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Hi there! ABOVE: Inspiring ideas for lovely living spaces (p20) LEFT: Paint a room for a quick, colourful update (p74) BELOW: Delicious food to pack up and go (p110)

Summer holidays are a time for guilty pleasures, I think, so this issue’s jam-packed full of them! For starters, we’ve tracked down all the best and most bargainacious bits in the shops to ring the changes in every room – you know, the kind of stuff you don’t really need, but really really want (flamingo money box, anyone?). There are five real homes and a cute garden to tour, too, so lay back on that sun lounger and indulge in some pure, unadulterated escapism! And, if you’ve got a list of while-you’re-off-work chores to tackle this summer, we can help with that, too. From decorating ideas for the parts of your home that need a refresh to things to make and ideas for happy hours just pottering, there’s plenty to get stuck into…

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THIS MONTH’S LOVE IT Pick some indoor botanicals for a fresh feel

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‘WE ESCAPED TO THE COAST’ Lin found the artistic retreat she craved in sleepy St Ives

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‘WE FILLED IT WITH HAPPY COLOURS’ Alice turned her rundown seaside flat in East Yorkshire into a cheery family home

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WE WANT YOUR HOME! Here’s how to see your house in Style At Home

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‘MY STYLE HAS A BIG IMPACT!’ Lucci has filled her Somerset Victorian terrace with bold patterns

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‘WE STOLE SPACE FROM THE GARDEN’ Craving a more sociable cooking and dining area, Betsy embarked on an ambitious project

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‘WE WANTED UNDERSTATED LUXURY’ Jessie went for Italian elegance in her new-look bathroom

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‘WE MADE GOOD USE OF DEAD SPACE’ Heather revived an unloved area at the side of her 1970s home

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Betsy gave her kitchen a retro vibe

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BEST IN STORE Fab looks from four of our favourite retailers will refresh your home with summer style

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SHOPPING NEWS Get the scoop on what’s hot on the high street

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TUTTI FRUTTI Turn your interior into a fruit cocktail for summer

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SEASIDE-CHIC PATIO Bring a relaxed marine theme to your outdoor dining area

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10 UNDER £10 Sunny yellow buys CHIC SCANDI Try this warm take on classic Nordic design

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MODERN COASTAL Update seaside style with these buoyant buys

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GLAM BRIGHTS Snap up this vibrant and vivacious look

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RETRO CHIC Cook up vintage revival style in your kitchen

87

A WARMING WOOD BURNER Fit a fire in time for the colder weather

92 93

LUXE LOOK Sleek marble with blue

98

MODERN RUSTIC Go for natural finishes for a timeless outdoor look

A SHOWER SCREEN Choose a chic glass panel for your bathroom

104 GARDEN LOUNGERS Treat yourself to some hot new garden seating

107 MAKE YOUR GARDEN GLOW Switch on new outdoor lighting

120 WHERE TO BUY This issue’s stockists

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PICNIC CUTLERY PACKS Get crafty to bring a special touch to the table

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VERTICAL GARDEN Paint, plant and hang up pretty terracotta pots

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THE STYLE BOOK Channel the coast with marine-themed schemes

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DECORATING UPDATES Have a go at these simple revamps and tweaks

102 CLEAN YOUR LARGE APPLIANCES Get your white goods sparkling again

103 THE 10-MINUTE DECLUTTER

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Make your place ship-shape

106 START A COMPOST HEAP Put your kitchen waste to good use

108 HOW TO CHANGE INTERIOR DOORS A weekend style refresh

109 DO IT YOURSELF Be handy at home

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RETRO COOL Grab a classic for the kitchen, page 86

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WASHI TAPE WALL ART Brighten your walls with colourful letters

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PAINTED CERAMICS Revive old pots with spray paint effects

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HOOPLA GAME An outdoor classic!

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110 PACK UP A PICNIC Send soggy sarnies packing with these goodies

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Lotte Brouwer ABOUT ME I’m 28 and I live in a two-bed maisonette in London with my partner Jonathan Williams, 29. WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY? I spent more on furniture and accessories than I did on building work. In hindsight, I would have invested in better builders and materials, to end up with better-quality finishes.

ABOUT ME I’m 55 and I live in an extended three-bed semi in Milton Keynes with my husband Kevin, 53, and daughter Amelia, 26. WHAT’S YOUR BEST STYLE TIP? Do as much yourself as you can – YouTube has amazing tutorials. Upcycle and re-use whenever it’s possible. Lastly, make a note of what you absolutely need, and stick to it.

Jess Pilkington

Jade Wilce

ABOUT ME I’m 23 and I live with my fiance Matt, 26, and sons Oliver, 2, and Thomas, 6 months in a two-bed mid-terrace in Chichester. WHAT WOULD YOU DO DIFFERENTLY? When we moved in I hated the old curtains, so I rushed to make new ones. Looking back, I wish I’d taken my time as I’m now having to finish them all properly!

ABOUT ME I’m 30 and I live with my husband Matthew, 32, in a threebedroom semi in Gloucestershire. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE ROOM? We’ve recently extended our home to add in a kitchen-dining space for all our friends and family to enjoy, and we have a copper worktop on our kitchen island unit, which is my favourite thing in our home.

Alex Blakelock

Ashley Gray ABOUT ME I’m 29 and I live in a five-bedroom new build in Airdrie with my husband Iain, 32. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SHOP? I always find the most amazing pieces of furniture in TK Maxx and HomeSense. I bought some lovely urn vases from Top Drawer, and I have found some gorgeous home accessories at Achica.

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INDOOR BOTANICALS

Plants, from £4.99 each; outdoor cushions, from £9.99 each; pots, from £9.99 each, all from a selection, Wyevale Garden Centres

THIS MONTH’S

Love it! It’s all about bringing the outdoors in this summer, so take a tip from Wyevale Garden Centres and freshen up your space with plants and botanical print cushions. Try matching planters to your scheme and create depth with an array of plants in all shapes and sizes.

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If you’re not renowned for your green-fingered skills, use artificial plants instead!

3 of the best…

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BOTANICAL BUYS Blue plant pot, £14.99, HomeSense Palm-print cushion cover, £6.99, H&M

Antiqued wooden ladder, £46, Sweetpea & Willow

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Best IN STORE Refresh your room schemes for the new season with our pick of the latest high-street trends

HEMA

SAINSBURY’S

Eclectic geometric

Butterfly house

Mix clashing brights and strong silhouettes for a stylish geo scheme

Go all aflutter over vibrant picks inspired by four-winged beauties

Drag light, £5

String light, £14

Cushion cover, £5

Floor cushion, £18

Faux orchid vivarium, £18

Throw, £15

Candle vase, £4 Gold low seating table, £32

Mint green basket, £8.50

Book rack, £40

Diamond glass jar lantern, £6

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Fleece throw, £10

FEATURE TARA KING

Lily candle, £16


BEST IN STORE

Buy it

VERY

DEBENHAMS

Modern traveller

Coastal chic

For a global-inspired look, go for bold tribal prints and earthy shades

Create a subtle seaside scheme with tonal textures and maritime accents Whale cushion, £25

Oslo clock, £60

Brookfield wall mirror, £69

Blake snooker pendant in rose gold, £59

Metal angle lamp, £65 Aqua chenille throw, £30

Sabichi giraffe and rhino mugs, £7.99 for two

Metallic vase, £19

Jug lamp, £29

Stylist

Teddy side table, £29

at Home

LAUREN SAYS

Rope door stop, £22

Trellis rug, from £29

Wiltshire two drawer coffee table, £179

‘Always popular, the coastal look can be used anywhere in your house, as much or as little as you like.’

Messina yellow side table, £60

Blue ombre vase, £6

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SHOPPING NEWS

Take me to the beach… Ikea’s new boho-esque outdoor dining range Sommar 2017 has caught our eye. Summer is all about open-air entertaining with friends and family and the mix of pastel hues and pretty patterns gives these pieces a handmade look that we can’t wait to show off. Just add a bottle of bubbles and a barbie and you’re good to go!

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Got FOMO?

We can fix that…

Sommar 2017 mug, £1.50; bowl, £1.25; side plate, £2; plate, £3; bottle with stopper, £1.75; tablecloth, £9

If you can’t wait til next month’s issue for more nuggets of newness, just check out idealhome.co.uk/news. Highlights online right now include expert product edits, the hottest home trends, how to live mortgage-free and a peek into some amazing house transformations. Find top tips and decorating ideas all in one place, just waiting to be discovered by you! Paloma cushions, £25 each, Made.com

High-street

NEWS

FEATURE ROSANNA JOHNSON

Style with a Juniqe twist

What’s new, what’s hot now… you heard it here first! Graphic 3 cushion, from £23.90

This exciting new interiors brand is encouraging the use of art on everyday objects. From tea towels to cushions, shower curtains to wallpaper, you can experience your favourite prints in a brand new way. Juniqe works alongside more than 600 talented artists, and with items starting at just £10, who can resist?

Tropical No.2 bath towel, £29.90

Tea towels, £16.90 for two

ULTIMATE WALL CANDY Bluebellgray is well known for its bold floral prints that you’ll find splashed across cushions, curtains and crockery, to name but a few. So naturally we were thrilled to discover that Fi Douglas’s designs – inspired by beautiful blooms and the natural world – are now available as pieces of wall art. The distinctive prints scream ‘summer’ and the price tags scream ‘bargain’! So go ahead and pretty up your walls with the vibrant colours from this lovely brand and spread a little more happiness throughout your home. Bluebellgray wall art starts from £25.

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TUTTI FRUTTI PARTY PERFECT

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Give your summer party a fruity flavour with these pineapple plastic cups, £4.99 each, Talking Tables

Mini fruit paper garland, £7.99, Candle & Cake

PROTECTIVE PINEAPPLES Wooden coasters, £8 for four, Next

LEMON AID Plastic jug, £16, Debenhams

CHILL OUT Fruits cool bag, £5, Wilko

ZEST IS BEST Lemon melamine plate, £3, M&Co

Trend spotting:

TUTTI FRUTTI Getting your five a day has never been so stylish with this fruity look SHAKE IT UP Watermelon salt and pepper shakers, £18, MiaFleur

TAKE NOTE

FEATURE HOLLY WALSH

Fruity A6 notebooks, £4 each, Etsy.com

ZESTY TWIST Lime canister storage tin, £8, Paperchase

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ineapples have been all over the place this year – it’s finally time for them to let the rest of the fruit bowl join the party! Oranges, lemons, bananas and watermelons add a bright, tropical feel to decorations, picnic-ware and accessories. This look works well in a garden – string lights and garlands from trees or over fences to set the scene for a summer party, or take the look inside with storage, tableware and stationery – mix it up and create a fruit cocktail!

STUCK ON STYLE Fruity magnets, £1.50 each, DaWanda

POOL PARTY Watermelon drink holder, £8.49 for three, Talking Tables

SWEET TREATS Tropical fruit mini snack pot, £2.95, Dotcomgiftshop

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SEASIDECHIC PATIO Bring the tranquillity of the ocean to an outdoor dining area with deep blues and marine motifs Newquay vase, £25; blue crackle dinnerware, from £6; tumbler, £3; metal lantern, £25; seagrass placemats, £18 for four, all House of Fraser

2. Layer a table with textures Choose an outdoor table with a rustic wooden top to evoke the feel of driftwood and team with mismatched chairs for an informal look. Don’t disguise the natural look of your table – enhance it by using a folded throw as a laid-back runner.

1. Use ceramiclook tableware This season has seen an explosion of faux-ceramic plates and bowls – just the thing for outdoor dining! Swap your best china for melamine sets in shorethemed designs, and layer up bowls and plates for a sophisticated setting that saves on table space, too.

Fisherman metal lantern, £65; white seagrass placemats, £18 for four; Sardine melamine tableware, from £3; tumblers, £3 each; chopping board, £32; coastal dish, £10; Padstow recycled glass vase, £30; shell candles, from £20 each; Padstow hurricane vase, £35; Malo throw, £40, all House of Fraser

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NEW LOOK

Buy it

WARM WELCOME Adventure Awaits sign, £4, Matalan

3. Add the right lights Scatter tealights and lanterns around the table for after-dark ambience. Pick nautical styles and light citrus scented candles that deter mozzies. Festoon lights strung overhead are a fun way to suggest a relaxed seaside feel.

WATER MARKS Scatter cushion, £25, DFS

BLUE LAGOON Glass vase, £15, TK Maxx

Coastal dining GET THE LOOK Choose maritime-themed pieces to nail a serene setting SEA BREEZE Tassel stripe throw, £22, Oliver Bonas

MOBY DICK Whale tealight holder, £8, Matalan

Junipa lanterns, small, £70; large, £90, House of Fraser

British summer weather is famously unpredictable, and the temperature can seriously drop after dark. Keep throws and blankets handy by draping them over chairs – they’ll add colour and texture, and your guests will thank you!

TOTAL

£234

FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT

WASHED WOOD

4. Provide cosy blankets & throws

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10 UNDER £10

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SUNNY SERVERS Yellow salad servers, £2, Sainsbury’s

FLOWER POWER Single stem faux gerbera, £1, Wilko

BIG FAN Paper lantern, £3.50, Candle & Cake Ltd

ARTISTIC TOUCH William Morris mug, £9.95, Annabel James

10

GET AHEAD Giraffe hook, £9.95, Red Candy

UNDER £10 Bring the summer sun into your home with these bright buys

NEAT SEAT Molte desk chair, £10, Ikea

COLOUR POP

WILD SIDE Zebra cushion, £6, George Home

IN THE CAN

FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT

Haws watering can, £4.99, Wyevale Garden Centres

SIMPLE STYLE Beau & Elliot Outline mustard coasters, £7.50 for four, Amaroni Home

BOLD BLOOMS Daisy stoneware bowl, £6.95, Dotcomgiftshop

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ARTIST IN RESIDENCE ‘Gary made these papier mache heads when we lived in Surrey – they make a really eye-catching display’

COME ON IN!

ABOUT ME I’m Lin Rogers, 61, and I live with my husband, Gary, 58, and our black cat Jasmine. MY HOME A 10-year-old end of terrace in St Ives, Cornwall. WHEN I MOVED IN It has three storeys and four bedrooms, and was built as a live/work space. This means that the ground floor is one large room. It was created as an artist’s studio, but we wanted to turn it into a guest flat. AND NOW The studio already had a shower room so, to convert it, we simply added a kitchen. The rest of the work was mainly cosmetic. STYLE TIP If you have lots of artworks, keep walls neutral so colour coordination isn’t a worry.

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‘We escaped


NEW-BUILD

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to THE COAST!’ GARDEN FRESH ‘The curtain fabric is Dandelion Clocks by Sanderson from John Lewis. It’s perfect for these French doors as they lead out to the garden’

Lin and Gary embraced a lifestyle change when they left a hectic city life behind for the artistic world of St Ives in Cornwall

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ince I was a child, when I used to cry on the way home from our seaside holidays, I’ve always longed to live near the coast,’ says Lin. ‘So when my husband Gary and I decided to leave the rat race and the long commute to London from our home in Surrey behind, we chose Cornwall, which we both knew and loved. I’m a freelance copywriter and my husband is a support worker for adults with learning difficulties. We both needed to continue working but, although my copywriting is very corporate, I had always joked that I wanted to write “the great novel”, but had never had the chance. Meanwhile Gary wanted to be able to devote more time to his artwork. He paints and sculpts using recycled materials, and has even been an artist in residence at a National Trust property near our old home. St Ives is an amazing creative hub, and has its own Tate gallery. There’s also the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden as well as the Leach Pottery, which was founded in 1920, and we knew living here would inspire us.

Green house After selling our Victorian cottage in Surrey, we initially rented a house near St Ives before looking for a place buy. We try to be environmentally friendly, so when we saw this house, which was part of an eco-build development, it really appealed. There are solar panels for providing heating and hot water, triple glazing, a wood-pellet fire and a heat exchange system. This draws hot air around the house via vents in the ceiling, so we have no need for radiators. It was also in a lovely spot, with the sea just a short walk away, and there’s ample parking

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TIME OUT ‘In summer I bring my laptop outside and work at the table. The teak furniture came from my mother-inlaw’s garden and I painted it in Forget Me Not by Cuprinol’

Do it! UPDATE OUTDOOR FURNITURE

1

A lick of paint is all that is needed to give patio furniture a new and improved look. First, give the wooden surfaces a thorough clean with either hot soapy water or a hardwood cleaning fluid. Then remove any loose or flaking paint with a steel brush or wire wool. Lightly sand the surfaces, wipe to remove any dust and treat with a wood preserver to protect the timber from decay. Apply a coat of a good exterior paint with a brush and allow to dry thoroughly. Apply additional coats, if required.

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NEW-BUILD

‘PLANT BIG POTS WITH EVERGREEN SHRUBS SO YOU CAN HAVE ALL-YEAR-ROUND COLOUR’ IDEA TO STEAL

Love it

3 of the best LIME ACCESSORIES A pop of neon green adds a modern touch

‘For continuity, paint a door frame in the same colour as the exterior wall’

WAKE UP Newgate alarm clock, £25, Cuckooland

DRY CLEAN Tea towels, £5 for five, Wilko

BRIGHT IDEA ‘As the sofa is black I’ve chosen yellow accessories to add colour’

HOLE IN ONE ‘Having a cat flap fitted in triple-glazed French doors was a necessary but expensive procedure’

Style

Maker JESS SAYS

‘By keeping furniture and decor neutral you can add a pop of colour with accessories like Lin has done with lime green. It creates a fresh look.’

FRUIT BOWL Ben de Lisi basket, £14, Debenhams

space, which is a real bonus in a busy town like St Ives. The house is 10 years old and had been left empty for some time – fortunately, it didn’t need too much work. The walls were all white, which was fine, and the wood floors were lovely, but there were no curtain poles on any of the windows. Fortunately, the house isn’t overlooked so doesn’t actually need blinds or curtains. We weren’t keen on the nasty yellow lino on the bathroom floor, so we replaced it with a waterproof flooring specially designed for wet areas. We joked that the kitchen must have been designed by someone who never cooked, as there weren’t worktops to speak of, the upper cupboards were too high for me to reach and there wasn’t a space for a fridge to fit. The most difficult aspect of the house is the staircase, which is very narrow. When we ordered a fridge freezer, the

delivery man told us that he wouldn’t be able to squeeze it around the bend, so we had to send it back and find a smaller one that did fit. Luckily, our double bed and sofa bed came apart, so it was possible to take them up the stairs.

Home work I took over the small third bedroom as my office space and, at first, Gary used the studio for his recycled pulped paper and reef rock pots. However, it was such messy work he found a more suitable place to work nearby and we decided to turn the ground floor into a suite for friends and guests, which we now promote through Airbnb. We found an amazing handyman who fitted a small kitchen in the studio and we added sofas and a double bed. We had not planned on renting out the studio when we moved here, but it

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Make it! WOVEN RAG SEAT PAD

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Take a piece of cardboard the same size as your chair seat, then cut a 5cm slit every 1.5cm along both sides. Tear fabric into 5cm wide strips, around 10cm longer than the width of the cardboard. Bunch five strips together and slot the ends into the first slit, the stretch across to the slit on the other side. Repeat until you’ve filled all the slits. Take a single ‘weaving’ strip and tie it to a strip in the first bunch, then weave through the bunches as if it were a loom. At the end of the row, loop the weaving strip over the last bunch and then reverse the weaving. When you run out of weaving strip, tie on another piece to extend it and continue weaving. Finish by securing to the last bunch, and trim the loose edges.

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LIME LIGHT ‘This is a dark corner, so I bought bright kitchenware that works well against the black tiling and worktop’

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QUICK REMINDER ‘I used blackboard paint on the walls to make my own shopping list noticeboard’

has given us an extra income, and the Poldark effect means that we have a steady supply of visitors to this area. We had to be a little inventive when dealing with the issues in the main kitchen. To give us more worksurface and cupboard space, we bought two cabinets with drawers and aluminium tops. They stand in the window, but inevitably the tops get covered with stuff. The new fridge freezer is freestanding, too, so as it can’t be hidden, we thought we might as well chose a showstopper and went for one in bright lime green.

Open-plan living After living in a rather small Victorian cottage, it was quite odd to find ourselves with a generous, open-plan living area. We brought the furniture from our previous home with us. At first, we had difficulty deciding on where to put it all,

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Maker

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‘Multi-tasking furniture is always useful. The mobile kitchen work stations look good, and would make a great upcycling project.’


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‘Match your flooring to your units for a seamless, streamlined effect’

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but in the end we pushed it back against the walls to emphasise the feeling of space. We love a clean, unfussy, Scandi look, so that’s what we’ve tried to create.

Keeping it simple Although we live by the coast, we weren’t tempted to give the house a seaside theme. It would have been easy to collect lots of driftwood furniture, model boats and shells, but I’ve seen places like that and they can often look over the top. However, for our holiday guests in the apartment we have included some fun, seaside-themed things. We’ve kept most of the walls white, although Gary has now painted an aqua accent in the bathrooms. He was going through a stripy phase when we came here – a reaction to moving from the urban greyness to the colours of the sea, sky and fields – hence the painted

PRACTICAL LAYOUT ‘This is a great space for entertaining, as I can cook while talking to our guests’

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‘Choose rich jewel colours like deep pink, amethyst and amber for a cosy feel’ ROMANTIC MESSAGE ‘The wallhanging above the guest bed says “love” and was a wedding present’

‘FOR A FUSS-FREE INTERIOR,USE BLOCKS OF BOLD COLOUR ON O NB BEDLINE EDLINEN, N,C CUSHIONS AND CUSHION AND RUGS RUGS’ BLUE TINTS ‘I’ve used ocean colours to give the guest apartment a seaside feel’

stripes on the wooden panel outside the French doors in the downstairs bedroom. Stripes are a bit of a theme as we also have them on rugs, blinds and even one of Gary’s paintings, which works really well above the sideboard. We like to support local artists and craftsmen because, if you know them, it gives a special flavour to their work. One of my favourites is a print of the outdoor Jubilee Pool in Penzance, which was badly damaged in a storm. I won it in a fund-raising auction and I think the colours work well in the room. We find it really peaceful here – we would never return to our old lives.’

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Maker ALEX SAYS

‘White walls need not mean a minimalist or Scandi scheme. Lin’s hi-gloss furniture and bright bedding pop against the white walls and create a fun, inviting feel.’


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Where to buy her style Recreate Lin’s modern Scandi look in your home

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LOFTY NOTION ‘To draw attention away from the high ceiling I hung an artwork at an unusual height’

JOHN LEWIS Lin’s furniture is modern classic and John Lewis has a large selection that would suit a home with a contemporary interior. WILKO Stripes are a useful way of colour-coordinating furnishings, as demonstrated in Lin’s guest apartment. Wilko has a wide range of stripy roller blinds, from £8. THE HOLDING COMPANY Great choice of freestanding kitchen cupboards. Lin’s unit has eight drawers and a zinc top and can also be used in the garden. MADE has a collection of accent chairs with wooden legs in a variety of fabrics that look similar to the ones in Lin’s sitting room.

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‘These lights can be angled so that one person can read without disturbing the other’

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CHIC SCANDI Give your home a smart Nordic-style look that’s warm and welcoming

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dd warmth and comfort to clean white walls with plenty of midtone wood furniture, bright textiles such as rugs and cushions, and quirky, colourful accessories. Lin has created a living space full of character by injecting colour into her bright, white backdrop and mixing classic pieces like oak dining furniture with modern designs such as oversized floor lamps. The result is a relaxed home that combines airy Scandi style with welcoming touches.

£15 Enjoy a sea view with this Brancaster inlet art print, KING & McGAW

£29 Curl up under this Space throw, VERY

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Add a modern vibe with the Bronx giant floor lamp, MADE.COM

Catch cool coastal style. Set of four dishes, BATELA

£599 Be guest-ready with the Oak Twingle sofa bed, FUTON COMPANY

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£8 Introduce stripes with the Calder Willow cushion, JD WILLIAMS

£325

Add sparkle with the Silver spiral string lights, KIKKERLAND

Hide clutter in smart Papa shelves, LOAF

£99.99 Go for a Scandi feel with the Kokoon Espino nest of tables, WAYFAIR

£275 £29.95 Tell time in style with the Retro-look wall clock in Swedish Green, CUCKOOLAND

Walk the line with the Ainslie rug, THE RUG SELLER

STYLE SECRETS Four steps to creating a Scandi-inspired look GO ALL WHITE Not only do white walls create a light and bright feel, they’re also the perfect blank backdrop for artwork, whatever the colours used in the print, painting or sculpture.

WARM UP WITH WOOD

ADD PATTERN Lin and Gary have used lots of stripes – these add colour but in a clean, modern way and are a very versatile pattern to work with when styling your home.

ENHANCE KITCHEN SPACE If worktop space is limited in your kitchen, add a butcher’s block or kitchen trolley to provide flexible extra worksurfaces.

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£12 Enjoy a cuppa from the Aline mug, OLIVER BONAS

Wooden furniture adds cosiness to white walls and large, open-plan spaces. Go for light shades of timber such as oak and ash.

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Delight guests with these cute picnic cutlery packs. Use edging scissors to add decoration to the tops of brown paper bags and stitch stamped initials to one edge. Pop wooden cutlery, a napkin and pretty straw inside each bag and wrap with twine and a name tag.

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‘We filled it with

HAPPY COLOURS’ Alice turned a dated holiday flat by the sea into a cheerful home full of bright shades and coastal details

COME ON IN!

ABOUT ME I’m Alice Byrd, 32, and I run my own art gift business. I live with my husband Chris, 33, a technical director, and our daughter, Maggie, two. MY HOME We live in a two-bedroom Victorian flat in Hornsea, East Yorkshire, which we bought in March 2015. WHEN I BOUGHT IT It had been empty for months and was damp, dark and run down. It was so dirty, you couldn’t see what colour the living room carpet was. AND NOW It’s a completely different place – light, bright, spacious and modern. We reconfigured the rooms and turned it into a welcoming family home. STYLE TIP Work with the natural light and use bright, clean colours to create a year-round sunny look.

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COLOUR POP ‘This yellow wallpaper lifts the room – it’s Widenor Chevron by Thibault, from Wallpaper Direct’


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‘Fit sleek Venetian blinds so you can let the sunlight in but still maintain privacy’ FAVOURITE.. .ROOM. ‘I love how the bay window floods the sitting room with light, making the window seat a lovely sunny spot to sit in’

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ost people wouldn’t have bothered to give this dated seaside flat a second glance,’ says Alice. ‘A former holiday home, it had been well used and months of standing empty had taken its toll. However, my husband Chris and I could see beyond its dilapidated interior, the damp and dirt. We’ve renovated properties before, so we knew it could look great, but we had to really visualise how it could be. We’d been looking to buy a home in the seaside town of Hornsea to be closer to my parents. We have a young daughter, Maggie, and we were travelling from our

home in Manchester to Hornsea every other week to see my parents. Chris can work from home and we had no real personal attachment to Manchester, so it made sense for us to move.

All change Properties within our budget were few and far between in Hornsea but this flat, just a few metres from the beach, was in the perfect location and was just the right size. It was pretty much uninhabitable, so we spent many weekends working on it to get it into a state where we could move in. The only thing that remained unchanged was the front bay window, which had recently been replaced. The rest of

‘These Ikea ledges are the ideal depth to show off my artworks’


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HANDCRAFTED ‘My dad, Robin, made this unusual towel rail out of driftwood and old nails’

Style

Maker LOTTE SAYS

‘Metro tiles in the kitchen are a great way to introduce a block of colour. This neutral grey works well, or you could try out a bolder hue, like turquoise.’

‘DON’T BE AFRAID TO USE PINK IN THE KITCHEN – IT’S PERFECT FOR BRINGING A LIGHT, FRESH FEEL TO A ROOM’ TABLE TALK ‘We chose a small table to save on space, but it can be pulled away from the wall and extended if we have guests over’

the property was altered beyond recognition. The old kitchen was at the end of a dark corridor and squeezed into a space barely big enough for a cooker and a fridge. A worktop blocked the back door and a cramped bathroom, along with an outdoor toilet, was behind that.

Getting to work The day we came to start work on the flat, the lock on the front door broke and we had to break in. We decided that, from then on, the only way was up! Chris and one of his friends did all the building work, stripping out the old fittings and taking out non load-bearing walls so we could redesign the layout. They used some of the old kitchen space to create a bigger bathroom and utility room, then moved the back door and knocked down the outside toilet to

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IDEA TO STEAL

‘Create impact in a small room with an oversized clock’

MAXIMISING. .SPACE ‘I only have units along one wall to make it seem more spacious, and I kept the scheme neutral with touches of pink to make the room feel light and bright’

turn that area into Maggie’s bedroom. We built the new kitchen out of the old corridor – we raised the ceiling to create a feeling of more space and had the whole area replastered. New plumbing and electrics were fitted throughout. I helped where I could, but I spent a lot of time looking after Maggie, who at that time was just a baby. Once everything started to take shape, I began to plan how I wanted the interior to look.

Coastal living I had a very clear idea of the way each room would look, based on a clean, fresh style with traditional elements combined with bursts of modern colour. I wanted to reflect our coastal location, but I didn’t want it to be too full on. It was more about reflecting the lovely light here and the natural elements of the

Make it! BEACH ART

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Comb the beach for sea glass, shells and driftwood. Rinse to remove any sand and leave to dry. Make sure your shells are no longer inhabited, too! It’s best to buy your pebbles from specialist suppliers. Measure your box frame, then cut a piece of strong white card to these dimensions. Arrange your chosen items in a pleasing design or pattern on the card. Use a hot-glue gun to stick your pieces onto the card. Leave to dry, then remove the lid of the box frame and slip your design inside.

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SEASCAPES ‘My handmade artworks reflect our coastal location’

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SEA BED ‘This room is quite small so we used every inch of space, fitting in a desk by the window. The shelf above the bed is perfect for displaying our seaside accessories’

IDEA TO STEAL

‘Sand down an old pallet and use battens to fix it to the wall, to make your own unique, coastal-style headboard’

3 of the best ROSE ACCENTS Create a feminine feel with touches of soft pink

Albert Kuip dining armchair, £299 for two, Cuckooland

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Pantry Design scrubbing brush, £3.95, Dotcomgiftshop

Pink glass vase, £5.99, HomeSense

seaside rather than creating a very contrived coastal look. To keep things simple, I chose just one colour to use throughout the whole flat – Dulux Timeless matt emulsion. It ties the rooms together, makes the small spaces look a lot bigger and also makes maintenance really easy, which is important when you have a young family. My dad, Robin Rose, is a cabinet maker and he made free-standing cabinets, tables, shelves and cupboards for us, then we shopped around to find bargain fittings and fixtures, plus extra furniture, to create a warm, welcoming style. He also makes things out of driftwood, like our towel rail in the kitchen, and that inspired me to collect shells and small pieces of driftwood from the beach to make my own decorative pictures. Friends kept asking me if they could


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Style

Maker JESS SAYS

Love it

WORK STATION ‘Having a desk by the window makes use of the natural light’

‘By using the same colour palette all the way through the interior, Alice has tied the rooms together visually and made the flat seem bigger.’

‘PRETTY UP A BEDROOM WORKSPACE WITH FURNITURE IN PASTEL SHADES AND ELEGANT DESK ACCESSORIES’

WALL ART ‘I bought the cosy rocking chair online and I framed wallpaper samples to make the pictures’

Make it! FAUX LOG FIREPLACE

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Plaster the alcove’s surface if necessary so it’s flat, and paint it dark so that the logs stand out. Saw the logs into shallow circles and lightly sand the edges. Choose logs of different sizes with a variety of grains. Use a strong multi-surface glue to stick the circles into the fireplace, starting at the bottom. Once the glue has dried, paint pale accent colours on random circles to tie in with the room.

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OUTDOOR SPACE ‘My dad and I made the garden furniture, using reclaimed wood and an old marble basin top’

Style

Maker JADE SAYS

‘I love how Alice has embraced her surroundings, creating beach hut storage, displaying beach treasures and adding seaside brights. Adding pops of colour to the neutral rooms gives the house a cohesive feel.’

SEASIDE STYLE ‘The vibrant mats and coastal-themed details brighten up this dark room’

BEACHCOMBING ‘Maggie and I spend hours walking on the beach looking at interesting shells and pebbles’

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SUNNY SHADES ‘Brightly patterned bedding, cushions and bunting bring a lovely cheery feel to Maggie’s bedroom. They’re also easy and inexpensive to change if she outgrows them’

IDEA TO STEAL

Look for fun storage solutions in a kid’s room - like these quirky beach huts

buy the pictures, so I started my own small business, selling them online. The coastal location has also inspired the sunny accent colours of our flat, including the bold yellows, pinks and blues. I love bright colours. They really cheer us up and can be easily changed if you want a different look, without going to huge expense.

The perfect fit We brought quite a lot of furniture from our old house with us and luckily it all fitted perfectly. We also brought a piece of stone from our old cellar which we’ve used to create a hearth for a small stove that’s in the sitting room. It’s so relaxing here, compared to living in Manchester. It’s wonderful to wake up each morning and hear the waves, and

when the sunlight is pouring in through the big bay windows, you can be in the sitting room and feel as though you’re on holiday. I’m much more aware of the seasons and the moods of the sea now. Maggie and I spend a lot of time walking along the beach together, looking at shells and pebbles and interesting bits of flotsam and jetsam, some of which find their way into the house or into my homemade pictures. It’s why we love this flat – it reflects everything we love about living close to the sea.’

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Where to buy her style COASTAL HOME This online store is a one-stop shop for seaside-inspired accessories. From artworks and mirrors to tableware, it’s a must if you’re mad about all things maritime. TONS OF TILES Whether it’s walls or floors, there’s a great choice of traditional, modern and vintage styles at affordable prices. SAINSBURY’S While you’re doing your weekly food shop, stop by the home section to check out the fantastic new Shore range. You’ll find coastal-style accessories from as little as £12 for a cushion.

WORDS HEATHER DIXON AND STEPHANIE DURRANT PHOTOS COLIN POOLE

‘PUT ATTRACTIVE TOYS OUT ON DISPLAY SO THEY MAKE AN EYE-CATCHING FEATURE AND ARE EASY FOR YOUR CHILD TO REACH’

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£5 for 6 Evoke the calm of the shoreline with these pebble candles, B&Q

SUBTLE DESIGN

£29.99 Introduce pattern by choosing this Texel wood side table, MAISONS DU MONDE

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Buy Alice’s style…

Make an oversized wooden wall clock a focal point, MELODY MAISON

MODERN COASTAL Bring in warm tones and geometric prints to update this popular look, finishing off with beach-themed extras

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ou don’t have to live by the sea to embrace this timeless, tranquil look. Even though it’s a firm favourite for bathrooms, you can make this style work in any room of the house with a few well-chosen coastal-inspired accessories. Like Alice, start with a neutral backdrop, blue sofa and wooden cabinet, then add sea-themed treasures. For country cosiness, use warm hues and classic pieces like a rocking chair, keeping it modern with geometric prints and Scandi shapes.

£899 Channel a mid-century vibe with the Zinc sofa in Teal, DFS

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£9.99 Display this cute Love wall plaque, DUNELM


MODERN COASTAL

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£449 £108.99

Invest in this Newark oak glazed cabinet, THE COTSWOLD COMPANY

Relax in the Rocker by Home Loft Concept, WAYFAIR

£7.99 Pick this textured pastel blue jug, HOMESENSE

BUDGET BUY

£30 £20 Complement the nautical look with a white wooden lantern, DUNELM

Update your sofa with a modern geometric cushion by Ferm Living, MADE IN DESIGN

STYLE SECRETS Four ways to make the modern coastal vibe work for you

£56.99 Bring in a touch of white-washed wood with this smart tripod lamp, THE RANGE

USE TRICKY SPACES Don’t dismiss awkward alcoves. Make a feature of tall nooks by papering

with a co-ordinating wallpaper. Not sure how to make the most of a bay window? Try creating a window seat piled with blankets and cushions.

GO OUTDOORS Display beachcomber treasures, such as driftwood, shells and sea glass, to complement a coastal theme. Live in an

urban area? Incorporate industrial accessories made from iron, concrete or reclaimed wood.

COMBINE STYLES A mix of furniture will work as it adds interest and looks more natural. Sit mid-century and Scandi shapes alongside trad cabinets; just match the tones of the wood.

FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT

ADD WARM TONES Create a cosy feel with furniture and accessories in warm tones. Teal and yellow are uplifting choices; carry them through to larger items such as a rug or sofa.

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WASHI TAPE WALL ART

Geometric Gems washi tapes, £5 for four; 20cm sq box frame, £4; A4 white card, £5 for 100 sheets, all Hobbycraft

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Use contrasting colours and patterns for a striking design

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Add wow to your walls. Cut two squares of card the same size as a box frame. Stick washi tape in a diagonal pattern on one piece of card. Cut out an initial from the other. Place the card on top of your design and frame.

Make it

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BLUE BUY ‘I got this old church pew second-hand and painted it in Annie Sloan’s Greek Blue’

‘My style has

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LIGHT TOUCH ‘Our small extension has completely transformed the house. The modern lines and mismatched tiles make the kitchen area lively but functional’

ABOUT ME I’m Lucci Peters, 54, and I live with my husband Gary, 57. MY HOME A two-bedroom Victorian terrace in Somerset. We moved here in September 2012. WHEN I BOUGHT IT It all looked very old and tired. The kitchen was a narrow, dark galley and the bathroom needed a refurb. AND NOW We’ve extended at the back to make an open-plan kitchen-diner. We replaced the bathroom and decorated with lively colours and bold patterns. STYLE TIP Picture ledges are a brilliant way to show framed prints, paintings and photos, and it’s really easy to refresh your arrangement.

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A BIG IMPACT!’ With a bold, can-do approach, Lucci has made her mark on her home, mixing vibrant colours and adventurous patterns with some clever bargain buys

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‘An upcycled pew sits neatly against the wall and provides plenty of extra seating for guests’

his house was in a bit of a sorry state when we first saw it, but my husband Gary and I could see that it had the makings of a fabulous home,’ says Lucci Peters. ‘We knew we could do such a lot with it. We were looking to downsize a bit, as our sons are now grown up, and our old country cottage was feeling a bit remote. We wanted our new home to have character, but to be nearer to shops and facilities, and our family and friends. This house ticked all the boxes and the lovely long garden was an added bonus.

The big build

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It took us about a year to plan and get our finances together before we started building a little extension at the back. The old kitchen was in a narrow little dog-leg that jutted into the garden, so the new extension just filled in the area across the back of the house. Creating a light, bright feel was really important, so as well as the doors out to the garden, we also put in a roof light directly above the dining table. Gary came up with the idea and drew up the original design. We knocked through from the snug, too, so now we’ve got one big living space with different kitchen, dining and seating zones. A local builder carried out all the work, and installed the new upstairs bathroom at the same time. Although things progressed smoothly, it wasn’t much fun! Gary was away a lot with work, and I had to camp in the small study at the front. There was dust everywhere and no heating or hot water for weeks, so I was really grateful to my kind neighbours, who let me use their shower. If we ever decided to do that amount of

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VICTORIAN TERRACE

UNIQUE ART

Make it! WALL ART DISPLAY

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Create the frame of your display unit by joining together a series of shallow storage boxes (try the plywood range in a variety of shapes from Hobbycraft) using strong glue, or use a wooden cutlery or drawer organiser. Paint each section of your joined boxes in different shades. For a rustic effect, use a dry brush

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‘We mixed old toys and tools to make this’

to layer colours on top of each other. Leave to dry. Gather together the collectables you’d like to display. Lucci and Gary chose personal items such as toy cars, old tools, rope and parlour games like darts, dominoes and playing cards. Place the frame in front of you and arrange your items, securing them if needs be.

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‘IF YOU HAVE TILES WITH A COMPLEX PATTERN, , DON’T BE AFRAID TO HAVE THEM PROFESSIONALLY FITTED’

PLAINLY PERFECT. ‘The units were a great buy from Homebase – the flat doors and latte colour are low-key and unobtrusive’

Style

Maker

ASHLEY SAYS

‘Inject colour into a neutral kitchen by mixing and matching patterned tiles and selecting two or three accent hues for accessories.’

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CALM ORDER. ‘We painted the fire surround pale blue and the soft colours of the Overture wallpaper by Albany bring it all together’

IDEA TO STEAL

‘Instead of replastering, try a dramatic wallpaper to hide rough walls’

building work again, I’d definitely think about moving out temporarily!

Out of the ordinary Once the structural part was done, and the kitchen and bathroom were fitted, Gary and I tackled the decorating and finishing off. Gary’s handy with joinery and general DIY, while I’m happy painting, plus I love wallpapering. Together, we make a good team and combining our skills has saved us a fortune. I like my home to be a bit out of the ordinary. I love bright, vibrant colours and fun, interesting patterns, and I’m definitely a give-it-a-go sort of person. I knew I had to buy the amazing doggie wallpaper that’s in the hall as soon as I saw it, even though it wasn’t actually hung until about a year later. People always comment on it, and everyone loves it. The patchwork-look kitchen tiles were another must-have

for me. They are the main design feature of the kitchen, so I chose simple, neutral units and worktops to balance them. As the kitchen is quite small, I had to plan the layout carefully to squeeze in the washing machine and a slimline dishwasher as well as plenty of storage.

A flowing space We spend a lot of time in the open-plan living area at the back. It’s where we chill out and watch TV in the evenings and with the dining table and the garden doors, it’s great for entertaining family and friends. Apart from in the kitchen, the flooring is oak, which is hardwearing and adds some warmth. Our old walls aren’t quite straight and even, so it turned out to be easier and more economical to lay the boards across the rooms, rather than lengthways. We’ve continued it into the hall, too, so the

SOFA SENSE. ‘Our leather sofas don’t match, as I wanted the room to feel relaxed’


CLEVER CONVERSION ‘We turned the study fireplace into extra storage for paperwork by fitting doors and shelves inside’

IDEA TO STEAL

‘Paint fire surrounds dark to make a dramatic feature of them’

AQUA ARCH ‘We added interest by painting the door frame blue’

space flows smoothly from the front door right to the back of the house. We’ve kept the small front room as a separate study, for quiet reading and relaxing. I chose a very striking bookdesign wallpaper to go in there, which is fun and adds personality. Although the pattern is bold, I’ve still hung framed photos and prints on top, as I love having family pictures and personal things around me. Gary and I even made our own artwork for the dining area out of keepsakes and some salvaged scraps of wood. It was a practical solution because I wanted to use the space, but the strong sun from the roof-light kept fading any pictures or photos I hung there.

Bargain buys Since we moved here, we’ve gradually replaced some of our furniture. All the

sofas are new, and the silvery velvet one in the study was a real bargain. When I spotted it in HomeSense, I loved it, but thought it might be too big. I rang my neighbour and she popped into the house and measured the space for me, while I waited in the shop. The size was perfect, but we couldn’t fit it through the door, so it had to come through the window. Most of our other pieces are either things we’ve had for years, or secondhand buys, and almost everything has been painted, changed or updated somehow. We found our dining table in a local second-hand shop. Gary restored the top and then fitted new, more contemporary legs that we’ve painted blue to pick up on the kitchen tiles. We’ve had our pine bed for absolutely ages, but painting it bright green has given it a completely fresh new look. I used the


VICTORIAN TERRACE

Style

Maker LOTTE SAYS

Love it

3 of the best STATEMENT WALLPAPERS Choose a bold design to paste up

‘Add interest to shelves by stacking books both ways, then add vases, picture frames, or sculptures, and finish with smaller ornaments.’

Fresco Trinket Box wallpaper, £11 per roll, Graham & Brown

Arthouse Olivia wallpaper in pink/ teal, £10 per roll, Wilko

Albany Imagination Aloha wallpaper, £12.98 per roll, WallpaperDirect

‘IF YOU HAVE A BUSY WALLPAPER, HANG ARTWORK IN BLACK FRAMES TO MAKE IT STAND OUT AGAINST THE BACKGROUND’

Do it! STATEMENT WALLPAPER

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Consider where your wallpaper will hang. Bedrooms require tranquility, so choose a calming design. Small spaces like a downstairs cloakroom are great places to experiment. A statement wallpaper will add impact and give the room identity. If you find a design you love, but it’s too much for an entire wall, try papering only the chimney breast, like Lucci, to create a whimsical focal point to a room.

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DARING CHOICE ‘Rather than playing safe with plain, pale colours, we chose this eyepopping wallpaper to make a bold statement’

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Love it

VICTORIAN TERRACE

THRIFTY TRICK ‘Using a small amount of mosaic tiles was a cost-effective way to get a luxury finish’

‘FOR A BUDGET UPDATE, PAINT YOUR FLOORBOARDS A BRIGHT, FRESH WHITE’ SMOOTH LINES ‘The guest room walls were old and a bit rough, but painting everything this soft, chalky shade gave it an even look’

NATURAL TONES ‘Shades of green and some lush, leafy prints from Dunelm inspired my bedroom revamp’

leftover paint on the bedside lamp shades, which worked incredibly well.

Future plans I’m always looking at homes magazines and TV programmes and getting new design ideas, and if I could change anything in this house, I’d probably like a bit more space. With that in mind, we’re thinking about converting the loft one day, to make an extra bedroom. When we do, I’m sure it’ll have a look all of its own – a home has to be practical, but I like mine to be unique and quirky, too.’

You can find more clever ways to style your home by going to pinterest. com/styleathomemag

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IDEA TO STEAL

‘Use mono accents to ground a brightlycoloured scheme’

PRIMARY POPS

Style FEATURE AND STYLING ANNABELLE GRUNDY WORDS STEPHANIE DURRANT PHOTOGRAPHY COLIN POOLE

Maker JADE SAYS

‘Try out adventurous colour schemes like Lucci has– the pink and green really sing against the neutral greys and whites.’

‘Pink and green accents create a bold look’

Where to buy her style PORCELAIN SUPERSTORE Statement tiles on floors and walls will lift a neutral kitchen. Try Porcelain Superstore’s rich mix of patterns, prints and colours, including modern geometrics and Moroccan designs, priced from just £21.84 per sq m. HOMESENSE Always on top of trends, HomeSense is packed with gorgeous seasonal homeware at not-to-be-missed prices. Like Lucci’s velvet sofa,

there are often one-off in-store bargains to be had, and always something new to see. GRAHAM & GREEN For prints and wall art that’ll be the talking point of the room, visit Graham and Green. Botanical prints are a highlight, with vintage illustrations of palms, parrots and insects in stock, plus wall art including colourful hangings, decorative skulls and dreamcatchers.


£27 Place this on-trend succulent cushion on a bed or sofa, ZAZZLE

from £18 Add a Volo mirror vase to bounce beams of light around a room, IN-SPACES

£38 Celebrate a 1960s style icon with this Twiggy poster, JUNIQE

Buy Lucci’s style…

GLAM BRIGHTS Mix colour-pop pieces with mirror and monochrome for a sophisticated scheme

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his vibrant look is great for those who love to experiment with different styles and genres. Combining sophistication with bold splashes of colour and tongue-incheek accessories, it’s a playful scheme that you can have fun with. Statement pieces steal the show in two contrasting hues – pink and green – complemented by graphic botanical prints on a monochrome backdrop. Add a touch of class with mirrored accessories, black and white fashion prints and a sparkling chandelier.

£105 For a glam touch, try this Chella three-light chandelier, LAURA ASHLEY

£75 Tuck things away tidily in these stylish rope baskets, BERRY RED

£6.95 Make animal magic with a Rörd bunny, from a set of three, IKEA

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GLAM BRIGHTS

Buy it

£70 £29 Cheer up a shelf with the balloon dog by White Faux Taxidermy, ETSY

Hang an elegant timepiece, like this marble wall clock, CUCKOOLAND

ADD BOLD COLOUR

STYLE SECRETS

£309 Make a colourful statement with the Funk chevron rug, THE RUG SELLER

Bring Lucci’s colourful glam look into your home PAINT FURNITURE If you can’t find furniture in the shade you’re after, paint it. Take your preferred colour to the Dulux MixLab at Homebase and they’ll create an exact match. It’s a great way to revamp old pieces!

£270 Hide clutter in a pair of Chateau bedside tables, THE COTSWOLD COMPANY

LAYER CUSHIONS Cushions and throws are an inexpensive way to add pops of colour to a neutral room. If you get bored, simply swap them around.

MIRROR, MIRROR Mirrored accessories inject glamour. Opt for smooth, graphic shapes like tall vases holding white flowers, and a large Venetian glass mirror for a sophisticated feel.

£29 Wrap up in this Snowberry throw, WAYFAIR

MIX PRINTS Combine prints that fit the feel of your room. Lucci chose botanical artworks that co-ordinate with her colour theme, but has black and white fashion prints all over her home to tie the rooms together.

PICK COLOURS To create impact, pick two shades on opposite sides of the colour wheel and incorporate them in a scheme in the form of cushions, lampshades or a sofa. Keep the backdrop neutral to show them off.

FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT

£12 This bright alarm clock has a quirky retro appeal, IWM SHOP

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VERTICAL GARDEN

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Do it

Do it

Ronseal Garden Paint in Sun Dial and Pink Jasmine, ÂŁ3.97 per 250ml, B&Q

Prettify a bare fence by hanging painted terracotta pots. Make sure your pots are clean, dry and soil-free, then use garden paint to give them a revamp. Screw to the fence after carefully drilling small holes through the terracotta, before popping in your plants!

FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT

Leave the rim bare, or paint in the contrasting colour

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THE STYLE BOOK PART 5:

Coastal You don’t have to live near the sea to fall in love with this fresh, breezy and easy-tolive-with style that’ll fill your home with happy holiday vibes


the STYLE RULES Channel a boho Ibiza attitude with this chilled look If you want your living space to be a place where you can truly kick back and relax, this look sets the perfect mood. Just add friends and wine‌ KEEP IT ALL WHITE White walls, flooring and upholstery will give you a bleached-out, Mediterranean villa look.

MIX YOUR BLUES Layer on lots of colour with blues of different depths, using a combination of plain and patterned fabrics. ADD BEACHCOMBED FINDS Shells, hurricane lanterns filled with pebbles and driftwoodlook pieces will fill the room with natural style.


Create the ultimate, laid-back living room filled with holiday vibes, by adding a blend of vibrant blue tones to a simple white backdrop

Repurposed crates make ideal display shelves for lanterns and special finds

Island LIVING Make artisan tie-dye, batik and ikat patterns the hero

THE FABRIC Marrakesh in Ocean, £25 per m, Olivia Bard

THE WALLPAPER Kali wallpaper 110868 , £39 per roll, Scion

THE PAINT Clay White matt emulsion, £14 for 2.5ltr, Crown range, Homebase

THE FLOORING Patterned cotton rug, £79.99, H&M


Beachcombed TEXTURES Mix natural finishes and a touch of simple pattern

THE FABRIC Samaki 120202, £30 per m, Scion

THE WALLPAPER Fresco wood panel wallpaper in neutral, £8, Wilko

THE PAINT Watercolour matt emulsion, £20 for 2.5ltr, Graham & Brown

THE FLOORING Norway Snowflake boucle, £15.75 per sq m, Lifestyle Floors

Simple and relaxed, this look is ideal for an informal and hard-working family kitchen-diner


Make your bedroom a restful retreat with a palette of layered neutrals and lots of natural textures

Stylist

at Home

LAUREN SAYS

the STYLE RULES Keep it neutral and rustic for laid-back living

Bare boards, whitewashed or painted, give a simple, strippedback feel

This look feels fresh and easy in summer, but cosy and welcoming in winter, for year-round style. CREATE A BACKDROP Put texture on the walls and floor with a faux-finish wallpaper of peeling planks or exposed brick effects, or try a ditsy, tonal pattern that gives the effect of a texture. Stick to simple whitewashed planks, or open-weave carpet or sisal flooring.

ADD SIMPLE FURNITURE Texture has to be the hero, so keep shapes simple and stick to raw wood or painted wood finishes. KEEP COLOURS CALM For a layered, tonal look, pick a palette of neutrals and mix them freely with lots of fresh white. If you can’t resist a bit of an accent colour, try adding a touch of earthy blush pink – it’s great for giving a bedroom warmth.

‘To achieve a coastal look, paint your floorboards white (if you have them) to create a cool beachy feel in less than a day’s work.’


This look is the ultimate combination of smart and casual, for a living space that’s both comfortable and sophisticated

Keep displays symmetrical for shipshape formality

the STYLE RULES Team fresh white with navy for a formal look This look is pure, Americaninspired Hamptons chic and it’ll give your room simple, effortless elegance. CHOOSE FITTED UPHOLSTERY Loose covers would look too casual, so go for a fitted look with smart piping or a stripe in a trim navy blue.

ADD WEIGHT WITH DARK WOOD FURNITURE To give the scheme definition and a traditional look. FINISH WITH STATEMENT ACCESSORIES Add a ‘wow’ moment or two – an oversized lamp, bold artwork or even a salvaged ship’s wheel.


Smart NAUTICAL Go for yacht-club style with crisp fabrics and bold blues

THE FABRIC Narrow width striped fabric in blue, £8 per m, John Lewis

THE WALLPAPER Wood panel wallpaper, £1.92 per sq m, Homebase

THE PAINT White Hot Premium Blend, £28 for 2.5ltr, Valspar range, B&Q

THE FLOORING Dalton hand tufted rug, £114.99, Wayfair


Sunbleached BLUES Faded blue stripes on a white backdrop is a classic combo

THE FABRIC Skipper in Mist, £15 per m, Studio G

THE WALLPAPER Tongue and Groove wallpaper, £27 per roll, Laura Ashley

THE PAINT Devon Sky matt emulsion, £27 for 2.5ltr, Albany Traditions range, Designer Paint

Distressed or reclaimed wood will stop this look being too polished or smart

THE FLOORING Jute border rug, from £45, Very


Hang a gallery of white-framed pictures, but stick to one colour palette to keep the look calm

Stylist

at Home JESS SAYS

the STYLE RULES Mix blues and whites, with a hint of shabby-chic style

Soft mid-blues give a more laid-back look than crisp navy for a relaxed, airy feel in a bedroom

The trick is to be strict with colour – pick from blues, whites and neutrals, but resist throwing in a bold accent, or the laid-back feel will be lost. BE TRADITIONAL This colour palette is so simple, you can get away with detail on furniture, with ornate metal bed frames, panelled door fronts and shabby-chic, reclaimed-wood pieces.

CHOOSE TIMELESS STRIPES Continue the classic look, but mix up narrow and broad stripes for interest, and throw in a nauticalmotif pattern or two. ACCESSORISE CAREFULLY This simple scheme can take lots of pretty details, but choose unfussy items with a hand-made look and lots of texture, and stay faithful to your tight colour palette.

‘Paint walls and floors with a whitewash to make the room feel airy. Go for a walk on the beach and find sea-washed driftwood to put on display’


Painting shutters in the same colour as the walls gives a seamless look

the STYLE RULES Mix deep blue-green tones and chic shapes Mid-century style goes super-sleek with this lush, colour-saturated style. CHOOSE SQUARED SHAPES It’s a smart look, so go for sleek, tuxedo-style sofas and cube shelving. Round or curved occasional tables will soften all the sharp corners.

USE WHITE AS AN ACCENT With deep turquoise on the walls, you’ll need some hits of bright white for light relief. GO LUXE ON FINISHES Ramp up the glam factor with silky velvet on upholstery and cushions, high-gloss surfaces and glossy blue glassware.


Beat grey-weather days with tropical-ocean colours and plush textures for a living space that oozes modern elegance

Miami GLAMOUR Lagoon blues and geo patterns create a smooth, modern look

THE FABRIC Mistral 120094, £34 per m, Scion

THE WALLPAPER Ida wallpaper in Ionian, £40.50 per roll, Villa Nova

THE PAINT Inky Pool 3 Paint Mixing Matt, £25.72 for 2.5ltr, Dulux

THE FLOORING Hexagon studio white tiles, £48 per sq m, The Baked Tile Company


Laid-back BOATHOUSE Get comfy with rugged denims and a moody palette

THE FABRIC Hexham, £11 per m, Prestigious Textiles range, Graham Sanderson Interiors

THE WALLPAPER Voyager platinum grey wallpaper, £21.99 per roll, Inspired Wallpaper

THE PAINT Snowfall matt emulsion, £12 for 2.5ltr, Crown range, Wilko

THE FLOORING Reclaimed chestnut plank, £25.99 per sq m, Quickstep

Add a little luxury for bare feet with supersoft scatter rugs


Chunky, modern furniture and leather chairs give a dining area a mellow, masculine feel

Stylist

at Home LOTTE SAYS

the STYLE RULES Create a space designed for down time with this look

Make a small living room super-snug with a warm blue on the walls and a slouchy modular sofa

Mid blues softened with warm neutrals and natural textures create a relaxed mood. Hints of pure white add a fresh accent, and silver details bring a little polish to this casual style. START WITH STRONG, SQUARE SHAPES Give a room structure with furniture that has simple lines to define the space – especially effective in a multifunctional room.

HANG TOUGH Finish the scheme with hard-wearing materials such as broad-weave linen upholstery, heavy-gauge cottons, worn saddle leather and deep-dyed denims for no-nonsense comfort. ADD TOUCHES OF RED Bring this low-key look to life with little pops of scarlet on fabrics and accessories to create a vibrant contrast with the warm mix of blue.

‘Pull a marinethemed room together with plenty of natural touches – from rope door knobs on cupboards to neutral rugs on the floor.’


the STYLE RULES Mix modern with vintage for lots of character This traditional red, white and blue scheme is quintessentially British, but still has a cool, modern vibe to it. CHOOSE A HERO PRINT Look for a wallpaper or fabric with an evocative seaside motif. It’ll mix easily with simple spots and stripes, too, as long as they

share a colour palette, for a bold, eclectic mix. WORK IN LOTS OF WHITE All that pattern needs offsetting with plain whitewashed flooring and white-painted furniture. PUT ON A DISPLAY Battered enamelware, vintage crockery and other finds will give it soul.


Seaside Junk-shop finds and nautical ephemera give the look authenticity

HERITAGE Put a traditional sketchbook print at the heart of a scheme

THE FABRIC Red Piping Stripe, £26 per m, Susie Watson Designs

THE WALLPAPER Lighthouse Nautical wallpaper, £12 per roll, K2 range, B&Q

THE PAINT Amazon Beat 5 Paint Mixing Matt, £25.72 for 2.5ltr, Dulux

Bring a classic blue-and-white scheme to life with hits of bright red for a fresh and breezy room that has timeless appeal

THE FLOORING Elder Wood Effect Tiles, £29.95 per sq m, Walls And Floors


COMING NEXT MONTH... PART 6:

Family spaces

Looking for more decor ideas? Visit us online at idealhome.co.uk/style-at-home for more design inspiration and expert style tips to make your home beautiful

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How to create practical and good-looking children’s rooms, super-organised high-traffic areas and living spaces designed for fun as well as stylish socialising and adults-only time out


PAINTED CERAMICS

Make it

THIS MONTH’S

Make it

FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT PHOTOGRAPH HOBBYCRAFT

Prettify plain vases and candlesticks with spray paint. Mask off areas you don’t want painted, then spray your piece in a well-ventilated area. Leave to dry, and remove the tape. Paint a repeat pattern with a fine paintbrush. Seal with a coat of Mod Podge glue.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH

Choose a metallic copper paint for an on-trend look and team with white and grey for a modern touch

Large candlestick, £6; small candlestick, £4; large rectangular ceramic vase blank, £7; large cylindrical ceramic vase blank, £7; spray paint in various shades, available in store; Mod Podge gloss, £4.50 for 236ml; Craft Acrylic, from £1.50; all Hobbycraft

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STYLE UPDATE Have fun with these simple but creative ideas that’ll ring the changes without turning into a full room redo

Tarno outdoor chairs, £10 each, Ikea. For similar paper pom poms, try Hobbycraft, £7.50 for five

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Garden party

Decorate your outdoor space for summer gatherings. Hang paper pom pom decorations from the trees and dress up the table and chairs with a bright tablecloth and matching seat pads. Fill glass jam jars and china jugs with vibrant cut blooms and decorate with ribbon.

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Paper runner

Craft a super-easy table runner using pretty paper doilies (see left). Gather up doilies in an assortment of patterns and sizes, laying them out on the floor and overlapping the circles here and there. Stick together with dabs of glue.

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Totally tropical

Revamp plain windows or disguise a not-so-brilliant view with frosted window film. It’s easy to apply yourself, just buy it cut to size and apply a sheet to each pane of glass. Choose from plain or all-over patterns, or try a fun motif such as this pineapple design.

PRETTY IDEA

Make a bunting cake topper with coloured washi tape. Take a length of bakers’ twine and fold tabs of tape along it, cutting them into triangular flags. Hang across two paper straws, tying in place. Insert into your cake.

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Garden Party lemonade drinks dispenser, £29.95, Dotcomgiftshop

Do it

Magical lights

Create DIY firefly lanterns using Mason jars and a couple of sets of small, inexpensive battery-operated fairy lights. Place a set of lights in each jar and tape the battery-pack to the inside of the jar lid where it won’t be seen.

Pineapple FB021 window film, from £30, The Window Film Company

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Drinks station

Set up a self-service drinks station if you’re entertaining outdoors, so guests can help themselves and no-one gets stuck tending the bar. Serve non-alcoholic mojitos by making fresh lemonade and adding sparkling water, fresh mint and slices of lemon.

Angels Fern Emerald roller blind, from £26.95, Blinds 2 Go

BOLD BRIGHTS Add a colour pop Geisha parasol, £160, Debenhams

Real touch plant, £40, Next

Hello glass drinking jar, £1, Hobbycraft

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WORK IN HARMONY

Update your work space by ditching dull colours for a more uplifting colour scheme. Green is said to bring balance and calm, and boost creativity, so energise your space with leafy green accents on soft furnishings and prints, as well as a house plant or two.

Diamond cushion, £25, Marks & Spencer

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Garden organiser

Sew a wall tidy for the garden shed with a section for each month so you can store seeds in order. Use a panel of floral fabric for your backing, fixing two strips of hessian across it then sewing channels to create the pockets.

Pom pom trim assortment, £2 per 1.83m, Hobbycraft

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No sew cushions

Make cushion covers from colourful silk scarves. Lay a scarf flat and iron. Pop a cushion pad in the centre, bring in two opposite corners and fold under. Bring in the remaining two corners and knot in a bow to secure.

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Try Ashdown Rose cotton duck, £20 per m, Cath Kidston

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Pretty up with pom poms

Trim a lampshade by adding your own pom poms in a contrast colour. Using a hot glue gun to secure, add trim top and bottom. Hang shades from coloured flex and cluster in twos or threes to create an eyecatching focal point.

EASY MAKE

Make magnetic tea towels that stick to the fridge or cooker. Fold over one corner of a tea towel, popping a small magnet inside. Stitch down the corner to secure in place.

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Pinboard wizard

Utilise wasted space on the inside of a kitchen cabinet by covering the back of a door with a thin sheet of cork – it’ll give you somewhere to pin notes, recipes and shopping lists and keep worksurfaces clutter free.

Lazy Range paint in Eye Candy, £19.95 per 750ml, Frenchic

SOFT SHADES Be subtle with colour Daisies and Roses cake stand, £30, Cath Kidston

Modern Memphis rug, £39, JD Williams Faux peonies, £10, Hobbycraft

Willow baskets, £29, JD Williams

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TAKE A CHAIR

Transform a shabby wooden chair with a chalky paint treatment, then use it beside the bed in place of a table. Try Frenchic’s Lazy range of chalk paints, which need no prep or wax finish – just give furniture one coat and buff gently once dry.


DECORATING UPDATES

Do it

Units painted in Stone Blue estate eggshell, ÂŁ24 for 750ml, Farrow & Ball

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Shelf life

Ditch fitted wall cabinets and go for a more relaxed look with wall-to-wall wooden shelves. Whitewash shelves and the wall behind to give a plain backdrop then colour in the space with bright kitchenware, storage canisters, coffee pots and a kettle in co-ordinating shades of blue, grey, pink and mustard yellow.

Make a colourful curtain for the back door - hang it on a drapery arm, ÂŁ19.95, House of Bath, for easy opening and closing


Do it

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D DECORATING UPDATES

Think pink

No headboard? No problem. Turn the wall behind the bed into a focal point by painting in bold coral pink. Dress up the bed with patterned bed linen, pillows and throws in shades of coral and grey and add a canvas on the wall above the bed in a co-ordinating colour theme.

Coral pouffe, £39.99; tribal rug, £29.99; mirrors, £5.99 each; bed linen, from a selection, all HomeSense

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Swap bedside lamps for a pair of pendant lights hung low either side of the bed


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Clutter buster

Stick a strip of magnetic tape – £6.50, Hobbycraft – to the inside of your bathroom cabinet door and use it to hold all those little metal items that usually get lost, such as tweezers, nail clippers and hair pins.

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EASY ART

Use simple office clipboards (£2.99 each, Ryman) to hang paper prints or children’s artwork. Position picture pins on the wall, in a single row or a grid formation, and clip up a group of favourite pictures, which can easily be swapped around.

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White large brick and Astragal tiles, £84.95 per sq m, Original Style

Garden revamp

Give cheap plastic planters a realistic-looking cast iron, bronze or limestone finish using an easy treatment – Rust-Oleum’s Natural Effects spray paint, £9.49 per 400ml, Homebase.

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Coastal view

Create a calming, seaside feel in your bathroom by painting the walls in shades of sky and ocean blue. Start with the paler top colour first then, once dry, use masking tape to create a clean edge for your base colour. Add fittings, towels and toiletries in white. Top, Misty Mirror; bottom, Marine Splash, both Bathroom+ paint, £25.72 for 2.5ltr, Dulux

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Compact dining nook

Squeeze a breakfast bar into a small kitchen by opting for slimline base units and worktops that take up minimum floor space – go for units 300mm deep, rather than the standard 600mm. Pick glossy white tiles and mint green walls to keep the look light and airy.

Walls painted in English Yellow Wall paint, £39.95 for 2.5ltr; desk painted in Provence Chalk paint, £18.95 for 1ltr, both Annie Sloan

GEO ACCENTS Keep it modern

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New York wall canvas, £39.99, HomeSense

Metro narrow ladder shelf, £60, Very

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Faux plant, £9.99, TK Maxx

MIX AND MATCH

Swap drab office furniture for a fun alternative. Go for a mix-and-match worktop and trestle option in unfinished wood that you can paint yourself (try Finnvard trestles, £25 each, Ikea). Team bold turquoise with sunny yellow walls.

Pouffe, £60, Next

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PROMOTIONAL FEATURE

Time to get

CREATIVE Bring decorating and craft projects to life with Frogtape

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hether you’re painting a feature wall, revamping an old piece of furniture or livening up a plain vase, it’s so satisfying to add your own personal stamp to decorating projects. From painted stripes and diamonds to letters and colourful borders, Frogtape is the perfect way to give any room a unique look. Thanks to its PaintBlock technology, which reacts with the moisture in paint to form a barrier and stop it from seeping under the masking

tape, you’ll get the perfect straight line without any paint bleed. So, if you’re planning a spot of DIY over the next few weekends, why not try your hand at something more adventurous? Simply apply the tape in your chosen design to a clean, dry surface, paint and remove it straight away without waiting for the paint to dry. As Frogtape gives a precise finish, it’s also great for using with smaller craft projects or try sprucing up garden furniture or flower pots to turn your outdoor space from drab to fab this summer!

BEFORE

AFTER

Plain cream walls make this living room look boring

Wide painted stripes create a great feature wall

Add a fun touch and personalise a kid’s room by painting their initial in a bright shade

Make it! GEO PAINTED VASE FOR MORE INFORMATION Frogtape masking tape, available in 24mm and 36mm widths, from £4.99, from Homebase, B&Q and all good DIY stores

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Spray white primer over a plain vase, excluding the base, allow to dry, then spray a layer of white satin over the surface and dry. Use Frogtape to make an inverted V shape on one side. Cover any areas not to be sprayed with newspaper, spray with paint then remove tape while still wet. When dry, tape another V on a different part and repeat the process with a contrasting colour.

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Check out Frogtape’s products, learn the best ways to use them and get more decorating inspiration at frogtape.co.uk

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HOOPLA GAME Wooden embroidery hoops bundle, £6; spray paint, from £4.20 per can; acrylic DK yarn, £1 for 50g, all Hobbycraft

Make it

Swap large hoops for smaller ones to make the game harder

THIS MONTH’S Keep kids entertained this summer with an easy DIY hoopla game. Spray paint empty glass bottles in fun colours and set up inside a crate placed on grass. Remove the centre rings from embroidery hoops, wrap with bright yarn and get ready to aim!

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‘We stole space ON THE SIDE ‘The solid oak kitchen units along the wall are finished in Farrow & Ball‘s Wimborne White’

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ABOUT ME I’m Betsy Benn, owner of gift company betsybenn.co.uk. I live in a four-bedroom semi in Cheltenham with my husband Andy Williams, an IT development director, our son Ben, 11, and our border collie, Willow. We bought the house in 2002. MY CHALLENGE I wanted to extend the ground floor out into the garden to create a larger kitchen and living space. We also wanted to reconfigure the garage into a utility and storage room and add a further bedroom upstairs. MY WISH LIST I love classic Shaker kitchen cabinets with contemporary details, white walls and bold retro kitchen furniture and equipment, with a hint of industrial chic.

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BRIGHT AND CLEAN ‘The island is the main focal point of the kitchen with wood panelling painted in Farrow & Ball’s Blue Ground to soften the look’


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from THE GARDEN’ By extending her home, Betsy has created a flexible kitchen and living space to enjoy with family and friends

IDEA TO STEAL

‘Focus light over a kitchen island with a co-ordinating pendant’

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ur plans for a kitchen extension began when our search for a bigger family home came to a grinding halt,’ says Betsy. ‘We wanted more space for family gatherings and socialising with friends, but couldn’t find anything that gave us the space we needed in the locations we liked. This dilemma led us to talk to an architect and, as a result, we decided that altering our own home was a more realistic option. By extending the ground floor, we were free to create an open-plan kitchen and dining room that suited us.

Expert advice Our builders Cross & Co did a great job completing the extension within five months – we’d already chosen the kitchen, right at the beginning of the build. We wanted painted solid oak cabinets in a Shaker style, and the Chatham range from Joseph & Kingsley gave us the quality we were looking for. Their kitchen designer,

SHELF LIFE ‘Display shelves in the island add character’

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‘I’m on the look out for a new dining room table and chairs, but for now I’m happy with the spray-painted ones’

SPACE-SAVING SOLUTIONS

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Try to allow some space for shelving in an island for storing recipe books and cookware. A built-in wine rack is another great idea – Betsy adapted hers to fit larger bottles of drinks. If you’re planning an extension and wall space is likely to be limited, consider installing skylights. These are also a good idea if your extension will look out onto a dark space at the side of the house. Building appliances into the cabinetry creates a seamless look and eliminates wasted space above or below. Fit them at eye level for easy access when taking things in and out of the oven. If you don’t have enough room for a dining table, think about going for a bigger island so you can use part of it as a breakfast bar.

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‘BY EXTENDING THE GROUND FLOOR WE WERE FREE TO CREATE AN OPEN PLAN KITCHEN AND DINING ROOM THAT SUITED US’

Make it! WORD ART CANVAS

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Cover your canvas with a coat of white paint and leave to dry. Using vinyl letter stickers, lay out the words you’ve chosen – this could be quotes or names of places. Use a ruler to check the distance between letters is even. Paint over the whole canvas with black paint, making sure all the stickers stay in position. Keep the paint thin and even. When the canvas is almost dry, use tweezers to peel off the stickers. Clean up the edges of the letters if necessary.

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‘Bright painted chairs and the blackboard wall inject some warmth into the space, without having to sacrifice the white walls and tiled floor.’

COSY CORNER ‘The woodburner creates a striking feature in the family living space’


IDEA TO STEAL

‘Sky lights provide natural light without limiting wall space’

MAKING A CONNECTION ‘As well as linking the kitchen and garden, bifold doors flood the room with light’

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Zoe Bocking, came up with the layout, and we were really happy with the design. The only down side was needing to pinch a bit of the garden and losing a lovely plum tree. But now, the bifold doors we included open out onto the garden, connecting the two spaces. When it came to finishing off the scheme, our food mixer influenced our choice of red as an accent colour. I was thrilled to come across the original red American diner bar stools at a bargain price in a barn sale. We also added a wood burner as a cosy focal point on the opposite side of the room to the kitchen, while a blackboard wall creates a striking background for the dining area. The new living space has ticked all of our boxes and has become the hub of our family home. We love the new kitchen and now have plenty of space to invite friends and family over to enjoy it too!’

Where to buy Betsy’s style Chatham solid oak 600mm base units, £240 each (including handles); Silestone island worktop, £2,500; Black American walnut worktop, £600 for a 3m length, all Joseph & Kingsley. Glass splashback, £215, CS Glass. Neff hob, £689; AEG 90cm chimney hood, £293, both Currys. For similar festoon lights, try Konstsmide LED Christmas Festoon lights with red cable, £38.95, The Internet Gardener. KitchenAid mixer, £449, Lakeland. For similar retro bar stools, try Manhattan bar stools, £399 each, Cola Red. San Martan light grey floor tiles, £48 per sq m, Beswick Stone. Wood burning stove, £895, Stovesareus. Bus blind canvas, £300, Betsy Benn

TAKE A TRIP ‘Our Destination bus blind canvas from Betsy Benn is a reminder of all our favourite places’

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RETRO KITCHENWARE

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RETRO CHIC Revive a vintage look with vibrant colours and nostalgic shapes

Pretty up a kitchen table with a vintage enamel water jug, £19.95, Dotcomgiftshop

Keep kitchen herbs fresh in this Cole & Mason self-watering pot, £12.79, House of Fraser

Channel a retro vibe with this Kenwood KMX51 KMix stand mixer, £400, Very

Combine timeless style and function in the Dualit Vario 20245 toaster, £120, Argos

Whip up tasty treats in a colourful mixing bowl, £14.99, Unique Home Living

Store freshly baked (or bought!) bread in this classic House bin, £30, John Lewis

Mix and match chairs in contrasting colours, Talia dining chair, £95, Habitat

Place a mini bin on a worktop for handy recycling, £25, Garden Trading

Dream of faraway places with this Destination print, £52.50, Betsy Benn

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WOOD-BURNING STOVES

Betsy’s choice: A WARMING WOOD BURNER

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Let your stove be the centre of attention

Start planning it now and you could have your stove in place before the weather turns

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e’re hot for wood burners – eco-friendly and efficient, they’ll give your living space an attractive focal point into the bargain. Follow our buying advice, and yours should last a lifetime.

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Can I have a stove? A woodburning stove can be installed pretty much anywhere, but if you live in a smoke control area, you will need to choose a model that is listed as exempt by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. To find out if you live in a smoke control area, what rules may apply, and for a list of exempt stoves, visit smokecontrol.defra.gov.uk.

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What is a multi-fuel stove? A multi-fuel stove is similar to a wood-burning stove in looks and design. Multi-fuel refers to the ability of the stove to burn wood and also coal, wood pellets or peat. Stoves that have a grate for the fire to burn on and a removable ash pan are usually considered multi-fuel stoves.

BEST FOR… TRADITIONAL & BRITISH Charnwood (01983 537777, charnwood.com). Clean-burn technology keeps the stove window free of soot, so you can enjoy the view

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COLOURFUL CLASSICS Carron (0808 129 2224, carron. uk.net). Choose cast-iron stoves in soft shades of sage green, ash grey, china blue and cream

WIDESCREEN STOVES Stovax (01392 474000, stovax. com). The Studio range provides a panoramic view of the flames

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What output do I need? It’s crucial that your stove generates the right amount of heat for your space – if it’s too powerful or not powerful enough, smoke and tar will build up, causing all sorts of damage. To estimate the output you’ll need in kW, multiply the height, width and length of the space (in metres), then divide by 14. However, bear in mind that double-glazing, ventilation and cavity wall insulation can all affect this figure, so check it with your installer before you buy.

3 of the best ‘WOW’ WOOD BURNERS Take your pick! TRIPLE ASPECT

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Do I need a flue? Yes – all wood burning stoves need a flue to allow emissions to escape. Building regulations currently require a flue height of 4.5m, so if you’re installing a stove in a single-storey space, you could end up with your flue sticking out above the roof! Homes built after 2008 will also need air vents in the room, measuring 550sq mm for every kW of stove output. Older properties only usually require air vents for wood burners with an output of over 5kW.

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Can I install a wood-burning stove myself? Technically, yes, but your local building control officer must sign off the work. We’d recommend that you have your stove installed by a heating engineer registered as a Competent Person in a governmentapproved scheme such as HETAS.

FEEDING YOUR STOVE FRESHLY-CUT TIMBER COULD CAUSE A CHIMNEY FIRE, , SO MAKE SURE LOGS ARE FULLY DRIED OUT

7443 woodburning stove with open log storage, £2,253, Morsø

WHITE HOT Scan 66 woodburning stove, from £1,900, Jøtul

FLICKER OF COLOUR Aarrow i400 wood-burning stove in sky blue, £1,149, Arada Stoves

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UNDERSTATED LUXURY’ Inspired by an Italian holiday, Jessie was determined to include some elegant grey marble in her new bathroom and redesign the layout to create a more spacious feel

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ABOUT ME I’m Jessie Hamshar, 37, a civil servant, and I live with my husband, Mark, 42, also a civil servant, and our children, Freya, nine, and Toby, six, in a fourbedroom 1970s detached house in Epsom, Surrey. THE CHALLENGE We wanted to turn our dated bathroom with its enormous, impractical corner Jacuzzi bath into a contemporary space suitable for us and guests. MY WISH LIST I wanted a bath that was a normal size, a powerful shower, some compact storage and, most importantly, marble tiles on the floor.

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VERSATILE SHOWERING ‘The large shower head is great for a major drenching, but I also wanted a hand-held one for hair washing and cleaning’

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e stretched ourselves to buy this house and when our children, Freya and Toby, came along, we were just too busy to do much about the dated decor,’ says Jessie. ‘But by last summer, my husband Mark and I had managed to save up a bit of money. The bathroom badly needed doing and so did the en suite, so we decided to do both together, to save on some of the plumbing costs.

‘Choose towels that echo the patterns in your bathroom and add colour to a neutral scheme’

Luxurious choices

EFFORTLESS STYLE ‘Elegant marble tiles and an improved layout have made our bathroom feel lighter’

The major problem was the huge Jacuzzi bath that took over most of the bathroom. We completely redesigned the space on paper and found there was enough room to put a conventional bath on the right-hand side, which would instantly make the space seem bigger. The bath would be against a wall, which would enable us to put in an overhead shower, which we really needed. We found a great local plumber who was recommended to us, and we started choosing the sanitaryware. We both like classic design and wanted to invest in high quality pieces as we’re not planning to do this again in a hurry. For Mark’s 40th birthday, we treated ourselves to a holiday in Venice, and it was there that I fell in love with marble. Back home, we found some marble tiles

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‘THE BATHROOM IS NEXT TO THE SPARE ROOM AND AS BOTH OUR FAMILIES LIVE IN CORNWALL, WE OFTEN HAVE PEOPLE TO STAY AND WE WANTED TO BE ABLE TO OFFER THEM A BATH OR A SHOWER’

Do it! GET BATHROOM LUXE FOR LESS

REVAMPED ORIGINAL ‘The one thing we were able to keep from the old bathroom was the heated towel rail, which just needed a good polish’

Is there anything in the room you can work with? Jessie kept their old towel rail and gave it a good polish so it looked as good as new again. If you have a scheme in mind, keep a look out in sales and stores such as TK Maxx or HomeSense as you’ll often find one-off bargains. If there’s a tile you love but it’s pricey, use it on the smallest area, such as the floor. Try tiling one wall and paint the rest or tile halfway up. Check Gumtree and eBay for surplus tiles or ask retailers if they have discounted end-of-line ranges. Maximise natural light to save on lighting. Install a large mirror to reflect rays and consider frosted windows instead of blinds.

Where to buy her style The Gap clean rim close-coupled loo with soft-close seat, £464; Dama-N 550mm vanity unit in Khaki, £714; Dama-N basin, £154; Vythos bath, £449; Luna mirror, £130; Select 300mm towel rail, £99, all Roca. Honesty bath filler, £119; Honesty basin mixer, £91; Platinum Dual rear fed shower, £485, all Mira. Orbital folding bath screen, £544, Roman Showers. Misty Fjord mosaics in Herringbone, £12.99 per tile; Misty Fjord polished wall tiles, £14.85 per tile, both Topps Tiles. Chevron Border bath towels, £20; hand towels, £12, all House of Fraser. Walls painted in Wevet modern emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5ltr, Farrow & Ball

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FINE DETAIL ‘We continued the marble tiles over the window sills so that they blend in’


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SLEEK AND NEAT ‘We searched for a compact vanity unit so it didn’t stick out too far and slotted in neatly between the windows’

IDEA TO STEAL

‘A folding bath screen is a useful way of providing a barrier against splashes, but it can be tucked away when not in use’

at Topps Tiles. They weren’t cheap but they’re natural stone, and I think they add understated luxury. The large ones suited the walls, and although many people put mosaics inside the shower, we decided to be different and put them on the floor.

Buy it Shop luxe bathroom buys PAGE 92 MAKE ROOM ‘Moving the bath against the wall has freed up space, while having overhead and hand-held showers has given us flexibility’

We installed a compact vanity unit for much-needed storage and chose one in a shade that matches the grey veins in the marble. Its glossy texture also creates a contrast with the marble walls and floor. I went for the biggest mirror possible above the unit, which reflects light around the room and makes it feel even bigger. With expensive tiles on two of the walls, we needed to keep within our budget, so we opted to paint the far wall in a soft grey, which is easily wipeable. I wanted to add another shot of colour and was thinking of teal blue. So I was really happy to find some towels in the sales in that exact colour and with a herringbone design along the bottom, which exactly matched the floor tiles. They could have been made for me, so I snapped them up! We’re just so pleased with the way our bathroom’s turned out.’

For more bathroom ideas and inspiration, go to pinterest.com/ styleathomemag

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ELEGANT VIBE

Buy Jessie’s style…

LUXE LOOK Mix pale grey marble with sleek chrome and pops of cool blue

Turn on the style with the Kingston bath filler, £161, Pure Bathroom Collection

Keep your family’s toothbrushes tidy in this marble tumbler, £10, Sainsbury’s

Rich blue hues to lift a neutral scheme, Xander towels, from £4, John Lewis

Refreshing – and the perfect shade of blue! Shower gel, £14, Neal’s Yard Remedies

Add a coastal note with these ceramic shells, £24.99 for two, The Contemporary Home

A neat container for liquid soap, Urban steel glass dispenser, £29, Amaroni Home

Inject a dash of pattern, Spa Stripe bath mat, £15, Marks & Spencer

Chic choice for walls and floors, Serac honed marble tiles, £49.93 per sq m, Topps Tiles

Everyone loves toasty warm towels, Torini heated towel rail, £119.99, Homebase

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SHOWER SCREENS

Jessie’s choice:

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A folding screen makes it easier to get in and out

A SHOWER SCREEN Keep shower-time splashes at bay with a practical and chic glass screen

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great choice for busy family bathrooms, a glass shower screen looks great and will provide a sense of light and space in even the smallest of rooms.

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What is a glass shower screen? An alternative to a fabric or plastic shower curtain hanging from a rail, a glass screen is fixed securely to the wall and sits on top of the bath’s edge with a rubber seal at the bottom to prevent splashes soaking your bathroom floor.

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Is there one to suit my style? Available in a variety of shapes, sizes and panel formations, you can choose from a single fully-framed fixed panel, folding screens that can be concertinaed back to the wall, sleek frameless models and decorative printed and etched designs. Oblong designs with a curved top edge or sail-shaped panels look softer.

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How safe is it? All good quality glass shower screens should be made from toughened safety glass that won’t

BEST FOR… PLAYING WITH PATTERN Add a bit of pizazz by picking a panel with a surface pattern. Both Argos and Homebase have options from geometrics to shoals of fish.

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BARGAIN FINDS Save time and money by buying your bath and shower screen together; try Bathroom Takeaway for a P-shaped bath with a curved panel for around £200.

DURABILITY Opt for a thicker glass panel with robust fittings and seals to make sure it’ll stand up to family use.

shatter if broken – essential in a family space. Most will be at least 4mm to 8mm thick and all exposed edges will be bevelled to create a smooth surround.

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What should I look for? Check that the screen has a tight, robust seal where it meets the bath to prevent leaks. Well-made, durable trimming and fittings are advisable, especially if you’re choosing a bifold model that will be regularly pushed back to allow access to the bath. Screens with integral towel rails are a good option while models with fixings that allow them to be fitted either left- or right- handed allow flexibility.

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How much does it cost? Prices depend on the style and thickness of the screen you choose and the quality. Half-panel straight-edged models with 4mm glass and no easy-clean coating start from as little as £50, while 6 or 8mm bifold, trifold and shaped designs with easy-clean surfaces will cost upwards of £200. Don’t forget to add fitting costs.

3 of the best SHOWER SCREENS Select the shape for you PLAIN PANEL Double panel in-fold shower screen, £425, Utopia Bathrooms

MULTI PANEL Best for children’s bathtime. Fourpanel Simplicity folding screen, £129, Victoria Plum

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Is it easy to keep clean? A quick wipe after each shower with an appropriate cleaner should keep it sparkling. Opting for a special wipe-clean or anti-calcium surface will keep it looking better for longer. This is a see-through coating over the top of the glass that helps to reduce water spots from limescale and mineral deposits and helps to prevent bacteria and mould growth.

‘MAKE SURE YOUR GLASS PANEL IS LONG ENOUGH TO CONTAIN SPRAY PROPERLY, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE INSTALLING A POWERFUL SHOWER’

SAIL SHAPE This reversible screen can be used left or right and comes with a chrome rail. Amazon screen, £132, B&Q

Sam Ball, Utopia Bathrooms

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SOLAR POWER ‘I’m a sucker for vintage design, and loved the shape of these Edison-style solar lights’

‘We made good

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ABOUT ME I’m Heather Young, 37, and I live with my husband Ben, 38, and our twins, Esme and Alfie, seven, in a 1970s four-bed detached house in Berkshire. We moved here in May 2011 and it’s taken us six years to tackle the garden. MY CHALLENGE The side return area of our garden was a really awkward space to work with. It was edged by an ugly 1970s patterned concrete wall, and just ended up being a dumping ground for all sorts of clutter. MY WISH LIST We wanted to create a social zone, so seating was a must. As keen campers, we like cooking and sitting around an open fire, so we loved the idea of a permanent fire pit.

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TRICKY SPACE ‘This side return area is an awkward, triangular shape, but it makes the perfect hang out spot’


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use of DEADSPACE’ Heather turned an awkward outdoor area into a garden room fit for chilling out or partying

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‘Painting fences a dark colour creates impact, and makes the space feel cosier and more intimate’

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efore we moved into our 1970s house six years ago, it had only had one owner – the whole house was in desperate need of updating,’ says Heather. ‘So that’s what we focused on first, which meant that the garden was largely forgotten. We knocked through the kitchen and dining room to make one large open-plan kitchen-diner, which I love, but it was depressing to look out of the patio doors on to the side return and see weeds and mess. The main back garden was already full of large, mature shrubs when we bought the house, so it was low maintenance and we didn’t want to make any big changes. But the side return was an awkward space – you walk through it to get to our side gate – and it was really uninspiring, with discoloured old paving slabs and an ugly 1970s patterned concrete wall.

Starting point I’d seen some gorgeous fencing made from roofing battens, and we thought about doing something similar to cover up the concrete wall, as we couldn’t remove it completely. I was really drawn to fences painted in dark shades, possibly as we have a black feature wall in our living room. I thought it would be great to have a black surface outside, too. Another idea from inside our house that we decided to include in the new garden was built-in bench seating. My husband Ben is really handy when it comes to DIY – he’d built us an L-shaped bench in the dining area, and we thought a similar design would work outside.

Choosing a focal point Once we’d fixed the position of the bench, we designed the rest of the space around it. The fire pit was the next thing on our list. We’re keen campers, and we all love gathering around the campfire to cook or toast marshmallows, so Ben was really keen on the idea of a fire pit at


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You will need a piece of black squareline guttering, stops for the ends and Gorilla Glue. Cut the guttering into 30cm lengths using a small hacksaw, then drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage. Before glueing the guttering to the back of the bench, ensure one of the surfaces is damp. Spread a thin layer of glue to the dry surface and press the two together, securing with a clamp or tape for 1-2 hours. Once dry, remove clamp or tape and glue the stops to each end of the gutter. Leave to set. Fill the gutter planters with compost and then plant your chosen herbs or salad leaves.

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DIY HACK ‘We added some herb planters to the back of the bench – they’re made from pieces of guttering!’

‘GO FOR PLENTY OF GREEN, LEAFY PLANTS RATHER THAN FLOWERS IF YOU WANT TO KEEP TO A MORE PARED-BACK COLOUR SCHEME’

Where to buy Heather’s style White pebbles, £8.08 per 22.5kg bag; white cobbles, £10.12 per 22.5kg bag; Value softwood deck board, £4.50 each; fence painted in Valspar Nevermore, £20 per 2.5ltr; geo print cushions, £13 each; Colours white bamboo tray, £10; all B&Q. Steel fire bowl, £77, Amazon. 20 LED clear cap warm white connectable festoon lights, £31.99, Lights4Fun. 3 bulb solar light set, £12.99, Noma Garden Art. For a similar throw try the Popcorn knit throw, £49, West Elm. Surfboard scallop cushion in saffron, £50, Helen Baker. Gold faceted terrarium, £39, West Elm. Knagglig pine boxes (on woodstore), £5 each; Korken glass bottle with stopper, £1; all Ikea

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at Home ALEX SAYS

FESTIVAL FEEL ‘I love our festoon lights – we have them on even when we’re not outside, so I can see them twinkling’

‘I love how the natural colour scheme allows the plants to take centre stage, but Heather could add more navy and yellow touches for summer BBQs.’


Buy it Best buys for the modern, rustic garden PAGE 98 BOARD WALK ‘We gave the path a boardwalk feel with decking planks, filling the spaces between them with pebbles’

LOG LOCK-UP ‘Ben’s always wanted a log pile, so he built himself one to store the firewood’

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home. He found a steel fire bowl on Amazon, and built a brick surround. For access to the side gate, we needed to put in a path, so we worked out a route that winds its way around the bench and the fire pit and out to the lawn at the back. I liked the idea of creating a seaside-inspired boardwalk style path, which Ben built using decking planks.

Taking time Progress was quite slow because we did all the work ourselves. After a final big push last autumn, we finally got the space finished. We used it for a few round-thefire evenings over the winter, but we’ve been really looking forward to enjoying our new garden in the summer. Ben’s put together a long list of recipes he wants to cook on the fire, so we’ll be doing lots of entertaining. As long as the British weather plays ball of course!’

MIX ’N’ MATCH ‘I like to use all sorts of containers as planters’

Do it! MAKE A BEACHSTYLE GARDEN

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Use shingle or pebbles and cobbles to recreate the look of a pebbly beach – mix the two together for a more natural look. Go for grasses and wild flowers such as daisies and poppies in windowboxes or troughs. Avoid straight edges – herbs have a wild, seaside feel, so choose rosemary, sage and thyme. Display found objects such as pieces of driftwood, buoys, pieces of rope or shells picked up on seaside holidays.

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S SUMMER STYLE

Buy Heather’s style…

MODERN RUSTIC Copy her look with pared-back colours and natural finishes

Dip in for a nibble from this metallic bowl, £3.50, Sainsbury’s

Keep the drinks flowing with the Korken glass bottle, £1, Ikea

Add some extra comfort with a Surfboard Scallop cushion, £45, Helen Baker

Snuggle up as the evening draws in under the Yasmin knitted throw, £20, JD Williams

Add a glow with these warm white festoon lights, £31.99, Lights4Fun

Plant your favourites in this wooden herb box, £25, Garden Trading

Gather around this cast iron fire pit brazier, £79.95, The Farthing

Keep partying into the night with this white LED lantern, £9.99, Dobbies

Serve up summer drinks on this smart lacquered bamboo tray, £10, B&Q

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STUFF TO INSIDE GREAT EAT, TRY & DO!

GARDEN BUYS

START COMPOSTING

HANG NEW DOORS

MAKE A FRUITY SUMMER BERRY PAVLOVA TAKES 1 HR 45 MIN, PLUS COOLING SERVES 6-8 6 large egg whites 300g caster sugar 1tbsp cornflour 1tbsp white wine vinegar Few drops of vanilla extract 450ml whipping cream 3 kiwi fruit 300g strawberries 200g blueberries 200g raspberries Few mint leaves, for decoration Icing sugar, for dusting

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Preheat the oven to 150°C/130°C fan/Gas 2. Make sure all the utensils

are grease free. Whisk the egg whites in a metal or glass bowl until stiff. Add half the caster sugar, a tbsp at a time, whisking in between for a smooth, glossy meringue. Whisk in the rest of the sugar, cornflour, vinegar and vanilla. Draw a circle (around 25cm in diameter) on a piece of baking parchment. Flip it over and spoon the meringue around the inside of the line, keeping the mixture in a circular shape.

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Spread some meringue into the middle of the circle, taking care to keep the edges thicker. Bake in the oven for about 1hr, or until the meringue feels hollow when tapped. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool in the oven. Whip the cream to soft peak stage and spoon into the hollow of the meringue. Top with the prepared fruit. Decorate with mint leaves and dust with icing sugar just before serving.

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Clean your large

APPLIANCES You spend a lot of money on them, so keep them working at their best with these simple tips…

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START WITH THE WASHING MACHINE

First, remove the drawer and scrub it clean of any residue using an old toothbrush and hot soapy water. Replace it, add 250ml of white vinegar to the drum and run a hot water cycle. When finished, open the door and wipe around the seal using a damp cloth to remove any hair or lint and give the whole exterior a wipe down, too.

TACKLE THE DISHWASHER

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Remove the lower rack and fish any trapped bits of food out of the drain. Replace the rack and pour 250ml of vinegar into the bottom, then start a hot cycle. When that’s finished, sprinkle the base with around 100g of bicarbonate of soda and run another hot cycle. When done, wipe a cloth around the door seal and over the front door of the machine.

SCRUB THE OVEN

If you clean yours regularly and it just needs freshening up, mix 2tsp baking soda with a few drops of water to make a paste, cover the inside of your oven with it and leave overnight. The next day, spritz the surface with white vinegar (it’ll foam up) then scrub away the residue. If your oven is really dirty, you could opt for one of the many chemical oven cleaner kits on the market. Look for one that has bags to put your oven racks into, to make them easier to clean – and always wear gloves.

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Get your appliances looking (and working) like new with regular cleaning

THE KIT YOU NEED Arm yourself with the perfect tools for the job

CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE FREEZER

First, unplug it and remove the freezer drawers, covering them with a few tea towels to help keep the contents cold. Leave your freezer door open to defrost any build-up of ice. Remove the contents from your fridge. Wash the drawers and shelves in warm soapy water and leave to dry. Wipe the doors and seals, then replace the fridge contents. Chip away at any ice deposits in the freezer using a plastic spatula before replacing the drawers. Clean the coil at the back with a vacuum that has a dusting attachment. Plug back in.

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GERM BLASTER

COOL WASH(ER)

SPARKLING FINISH

This’ll banish any lingering bacteria from your machine. Service-it Deep Clean, £2.99, Dr. Beckmann

Use regularly to tackle limescale. Dettol Washing Machine Cleaner, £3.50 for 250ml, Ocado

Get your oven looking like it did when you first bought it. Oven Pride Deep Cleaner, £4 for 500ml, Tesco

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DECLUTTER Get the place tidy in a flash with these speedy tips and handy buys

TOUCH OF METAL

CLASSY CADDY

STORAGE HERO

KITCHEN HELPERS

With its elegant faux leather finish, this will display your make-up perfectly. Beautify make-up caddy, £14.99, Domu

Invest in several of these chic Scandi-look baskets to sort your open shelving. Metal basket in Aqua, £13, Hema

Store biscuits or tea in these stylish jars to help streamline your space. Copper biscuit jar, £7; canister, £4, both George Home

Ready, steady, sort! TIDY YOUR FOOD CONTAINERS Stop an avalanche of plastic when you open a cupboard – stack pots and lunchboxes neatly with the right lids. AUDIT THE FRIDGE Is yours crammed with open, half-used packets and jars? Check everything is still in date and bin anything dodgy.

RETRO-LOOK DESIGN

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Free up your kitchen cupboards and pop your best tableware in this super-smart cabinet. Monty retro sideboard, £159, Very

STREAMLINE YOUR WARDROBE Group tops, skirts, jackets and dresses separately, so they’re easy to see when you’re getting dressed.

AIM HIGH Ideal for books and trinkets, this neat shelving comes in a choice of colours. String pocket shelving in Ash, £115, Nest

DRINKS STASH SPOT SUPER STACK

SUMMER COOLER

BANK ON IT

Pop this luxe rack on your sideboard or kitchen worktop to corral your bottles. Hexagon wine rack, £45, Oliver Bonas

Well, where else are you going to store your drinks during a garden party? FSC wooden cool box, £65, Wilko

For a touch of cool kitsch, this birdy is a fab alternative to a loose change dish. Glamingo flamingo money box, £10, Paperchase

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A GARDEN LOUNGER’

Totally tropical Add colour to your plot with this zesty design. Jambi woven plastic wire and powder-coated metal lounger, £175, Habitat

Ditch mildewed old deckchairs and treat yourself to new garden seating this summer

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othing recharges the batteries like a sunny day spent relaxing in the garden. Whether you like to sit and chat, curl up with a book, or stretch out for a snooze, if you’re looking for a new lounger, here’s what to consider.

All-round style If you’ve got the space, opt for total glam and cocoon yourself away in this oversized egg chair. Snuggle egg chair in rattaneffect steel, £275, Wilko

Choose your spot If you like to follow the sun around the garden, go for a lightweight model or folding lounger that’s easy to carry, or one on wheels that can be moved without lifting. Sofa-style seating tends to be quite hefty so will need a more permanent set-up, but opting for a modular system will give you the flexibility to re-jig the layout. Make sure you have a firm, level lawn, concrete paving or decking so your furniture won’t tip or sink.

Hanging hideaway Enjoy a good book in this swinging seat.

Get comfortable Make sure the cushions are detachable so you can store them away overnight or in bad weather, with zip-off covers that are easy to wash. For poolside loungers, avoid cushions altogether and opt for Textilene, a PVC mesh sling that’s waterproof and dries off quickly – the surface is springy, making it ultra-comfy.

Think about storage Before you buy anything too bulky, consider where you’ll keep it out of season. Folding loungers take up less shed-space than fixed designs, although the latter can often be stacked vertically. Modular units are easy to take apart and can be stacked on top of each other in a shed or garage. Hammocks and hanging chairs are bulky, but their tubular metal frames can usually be dismantled.

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Madrid egg chair, poly rattan and powder-coated metal, £499, Dobbies

Timeless looks ROCK ’N’ ROLLER

Chill out Let the gentle bouncing motion of this lounger help you drift off. Dali Textilene and aluminium sun lounger, £115, John Lewis

The classic steamer chair ticks all the boxes with its adjustable back rest and padded cushion. Austin eucalyptus wood steamer chair, £99.84, Homebase


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FRUITY FLAIR

DECKCHAIRS The garden favourite gets a modern makeover

East Coast cool An all-American favourite, this Adirondack-style chair comes with a curved seat and pull-out footstool. Seville Dove chair in painted Acacia wood, £199, Next

Light and easy With its folding legs and bright fabric sling, this slimline lounger is comfy and portable, too.

ABSTRACT DESIGN

Brighton sun lounger in pink, £21.99, Very

Maui deckchair, £70, Habitat

CHIC SCANDI

Tailor made Go for modular units to create a seating set-up to suit your space. Hallo/Kungsholmen plastic rattan corner chairs and table, £314, Ikea

‘THIS SUMMER, HYGGE IS MOVING OUTDOORS – CUSHIONS AND BLANKETS ARE A MUST FOR YOUR LOUNGER, ESPECIALLY ON COOLER EVENINGS’

GO GO GEO Monochrome deckchair, £50 for two, George Home

Claire Street, Street Homebase

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

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Find your ideal lounger with these top tips COMFORT FACTOR Try before you buy. Open out folding loungers to see how the mechanism works and how easy they are to lift. Hop on and stretch out so you get a feel for how comfy they are. Wooden loungers tend to be slatted, which creates a more concave

shape for supporting the body. Lightweight metal-framed loungers are more streamlined, while all-weather weaves are woven into a contoured, ergonomic shape for comfort. ADDED FEATURES to look out for include padded neck rests, arm

supports and an extra set of middle legs for additional strength. SOME STYLES will need cushions. Choose breathable fabrics, such as cotton or canvas, that are easy to wash, or invest in cushions made of UV-proof and water-resistant fabrics.

CHIC GRAPHICS Mysingso deckchair, £25, Ikea

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Start a COMPOST HEAP

'Composting is a cheap and eco-friendly way to turn household waste into nutrient-rich compost for your garden'

Our green-fingered guru, Craig Roman of Dobbies Garden Centres, explains how… YOU WILL NEED Compost bin Garden fork Kitchen compost caddy Biodegradeable caddy liners GET A BIN Compost bins start at around £20. Plastic bins usually have a door at the front so compost can be removed without disturbing the whole heap. Wooden bins are more suited to large plots and decorative bins are ideal if you have a small garden and your compost heap will be on show. You could always make your own container from old pallets – just make sure it’s rainproof, lets air in and allows drainage.

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BUILD IT UP Veg peelings, fruit scraps, prunings, grass clippings, coffee grounds and teabags are ‘greens’, which rot quickly and provide moisture. Collect kitchen scraps in a caddy lined with a biodegradable bag you can pop into the composter whole. You’ll also need ‘browns’, such as crushed egg shells (great for deterring slugs and snails), paper and card, and straw; these provide fibre and allow air pockets to form. You’ll

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need to keep your ‘greens’ and ‘browns’ balanced. The Royal Horticultural Society suggests 25–50% green materials. If your compost is too wet you need more ‘browns’, and vice versa, to stop the compost becoming too dry or too soggy. DON'T BUNG EVERYTHING ON IT Cooked food, meat and fish will attract rats, so don’t put them in the compost. Never add pet waste, ashes or nonbiodegradeable materials. Also, don’t add diseased plants. Use a garden fork or shovel to turn your compost once a month, to mix up the matter and add air.

KITCHEN CADDIES RETRO LOOK Eddingtons compost caddy, £35, John Lewis

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BE PATIENT Compost takes between six months and two years to reach maturity. It’s ready once it’s dark and crumbly with a strong earthy smell.

SUPER-CHIC Oxo Good Grips 2.8ltr bin, £15.99, Lakeland

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3 of the best

RUSTIC STYLE 3.5ltr bucket, £20, Garden Trading

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PUT IT IN POSITION Your site should be level, well-drained and ideally on bare soil to give easy access to worms, who helpfully break down the contents. Make sure it’s sheltered – you need the compost to retain warmth for the contents to rot down well. Don't position it in full sun, as this will dry out the compost.

A beehive-style compost bin is perfect for the bottom of the garden


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£10

LED roped glass ball, Matalan

Talking Tables ice lolly lights, Trouva

£4 Pink solar jar light, Primark

Love Buy v it it

SUBTLE FLICKER

£11.90 £8

Orla Kiely tealight lantern in Sunshine, Cotswold Trading

Small white LED lantern, Hobbycraft

£15 Solvinden solar-powered pendant lamp in green/ white, Ikea

Make your

GARDEN GLOW Set the mood for a summer soirée with the right outdoor lighting

£6 Neo pink retro light bulb, Wyevale Garden Centres

£40 for 2 Solar-powered lights, Kaleidoscope

£4.50 Solar lantern coloured glass jar, Wilko

COLOUR POP

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£9.99 Festoon lights, HomeSense

£16 Solar faux rattan lantern, Sainsbury’s

CHARGE UP

£16 Solar wire pineapple lantern, Next


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Too much of a faff? Try Jeld-Wen’s easy-fit door kit, from £72, B&Q

How to change

INTERIOR DOORS Make a huge difference in a weekend by replacing dated doors with something stylish

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ew doors can be a real game changer when updating your home, completely revamping its look and feel – especially if you use glazed or part-glazed doors to let light flow around. YOU WILL NEED Door wedges Tape measure/ ruler Pencil Plane Workbench

CHOOSE YOUR DOOR STYLE

Modern doors rarely work well in older properties and vice versa, so match the style of your doors to the age of your home. If you live in a period home, you might find doors that match your interior mouldings at salvage yards, on websites like eBay, Freecycle, or even in skips!

DO THE PREP If you’re reusing old doors, remove old paint with paint stripper and a heat gun, or use a professional dip-and-strip service (prices start from around £25 per door).

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SIZE IT UP Prop the door against the

frame, so you can mark it for trimming to the correct size.

TRIM TO FIT Small amounts of

wood can be shaved off with a plane. If you need to remove more than 5mm, lay the door on a workbench, saw off most of the excess wood, then finish off with the plane.

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STOP IT STICKING When you’re

happy with the size, plane a slope on the edges of both door stiles (the vertical strips down the sides of the door) towards the doorstop (the strip of wood sticking out from the frame that stops the door swinging open).

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3 of the best… STATEMENT HANDLES

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HANG IT IN PLACE Position the

GLAM GOLD Harmony round rose door handle, £30.46 per pair, Wayfair

someone to hold the door up to the frame for you. Mark the hinge recesses on the door. hinges on the door, mark around them and use the chisel to create the recesses. If you need to make the frame recesses bigger, use the chisel to go over them again. Use one screw per hinge to fix the hinges to the door and then the door to the frame (the screws mustn’t stick out). When the door opens and closes smoothly, you can drive in the rest of the screws.

PAINT THE DOOR Or, if you’re using unfinished wooden doors and want to leave them unpainted, fill gaps with flexible filler in a matching colour before sanding and waxing for a beautiful finish.

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TARNISHED FINISH Mortice knob, £30 per pair, John Lewis

BOLD BLACK Nickel door handle, £19.95 per pair, Door Handle Company

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Tenon, panel or circular saw Hinges Sharp chisel Hinge screws Screwdriver


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3 of the best… GARDEN GADGETS LIGHT WORK Weighing just 1.7kg and extendable to 10ft, this cordless trimmer makes cutting back even large hedges a breeze. HT05 Plus cordless hedge trimmer, £99.95, Gtech

STAY UPRIGHT Remove weeds without bending using this fourpronged claw tool that grabs the root and pulls it out whole. Weed Puller, £39.99, Fiskars

WoodBlocx raised beds, from £130 for a herb garden

AUTOMATIC WATERING Attach to an outside tap and set the sensor to water your garden at dawn or dusk. Sensor Controller, £35.99, Hozelock

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yourself The latest need-to-knows to help you improve your home

Paving Slab Fixing Mortar, £9.20 for 10kg, B&Q

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Fabulous fixes

A STYLISH STEP FOR STAIRS

Unpack a raised bed Want to build a raised bed but lack the carpentry skills? No problem, thanks to the easy-to-use flatpack kits from WoodBlocx. The kits include sections of pre-cut wood with pre-drilled holes, which you assemble on level grass or paving. A range of sizes is available, or have one made to your specific measurements.

Ronseal Floor Paint in White and Maritime Blue, £31.99 per 2.5 ltr, Homebase

If you’re tired of your stair carpet and fancy a change, why not give your staircase a revamp with paint? Ronseal Floor Paint is perfect for creating an on-trend, smart runner effect that can be updated easily in the future. First, apply three coats of white paint over the bare stairs, allowing each one to dry before applying the next. Then, using a pencil and a measuring tape, lightly mark out the ‘runner’ and stick masking tape along the lines all the way down the length. Paint two coats of your chosen runner colour, then remove the tape and allow the paint to dry. Add embellishments for extra interest.

Wobbly patio slabs proving a problem? Concrete path in need of repair? If so, check out the brilliant U-Can range, designed to tackle specific tasks inside and outside the home. Each product comes ready to use or to be mixed with water to make the right quantity for the job, be it fixing cracked concrete, brick wall mortar, pipework VE A STUCK RAWLPLUG FROM A WALL,TURN A REMO TO ‘ grout or potholes, to name a SCREW HALFWAY INTO IT THEN PULL THE SCREW HARD’ few. Find the range at B&Q. AUGUST 2017 | 109


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SUMMER PICNIC Prepare a selection of yummy home-made goodies, round up friends and family and head outdoors for a fab alfresco feast

HEARTY LUNCH

HALLOUMI & AUBERGINE LAYERED LOAF TAKES 20MIN SERVES 6 1 rustic loaf 2tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 red chilli, diced 1tbsp honey 1 garlic clove, diced 4tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 red onion, sliced 1 Little Gem lettuce, shredded 200g each roasted red peppers and aubergines 125g halloumi, sliced

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Slice a thin ‘lid’ off the top of the loaf and set aside. Scoop out the centre, leaving a shell around 2cm thick. To make the dressing, mix the vinegar, chilli, honey, garlic, olive oil and some salt and pepper in a bowl.

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Brush the inside of the loaf evenly with half of the dressing. Cook the onion in boiling water for 1min. Drain well and leave to cool. Arrange half the shredded lettuce over the base of the bread followed by a layer of half the peppers, aubergines, cheese and onion. Drizzle with a little more dressing. Layer up the rest of the ingredients and drizzle over the remaining dressing. Replace the ‘lid’ and wrap the loaf tightly in clingfilm. Keep in the fridge until needed – and don’t forget to pack a bread board and knife to take with you.

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Fill your loaf with your favourite meat, cheese and salad ingredients


SUMMER PICNIC

YUMMY BAKE

Cook it

CORNBREAD & SALSA TAKES 55MIN MAKES 10 SLICES 1 corn on the cob 150g polenta 100g plain flour 1tsp salt 2tsp baking powder 15g fresh coriander, chopped 100g roasted peppers, diced 1 egg 200ml milk FOR THE SALSA 150g 1 2 tomatoes, diced ⁄ tsp celery seeds and 2tsp mustard seeds, toasted 1 shallot, diced 2tbsp parsley 2tbsp sweet chilli sauce

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Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/Gas 5. Grease and line a onelitre loaf tin. Cook the corn in boiling water for 2min. Drain, then cool in cold water. Remove the kernels. Put the polenta, flour, salt, baking powder, coriander, peppers and corn in a bowl. Beat the egg with the milk and stir into the mixture. Pour into the tin and bake for 35min until firm to the touch. Transfer onto a wire rack to cool. Mix up the salsa ingredients and serve with the cornbread.

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Combine the sausagemeat in a bowl with the spring onions, lemon zest and lemon thyme leaves until well mixed. Hard boil 6 of the eggs, then leave to cool. Peel away the shell and lightly coat them in flour, dusting off the excess, then dip each one into the beaten 7th egg. Wrap an equal amount of sausagemeat around each boiled egg, sealing and smoothing it by rolling it in your hands. Roll each ball in a little flour, then dip into the beaten egg again and finally roll in the breadcrumbs. Heat the oil in a deep pan and fry the Scotch eggs in batches for around 10min until golden and the sausagemeat is cooked through. Remove from the pan and leave to cool on kitchen paper. Serve with a dollop of chutney on the side.

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BAKEWELL SLICES SWEET TREAT

TAKES 2HR MAKES 20 SLICES 375g ready rolled sweet shortcrust pastry 5tbsp cherry conserve 200g glace cherries, halved 100g flaked almonds 125g butter, softened 125g caster sugar 2 eggs 125g self-raising flour 1tsp baking powder 1tsp almond extract

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Line a 28cm x 18cm tin with pastry. Chill for 30min. Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/Gas 6. Line the pastry case with baking parchment and baking beans and bake for 15min. Remove beans and paper and bake for a further 5min. Remove from the oven and spread the conserve over the pastry. Top with half the cherries. Reserve 3tbsp of almonds and blend the remainder until fine. Turn oven down to 180°C/160°C fan/Gas 4. Put the butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, almond extract and ground almonds in a bowl and beat until smooth and creamy. Spoon over the cherries and conserve. Scatter with the saved cherries and almonds. Bake for 40 to 45min until risen and just firm to the touch. Leave to cool in the tin then cut into slices.

SERVE UP WITH SLICES OF SMOKED HAM OR TOMATOES SO EVERYONE CAN CHOOSE THEIR FILLING CHEESY SCONES TAKES 55MIN MAKES 12-14 50g butter, diced 225g selfraising flour 65g mature Cheddar, grated 125ml milk FOR THE FILLING 25g watercress 75g butter, softened 75g soft goat’s cheese

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Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/Gas 7. Grease a baking tray. Blend the butter into the flour in a food processor, then add 50g of the cheese and the milk and mix to a dough. Work the dough into a ball on a lightly-floured surface. Roll out to 2cm thick. Cut into 3cm wide lengths, then into 7cm fingers. Put on the baking tray. Re-roll the trimmings to make more. Brush the scones with milk and top with the remaining cheese. Bake for 15min until golden. Cool on a wire rack. For the filling, finely chop the watercress then mix together with the butter and goat’s cheese and season. Halve the scones and sandwich with the filling and extra watercress.

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ROAST BEEF & MUSTARD ROLLS

3 of the best... SUMMER BUYS Make your picnic a pretty one with these great ideas

TAKES 10MIN MAKES 6 60g unsalted butter, softened 1tsp pink or green peppercorns, crushed 2tbsp finely chopped parsley or chives 6 mixed grain or wholemeal rolls, halved 1 Little Gem lettuce 150g sliced topside of beef Mustard and cress Crab apple jelly or chilli jam, to serve

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In a bowl beat together the butter with the peppercorns, herbs and a pinch of salt, and spread over the rolls. Add the lettuce leaves and place the sliced beef on top. Finish with the mustard and cress. Serve with crab apple jelly or chilli jam to spread on the beef. As an alternative to beef, you could use slices of gammon or ham.

2 Wooden cutlery, £2.99 for 18 pieces, Talking Tables

Melamine bowls, £12 for three, George Home

Piki picnic basket, £25, Olli Ella

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Real, easy burgers Planning a barbecue? Upgrade from frozen burgers to homemade-style (without actually having to lift a finger…), with fresh, high-quality readymades. Morrisons has a fab new range available this summer, from the Vintage Cheddar-filled British Beef quarter pounders, £3 for four, to the Salt and Pepper Chicken quarter pounders, also £3 for four. And, if you (and the sunshine) can hold out till September, keep a look out for the spicy Mac & Cheese burgers, £1.50 for two. Keep your fingers crossed for an Indian summer…

GO GO GELATO Very moreish rich creamy ice cream with choc chips. Stracciatella gelato, £4 for 500ml, Marks & Spencer

Morrisons’ British Beef quarter pounder – quite a handful!

CHEAT’S EATS!

Supermarket

NEWS The tastiest treats, speediest meals and coolest kit for your trolley this month

3 of the best… ICE CREAMS SCOTTISH MADE Swirled with honeycomb and made with milk and cream. Honeycomb ice cream, £3 for 1ltr, Mackie’s at Sainsbury’s

FEELING FRUITY The perfect post-meal treat. Blood orange sorbet, £3.49 for 500ml, Waitrose 1 range, Waitrose

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SHOP Find out where to get your favourite buys in this issue Amaroni Home A amaroni.com Annabel James 0845 548 0210, annabeljames.co.uk Annie Sloan 01865 803168, anniesloan.com Arada Stoves 01297 35700, aradastoves.com Argos 0345 640 3030, argos.co.uk

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E Etsy etsy.com Farrow & Ball 01202 F 876141, farrow-ball.com Farthing (The) 0844 567 2400, thefarthing.co.uk Frenchic 01276 469757, frenchicpaint.co.uk Futon Company 0345 609 4455, futoncompany.co.uk Garden Trading G 0845 608 4448, gardentrading.co.uk George Home 0800 952 0101, direct.asda.com Graham & Brown 0808 168 3795, grahambrown.com Graham and Green 020 8987 3700, grahamandgreen.co.uk Graham Sanderson Interiors 01423 568628, grahamsandersoninteriors. com

Candle & Cake C 01508 489361, candleandcake.co.uk

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habitat.co.uk Helen Baker 0845 4677 585, helenbaker.com Hema 0845 606 0903, hemashop.com/gb/ Hobbycraft 0330 026 1400, hobbycraft.co.uk The Holding Company 020 8445 2888, theholdingcompany.co.uk Homebase 0345 077 8888, homebase.co.uk HomeSense homesense.com House of Bath 0871 230 0867, houseofbath.co.uk House of Fraser 0345 602 1073, houseoffraser.co.uk

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