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With the arrival of November, I always feel that winter is truly beginning to set in and it’s time to hunker down on the sofa with some soft, fluffy throws in front of a roaring fire. On page 40 we take a look at how to layer up textures in your home to create a warm, snuggly feel over the coming Charlotte Cosby, Head of Creative at Farro months. Or be inspired by the w & Ball, offers her advice as part of this Highlands and add some plaid to month’s Ask the Experts feature (p.69). recreate a cosy bolthole feel (p.20). The cold, dark evenings are a great excuse to invite friends round for dinner, so on page 36 we show how to achieve two very different dining looks, depending on whether you want a relaxed supper or a super glam dinner party. Whichever one you choose, make sure you try out our delicious soup recipes on page 100. They’re perfect for warming you up this winter. The Indonesian peanut butter and tomato soup is my favourite – go on, try it for yourself! Now we’re spending more time indoors, space is really at a premium. So to avoid your rooms feeling cramped and cluttered, it’s time to sort p Express, Will Rees, Director of Workto tect and pro to out your storage. On page 48 we look has some top tips on how 8). (p.6 p kto wor den maintain a woo at pretty but practical ways to keep your Download our digital version bathroom neat and tidy, while on page for your mobile or tablet and 115 you can discover the how to maximise every inch of space you can take Your Home with with tailored storage solutions. If you’re thinking of giving your you on the go. See page 71. bathroom a complete revamp, then do take a look at this month’s beautiful bathroom makeovers (p.24), you’re sure to find lots to inspire you. Plus on page 50 you @Your_Home could win a wireless mixer shower worth £380. Good Luck!

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Cosy up your home with textures



Create the perfect look for winter Warming soup recipes you’ll love to try


Two stylish dining schemes

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This month we love Our favourite things to buy, see and do in November

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24 It’s all about the tiles Kate Graham made some clever design choices to revamp her bathroom

11 Household hints Follow our helpful tips and see our best buys this month 15 Be a smarter shopper We focus on smart TV services, plus this month’s latest news and money-saving ideas 44 Get snap happy with a new digital camera Capture every moment with our choice of great buys



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20 Trend alert: Highland Hideaway Cosy up with this gorgeous trend, inspired by the beauty of Scotland 36 Come dine with me Two stylish looks to update your dining space 40 Create a cosy retreat How to use layers and textures to warm up your home


It’s now in keeping with my period home Discover how Jane has created a relaxing retreat with a coastal vibe


Being bold with colour was the best decision Beautiful rich blues and opulent golds makes Vicky’s bathroom stand out from the crowd

Kitchens & bathrooms Pg 47 48 Create order with better bathroom storage Banish clutter for good with these nifty ideas 52

I brought my 1970s kitchen into the 21st century A clever transformation has revitalised Clare’s gloomy kitchen

55 Bring your kitchen into the future Update the hub of your home by investing in some of the latest tech

Reader homes 74

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We were smitten from the start A new layout and cheery room schemes created a beautiful home home for Alina and her family

80 Spontaneity gave our home its personality Sally’s house is filled with bright colours and bargain finds 88

We turned a dated flat into a cosy first home Rebecca transformed her apartment with cool colours and substantial pieces of furniture


Our house is the perfect mix of old and new Sarah’s eclectic array of furnishings help to marry this period property with its modern extension



Make it easy!


See how Sally has created a vibrant, happy home for herself and her children


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Our practical guide is full of easy step-by-step projects to help you learn new skills


Create coppertoned home accessories

Make a writing desk from a vintage suitcase

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100 Souped-up soup Scrumptious soups to warm you up this winter


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50 Win! This month we’re offering four lucky readers a Triton wireless mixer shower worth £380

106 Upside down living: rework your space Find out if a topsy-turvy layout could work for you with our expert guide

71 Subscribe to Your Home Take out a subscription this month to make sure you never miss an issue

111 Property know-how with George Clarke This month George discusses the importance of property surveys 115 Personalise your storage to suit your space Make the most of every inch by choosing the right solutions

Your letters We take a look at some of your news, views and photographs

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118 Win! This month we have three luxury mattresses to give away, worth over £700 each 119 Giveaways This month’s amazing prizes include sets of non-stick cookware plus contemporary wall art 120 Shopping guide Find out where to buy everything in this issue 128 Eco news Discover the latest ideas and top buys for a greener lifestyle

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The UK’s biggest baking event, The Cake and Bake Show, is returning to EventCity, Manchester on the 9th-12th November 2017. Visitors can expect to pick up plenty of tips at the Cake & Bake Super Theatre and enjoy the chance to shop in the Market Stands and free-from exhibition. Plus, new to Manchester this year, the Baking Academy, brought to you by Tate & Lyle, and the Sugar Craft Zone will give you endless inspiration. As if that wasn’t enough, Great British Bake Off alumni Candice Brown and John Whaite will be showcasing their baking skills along with master patissier Eric Lanlard and TV personality, chef and author Rosemary Shrager. Better still, Your Home readers can take advantage of a £10 ticket offer*, saving £7, when quoting the exclusive reader offer code: YOURHOME10.

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Lift the spirits on a grey autumnal day with a visit to &Living in Penzance, where their colourful collection of homewares is sure to pep you up. The shop stocks the owner’s very own Andshine brand, all made in Cornwall, as well as carefully chosen pieces to fit with their vibrant, design-led aesthetic. If you’re in the area, and fancy a nose around the shop, you’ll find &Living at 66 Chapel Street, Penzance. Otherwise, visit their online home at

*T&Cs: Save £7 off standard adult on the door price tickets (£17). Book before 11th November 2017. Ticket offer valid for one show at one venue. Concessions included. £1.75 transaction fee applies per order. Calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge. For children’s ticket prices see for details.

Seeking salvation

If you’re looking for a practical project to sink your teeth into over the winter, there are endless ideas in Made with Salvaged Wood by Hester Van Overbeek, (£12.99, CICO Books). Hester’s inspirational tutorials guide you through 35 projects, including desks, side tables, storage items and other home accessories all created from recycled wood. Made with Salvaged Wood will be available to Your Home readers for the special price of £9.99 including postage & packaging (rrp £12.99) by telephoning Macmillan Direct on 01256 302699 and quoting the reference LU1.

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Fireside companions Little luxuries to help your Bonfire Night party go with a bang

Grey check throw, £20, Wilko

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Red star mug, £6, Creative Tops Rubber finish flask, £15, National Trust

Foray into foraging If you love nothing more than taking long walks in the woods on a crisp autumnal day, gathering leaves or hunting for mushrooms, the Piki basket, £25 from Olli Ella, will come in very handy. A scaled down version of a picnic basket, it’s just the right size to stash any treasures you find on your walk and will also look great on display in your home while awaiting your next expedition.

Sealed with a kiss

Create a warm welcome with an enticing new fragrance from Kiss Air Candles. Whether you want to recreate the sweet scent of Bonfire Night with Toffee Apple or evoke bracing walks with Autumn Sunshine, there is something to suit every taste. Plus, this month Kiss Air Candles are offering Your Home readers a 15% discount* when using the code YH15 at until 30th November 2017. Autumn Air candle, £9; Toffee Apple candle, £9; Cinnamon candle, £9, all Kiss Air Candles

Enjoy a steady flow of hot chocolate

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Are you sitting comfortably? Icon™ Oria outdoor/indoor cushion in Papaya Yellow, £17.99, BeanBagBazaar

Highland fling


Make a toast to all things sweet

Extendable marshmallow toasting fork, £4, Flying Tiger Copenhagen

The talented Gillian Kyle has been busy designing a new range of homewares including vibrant stretch canvas prints and gorgeous birchwood serving trays. Showcasing the beauty of Scottish wildlife and nature, the trays sport Lola the Highland cow, as well as thistles, stags, hares and foxes. Use to serve up drinks or displayed as a piece of art in its own right. The stretch canvas prints also feature Mr Stag and Lola, as well as Jaggy Thistles in rich tones to help bring character to your walls. ‘Lola’ birchwood serving tray, £29.95, Gillian Kyle


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I thought I’d share how I upcycled my seven-year-old set of table and chairs. I wanted furniture that nobody else had and wanted it to fit with the theme of my living room. I was restricted by a very limited budget, so instead of buying new I decided to reinvent our existing set. It was an evening project to fit in around work, and required patience – but in the end it came together nicely! I now have a new hobby and I love it. Kat Heath, via email


Your Home says This makeover proves that you don’t have to spend a lot to get something bespoke, that fits into your décor perfectly. The set looks great and we love your choice of fabric!

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This is the first time I have picked up your magazine and, on turning to page 60 of the September issue, I was inspired by the pyrography craft ideas. I had previously picked up a stack of wooden chopping boards for a good price and now I knew what to do with them. I hope you like them! Lucy Howes, Oxford

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I recently redecorated my dad’s dining room as a surprise for him – here is a picture of the makeover! This table was mahogany but didn’t fit the new colour scheme so we totally revamped it to match the rest of the room. Alison Mottram, via Facebook


Your Home says We love this idea, Lucy! What a fantastic way to spice up a plain chopping board – we’re glad we inspired you.



Your Home says This sounds like a fantastic surprise for your dad, Alison – we’re sure he loved it. We adore that brick print wallpaper and the newly painted table looks right at home with the new colour scheme.

h Alison’s letter has won a two-year subscription to Your Home. Send us your projects, thoughts and ideas and you could be next month’s winner.

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I’ve been an avid fan of your mag for several years now and love all the makeovers you feature. My hubby and I recently became homeowners and have spent the last couple of years renovating our apartment. We wanted to share a few pics with you! Sharon McGovern, via Facebook


Your Home says Wow Sharon, these rooms are gorgeous! We especially love the addition of a home cinema – you’ve done a fantastic job. We’re all very envious of this cosy space!

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HOW TO... clean your cleaning equipment Here’s how you can improve your hygiene rating washing machine: There are lots of places for mould and mildew ✓ toThebuild so if yours no longer smells rosy, it’s time for a freshen-up. ‘Run an empty washing machine on a 90-degree wash once a month to ensure it stays clean, and if you live in a hard water area use a descaler every three months,’ advises Ros Collins from Bosch. ‘Clean inside the rubber lining of the window with a damp cloth to prevent black marks and residue that could end up on clothes.’ The vacuum cleaner: If it’s not clean inside, the gradual decline of suction power could be hard to notice. ‘Remember to wash the filters once a month and leave them to dry for 24 hours before reassembling,‘ advises Phillip Jones from Hoover floorcare. ‘Also, check the tools, hose and floor nozzle regularly to ensure there are no obstructions. If there’s hair or thread tangled around the brushbar, remove it by unwinding or snip it carefully with scissors.’ The dishwasher: This is where you clean your kitchenware, so it needs to be sparkling rather than smelly. ‘Regularly clean the filter, scrape all food from plates and cookware before putting them in the dishwasher, and use a hold and rinse programme to keep it clean and free from odour until you are ready to put on a full cycle,’ says Laura Selten from Beko. ‘Using a product like Finish cleaner will keep the inside of the appliance and the seal cleaner for longer.’ The washing-up sponge: Experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute found soaking sponges in bleach and water for five minutes killed the most germs, closely followed by popping a sponge into a regular dishwasher load with a heated dry setting or pouring a quarter of a cup of water over it before heating on high for one minute in the microwave, keeping a close eye all the while.

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Vicky’s choice ‘Keep up your hydration long into autumn with the new Brita fill&enjoy Style jug. The latest model is designed to ensure more chlorine and impurities are filtered from your water than before. You can choose between blue, green or grey, and the sleek design fits neatly inside your fridge door.’

Q&A Our new home has a mix of hard and carpeted flooring, is there a vacuum cleaner that’s great for both? The new Light Ball Multifloor vacuum from Dyson is designed to go easy on deep carpets with vents on the cleaner head retracting to reduce resistance, while also having three suction modes for different types of flooring. It promises to sweep the most microscopic of dust particles and allergens from hard floors while also driving deep into carpet. The ball technology is designed to make it easier to twist and turn into tricky corners and it’s also ideal for open-plan living because it’s 40% quieter than its predecessor. A great all-rounder. Light Ball Multifloor vacuum, from £339.99, Dyson

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What to look out for

This month ▲ It’s the perfect time of the year to invest in a casserole dish and slow down your cooking so you can serve up a warming meal just when the time is right

The trend for bringing natural, organic materials into the home looks set to stay, so the New Neutral collection from Dualit couldn’t be better placed than on your kitchen worktop this autumn. Colour and trend forecaster Anna Starmer has designed a range of toasters and kettles in porcelain, feather, shadow and powder hues all inspired by the world around her. With a focus on a calming, relaxing vibe, you can capture your own mood, whether it be soft white, lightweight feather, a subtle shade of grey or a pretty powdered pink. And of course you can trust that under the stylish surfaces you’ll find the same high quality appliances.

Oval Casserole, £39.99; red frying pan, £17.99; red round casserole, £33.99; artisan 16-piece dinner set, £34.99, all Heart of House at Argos. Salisbury solid butchers block, £10.49 for medium; £17.99 for large, both The Collection at Argos. Wooden utensil set and caddy, £9.99, Argos Home

▲ This new fondue set would look pretty placed at the heart of your dinner party table with four forks and a tea light. The question is, cheese or chocolate?

KLF04 kettle, £149.95, Smeg

Red heart fondue set with four stainless steel forks, £12, Tala Originals at Dove Mill

The new KLF04 temperature gauge kettle from Smeg has the same iconic retro style along with an extra string to its bow. You can choose the water temperature, from 50 degrees up to 100 depending on whether you’re making tea, coffee or a warming hot chocolate. It’ll even keep water at the perfect temperature for up to 20 minutes

We test... dehumidifiers We tried out a variety of different water capacities, here’s what we found… Power Extract 16L, £199.99, Vax This product boasts a touch sensitive digital display with a humidity indicator light that gives real time feedback. It has a 5.5L tank and can remove 16L moisture per day and is suitable for rooms up to 25m2. With a 24 -hour timer and two automatic fan speeds, as well as automatic modes to control humidity, it offers fast, efficient moisture control. This model also has a night mode for uninterrupted sleep, as well as a clothes drying setting and a fanonly mode to help circulate air. Castors help make 9/ this heavy 10 product easy to move around.


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DD1 Classic, from £169.98, EcoAir A sleek, lightweight, desiccant dehumidifier which is quick to set-up, quiet and efficient too. Choose from three modes with an extra laundry-drying boost, and because it detects humidity levels in the air, it’ll move between modes accordingly. The control panel allows you to select from three timer settings. An ioniser and anti-bac filter promises to keep the air clean and fresh and, with a 7L capacity, there’s a hose for continuous drainage. We love the swing settings – focus on a specific damp patch, or fan across 9/ the 10 room.

Classic kettle, £145.99; classic four-slot toaster in powder, £195, both Dualit

Things we considered l How easy it is to set-up, use and store l Energy usage and daily water extraction rate l Any extra control features

FTE10 FortÉ dehumidifier, £130, Dimplex This refrigerant dehumidifier is a perfect, straightforward, plug-inand-go model, with the potential to extract 10L of water in 24 hours. Transporting the machine from room to room was incredibly easy, even on carpet, and, despite the short plug length, the model’s compact size meant it wasn’t ever in the way. The simple dial on the top of the machine allows you to choose your ideal extraction rate. It isn’t the quietest of models, but it’s ideal for a simple to use machine with great results.

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Tasciugo Ariadry DX10, £189.98, De’longhi This stylish device was easy to set up and the compact size and built-in handle made it simple to carry from room to room and store as needed. Set-up was a breeze – the water extracted from the air can either be stored within the unit’s 2L tank or straight out via an included hose, extracting up to 10L in 24 hours. The laundrydrying feature proved extra useful, speeding up the time needed to dry clothes when hung on a rack – which proved much cheaper than a tumble dryer.

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n If your sofa or other large furniture is positioned in front of a radiator then it’s likely that you are wasting valuable heat. As the weather gets colder, try repositioning furniture away from radiators to ensure that rooms get the full effect of your central heating. n Utilise remaining oven heat by leaving the door open once you’ve finished cooking so that it can spread out into the room. A similar rule applies when running a bath – leave the bathroom door open so that some of the heat and steam can travel out of the room. Don’t try these tricks if you have young children around the house. n Heating escapes through the gaps in your home, such as under doors, and through gaps around the edges of windows. Make your own door draught excluder by stitching a long sausage shape and filling it with rice. For the windows, purchase some self-adhesive strips, which will be well worth the cost. n You’ll be surprised at the difference that just wearing an extra layer can make. A hot water bottle or heat pad is also a very cost-effective way to get a boost of heat without touching the thermostat. n If your home has an open fireplace which isn’t in use, a large amount of heat will be escaping up the chimney. As an alternative to having the chimney capped, which will need to be done by a professional, why not install a chimney balloon? These can be bought for under £20 online and By investing in e-cloths, which will prevent cold draughts. clean with water alone, you could save £100 per year on cleaning If you’re a fan of the Tile bluetooth tracker, you’ll products. That’s enough to invest be pleased to know that its creators have now in this Vax Steam Fresh Power Plus released the new Tile Pro series, featuring its most steam cleaner – another handy way powerful trackers to date. Tile Style and Tile Sport to clean without chemicals. At the are both waterproof and durable, and have twice time of printing, it could be found the Bluetooth range and twice the loudness of their for around £99.99.

Brits look in the fridge 14 times per day on average. 22% look because they are hungry while 35% say they do it out of habit and don’t have any intention of eating anything. Source: survey by

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predecessors, Tile Mate and Tile Slim. Tile Sport features a unique tread-like design and a dark slate finish, while Tile Style is framed with a Champagne gold ring, making it a stylish accessory to attach to valuable We may be a nation of gadget lovers, but if you use items. The Tile Pro series is also your smartphone as an alarm clock then consider an accompanied by a new Tile app alternative, and invest in a gadget such as Mixx Audio’s with additional features.

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Tile Style and Tile Sport, £30 each or £50 for a twopack, available from Amazon, Argos, John Lewis and Currys PC World

new S3 design. It works as a wireless speaker but also has a built-in alarm clock function. It’s small in size, big on style, and really easy to use, so it’s the ideal bedside companion. S3 wireless bluetooth speaker and digital alarm clock, £40, Mixx Audio

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Want to watch the latest box sets and movies on the small screen? It’s time to invest in a smart TV


oday’s TVs are smart in more ways than one. Not only do they look super-sleek with their thin profiles and curved or flat screens, but these connected TVs come with built-in apps for streaming movies, catching up on box sets, watching catch-up TV and even browsing the internet.

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What does a smart TV do?

If you’re looking for a new television, most of the models on display will be smart TVs: n Once you connect it to the internet, you have access to all the benefits that a connected TV can offer, such as pre-loaded apps that enable you to watch catch-up TV on BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub or All 4. You can also watch certain channels in high definition. n You can download apps for film streaming from the likes of Netflix or Amazon Prime Video, which you will need to subscribe to. n There’s also the social media side such as Facebook and Twitter, which can be accessed via your smart TV. You can also listen to music, browse the internet and view web pages, photos and videos, all from the comfort of your sofa.


Is security an issue with a smart TV? Annie Hill, Truro

Whenever you connect any device to the internet, you need to protect yourself from hackers and viruses and a smart television is no different. Make sure your home wi-fi network is secured with a password, which you’ll also use to activate the smart services on your new TV. Set the wireless or WLAN settings on your router to the latest WPA2 standard, as this is the most secure. You can also disable cookies in your TV’s web browser settings.

As well as the smart TV itself, there are just a few extras: l You’ll need an internet connection to hook your smart TV up to any online services. Wireless broadband is the best option; even better if it’s super-fast fibre with a decent speed of at least 15Mbps. l Go for an unlimited broadband package to avoid any extra charges for going over your data limit. l If you don’t have wireless internet, you can There are ways to update a standard set: connect the TV using an ethernet cable but 3Look for streaming boxes such as Now TV, Apple this isn’t ideal if the router is far away from TV and Google Chromecast, which can access video the TV set as you’ll need a long lead. on-demand, catch-up TV and other internet apps. l For those with a compatible smartphone, 3YouView is a subscription-free service, which you can also upload photos from your mobile combines Freeview digital with internet catch-up onto the TV. from the four main channels l Make sure you (BBC iPlayer, The ITV Hub, have a TV licence All 4 and My 5). You can too, as the rules buy the YouView set-top box have changed Not all smart TVs are the same – on its own or as a bundled and the law now check which services and apps are broadband deal from BT or requires you to have included before you buy. The main TalkTalk. one in order to brands to look for are Samsung, LG, 3If you have a games watch on-demand console such as an X-Box Sony and Panasonic. and catch-up TV as or Playstation, you can also well as live viewing. stream apps and subscription channels through the TV.

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How much do subscriptions cost?


You can join Netflix free for a month to see if you like it. If you don’t want to continue, you’ll need to cancel the subscription as otherwise it will automatical ly take the first month’s fee. There are three subscription plans and the cheapest, which allows you to watch on one device at a time in standard definition is £5.99 per month. Amazon Prime Video also offers a free 30-day trial and you’ll get plenty of movies, TV shows and box sets for free, while the latest blockbusters can be rente d or bought as downloads.



Useful contacts l You can find out more about Freeview at l Shop for the latest smart TVs at online retailers such as www.currys.,, and www.

l Sign up for streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video at and

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Decorating Discover how to layer textures to cosy up your home

Cushion the blow With the weather taking a turn for the worse outside, it’s the perfect time to make our homes nice and cosy inside. B&Q’s latest offerings in the cushion department are just the ticket for making your sofa extra inviting for boxset binges or settling down with a good book. Embrace the botanical trend with their autumnal leafy prints or choose this adorable squirrel cushion. Squirrel brown cushion, £9; Sketchy bird print cushion, £13; Flowers & Leaves print cushion, £11, all B&Q

On the shelf Feature Kate Harding

Not so long ago, you’d be forgiven for thinking bookshelves would soon become a thing of the past, due to the rise in popularity of electronic readers meaning we’re buying less books. Yet this now seems to have turned full circle, with John Lewis recently reporting a rise in sales of shelving units. This could be explained by the #Shelfie Instagram trend, where users take snaps of their carefully curated shelves and post them for the world to see. What’s certain is, with so many stylish shelving options available, it’s a great opportunity to get creative with your favourite accessories and really make your space your own. Cactus vase, £40; Soren five-shelf unit, £429; Soren magazine table, £150; Hendrick chair, £499; Soren coffee table, £199; Astrid cushion, £30; Felix rug, £160, all John Lewis

Small but perfectly formed If you’re trying to furnish a tight space, or you have trouble getting large items into your home, the Capsule Collection by DFS could be the answer to your problems. Designed specifically to cater for smaller spaces, each sofa comes with compact arm widths and removable arms to ensure they can easily be delivered and installed, regardless of narrow stairways or small doorframes. Thankfully, this practical element is not at the expense of style as the sofas, armchairs and footstools in the collection are available in a choice of 55 fabrics with multiple foot options. Each sofa or armchair also comes complete with a set of scatter cushions in an assortment of limited edition prints.

Mirror image If you love the idea of mirrored furniture but have been put off by cost or concerns over how robust it would be, it’s time to meet the Antoinette range from MY Furniture. Each piece features handcrafted, bevelled mirrored panels, made from toughened mirror glass. Inlaid into an antiqued, pewter-effect frame, the resulting furniture is both strong and elegant. Decadent touches, such as large velvetlined, soft-close drawers and crystal handles allow you to store your belongings in style. Prices start from just £99.99, so this really is affordable luxury. Antoinette toughened mirror dressing table, £299.99; Antoinette toughened mirror stool, £115.99; Antoinette toughened triple-fold mirror, £99.99, all MY Furniture

Truth large lounger in teal, £649, DFS

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Feature Victoria Hrastic Background wallpaper Grandeco wood logs wallpaper, £12.99 per roll, Homebase

Batten down the hatches and turn your home into a cosy bolthole Imagine holing up in a rambling house with the wilds of the Highlands rolling out across the landscape outside. This autumn, you can bring that feeling of natural cosiness to your home inspired by Scotland and all its beauty. Choose from palettes of soft grey, berry pinks and burnt orange, then find the perfect tartan and faux animal furs to layer your soft furnishings. Piles of logs or log-effect wallpaper will create more texture and warmth, while wild personality in the form of roaming deer, stag heads, hares and horses will all create an authentic feel. Contrast your rustic scene with decadence and grandeur in the form of chandeliers, candlesticks and antlers for the perfect finish.

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Clockwise from bottom left: Wild & Free fabric in mallow, dormouse, £49.50 per m, Vanessa Arbuthnott. Akin fabric in dahlia, hot pink and neutral, £47 per m, Harlequin. Anthology G56305 wallpaper, £24.95 per roll, Galerie Wallcoverings. Impressive classic oak brown laminate, £21.99 per sq m, Quick-Step. Mulberry eggshell wall paint, £26.93 per 1L, Lakeland Paints


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The traditional tartan armchair has been given a whole new look Holborn chair, from £350, Next


Bold flowers in autumnal hues bring fresh colour to wild elements of stag heads, antlers and stacks of logs

Update tartan with rich berry hues, while natural elements create a wild edge and knitted throws, wooden logs and glowing candles warm the room

Ceramic trinket box, £8; cut glass vase, £8; deer cushion, £6; bird and floral duvet set, £12; Chesterfield bed, £239; marble side table, £59; stag head lamp, £27, all George Home

Lewis check thermal lined eyelet curtains, from £50; Laken knit throw, £30; chenille round cushion, £14; chenille forest cushion, £7; embroidered bird cushion, £16; embroidered floral cushion, £20; glass and wood lantern, £30; cast metal oak leaf ornament, £15; vase, £30; Fenton coffee table, £179; wild flowers rug, £249, all Dunelm

Try a bronze stag head for a more decadent finish Ambrose stag head in bronze, £34, Perch & Parrow

Copper elements and warm orange tartan create a cosy, comforting feel even before the fire is lit Squirrel print cushion, £9; Connie ‘you are the author’ cushion, £14; check orange cushion, £9; Jonas copper wire table lamp, £38; Colours copper effect hammered aluminium votive holders, £6 for small; £9 for medium; and candle holders, £6 for small; £9 for tall; oak effect picture frame, £8; orange check woven eyelet lined curtains, £78, all B&Q

Cosy up with tartan-inspired furnishings in your chosen palette

Candles at varying heights will twinkle amidst your best dinnerware for a decadent hideaway feel at the height of the Highlands Platinum band dinner set, £40 for a 12-piece set; ribbed wine glasses, £20 for a set of four; ribbed tumblers, £16 for a set of four; country luxe tablecloth, from £30; Kensington cutlery set, from £28; hurricane lantern, £40, all Next

Check bean cube, £35; Strathmore check doorstop, £20, both JD Williams Home

Expert Tips ‘The Highland look has been updated with inspiration from our natural heritage, by using authentic pattern techniques and block printing to create charming patterns alongside a warm palette with pops of plum and burnt orange reflecting the autumnal British landscape. Be sure to include a mix of colours and avoid overloading on red to keep the trend relevant all year round – blues and greens work really well! Keep this look eclectic with a mix of checks, florals and patterns, adding character with animal motifs and foliage. Play around with this style as much as you like by adding more pattern on rugs, cushions and artwork or pare it back with just a simple patterned throw.’ Debbie Drake, head of design at Dunelm November 2017



A bold berry and cream tartan bedspread could be all you need to bring this trend to the bedroom Check bed set, from £40 for a set of two, Next

Layer a sumptuous bedstead with all the luxurious throws and rugs of the season

There’s nothing cosier than a sheepskin throw

Foxtail double bed frame in elk, £795, Button & Sprung

Icelandic long wool sheepskin in white, £125, Ross & Brown

Create instant sophistication with a chandelier reflecting the glass and silverware on your table

Spend vs Save Capture a Highland scene on rustic wood

Tibetan sheepskin rug in arctic sunrise, £170; Luis XV charger plate in taupe, £30; Luis XV dinner plate in Taupe, £15; Luis XV side plate in taupe, £10; Luis XV bowl in taupe, £12; Paloma cutlery set, £150, all Amara

Highland stag wall art, £50, Very

Majestic animals have been given a floral twist in these quirky cushions Floral appliqué hare cushion, £39.50; large deer pillow, £29.50, both M&S

Stag print on wood, £29, JD Williams Home


Choose your favourite tones for a tartan throw Ochre and mulberry check throw, £15, Sainsbury’s Home

Clockwise from bottom left: Deer cinder fabric, £14.99 per m, Prestigious Textiles. Akin fabric in tangerine, aqua and stone, £47 per m, Harlequin. Albany Stag 273717 wallpaper, £13.99 per roll, Wallpaperdirect. Gleneagles Glencoe in sand plaid, £29.99 per m sq, Carpetright. Pavarotti eggshell wall paint, £26.93 per 1L, Lakeland Paints

Shetland Rome throw in heather, £75, Bronte by Moon

Faraday lambswool pinstripe throw, £255, Abode Living

Red and green tartan throw, £18, Kaleidoscope

Dot characterful details around the home with hopping hares and foraging squirrels Ornamental resin stag, £10; orange check cushion, £11; chenille blue check cushion, £13; chenille check throw, £18; stag head plaque, £5; natural bunny cushion, £11; faux fur throw, £45; bunnies bookends, £15 for a set of two; squirrel print cushion, £9; faux fur cushion, £13, all B&Q

Neutral furniture can be given a Highland twist with the simple addition of a tartan footstool

Fox in a bell jar, £12; rabbit ornament, £12, both George Home

Cloudberry Check throw, £110, Joanna Wood

Universal wide rectangular footstool in Abraham Moon Wimbledon check multi pink, £429, Multiyork

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Rectangular tiles laid in a herringbone pattern make Kate’s bathroom truly eye-catching

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If different family members like different types of showers, fit a double-headed version then everyone’s happy!


It’s all about the tiles Kate Graham chose an intricate tile layout to give her new bathroom an unusual twist


ate Graham, 47, her partner Jason and daughter Skye, 16, moved to Harpenden in 2017 where their new home needed considerable amounts of work to make it their perfect family space. ‘Although the property was in a great location and had potential, the layout wasn’t right for us,’ she explains. ‘There was a tiny kitchen crammed into the back and a bigger bathroom with separate WC at the front. We decided to swap the rooms over as this would give us a lovely eat-in family kitchen, yet still keep a good-sized bathroom. As we were starting from scratch, I could make the bathroom just how I wanted it. I’d never had a brand new bathroom before so I wasn’t going to waste the opportunity!’


Removing the kitchen units took no time at all. ‘We all mucked in and it was fun because we didn’t have to be careful with anything – it was all going in a skip!’ says Kate. When it came to the layout, Kate knew just how to plan. ‘There only seemed one real option for the layout and, with the room’s dimensions as such, the finish would be really neat. I simply had to find the fittings I liked so we could get cracking.’ In order to achieve a generous showering space, Kate did some research to find the ideal bath. ‘I liked the look of a straight-sided bath better than a P-shaped shower bath, but wanted to make sure it was wide enough. I found one that was a generous 80cm wide and available in several lengths, one of which would fit

Big drawers make the most of the space below a basin and the storage they offer means that Kate can keep the sides clutter free Wood grain always looks lovely and this vinyl floor brings all the benefits, but in a waterproof, bathroom-friendly product Kate used an old window to create cubby hole storage for toiletries, but a builder can cut these into a plasterboard wall too

Before perfectly across the room,’ she explains. It took Kate longer to source the basin unit as she knew what she wanted but didn’t know where to find it. ‘I’d always longed for a double sink to bring a touch of hotel-style luxury, I searched for something simple yet elegant in design, but everything I liked was just too expensive. Then on a trip to Ikea I saw a wonderful unit with double basin and storage drawers that was exactly what I’d been looking for – I was delighted!’

STEP two Next, Kate turned her attention to finding fittings for the bath and basin. ‘I know that tap design is really important for a beautiful finish and I wanted good quality too. A friend had some really smart Hudson Reed taps, so I used this brand as my starting point. I couldn’t believe my luck when I discovered basin mixer taps reduced in a sale and I got two for under £100,’ she explains. Kate also chose a double-headed shower to cover all the family’s needs. ‘Having an overhead drench shower is gorgeous, but I wanted the hand-held option too as it’s better for hair washing and cleaning the bath.’ When it came to choosing her tiles, Kate had a clear idea of what she wanted. ‘I had seen a picture in a magazine where rectangular tiles had been laid in a zigzag herringbone pattern and looked



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Taps A bespoke side bath panel gives an immediate high-end finish and is created by fitting a wooden board that is then tiled the same as the walls








absolutely wonderful – simple and understated,’ says Kate. ‘I knew this was what I wanted because tiling is often so boring and I wanted mine to be a talking point. I didn’t have to look far for my tiles as I found them on my first trip to a local store – the slim rectangle shape and blue-grey colour was ideal. The tiler looked sideways at me when I explained how I wanted them fitted and also that I wanted a bath side panel to be the same. It did take a little longer than larger tiles, but once it was finished I knew it was the right choice,’ she explains. ‘To finish the wall we transformed what used to be a little window in the back wall into a great cubby hole for toiletries – the tiles make the whole space feel really special.’

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Spurred on by the tile colour, Kate embraced Scandinavian style to complete her bathroom. ‘I chose a pale wood vinyl for the floor as I liked the visible grain of wood but knew that I needed to be practical too.’ The final choice was that of the wall colour. To keep things feeling airy and allow the tiles to be the focal point, Kate chose pale grey paint. ‘The combination of colours feels really crisp and clean which I really like in a bathroom and I added some coral accessories to bring a bit of warmth. It’s such a versatile colour scheme I can add other colours in the future for a change,’ she explains. ‘The tiles are my favourite thing in the house and I smile every time I come in here!’ YH

Eastbrook Quantum Duo bath, £337.20; Eastbrook Winslade shower, £360; Eastbrook Volente shower screen, £175; Eastbrook Wendover towel radiator, £163.20; Eastbrook Linea WC, £399.60, all Jacksons of Harpenden. Godmordon/ Odensvisk basin and unit, £325, Ikea. Hudson Reed Tec basin taps, £41.76 each, Bella Bathrooms. Karndean Da Vinci flooring, £243, Tiger Flooring Ltd. Provence Blue tiles, £321, BC Ceramics St Albans. Gauze Deep Intelligent Matt, £47 per 2.5l, Little Greene. White ceramic soap pump, £6; white ceramic tumbler, £4; coral hand towels, £6 each; Emily Bond blue ticking stripe hand towels, £12 each, all Dunelm. Coral bath mat, £10; Bright woven round storage basket, £24 for two; vase, £14 for three, all Next. Daisy make-up bag, £6.95; Paisley Park wash bag, £9.95, both Dotcomgiftshop.

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Jane’s bathroom is now a practical, inviting space, complete with must-have period-style bath and plenty of personalised touches


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It’s now in keeping with my period home A clever mix of old and new helped transform Jane Van Dijk’s bijoux bathroom into a welcoming and relaxing retreat


hen Jane Van Dijk, 54, relocated to her three-bedroom country cottage near the Suffolk coast, with daughter, Beth, she knew a change of lifestyle was on the cards. ‘Although I fell in love with the cottage’s charm and character, the compact room sizes were in stark contrast to our former open-plan house,’ she explains. ‘And while we soon adapted to the cosy living and bedroom areas, the tiny, dated bathroom remained cramped and uninviting.’ What was needed was a complete makeover in order to make the most of limited space and create a light, bright, period-inspired space.

A free-standing wire unit adds much needed storage to a wasted corner, while still maintaining an open and airy look in a small space

Before STEP ONE At just 1.6m x 2.39m Jane’s bathroom could hardly be described as generous, but, as a grade II listing meant that structural changes were out of the question, she knew her options were limited. ‘Luckily we already had a separate shower room, which meant the bathroom could simply be dedicated to bathing and relaxing,’ she says. ‘So to save money, I decided to stick with the existing layout, and also rope in a friend to help remove the old suite and loose tiles, in preparation for the professionals.’ STEP two

With a local plumber on board, Jane also took the decision to lay reclaimed flooring in place of the tired laminate. ‘Being such a small area I could

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In busy, compact bathrooms it pays to opt for durable, easy clean paints – so check out the latest washable matt emulsions, for a soft, flat finish.

afford to splash out,’ smiles Jane. ‘So when I spotted some lovely rustic oak boards for £70 per sq m in a local reclamation yard, I immediately snapped them up!’ However, she readily admits that it was her friend’s inspired idea to re-hang the bathroom door, so that it opened outwards, that has made the most difference to the bathroom. ‘It instantly freed up valuable internal floor and wall space,’ she explains. Leaving much more room to manoeuvre when it came to those all-important fixtures and fittings.

STEP three

Team a countertop basin with an adapted vintage or second-hand table for a unique and characterful vanity, tailored to your space

Of course, no period-inspired bathroom would be complete without a free-standing roll-top bath, so Jane was delighted to discover her clever, curvaceous back-to-wall design. ‘Not only does it take up less room, but it also makes cleaning easier,’ she says. And while this was teamed with a more modern, space-saving WC, Jane again November 2017


roomplan Simply re-hanging the door so that it opened outwards instantly freed up valuable space and helped make the room feel bigger



the details Jane’s handy storage unit is from online store, Oli & Grace
















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looked to the past when it came to her classic radiator and upcycled vanity unit. ‘I spotted the vintage table, while on a family outing to Southwold, and as it was only £50 I simply took a chance on the measurements,’ she says. Luckily her gamble paid off as having teamed it with a simple ceramic bowl, Jane is now the proud owner of a unique furniture piece, full of character.

STEP four When it came to the

décor Jane was keen to keep things light and bright, so opted for a mix of pale grey walls throughout with complementary artisan-style brick tiling. ‘The tiling

proved a nightmare as not one wall in the bathroom is straight,’ recalls Jane. ‘However the plumber’s perseverance definitely paid off as the tiles are the perfect backdrop for my fabulous wall-mounted taps.’ To complete the look, Jane opted for generous wirework storage and a vintage mirror, borrowed from her bedroom, while a trip to the high street resulted in the retro sign and subtle seaside touches that now pepper her perfect new-look room. YH

Back-to-wall free-standing bath with corbel leg set, £975; Vessel basin, £89.50; Lawton compact pan and cistern, £188, all Premier Bathroom Collection. Topaz lever wall-mounted bath/shower mixer, £403; wall-mounted spout and taps, £349; Harrow traditional radiator, £408, all Hudson Reed. Shallows and Inox Intelligent emulsion, £47 per 2.5l, Little Greene. Laura Ashley Artisan French Grey field tiles, £75 per sq m, British Ceramic Tile. Locker room tower unit, £100, Oli & Grace. Blue fish towel, from £8, Next. Nautical Stripe navy hand towels, from £6 each; tea light holder, £5.50; nautical striped tumbler, £3; shell ceramic bowl, £4.50, all Dunelm. Stockholm 2017 vase, £4, Ikea. Large luxury candle jar, £16.99, MY Furniture. Stripe small caddy, £3.50; navy face cloths, £1 per pair, both Wilko. Wooden sign, £30, Direct Furniture Ltd. Table, £50, second-hand store Southwold.

3 of the best... nautical bathroom buys £12 from The Contemporary Home This fish-shaped mirror could be the perfect finishing touch in your coastal-styled scheme.



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Keep towels and robes in ship-shape order with these fun wall hooks.

£39.99 from Very

The beautiful blue of this bathroom set will provide a subtle nod to your theme.


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Being bold with colour was the best decision Vicky Stapleton wasn’t planning a blue bathroom until she found some incredible tiles that she couldn’t resist


hen Vicky Stapleton, 37, a Marketing Consultant, bought her home in St Albans, it was a complete wreck. ‘It had been neglected for many years and needed gutting. Every room was in a terrible state and needed emptying, re-plastering, new décor and flooring, and although some people thought I was crazy to take a big project, I found it all really exciting,’ she smiles. When she bought the flat, the bathroom had an old pink suite with tiles that were so damaged they could be pulled off the wall with a fingertip. ‘Although the room was a good size, the space wasn’t well used. I wanted a bath to relax in, as well as a separate shower, so I looked forward to designing a whole new layout,’ she says.

STEP ONE Vicky’s builders arrived

and stripped everything out, leaving the room with completely bare walls and floorboards. ‘I became far more aware of the lovely high ceiling and how good the space really was now it had nothing in,’ she explains. Having researched online to find the style she liked, Vicky started to make purchases to pull together all the different elements. ‘I wanted a design that was strong and eye-catching with a huge walk-in shower. To keep the room feeling spacious I chose a lovely frameless enclosure – with no heavy vertical supports, it would hardly be noticeable and keep the room feeling big and uncluttered.’ Next, Vicky searched online for a roll-top bath that would fit neatly behind the door and, having initially thought of a traditional claw foot shape, she changed her mind when she found a smooth-sided oval bath that sat directly on the floor. ‘I loved it – it was a modern-style roll-top and was the perfect size – I was immediately sold!’ she smiles. Continuing her search online, Vicky found a basin that echoed the shape of the bath for a cohesive look, and in no time, they had been fitted by the plumber. ‘I was so pleased with how the room was taking shape,’ she explains. ‘Although I had more elements in the room, it actually felt bigger because the layout was better.’

STEP two

Vicky had an open mind when it came to choosing what colours to use in her new room. ‘The only thing I knew I didn’t want was limestone or grey because I envisaged something a little A generous walk-in shower enclosure is a luxurious addition and the frameless glass panels are almost invisible for a beautifully seamless look


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Before The wall-hung basin has a curved shape that echoes that of the bath for a considered pairing

bit different. I walked around lots of tile showrooms waiting to see something that made me go ‘wow’ and after a second trip to my local Topps Tiles I was suddenly inspired! I saw a display with mustard, red and blue tiles all mixed together which I’d walked past before because I didn’t like two of the colours, but on closer inspection I realised that on its own the blue was absolutely breath-taking and would be incredible in my bathroom. Each tile surface ranged from turquoise to navy and green – the mix of colours reminded me of the pond in Monet’s water lily paintings which made them instantly relaxing.’ When they were installed in


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£3,984 A stunning bath against a deep blue wall with dappled blue-green tiles makes Vicky’s bathroom a stunning out-of-the-ordinary transformation

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Vicky’s design uses every area of the bathroom to its best advantage, keeping the floor uncluttered for a spacious and airy feel


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three The finishing touches were important to Vicky to bring even more character into the room. ‘When I was looking online for bathroom inspiration, I’d seen a blog about having a

cowhide rug on the floor in a bathroom. I researched it and discovered that as long as you don’t leave the hide soaking wet it’s fine to have in a bathroom – cows do go in the rain after all!’ she laughs. ‘I found one in Dunelm that was soft and silky, was just the right size and looked perfect.’ With an eye for antique brass accessories to lift the scheme, Vicky enjoyed completing the project. She framed some peacock feathers for an individual piece of artwork and hung an antique-style map above the bath where it looks eye-catching against the blue wall. ‘This room was such fun to do because it was a bit different – I’ve never seen a room quite like this. All in all I’d say it couldn’t be better – it’s the most lovely room to be in and I’m so pleased with how it all turned out.’ YH

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Verona free-standing modern bath, £539.95, Victorian Plumbing. Roper Rhodes Zest basin, £250; Eastbrook Breeze shower riser, £405; Volente shower tray, £300; Volente shower screen, £546; Eastbrook Linea WC, £399.60; Eastbrook Wendover towel radiator, £163.20, all Jacksons of Harpenden. Hudson Reed Tec basin tap, £41.76; bath filler tap, £62.31, both Bella Bathrooms. Catania 1860 Blue wall tiles, £64.89 per sq m, Topps Tiles. Lillangen bathroom cabinet, £29.90, Ikea. Dock Blue Intelligent Matt, £23 per litre; Inox Intelligent Matt, £47 per 2.5l, both Little Greene. Pimlico side table, £99; tan cowhide rug, £299; London map canvas, £16.99; His/ Hers turquoise towels, £8 each; artificial Zanzibar leaf, £7; artificial banana leaf, £2.49, all Dunelm. Peacock feathers, £1.49, eBay. Hanging brass frame, £16.95; hanging brass mirror, £22, both Dotcomgiftshop. Ochre hand towel, £5; pineapple vase, £20, both Next.

3 of the best... wall-mounted bath mixer taps £59.99 (in the sale) from Victoria Plum


For a sleek design with a modern edge choose the Mode Alexa bath filler – we love the crosshead handles for both a modern and traditional setting.


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Add a hint of luxury to your bath with the Cooke & Lewis Havazu waterfall bath mixer.

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If a traditional scheme is what you’re after then the Belgravia crosshead bath taps and spout are the perfect finishing touch.


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a traditional brick-style layout, Vicky was thrilled. ‘They really are the most beautiful tiles I’ve ever seen! I decided to paint a feature wall above the bath to enhance the tile colour even further. I did the rest of the walls a peaceful grey so as to not overwhelm the space and the overall effect is calming and serene,’ she smiles. Vicky was lucky enough to have been given some vinyl flooring by a friend who had it left over from her own renovations and once that was in place, the room was almost complete.


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From glamorous dinner parties to casual yet chic family gatherings, we’ve got all the bases covered when it comes to entertaining in style

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Enjoy family feasts and celebratory occasions with a look that emphasises relaxed, laid-back living. Perfect for both an open-plan kitchen or dining room, the key here is to keep things simple with practical timber or painted furniture, softened with plenty of characterful finishes and accessories.

s Go straight from oven to table with this good-looking ceramic dish Geometric roasting dish, £9.99, TK Maxx


Robust, homely stoneware is a great option for busy family gatherings Dip glaze dinnerware, £55 for four plates or bowls, Cox & Cox

s For a simple yet sophisticated family feel, layer up an everyday table with tablecloths, placemats, napkins and an assortment of artisan tableware Croft Collection recycled glass tumblers, £6; wine glasses, £5; Amberley stoneware, from £6; beech bowl, £48; Easdale Lloyd Loom chairs, £329 each; Stanley rattan shades, from £60, all John Lewis


These sturdy folding chairs are perfect for extra guests and can easily be stowed away when not in use

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Ditch the tablecloth in favour of a practical, yet stylish, table runner – this fun feline design is one of our favourites

Vassad folding chair, £25, Ikea

Cat table runner, £22, Sophie Allport


s We love the simplicity of these machine-washable, linen-mix napkins, complete with hemstitch detailing Country Luxe napkins, £12 for four, Next

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If your chairs have seen better days, why not freshen them up with a coat of paint. Opt for a relaxed, eclectic mix and take the look to the table with accessories that allow you to play with colour, scale and shape

PARTY PIECES Forget breakages and washing-up with our party-friendly alternatives Aqua plastic tumblers, £6.50 for six, The Contemporary Home

Harbour 16-piece cutlery set, £60; Hayle check dinnerware, from £7; pink stripe mug, £7; blue stripe mug, £7; Acacia cake stand with dome, £50; Vera column vase, £30; Arthur geometric vase, £20; Gertie textured vase, £20; placemats, £15 per pair; napkins, £15 per pair; seat pad, £16; Lottie knit throw, £75; Dickins & Jones sheepskin, £45, all House of Fraser

Liberty print paper cups, £4.50 for 12 assorted designs, Berry Red

Truly Romantic dainty paper plates, £3.99 for 12 (three designs), Talking Tables


Vintage-inspired geometrics add a retro touch to the humble cruet set Bloomingville Cecile ceramic salt and pepper mills, £39, Cult Furniture

s Serve in style with these colourful trays Orla Kiely Linear Stem trays, from £22, Wild & Wolf


Vintage plastic 24-piece cutlery set, £4.99, Candle & Cake

Add a splash of colour to the table with delicately tinted glassware

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Colour tint hi ball glasses, £19 for four, JD Williams

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When investing in a rectangular table, make sure it is wider than 90cm or you will struggle for central serving space.

s Forget laying the table and simply scour the kitchen for creative cutlery caddies – look for jars, jugs and baskets for starters! Storage jar, £28 for three; Burford 12-piece dinner set, £30, both Next


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Luxe living

If you want to impress your guests and create a space that is perfect for entertaining, then go all-out with the latest opulent metallics, set against an elegant neutral palette or dramatically different darks – look to the Roaring Twenties for inspiration, and don’t forget those must-have cocktails!

Try popping your candles in the fridge to help prolong burning time!


Linens are a great way of introducing a pattern or theme to your table Manhattan runner, £29.50, M&S

s Investing in an extending table allows you to cater for all occasions, while clusters of flickering candles help create an inviting intimacy no matter how large the gathering

s Team crisp white and burnished gold for an opulent feel Gunnison dinner plate, £15; side plate, £12; bowl, £12; Paloma gold cutlery, from £6; basket weave rectangle placemat, £19, all Amara

Vieux extending dining table, from £699; Carver dining chairs, from £375 per pair; Nova dining chairs, from £190 per pair, all Harveys


Indulge in these luxuriously comfy plush velvet chairs and guests will be more than happy to linger, long after the dining is done

Bring contemporary metallic styling to the table with these hammered copper placemats s

Copper placemats, £40 per pair, Mia Fleur

Heart of House Cherwell button detail velvet chair, £269.99 per pair, Argos


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s Delicate porcelain goes hand in hand with elegant dining – while a smattering of silver glams things up Quartz dinner plate, £15; side plate, £12; bowl, £12; pressed vinyl round placemat, £14; Wascoite hurricane, £35; Rosaline votives, £50 for four, all Amara


Use petite photograph holders to pen personalised place settings. This striking marble hexagon should help add a sense of occasion Grey marble photo holder, £1, Primark


Give your guests the VIP treatment with this fun cushion

Greet your guests with a cocktail served from this gorgeous drinks trolley


Check out our stylish selection of mixology tools St Basil cocktail shaker, £25, John Lewis

Manhattan bar tool set, £39.50, M&S Loulou bar trolley console, £299, Atkin & Thyme

Ben De Lisi cushion, £28, Debenhams

The Emporium pineapple stirrers, £13.99 for four, Talking Tables Ice bucket, £14.50, Sainsbury’s Home


Put your table in the spotlight with glamorous low-hung lighting and a generous rug to help define the dining zone Henshaw dining table, £1,500; chairs, £400 per pair; Alexa pendant, £225; Vienna wall lights, £86 each; Mulholland rug, £120; Fitzgerald silver and mirror tray, £55; decorative cream candle centrepiece, £45; pillar candle holder, £18; glass candle holders, £40 per pair; Iona and Josette tableware, both from £8; silver rim glassware, from £8, all Laura Ashley

s Combine copper and feathers for the latest look in opulent platters Copper leaf plate, £12, George Home

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Fitting dimmer switches will allow you to adjust light levels according to the mood required.

s Get dramatic with bold colours, glamorous metallic finishes and show-stopping statement lighting Scallop dinner plate, £9.50; side plate and bowl, both £7.50; Astoria brushed 16-piece cutlery set, £49.50; Clarendon extended dining table, £899; chairs, £299 per pair; display cabinet, £1,199; Stella four-light chandelier, £129; lantern, from £7.50; long tea light holder, £22.50; Eve candle holders, £12.50 each; confetti vase, £29.50, all M&S November 2017


Get tactile with wood-effect wallpapers

Look to tactile timbers, warming woollens, strong shapes and plenty of touchy-feely finishes to give your living room the cosy factor Copenhagen chair in Barton Plaid Heather, £1,049; sofa in Heather, £1,149; wool check cushion, £29.50; pompom throw, £69; popcorn rug, from £219; Dalton small sideboard, £549; Freya coffee table, £199; arch window mirror, £149; Gem ball floor lamp, £199, all M&S

Fresco grey herringbone wood wallpaper, £8 per roll, B&Q

Hygge wallpaper in Natural, £50 per roll, Graham & Brown Peeling planks wallpaper in Mineral, £49 per roll, Clarke & Clarke

Choose statement knitted throws for welcoming homespun charm Chunky pompom throw, £50, Dunelm

Create a cosy retreat Look to warming layers and plenty of texture to make your home the perfect place to snuggle up this winter

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Transform a plain sofa into a snuggly oasis with inexpensive soft furnishings – we love this understated neutral mix of chenille, fur and velvet Velvet zigzag cushion, £18; chenille tassel taupe throw, £24; family peg art, £8; glitter succulent, £5; filled candle, £4; star mottled glass, £5, all B&Q


ith the nights drawing in and temperatures dropping, now is the time to banish those winter blues by embracing must-touch textures for that snug and inviting feel. Think chunky knits, feel-good furs, sumptuous velvet, crisp linen, tactile timber and wool – to name but a few – then mix the rough with the smooth, the matt with the glossy and layer up in abundance! Add a touch of warming winter tartan with this fun character Stag doorstop, £6.99, B&M Stores

DECORATING INSPIRATION Calm wing chair in Mustard velvet, £429, DFS

For an accent chair with the ‘wow’ factor, curl up in sumptuous velvet Make a good first impression by introducing contrast to a neutral hallway. Functional rush matting is great for adding interest whatever the room size, but where space allows, also consider cosy seating and soft furnishings

Hereford storage bench, £169.99; Vietnamese seagrass rug, £35.99; sheepskin, from £64.99; Arthouse feather cushion, £26.99, all Argos

Top tip! Add interest and texture to a featureless room with practical tongue and groove panelling – it’s also a great way to disguise less than perfect walls.

For cosy log cabin chic, simply pile on the style with plenty of snuggle-worthy faux furs, set against raw rustic timber Husky faux fur throw, £45; faux fur throw in ash brown, £45; Verbier faux fur cushion in natural, £14; bear cushion in chestnut, £14; faux fur cushion in natural, £10; Fenton pine bedstead, from £295; belly basket, £50, all Dunelm

Sit back and put your feet up this winter with this comfy chunky knit

Luxurious cotton towels will help warm things up in the bathroom, while topping hard flooring with textural matting consigns cold feet to the past

Knitted pouffe, £59.99, Very

4 of our favourite Cosy cushions Catherine Lansfield knitted cushion, £14.99, Very

Cable weave bath mat, £14; mustard Egyptian towels, from £5; two tone tumbler, £5, all Sainsbury’s Home

Quilted velvet cushion, £30, Oliver Bonas

Sheepskin cushion, £45, Debenhams November 2017

Fireside knit and faux fur cushion, £14, Sainsbury’s Home


Place this felted pendant over a table to create an intimate, cosy light source, or use to throw a soft, filtered, ambient light throughout a room

Alaska Loop carpet in Mineral, £32.99 per sq m, Carpetright

Vintergata pendant lamp, £25, Ikea

Bring this season’s trend for oversized knits to the bathroom, with a comfy, chunky mat that is still guaranteed to soak up those splashes Soulful striped bath mat, £9, George Home

Top tip! When it comes to choosing bed linen, consider investing in higher thread counts and natural fibres to ensure that lovely soft, snug feel.

Holly double bed in Pumice, £975, Button and Sprung

Keep things warm and toasty underfoot with a wool rich carpet that can also prove the perfect solution for eliminating low-level draughts An upholstered headboard will instantly make a bedroom feel snug and inviting, especially when married with plenty of winter-warming layers Super soft sheepskin rugs need not be confined to the floor – try draping over timber benches or team with curvaceous rattan seating

Curly natural sheepskin, £175; grey woven tub chair, £375, both Cox & Cox

Bernie dining chair, £285 per pair, Next

Versatile leather is a firm favourite in the texture stakes as it can be successfully teamed with almost any other material. However, it can also be expensive, so why not get the feel with the latest leather-look alternatives?


Choose the allure of warm, ambient candlelight along with tactile concrete tones Concrete-effect heart shaped candle, £4, Wilko

Woven leaf cushion, £10; velvet cushions, £8; geo print throw, £15; woven rush and paper storage basket, £8; metal sand timer, £10; ceramic vase, £12; tea light holders, £6, all Matalan

Gallery century mirror, £179, Very

One of our favourite finds – we love this must-touch driftwoodeffect mirror with its rustic weathered finish Opposites definitely attract when it comes to texture, so don’t be afraid to mix things up when choosing accessories Lydford large ceramic table lamp, £100; vase, £16 for three; stone-effect artichoke sculpture, from £25; Country Luxe hurricane lantern, £40, all Next

Wonderfully tactile, these two-tone dipped terracotta mugs just need to be filled with piping hot cocoa!

Create a snug and inviting living room scheme by teaming a warming autumnal palette with a multitude of printed, natural and woven textures

Dipped terracotta cup and mug, £12.95 each, Decorator’s Notebook

For those who like a more industrial vibe, check out textural concrete – keep lines simple and clean to emphasise poured contours and detailing

Transform tired furniture with these soft chalky paint finishes that require no priming or waxing

Vintage concrete table lamp, £40, Very

These beautiful, textural hand-woven rattan baskets will ensure there is always plenty of wood on hand to feed that roaring winter fire White dipped basket set, £115, Nordic House

Misty Mauve and Wedgewood chalk paint, both from £13.95 per 500ml, Everlong Paint

4 fantastic Faux furs Grey faux fur bean bag, £49, JD Williams

Chocolate faux fur rug, £29.99, HomeSense

Light pink fur cushion, £7, Primark Faux fur throw, £45, B&Q November 2017


Get snap happy

with a new camera

From affordable compacts to more advanced DSLRs, we’ve chosen some of our favourite digital options to get you started



lthough many of us snap away happily on our smartphones on a daily basis, and the latest built-in cameras can give good quality images, it’s definitely worth investing in a camera if you’d like to take your photos to the next level. Go for a compact, point-and-shoot model if you’re a beginner, while those with some experience may be better off with a bridge camera or digital SLR. So, whether you’re preparing for a family-filled Christmas, the holiday of a lifetime or would simply like to take up a new hobby, take your pick from some of our best buys to capture those precious moments.

Panasonic’s Lumix GX80W lets you shoot, select and save with 4k, while the image stabiliser helps you to take crisper, clearer images, even in fast-moving environments. After filming in 4k quality, you can extract the perfect photo as a still image, and even choose the focus point, so you’ll always capture the perfect moment Lumix GX80W, around £749.99, Panasonic

Get to grips with DSLR photography with this affordable buy. It has an 18MP sensor and performs well in low light levels due to a large ISO sensitivity range of 100-6400, reducing the need for flash. The 18mm-55mm lens is the perfect starter lens, ideal for all-round use. The camera is also capable of full HD movies Canon EOS 1300D DSLR camera, from around £329, Argos

If you’re a beginner on a << tight budget then this Sony model is a sensible choice. It’s small enough to slip in your pocket, yet it has a 20.1MP sensor, an advanced flash and SteadyShot technology

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Sony DSCW800 digital compact camera, from around £69, Amazon

Combining the best of analogue and digital technology, this camera allows you to edit and add creative effects to your photos with the ten striking filters including monochrome and sepia. An LCD monitor lets you view your editing status as you fine-tune your snaps before printing them. You can store up to 50 photos on the camera’s internal memory, and even more if you invest in a microSD card. It uses Instax Square film – a format loved by photography fans and echoing the style of photo-sharing site Instagram Instax SQUARE SQ10 digital instant camera, from around £230, Fujifilm


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Bridging the gap between a compact camera and a more professional DSLR, this is a great gadget if you’re looking for more than just a point-and-shoot. It offers a 40x optical zoom, a 16MP sensor, easy-to-use controls and a wireless connection for easy sharing Nikon Coolpix B500 bridge camera in red, from around £219, Currys PC World


The Polaroid Pop instant digital camera is a must-have if you love to capture special memories and bring them to life with prints, reminiscent of the brand’s iconic instant print cameras. It combines a sleek, modern design and digital technology, featuring an integrated printer which produces full colour prints in the classic 3.5” x 4.25” Polaroid border format. It also allows for black and white or sepia prints if you prefer. It has a 3.97” LCD touchscreen, a 20MP sensor, built-in flash, image stabilisation and 1080p full HD video


Take pictures with amazing detail with the 20.3 megapixel Coolpix B700. The 60x zoom lens, extendable to 120x Dynamic Fine Zoom, allows you to zero in on the action with great clarity, while the autofocus function chooses the optimal focus area size and position. Switch between the electronic viewfinder and the vari-angle LCD monitor to suit your shooting style, and make use of the SnapBridge feature, which maintains a constant low-power connection to your smartphone or tablet, making sharing your images a breeze

Polaroid Pop, £199.99, Argos

Nikon Coolpix B700 bridge camera, from around £359, John Lewis

If you like to stand out from the crowd, this compact model has the option of adding a colour jacket to suit your style. It’s easy to use and gives great quality images – the perfect choice for anyone looking to take a step up from their smartphone EOS M10, from around £294.99 (colour jacket sold separately), Canon

for the style conscious, <this < Ideal design features a flip-down LCD that’s ideal for selfies and gives you touch-screen access to key controls. Photos and movies can be edited on camera and music or other effects added, then you can combine them into one file for quick and easy uploading via Wi-Fi, a compatible smartphone and the OI.Share app Olympus PEN E-PL8 with 14mm-42mm lens, £549, Jessops

The latest GoPro is the most powerful and simple-to-use yet, thanks to 4K video, voice control, one-button simplicity, a touch display and waterproof design. It’s easy to capture smooth video, crystal-clear audio and professional quality photos, which you can then upload to your GoPro Plus cloud account GoPro Hero 5, £399, Jessops

BUYER’S GUIDE Before you buy… We asked Ian Savage, Head of the Jessops Academy, for his top tips… Your first consideration when choosing a new camera should be how you intend to use it. Someone looking for a compact to take on safari, who wants the option of huge, high quality prints, will have different requirements to someone who wants a camera for nights out with friends. Understanding the different types… l Compact: These little guys are everyday heroes. They’re pocket sized and perfect for those that want fuss-free photography; but they also have manual controls should you want to exit auto mode and experiment a bit more. l Bridge: Between DSLRs and compact cameras sit bridge cameras. They are very different to DSLRs but have similar styling so they’re easy to handle. They are actually fixed lens cameras, like compact cameras, but typically offer super long optical zooms. l DSLRs: These top-end cameras are armed with the very latest technology, super-large sensors, low light sensitivity plus compatibility with a huge range of lenses and accessories to help you get great shots. DSLR cameras give you full manual control.  l Mirrorless: These are the new kids on the block – they offer both a compact size and interchangeable lenses. Mirrorless cameras are almost always smaller and lighter than the average DSLR, making them more portable. Know what lens you need… The quality of your final images is not only down to your image sensor and the amount of megapixels your camera boasts, it is also reliant on the quality of a lens. The F/ number written on the lens after the focal length is the aperture. Aperture is how much light the lens lets in. The smaller the number the wider the aperture. Wide apertures work very well in low and full light.   LCD screen or viewfinder? Rear LCD screens allow you to see what is in your shot, as well as viewing your images and videos. Some models offer touchscreen technology if you don’t want to get bogged down with buttons. Viewfinders allow you to see more clearly than on a LCD screen, so if you’re taking a lot of outdoor images, a viewfinder is advised.  Consider your back-up options Consider both a hard drive and cloud-based system if your photos are precious. And if you want 100% certainty that your photos can’t be lost – print them! Jessops offers photo printing in store and online from 6p per print.  Think about accessories: A small versatile tripod will do wonders for your family photography – and who knows, you might even turn out to be the next up-and-coming blogger! November 2017


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Soak it up Thaw from the winter chill and get your bathroom ready for long hot soaks. Debenhams’ new range combines luxuriously soft towels in warm earthy tones and fluffy bath mats to sink your toes into as you step from the tub with homely finishing touches, such as the glow of candlelight and rustic accessories. Orange header towel, £9-£26; grey Egyptian cotton towel, £9-£24; Hygge towel, £9-£26; basket, £16; bathmat, £16; pot plant, £22; glass jar, £20; soap dish, £7; toothbrush holder, £8; small lantern, £15; orange candle, £16; large lantern, £40, all Debenhams

Copper load of this Give your kitchen counter a flash new look with Wilko’s extensive range of copper-effect accessories. With everything from kettles, toasters and blenders down to pots and pans and cutlery, you can kit out your whole kitchen in this decadent tone at a fraction of the price you’d expect to pay for the real deal. In anticipation of the fast approaching party season, why not treat yourself to this classy copper-effect bar set?

Glass act For a timeless feel, glass accessories are effortlessly chic and will give your bathroom a polished look in an instant. Dunelm’s sleek new 5A Fifth Avenue collection offers you the chance to indulge in a touch of glass and bring some luxury to your bathroom at affordable prices. Stainless steel mirror, £45; glass perfume bottle, £10; glass lotion dispenser, £18; glass toothbrush holder, £15; glass tray, £35; glass tealight holders, £20 for four; pedestal mirror, £15; all from the 5A Fifth Avenue collection at Dunelm

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Vinter is coming Ikea’s new VINTER collection has arrived and, as you may expect, there is a host of wonderful Scandi treats to cosy up our homes for the winter months. One line that caught our eye in particular is this knit-effect tableware. Available in fishbone, knitted or braided patterns, they are a great way to bring a bit of texture to the table. Copper-effect barware set, £10, Wilko

VINTER 2017 side plate 18cm, £1.75, VINTER 2017 plate 28cm, £4 each, VINTER  2017 serving plate 32cm, £8 each, all Ikea

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Create order

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Don’t let your space succumb to clutter – invest in some of these stylish solutions to help keep it at bay

athrooms can be busy places, especially during the morning rush, so it pays to kit yours out with plenty of easy storage ideas. Choose from sleek fitted furniture if you’re thinking of a complete new look, or just refresh your existing scheme with some new accessories. Just make sure that everything you choose is practical as well as pretty, and you can’t go far wrong. s

Ensure style as well as substance with your choice of co-ordinating accessories Towels, from £4.99; faux plants, from £8.99; caddy, £39.99; storage basket, £7.99, all from a selection at HomeSense


With its beautiful distressed finish, this gorgeous cabinet has plenty of hideaway space as well as four handy hooks Louvre wall cabinet, £225, Loaf


Choose fitted furniture to maximise space and minimise clutter

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550 unit and basin, £255; 550 WC unit, £255; Vico back-to-wall pan with soft-close seat, £205; dual-flush cistern, £60; Blencarn mirror, £215; Lugano basin mono, £99, all The Pure Bathroom Collection from Smiths Briten


Add a pop of practical colour with a new laundry basket Laundry baskets, £6 each, Flying Tiger


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Create a harmonious scheme by matching your towels to your storage furniture

With two roomy shelves and three neat cubby holes, this simple design will store a multitude of items

Ceramic vases, from £8 each; glass lantern, £10; yellow and grey stripe candle, £3; mirror, £10; planter, £8; planter, £8; towels, from £2 each; soap dispenser, £4; bathroom storage tower, £40, all Matalan


This wall hanger offers handy storage pouches and would complement a nautical theme Wall organiser, £2, Flying Tiger Bathroom cabinet, £29.95, House of Bath


This wall-hung cabinet offers storage for all of your essentials


Fill these stylish baskets with towels or toilet rolls

Smooth ivory wall-hung mirror cabinet, £139.97, Bathroom Takeaway

Woven storage baskets, from £40 each, Cuckooland


Made from untreated wood, this towel rail can be painted in any colour you choose Oak towel rail, £94, Lime Lace

We love this circular mirror which also features a nifty shelf for the lotions you use most s

s Achieve a homely look by introducing an item of classic furniture for maximum storage Amelie five-drawer chest, £499; Maison jug and bowl, £15 each; Kobu laundry basket, £55; round bath mat, £15; floral towel, £6, all Dunelm

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e’ve teamed up with the shower specialist, Triton, to give four lucky winners a fantastic prize, worth £380 each! Featuring Triton’s latest product, the ‘HOST’ wireless shower mixer, this bathroom accessory is the ultimate centrepiece for any modern home. With a minimalist control panel available in Black, White or Cloud Grey, Triton’s latest innovation offers an ideal balance of style and substance, while making sure Britain’s bathrooms stay ahead in the digital age. Thanks to its three customisable pre-sets, each Triton HOST can be fine-tuned using 16 different temperature settings and 10 alternative flow increments, making this digital mixer suitable for the whole family. HOST has been developed to tackle typical room restrictions and provide complete design flexibility with its discreet wire-free controls. The sleek panel with full text and colour TFT digital display can be positioned anywhere on the wall within 10 metres of the mixer box. Whether your home décor is big and bold or stylish and subtle, HOST has a wide array of fixed showerheads, secondary handsets and holders that are sure to complement any scheme. Alternatively, opt for an all-in-one Look out pack, which brings together the brand’s for Triton’s new most popular design TV advert, which combinations. is set to air this Find out what your autumn early morning ‘First Thing’ personality is at

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I brought my 1970s kitchen A clever redesign has transformed a narrow, gloomy and dated area into a light-filled

Insider info WHO LIVES HERE? Clare Smith, is a writer who lives in a three-bedroom detached bungalow in Surrey. Clare bought the property in April 2013.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT THE ROOM NOW? ‘The fabulous light and the bold red, white and black colour scheme – the room is so light and vibrant now. I also love having somewhere to sit and eat which was impossible in the old room.’



Opting for wall shelves instead of units makes a room feel more spacious. These oak-effect shelves stylishly co-ordinate with the oak work surface.

‘Look at plenty of other kitchens then work out which of the bits you like will suit your own room size, shape and natural light.’


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It was a tiny, galley kitchen which had not been updated since the 1970s and had no room for dining.

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lare Smith was excited to move into her new home in spring 2013, but knew a lot of work lay ahead to turn it into the home she wanted. ‘It was stuck in a 1970s time warp,’ she says. ‘The previous owners had kept it in pristine condition, but I needed to bring it into the 21st century.’ The galley kitchen was lined with dark blue and cream high gloss units and teamed with a vinyl floor. ‘The room was long and narrow with limited work space, plus the wall units and dark colour scheme made it seem even smaller,’ she says. ‘It also had a sliding door into a dining area which was a gloomy space with limited light.’ Clare wanted to create a spacious and bright kitchen diner. The only way to do this was to knock down a wall between the kitchen and guest bedroom

to create a decent space. The back door was bricked up, while the existing dining area was blocked off and turned into a guest bedroom. ‘I tackled the kitchen after the rest of the property had been renovated, so I had plenty of time to think about styles and colour schemes. I’d decided upon a bold, modern, streamlined look,’ says Clare. ‘The room is now much bigger than before and with two windows it enjoys plenty of light, but as the kitchen area is still relatively small I chose white high gloss units and white porcelain tiles for the floor, the black metro wall tiles are my statement to break up the white in a dramatic way.’ Clare had wanted a granite worktop but found it was beyond her tight budget so opted for oak instead. ‘I was worried that wood would


n into the 21st century and stylish space


Keeping food in glass storage jars and coloured tins is visually appealing as well as practical.


Handleless units create a smooth look with the advantage of no fiddly handles to clean.


Wall shelves double up as storage and a focal point with pretty china which can also help to enhance the room’s colour scheme too.


The breakfast bar is perfect for casual dining, coffee breaks and working at a laptop. It also acts as a room divider between the kitchen and dining areas.

Shopping list be high maintenance, but I just have to oil it twice a year to keep it waterproof. It injects lovely warmth into the room so I’m glad I went for it,’ she smiles. Clare went to Benchmarx for her units, because it had the modern style she wanted at a price she could afford. ‘I ended up buying my appliances and oak worktop from them too, which meant it was all delivered in one go – which helped the fitter.’ Clare painted the walls in brilliant white to keep the main colour scheme to white, black and red. ‘I did change my mind quite a few times over what colours to go with, but I’m glad I did because now I have the striking, modern kitchen I wanted.’


A stacked double-oven and microwave looks smart, as well as being convenient and space-saving.

Holborn white 450 base unit, £109; oak worktop 3000mm x 600mm x 40mm, £186; AEG chimney hood, £143; AEG induction hob, £350; AEG built-in double oven, £575; AEG built-in microwave, £238; glass splashback, £85; stainless steel sink, £131; stainless steel monobloc tap, £87, all Benchmarx Kitchens. Black gloss metro ceramic wall tile 100mm x 200mm, £52 for 50; white polished porcelain floor tile 600mm x 600mm, £18 for four, both Selco. Lack oak-effect floating wall shelves, £10 each; glass storage jars, from £1.75 each, both Ikea. Red gloss Coco bar stools, £34.99 each, Atlantic Shopping. De Longhi kettle, £55, John Lewis. Storage tins, £12 for three, M&S. Wooden storage trugs, £10 each, Wimbledon market. Black Bosch fridge-freezer, £515, Bentalls. Art Deco tea set, £40; BAKE letters, £6, both Cancer Research charity shop. Bush DAB radio, £39.99; red waste bin, £50, both Argos. Crown brilliant white kitchen matt emulsion, £21 per 2.5l, B&Q.

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Bring your kitchen into the future Ensure that the hub of your home is up-to-date by investing in some of the latest technology

s Smarten up your kitchen with New World’s new built-in range, which includes a combi microwave, a single oven and a warming drawer NW Suite combination microwave, from around £574; NW suite multi-function single oven, from around £264; NW UWD14 warming drawer, from around £229, all New World

Lighting is key in a hardworking kitchen, and you can choose from a spectrum of colour with LIFX’s new twometre LED strip starter kit. The LIFX app is free to download for Android or iOS, and lets you set schedules or change your lighting from cool white to bright, vibrant colour


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ith the year’s busiest cooking and entertaining season on its way, it’s the perfect time to update your kitchen kit. Whether you’re in need of a new oven, a more efficient fridge-freezer or a hardworking washing machine, the latest models feature plenty of clever functions that will not only make your life easier, but could be kinder to both the environment and your pocket. We’ve scoured the high street and online for some of the best buys to help you make the most of some of the newest and most innovative technology around.

Z LED light strip starter kit, from around £90, LIFX November 2017



Popular brand Candy has recently launched its first collection of smart free-standing laundry appliances, which can be controlled remotely via the easy-tonavigate Candy Simply-Fi app. The Bianca 10kg washing machine is rated ‘A+++-40%’ for energy usage and offers a number of programme options to produce perfect results in the shortest amount of time

BWM1410PH7 Bianca 10kg smart free-standing washing machine, from around £450, Candy


This ecofriendly gadget transforms food scraps into an odourless powder by removing all moisture and pulverising Smart Cara, £399, them. This powder can be used as a soil-enhancer, perfect for returning nutrients to garden beds and pots. Simply plug it in and fill it up – then remove the powder after it’s finished its cycle


Smarter Wi-Fi kettle 3.0, £99.99, Cuckooland

Echo, £149.99, Amazon

s A great addition to a high tech kitchen, Amazon’s Echo is a hands-free speaker that you control with your voice. As well as playing music, it can help with kitchen tasks such as converting units of measurement, setting a timer, finding recipe information and keeping track of shopping lists. It has seven microphones so it can hear you from across the room, even in noisy environments s

Combining the latest technology with sleek good looks, this oven uses Multiflow technology to ensure consistently even cooking. The convection system offers optimal heat distribution, so heat is pushed into every inch of the cavity, eliminating any hot or cold spots. It also features a selection of pre-programmed recipes, which select the perfect settings for each dish. Pyrolytic cleaning eliminates the need for scrubbing


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SI9 891 SP IX pyrolytic oven, from around £609, Hotpoint

If you’re thinking of investing in a new washing machine, choose a design with the latest features and functions to ensure it does an efficient job. With a 7kg WDB020 Discovery capacity and washing machine, an ‘A+++’ around £699, Miele energy rating, this design benefits from Miele’s CapDosing technology for exact dispensing of specialist detergents. Programmes include Express 20 and Denim, and the honeycomb drum will take care of your clothes without any snagging or catching. An AutoClean function uses powerful jets of water to keep the detergent drawer clear of residue


For the ultimate connected cuppa, the Smarter kettle can be controlled from your phone. Set it to boil when you wake up, or when you get home from work. It’s also compatible with Amazon’s Alexa device

KITCHEN IDEAS This single electric oven boasts advanced electric technology, allowing you to cook dishes while saving energy. The range of innovative and time-saving features includes EcoClean, which uses a tray of water, 90ºC heat and just 35 minutes to break down stubborn food and grease from the cavity. A matching microwave is also available, shown here KFW 3844 H IX built-in oven, around £269.99, Indesit


This connected kitchen scale enables you to precisely monitor your daily energy intake. It calculates the nutritional value of every item you weigh, and also features a scan function which reads the nutritional information of ready-made meals

NutriTab, £79.99, Argos

If you live a gluten-free lifestyle but love the smell of freshly-baked bread, this could be the gadget for you. Its new programmes allow you to bake not only fresh, gluten-free bread, but also pasta and cakes, making it perfect for the whole family. It offers three loaf size settings and a handy fruit, nut or yeast dispenser, so you can knock up all sorts of treats with minimum effort


s With an easy-to-use customisable system, you can organise the door storage system of this fridge-freezer however you like it. It also features a TwinTech cooling system which prevents food from drying out. It ensures produce is stored at the correct temperature and humidity level, meaning that fruit and vegetables stay crisp and fresh for longer. DynamicAir technology maintains the airflow inside the fridge, guaranteeing a consistent temperature at every shelf level

CustomFlex fridge-freezer, from around £1,299, AEG

SD-ZX2522 breadmaker, around £239.99, Panasonic

Cube Series fridge freezer, from around £1,219, Haier


Infuse food and drink with a natural smoke flavour with this batteryoperated gun. It comes with two smoke chip flavours, Applewood and Hickory, and is ideal for adding a finishing touch to cheese, condiments, drinks, marinades, meats and much more

s With a range of clever tech to help your food stay fresher for longer, this fridge-freezer is a great buy. Its impressive 456-litre capacity will cater for large families, while the four separate doors make it easy to access individual sections when you need to. The built-in MyZone compartment has a complete temperature control system, allowing you to vary this between -3ºC, 0ºC and 2ºC, so you can have a separate fridge-freezer compartment without compromising the rest of the fridge. The humidity zone regulates and maintains optimum humidity and moisture levels, helping to extend the shelf life of many foods

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e’re getting ready for winter this month and those long cosy nights spent indoors. It’s the perfect opportunity to do a little writing, so what better time to create a gorgeous desk from a vintage suitcase? We show you how on p62, as well as woodland-themed makes on p60, a gorgeous Japanese Sashiko bag on p64, expert interiors advice and much more.

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Make adorable autumnal woodland accessories for your home

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Upcycle a vintage suitcase into a stylish writing desk

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Make, do & Add a little woodland charm to your bedroom with these accessories

Bird lamp

Give tiny robin decorations a perch with this bedside lamp

SHOPPING LIST l Harris white wooden desk lamp, £19, Dunelm l PSB ergonomic drill, £100, Bosch l 9mm drill bit l 9mm thick wooden dowel, £1.05 per 900mm length, B&Q l pencil l tape measure l hand saw l sand paper l wood glue l mallet or hammer l robin

decorations, £5.88 per pack of 10, Amazon

by preparing your lamp. Stand it 1upBegin and decide how

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many branches you want to stem from Sand the edges of the your lamp ‘tree’ and drilled holes slightly where you want to ensure there are them to go. Mark these points on the no burrs or splinters lamp with a pencil. present. Using a 9mm drill bit, work down through each of these marks, making sure not to go all the way through the body of the lamp. Cut your lengths of dowel. Using a pencil and a tape measure, divide the dowel up into several lengths, each around 10cm-12cm. Use a hand saw to cut them, then smooth the cut ends off using sand paper. Add a drop of wood glue into each of the holes you drilled in the body of the lamp and insert the cut dowel lengths. You may need to softly tap on them with a mallet or a hammer to get them all the way in as it’ll be a snug fit. Finally, add the robin decorations. Place each one onto one of the branches and curl the wires attached to the bird’s feet around the dowel to hold them in place.


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Red alarm clock, £9.95, Dotcomgiftshop

Store your trinkets in style with this cute copper holder

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Rabbit ring tray SHOPPING LIST l white plate l sand paper l damp cloth l Decopatch mache sitting rabbit, £3, Hobbycraft l gold size

adhesive, £5.95 per 100ml, Annie Sloan l paint brushes l loose leaf copper, £5.95 per book of 20 sheets, Annie Sloan l Gorilla Glue, £11.42 per 250ml, B&Q


you glue the rabbit to the plate, you’ll need to key the surface slightly 1to Before allow the glue to grip onto it better.

Lightly sand the middle of the plate with sand paper until it starts to feel rough to the touch. Wipe away any dust with a damp cloth, then leave to dry thoroughly. While the plate dries, apply the copper leaf to the mache rabbit. To do this, coat the rabbit all over in gold size. Sit the rabbit down and allow the gold size to dry until it looks clear and feels tacky. Carefully pick up a sheet of copper leaf and press it onto the rabbit. Run a clean, soft, dry brush lightly over the surface of the rabbit to press down the leaf, without scraping it off. Repeat until the rabbit is covered all over. Stick the rabbit to the plate. Apply a blob of Gorilla Glue to the underside of



Flocked fox bookends

Keep your shelves in check with this foxy pair

by making the bookend bases that your foxes will sit 1on.Begin To do this, measure and cut


Top tip Apply the gold size thinly – if it’s too thick it won’t cure effectively.

the rabbit and press it down firmly onto the middle of the plate, at the point you keyed in step 1. Apply firm pressure for a minute or so, then leave to dry.

SHOPPING LIST l 18mm thick x 119mm wide smooth planed timber, £6.98 per 2400mm length, B&Q l tape measure l pencil l saw l sand paper l masking tape l Chalky Finish paint in Chalk White, £12.99 per 750ml, Rust-Oleum l paint brush l newspaper or brown paper l small Decopatch foxes, £5.41 per pair, Amazon l PVA glue l flocking powder, £1.50 per 5g bag, eBay l Gorilla Glue, £11.42 per 250ml, B&Q

four 15cm lengths of 119mm wide timber. Take two and hold them together to create an L shape. Screw twice through one into the other to hold them securely. Lightly sand all over to smooth. Paint the bases. Stick a line of masking tape around the upright half of each bookend, making sure it is stuck down firmly with no air bubbles. Paint the bottom half of each bookend all over with white matt paint, then leave to dry. Apply a second coat, then carefully peel away the tape. Flock the foxes. Lay newspaper or brown paper down and place the foxes onto it. Make a mixture of one part water to three parts PVA glue and apply it to the foxes, ensuring they are covered all over. Sprinkle the flocking powder over, so that it sticks to the glue. Once they’re completely Reuse any flocking covered, leave to dry powder that falls onto thoroughly. When dry, place a small the newspaper by blob of Gorilla Glue pouring it back into on the underside of both foxes, and press a jar once you’re them firmly onto the finished. wooden bases, to fix them in position.



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Transform a vintage suitcase into a stylish writing desk




e spotted this old suitcase in a charity shop and loved its deep blue colour – we’ve got plenty of storage already so decided to turn it into a quirky writing desk instead.

You will need

3two sheets of plywood or MDF (or a pallet) 3vintage suitcase 3pencil 3PST LI 18 LI jigsaw, £89.99, Bosch 3PSM 10,8 ure meas sander, £89.99, Bosch 3tape 3two wooden planks 3screws 3drill or screwdriver 3four Hilver legs, £12.50 each, Ikea 3varnish, wax or paint 3Frog Tape (optional) 32m elastic or ribbon 3split pins





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Make the wooden base that’ll sit inside the suitcase. This will give you a flat, secure surface to anchor the inner frame of the desk and the legs to. Lay a sheet of plywood or MDF out and, once again, place the suitcase onto it and draw around it. Cut it out using a jigsaw and sand the edges. Lay the base inside the suitcase – if it doesn’t fit flush against the bottom of the case, sand the edges until it does.



Begin by making the desk top. You can do this from a sheet of plywood or MDF, or use a pallet as we did with ours (see top tip). Lay your chosen wood out and place the open suitcase on top as pictured. Draw around it with a pencil, then cut the shape out using a jigsaw. Sand the edges until the desktop fits flush with the case when it is opened. Once prepared, place the desk top to one side.

With the suitcase open and the base in place within it, make two measurements: A) the width of the case from side to side and B) the height of the case, from the top of the wooden base to the top of the side edge, minus the thickness of the desk top. Cut two planks of wood to size, making them as long as measurement A, and as wide as measurement B.


Stand the planks on their side within the suitcase, positioning them as close to the front and back of the case as you can, on top of the base. Mark their position with a pencil, then remove them and the base from the suitcase. Turn the work upside down and screw down through the base into the planks to secure them together.

Place the base (complete with plank frame attached) back into the suitcase. Turn the case upside down and set it down on a steady surface. One by one, position the legs at the four corners of the case’s underside, screwing them into place through the suitcase and into the wooden base beneath. Once all four are attached, turn the case right side up and stand it up.

Place the desk top into position on top of the frame. It should fit flush within the edges of the open case. Use screws to fix it into place, working down through the desktop into the frame beneath.


Give the desk top a good sanding to ensure it is smooth, then varnish, wax or paint it to your liking. We used strips of Frog Tape to mark off a 15cm section on both sides of the desk top then painted them white.


Finally, attach strips of elastic or ribbon to the open lid of the case, to be used as a pinboard. We did this using split pins – you can also use buttons or other fastenings, hand sewn through the elastic and into the lid beneath to secure these in place.

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If using a pallet as your desk top, keep the struts that go across the planks in place to hold them together securely.

Crescent woven basket, £30, Cox & Cox. Glass table jar lamp, £22; grey star standing plaque, £4.50; wooden cargo clock, from a selection, all Dunelm November 2017


Make a gorgeous velvet tote using Japanese


ashiko is a Japanese embroidery technique that uses a basic running stitch to create decorative works of art. Here we’ve used a simple version to decorate the sides of a rich velvet tote bag – but the designs can be used to embellish any fabric you like.

You will need 1m velvet fabric, £9.95 per m, Franklins tape measure dressmaker’s chalk scissors carbon paper pencil embroidery hoop embroidery needle Sashiko embroidery thread 1m fusible interfacing pins sewing machine and thread 1m lining fabric, £19.95 per m, Franklins magnetic snap fastener



Begin by cutting the various pieces for your bag – from the main (velvet) fabric, the lining fabric, and the fusible interfacing, draw out and cut two 36cm x 46cm rectangles, followed by two 6cm x 45cm strips. Download and print the Sashiko templates from or send a stamped SAE to Your Home November Sashiko Templates, HBM UK, The Tower, Phoenix Square, Colchester, Essex, CO4 9HU. Lay one of the 36cm x 46cm rectangles of velvet out onto a flat surface and place a sheet of white carbon paper on top, carbon side down. Place one of the embroidery templates on top, positioning it wherever you’d like the design to sit. We placed six different designs on each side of the bag in two rows of three. Use a pencil to trace over the design – this should transfer it onto the velvet. Remove the template and the carbon paper and trace over the design with chalk to make it easier to see. Work your embroidery. Thread your needle with white thread, and work a neat running stitch over it. One popular way of working Sashiko is to ‘load’ several stitches onto your needle, working it in and out of the fabric, before pulling it taut to complete the stitch. Repeat steps three and four until both of the velvet rectangles feature six designs each. Make the main body of the bag. Back each of the embroidered velvet rectangles with fusible interfacing, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Place them right sides together and work a 1cm machine stitch around the side and bottom edges, leaving the

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embroidery techniques top edge open. Repeat with the large lining rectangles to create two ‘bag’ shapes – one velvet and one lining. Box the corners of both the main bag and the lining. To do this, take the velvet bag, open it out and lay it flat so that the seam runs down the middle of the work with the triangle of one of the bottom corners towards the top. Measure 5cm down from this corner point and place pins as markers. Stitch across the corner to box it off, then snip away the excess, leaving a 1cm seam allowance. Open the bag out, then repeat for the remaining corner of the velvet bag and for both corners of the lining bag. Add a snap fastener to the bag. Turn your lining bag right sides out and mark a point 6cm down from the top open edge in the middle of each side. Mark it with a pencil, then make a tiny snip in the fabric at these points. Place one half of a magnetic snap fastener onto each side and fasten into position. Make the straps. Back both of the 6cm x 45cm lining fabric strips with fusible interfacing. Place them right sides together with the main fabric strips of the same size and pin. Stitch along both long edges, leaving a 1cm seam allowance, then turn right sides out. Place the lining bag inside of the velvet one with right sides of both facing out. Fold and pin the top edges of both over to the wrong side by 2cm, sandwiching the ends of the straps into this seam as you go. Finally, work a straight machine stitch all around this top edge, closing the seam and holding the straps into place.


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Feature Hayley Gilbert Image Catalina Charcoal Wallpaper, ÂŁ28 per roll, Arthouse

This month we show you how to hang wallpaper


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Make sure all old paper and adhesive is removed, and any nicks in the wall caused by scraping are filled. New plaster should be left for a year before being papered, and should first be sealed.




Measure a couple of centimetres under a width, and pin the top of your chalk line to the top of the wall. Let the weight at the bottom come to rest, then hold it and ping the string of the line – this should leave a chalk line imprinted on the wall. Use this mark as a guide to line up your paper. If you are using a traditional plumb line, mark the line with a pencil. Check the height of the wall from ceiling to skirting, and then roll out the paper on your pasting table and cut with scissors, allowing an extra 10cm on top of the length required. If it is very tightly rolled paper, it may just roll itself up again once you cut it – in which case, roll it back on itself the other way to keep it straight. Paste the paper starting at one end and make sure the paste goes over the edge, moving it around as necessary. If you position the edge of the paper at the very edge of the table, it stops paste going onto the table. Gently fold both ends of the paper into the middle, carry it across to the chalk or pencil mark and, unfolding the top, place it on the wall so that about 5cm overlaps the ceiling. Use your flat palm to slide the paper so that it lines up perfectly with your chalk mark. Use a papering brush to brush down the paper, from the middle out to the edges. Work your way down to the bottom, ensuring it remains butted up neatly to your line. Once it’s in place and nicely flattened, use the tip of your scissors to crease the paper into the ceiling joint. Gently pull the paper away and use scissors to cut along the crease. Then brush it back into place and it should fit snugly to the ceiling. Do the same at the bottom along the crease with the skirting board. Wipe any paste off the window frame, ceiling and skirting as you go. The next length needs to be butted up neatly to the edge of the first piece. Pay particular attention to sticking down the edges and push down firmly with a clean cloth. If the paste has dried and it’s not sticking well, pull the paper gently away, apply a little more paste and brush into place again. If you need to match a pattern, cut the length according to the instructions for the repeat and line up carefully on the wall before cutting the top and bottom.

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Sockets and switches

First turn off the electricity to the room and loosen the light switch or socket away from the wall. Next, cut a diagonal criss cross into the paper once it is lying over the fitting. Cut away the middle of this in a square or rectangle depending on the fitting you are working around. This will leave four little flaps, which can be neatly tucked underneath the fitting before screwing it back on.

Project courtesy of Women’s Home DIY: If you want something doing, do-ityourself by Kerrie Hanafin, £12.99, published by Haynes Publishing Group November 2017


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experts We answer your DIY and maintenance questions with a little help from the experts

Vogue small T stove, from around £1,245, Stovax


I’ve been told that my new home is in a smoke control area – what does this mean? Chelsea, by email


Dave Saunders, Technical & Standards Manager at Stovax, has these handy hints to help you… n What is a smoke control area? Smoke control areas are locations in the UK where it is not permitted to emit smoke from a chimney. These areas were implemented in some UK towns and cities to improve air quality in response to the health threatening smogs of the 1950s. If you live in an urban area, it is more than likely that


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I’d love a wooden worktop in my new kitchen, but have heard that they can be a hassle to keep in good condition. What do I need to consider? P Begum, via Facebook Will Rees, Director of Worktop Express, has this advice… Wooden worktops are perfect for adding colour and texture to a kitchen design and – cared for correctly – can last a lifetime. The main point to remember is that solid wood worktops are made from a natural material and will regularly need to be oiled to help protect them from moisture. If water is spilt on them and doesn’t form little droplets, then it is likely that the surface hasn’t been oiled enough. We recommend using Danish oil and applying three coats before installation and another immediately after the worktops are in place. An additional layer should be added every week for the next six weeks and then every three months thereafter. We also recommend installing a set of hotrods to protect the wooden worktop from direct heat, as pans and dishes directly from the oven can mark a wooden surface. Unlike other materials available, the great thing about natural wooden worktops is that if they are accidentally scratched or marked, you can make it look them look as good as new by simply sanding them down and reapplying a fresh coat of oil.

you live in a smoke control zone. n How can I check if I live in a smoke control area? If you do not know whether you live in a smoke control area, check with your local authority. The environmental services department will be able to help you. n Can I use a stove or fire in a smoke control area? Any stove or fire, including an open fire, can be used in a smoke control area provided only authorised smokeless fuels are burnt. Alternatively, you can burn wood as long as a DEFRA-exempt stove or fire is used. n What is a DEFRA-exempt stove? DEFRA-exempt stoves have been independently tested, and approved by DEFRA, and are exempt from smoke control restrictions. These appliances


typically feature clean burning technology, allowing them to burn wood with minimal smoke. You can check whether or not a stove is exempt by visiting the ‘Exempt Appliances’ list on the DEFRA website. There is a huge variety of exempt woodstoves available today, so it should be easy for you to find one that also suits your interior styling. Manufacturers such as Stovax have a large range of stoves available that are not only approved for use in smoke control areas, but are also Ecodesign Ready, keeping emissions to an absolute minimum and meeting future emissions standards, as well as today’s. n What is a smoke control kit and how does it work? Some exempt stoves require a smoke control kit in order to meet DEFRA’s standards. These models are supplied with their own specific kit, which is fitted during installation to ensure the product can legally burn wood in a smoke control area. The kit results in a clean burn, hence reducing visual smoke and harmful particulate emissions.



I’m looking for a lightweight leaf blower which will help me to keep my garden tidy, do you have any suggestions? H Pickering, by email

Charlotte Cosby, Head of Creative at Farrow & Ball, offers the following advice… Freshly painted shelving is a quick and effective way to update any space within your home. For a durable finish on MDF shelves, we recommend using Farrow & Ball Modern Eggshell. This hard-wearing paint has a classic mid-sheen Shelving in Pavilion eggshell finish and provides the Gray, from £26 for perfect complement to both Estate 750ml, Farrow & Ball Emulsion and Modern Emulsion on the walls. When painting shelving, preparation is key. Make sure all surfaces are clean, dry and free from dirt, grease and other contamination. It is also very important to sand the shelves well with coarse paper to prepare the surface. To achieve the optimum finish and improve durability, we always advise applying one coat of Farrow & Ball Wood Floor Primer & Undercoat to bare MDF before applying the top coat. Two coats of your chosen colour should then be applied using a well-loaded brush. For a perfect finish, lightly sand between each coat.


I’ve inherited a house that has an oldfashioned back boiler – what does this mean and is it a nightmare to replace? J Dyer, Nottinghamshire


Martyn Bridges, Director of Technical Support at Worcester, Bosch Group, looks at what is involved… l What is a back boiler? In the 70s and 80s there were very few wall-hung boilers around. Similarly, floor-standing boilers took up valuable space so opting for a back boiler was a great alternative. Installed neatly behind a gas fire, a back boiler made effective use of the space behind the hearth where an open fire may have been. Back boilers were robust, solid products, not the greatest in efficiency terms but reliable. Some of these boilers will be over 30 years old so parts may also not be readily available and you cannot update the old-style gas fire with a newer model. l Is it easy to remove? Unfortunately, removing a back boiler can be difficult. The gas fire, back boiler and flue all need to be taken out, which is likely to cause damage to the hearth surround. However, what we find people tend to do is use this opportunity to build a more modern-looking fireplace. Fitting a beautiful wood-burning stove in its place utilises the existing chimney but adds a

focal point too. Work is likely to take one to two days, with additional time needed to re-plaster or rebuild. l Are there other considerations? Bear in mind that pipework is likely to terminate where the original back boiler was located. This will need to be re-routed to the new boiler, requiring additional time and budget. l What are my boiler options? Depending on your property, you may choose to opt for a combi boiler. This will allow you to do away with any cold-water storage tanks in the loft as well as the hot water tank or cylinder in the airing cupboard. Or, if you need to supply multiple bathrooms and outlets at any one time, a boiler and cylinder set up may be your preferred option. Either way updating your heating system to an ‘A’ rated condensing boiler, such as one of Worcester’s Greenstar gas and oilfired condensing models, could make your system up to 94% efficient. l What are the costs? Depending on your property, location and installer, you can expect to pay upwards of £3,500 to upgrade a back boiler system. l Who should you contact? Your local heating installer should be able to talk through the options with you. Worcester also has a handy ‘find an installer’ section on its website (www., which allows you to search by postcode and location.

Paul Pickford, Gtech Technical Director, has this advice… There are a number of things to consider when buying a cordless leaf blower. Don’t get carried away with looking for the longest runtime. A leaf blower with a long runtime may also have a small nozzle which can mean you will end up moving fewer leaves. Instead, look carefully at the product specification and go for models that not only have a large nozzle over 60mm wide, but also combine both high airflow volume with high airflow speed. Using innovative technology cordless products like our new Gtech Leaf Blower it is possible to have power, speed and a long runtime that will ensure you can move a large quantity of leaves and garden debris. It costs £285.99 complete with charger and battery, or can be bought as a body only for £129.99 if you already own a Gtech lawnmower.

Greenstyle Hanbury woodburning stove, from around £699, Worcester, Bosch Group

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If you have a DIY or maintenance question, write to Ask the Experts, Your Home, Hubert Burda Media UK, The Tower, Phoenix Square, Colchester, Essex CO4 9HU or email November 2017

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I want to paint some MDF shelves we have just had built in. Can you recommend which top coat/undercoat is best please and whether I need to seal the MDF first? B Clowes, Uxbridge


craft stash musts have Check out the latest crafting news, workshops and brilliant buys


totally hooked The humble crocheted granny square will always remain a firm favourite – they’re quick and easy to make, colourful and can be combined to create all sorts of beautiful projects. Granny Squares Home by Emma Varnam (£14.99, GMC) is packed with 20 fun crocheted designs to brighten up every room of the house, from snuggly blankets and cushions to a baby mobile, tea light holders and even items for the bathroom.

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It’s show time Head on over to Cardiff’s City Hall this month for the Made By Hand Fair. Taking place from the 3rd 5th November, this truly special event brings together a handpicked selection of 135 award-winning makers from all over Wales and the UK. All sorts of crafters will be represented, from jewellery makers, potters, furniture makers, to textile artists, glassmakers and many more. This year’s fair will also see the return of the event’s own ‘Pottery Showdown’, in which fair-goers can challenge the 2017 finalists from the BBC’s hit TV show The Great Pottery Throw Down, as well as buying the ceramics they make. Tickets are priced from £6 per person, visit for details.

workshop: The Liberty

Sewing School

The name Liberty is synonymous with textile crafts, so where better to go and hone your stitching skills than the Liberty Sewing School? The famous workshops are back in the London store for autumn, bringing you the essential skills you need to enhance your handiwork – whether you’ve got a knack for knitting, want to introduce new techniques into your quilting projects or fancy trying something completely different. Places are priced £75 and include refreshments – visit for full details.

Get the essentials

Brand new for the autumn/winter season, we adore the new range of haberdashery sets from Dotcomgiftshop. These cute craft kits make the perfect gift for novices or experienced crafters of all ages, with pretty and practical craft essentials that can be used for creating extravagant projects, or even just making emergency repairs on the go. Priced from £4.95, they are available now from

Pick up a skill: Leathercraft Working with leather can be tricky – it’s less forgiving than fabric, harder to cut and stitch, and often difficult to manipulate. However, the range of items you can create – from gorgeous handbags to belts and even shoes – makes it a worthwhile skill to behold. The Identity Store, based in Derbyshire, runs a series of different leathercraft workshops, from absolute beginners through to advanced embossing, carving and complicated stitching. Priced from £55 per person, classes are kept small to ensure that every student gets the tuition they desire. Visit for more information.

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Neutral turned to neon when Sally discovered her creative streak

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From borstal to beautiful, see the renovation of Alina’s coastal home


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We were smitten from the start Alina and Neil Davies seized the opportunity to renovate a seaside period property – creating a light and airy coastal home in the process


rundown six-bedroom period property wasn’t quite what Alina and Neil were looking for in a home, but they fell instantly in love, won over by the space and the beach just across the road. ‘Initially, we had wanted a garage and driveway and Neil preferred the idea of a new-build rather than a renovation,’


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Alina explains. ‘The five of us had been squeezed into a three-bedroom property, so once we saw the size of the house and the views, our priorities changed.’ The purchase wasn’t for the fainthearted: the property had been a borstal for young offenders and had floor-toceiling safety glass panels enclosing

REAL HOME Alina makes her own pictures using typographical prints and shop-bought frames. The postcards are a selection by Paperchase and the frames are from Ikea and Tesco


the two staircases, and sinks in all the bedrooms. The house needed new windows, a boiler, kitchen and bathroom – as well as completely redecorating. Alina embraced the project from the moment they moved in in February 2016. ‘We’d been trapped by negative equity for nine years in our previous home,’ she says. ‘I couldn’t believe we could finally move.’ The layout of the house mostly worked for the couple. They decided to allocate the whole top floor and its three bedrooms to their children, and turn a second downstairs reception room into a playroom. The biggest change was removing the downstairs bathroom and opening up the kitchen to the dining room. ‘We wanted a big kitchen-diner so I could cook meals while the kids do their homework or play,’ says Alina. ‘We also created a utility room and downstairs WC, which has been really useful.’

Ikea’s grey Nockeby sofa is a new addition to the living room. ‘I like that it’s easy to wash the covers,’ says Alina. She made the throw with Christmas fabric. The faux fur cushion is by H&M, the red one is by Dunelm, the others are from TK Maxx and HomeSense, and the picture is from The Range

MY BEST BUY Was made-to-measure

blinds. The windows are big and aren’t standard sizes, but I bought all the blinds in our house from Direct Blinds for just £500.


because they sell everything from rugs to sheds and you can read reviews. I also love Ikea for an instant fix of stylish Bed room 4 bargains.


Move some of the walls on the top floor to create a shower room and den for the children.

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Alina decorated over the patterned living room wallpaper in Dulux’s Pebble Grey and painted the ugly fireplace tiles with Ronseal black gloss tile paint. She upcycled the coffee table with satinwood paint and made the mirror using hexagon mirrors (try Amazon or eBay for similar) hung with Command strips

OUR HOME Is a six-bedroom Victorian terrace in Barry, Wales. WE ARE Alina Davies, 35, my husband, Neil, 40, and our children, Eve, 10, Juliette, six, and Jacob, three. Not forgetting our two cats, Polly and Amber, and a hamster called Dan. I write a blog – – and Neil is a solicitor.

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Alina and Neil tackled the renovation in strategic stages because they had to carry on living in the house during the work. They began by removing the sinks in the children’s bedrooms, and sanding and painting the floorboards white. ‘We bought a sander and Neil had to go over the floors two or three times,’

Alina explains. A new family bathroom followed, then the boiler was removed along with a massive chimney stack in anticipation of the kitchen project. Alina acted as project manager, getting quotes, appointing a builder and closely monitoring the costs with a spreadsheet. ‘At times, we wondered what we’d taken

‘We wanted a simple white Shaker-style door and found an online company selling this range cheaper than the high street.’

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Fix pictures to walls with Command hanging strips – they can hold large frames but are easy to remove so won’t damage new paintwork. ‘Moving was about having more family space and this room has brought the house together,’ says Alina about her open-plan kitchen diner that also has an area for the kids to play with their toys. The Shaker-style kitchen is by Betta Living and the Supernatural Classic Colorado Oak laminate is from Carpetright The couple decided not to level the floor to save money and in doing so the step-up zones the open-plan kitchen. The pendant is from Wayfair, the Ingolf bar stools and Bjursta table are Ikea, the replica Eames Eiffel chairs are from eBay, and walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Parma Gray


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on,’ she says. ‘Some of the ceilings came down and when we stripped the walls in the bathroom they were so thin you could see glimpses of outside.’ When it came to the new kitchen, Alina had done her research. ‘We wanted a simple white Shaker-style door and found an online company selling this style cheaper than the high street,’ she says. ‘Betta Living came to the house, showed us door and handle samples, and measured-up.’ The resulting design works beautifully for the family; the ‘U’-shaped layout with breakfast bar creates a natural divide between the cooking zone and the dining/play areas. As Alina and Neil made their way through the house updating rooms, they paid attention to the period details

Like the other white rooms in the house, Jacob’s bedroom is decorated in Valspar’s scrubbable paint from B&Q, which can be wiped with a damp cloth. The furniture is all by Ikea. For similar, try the Ana Maria rug by Riley Ave at Wayfair and Pixerstick Nautical Anchors wallpaper at Pixers. Alina made the cushion November 2017



‘Our main goal was to make a really familyfriendly home that looked modern and fresh.’ The cool coastal colour scheme in the Alina and Neil’s bedroom complements the sea views and creates a tranquil haven. ‘Having carpet in here makes the room feel luxurious,’ adds Alina. The Marrakech bed by Lily Manor is from Wayfair Alina painted the various pieces of vintage furniture found at charity shops and on eBay white for a cohesive look. The collection of prints from TK Maxx add colour to the room and draw the eye to the pretty furniture. The free-standing Nishano Cheval mirror is from Amazon


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where they could. They found a match for the skirting boards and floorboards where they’d taken out the sinks, and both staircases had had their newel posts removed so Alina sourced reclaimed Victorian pieces. For the interiors, Alina’s focus was on brightening up the rooms with a subtle coastal feel to reflect their surroundings. ‘Our main goal was to make a really familyfriendly home that looked modern and fresh,’ she says. ‘I like cool colour schemes so white is the base with silvery grey living room walls and light blue in the kitchen.’ Daughters, Eve and Juliette, have bedrooms of their own for the first time and chose bold colours for their feature


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Alina created her honeycomblike mirror composition but here’s one that is ready-made. Multiple Hexa Lea wall accent mirror by Emdé, £140.87, Wayfair

A tall floor lamp with adjustable features creates definition and style in a bland corner.

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The bathroom layout was changed to accommodate a free-standing bath from Victoria Plumbing, which Alina couldn’t wait to install. The traditional feel continues with the Hexagon Harmony statement floor and Metro tiled walls, both from Tons of Tiles. The Bekväm step is from Ikea

The bathroom is a great spot for a feature floor, taking what can be an uninspiring room with white sanitaryware and scarce soft furnishings from dull to dazzling. walls. White furniture is mirrored across their rooms, and also brother Jacob’s, and is mostly sourced from Ikea. ‘The idea was to create the same base but in different colourways so as the children grow we can update the colour accents,’ Alina explains. The couple’s bedroom marked the end of the project in March 2017 when they finally gutted the room, decorated and opened-up the pretty balcony with its sea views. Alina and Neil are really happy with how much they’ve achieved – amazingly completed in just over a year. ‘Although we’re finished, we’ll never truly be finished as there’ll always be things we’ll want to change in the house,’ says Alina. ‘One thing is certain though, we’ll never outgrow living here or tire of the sea views.’ YH Eve chose a turquoise blue for the walls and cloud stickers from in her bedroom. The blue blind is from Direct Blinds. ‘I much prefer blinds to curtains, says Alina, ‘and I chose blackout fabrics in plain colours that would stand the test of time,’ she says. Similar teal rugs can be found at B&M and Wayfair

197cm tall antique brass floor lamp, £149, Dunelm

Give a festive feel to the living room with a cosy red wool throw. 150cm x 200cm red cob weave throw, £59, The British Blanket Company

Striking monochrome cushions will give a plain sofa a lift. Jacquard-weave cushion covers, £8.99 each, H&M

Follow Alina’s look and make your own letter combinations with individual alphabet pieces. 15cm tall copper wire letter A, £3.50, Hobbycraft

Revive a tired bathroom, like Alina did, with an on-trend boldly patterned floor in hexagonal mosaics. Folk Tale Ruvido hexagon tiles, £27.95 per sq m, Walls and Floors

Spontaneity gave our home its personality Following the split with her husband, Sally Dutton turned her attention to creating a vibrant and happy home to raise her children in


ntil two years ago, Sally, her husband and her children were living in a three-bedroom terraced property not too far from this one. They were happy with its location, but felt they had started to outgrow the space. Sally wanted the children to be able to enjoy life without the worry that they might be disturbing neighbours, so when she came across this larger – but still local –  house online, she was sold. However, the interior was plain and lacking in personality. ‘The walls were all painted peach or magnolia, and every room had brown blinds,’ she says, ‘We knew it’d take a lot of work –  particularly

The bookshelf once belonged to Sally’s mother and has been upcycled so it looks more at home in the living room. A patterned rug, bought in the sale at Urban Outfitters, breaks up the laminate floor. For similar try Aldari Home’s Medallion rug Sally began by painting one of the living room walls grey, and the scheme grew organically from there. She painted both mirror frames in bright hues and added accessories – such as the geometric cushion from Primark – to tie the scheme together. The Mr Fox cushion is by Scion; for a similar leafy cylinder shade try Lamp and Light


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Painted furniture is a firm theme throughout Sally’s home. ‘I’d seen dark blue furniture on Instagram and it inspired me to try it for myself on this piece. I mixed two Annie Sloan paints together to achieve the colour (Napoleonic Blue and Barcelona Orange), then used a shocking pink spray paint on the drawers, a photo frame and a star decoration to complete the look.’ The cactus vase is from Asda


Conceal an unused fireplace by filling it with candles or fairy lights, or simply propping a mirror or picture in front of it.

WE ARE Sally Dutton, 39, and my three children, Adam, 11, Olivia, seven and Sophia, who’s four. I’m a full-time carer. MY BEST ADVICE Is just go for it! You’ll never know unless you try, and at the end of the day, nothing is permanent. MY STYLE Is very individual, and I don’t

think I could put a label on it. I tend to just opt for colours, prints and objects that I like, without thinking in terms of trends.

MY TOUGHEST CHALLENGE Is being a single parent, because I don’t have a lot of time to complete projects and they often end up unfinished. NEXT TIME I’d give myself more time so I don’t feel rushed, and I’d invest in FrogTape.

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OUR HOME Is a four-bedroom detached property in Leighton Buzzard, built in 2001.

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Much like the rest of her furniture, Sally’s dining table and chairs have been revamped to give them a new identity. ‘They’ve become worn through regular use, and I really like the effect it has given them,’ she says. ‘My house certainly isn’t a show home. I love that the scratches and marks make it feel lived in.’ Fancying a change, Sally removed some of the doors from her kitchen cabinets. She gave the whole room a facelift with just a coat of paint, and is delighted with the outcome. She loves nothing more than sitting with friends at the dining table and watching the children play in the garden

‘My husband moving out triggered a surge of creativity in me, and I vowed to decorate the house exactly as I wanted.’ with three children – to turn what was an empty shell into our home, but its benefits – plenty of space and in a place that we love – completely outweighed any negativity caused by drab décor.’ The family moved into their new home and began stripping walls and preparing to give the place a facelift, but sadly three months into their journey Sally and her husband ended their relationship, and he moved out. Decorating now seemed like even more of a challenge for Sally, who had very little time to herself, but a project was just what she needed. She pushed aside


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the plans her and her husband had made for the house, and decided to experiment with off-the-cuff, impulsive ideas. ‘My husband moving out triggered a surge of creativity in me, which I didn’t necessarily know I had,’ she says, ‘Once I’d recovered from the shock of the split, I vowed to decorate the house exactly as I wanted – and that’s just what I did.’ The living room was the first room she tackled. She painted one wall in Farrow & Ball’s Manor House Gray and the other three white, and filled it with second-hand and salvaged furniture. The Chesterfield

sofa that sits underneath the window was a £200 eBay bargain, and the small bookcase previously belonged to her mother. The punchy pink fireplace was a later addition, after deciding that the room was crying out for more vibrancy. ‘Originally, the fireplace had a marble effect to it, which was a little dull for my tastes,’ she says, ‘So one day, when the kids were at school, I just went for it and painted the whole thing in Crown’s Shocking Pink.’ Mix and match crockery from HomeSense brightens up mealtimes. The Sommarfint flamingo tumblers are from Ikea

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Revive tired kitchen units using chalk paint. You could even remove the doors, as Sally has, to display colourful crockery.

Motivated by her new-found creative flair and her recently revamped – and very lively – lounge, Sally began decorating the kitchen. By chance, she stumbled upon a collection of metallic spray paints in a shop, and was instantly inspired to transform the dining table. She picked pink for the table itself, and blue and gold for the chairs. ‘I hadn’t used spray paint before,’ she says, ‘so I only laid newspaper on a small section of the floor – thinking that it would be enough to protect the kitchen from wayward paint splatters. Unsurprisingly, I was wrong –  it went everywhere! I certainly learnt my lesson!’ The cabinets, removed of their doors and now painted in Annie Sloan’s Aubusson Blue, have been Sally’s biggest project to date. In fact, the cupboards were painted not once, but twice, after a spell of hot weather made the paint gloopy, leaving an undesirable finish. Undeterred, Sally sanded them Pretty and practical, Olivia’s bedroom is bursting with fairytale charm. Her hot pink statement lamp, from Dunelm, assists with bedtime reading, and her soft furnishings – such as the patchwork rug and cushion, also Dunelm, help to make the room extra cosy. The Little Sanderson Abracazoo Pretty Ponies wallpaper is by Sanderson November 2017



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Opt for a neutral scheme in the bedroom, using bed linen and artwork to define its scheme. These can be changed easily to suit your mood.

Although small, Sophia’s bedroom is playful and fun. Pastel pink walls, furniture and bedding make the space feel super sweet, and soft cushions from Primark complete the scheme. The wallpaper is Fairy Dust by Arthouse Sally lets the duvet cover do the talking in her bedroom. The bedding and pineapple and fluffy cushions are by Primark. For a Kate Moss Life Is A Joke print, try Etsy, and for a similar bed frame try the Montcalm at Frances Hunt

down and started from scratch – also an appropriate metaphor for her positive, resilient and proactive personality. Indeed, her current philosophy is: ‘It’s only paint. If I don’t like it, I can just repaint it. You don’t know unless you try.’ Much like the living room and kitchen, the bedrooms are oozing with personality – but each is tailored to its inhabitants. The children have horses, fairies and


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‘Life can be stressful so knowing that we have a cheerful, relaxing home to chill out in is priceless.’

superheroes adorning their walls, while Sally’s is much more pared-back. It’s quite a contrast to the social zones of the home, with white walls and monochrome artwork, though it’s brightened by botanical bedding from Primark and an array of tropical and leafy cushions. ‘I love how calm my bedroom is’, she enthuses. ‘It’s so different to the rest of the house – like a little retreat.’

There is still a list of updates that Sally is yet to complete – including renovating the family bathroom – but she’s pleased with all she’s achieved so far. ‘I feel proud that I’ve made a house our home, all on my own. I trusted my gut when it came to décor ideas, and I think it has really paid off. Life can be stressful so knowing that we have a cheerful, relaxing home to chill out in is priceless.’ YH

Wanting to add a little flair to the downstairs WC, Sally papered the walls in Flamingo on Wood by Albany Wallpapers at Wallpaper Direct. ‘I didn’t realise that flamingos were on trend, I just saw the wallpaper and liked it,’ she says, ‘It’s a small room, so it can get away with being whimsical.’ For a similar circle mirror try John Lewis Adam’s Batman-themed bedroom is a bold and imaginative bolthole for him to play and chill out in. His star accessories, including the light and patchwork cushion – both from Dunelm, enhance the hero vibes. The wallpaper is Galerie Official Batman Comic Strip Pattern DC Joker, and the Ollie bed linen is from Dunelm


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Scatter cushions and lampshades are the ideal places to try out a bold new look. Fabrics from the Graphica collection by Studio G, £15 per m, Clarke & Clarke

A tiny tropical marquee light is guaranteed to add pizzazz to a plain corner. Pink flamingo light, £3, Primark

Follow Sally’s lead by introducing a hint of pink into your home. Wilko Durable matt emulsion in Hot Gossip, £15 per 2.5l tin, Wilko

Slumber in style with a bed that both looks the part and offers plentiful support. Florence bed, from £399 for a small double, Next

Pick a throw that can be used as a wall hanging, picnic blanket or as an extra layer on the bed. Woven stripe pompom throw, £75, Oliver Bonas

Pep up a simplistic sofa using cushions with fun, whimsical prints. Pineapples cushion, £12, Dunelm November 2017


We turned a dated flat into a cosy first home By thinking large-scale, Rebecca Moore has managed to make her compact apartment feel light, spacious and homely ‘We love having leisurely breakfasts on Sundays, sitting at the dining table and watching the world go by,’ says Rebecca. The coffee table is from Just So Interiors and the Sonoma sofa with storage cubby is Next. The hare cushion is by Perkins & Morely with colourful RHS cushions from We Love Cushions


ebecca and Kristian had mixed feelings when they first saw their flat. The kitchen was small and there was no window, the purple carpets were threadbare and the whole place badly needed decorating, but it was structurally sound and had many of its original features. ‘It wasn’t perfect by any means but we loved the location close to town and within waking distance of work,’ says Rebecca. ‘We were keen to make improvements and make it our own.’ They moved in straight away and camped out in the bedroom for six months until they had finished all the major jobs.


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The first of these was to knock out a bulky window seat in the living room which was taking up too much space. They also removed the living room carpet to reveal original floorboards underneath. ‘They were painted blue but we could see how lovely they were so we hired a machine and sanded them, with the aim of having wooden floors throughout,’ says Rebecca. ‘It was incredibly messy. I’ve never seen so much dust in my life and we were living with it for months afterwards. We made do with a plastic screen hanging in the living room doorway to try to stop the dust getting into the rest of the apartment, but


Rebecca wanted to make the living room feel as light and spacious as possible. She used calm, neutral colours, with walls in Zoffany Silver emulsion. The bookcase is from Just So Interiors

it was impossible to contain it.’ Although they loved the sanded floorboards, they soon realised how impractical they were. The bare floorboards made the living room feel cold and noisy and, with people living above and below them, they agreed that it wasn’t fair to the neighbours to be ‘clomping around’. ‘It was a shame as we put a lot of time and effort into the boards and really liked the look of them, but the room never really felt that cosy. As well as softening the noise, a light carpet throughout would also be cosier and create continuity between the rooms,’ says Rebecca. ‘So we saved up and finally laid the carpet last December – just in time for Christmas.’ Before the carpet went down, they decorated every room, working each Sunday at a rate of one wall a week until the whole apartment had a fresh, modern look. ‘Luckily we had the kitchen and bathroom – which we didn’t change – but for the rest of the time we were literally living out of cardboard boxes,’ says Rebecca. ‘We stood the TV on a cardboard box and sat on the floor to watch it, and


had boxes as bedside tables. Everything else was stored in boxes until we had somewhere to put it.’ Rebecca and Kristian have taken their time to buy furniture for the flat, saving for and investing in key pieces then

WE ARE Rebecca Moore and my partner Kristian von Achten. We were both born on the same day and are 26. Kristian is a billing team leader and I work at Just So Interiors. OUR HOME Is a Victorian two-bedroom

apartment in Harrogate. We bought the flat in September 2014.

THE BEST THING IS The location – we can walk into town yet the street is peaceful. MY TIPS ARE To create a feeling of space

in a small flat, keep floors and walls light and bright to create continuity. Ensure the key pieces of furniture are large but in proportion.

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Use the height of a room as well as the floor space. Tall furniture, display shelves and large picture arrangements help to make a high room look balanced and homely.

WE LEARNT TO Live in a place for a while before making any changes to avoid unnecessary mistakes. OUR ADVICE IS To save up and buy the

best you can afford rather than compromise. By doing it in stages we appreciated everything much more.


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Rebecca painted the fireplace and added a large mirror to create a focal point in the open-plan dining-living room, complementing it with a antelope’s skull sculpture. She designed the bookcase to fit the alcove and had it made by a local carpenter. The butler’s side table is from the White Company. Wayfair offers several similar overmantel mirrors


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REAL HOME Rebecca and Kristian keep the simple kitchen clear of clutter, due to its limited working area. ‘If we could change anything it would be the narrow kitchen – we both love cooking and it can a bit cramped sometimes,’ says Rebecca. ‘We have to have a system so we’re not constantly bumping into each other.’ Find a similar personalised memories print at by The Drifting Bear Co.

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Disguise a poor view without losing any natural light by fitting a sheer blind behind the main blind or curtains at a window.

‘Although the apartment is light and open, it still feels cosy when we need it to be.’ gradually adding accessories. ‘It’s much better than trying to get everything at once,’ she says. ‘You appreciate something much more if you save up for it and get it absolutely right, than if you rush into buying something you later regret.’ It took weeks to find a sofa that worked. ‘We don’t have a dining room so I wanted to create two very distinct areas in the living room,’ says Rebecca. ‘The round table and chairs work well in the bay window so we opted for a chaise sofa which creates a divide but still keeps the room open.’ There is a large dresser in the living room that stores their huge collection of DVDs – they are both film fans. ‘We like nothing more than curling up on the sofa in front of the fire and watching a good film on a cold autumn evening,’ says Rebecca. ‘Although the apartment is light and open, it still feels cosy when we need it to be.’ Creating storage in the flat has been a challenge. There is nothing built in so In the guest bedroom, Rebecca used her favourite white and pink combination for the bed linen with bedside tables from Just So Interiors for a stylishly simple look. ‘I use shades of soft pinks and grey to create a home which always feels calm and peaceful,’ she says. The mercury glass lamp bases are from Pacific Lifestyle and the pictures are from


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ideas to steal Bright cushions transform a neutral seating area. Country Manor Hare cushion with check reverse, £22.50, Evans Lichfield

Spell out your love for all to see with personalised framed messages I Love You vintage letter frame, £74.99, GettingPersonal.

Store CDs for easy access with a stylish shelf unit. Uno modular shelving system £45.99, MY Furniture

A simple fold-away side table has many uses and can easily be stored away when it’s not needed.

An opaque Rol-lite Vison blind lets light in but obscures the window in the main bedroom. A second blind is used at night. Rebecca painted the £40 bed she found at an auction, adding a Freya quilted throw by Forever England for a cosy, layered look. Etienne bedside drawers and Audrey lamps are by John Lewis, the blush pink alarm clock is Laura Ashley and walls are in Zoffany Powder Puff. For a similar wire star LED light, try All Things Brighton Beautiful

Lucy side table, £65, Marquis & Dawe

A heart stool by Farm Interiors and heart towels add a homely feel to the bathroom, painted in Zoffany Half Harbour Grey

they have added bookcases, floating wall shelves, free-standing units, large baskets and under-bed containers for clothes. ‘It keeps you focused with what you buy,’ says Rebecca. ‘We ask ourselves ‘do we really need it?’ before we buy something and we also reduce clutter as much as possible to keep the flat looking tidy and spacious. We don’t hoard things for the sake of it.’ The apartment has been transformed since they moved in and, apart from a few finishing touches, Rebecca and Kristian have it just as they wanted it. ‘It’s a lovely place to live and it suits our lifestyle,’ says

A glass pendant light adds sparkle to Rebecca’s bedroom. Hodges one glass pendant light, £138, Dar Lighting

Jute baskets make excellent storage solutions in any room. Charmer natural grass baskets, £60 for two, Sweetpea & Willow

Rebecca. ‘If we could change anything it would be the kitchen – to have something a bit bigger and with a window would be perfect – but there is always a compromise. As a first home we couldn’t have asked for anything better.’ YH

Our house is the perfect mix of old and new Sarah and Simon brought character back to a house built over three different centuries


arah Astman and Simon Colenutt realised they would have to move home when Sarah found she was expecting Tobias, now four. ‘We needed somewhere more child-friendly because at the time we were living in a very quirky place, part of which was underground,’ says Sarah. As soon as they viewed the listed Grade II Georgian terraced property they loved it, not least because the beautiful Norman Romsey Abbey lies just beyond their back garden. ‘I loved the feeling of space and that in the snug there were still the original wide elm floorboards and original elm panelling,’ says Sarah. ‘And I particularly loved the original shutters in the living room, which slide into cavities

on either side of the windows and are pulled together by their brass handles.’ Sarah calls her historical property ‘The House of Two Halves’ because the front part is Georgian and the rear section was added in Victorian times. ‘Then in 2005 the owner before us had knocked together a number of small rooms in this rear part and built on a large double-height glass This double-height glass extension was built onto the kitchen by the previous owner. structure to create an open-plan kitchendiner with stairs leading to the first floor,’ Sarah added a breakfast bar so the family can enjoy views of the garden while dining she says. ‘She had to have an archaeological


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In the dining area, the Ghost chairs are by Philippe Starck and the extendable oak table is from Bradbeers of Romsey


OUR HOME IS A Grade ll listed Georgian house with a Victorian extension and a modern glass add-on in Romsey, Hampshire.

survey before she could build the glass extension, and they found some large stones from the former abbey cloister. In fact, we also have a rear patio made of gravestones, some still with names visible!’ When Sarah and Simon bought their home in 2012 they didn’t have much repair work to do but, before moving in they updated the schemes to bring the character back. ‘Throughout the house there were several flat-panel radiators and, while they didn’t look out of place in the rear part, they didn’t suit the Georgian part,’ says Sarah. ‘So I changed them for traditional cast iron column-style versions and had them spray-painted in different colours.’ The couple also repainted throughout, Sarah didn’t replace the contemporary high-gloss kitchen put in by the previous owner but instead dressed the room to help it marry more harmoniously with the period elements, such as the brick fireplace and panelled door

choosing hues that they thought better suited the property and their furnishings. In the kitchen Sarah kept all the existing high-gloss units and stainless steel worktops as they were relatively new. There is an ultra-modern Elica extractor fan that, as it was black, looked very dramatic against the stark white kitchen wall. ‘The effect was too harsh,’ says Sarah. ‘So to help the extractor fan ‘vanish’, I had the wall painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe - a dark grey that added some character to the room. To soften the general effect, I added oak shelves on either side of the fan for easy-access storage. A mix of furnishings – such as

WE ARE Sarah Astman, 39, my husband Simon Colenutt, 46, and our son Tobias, four. I’m an interior designer at Astman Hunt Interiors and Simon is an ecological consultant at Ecosa Ltd. I’M MOST PROUD OF The contrast in the living room between dark and light as it has created a special and mysterious atmosphere, especially at night.

OUR BEST BUYS Are our two woodburning stoves from Chesney’s. They’re not only functional but provide endless pleasure in the winter months. It’s great to sit by them with a glass of red wine and a good book. MY BEST BARGAIN Is my stool in the

living room, which was £100 at a junk shop. I’ve re-covered it and added fabric buttons for a period look.


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Sarah added bold touches of colour and wooden elements – such as the shelving, dining table and breakfast bar – to soften the modern effect of the kitchen units. The armchair cost £30 from a charity shop and Sarah re-covered it in purple velvet


By introducing plants into the kitchen, Sarah helps to blur the lines between home and garden, bringing the outside in

‘The Down Pipe grey looks particularly nice at night as it changes shade and intensity.’

There’s room for a chair in the sunny hallway, which comes in handy when putting shoes on. The leather armchair is by Willow Lifestyle, the Timorous Beasties Napoleon Bee cushion is from Liberty and the Woods wallpaper is by Cole & Son


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an antique-look Newgate clock, vintage tins, period-shape chairs in Perspex and a classic oak farmhouse table – further marry the old and new elements of the room. In the south-facing living room, Sarah painted the walls in Down Pipe again. ‘It’s a dramatic colour and it gives a historical look to this Georgian room,’ she says. ‘It looks particularly nice at night as it changes shade and intensity.’ Sarah also replaced the fireplace. ‘It was an understated 1940s type with a shallow grate and just didn’t suit the room’s character. So we gained listed building consent to take it out and once I had seen the original brickwork behind I knew I would keep it on view. We then installed a reproduction Georgian limestone surround and a Chesney’s woodburner and it looks so much better now.’ Again, there is a mix of new and old-style pieces – such as an antique oil painting and mirror in ornate gilded frames, a traditional pedestal side table in a contemporary aluminum finish and a modern canvas of a vintage grandfather clock. Sarah made the north-facing snug

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Reinstate a fireplace or install a wood-burning stove to create a focal feature and add a cosy ambience to your room.

Sarah chose a deep grey for the walls in the living room to create an impact, setting off off her cream and yellow furnishings perfectly. The mirror came from The Swan Antiques Centre in Oxford and the coir carpet is from Crucial Trading

To match the sofa from the London Sofa Company, Sarah re-covered a carved stool found at a junk shop. The Earl of Rochester portrait is from Swan Antiques. For similar cushions try Wayfair’s Portobello and Aldari Home’s Medallion

instantly cosy by using bright Trading Cards wallpaper by Lewis & Wood and removing the small Victorian fireplace in favour of a wood-burner. ‘It did have a very nice marble surround put in by the last owner, so we kept it and left the brickwork behind exposed,’ she says. ‘Then we built cupboards and shelving on either side as well as another wall of built-in bookshelves that all add to the period effect. Now we call this room the library.’ Upstairs, the centrepiece of Sarah and Simon’s serene bedroom is the periodstyle bed dressed luxuriously with jacquard cushions and a silk bedspread and flanked by reproduction pedestal side tables. The antique sofa opposite features the same ivory colour as the bed’s upholstery and the wooden flooring is also a restful cream hue. ‘I really love the relaxed feel of our bedroom,’ says Sarah. The feel is more modern in Tobias’ bedroom, which has plenty of floor space to play. His clothes and playthings are easily accessible in the low-level furniture – a chest of drawers, toy box, book caddy and cube unit – all from The White Company. At first glance you may think the wallpaper is a period-style pattern, rather than a November 2017


In the snug, the Colenutts exchanged the small Victorian grate for a Chesney’s wood-burner and exposed the attractive brickwork behind. The Hungerford Bookcase Company made all the shelving and cupboards. For similar, try the Wilmot wingback armchair by Habitat

designer like Vivienne Westwood, but look closer and you will see this Cole & Sons Insects wallpaper features critters hiding amongst the curling vines. Like many boys his age, Tobias is a big fan of creepy crawlies. Plus, it’s a nod to the work of his ecologist father, whose love of wildlife is also reflected in other natural motifs around the home – from bird cushions and feather trays to leafy towels, and bee and tree wallpapers. Again, styles from different eras are mixed in the furnishings – with a mounted stag head in papier-mâché and a poster made of vintage-style collective noun prints. ‘I love to mix antique and upcycled furniture with modern pieces for an eclectic look,’ says Sarah. ‘Some of the rooms didn’t have many original features so we tried to give them character.’ And with bolder heritage colours, more cohesive schemes and some traditional-style fixtures, the end result is an individual home filled with period charm that reflects the property’s history – its happy mix of antique and modern much like the house’s architecture itself. YH

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Make a north-facing room look cosier with a busy, warm-toned wallpaper, like Sarah has done in the snug.

The Loire bed from Feather & Black takes centre stage in Sarah and Simon’s bedroom, staged for impact with a feature wall behind in Bumble Bee wallpaper by Farrow & Ball and a symmetrical arrangement of cushions


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Cushions lined up symmetrically and a luxurious bedspread add grandeur to Sarah’s bed. Karissa Champagne double bedspread, £75, Dunelm

Comfy and classic, a leather armchair gives a welcoming feeling to any space.

Sarah and Simon had the alcove shelves in Tobias’ bedroom built in, leaving the floor area clear for playing with toys

Cambridge distressed brown leather armchair, £536.50, Maisons du Monde

‘I love to mix antique and upcycled furniture with modern pieces for an eclectic look.’ Tobias’ furniture is by The White Company and the vintage-style Collective Nouns print is by House of MinaLima Nothing needed to be changed in the loft bathroom when they moved in so all Sarah and Simon did was repaint the woodwork in Farrow & Ball’s Brassica

Large statement cushions with insect designs, such as bees or butterflies, can dress up any neutral seating. Cream embroidered butterfly cushion, £20, Shimu

Sarah and Simon’s period-style bed gives instant elegance to their bedroom. Vignette upholstered bed, £1,295 for king size, The French Bedroom Company

Add elegance to your room with a large antique-style mirror above the fireplace. French-style Ornate polyresin mirror, £125, George Home

A dining table to gather round is essential for keeping family life flourishing.

Collection Clifton oak veneer four-seater dining table, £134.99, Argos

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Food & Drink Warm up this winter with our quick and hearty soup recipes

l Give mushrooms on toast a boost by adding a spoonful of Marmite to the pan just as the mushrooms have cooked to your liking. Stir through thoroughly then serve on freshly buttered crumpets or toast. l For a super speedy marinade for chicken skewers just mix two teaspoons of Marmite with 1 teaspoon runny honey. Pour over diced chicken and leave to soak up the flavours for at least one hour, but longer if possible, before cooking. l Take your cheese omelette to the next level and drizzle over some Marmite just after you’ve added the cheese to the pan. Once the eggs have cooked and the cheese is melting, fold the omelette in half and serve. Recipe ideas supplied by Marmite, more available at

This month we love... With the colder weather comes the perfect excuse to indulge and what better way to treat ourselves than with a jar of Bonne Maman’s new caramel collection? Available in Salted Caramel and Hazelnut Praline Caramel, they’re great to have in the cupboard for impromptu puds or as a cheeky spoon-licking treat. Available from Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Tesco, Morrisons, Ocado, Amazon and independent fine food stores. Salted Caramel, £2.19, and Hazelnut Praline Looking to make some healthy changes to your diet? Caramel, £2.39 per Try controlling the amount of oil you use when cooking by 220g jar. switching to new Napolina sprays. Just lightly coat your pan or your food before cooking, or spritz on your favourite salad before you serve it. The new range includes Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Olive Oil and Light in Colour Olive Oil sprays, available in selected Asda stores at £2.50 per 200ml bottle.

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If you fancy trying something a bit different to tea and coffee, Drink Me Chai has introduced their Free From Chai Latte. With no added sugar, no dairy and 99% free from caffeine, it suits those looking to make healthier choices as much as those who are simply after a delicious drink. Just add hot milk, or your chosen dairy substitute, and enjoy. Available in 200g tubs at £2.28, as well as in sachets at £1 for four, from Tesco or at

Genius Breakfast Bakes, made from oats that have been carefully sourced to ensure they are kept free from gluten, are the ideal snack to have in your bag when you need a tasty bite on the go. Choose from three tempting flavours; Cranberry & Oat, Chocolate Chip & Oat and Honey, Raisin & Oat. Available from Asda, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s at £1.99 for a pack of five individually wrapped biscuits.

Salted Caramel Dreams: Over 70 Incredible Caramel Creations by Chloe Timms, £12.99, Hardie Grant, is a must for fans of the divine pairing of salty and sweet. With easy-to-follow instructions for making your caramel, you’ll soon be tackling a range of recipes. Try cookies, cakes and doughnuts before moving on to adventurous flavour combos such as maple bacon popcorn and salted caramel rye truffles.

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soups You’ll be bowled over by these winter warmers

Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes serves 2

Indonesian peanut butter and tomato soup YOU WILL NEED


42 tsp nut oil 4 1 onion, finely diced 42 cloves garlic, crushed 42cm fresh ginger, grated 41 red chilli, diced 41 tsp paprika 41 tsp cumin 43 tbsp Meridian crunchy peanut butter 4440g chopped tomatoes 42 tbsp tomato purée 4500ml vegetable stock 4small bunch coriander

n Heat the oil and gently cook the onion for 6-8 minutes until soft. Add the garlic, ginger, chilli, paprika and cumin, stir and cook for 2 minutes. n Stir in the peanut butter, chopped tomatoes, purée and stock, season to taste. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. n Serve scattered with coriander leaves. Recipe courtesy of

food & drink Curry carrot soup YOU WILL NEED


42 tbsp sunflower oil 41 onion, peeled and roughly chopped 46 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped 4600ml vegetable stock 4400ml Alpro Coconut Drink Fresh 41½ tbsp fresh ginger, chopped 41 tbsp curry powder 4½ tsp dried chilli flakes 4pinch salt and pepper

n Heat the oil in a large pan and add the onions, sweat over a low heat for about 7 minutes. n Increase the heat to medium, add the carrots and cook for another 5 minutes. Pour in the stock and Alpro Coconut Drink. Add the ginger, curry powder and chilli flakes. Cover the pan and cook until the carrots are softened, about 10 or 15 minutes. n Carefully blend the soup in batches with a blender, using a towel to hold the lid down firmly, or use an immersion hand blender. Purée until smooth. n Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Garnish with fresh herbs and more chilli flakes, if desired.

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Preparation time 5 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes serves 4

Beef and red pepper noodle broth YOU WILL NEED 4450g lean beef stir fry strips 42 tsp Chinese five spice powder 41-2 tbsp soy sauce 41 tbsp prepared chilli or Szechuan sauce 41.2L good quality, hot beef or vegetable stock 42.5cm fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped 42 garlic cloves, finely chopped 4175g fresh or dried fine egg noodles 4200g pak choi or green cabbage, shredded 41 small red pepper, deseeded, finely sliced and cut in half widthways 4salt and pepper 4small bunch spring onions, finely chopped 4large bunch freshly chopped coriander or flat-leaf parsley

Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 10 minutes serves 4

DIRECTIONS n In a medium bowl, dust the stir fry strips in the Chinese five spice powder. Add the soy sauce and chilli or Szechuan sauce. Cover and set aside. n In a large pan, add the stock, ginger and garlic. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. n Add the noodles and pak choi or cabbage. Simmer for a further 1-2 minutes. Add the beef with the marinade mixture and the red pepper. Simmer for a further 2-3 minutes or until the noodles are tender. n Remove from the heat, season if required and stir through half the spring onions and coriander. n Divide the broth between four bowls and garnish with the remaining spring onions and coriander.

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Hot and sour soup with seafood YOU WILL NEED 4500ml water 4500ml plain chicken stock 41 tsp sea salt 41 tsp caster sugar 410 peeled Thai shallots 45 coriander roots or, if unavailable, a small handful of coriander stem 48 sticks lemongrass, cut into three inch lengths 42 thumb-sized pieces galangal, cut into 1 inch wide slices 45-15 green or red birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye chillies depending on how hot you like it 416 cherry tomatoes 410 fresh or frozen kaffir lime leaves 44-5 tbsp fish sauce 4500g-600g mix of seafood such as: any firm white fish fillet, sliced into bite sized pieces; raw prawns, de-shelled but with head and tail left on; cleaned squid or cuttlefish, sliced into bite-sized pieces; cleaned mussels or clams 4juice of 2 limes 4handful coriander leaves

Preparation time 30 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes serves 4

Recipe courtesy of Andy Oliver in partnership with Singha Beer

DIRECTIONS n Bring the water and stock to the boil, seasoning with the salt and sugar. n Using a pestle and mortar, bruise, but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t completely pulverise, the shallots, coriander roots, lemongrass and galangal. Add them to the pan to simmer for 2-3 minutes. n Bruise the chillies, lightly squash the cherry tomatoes and slightly tear the kaffir lime leaves. Add all these to the soup and simmer for 3 more minutes. n Add the fish sauce, followed by the mixed seafood. Simmer for 2 minutes then turn off the heat. n Check the seafood is cooked. You can take a piece out and cut it in half if you are unsure. Add the lime juice to taste. It should taste hot, sour and slightly salty. n Garnish with a scattering of coriander leaves.

food & drink Cheddar cheese and broccoli soup YOU WILL NEED 425g butter 41 medium onion, chopped 41 head fresh broccoli 4150g potatoes, peeled 4800ml water 41 vegetable stock cube 4salt and black pepper 4300ml Cowbelle single cream 4190g British medium cheddar, grated

DIRECTIONS n Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add the onion and sauté until soft. Chop up the broccoli and the potato and add to the pan. Cook stirring for a few minutes. n Add the water and the stock cube, season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 20-30 minutes until the vegetables are tender. n Liquidise the soup, add the cream, and season to taste. Stir in the grated cheese and cook gently until the cheese has melted.

Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 40 minutes serves 4

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Homemade vegetable soup with Quorn meat free pieces YOU WILL NEED 4900ml vegetable stock 43 bay leaves 42 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped 41 leek, washed and roughly chopped 42 sticks celery, washed and roughly chopped 41 tbsp vegetable oil 4300g Quorn Meat Free Chicken Pieces or Quorn Meat Free Vegan Pieces 42 shallots, sliced 41 garlic clove, crushed 4100g drained sweetcorn 4¼ tsp chilli flakes 41 tbsp arrowroot, mixed with water


Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes serves 4

n In a large pan, add the vegetable stock and heat until it has reached a rolling boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the bay leaves, carrots, leeks and celery. Simmer for 15 minutes, until softened. n Meanwhile, in a frying pan, heat the oil and fry the meat free pieces for 7 minutes, until beginning to turn golden. Add the shallots and garlic and continue to fry for 3 minutes until softened. Transfer into the large saucepan along with the sweetcorn, chilli flakes and arrowroot. Stir well, allow to simmer and thicken slightly. n Remove the bay leaves and season to taste. Serve with a chunk of crusty bread and butter. Recipe courtesy of Quorn Foods, November 2017


Home Improvement Hassle-free heating If you’d love a flickering stove to add warmth and atmosphere to your home but you don’t have a chimney or flue, help is at hand with Focal Point Fires’ two latest models. These ‘flueless’ gas stoves only require access to a gas point and installation by a Gas Safe registered engineer, making them a fuss-free and convenient choice for any home. The Dalvik design, shown here, features all the benefits of innovative catalytic technology; 100% efficiency, reduced running costs and simple installation. As no chimney is required, all of the heat is distributed into the room, making it a reliable source of heat. Inspired by understated Scandinavian design and named after Norwegian towns, these gas stoves are the perfect update for any home this winter, creating a warm and inviting focal point for cosy nights in.

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Dalvik gas stove, from around £894, B&Q

Master Lock’s Bluetooth key lock box ensures that you will never have to hide your keys under a flower pot ever again. Select Access Smart makes sharing access to a property simple and secure, providing peace of mind for parents, children, plumbers, Airbnb guests and family members, who can all be granted access to your property with just a few taps on an iPhone or Android device. At any time, the operator can cancel or add permissions and digitally-invited guests will be able to open the key safe using a numerical code or via the Master Lock Vault eLocks smartphone app. Select Access Smart, £109, Master Lock

Remote control Adjusting your heating remotely is becoming a popular way to make your home smarter, and with Netatmo’s thermostat you can do just that. Alongside setting a program to reflect your living habits, the dedicated Netatmo app lets you track your home’s energy consumption and help to schedule your heating more effectively. The accompanying smart valves can be fitted to radiators to control heating on a room-byroom basis, making your new, smarter heating system even more efficient. The thermostat is priced at around £149, with each valve costing £69.99.

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Under lock and key

Checklist WaterSafe has created a quick and easy fivestep guide for new home owners to check their plumbing is in tip top condition when they move in… l Find your internal stop tap – you may need to turn the water off in an emergency. l Check the boiler’s service history and that there is a lid on the cold water tank (usually in the loft) – and always use a Gas Safe registered engineer for servicing. l Look out for leaky taps, WCs and radiators – tell-tale signs are low water pressure, rust and water stains. l Find out if your home has any lead water pipes – these are shiny when scraped with a screwdriver. Lead can be harmful so it’s a good idea to replace these. l Check if you have a water meter – you’ll be billed for the amount of water you use if you do. To find a local approved plumber, go to movinghouse and use the postcode search.

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To take advantage of the natural light and woodland views, the open-plan living accommodation in this house near Inverness is on the first floor and includes a spacious sitting area with full-length windows which open to the balcony, a triple aspect dining area and fitted kitchen

Upside down living: make your space work for you Inverting your home’s layout could make a world of difference to the way you use it


Relocate your living room

With a top floor sunroom offering unbroken views across a lake, it’s easy to understand why these innovative townhouses in Reading have all been snapped up


If you live in a mews house or a property that sits on a steeply sloping site or is partially sunken into the ground, the rooms on the lower level may have restricted light during the day while the bedrooms above, which are only used at night, are far brighter. By moving your living room upstairs, you’ll reap the benefits of greater quantities of daylight coming in, particularly if you fit full-height windows and roof lights. Being higher up will also allow you to make the most of any views, so plan carefully and arrange furniture so that you can enjoy an uninterrupted outlook.


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pside down houses – where the living space is arranged above the bedrooms – are fairly common in parts of Scandinavia, Canada and Australia, but still extremely rare here. Yet reversing or inverting the layout by changing the functions and positions of rooms could maximise space, enhance natural daylight where it’s needed most, improve the views or make your home more user-friendly for its occupants. From a simple swap to a complete reconfiguration, here’s what to bear in mind when making the switch.

This architect-designed former shop in Leith has been totally transformed into a large, light-filled open-plan home with a dining room in the centre and a home office on a new mezzanine level above

Fewer stairs and French doors opening into the garden are two of the benefits of moving a bedroom downstairs. Just add heavy drapes to protect privacy and keep draughts at bay


Running bespoke, fitted bookshelves and cupboards across one wall will solve all your storage problems without encroaching on living space in a double-height room. This Light Oak Library is from




Bring a bedroom downstairs

Move the utility area

When it comes to doing the laundry, we’re a long way behind some of our continental neighbours, who wash and dry everything in their bathrooms, rather than lugging dirty clothes downstairs to the kitchen and back up again. So it makes perfect sense to move your washing machine and dryer into an upstairs space such as a redundant airing cupboard or box room, or to slice a corner off a large bedroom. If there’s room, install a small sink, drying racks, cubby holes, cabinets and built-in laundry baskets, and space-saving features such as foldaway ironing boards. You may need to get the floor reinforced to minimise noise and vibrations from the washing machine.

You may wish to move a bedroom downstairs to accommodate an elderly relative, house a nanny or au pair or to avoid being disturbed by a teenager who comes and goes at all hours. Building an extension or converting the garage will mean that you won’t lose any living space, but if this isn’t an option, you’ll need to sacrifice a study or second reception room, though you may be able to relocate it in the vacant bedroom. You should also factor an en suite, adjacent bathroom or shower room into your plans, so look into reconfiguring an existing cloakroom or utility room, or creating one.


Tucked down a cobbled street in Stamford, this ancient house has been reconfigured to include a large, light-filled dual aspect living room with French doors onto a glazed Juliette balcony

Utilise a double-height space

Moving a living area to the top of your home may enable you to take advantage of the double-height space in a vaulted roof, particularly in a converted older building such as a former barn or church. Or you may wish to remove a flat ceiling to expose the rafters in a pitched roof above, adding a sense of drama and boosting light levels. The drawback of a vaulted ceiling is that you won’t have any loft space, though you may be able to construct a mezzanine for use as a study or an occasional bedroom. A ceiling height of at least 4.2 metres will be required, and you’ll need to get a structural engineer and architect on board.


turn over for more advice This modern duplex penthouse in Kelso, on the Scottish borders, has been designed with an open-plan living area and balcony on the top floor, to take advantage of the views towards the River Tweed & Floors Castle

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Balancing original beams galore with a contemporary interior, this barn conversion near Totnes boasts a stunning reverse layout

The luxurious lounge, together with a balcony, is situated on the first floor above the kitchen in this niche Surrey development of just six homes, from



Mews conversions – which generally have limited ground floor space as they incorporate an integral garage – have long been designed with first-floor living rooms, and some forward-thinking house builders are now waking up to the fact that tweaking traditional layouts can boost the appeal of their developments. For example, Urban Houses at Green Park Village, a lakeside scheme in Reading, feature glazed rooftop sunrooms and lowmaintenance terraces overlooking the water.


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n has useful advice on working with and finding the right architect. n enables you to find the right structural engineer. n has a free ‘find a builder’ service. n helps you choose the best glazing solution for the project. n lets you search for properties for sale by specific keywords, such as ‘inverted layout’.

Hiring professionals

An architect can maximise your home’s potential by making the best and most creative use of space while overcoming any constraints, so it’s worthwhile hiring one for anything but a simple room swap. As with employing any professionals, get recommendations, ask to see examples of similar finished projects, and talk to the homeowners to see if they were happy with the results. Make sure the fee structure is clear, and consider whether you want plans only or for the architect to oversee the entire project. Before constructing a mezzanine, a structural engineer will assess the new floor’s strength and how it will be supported. Take a tip from the Italians and do your laundry upstairs, with the help of Scavolini’s Laundry Space, a collection of cabinets and accessories that optimise space and improve efficiency without compromising on style, from Feature and photos Gill Rothwell

Top tips l You won’t need planning permission for internal alterations on an unlisted home, but buildings regulations consent will almost certainly be required. l Unless you live in splendid isolation, you’re more likely to be disturbed by noise when moving bedrooms downstairs, so always install double-glazing. l When knocking through a ceiling to create a double-height living space, the roof will need to be insulated to the same standards as are required for a loft conversion. l Always think about outside space, so where possible install French or bi-fold doors which open on to a patio or balcony.


CASE STUDY ‘I love the quirkiness of my upside down house’


he hunt for her first home should have been an exciting time for Kim Bannister but it didn’t fill her with confidence. ‘I kept being shown s Kim took almost around modern six months to put boxes or poky her own stamp on flats, when what her new home I really wanted was something quirky and interesting!’ she remembers. Though her budget was tight, she felt there had to be more on offer in the Sussex town where she had begun her search and eventually found it – a tiny mews cottage tucked away down a cobbled side alley off the main high street. And it was every bit as quirky as she could have imagined – designed to look old, it was only built about 30 years ago and on such a small plot that it’s arranged across three levels with the bedroom on the ground floor, the living room upstairs and a

second sleeping platform on a mezzanine level above it. ‘I’d never come across an upside down house before but here the layout makes complete sense,’ she says. ‘As the house faces a high brick wall, the ground floor tends to be a bit dark which is fine for the bedroom. The open-plan first floor space encompasses the kitchen, living and dining areas and is drenched in light thanks to the Velux window above the sink and French doors opening out on to a Juliet balcony. ‘It’s really light and airy up here, which is what I wanted, and there’s more than enough space for me,’ says Kim. The brand new kitchen installed by the previous owner added to its appeal, and she was attracted by the stylish cream units, charcoal worktops and pretty turquoise tiles. However, the beige décor and dark, varnished wood beams didn’t go down so well. Over a six-month period, she painted all the walls white and gradually transformed the woodwork and staircase. ‘It was hard work but really worth it to make the space feel so much brighter and bigger,’ she says.

s Kim loves her upside-down layout

As always with house-hunting, there has to be a compromise and for Kim, it was the lack of outside space, as she admits. ‘I would have loved a little garden, but at least there’s lots of nice places within walking distance.’

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uying a home is highly likely to be the most expensive item you will ever buy in your life and, unless you’re a multimillionaire, it is the one thing you will borrow a lot of debt against to be able to finance the purchase. So, because you are making such an important purchase you want to make sure that the product you’re buying is at the standard and quality you would expect for the price you’re paying. What you’re looking for is peace of mind and paying for a property survey, which assesses the condition of a property, can help give you the reassurance you need before you buy. One of the questions I’m asked most by people who have just had an offer accepted on a home is ‘should I bother having a survey done because they seem like such a waste of money?’. The fact this question is even being asked means that person has very limited property experience and my answer will always be ‘yes’. In contrast, a person with lots of experience simply wouldn’t ask the question. The only exception to this is if a person comes to me with a property where they intend to carry out a major refurbishment. If they’re replacing the roof, rewiring the entire house, changing all of the bathrooms and doing a massive upgrade everywhere then there is no point in having a survey. In this instance, there is little point in inspecting a property that is going to be gutted. Saying that, even in this case, it might be worth paying for a structural engineer to do a report on the main building fabric and the foundations to make sure there are no significant structural problems or signs of subsidence. You want the structure of the building to be sound, even if you are stripping out the interior. What is surprising is that only around 2025% of all people who buy a property have a property survey done. I’m genuinely amazed by this statistic as I cannot believe that 75-80% of the great British public have the building

construction knowledge to spot defects in a home. The fact is they haven’t and what’s tragic is that many people are avoiding commissioning a property survey because they can’t afford it. They are so stretched trying to raise the funds to buy the property that often paying for a survey is an additional cost that is either out of their reach or one they decide to sacrifice. You know you must raise a deposit, pay for a conveyance lawyer to carry out the legal paperwork etc, but you don’t legally need to carry out a survey, so it is often the piece of work that people don’t bother with. But, like insurance, you don’t think you need it until something goes horribly wrong.  Of course some defects are obvious. If you see a huge crack or water streaming down the walls because of a leaky roof you aren’t going to buy. But, be very careful. There are crafty sellers out there who spend a few quid on a quick fix to cover over the problems. You need a trained eye to spot this. There are a few options open to you to make sure what you’re buying isn’t dodgy. These are the four common types of survey that a certified RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) surveyor can carry out on a domestic property. They vary in detail and price. The first is a Property Valuation. Your bank or building society will often insist on an independent property valuation by a surveyor to make sure you aren’t paying over the odds for the house. Without the valuation they won’t lend you the money, as they will always protect their financial interests first. Some lenders offer a free valuation as part of the mortgage package, others can add the cost of the valuation to your mortgage so you don’t have to pay for the survey up front. It’s worth knowing that a valuation survey will not deal with detailed defects. It’s a big picture price based on the property size and location. The second is a Condition Report. This is an ‘entry level’ survey that flags up any problems

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such as structural defects, damp, or rot etc. It’s not an exhaustive report and only costs a few hundred pounds. There is a good reason though, as it doesn’t tell you very much. The third is a Homebuyer’s Report. This is more detailed than a condition report and comes with a rating system for the property as well as more comprehensive advice. However, a homebuyer’s survey is still ‘non-intrusive’ so the surveyor won’t be lifting up floorboards or carrying out ‘intrusive’ detailed investigations into the building fabric. It will simply highlight potential problems and will recommend further investigation by a specialist if they suspect a problem. These surveys are very good, but they are not comprehensive, detailed building reports. The price depends on the property size, but generally they can be up to £1,000. The fourth survey and most comprehensive is a full Building Survey. These are more ‘intrusive’ and get under the skin of the building. They provide more detailed information on the condition and defects and offer advice on the level of repairs needed. Any cost advice given to repair discovered defects can often be used by you to renegotiate the price you initially agreed. This type of survey is the most expensive and can be in the thousands of pounds depending on the size of the property. This may seem expensive, but if it raises costly defects and allows you to reduce the asking price then it is well worth the expense. Remember, buying a home is likely to be the biggest expense and investment in your life, so it is better to be safe than sorry. If you have any doubts, get an extensive property survey done. Many people don’t and live to regret it. Getting a thorough survey on a property will always be money well spent. n For more tips and advice from George, check out his website at


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‘Check your thermostat; dropping the hot water temperature slightly will save money while a programmable thermostat controls the heating automatically. Fix any dripping taps, regularly read your meters to make sure you’re not overpaying on your utility bills, review utility contracts to get the best deal, wash laundry in cold water and take advantage of free insulation offers. Check www.government-grants. to find out more.’

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Furniture Choice has developed a helpful website to try and combat fly-tipping by showing your nearest location to recycle or donate furniture. Simply enter your postcode and the mileage you’re prepared to travel to find your local hotspot. There are over 700 locations for council tips, charities and services and it’s constantly updated with new sources.


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