ print, Spineless Classics range, Amara

Download this printable piece and frame it at home ‘Joie de Vivre’ DIY printable, Bonjour Laura J range, Etsy

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Caroline made the artwork herself by painting the silver feather onto a panel of MDF For a similar artwork, try the Aerial I (91cm x 183cm), £200, Art.co.uk. Cushions, £75 each, Original Little Bird

natural light, strong colours really stand out and energise a room,’ she says. Throughout the house, Caroline has used money-saving tactics, such as finding furniture from eBay, charity shops and vintage sources, to add to her home’s period feel. She also altered high-street buys for an individual look. ‘I’ve tried to work with the original building but still make it ours, so there are traditional features next to modern pieces, and unusual accessories, such as the station-style clock in the hall, which is a nod to the house’s history,’ she says. A wooden parquet floor now extends from the hall into the dining room, the living room and the family’s study, creating a unified feel. Supplied by a local firm, the flooring was a surprisingly cost-effective replacement for the modern wood-effect floor. ‘It’s made from slender oak batons and all the edges were sanded, so it looks a bit battered, and everyone thinks it’s original to the house,’ says Caroline. Investing in their home for the long term has been the right move for Ian and Caroline, who has since turned her love for interiors into a business, Cheshire Interior Design (cheshire interiordesign.com). Now, as she pursues her passion and her children are growing up, the family’s house is evolving with them. ‘It’s a comfortable home that’s full of character and in a lovely location,’ she says. ‘We’ve put our heart and soul into creating it.’ IH 80 | JULY 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

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The second-hand table has been painted and topped with a marble offcut For a similar table, try the Chantilly, £199, The Cotswold Company. For similar wall stickers, try a selection, Koko Kids


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Covering a fireplace in blackboard paint helps it to stand out For a similar paint, try the Graphite chalk paint, £18.95 for 1ltr, Annie Sloan. Hairpin stool, £175, Suburban Salon

Add a canopy to give a day bed a youthful feel For a similar canopy, try the canopy with bunting, £40, Blu Bobbin range; for a similar cushion, try the personalised, £20, Plumps Creative range; both Etsy

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Illustrator Gabrielle Dow painted the two butterfly canvases. ‘They bring the room to life,’ says Caroline For similar art, try the Butterflies 1955, £13.95 each, King & McGaw

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Caroline has made a high-street buy her own by upholstering it in a bold new fabric Tub chair, £395, Oliver Bonas; covered in Rothesay Grass, £35 per m, Designers Guild

Lively prints, dramatic accents and bold pops of colour give this period property renewed personality

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REAL HOMES Victorian house

Get Caroline’s look Inject glamour into a classic scheme with standout pieces FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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Statement colour

Hint of pattern

Add a hit of emerald green to biscuit-coloured upholstery Retro diamond cushion in green (43cm sq), Graduate Collection

This simple shell design has understated style Patterned cushion cover in petrol (50cm sq), H&M

£40

High sparkle A grand chandelier is the perfect finishing touch to a polished scheme Vienna antique brass grand chandelier, Laura Ashley

£39.50

£3.99

Luxe layers

Faraway flower

Birds of a feather

The exotic bloom inside this cloche won’t wilt Artificial orchid cloche (H30cm), Marks & Spencer

These kitsch songbirds make a cute alternative Birds bell jar (H16cm), George Home

Lush lounger

£13.95

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£12 Just as plush, with its button-back velvet upholstery Constantin button armchair in green, Maisons du Monde

£200

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Wing it

Choose illustrated artwork London wildlife unframed print (H42cm x W29cm), Hanna Melin range, Notonthehighstreet.com

Or go for a colourful print Butterflies 1955 unframed print (H50cm x W40cm), Andy Warhol range, King &McGaw

Simple elegance Keep key pieces classic and neutral Bluebell three-seater sofa in Shell brushed linen cotton (H75cm x W216cm x D107cm), Sofa.com

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Tiered droplets will catch the light beautifully Vyana four light tiered nickel and crystal pendant, The Lighting Company

Indoor greenery

Bring life to your scheme with a bright accent colour Velvet tub chair in emerald, Oliver Bonas

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Bargain beauty With stitched scroll arms and turned legs, this sofa is a steal Orson three-seater sofa in Biscuit Beige (H80cm x W200cm x D98cm), Made.com

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‘A modest budget inspired my creativity’ Keen to economise? Pauline Fox’s confident, country-chic styling shows that you can create a stylish home without spending a fortune FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

The big

CHANGE UPCYCLING FIXTURES IN A PALETTE OF SOFT WHITE AND PASTELS, AND FURNISHING THROUGHOUT WITH SECOND-HAND BUYS

1 Living room Pauline found the coffee table locally, cut the legs down to get them the height she wanted and painted them. The sofa and armchair are ex-display finds For a similar sofa, try the Abingdon upholstered Grande, from £1,600; for a similar table, try the Dorset, £650; both Laura Ashley


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THE PROPERTY A three-bedroom, Victorian, mid-terraced house in East London, bought in August 2000.

WHAT IT COST Windows....................................£3,000 Flooring.......................................£1,000 Decorating.................................£3,000 Furniture.....................................£4,000

TOTAL......................£11,000 WHO LIVES HERE Pauline and Robert Fox live here with their daughter, Emily, 21, and son, Tom, 18. Pauline runs a homeware business and Robert is a football coach.

THE LOOK Traditional country, with a gentle pastel-coloured palette, pretty floral fabrics and upcycled second-hand furniture.

LESSONS LEARNED We added UPVC windows at the front of the house, but I wish I’d bought wooden sashes to match the originals, as they are much more attractive.

FIRST FLOOR ⊲ Upstairs, the main bedroom is at front of the house and Emily’s and Tom’s bedrooms are in the middle, with the bathroom at the rear

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⊳ GROUND FLOOR The front door opens into a hallway, with stairs straight ahead, living room with craft area to the right and the kitchen-diner beyond at the back of the house

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2 Dining area Pauline painted the existing panelling in a pastel blue. She also chose a retro fridge-freezer. ‘It was worth saving for as it’s a real feature of the room, like freestanding furniture,’ she says Panelling painted in Pale Duck Egg water-based eggshell, £18 for 750ml, Laura Ashley. FAB30RF fridge-freezer, £1,299, Smeg range, John Lewis


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auline Fox made up her mind to buy her house in East London within minutes of first seeing it, but turning it into the family home she wanted has been a rather long-term project. She and her husband, Robert, started looking for a house in 2000, when their children, Emily and Tom, were small. ‘We wanted a three-bedroom house with a garden for the children and some nice period features,’ explains Pauline. With properties in that part of London selling fast and prices rising, Pauline knew they would have to act quickly when the right opportunity came along. ‘We were the first people to view this house and we put our offer in the minute we left,’ she says. ‘The rooms were good sizes, the garden was lovely and I could see the potential to make it ours without doing major structural work or spending huge amounts.’ Although Pauline thought that the house was a good buy, the unloved interior was in need of a total overhaul. Woodchip and orange pine cladding covered most walls, while built-in

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wooden furniture made the rooms feel cramped and gloomy. ‘Its Seventies décor was really tired, right down to the swirly carpets and the living room’s faux-stone fireplace,’ she says. Once they had moved in, the couple had to invest in essential new windows, after which money for further improvements was tight, but Pauline didn’t let that to deter her. She focussed on innovative, affordable solutions to achieve the cosy surroundings she had visualised. ‘I wanted a comfortable, inviting home, with a calm, positive atmosphere,’ she explains. ‘I love fresh, gentle colours, lots of light, and fabrics and wallpapers with a faded vintage style.’ Pauline came up with effective ways to maximise her budget to achieve the look she wanted. The dated feel of the woodchip wallpaper in the hall, stairway and landing was successfully minimised by painting it, without the upheaval and expense of ripping it all off and making good the walls. Similarly, replacing the bathroom’s wall-towall pink tiles wasn’t an option, but tile primer topped with off-white eggshell made a big ➺

3 Kitchen Pauline painted the existing units in off-white, adding traditional cup handles to the drawers, as well as replacing the old worktops with oak ones. The painted pine plate rack adds to the house’s rustic, rural look For a similar plate rack, try eBay. For a similar worktop, try the oak block laminate, £74.99 for L3m, Homebase


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‘I enjoy trawling through charity shops and eBay, and I’ve even asked if I could take things left outside people’s houses’

4 Living room The furniture in the crafting corner is all upcycled. ‘I included different tones and textures, so it feels as if this part of the room has evolved,’ says Pauline. ‘I didn’t want it to look perfect or contrived’ For a similar round table and chairs, try the Wadebridge dining set, £1,240, Debenhams

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Garden The garden furniture was passed on by Robert’s mother. ‘It’s a little bit rusty in places, but that casual, not-quite-perfect look really appeals to me,’ explains Pauline For similar metal garden furniture, try the Bentley three-piece bistro set, £65 for a table and two chairs, Tesco Direct

5 Main bedroom Pauline hung the wallpaper in her home herself. ‘My dad taught me how,’ she says Summer Palace Taupe/ Ivory wallpaper, £40 per roll; walls painted in Biscuit and Pale Biscuit matt emulsion, both £32 for 2.5ltr; all Laura Ashley

difference. In the kitchen, Pauline’s touches have brought a classic country vibe. Worn worktops, ugly flooring and wall tiles have been replaced over time, and she repainted the old kitchen units in off-white, finishing the drawers with traditional-looking cup handles. The wooden fitted cupboards and ugly pine cladding have been refreshed in soft, pastel tones and pretty striped fabric has been used to disguise the white goods. ‘As soon as the lighter off-white and pale aqua paint colours went onto the walls and furniture, they revitalised the whole room,’ she says. Being larger than their previous home, the house needed extra furniture, so Pauline started looking out for second-hand pieces to revamp. She has now gathered a wonderful collection of tables, chairs, storage and decorative pieces, often picking things up for just a few pounds. ‘It was a challenge to begin with, but I really enjoy trawling through charity shops and eBay – I’ve even knocked on doors and asked if I could take things left outside people’s houses,’ she says. Even with enough furniture, it took Pauline a while to decide how to make the best of the living room. The previous owner had knocked through, turning the old two-room layout into a single, long space. First Pauline removed ➺ 90 | JULY 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine


6 Emily’s bedroom Emily chose an eye-catching floral wallpaper that Pauline teamed with its co-ordinating paint shade. ‘It’s handy when wallpapers and paints are ready-matched,’ she says Summer Palace Linen wallpaper, £40 per roll; walls painted in Linen matt emulsion, £32 for 2.5ltr; both Laura Ashley

‘I love fresh, gentle colours, lots of light, and fabrics and wallpapers with a faded vintage style’

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COUNTRY-STYLE CHESTS Country style The carved details and distressed paintwork give a shabby-chic feel Country Ash chest (H80cm x W80cm x D40cm), Melody Maison

£645

Top drawers A little extra height gives this chest extra storage space Chalker chest of drawers (H100cm x W100cm x D56cm), Loaf

£274

French grey Cabriole legs and a two-tone finish give this piece extra charm Camille chest of drawers (H85cm x W100cm x D45cm), Swoon Editions

£349

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the ugly stone-effect fireplace, then she added comfy sofas and a rug to help create a cosy seating area around the new fireplace. Finding a different identity for the opposite end of the room was a challenge. After trying a dining table and a study area, Pauline now uses it for sewing and crafting, making home accessories for her online business Betsy Blair Home (betsyblairhome.co.uk). ‘I could never afford the cushions and accessories I liked, so I started making my own,’ she says. Upstairs, the bedrooms were softened with wallpapers bought in the sales, and used sparingly to add colour and design interest. Pauline wanted a simple, tranquil scheme for the main bedroom, and her starting point was a bird-patterned wallpaper, in shades of taupe and grey. ‘I loved it as soon as I saw it,’ she says. ‘It’s pretty, but subtle and calming, too.’ Pauline’s home is proof that gorgeous interiors are achievable whatever your budget, especially if you opt for a relaxed, hand-crafted look. Rather than money, she believes the key is having patience. ‘You can’t expect to find the right things immediately,’ she says. ‘You’ve got to be patient, but if you’re willing to search online, sort through second-hand stuff and make a few things yourself, you can do it.’ IH

Replacing the pink tiles wasn’t an option, but tile primer topped with off-white eggshell made a big difference 7 Bathroom Pauline spruced up the existing bath by adding new period-style taps and replacing its old plastic side panel with some tongueand-groove panelling For similar taps, try the Bensham bath/shower mixer, £209, Bathstore

8 Bathroom As well as sanding the floorboards and painting the tiling, Pauline dressed up the furniture with some gingham fabric. ‘The basin is small for the room, so adding the fabric skirt gives it more presence, as well as hiding the rather ugly pipework,’ she says Gingham Dark Linen check cotton fabric, £18 per m, Laura Ashley


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Throughout the house mini bunting has been used on various pieces of furniture Peggy pixie bunting, £9.95 per m, Betsy Blair Home

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Pauline gave the shelves a distressed brown-grey paint finish Shelf painted in Mushroom matt emulsion, £11.97 for 2.5ltr, Home of Colour range, Homebase

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FEATURE ANNABELLE GRUNDY STYLING AND PHOTOGRAPHS COLIN POOLE BOX COPY LISA FAZZANI PLANS PERSONA-ID

Upcycled furniture, floral fabrics and pretty styling give the Foxes’ London house a countrycottage feel

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Pauline’s crafting corner is filled with beautiful fabrics she uses for her hand-crafted accessories For similar ditsy floral fabrics, try Cath Kidston

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In the cream and pink living room, this vintage-style clock picks up the black of the fireplace grate below it Holborn clock, £50, Laura Ashley

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Get Pauline’s look Create a colourful kitchen-diner that’s full of country charm FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

KITCHEN-DINER

£19.95 Team cream and pastel shades with Fifties-style buys

Back in time Go retro and hang up this baby-blue kitchen clock Fifties blue metal wall clock (diameter 21cm), Dotcomgiftshop

£10

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Simple message

Pretty in pink The classic Mason Cash mixing bowl in a soft rose pink Bake My Day mixing bowl (diameter 24cm), Mason Cash range, Wilko

£10

Add a homely touch with this pretty hanging sign Glass hanging wall art, Ashley Thomas range, Debenhams

Rustic chic Cool curves Show off this Fifties-style freestanding fridge-freezer FAB30RF fridge-freezer (H168cm x W60cm x D68cm), Smeg

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£19.99 Pitcher perfect Just the thing for filling with drinks or displaying flowers Living Nostalgia 2.3ltr pitcher, Kitchen Craft range, Wayfair

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The perfect piece for a country look Dorchester Pine kitchen table (H77cm x W91cm x L152cm), The Cotswold Company

£15m per

Spot on With its wipe-clean finish, this is practical and pretty Polka Dot Duck Egg cotton/PVC fabric, Laura Ashley

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‘We put the life back into this old house’ Veronique and Evert Veltink-Hendriks restored a ruined farmhouse, mixing classic country style with unexpected, contemporary touches FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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1 Living room Veronique designed the new chimney breast and painted it black to contrast with the white panelled walls and add a modern touch. The Dutch Vermeer print is a reminder of her birth country Nockeby sofa in dark grey, £579; Smånate cushion covers, £4 each; all Ikea

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CHANGE ADDING A NEW ROOF, HEATING SYSTEM, ELECTRICALS AND SEPTIC TANK, PLUS RENOVATING AND MODERNISING THROUGHOUT

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THE PROPERTY

WHO LIVES HERE

A four-bedroom, early Victorian, detached farmhouse with converted outhouses on Exmoor in Devon. The owners bought it in October 2013.

Veronique and Evert VeltinkHendriks live here with their Jack Russel terrier, Jackie. Veronique is an interior designer and Evert owns a drainage business.

WHAT IT COST

THE LOOK

Building work..........................£57,000 Roof, windows and doors.........................................£28,000 Electrics and plumbing...........£7,000 Central heating.......................£19,000 Kitchen......................................£13,000 Bathrooms................................£13,000 Flooring......................................£5,000

Rustic yet refined, with natural materials, calm colours and a hint of Dutch influence.

TOTAL...................£142,000

LESSONS LEARNED Invest in good plumbing, heating and drainage – it will make your renovation cost-effective for years.

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2 Living room Veronique left two walls exposed to show off the beautiful local stone Sidney sofa, £1,900; footstool, £450; both Habitat. Tree table, £55, Design Studio V. Curtains made in Sackville Ivory linen, £95 per m, Langdale collection, GP&J Baker

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hree years ago, Veronique and Evert Veltink-Hendriks decided to sell up and downsize, as their children had left home and they really wanted a project to tackle. Their search took them to an old ramshackle farmhouse on Exmoor in Devon. ‘We felt as if we had wandered into a time warp,’ says Veronique. ‘Nothing in the house had changed internally for almost a century – it was empty and uncared for.’ An elderly farmer was the last person to have lived in the property, and he had used just the kitchen and a bedroom, leaving the other rooms untouched. Set in a remote spot with a neglected garden, the house needed a huge amount of work, which put off many potential buyers. ‘We had some refurbishing experience, which was fortunate because we fell in love with it instantly,’ says Veronique. ‘We saw beyond the neglect to the rooms’ dimensions, the high ceilings and the wonderful light.’ The couple snapped up the house and moved into a caravan on site, so they could supervise

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the renovation. ‘The house was uninhabitable,’ says Veronique. ‘It was extremely damp, partly because the roof leaked and partly because it had been built against an earth bank on the east side. So the first thing we did was lots of digging, earth-moving and installing drains all round the house to separate it from the bank.’ The next essential job was repairing and weatherproofing the roof. ‘Exmoor is famous for its wild weather, so we had to remove all the slates, put in insulation, then reinstate the old tiles where possible,’ says Veronique. ‘Fixing the roof in high winds and extremely bad weather took most of the winter.’ Once done, the couple installed new Velux roof lights and a dormer window to let in light and to break up the rather severe roofline. Veronique designed the dormer to give the house a Dutch look – a reminder of her and Evert’s childhood homes in The Netherlands. ‘We now have a full-height, open-plan top floor that’s flooded with light,’ she says. ‘Our young granddaughters, Isabelle and Jasmine, love it, as we’ve hung up a swing from the ➺

‘My decorating secret? Don’t over-furnish your home – sometimes less really is more’

3 Kitchen-diner The glass-fronted cupboards are original to the house and the old black range cooker has been renovated and converted to electricity Black tumbled marble flooring, £50 per sq m, Floors of Stone. Rustic bar stool, £235, HK Living range, Design Studio V 4 Hallway An ugly and cold concrete floor was replaced with underfloor heating and colourful patterned tiles For similar floor tiles, try the Naklo, £19.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors. Bench, £595, HK Living range, Design Studio V

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‘We used chalk paint for walls and ceilings, and for upcycling old furniture, too’ rafters in there. The rest of us use the space to play the drums, exercise and dry the laundry.’ Next, the couple removed the wall between the dining room and kitchen to create an open-plan space. They also knocked together three larders to create a living room and turned the drawing room into a study – both rooms have new French windows that open onto the garden. ‘We now enjoy beautiful scenes, such as the wild red reed bed in the valley and the red deer that live on the moors,’ says Veronique. On the first floor, the couple reworked the layout, turning a bedroom into a bathroom with an interlinking door to a guest bedroom, while two other bedrooms were transformed into the dressing room and en-suite bathroom for the main bedroom. The couple kept renovation costs down by doing much of the work themselves. Having previously renovated 102 | JULY 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

two other properties on Exmoor, they had plenty of experience to draw on. ‘We were determined to modernise the house while keeping the old features and character intact, so we’ve reused as many original materials found in the house and around the farmyard as possible,’ explains Veronique. ‘If we’ve bought anything new, we’ve chosen to use natural materials. For example, we’ve put in new double-glazed and wood-framed windows throughout, and a new front door, but reused all the other original doors. Although we’ve rewired throughout, we’ve kept the original black Bakelite light switches.’ Throughout the house, the couple have used chalk and lime paints in a range of calming colours – their natural pigments and minerals bringing a softness to the décor that chimes perfectly with Veronique’s vision. ‘The ➺

5 Dining area Rugs have been used to help define the eating area in the open-plan kitchen-diner. The table is extendable, which is ideal for when the couple have guests Ingolf chairs, £39 each, Ikea. For a similar dining table, try the Karlstad, £1,185, Oka. For a similar pendant, try the Hungarian factory shade, £200, Skinflint Design


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6 Hallway Veronique bought the tall antique bureau years ago and gave it a new lease of life by painting it and adding a distressed finish For a similar bureau, try the eight drawer distressed cabinet, £1,259, Out There Interiors. For a similar paint, try the Classico chalk paint in Polar Blue, £28.95 for 1ltr, Pure & Original

7 Dining area The couple opened up the old fireplace and installed a new flue and a wood burner For a similar wood burner, try the Regency stove, £1,495, Stovax range, West Country Fires

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8 Main bedroom This room has been furnished simply so that the grey-blue damask wallpaper on the feature wall is the focal point For a similar wallpaper, try the Sukumala Lino, £68 per roll, Designers Guild range, Wallpaperdirect

9 Bathroom ‘We like our comfort, so we both fitted the bathrooms out with towel heaters, underfloor heating, a bath, a double shower and twin basins,’ says Veronique Tumbled sandstone mosaic tiles, £28.99 per sq m, Marblemosaics. For a similar mirror, try the round hanging mirror in brass, £55, John Lewis

beauty of chalk paint is that it can be used not just on walls and ceilings, but for upcycling old furniture, too,’ she says. ‘My best decorating tip is that a coat of good-quality paint is an affordable, easy way to change a look. It also gives your home a calm backdrop against which your furniture will look better. We used chalk and lime paints throughout the house and the quality is exceptional. Another decorating secret is not to over-furnish your home – sometimes less really is more.’ The decorating part of the project didn’t all go smoothly, though. ‘One day, I stepped from the ladder straight into a large paint tin,’ says Veronique. ‘The paint was everywhere, including dripping through all the floorboards. Our dog came to see what was going on and really enjoyed running through the paint.’ Finally, Veronique renovated the old stables, creating a workshop for the interiors business, Design Studio V, she runs with her daughter, Dorith. ‘We’re so happy with this old farmhouse,’ says Veronique. ‘Whether it’s just Evert and me here or the whole family, our home never feels too large or too small – it’s just right, and the 14 months of hard work to get it this way has all been worth it.’ IH

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REAL HOMES Rural renovations

Built in the Thirties to replace an oak outbuilding that had burned down, the concrete barn had an asbestos-covered roof

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From furniture factory… The transformation of a run-down rural structure into a spacious, energy-efficient home was a family affair for John and Anne Oates

Take the 60-SECOND TOUR THE PROPERTY A six-bedroom, detached, converted barn in Essex.

WHO LIVES HERE

and both ends of the structure were rebuilt in steelwork. Underfloor-heating, rainwaterharvesting and heat-recovery systems were also installed.

▲ GROUND FLOOR There’s an open-plan living space, with a kitchen at one end and a bedroom and study at the other

Anne and John Oates live here.

WHAT IT COST WHAT THEY DID The couple transformed a former agricultural building that was kitted out for factory use into a family home. The asbestos roof was replaced

The couple paid £300,000 for the barn and spent around £408,000 converting it into a family home. The property is now worth more than £1 million.

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▲ FIRST FLOOR Upstairs, there are five bedrooms and two bathrooms


Black-framed roof lights add a contemporary touch to the new clay-tile roof

The barn’s structure has been transformed with rendered and weatherboarded walls and smart oak window frames

to beautiful country home

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nne Oates’s large home in Chelmsford, Essex, has been in the family for years, although its current form as an attractive house is a far cry from its previous life as an agricultural outbuilding. The barn had previously belonged to Anne’s brother, who used it as a furniture factory. When the company relocated, the building became vacant, which presented Anne and her husband John with the opportunity to create a unique home just one mile from the village where they had lived for 35 years. A HUGE CHALLENGE ‘At first, we seriously doubted whether we could make a practical home from such a low building, but, after some careful measuring, we found that we could add a first floor without digging down,’ says John. Just clearing out the remains of the factory equipment took the couple two months. ‘We were left with masses of wiring, ducting and dust-extraction machinery,’ says John. ‘We

then got planning permission to convert the barn into a dwelling and appointed a local architect to help work on our plans.’ THE FIRST HURDLE The barn had been built to replace an oak outbuilding that had burned down in the Thirties. Although it was designed to imitate the original barn, it had been built in reinforced concrete with concrete beams,’ explains Anne. A survey revealed that some of the reinforcing bars had rusted and damaged the concrete, so a specialist company was called in to make repairs. The building’s vast asbestos-covered roof also required expert attention, with the sheets being carefully removed and replaced with hand-made clay tiles. Additionally, both ends of the barn needed to be taken down and rebuilt in steelwork – a job that was devised by the couple’s structural engineer, who produced hundreds of pages of calculations. ‘We were living nearby in a 15th-century cottage, which needed constant attention, ➺

Anne and John Oates with their son, Philip

We love… …‘the layout. Designing it from scratch meant we could have the interior exactly as we wanted it’

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but we’d never tackled any large-scale building work before,’ says Anne. ‘Fortunately, our son Philip is a builder, and he acted as our site foreman and main contractor. He moved into a mobile home on site while the work was going on. John was the project manager and I spent ages researching materials. Our other children also lent a hand, so the project turned into a real family affair.’ INCORPORATING GLASS Anne and John were determined that the barn should suit its rural setting, so the exterior was covered in a cream-coloured render and partly clad in black-painted weatherboarding. Barely any windows are visible from the road, giving the impression that the interior of the house is quite dark. However, a large number of roof lights and light tubes were incorporated during the conversion, resulting in bright rooms. The south side of the building was fitted with large panels of glazing to bathe the rooms in sunlight and provide views of the garden. The couple had a clear vision for their new home’s interior, which is more streamlined and contemporary than the building’s façade. ‘We cut out pictures from magazines and visited several self-build shows, which really helped with ideas for the interior design,’ explains Anne. ‘At 550 sq m, it’s a huge size, but the bays of the barn create more intimate areas within the ground floor, making a comfortable living space.’ The ground floor of the house has been left predominantly open plan, with a kitchen at one end of the main living space. The entrance

As the building has a low ceiling, short wall units help the kitchen feel more spacious

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hall, dining area and a living room are tucked into smaller bays on either side of the openplan space, with a bedroom, library and a study concealed behind the fireplace wall. Upstairs, there are five bedrooms and two bathrooms, all accessed by bridge-like galleried landings. Decorating the large building proved to be a mammoth task, and Anne spent countless days wielding an extendable roller to get the walls painted. The couple chose rich, solid-walnut worktops and white high-gloss doors for the kitchen cabinets, which help to reflect light around the space. GREEN CREDENTIALS The Oateses were determined to include some ecofriendly features in their new home, so they incorporated a rainwater-harvesting system, which captures water from the barn’s huge roof and stores it in underground tanks for irrigating the garden and flushing loos. A ventilation and heat-recovery system avoided the need for unappealing trickle vents in the oak window frames, and underfloor heating was laid beneath the engineered-oak flooring throughout the ground floor of the house. Although the project was hard work, the couple are delighted with the conversion. ‘It was challenging and time consuming, especially sourcing the materials, which surprised us, as did the number of decisions that needed to be made each day,’ says John. ‘The house has been designed so that we could live entirely on the ground floor should we need to in the future, so we hope to be able to stay here for many years.’

A simple mix of white walls and warm oak makes the open-plan layout feel inviting

Wall-to-wall bookshelves maximise space in the study


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RENOVATION KNOW-HOW

‘We cut out pictures from magazines and visited selfbuild shows, which helped with ideas for the interior’

■ Many alterations can be made under Permitted Development, meaning you don’t need to get planning permission. For more information on planning and building regulations, visit planningportal.gov.uk and always check with your local authority before making any major changes. ■ Keep your neighbours informed at all stages, and you might need to obtain party wall agreements, too. Check the advice given at planningportal.gov.uk. ■ For extensions and major remodelling, it’s usually advisable to employ an architect to draw up accurate plans: the Royal Institute of British Architects (architecture. com) holds a directory of approved architects. ■ Get at least three quotes for all major purchases, including when you’re hiring tradesmen and, whenever possible, negotiate fixed prices for each job rather than paying a daily rate. ■ It’s not usually advisable to undertake major roofing work on a DIY basis. Go to the National Federation of Roofing Contractors’ website (nfrc.co.uk) to find a reputable roofer to do the work. ■ Remember to factor delays into the schedule and always have a contingency pot of money to pay for those unforeseen expenses.

IN DETAIL DESIGNING A STAIRCASE Copy the Oateses and add a statement staircase A key feature of Anne and John’s converted barn is its bespoke oak-clad staircase, which was inspired by one the couple saw while on holiday in Venice. ■ Although primarily functional, staircases can be a design feature in their own right, whether straight, curved, spiral or cantilevered. ■ Anne and John’s oak staircase makes a real statement in their open-plan barn. It consists of chunky timber slats and clear-glass balustrades supported between oak newel posts. Made from

toughened glass, the side panels have been bolted into structural steelwork, and were supplied and fitted by a local company. ■ The cost of fitting a new staircase in your home can vary wildly. It’s possible to buy stair kits for just a few hundred pounds, but a bespoke staircase made by a joiner can cost several thousand pounds. ■ Staircases must meet current building regulations and offer protection from falling, with a handrail on at least one side and spindles no more than 10cm apart.

Open treads add to the barn’s airy feel

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BEFORE The derelict cob and stone barn was in a poor state of repair

Some original stonework has been left exposed to show the barn’s heritage

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The ramshackle barn is now a striking two-storey property

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‘We turned a forgotten cattle shed into a rural bolthole’

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iscovering an abandoned Cornish farm lost in undergrowth was the start of a completely new life for Jan and Chris Jopling, and their three daughters, Clarice, Polly and Ezmay. The family had renovated and converted a number of properties before, and were on the lookout for another project near Bude. ‘Jan went to view a house in the village of Marhamchurch and asked the owner what was at the end of the lane,’ says Chris. ‘When he told her it

was a derelict farmhouse that hadn’t been lived in for more than 70 years, we were intrigued. Unfortunately, a hedge had grown across the entrance, which made it impossible to access the site.’ EXCITING DISCOVERY Jan and Chris managed to track down the owner of the farmhouse. There was no proper road to the site and no mains services, but, in 2010, the family purchased what was left of the farm, including a courtyard of outbuildings. ‘The farm dates back hundreds of years,’ explains Jan. ‘We’ve tried to

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retain the character of the farmhouse and its buildings, restoring them back to their original state as closely as possible, with some helpful guidance from the previous owners.’ Originally, the barn was used as the cattle byre with a hay loft above it, but by the time Chris and Jan purchased the farm, it was little more than a ruin with an asbestos roof. The cob and stone walls had been patched up over the years, but were structurally poor. The couple worked with an architect to create professional drawings before

FEATURE DEBBIE JEFFERY PHOTOGRAPHS JEREMY PHILLIPS, UNIQUE HOME STAYS PLANS PERSONA-ID

When Chris and Jan Jopling discovered a derelict barn in a remote location, they mucked in to help turn it into an idyllic getaway


Rural renovations REAL HOMES To make the most of the stunning views, the open-plan living area was sited on the barn’s first floor

‘We’ve tried to restore the farm buildings back to their original state as closely as possible’

Bifold doors in the garden room, which is heated for winter use, open onto a large patio

applying for planning permission to convert the barn into a two-bedroom home. ‘We decided on a reverse-level layout, with an open-plan kitchen, dining and living space upstairs to take in the view, and two bedrooms on the ground floor,’ says Jan. HARD GRAFT It took Chris and his friend Dan eight months to complete the conversion – other than the

plumbing and electrics, they carried out all of the work themselves. One of the first tasks was to bring mains electricity, water, a telephone line and drainage to the site. A reed-bed treatment plant was set up to provide water, and photovoltaic panels were installed to generate electricity. Parts of the traditional cob and stone barn were beyond salvation and had to be rebuilt, so foundations were excavated for cavity blockwork walls. Reclaimed slate was used for an authentic appearance on the roof facing onto the courtyard, while the sea-facing slope was covered in Spanish grey slate to withstand coastal conditions. An oak-framed porch opens onto a terrace at the rear, where the family can enjoy views down the valley to the sea at Widemouth Bay. Thanks to Chris, Dan and Jan’s hard work, the conversion cost the family just £115,000. They agree it was well worth the effort. ‘We adore the barn’s private location,’ says Chris. ‘You can’t beat sitting out on the terrace, watching the sunset over the bay.’

Jan and Chris Jopling

Trials & triumphs… ■ What was the high point of the project? ‘Starting with a blank sheet of paper and wondering what we were going to create from the barn.’ ■ Were there any low points? ‘Digging the foundations in clay soil during January and February really wasn’t much fun.’ ■ Who was the project saviour? ‘Our planners – they can actually be very helpful if you work with them rather than against them.’

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‘Our junk room became a stylish sunroom’ When interior designer Egon Walesch (above) and architect Richard Goodwin bought their Edwardian terrace house in Blackheath, south-east London, it still had the original lean-to at the back, which they mainly used for storage. The kitchen and dining room had already been knocked through, but the couple wanted somewhere they could relax and enjoy views of the garden, while still having storage space. They collaborated with architects and furniture designers SASA

Works to create a unique timber-framed sunroom, which echoes the bay window, with asymmetrical windows and a glazed door that opens onto the patio. Built-in cabinets were added under the windows to provide storage and extra seating. ‘We spend a lot of time in the sunroom,’ says Egon. ‘It connects us with the garden all year round and it’s wonderfully cosy in winter when the wood burner is lit.’

FIND OUT MORE... ■ The sunroom’s unusual sloped roof shape and birch plywood ceiling add character and warmth, while the asymmetrical windows frame views of the garden.

■ The daybed and useful ‘stepped’ storage cabinets were designed by Egon (egondesign.co.uk), with all the cabinetry made at SASA Works (sasaworks.co.uk).

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‘We maximised our space’ Jo and Alex Pull moved a downstairs bathroom and extended sideways to create a bigger kitchen with room to entertain FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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Stealing space from the house’s side return has created lots of room to entertain, while reusing the bricks from the knocked-down wall has added extra character Kashmir Grey units in Aquilon matt, from £10,000; Bianco Classico Quartz worktop, £2,200; both Schmidt Kitchens

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Take the

60-SECOND TOUR THE PROPERTY A three-bedroom, Victorian, terraced house in Twickenham, southwest London.

WHO LIVES HERE Jo and Alex Pull live here with their children, Raferty, three, and Atticus, 11 months.

WHAT THEY DID They moved a downstairs bathroom and extended into the side return to create a spacious kitchen-diner that opens out onto the garden.

THE LOOK Original and eclectic, teaming contemporary units with an exposed brick wall, reconditioned flooring and antique finds.

LESSONS LEARNED Authentic wooden flooring needn’t be expensive. We went for reclaimed teak floors from old school gyms – at £30 per sq m, they were a lot cheaper than many ordinary floorboards.

WHAT IT COST Units...............................£10,000 Worktop..........................£2,200 Appliances......................£1,609 Furniture..............................£815 Flooring..............................£840 Lighting.................................£418 Paint........................................£45

TOTAL................£15,927

TURN OVER TO FIND OUT HOW Jo and Alex created their new kitchen

THE LAYOUT A bank of base units, including the cooker, runs the length of the left-hand wall. The table, chairs and a cabinet are on the right-hand side, with a pivot door leading to the garden

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hen Jo and Alex Pull moved into their house in southwest London, they knew they’d be facing renovation work. ‘We were delighted to be able to afford a house, as we knew it would go up in value,’ says Jo. ‘But we also knew we would have to save up before we could afford to sort out the downstairs layout properly.’ The couple renovated the house’s upstairs first, adding an en suite to the main bedroom while they pondered ideas for downstairs. ‘The kitchen was trapped in the middle of the house with a bathroom beyond it’, says Jo. ‘It all needed replacing, apart from the fridge, dishwasher and washing machine.’ One of the most important considerations for Jo and Alex was to create plenty of room

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to entertain, and they planned to achieve a sociable feel by teaming modern units with antique wooden pieces. They consulted a couple of architects, but didn’t quite find what they were looking for. ‘The architects came up with plans for a galley-style kitchen and bifold doors, which we didn’t really want,’ says Jo. ‘We’re in a conservation area, so we knew there would be some restrictions, but ideally we were looking for something a bit more imaginative.’ When the couple found the right architect, Leigh Bowen at 50 Degrees North, it all fell into place. ‘He suggested extending into the house’s side return, which gave us space for our large rustic cupboards,’ says Jo. ‘It also meant we could turn the rectangular room into a kitchen-diner, with a table and chairs on one side.’ Now, with the finishing touches added, Jo and Alex are proud of the result.

Wood works Reclaimed furniture creates a relaxed, rustic look. Jo and Alex bought the chairs from eBay and found the table at an antiques stall in Tetbury For simiar chairs, try the Chiltern, £199 each, Ercol range, John Lewis. For a similar table, try the Speakeasy, £575, Loaf

NEED TO KNOW

EXPOSED BRICK WALLS

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Finish the wall by applying brick sealant to secure cracks and eliminate draughts


Sociable kitchen REAL HOMES

Unique finds The vintage-style lights were a bargain buy from a French market, while the reclaimed flooring gives the kitchen a long-established feel For similar lights, try the Brooklyn, £69 each, Industville. For similar teak flooring, try a selection, Hargreaves Reclaimed Flooring

Shelf life Rustic accent pieces and antique-style accessories soften the modern units For similar shelves, try the industrialstyle, £55 each, Edgeinspired range, Notonthehighstreet.com

How we did it The project really started when we met local eco architect Leigh Bowen of 50 Degrees North, as he instantly understood what we wanted to achieve. Because Alex is a design and technology teacher and loves using different materials, we knew we wanted an individual look. With that in mind, we chose glossy units, wooden furniture and a zinc roof for our extension, as well as a large pivot door and an oversized rooflight. The renovation took six months, and cost around £110,000 in total, with £80,000 of it spent on the kitchen. housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine JULY 2016 | 121


‘Widening the room worked wonders’ Adding a narrow 1m-wide extension was all it took to make Nati and Jonny Morris’s kitchen work better for them FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Plenty of room Extending the kitchendiner has given the Morrises the space they wanted, while a new skylight, neutral bespoke units and simple tiled flooring have made the room feel brighter Shaker-style units, from £516 for a W600mm base unit, Harry James Interiors. For similar stools, try the replica Tolix in red, £55 each, Atlantic Shopping

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Extended galley kitchen REAL HOMES

BEFORE

Love their

STYLE?

Take the

NATI AND JONNY’S SHAKERSTYLE UNITS ARE FROM HARRY JAMES INTERIORS ££. FOR SIMILAR, TRY MAGNET’S GLOSS WHITE SHAKER £ OR JOHN LEWIS OF HUNGERFORD’S SHAKER £££

60-SECOND TOUR THE PROPERTY A five-bedroom, Edwardian, terraced house in north London.

WHO LIVES HERE Nati and Jonny Morris live here.

WHAT THEY DID The couple extended the width of the existing galley kitchen by just 1m, added a skylight in the roof for a brighter space, had new units fitted and created a dining area.

THE LOOK Clean, simple and classic, with Shaker-style units, grey metro tiles, pale tiled flooring and smart stainless-steel appliances.

LESSONS LEARNED The co-ordination and timing of when products are being delivered is vital. Delays with the worksurfaces meant that the builders had a few days when they just couldn’t progress.

WHAT IT COST Units.................................£15,240 Worksurfaces..................£4,470 Sink and taps...................£1,330 Tiles...................................£2,700 Appliances.......................£5,145

TOTAL..................£28,885

TURN OVER TO FIND OUT HOW Nati and Jonny created their new kitchen

THE LAYOUT The hob, fridge-freezer and a row of base units are on the right-hand side, facing the sink and a breakfast bar on the left. The dining area is at one end of the kitchen, and there’s a utility room at the other end

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REAL HOMES Extended galley kitchen

NEED TO KNOW

LARGE FLOOR TILES Large-format tiles are quicker to lay and grout, plus they make a room feel larger

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s soon as they moved into their north London house in 2013, Nati and Jonny Morris knew that their kitchen was too small for them. ‘As a café owner, I’m passionate about cooking and needed more working space, plus I wanted a decent area in which to entertain,’ says Nati. ‘Our outdated wall units made the room look narrow and, without proper heating, it was too cold to entertain guests.’ The couple wanted to increase the room’s width by enough to make a difference, but without losing the view of the garden from the adjacent living room, so they extended by just 1m and had a skylight fitted to bring in more light. Underfloor heating was installed 124 | JULY 2016 housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine

and the couple chose modern appliances, including three ovens fitted in one tall bank, and a teppanyaki grill. They were keen to have units that worked with the period of the house and asked a joiner who had already made some things for them to build Shaker-style units. ‘We raised the extra cash we needed to go bespoke by selling the old kitchen units and radiators on eBay,’ says Nati, ‘so if you’re having a kitchen done, ask your builders to remove the old fittings with care.’ The couple are thrilled with their light-filled, more spacious kitchen-diner. ‘Although the extension was less than 1m wide, it has made a big difference to how the kitchen looks,’ says Nati. ‘It feels like the perfect addition to an otherwise very well-proportioned house.’

Perfect fit What used to be a cramped dining area now has space for an eight-seater table for the couple to entertain guests Modena wood and metal dining table, from £1,860, Amode. DSW Eames plastic side chairs, £339 each, Vitra range, Aram. Small simple pendant shades, £74.40 each, Boatswain Lighting. Urban Sabbia floor tiles, £41.40 per sq m, Absolute Tile Solutions


Book corner ‘I wanted open shelves to accommodate all my cookbooks,’ says Nati. ‘These were designed so that they aren’t visible from the dining area’ Crema Chiara Quartz worksurface, from £300 per linear m, Quarella range, Stone Vision. For a similar stand mixer, try the kMix Almond KMX52, £430, Kenwood

Metro style ‘I like having tiling behind the cooking area, as it’s easy to clean,’ says Nati Edge Salvia wall tiles, £49.20 per sq m, Crofts Tile Centre. For similar two burner gas hobs, try the BHG300.5SS, £80 each, Baumatic range, Currys. N54K40N0 teppanyaki domino hob, £1,249, Neff range, The Gas Superstore

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Breakfast bar A shallow countertop provides extra space for casual dining Culina-S Chrome tap, £441; Supra 500 sink, £146; both Blanco range, Ashbee & Wood. HC3300 hot/cold water tap, £599, Insinkerator

How we did it After having our plans for the extension approved, we put the work out to tender and, within three months, the builders Incurve Construction started work. Our architect, Johanna AhrbergJackson from BibiDu Architectural Design, drew up the new layout and we liaised with Harry James Interiors, who built the units, then fitted them for £2,280. We installed underfloor heating, which meant having new floor insulation and screed, but it was such a cold room, it was worth the £1,800. The work took three months, during which time we set up a temporary cooking space elsewhere in the house. housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine JULY 2016 | 125


‘ We did this on a tight budget’ Caroline and Anthony Borgman totally revamped a drab, dated bathroom for less than £4,000 FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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Budget bathroom REAL HOMES

Online find

Love their

STYLE? CAROLINE AND ANTHONY’S CAMBRIDGE ROLL-TOP BATH IS FROM BATHSTORE £££. FOR SIMILAR, TRY VICTORIAN PLUMBING’S DUKE £ OR THE VICTORIA FROM SOAK.COM ££

Caroline found the vanity unit and basin on eBay for just £300 For a similar vanity unit, try the Napoleon singlebasin, £975, Black Swan Furniture. Cambridge bath, £349; Bensham crosshead bath-shower mixer, £209; both Bathstore. Roman blind, £200, Caroline Borgman Interiors

BEFORE

Take the

60-SECOND TOUR THE PROPERTY A four-bedroom, stone-built cottage, near Witney in West Oxfordshire.

WHO LIVES HERE Caroline and Anthony Borgman live here with their two children, Amelie, seven, and Felix, four.

WHAT THEY DID The couple ripped out the dated bathroom, relocated pipework under the floorboards and built a new shower cubicle. They had porcelain floor tiles laid and tongue-and-groove cladding fitted to the walls. New lighting was installed and the room was painted.

THE LOOK Pretty and romantic, with a roll-top bath, a vintage mirror and an ornate painted vanity unit.

WHAT IT COST

LESSONS LEARNED I chose central bath taps but, with hindsight, they’re not practical with small children, as it’s easy for them to bang their heads on them.

Bath and mixer tap.......................£558 Shower.............................................£1,167 Loo.....................................................£189 Vanity unit, basin and taps.........£300 Tiles..................................................£800 Wood cladding.................................£80 Towel rail.........................................£269 Blind.................................................£200

TOTAL.........................£3,563

TURN OVER TO FIND OUT HOW Caroline and Anthony created their new bathroom

THE LAYOUT As you enter the room, the bath is on the left with the vanity unit facing the door. On the right is the shower cubicle, with a loo located behind the partition wall

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NEED TO KNOW

WALL PANELLING Use specific bathroom paint on panelling, so it doesn’t peel or crack in a damp room

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aroline Borgman wanted a pretty vintage look and a practical design for her bathroom, but budget was a bit of an issue. ‘When we bought the cottage in Oxfordshire in 2007, my husband Anthony and I decided to refurbish throughout,’ she explains. ‘We wanted to save money to buy furniture and decorate a nursery ready for our first baby, so to keep the costs down, Anthony did much of the work.’ The inspiration for Caroline’s scheme was a French-style vanity unit. ‘I wanted a freestanding cabinet to house the basin and provide storage,’ she says. ‘After weeks of scouring vintage

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shops and looking online, I eventually found just what I was looking for on eBay for £300.’ Caroline’s approach of mixing vintage finds with upcycled painted pieces creates a homely feel. ‘The vanity unit and roll-top bath I chose, combined with the rustic tiles and wood cladding, create the look I had hoped for and complement the rest of the house,’ she says. Delighted with the finished room, Caroline can’t believe how different it is now. ‘When we bought the cottage, the bathroom was so dated, with red and yellow tiles, a red carpet and a bath clad in ugly orange pine,’ she recalls. ‘The dramatic change has a gentle, pleasing feel, which is exactly what I had imagined.’

Dual purpose The space-saving combined towel rail and radiator is a sensible choice for a small room For a similar radiator towel rail, try the Reina Victoria, £269, HeatandPlumb.com. Cream porcelain floor tiles, £45 per sq m, The Terracotta Shop. Tongue and groove cladding (W95mm), £1.36 per linear m, AK Timms & Sons


Budget bathroom REAL HOMES

Saving money To keep costs down, Anthony made the shower by building a partition wall to form the enclosure Atlas in fold shower door 800, £629; Surface tray, £179; Bensham Edwardian valve, £299; all Bathstore. Belmont rose showerhead, £59.94, Victorian Plumbing

Shelf life ‘I wanted a shelf to fit above the loo’s cistern, so Anthony made one with a lift-up lid for easy access,’ says Caroline Savoy back to wall loo, £189, Bathstore. Cladding painted in Off White, Estate Eggshell, £55 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

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How we did it

French fancy Hooks inside the vanity unit’s door provide a handy hanging space – Caroline has used them to hang up lavender-filled scented hearts Wash bag, £22, Cath Kidston

Combining our skills, Anthony and I tackled much of the work ourselves, starting by stripping everything out of the old bathroom. A local electrician and plumber I know did all the main work, then Anthony built the shower cubicle and did all the tiling. After that, he clad the walls and around the cistern, creating a shelf for extra storage. We wanted to keep the room looking as light as possible, so we painted the dark beam in an off-white shade and added spotlights. Installing the bathroom cost us around £4,000 and the work took four weeks. Luckily, it was done in stages, so we could still use the room. housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine JULY 2016 | 129


‘We started this room from scratch’ Turning a guest bedroom into a bathroom meant that Sarah and Iain Urquhart had to reimagine the space completely FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

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Monochrome bathroom REAL HOMES

BEFORE

Smart solution Converting a bedroom into a bathroom created a slightly awkward layout, so the couple had to install a shorter-thanaverage bath. They also opted for shutters with a special waterproof coating to create privacy but allow for ventilation Logic single bath, £500, Fired Earth. Henley PVC waterproof shutters in Silk White, from £743 per sq m, Hillarys

Take the

Love their

60-SECOND TOUR

STYLE?

THE PROPERTY A four-storey, Victorian townhouse in Blackheath, southeast London.

THE URQUHARTS’ LOGIC SINGLE-ENDED STEEL BATH IS FROM FIRED EARTH £££. FOR SIMILAR, TRY BATHSTORE’S STEEL FORM PLUS £ OR VICTORIAPLUM.COM’S STEEL BATH ££

WHO LIVES HERE Sarah and Iain Urquhart live here.

WHAT THEY DID The couple turned their main bathroom into an en suite, then transformed a guest bedroom into this new family bathroom.

THE LOOK Modern neutral, with warm grey tiles, French-style painted furniture and traditional fittings.

LESSONS LEARNED I was drawn to more expensive vanity units, but I just couldn’t justify spending so much of the budget on a single item. I found an alternative, much more affordable design, leaving more money to spend on good-quality tiles.

WHAT IT COST Bath......................................£500 Basin vanity unit...............£750 Shower and screen..........£975 Brassware..........................£650 Tiles..................................£2,400 Floor.....................................£480 Radiator.................................£718 Shutters..............................£650

TOTAL...................£7,123

TURN OVER TO FIND OUT HOW Sarah and Iain created their new bathroom

THE LAYOUT The basin sits in front of the door, while the loo is to the door’s left. The bath runs the full length of the back wall, next to a shuttered window

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NEED TO KNOW

TRADITIONAL TOWEL RAILS The ladder style of these radiators means towels are ventilated for speedy drying

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ompletely renovating a fourstorey London townhouse was a huge project for Sarah and Iain Urquhart, as they wanted to alter the property’s layout without losing its period style. ‘We decided to turn the main bathroom upstairs into an en-suite shower room, which meant that the only other bathroom was in the basement,’ says Sarah. Luckily, the top floor also had a littleused guest room, and the couple realised that turning it into a bathroom wasn’t a big job. ‘It’s next to our en-suite bathroom, which meant it could share the pipework,’ says Sarah. ‘Initially, we were concerned that losing a bedroom might affect our home’s value, but an estate agent told us that most buyers would

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expect a house like ours to have an en suite, as well as an upstairs family bathroom, too.’ As the couple’s en suite is a shower room, Sarah was keen for the new bathroom to feature a bath. While she was flexible when it came to the fixtures and fittings, she wasn’t prepared to compromise on the tiles. ‘I wanted to use warm, muted tones to create a French Provençal feel,’ she says. ‘I found some Trelliseffect tiles I liked, and teamed them with high-gloss metro tiles for a modern effect.’ The couple are convinced they made the right choice in sacrificing a bedroom for a bathroom. ‘It was a big decision, but one that we haven’t regretted,’ says Sarah. ‘We are so pleased with it – we use it more than I thought we would and it’s such a calming space.’

Stylish storage Opting for a budgetfriendly cabinet gave the couple more to spend on other fittings, while the traditional towel rail suits the room’s classic scheme Traditional single overlay cabinet, from £660, The Bathroom Vanity Company. Zehnder Nobis towel radiator, £719, H E Olby


Monochrome bathroom REAL HOMES

Handle on it Traditional fittings lend the bathroom an authentic feel, keeping it in sync with the rest of the house’s period style For a similar handset, try the multi-function, £55; for a similar valve, try the Belgravia Crosshead, £415; both Crosswater

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Lattice look Tiles with a simple trellis pattern create a chic, contemporary feel, without deviating from the room’s neutral palette Trellis wall tiles, £225 per sq m; Bon Bon wall tiles, £79.20 per sq m; all Fired Earth. For a similar showerhead, try the Central, from £102, Crosswater

Sitting pretty A basic wooden seat adds a rustic touch and is a handy place to put bathing accessories Buka stool, £85, Lombok

How we did it We asked the builder who had worked on our kitchen to do our new bathroom, too. We needed a shorter than normal bath to fit in the space and picked up a showroom sample at half price. We didn’t want to have opaque glass fitted into the window, so chose specially made bathroom shutters instead – they provide privacy, while letting air in and moisture out. The project took six weeks to complete, and the total building costs for the bathroom were around £6,000. housetohome.co.uk/idealhomemagazine JULY 2016 | 133


In theKITCHEN This month, we’re enjoying chilled minted pea soup, making Korean kimchi, trying out the best shop-bought salad dressings and choosing a stylish portable barbecue FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Make chilled minted pea soup for a delicious summer lunch. Serve in glasses topped with a dash of cream and pea shoots. For this and other delicious pea recipes, visit goodtoknow.co.uk

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EAT Lurpak’s Spreadable Infusions in wraps, pittas and flatbreads. Choose from Chilli & Lime, Smoked Chipotle or Sea Salt & Pink Peppercorn, £1.25 for 115g packet, from all major supermarkets. DRINK Aldi’s award-winning wines, which are available online by the case. Try the Prosecco Superiore DOCG for a summer party, £44.94 for six bottles (75cl each), Aldi. TREAT yourself to a day out at a Foodies Festival, where you can enjoy cookery demos, a food-producers’ market, a vintage tea tent and lots more. They take place across the UK all summer – find venue details and buy tickets at foodiesfestival.com.

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To-do list for JULY


Food SEASONAL LIVING

Try a new taste...

KIMCHI This Korean dish of fermented cabbage is incredibly good for digestion. Lactobacillus bacteria created during the fermentation process turns sugars in the cabbage to lactic acid, which acts as a preservative and gives a tangy flavour. Eat kimchi with just rice or noodles, or try it with barbecued or roasted meat or fish. You can buy it at Oriental supermarkets or make your own with this recipe. HOW TO MAKE Mix 100g sea salt and 2ltr cold water in a bowl. Add 1 sliced Chinese cabbage, hold it down with a plate and leave overnight. Drain, rinse in cold water, then drain again, squeezing out excess liquid. Mix 4 crushed garlic cloves, 1tbsp grated ginger, 3tbsp fish sauce, 2tbsp chilli powder and 1tsp light muscovado sugar. Add in the cabbage with 3 sliced spring onions and 2 thinly sliced carrots, then mix well. Put in a sterilised Kilner jar and ferment for 1-2 days until bubbling slightly.

3 of the best

SALAD DRESSINGS Gourmet garlic

£3.45

Flavoured with sweet, subtle slow-cooked garlic, this mayo would be great in potato salad Garlic confit mayonnaise (250g), Brindisa

£3.75 Packs a punch Boasting a good balance of chilli and ginger, this dressing also makes a great marinade for pork or chicken, or a dip to go with grilled prawns Chilli & ginger dressing (240g), The Bay Tree

£2.95

Lighter option Good for all salads, particularly peppery leaves and tomatoes, this has the flavour of a classic French dressing but with less fat Mary Berry’s light salad dressing (265g), Waitrose

You can store this kimchi in the fridge for up to two weeks

LOOK WHAT WE FOUND! Just the thing for tossing tasty summer salads, these pretty servers are ideal for suppers in the garden or for taking with you on picnics

£6

Lady Bird Ditsy salad servers, Cath Kidston

IDEAL V GREAT DEAL Pick up a portable barbecue for picnics and parties

£55

£34.99

Chef’s choice

Party piece

Grill like a pro on the go with this easy-carry, heat-adjustable model Park portable barbecue in turquoise, Jamie Oliver range, Debenhams

This bijou beauty has a chrome-plated grill big enough to fit seven burgers Piccolino portable charcoal barbecue, Landmann range, Homebase

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MIX A FRESH

Summer salad Packed with goodness and flavour, these seasonal salads are too delicious to be served on the side

To make this a more substantial meal, top with pieces of roasted salmon or grilled tiger prawns

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Summer salads SEASONAL LIVING

Pea, bean, walnut & miso salad SERVES 4 TAKES 20MIN PLUS COOLING TIME

FOR THE DRESSING ■ 4tbsp brown rice miso paste ■ 3tbsp dry sherry or sake ■ 4tbsp mirin rice wine ■ 1tbsp dark brown soft sugar FOR THE SALAD ■ 250g runner beans, sliced ■ 250g peas ■ 60g walnuts, roughly chopped ■ 1tsp rice vinegar ■ 60g pea shoots 1 To make the dressing, put the miso, sherry or sake, rice wine and sugar in a pan and whisk together. Simmer on a low heat for 7-10min, until it is syrupy and reduced by about half. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. 2 Meanwhile, add the runner beans to a pan of boiling salted water and cook for 2min. Add the peas and cook for a further 2-3min. Drain and refresh the peas under cold running water, then pat dry with kitchen paper. 3 Put the cooked vegetables in a large serving bowl. Add the chopped walnuts, then stir in the dressing, adding the rice vinegar. Gently stir in the pea shoots. Serve immediately.

Cook’s tip Cook squid either very quickly, by flash frying or grilling it, or for a long time on a low heat, such as in a mixed fish stew, otherwise it will be tough

If you’re not a fan of squid, swap in slices of grilled chicken

Grilled squid with fennel, parsley & olive salad SERVES 4 TAKES 20MIN PLUS MARINATING TIME

FOR THE SALAD ■ 700g squid, cleaned and sliced into strips (unless they’re very small, then leave whole) ■ 2tbsp balsamic vinegar ■ 2tbsp olive oil ■ 200g rocket leaves ■ 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced ■ 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, leaves only, chopped ■ 100g black olives FOR THE DRESSING ■ 2 shallots, finely chopped ■ 50g small capers ■ Zest and juice of 2 lemons ■ 100ml extra-virgin olive oil

1 Place the squid in a bowl with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil, then leave to marinate for at least 20min. 2 To make the dressing, put the chopped shallots and capers in a bowl, add the lemon zest and juice, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and whisk in the olive oil. 3 Grill the squid strips until they are opaque and charred on each side – you could do this on a barbecue, too. If you are using small whole squid,

thread them onto wooden skewers that have been presoaked in water to prevent them from burning. 4 While the squid is cooking, make the salad by putting the rocket leaves, thinly sliced fennel, chopped flat-leaf parsley and whole black olives in a serving bowl and combine well. 5 Just before serving, pour the dressing over the salad, then toss it well. Top the salad with the cooked squid and serve immediately.

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Prawn, poppy & sesame seed salad

For a heartier version, serve this salad with cooked, cooled soba or rice noodles

SERVES 4 TAKES 35MIN

FOR THE DRESSING ■ 3tbsp dark soy sauce ■ 2tbsp runny honey ■ 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped ■ 1tbsp fresh ginger, grated ■ Juice of 2 limes, plus lime wedges to serve ■ 1 garlic clove, crushed FOR THE SALAD ■ 500g cooked tiger prawns ■ 1 cucumber, deseeded and cut into strips ■ 6 spring onions, sliced lengthways ■ 300g frozen soya beans, defrosted ■ 1tbsp poppy seeds ■ 1tbsp sesame seeds 1 Put all the dressing ingredients in a jam jar, screw on the lid and shake until well combined. Leave the dressing to stand with the garlic in it for 30min so the flavours can infuse, then take out the garlic. 2 Meanwhile, prepare all of the ingredients for the salad. Put them all in a large serving bowl, then toss together well. Place the lime wedges on the side of the salad bowl. 3 Pour the dressing into a small dish and serve it alongside the salad.

Cook’s tip If you can’t get hold of soya beans, try peas or halved sugar snaps

Red rice & beetroot salad SERVES 4 TAKES 10MIN PLUS 2HR IN THE OVEN AND COOLING TIME

■ 500g uncooked beetroot (about 4 or 5 beets) ■ Juice and grated zest of 1 orange ■ 2tbsp olive oil ■ 150g Camargue red rice ■ 2tbsp shelled

pistachios, roughly chopped ■ 100g feta, crumbled ■ Good

handful of mint leaves, roughly chopped or left whole if small 1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/ Gas 4. Trim the beetroot, leaving a little bit of stalk on each one, then put them in a roasting tin. Cover loosely with foil and bake for about 2hr in the

oven, depending on their size, until they are tender. While the beetroot are still warm, peel, quarter and slice them, then put in a mixing bowl with the orange juice and zest, and the oil. 2 Meanwhile, add the Camargue red rice to a pan of boiling water and simmer for 30min. Drain and leave to cool, then add to the bowl of beetroot. 3 Stir in the pistachios, feta cheese and mint. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then gently mix the salad. Transfer to a dish to serve.

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You could add mixed seeds and chopped spring onions to this dish


Summer salads SEASONAL LIVING

Asparagus, roasted sweet potato & pancetta salad SERVES 4 TAKES 50MIN PLUS COOLING TIME

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FOR THE SALAD ■ 2 sweet potatoes, peeled, halved lengthways, then each half cut into three thin wedges ■ 2tbsp olive oil ■ 250g asparagus spears ■ 12 slices of pancetta ■ 70g rocket ■ 25g pine nuts, toasted ■ Parmesan shavings, to serve FOR THE DRESSING ■ 1tsp Dijon mustard ■ 1 garlic clove, crushed ■ Juice and finely grated zest of 1 lemon ■ 3tbsp extra-virgin olive oil ■ 1tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/ Gas 6. Place the sweet potatoes on a baking tray, spoon over the olive oil, season well with salt and pepper, and toss so the wedges are well coated. 2 Place in the oven to roast for 15min, then turn the sweet potato pieces over. Cook for a further 10-15min or until just soft and lightly browned. Remove and leave to cool at room temperature. 3 Meanwhile, bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and cook the asparagus spears for 5-7min. Drain the asparagus and place on a clean

tea towel to cool. Grill the pancetta for 2-3min until it’s crisp. 4 For the dressing, put the mustard, garlic and lemon zest in a bowl, season with salt and pepper, and whisk. Slowly whisk in the olive oil, then pour in the lemon juice and add the parsley. Check the seasoning. 5 To serve, place sweet potato slices on a platter, then add the asparagus and pancetta. Place the rocket on top, sprinkle over the pine nuts and the Parmesan shavings. Finally, drizzle over the dressing.

If you can’t get hold of pancetta, streaky bacon will work just as well

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In the GARDEN Make the most of your outdoor space with our expert tips and know-how

TO DO THIS MONTH... Q WATER YOUR PLANTS REGULARLY – daily for containers and a thorough soaking once or twice a week for the rest of the garden. Rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas also need sufficient water now to produce flowers next spring. Q SOW BIENNIALS, such as foxgloves, sweet william, wallflowers, honesty and forget-me-nots, to plant in autumn for a stunning show next spring. Sow into seed trays or a dedicated seedbed, then divide seedlings when large enough to handle. Q TAKE CUTTINGS from tender plants, herbaceous perennials and shrubs – look for fresh, firm shoots and

snip off with secateurs, then push into damp compost. Q DEADHEAD FLOWERS to prevent the plant from setting seed, as well as to encourage further blooms. Q START HARVESTING fruit and veg by picking ripe plums and removing bruised apples and pears to help the best fruit to mature. Lift potatoes when plants start to flower and store in a dark, dry place, and net soft fruit to protect it from birds. Q SOW LATE-SUMMER AND WINTER CROPS, such as oriental greens, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, lettuces, beetroot and dwarf peas. Q CARE FOR BIRDS AND WILDLIFE by refreshing birdbaths and feeders, topping up ponds, and removing dead foliage from aquatic and marginal plants.

Sow bright, bold biennials now to flower next year

HOW TO... Help your garden flourish by starting your own nutrientrich compost heap

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START COMPOSTING This inexpensive, environmentally friendly process turns household waste into nutrient-rich compost. Here’s what you need: X Compost bins cost from £20, or you could make your own. Make sure it allows drainage, retains warmth, lets in air and is rainproof. X Your site should be level, well-drained and on bare soil to give worms easy access. X ‘Greens’ – fruit scraps, vegetable peelings and teabags – rot quickly and

provide nitrogen and moisture. Avoid adding meat, dairy or cooked food, though, as they are odorous and will attract rats and flies. X You’ll also need ‘browns’, such as eggshells, shredded cardboard and straw. These provide fibre and carbon, allowing air pockets to form – vital for helping aerobic bacteria get to work. X Keep a container handy in the kitchen for easy waste transfer. X You’ll need to keep your compost balanced

– aim for between a quarter to half of green materials, adding more if it’s too dry, and extra browns if it’s too wet. X Once a month, use a garden fork, shovel or special aerator tool to turn your compost, mixing up the matter and adding air. X Compost takes six months to two years to mature, and is ready when it’s dark and crumbly with a strong earthy smell. Use it to enrich your vegetable plot, plant containers or feed your grass.


Gardens SEASONAL LIVING Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead’ is a popular choice thanks to its intoxicating scent

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ produces tall stems of purple florets

GROW SOMETHING

French lavender has unusual bracts that stand up like ears

beautiful

LAVENDER

‘Loddon Pink’ has dusky pink blooms and is easy to grow

Prized for its delicate beauty, calming fragrance and culinary qualities, this evergreen shrub is also a magnet for bees and insects. Flowering from mid-June to late August, lavender has pretty blooms in purple, pink or white. Native to the Mediterranean, it thrives in a south-facing sunny spot with good drainage. Get the most from lavender by sprinkling a little potash around its base to aid flowering and add richer colour, then prune after it has bloomed to help it live longer

Lavandula angustifolia is the English lavender we are all familiar with

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Planted en masse lavender creates wonderful, cottagegarden-style edging

Even as its flowers fade, there’s a beauty in lavender’s delicate spires

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MAKE MONEY FROM YOUR HOME Your house is your biggest asset, so make it work harder with these money-spinning, cash-saving ideas FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

Could your spare bedroom be a source of extra income?

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aking in a lodger has always been a sound second earner, but now homeowners are finding new, enterprising ways to make even more from what their property has to offer.

TRY A HOUSE SWAP While your home may not seem like an exciting holiday location to you, it might be a dream destination for

someone else. Be it a city apartment or a country bolt hole, your property could appeal to one of thousands of travellers that are registered on house-swapping websites, which allow you to swap with others all over the world. While you aren’t physically making money by charging guests to stay, you do receive free lodgings in return, dramatically cutting the cost of a holiday. Extras are often included as

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well, such as use of the owner’s car or taking care of each other’s pets. By using websites such as HomeLink (homelink.org.uk), which charges £115 for a year’s registration, you can vet the profile of your swapping partner to be sure that you’re a suitable match. Tricia Moon from Surrey has been a member of HomeLink since 1987. ‘We’ve stayed in amazing homes all over the place, from Italy and Spain to Canada and


Earning from home SEASONAL LIVING

New Zealand,’ she says. ‘It’s saved us thousands in accommodation, and we have lots of contact with our swapping partners before we travel. We speak to them on Skype and it’s easy to suss out if they’re the type of people you’d want to swap with.’ Although HomeLink says damage and theft are rare, be sure to inform your insurance company of your plans and secure fragile or valuable belongings before you travel.

INVITE A TV CREW ROUND Ever wondered who owns the homes in films and TV shows? Any property signed up to a location agency can be considered for filming, but ideally the quirkier and more interesting the better. According to ShootFactory (shootfactory.co.uk), one of the UK’s biggest location agencies, the most frequently used filming sites are in and around London – but production crews will travel all over the country for the right property. Owners can expect to earn between £600 and £1,200 per day, according to Daniel Garry of ShootFactory. ‘A good house can secure a couple of shoots per fortnight, for anything from cooking videos or brand campaigns to A-list-celebrity shoots,’ he says. Readiness is key, so keep a shoot diary, stay organised and ensure the house is always prepared. Other key requirements include good-sized rooms that could fit up to 15 people, and plenty of natural light.

Stadium. ‘The space would just be going to waste otherwise,’ says Brian. ‘I’m glad it’s of use to someone and the extra money comes in very handy.’

RENT OUT A ROOM ON AIRBNB Airbnb (airbnb.co.uk) now has 81,000 listings in the UK. Whether you have a spare room to rent for the weekend or would like to let your whole house for a month, simply create a listing online and wait for requests to come in from one of Airbnb’s 70 million users. You can also review your guests via the online messaging system and verify their identity before accepting an offer. The company will manage all payments and security deposits, charging a 3% fee for the service. ‘I’ve had guests staying every week since I joined Airbnb,’ says Sue Robson, who advertises two rooms in her Oxfordshire home for £60 each per night. ‘It feels really secure because we have the support of such a large, well-run company, which asks for several forms of ID from each guest,’ she says. ‘It’s not really the same as someone walking in off the street.’ For extra peace of mind, Airbnb also has a Host Guarantee, which provides protection up to £600,000 in the event of damage, although this doesn’t replace homeowners insurance.

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RENT OUT YOUR DRIVEWAY Parking near railway stations, hospitals or sporting venues can be tricky and expensive. So if you happen to live where spaces are at a premium, renting out part of your driveway could earn you as much as £475 per month, according to JustPark (justpark.com), which specialises in matching drivers with hosts. You choose the days and times your space is available, and you don’t even have to meet the drivers. Brian Stewart registered with JustPark two years ago and has since made more than £2,500 by renting out his private driveway near Wembley

Host a supper club to supplement your income

HOST A POP-UP SUPPER CLUB Fancy cooking for a group of paying strangers in your own home? It might sound daunting, but amateur chefs all over the country are hosting pop-up

supper clubs. Somewhere between restaurant dining and a dinner party, supper clubs are a fun, sociable way of making money. Keep it simple by planning the menu carefully, sticking to tried-and-tested recipes and keeping guests’ dietary requirements in mind. Licensing laws mean you can’t charge for guests’ tipples, so tell them to bring their own. ‘We’ve been doing supper clubs for three years now,’ says Pratap Chahal. ‘We work with online company GrubHub (grubhub.com), which sells the tickets, then once a week we host 14 diners at roughly £40 per head.’ Pratap also has advice for those thinking of hosting. ‘Register your premises with your local council, take out public-liability insurance and get a food hygiene certificate – it’s all easy to do,’ he says. Find guests via a company such as GrubHub, advertise locally on Facebook and Gumtree, or simply get started by word of mouth.

KEY DOS AND DON’TS DO make sure your home and contents insurance is up to date. Keep your insurers informed of your plans. DON’T leave precious or valuable items on display. Lock them away in a cupboard or safe.

DO follow your instincts. If you don’t get a good feeling about someone, then don’t let them stay in your home. DON’T be afraid to check out a guest’s identity online. Airbnb

and HomeLink encourage hosts to look at profiles on sites such as Facebook. DO your financial homework. There may be tax implications if you’re making a steady income from your home.

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Garden maintenance SEASONAL LIVING

TACKLE A TASK

NEED TO KNOW

Clean up your garden These are the hero products you need to get your outside space looking shipshape for summer

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FURNITURE WASH Revive wood or plastic with this dilutable natural solution Garden furniture cleaner (1ltr), £15, Roullier White

GRILL SCOURER Banish all burnt-on evidence of your last cookout Grill scrubber, £2.86, Scotch-Brite range, 3M Direct

HEAVY-DUTY BRUSH Wire bristles will loosen any weeds and algae on decking Wooden decking brush, £10, Dobbies

BARBECUE CLEANER A specialist spray for getting your barbecue back to its best Stainless steel cleaner (500ml), £6.99, Weber

PRESSURE WASHER This powerful cleaner comes with a must-have patio kit PowerWash 2,500W complete pressure washer, £220, Vax

CLEANING SOLUTION Dilute with water to disinfect dirty plant pots Original thick bleach (750ml), 60p, Morrisons

DURABLE DOORMAT Stop any muddy feet traipsing through the house Doormat, £60, Iris Hantverk range, Selfridges

PATIO CLEANER Douse your deck or patio with this hard-working solution Patio Magic cleaner (2.5ltr), £9.76, Brintons range, B&Q

PLANT TRIMMER Take the effort out of pruning plants and hedges HSA 25 cordless shrub and grass shears, £109, Stihl

GARDEN ■ Start from the ground up by applying either a natural, specialised patio cleaner (if you have pets) or a diluted bleach or washing-up-liquid solution to your path, patio or decking. Scrub off dirt and moss using a hard-bristled brush or a pressure washer. ■ Wipe down furniture with a dry cloth to remove any cobwebs and loose dirt. Next, use a wet cloth (or scrubber on more stubborn marks) and a multipurpose cleaning solution to clean all the surfaces thoroughly. Finish with a slick of oil on wooden furniture – try teak oil (1ltr), £13.23, Ronseal range, B&Q – to protect it. ■ Clean out old pots and planters, and remove old soil and dead plants to make way for new ones. Fill a large bucket with a mixture of water and bleach (9:1) and immerse your pots for 10-15 minutes to kill any bacteria. Rinse and wipe off any remaining dirt. As terracotta pots are porous, make sure you soak them for 10 minutes in clean water afterwards to remove any trace of bleach. ■ Cut back any plants and trees that are overgrown or tatty looking. Using shears or secateurs, trim any loose or dead branches to make the garden feel tidier. ■ Tackle your barbecue next by removing the grill and scrubbing it with a scourer and either a washing-upliquid solution or a specialist cleaner. Each time you use your barbecue, heat it up first, then clean the grill by rubbing it with half an onion, cut-side down. The combination of the heat and the onion will loosen up and remove any baked-on dirt, while adding subtle flavouring. ■ Don’t forget a doormat to prevent dirt being trodden through your home.

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STEEL’S ‘BESPOKE’ RANGE COOKER ‘Like pizza, Prosecco and Pavarotti before it, Steel Cucine is another Italian import I expect to do well over here. The company specialises in range cookers, each one custom-built to order in its small-but-perfectly-formed factory in Bologna. I love that the models can be tailored to suit your style of cooking – want to add a combi steam oven or deep fryer? No problemo!’

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Holiday tech INNOVATION THE HI-TECH WAY TO

ENJOY YOUR FAMILY HOLIDAY Have more fun in the sun with these travel hacks and handy gadget solutions

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ou’ve been dreaming suitcases, around £325, talk of (and saving for) this to your phone via an app, so moment all year, but before you can see where they are you and the family head out (in case they get lost in transit) on your big summer adventure, you’d and lock them remotely. They be wise to use a tech trick or two to also have a built-in scale and make sure your trip goes smoothly. battery pack, so you can avoid Catch up on the SCOPE OUT YOUR SURROUNDINGS excess baggage costs and latest bestsellers Don’t travel without looking up your charge any gadgets you’ve while you’re at the beach using hotel/villa/campsite on Google Street brought with you. an e-reader View first. This gives a 360° view, so BE ENTERTAINED Travelling you can get your bearings and plot a by plane or train? It’s worth route to the nearest shops, the beach investing in a pair of noise2017, but until then, avoid big bills and so on. And if you’re going abroad, cancelling headphones, which use with a roaming add-on from your download a map of the area to your a microphone to identify the noise carrier. This package of data, texts phone while you’re still in the UK – around you and emit a signal to and minutes to use abroad costs then you won’t run up cancel out the sound. extra, but ultimately saves you cash. a huge data bill or be They’re best at battling If you’re a Three customer, check FACT! 31% of Brits caught out by a lack constant noise, such as which countries fall under its Feel think there will be the drone in an aircraft of internet access. At Home policy, which lets you use PACK LIKE A PRO cabin, but most will need your UK allowances at no extra cost. a Channel-style Use a packing app, charging before you fly. Another option to consider is a tunnel connecting An e-reader is another and never again will Pay-As-You-Go SIM card in the you arrive on holiday the UK to the must – lighter than a country you’re visiting, or rely on free to discover you’ve tablet, its battery will last Wi-Fi hotspots that you can seek out US by 2030 left your sunglasses for weeks, and it can hold using apps like JiWire’s Wi-Fi Finder SOURCE: SUNSHINE.CO.UK at home. Just input a library’s worth of books (free for Android), which covers 144 your destination, how long you’re while taking up less space than a countries. Just don’t use these open staying and who’s travelling with paperback. Don’t forget to take an networks to look at bank TURN OVER you, and you get a checklist of what extra battery pack to keep gadgets statements or other FOR THE KIT to bring, right down to how many powered up while you’re on the move. sensitive information, YOU NEED FOR pairs of socks you’ll need. Luggage BEAT ROAMING CHARGES These as they are prone to A HI-TECH HOLIDAY is getting smarter, too – Bluesmart’s will be scrapped in Europe from June being hacked.

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JULIET KINSMAN is a travel writer and founding editor of luxury-hotel site Mr & Mrs Smith. Follow her on Instagram @julietkinsman

1. VSCO app, free, iOS and Android ‘There’s nothing I love more than snapping scenes on my iPhone. Process even the most ordinary travel images through this app and it magically makes them look more professional, elegant and charismatic.’

‘I take this tech everywhere I travel’ 2. Louis Vuitton City Guides, free, iOS ‘This collection of guides is a must for reliable restaurant, hotel and shopping recommendations in 25 destinations, from Bangkok to Venice. Each location costs £7.99 as an in-app purchase.’

3. No More Excess digital luggage scale, £6.99, Amazon.co.uk ‘It’s not super hi-tech but I love this easy-tocarry weighing gadget. Always knowing exactly how heavy your full suitcase is means you can avoid getting stung by extra airline costs at Departures.’

4. UE BOOM 2 Bluetooth waterproof portable speaker, £110, Ultimate Ears ‘Whether it’s in my kitchen or on a deserted beach, this nifty oblong speaker packs a punch when connected to my laptop or phone.’

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INNOVATION Holiday tech THE KIT YOU NEED FOR

HI-TECH HOLIDAYS Spare some room in your suitcase for these must-have travel accessories FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, TURN TO OUR SHOPPING DIRECTORY

THE BEST TRAVEL APPS MAPS.ME Free for iOS and Android Covering everything from big cities to tiny tropical islands, this app’s detailed free maps can be downloaded so you can view them offline throughout your trip.

JET LAG ROOSTER

LIGHT READING

SUN SAVVY

Kindle Paperwhite, £110, Amazon.co.uk

Netatmo June, £118, Space NK

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Ready to chill? This Kindle lets you access more than four million books, lasts up to six weeks on one charge and is easy to read in bright sunlight or under the covers’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Avoid the lobster look on the beach with this smart bracelet. It’ll send alerts to your mobile when it’s time to reapply sun lotion or retire to the shade’

Free for iOS and Android Does jet lag leave you needing a holiday after your holiday? Combat that tired, groggy feeling with this calculator – it will give you a sleeping plan to help you get back to normal ASAP.

PACKPOINT Free for iOS and Android Tell this app where you’re going and what activities you have planned, and it will suggest a list of items to pack. It pulls in local weather reports, too, so you won’t be caught out in a storm.

GOOGLE TRANSLATE

NO MORE KNOTS

4-in-1 lens, £69.99, Olloclip

Cord Taco five-pack, £20.16, This Is Ground

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Clip this onto your phone for awesome shots – snap selfies and landscapes with the Fisheye and Wide-Angle lenses, and use the Macro ones for crisp close-ups’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘If, like me, you only have to look at a cord for it to get in a tangle, keep your headphones and charging cables in check with this set of poppered pouches’

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BACK-UP BATTERY

NOISE-CANCELLING CANS

SANDPROOF SPEAKER

Micro Stripe battery bank, £49.99, Kate Spade range, John Lewis

N60NC on-ear headphones, £230, AKG

Flip 3 Bluetooth speaker, £99.99, JBL

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Whether you’re hiking in Asia or camping down the road, your phone’s battery life will become an obsession. Keep it topped up with this pretty power bank’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Travel in style with this headset, which block outs background noise so you can enjoy the in-flight entertainment in peace. It’ll last for 30 hours between charges’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Bring the noise with this compact, but surprisingly powerful, splashproof speaker, designed not to let the sand in. It plays for up to 10 hours at a time’

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Action cameras INNOVATION YOU’LL LOVE THIS

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SIMPLE-TO-USE ACTION CAM

CLEVER ACTION CAMERAS

HERO4 SILVER EDITION ACTION CAMERA, £280, GOPRO

Attachable to anything from a bike helmet to the dog, the Hero4 Silver is a small, simple and tough camera that’s the first GoPro to have a built-in screen. If you want to splash out on new tech this summer, I’d go for this best-in-class gadget

EASY EDITING Bandit, £299, TomTom GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Link the Bandit to your smartphone via Wi-Fi, open the app, shake the phone and an edited version of your video footage will appear like magic’

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FOOTAGE FILTER

PRO-WORTHY FILMS AND PHOTOS

Whether your idea of catching the perfect wave means riding the surf or, in my case, being signalled to by a handsome chap on my bike ride home, you can press the camera’s HiLight button to ‘tag’ the moment in your footage, so you can find it easily when you’re editing

Yes, you can shoot Full HD at 60 frames per second like the pros, and you can also take up to 30 still photos per second. What’s more, the Hero4’s Night Photo, Time Lapse and Night Lapse modes mean you can shoot epic sunsets (or document a wild night out) with ease

360° VIEW KeyMission 360, £TBA, Nikon GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Love virtual reality? Shoot your own Ultra HD 360° footage with this great 4K camera, which can “swim” as deep as 30m without a case – perfect for under-the-sea scenes’

LED TOUCH SCREEEN This makes it easier to navigate the settings and frame up shots. You can also watch back clips instantly, without having to plug your SD card into a computer. A button on the side lets you turn it off, too, so it doesn’t drain the battery

NO GREAT SHAKES HDR-AS30V Action Cam camcorder, £150, Sony GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Strap this great-value gadget to your handlebars or even a drone, and image stabilisation will keep the Full-HD footage smooth when the going gets rough’ ACTUAL SIZE! (H71.3mm x W71.1mm x D39mm)

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LIVE STREAMING Streaming app Periscope now supports live broadcasting from Hero4 cameras using an iPhone, so if you have internet access and your GoPro and iPhone are synced, you can share your adventures with the world in real time

HANDY ACCESSORIES The GoPro includes a case that keeps it waterproof up to 40m, as well as sticky, industrial-strength curved and flat mounts. You can also buy a head strap, bike mount and the obligatory dog harness separately

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LOW-COST CAM SJCAM 4000, £50.99, Amazon.co.uk GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘Waterproof to 30m, it shoots Full-HD video and takes 12MP photos – although you’ll sacrifice battery life for this budget-friendly buy’

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Broadband INNOVATION

MICROFILTER

Try to put your router in the middle of the house where it will cover the most ground, connected to the master socket where the phone line enters the building. And whatever you do… ■ NEVER put a router on the floor. It’s far happier when it’s located high up and away from your microwave, baby monitor or cordless phone, which can all mess with its signal. ■ MAKE sure that it’s standing the way it’s supposed to – so

never lay a vertical router on its side. ■ KEEP it away from thick walls and metal objects, like radiators and TVs. ■ AVOID putting it near reflective surfaces, such as mirrors, as Wi-Fi signals can bounce of them.

It’s tempting to switch off power to a router to save energy, but if you do so regularly, your broadband may slow down as the local exchange will think the phone line is unstable and can’t cope with high speeds.

This is a small white box that’s supplied with your router. Plugging it in between your phone socket and the router stops the services from interfering with each other. Without one, your broadband will slow down and you’ll hear high-pitched noises on phone calls.

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Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will tell you how to do this in the help section of their websites, but it’s simple enough. Using a computer or tablet connected to your home network, type in the given web address (see box, far right), log in and you’ll be able to change the settings to make your router more eicient.

This will prevent your neighbours from using your broadband and slowing it down. Your router might have a default Wi Fi password, but you can change it to something memorable by going into your router settings.

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This is your network’s name and might look like ‘WI-FI123’. Change it to a more memorable phrase, such as ‘Amy’s network’, and it will be easier to pick out when you’re connecting your smart TV, tablet, etc. Do so by accessing the settings (see box, right) and entering the new name in the field marked ‘SSID’ or ‘Network Name’. Anyone in range of your Wi-Fi will see it, so avoid names that could upset the neighbours!

Like a walkie-talkie, your router can broadcast on diferent channels, but using the same channel as next door can mess with your signal, so go to the online settings and try diferent channels to find one that gives you the fastest speeds.

Wi-fi

Wi-fi Wi-fi_network CHOOSE A NETWORK Amy’s network

HOW TO ACCESS YOUR WI-FI SETTINGS ISP BT Router Home Hub 5 Web address http://bthomehub. home User name admin Password See card on router ISP EE Router Bright Box Web address http://192.168.1.1 User name admin Password See sticker on router ISP PLUSNET Router Hub One Web address http://192.168.1.254 User name admin Password See card on router ISP SKY Router Sky Hub Web address http://192.168.0.1 User name admin Password sky

A dual-band router is more eicient than a traditional single-band one because it broadcasts on two frequencies (2.4GHz and 5GHz), so you can perform basic tasks, such as email on one and stream movies on the other, with less interference. Subscribers to new packages with BT, EE, TalkTalk or Virgin should get a dual-band router automatically.

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They’re known for their generous capacities, but American-style models vary in the ratio of fridge to freezer. So if you like to make most of your meals from scratch with fresh ingredients, go for a big fridge, but if you prefer to batch cook, prioritise freezer space. Still unsure? Buy a design with a ‘multi-zone’ that can be switched between a fridge and freezer. That way, you could use it to chill meat and drinks for summer barbecues, and freeze soup and casseroles in winter.

LOOK OUT FOR FOOD-PRESERVING FEATURES Just as supermarkets store different foods in different ways, so should your fridgefreezer. Having a cool zone in the fridge, set at 0-5°C, will keep meat, fish and dairy fresh, and will defrost food slowly and safely. A fastfreezing feature locks in the nutrients and flavour of food, and a humidity-controlled drawer means you’ve seen the last of those frosty lettuces. Invest in a few of these features and you’ll be throwing fewer groceries away.

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Fridge-freezers guzzle more energy than any other appliance, so, to keep running costs down, look for settings like Holiday Mode. This will either shut the fridge down when you’re away, or bring it up to around 14°C to keep butter and eggs fresh. I’ve mentioned the benefits of a doorin-door design, but also look out for an inverter compressor. Rather than turning the power on full blast every time you open the door, it uses just enough energy to get the fridge back to the right temperature.

An ice and water dispenser is a real convenience, but check whether it needs to be plumbed in. This may spell extra installation costs, but you won’t then have the hassle of refilling the water tank. Wi-Fi-connected smart fridges are a reality now, too, allowing you to control features remotely. Samsung’s Family Hub even has in-built cameras so you can see what’s inside when you’re food shopping, and a screen for browsing recipes and streaming live TV.

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GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘The MultiZone compartment switches from freezer to fridge at the push of a button, so there’s no need to panic if you’re entertaining and require more space for canapés and wine. This model comes in black, cream and pastel blue, so it’s a good option for a more traditional style of room.’

GIRL ABOUT TECH SAYS ‘En route to the airport and forgotten to put the fridge into Holiday Mode? At the supermarket and want to turn the SuperFreeze function on ready for your shopping? Access these settings and more via a free app, which also gives tips on using and maintaining your appliance.’

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benches, there’s an array of products to help you enjoy your garden. The highlight of Cox & Cox’s outdoor offering is the Porto collection. Inspired by Mediterranean summers, it combines classic and durable materials for use both indoors and out – try adding stylish throws, cushions and other soft furnishings to blur the boundaries between inside and outside living. This month, Ideal Home has teamed up with Cox & Cox to offer readers 20% off orders placed online. Browse the full range of furniture, lighting and home accessories at coxandcox.co.uk.

HOW TO GET YOUR 20% DISCOUNT To claim your 20% discount for Cox & Cox, visit housetohome.co.uk/ coxandcox to download an exclusive voucher code. This ofer is valid from 27 May to 31 July 2016. TERMS AND CONDITIONS This offer is only redeemable against products purchased online at coxandcox.co.uk. Ideal Home readers can redeem a 20% discount on their purchases by entering the discount code at the checkout. The code can be used across the entire Cox & Cox range. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other. The offer ends 31 July 2016.

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THE PRICE INCLUDES ● Return flights, taxes and transfers ● Four- and five-star hotels with breakfast and eight meals, plus riverside eco lodge stay in Laos ● Tours include cruising the Mekong, visiting tribal communities and Thailand’s Golden Triangle ● Visit to Luang Prabang in Laos ● Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager

THE PRICE INCLUDES Return flights, taxes and transfers ● Seven nights in three- and four-star hotel with half board ● Visit to Dubrovnik, Montenegro, Krka National Park, Split and the medieval port of Trogir ● Trip to Krka National Park and its series of stunning waterfalls and lakes, and to Mostar, with its iconic bridge ● Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager

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THE PRICE INCLUDES Return flights, taxes and transfers ● Seven nights in four-star hotels with half board ● Visits to St Moritz, Bernina Express, Lake Maggiore, Bellagio Lake cruise, Villa del Balbianello and its gardens ● Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager

THE PRICE INCLUDES Return flights, taxes and transfers ● Seven nights in three or four-star Sorrento hotel with half board. ● Visits to Sorrento, Capri, Vesuvius, Naples, Pompeii, the Amalfi Coast and Ravello ● Fully escorted by an experienced tour manager

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friends. The collection also includes lightweight bed linen for the perfect night’s sleep, elegant yet practical pieces for a fabulous holiday wardrobe and gorgeous buys for little ones, too. Whatever the season, The White Company is passionate about making the every day special, bringing the best quality at affordable prices. This month, Ideal Home has teamed up with The White Company to offer 20% off your order, plus free delivery. To browse the latest collection and find your nearest store, simply visit thewhitecompany.com.

HOW TO GET YOUR 20% DISCOUNT To claim your 20% discount, visit housetohome.co.uk/thewhitecompany to download your voucher code. This ofer is valid from 27 May to 31 July 2016.

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BUY 24 SCENTED LAVENDER PLANTS FOR JUST £7.99

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A popular addition to any garden, lavender is a hardy, easy to grow shrub that has beautiful purpley blue flowers. Highly attractive to bees, the nectar rich plant’s heady scent will fill your outdoor space with a wonderful aroma, plus it’s perfect for cutting and drying, then bringing inside your home. The lavender

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plants in this offer contains the popular Munstead and Hidcote varieties, and they will be supplied as plug plants.

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BUY 24 (12 of each) for £7.99 (RRP £19.98) BUY 48 (24 of each) for £9.99 (RRP £39.96) BUY 72 (36 of each) for £14.99 (RRP £59.94)

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ENJOY YOUR FREE cottage-garden pinks Get 10 cottage-garden pinks, worth £25.97 – just pay £5.65 postage

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HYDRANGEA ‘GLAM ROCK’ Its flower heads consist of dozens of red florets with blue centres, and each petal is tipped with amazing lime green. Height and spread: 120cm. Supplied as a 9cm potted plant. BUY ONE FOR £9.99; BUY TWO FOR £10 – DOUBLE UP FOR 1P!

DIANTHUS ‘YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW’ This compact plant has a heavenly scent, vibrant petals and is perfect for patio containers. Height and spread: 25cm. Supplied as plug plants. BUY FIVE FOR £8.99 (RRP £9.99); BUY 10 FOR £11.98 (RRP £19.98) – SAVE £8!

ENGLISH LAVENDER COLLECTION The collection contains 24 each of ‘Munstead’ and ‘Hidcote’. ‘Munstead’ height: 45cm; spread: 60cm. ‘Hidcote’ height: 60cm; spread: 30cm. Supplied as plug plants. BUY 48 (24 OF EACH) FOR ONLY £9.99 (RRP £39.96) – SAVING £29.97!

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KEEP A LIBRARY ALIVE What’s involved? Libraries are increasingly relying on volunteers to keep them going – the upside is that they’re run for the community, by the community, and there are plenty of ways to get involved. As well as lending books, many libraries now also offer IT skills workshops, reading groups and coffee mornings, too. How do I sign up? The UK has around 350 volunteer-run libraries. Find a list at publiclibrariesnews.com, or pop into your local one and offer to help.

SHARE A DELICIOUS MEAL What’s involved? It can be tricky for elderly people to cook hot, healthy meals every day. Casserole Club is an initiative whereby volunteers cook one extra portion and deliver it to an elderly neighbour to enjoy – you’ll both gain a new companion, too. How do I sign up? Visit casseroleclub. com, both to sign up or suggest a diner who might benefit from the service.

GET FIT AND DO YOUR BIT What’s involved? London-based organisation GoodGym invites running enthusiasts to train together

and improve their fitness by undertaking physical ‘missions’ – these range from painting a nearby centre to running over to a local lonely elderly person’s house for a chat. If you prefer the great outdoors to a gym, try The Conservation Volunteers’ nationwide Green Gym. Take part in group tasks such as planting hedges, clearing scrubland or digging ponds – great for improving your health and wellbeing, as well as the environment. How do I sign up? Visit goodgym.org to join a running group (or start your own if you’re outside London) and find a local Green Gym at tcv.org.uk.

GIVE SOMEONE A BOOST What’s involved? Look Good Feel Better runs volunteer-led workshops to teach women with cancer about skincare and makeup techniques, helping them to feel more confident. Alternatively, check out Londonbased charity, Floral Angels, which recycles and restyles flowers that have been donated after weddings or events, and delivers them to local care homes, hospices and refuges. How do I sign up? Qualified beauticians can contribute to a nearby workshop at lookgoodfeelbetter.co.uk. If you’re trained in other skills, why not ask at hospices and care homes to see if you can volunteer your services to residents? Learn more about Floral Angels at floralangels.com.

BE A GREAT SPORT What’s involved? You don’t have to be overly athletic to volunteer for your local sports club. There are lots of opportunities to support community sports, from doing the

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accounts to driving the minibus or making teas. Sport England gives National Lottery funding to sporting initiatives, such as This Girl Can, to inspire individuals to create active habits for life, in any shape or form. How do I sign up? Find opportunities through your local sporting bodies at sportengland.org, and get support and advice for running a sports club at sportenglandclubmatters.com.

OR TRY ONE OF THESE IDEAS… ■ BECOME A LEADER AT GIRLGUIDING OR SCOUTS A brilliant and rewarding way to spend an evening or two a week. (girlguiding.org.uk or scouts.org.uk) ■ SERVE WITH A LIONS CLUB From disaster relief to youth work, Lions Clubs International has plenty of programmes to inspire. (lionsclubs.org) ■ JOIN THE ROYAL VOLUNTARY SERVICE Befriend the elderly and their families with this supportive service. (royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk) ■ CAMPAIGN WITH THE WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Formed in 1915, the WI fights for everything from organ donation to honeybees. (thewi.org.uk)

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BECOME A ROLE MODEL What’s involved? Mentoring and befriending schemes help those lacking opportunities or going through difficult patches to achieve their goals, whether it’s finding work, doing better at school or just staying on the straight and narrow. How do I sign up? Contact the National Council for Voluntary Organisations for a local volunteer centre (ncvo.org.uk) or try its Mentoring and Befriending project (mandbf.org). You can also find opportunities via Do-It (do-it.org).


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