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under £500 dining room * plus win with hotpoint

£5,017 of giveaways!

Inspiring ideas amazing pRices







SEPTEMBER 2018 £1.95


best value!


‘Most things in my home are vintage or upcycled‘

Room schemes to inspire a revamp


ways to love the home you’re in

pages of real homes

make IT Copper shelving Upcycled drawers Parquet-effect cabinet

FLooR FiLLeRs all you need to know about flooring

exPerT advICe... 4 Lighting tricks 4 Buying at auction

get an insta goals pad on a budget

Lighter bites for summer

bRush up Paint effects you really can do

Wear your heart on your windows.

Don’t just like your curtains. Love them.


Editor’s letter

Welcome to our September issue!


hen you move into a new property you’re suddenly faced with lots of decisions; and I’m speaking from experience here, as after many twists and turns in the process I’ve finally moved into my new home. While it’s great to have a blank (or in my case a not-so-blank canvas) to work with, Editor it does come with numerous dilemmas; ‘what colours should I go for in the living room?’, ‘do I change the flooring or live with it for now?’, and ‘do I buy that sideboard?’ are just some of my current woes! In short, here are lots of choices to be made; which is really wonderful but also a tad daunting. Whether you’ve been in your home forever or just moved into a new place, then you’re in luck as we have three great features this month that will help. Find our guide to flooring on page 63, spend or save shopping tips on page 86, and a mini low-down on paint over on page 100. We also have 45 pages of real homes if you’re on the lookout for even more inspiration. One of my favourites is Emma’s 1970s revamp. She has definitely embraced the ethos of buying pieces that you love. And I’m totally down with that! Have a fantastic month,

Could you be our cover star?

Reckon you’ve got what it takes to be a future HomeStyle cover star? A creative home and a smile is all you need! Email us a quick snap of yourself in your fave room to the address at the bottom of this page. We can’t wait to hear from you. Pop over to our website for even more tips, advice and bargain shopping ideas!

PS. DON’T MISS IT The next issue of HomeStyle is out 29th August

Living 21

Shopping 6




Cooking 25


Get in touch email Web Facebook tWitter @homestylemaguk instaGram @homestylemaguk Pinterest September 2018 3


Style inspo Turn to page 78 to find out how to reinvigorate your home

Living 14

My colourful home is a reflection of me


Bold shades have turned Sophie’s compact London flat into a fun space


This home is a mix of our favourite styles

Emma transformed her home to fit in with her boho luxe aesthetic


The quirky layout gives it lots of character

Huma has mixed her love of Scandi-style with playful twists


Sian transformed her dining room into a fun and practical space

102 I’m so happy that we don’t have to move now!

Liz converted her garage into a spare bedroom with an en suite shower room

108 Our kitchen’s French with an industrial twist! Katie has created her dream kitchen and she’s so happy with the results

Our property has had a total style update

Amy used her creative skills to design a space for her growing family

Our experts

I completely revamped my dining room for £500!



114 Easy living

Ways and products to make your home life much more simple


Shopping Shop the high street The best affordable home buys


Rainbow kitchen


Navy & Copper

Brighten up a neutral kitchen

Incorporate one of our all-time favourite colour combos

Laurie Davidson Introduce natural materials into your home page 78


On the shelf


Rattan fever


Feelin’ fruity


Viva la Mexico


Savvy storage solutions Rattan is still on our hotlist The hottest trend this month Get inspiration from Mexican décor

106 Soft shades Practical multi-room pieces

Louise Thompson Shares delicious recipes from her latest book page 118

112 Retro revival

Combine pastel and industrial items

130 Fab finds

Top buys for under £5!



Styling 12

The wish list

The latest home buys that we can’t get enough of

63 Eyes to the floor

An expert guide on how and why you should switch up your flooring


Stylist’s edit


Spend or save?

Laurie Davidson shows us how to incorporate natural materials What we think you should splash the cash on

100 Perfect finish...

Sassy schemes Take a look at what we’re loving this month on page 12

All things paint – from types to techniques with amazing results

Making Get the look Paint your own fruit bowl on page 48

Cooking 116 Quick-fix suppers

Short on time? You’ve come to the right place, get stuck in and make these super speedy meals

118 Feel good food!

Delicious recipes from Louise Thompson’s latest book

120 Sweet summer

Tastes so good Quick meals to have you sorted for the week ahead on page 116


Wire letter


Parquet-effect cabinet


Painted fruit bowl


Copper shelving unit


Wallpapered drawers


Upcycling news

Personalise your home décor Try this fabulous cabinet revamp Add personality to your home Get that industrial interior style

Jazz up your furniture pieces We bring you all the latest finds from the world of craft

Regulars 73

It’s competition time! Win a microwave


What’s coming up? A sneak peek...


Subscribe to HomeStyle today


Win exciting prizes Check out our giveaways


#myHShome Showcase your space


Shopping directory

Keep cool with these refreshing treats

122 Food news

What’s on our plates and filling our trolleys this month? We tried and tested healthy snack bars and welcome back salads into our lives

September 2018 5

Style on a shoestring


£40 Shop the or under

high street

Here’s our pick of the best bargain buys the high street and web have to offer

John Lewis dark glamour

Rich jewel tones are highlighted with metallic touches to give this look an ultra luxe feel that we love!

So edgy Carved vase, £35

Straight lines Design project plate, £5

Golden touch Hexagon tray, £20

Treasure hunt Trinket dish, £15

Crafted beauty Marble box, £40

Feature Becca Green

Glass act Gold striped tumbler, £3

Precious stone Set of agate coasters, £40 Leafy green Tiger’s eye cushion, £35


Oh la la Bottle neck vase, £35, John Lewis


Time’s up Wooden clock, £8

jungle vibes

Surround yourself with greenery and natural materials to feel ultimately calm and relaxed

Mono magic Tropical cushion, £7 Yellow hue Eucalyptus stem vase, £4.50

Sip sip Tiger cup, £3.50

Picture that Photo frame, £4.50

Glow getter Exposed light, £6

Love boho Elephant ornament, £3.50; palm leaf trinket dish, £3.50; faux cactus plant, £4.50; striped vase, £5; monochrome leaf cushion, £7, all Primark

Oliver Bonas lil’ details

Gin o’clock Balloon glasses, £6 for two

Word search Pegboard, £6

Queen B Marble coaster, £10

Luxe look Amp up your living space with splashes of vibrant colour

Intricate glassware and marble amp up a space

Dots & spots Spotty vase, £26 Cutie pie Candle holder, £16

Display me Photo frame, £22 Home slice Serving plate, £24

Global style Plant stand, £32 September 2018 7

Style on a shoestring


oh yes!

Cool ikat

Modernise your living area with Cushion, £16 pops of sunny yellow that will instantly make a bold statement

White stripe Mug, £5

Pom pom Throw, £30

Pot luck Vase, £6

Twit twoo Owl, lantern, £10

Wild thing Giraffe wall hooks, £20

Dunelm cool blue

Good gradient Cushion, £12

Glitter show Pendant light, £29 Yum yum Patterned plate, £4.50

Freshen up your bedroom with a generous splash of blue hues Lookin’ good Wall mirror, £28

In the navy Storage basket, £10

Aloe you Plant in jar, £10

Wall art Canvas, £22


Cuppa time Mug, £4

Feelin’ blue Ornament, £4

Fresh & clean Laundry hamper, £25

Primary pop Oh Yes! colourblock frame, £28; ochre rug, from £35; cushions, from £10, all Next

George Home mad house

Colour crush Wash sign, £7

There are no rules with this look – the more colour, the better!

So slick Iridescent vase, £8

Red or dead Wire storage boxes, £6 Pump it Soap dispenser, £6

Sleep tight Duvet set, £12

Crazy cacti Neon light, £10

Cosy comforts Forde wire pendant, £32; bird sculpture, £9; Papilio duvet set, from £18; Papilio Oxford pillowcase, £6; panda cushion, £10; artificial bamboo plant, £22, all Dunelm

Wash days Bright geo bath sheet, £9; cloud hand towel, £4; bright geo dispenser, £5; mini marble side table, £25, all George Home September 2018 9

Sleek STyle Say hello to the new Zuiver collection at Houseology, for that ultra-modern and fresh designer look.

palm print Palm rug, £259

Cumi side table, £389, Houseology

gold gem Grigio table lamp, £129

Blogger of the month

classic black Broker desk lamp, £89

Interiors obsessed River Jade Gibbs has a love for all things print and design. Working as an interior stylist at Little Deer, she has quite the knowledge. If you’re a fan of boho, this is a blog which you should most definitely keep your eye on!

dream design Gunnik side table, £169

The wish list...

This stripe bulb vase priced at just £18 from House of Fraser will make the perfect addition to your home

New this month: Danish-inspired homeware, Fearne Cotton, and more... Hot stuff

Swan has just announced it’s latest range with Fearne Cotton. Fearne by Swan Housewares is for amateur cooks to star bakers, meaning that anyone and everyone can whip up a showstopper with the pastel-coloured accessories and cookware. With plenty of stylish cookware and practical accessories, this is a collection not to miss. We want it all!

Shelf-obsessed Award-winning journalist and colour blogger Martha Roberts shows you how to get stylish shelving in this fab new title. With this method of accessorising becoming a key trend for all interior stylists and designers, this is a style to steal. From home to workspace, she reveals how to source, sort and arrange belongings to create the perfect shelfie. Turn boring storage into a piece of art and inject personality into your abode – decluttering has never been more fun!

Feature Nicole Howarth

Shelfie: Clutter Clearing Ideas for Stylish Shelf Art by Martha Roberts (Octopus, £12.99)

Ramekin dishes, £15.99 for four; mini storage bowls, £16.99 for four; cake holder, £39.99, all Fearne by Swan, Very 12

Spend vS Save

Just landed!

Danish brand Day Birger et Mikkelsen has released a new collection and we approve! The homeware accessories are inspired by traditional Scandi design with a boho vibe which are perfect for those who have an eclectic taste. The unique prints and bold monochromatic style will give your home an instant update.

Check out these super stylish, statement-making floor lamps citrus shade Baxter wooden floor lamp base, Heal’s

mellow Yellow Theo tripod floor lamp, Littlewoods

£114.9 9 £269

Swooning over...

Sainsbury’s has partnered with luxury brand AromaWorks to create all natural fragrances to help you get that elusive good night’s kip. From lavender to mandarin, the fresh scents are available in candles, reed diffusers and essential oils. They are just the thing to help you relax and unwind!

Lines ceramic vase, from £40; Fatima hands, £89 for three; Accent table, £134, all Day Birger et Mikkelsen at Amara

pretty paStelS

Soft shades teamed with geo patterns will instantly create a modern scheme for your boudoir. Opt for gingham and block colours to complete the dreamy look. pink delight Gingham check cushion cover, £5, Dunelm

top dog Mono dog bedding set, £60, Cath Kidston

Balance by AromaWorks, reed diffusers priced from £9, Sainsbury’s

so sweet Love You (You Idiot) tin candle, £8.99, Oli Olsen

class glass Geometric vase, £29, Home Essentials

great combo Pink side table, £60, Habitat

Daisy double bed frame in Blush, £745, Button & Sprung September 2018 13

Inspiring homes Living room


to my home A bit about me

I’m Sophie Simms, I work in theatre and I live with my rescue cat Brian.

A bad leak from the upstairs flat meant the whole room had to be stripped and redone, with a new ceiling, too. Sophie also removed the door between the hallway and living room to let the light through and had the same flooring laid throughout to keep it looking cohesive. ‘I had my heart set on stripped oak flooring but it wasn’t in my budget, or particularly practical for the space, so I ended up choosing laminate from Wickes – it’s come a long way from the shiny stuff that was around in the 90s and it looks just like authentic wood.’

Where I live

My home is a twobedroom flat in Catford, south-east London, built in the 1900s. I bought it and moved in in May 2015.

What I wanted to change

It needed updating throughout and I wanted to add lots of colour as it was all painted a really bland magnolia.

How I made it my own

I injected lots of bright colour into the place. It makes me feel genuinely happy when I look at what I’ve achieved. It’s light, fresh and super fun!

My favourite part

Definitely the kitchen. I’ve had so many chats, laughs and heart-to-hearts at this kitchen table, and it’s nice being able to have my friends here while I’m cooking.

Sophie’s picked up her compact sofa from a vintage shop in Crystal Palace. ‘My film-style lamp was being thrown out of a theatre I used to work at. I’ve made a bit of a habit of giving unwanted furniture a loving home!’

My flat 14

Mycolourful home Bold vibrant shades have turned Sophie Simms’ compact

‘It was a pretty big feat for a single girl to take on, but I’m so pleased with the results!’

Good idea

In a small space, make use of all surfaces

is a reflection of me!

London flat from humdrum to a fun space that she has filled with memories September 2018 15

Inspiring homes The yellow armchair from Ikea was a Christmas gift from Sophie’s sister. The teal-coloured throw and cushion are from Dunelm


The kitchen is Sophie’s favourite room. Wall cabinets were removed and replaced with open shelving, to keep it feeling light. She upcycled a pine table from Ikea with Dutch oil to seal it and painted the legs white. ‘Workspace is super important to me as I own a small home baking business, @miss. simms on Instagram, and run an annual charity bake event called the West End Bake Off. ‘

‘My style? Colour, colour and more colour!’

My story ...

I’d been renting a place in Catford for two years and really liked the area, so when it came time to buy a property I knew I didn’t want to move too far. I found this flat at auction with some guidance from my dad who owns a property development and rental company. Right from the start I felt it had a good vibe, although it needed a fair bit of work. It was painted magnolia throughout by the previous owners, and the living room floor was uneven concrete, plus there were some badly damaged floorboards in the bedrooms and hallway and lots of other little niggles. Not only that, but a leak from the upstairs flat into my living room meant the entire space had to be stripped back and re-rendered. Despite it all, I loved the fact that I had my own little garden and that it had a bath – they were my two must-haves! I did all the painting myself – although I did occasionally bribe my mum and sister (usually with cake) to pick up a roller! The whole flat took quite a long time to be fully finished as I did it gradually over a period of time, but it’s meant that I’ve had plenty of time to think about how I wanted it to look. I’ve decorated in white, but injected lots of bright colours with my personal belongings and the flat has a mix of vintage items, hand-me-downs and modern furniture pieces. I’m so proud – it was a pretty big feat for a single girl to take on, but it’s gone so well I think I’m just about ready for the next challenge! 16

The kitchen chairs were left in a property that Sophie’s dad was renovating, so she took a few cans of spray paint to them to brighten them up. To keep the kitchen cost effective, she kept the cabinets and simply replaced the cupboard doors and worktop

Good idea

Disguise an ugly feature, such as a boiler, by taping artwork to the front and using the top as a shelf

Sophie’s colourful crockery and kitchen accessories are displayed on open shelving, which makes it easy to access and ties in with her rainbow-coloured scheme. The mugs and pasta bowls are all from Le Creuset. Screw hooks are used to hang colourful mugs from.

Even the most practical items, such as a dish rack, bowls and utensils, can help continue the colour theme, and these are really affordable ways to carry through a look. You may also notice that Sophie doesn’t have a microwave – as a baker, she’d rather have room for cooling racks full of freshly baked goodies!

Sophie inherited this ladder and after painting it blue she now uses it to store fun and quirky tea towels

September 2018 17

Inspiring homes Sophie’s ladder rail is home to her tea towel collection. ‘All of these are gifts, so it’s really lovely to be able to display them somewhere where they don’t get grubby. There’s one that has a whole recipe for a Bakewell tart on it, which comes in handy for my baking!’ A favourite is by local designer Hazel Nicholls.

Sophie uses every ledge, shelf and windowsill as extra places to display colourful postcards and objects she’s picked up. The Yay postcard is from Scribbler. ‘I have a bit of a thing for moving things around, so there’s been plenty of that over the years.’

Expert advice

How to buy at auction l You can get a great

It’s always useful to keep a small footstool handy. This one was left in an old flat where Sophie lived previously and she freshened it up with bright paint 18

bargain at an auction but it pays to know what to look for before you go. Contact the auction house and request their catalogue, so you can see what properties catch your eye.

l View any of the houses

you’re interested in and do thorough research by talking to the neighbours and local estate agents.

l Carry out the usual

property and land searches and read the conditions printed in the catalogue.

l Lastly, plan ahead and

have a mortgage in principle before buying. You’ll need to have a 10% deposit ready for payment on the day of the auction when the contracts are signed, and access to the remaining amount within 28 days.

One wall in the kitchen has been painted in chalkboard paint, which Sophie uses to note down her shopping list


Shop colourful kitchen items on page 22

‘I feel genuinely happy looking around at the splashes of colour in my flat, it feels like a part of me’

Good idea

Paint rescued furniture pieces to tie them into a scheme

Steal my style Top tipple

Gin tea towel, Of Life & Lemons

99 £9.

Get some of Sophie’s style with these bright buys Bright spark

Colour Blocks worktop saver, Joseph Joseph

Use a radiator as a picture ledge – but lift them off when you turn the radiator on! The gin bottle lights are from Tatty Devine



Bake off

Cake stand, Very September 2018 19

Inspiring homes Sophie bought her bookcase from Ikea and uses it to store her books. ‘I found my bedside drawers dumped on the street – I gave them a good home – I love the 1950s style’


Feature and styling Laurie Davidson Photos Simon Whitmore

Make your own wire letter on page 25

‘The record player is from eBay and the drawer unit is a hand-me-down. I plan to paint it navy to match the bookcase. I love popping on a record, it’s so lovely to listen to an album as it was intended, from start to finish. I added white Venetian blinds throughout to unite all the rooms.’

Sophie asked her carpenter friend to build floor-to-ceiling wardrobes in her bedroom and saved money by painting them herself and adding colourful door knobs from Sass & Belle. A panelled design on wardrobe doors rather than flat wood creates extra interest and provides a high-end feel. 20

‘I lose many an hour on Instagram collating inspiration, but mostly I love my home because it’s so me’

Good idea

Layer larger cushions with solid colours at the back and smaller ones with fun patterns at the front

A range of prints from Notonthehighstreet are displayed on a picture shelf from Ikea

‘The blue lamp was a gift from my aunt – it’s been with me since I left home’

Spare bedroom

‘A lick of paint, new carpet, and a new double-glazed window was enough to freshen up the spare bedroom. It’s a relatively small space so I’ve kept the furniture to a minimum. I have an old vintage wardrobe that I’d love to put in here – it needs jazzing up a bit with some brightly coloured spray paint, when I can find the time.’

What I learned... Master bedroom

‘I’ve always had cheap freestanding wardrobes before, but with this flat having high ceilings I wanted to use the space wisely. A friend runs his own carpentry design business, Mackinlay Designs. He’s local to me so he came in, measured up and I had brilliant floor-toceiling wardrobes within the week! I like to make a feature out of the things I own, for instance the bookcase in my bedroom looks fun as I’ve colour coordinated all my books – it’s really satisfying to look at!’

l Take your time when you’re decorating a whole property. If I’d have bustled in and done everything I thought I wanted straight away it would have ended up looking very different and not been the same space. l Make sacrifices – it can’t all be perfect, especially if you’re on a budget. You’d be amazed at what you learn to love, and there are also some really good budget options. l Be you – it sounds cheesy but if you try to copy images seen on Instagram, in magazines or online, it will never feel like you’ve put your own stamp on the place. Turn to page 128 for stockist details

Shop the look

rainbow kitchen

Create a rainbow effect, like Sophie, by hanging up multicoloured mugs

Brighten up a neutral kitchen with colourful appliances and accessories, like Sophie has £43.98 Breville

£21 Dexam

Aubergine is a fail-safe colour for the season

A pair of funky oven gloves will spice up your worktop space

£109 Swoon Editions Pick bar stools with blue legs to switch up your kitchen scheme

£12.99 H&M Add a tropical vibe to your lunchtime

£12.50 M&S

£12 Cult Furniture

Make your own ice lollies with these quirky moulds

Palm leaf plates make a trendy statement

£6 George Home Embrace your mystical side with unicorn canisters 22

£29 Bobby Rabbit

£63 Amara Grab a retro-style kettle in a bold colour

We’re mad for pom poms and we can’t get enough of this cute cushion

£3.99 HomeSense You can’t go wrong with a pop of yellow

Embrace bold shades with artwork and illustrations

£48 Habitat Take rainbow literally with a stack of vibrant bowls

£4.50 Sainsbury’s Who doesn’t need a gin tray? We certainly do!

£40 London Transport Museum Shop

Incorporate colour into your kitchen with a patterned placemat

£119 This gorgeous microwave is pretty in pink

£54.95 Red Candy

Get inspired by Sophie’s love of London with a city-themed sign

Don’t forget to introduce colour with practical items, like a bread bin

£26 Annabel James Display different shades of glassware on an open shelf

Feature Becca Green

£17 Oliver Bonas

£12 Art Wow

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Make the look...

Wire letter

Sophie’s flat has been personalised with plenty of colour and wordy pieces. Get the look on a budget with these creative letter ideas

You will need Q Wire Q Tape measure Q Wire cutters Q Masking tape Q Patterned paper Q Craft glue

Similar Modern Deco patterned paper pad, £15, Hobbycraft

Top Tip

Often the back of the letter is just as interesting as the front. Leave some visible gaps so that you can see the wire – it adds a really cool, industrial edge.


Cut two lengths of wire: one 120cm, one 82cm. Take the longer length and bend it into a circle, overlapping the ends by 5cm. Wind a few small pieces of masking tape around the join to secure. Bend the second length of wire into a long sausage shape. It needs to fit within the outer circle. Secure the overlap using small pieces of tape. Position in the centre using more tape. Cut strips of paper of varying lengths (ours were between 9cm and 16cm). Working with the wired letter face down, thread a strip of paper behind the inner and outer sections of wire on one side of the letter. Dot glue on each end and fold these over the wire, sticking them to the back of the strip. Trim off any corners or edges that do not align properly. Repeat on the other side. Once you have completed your design, either remove the small bits of masking tape holding the two wire sections together, or stick a piece of patterned paper over each of them.



Projects adapted from Letter Crafts by Clare Youngs (Cico Books, £12.99)


Use silver leaf to create a distressed look

Silver service Shine on with this industrial-

style silver leaf alternative. Download and print the letter from Transfer it onto thick card and use a craft knife to cut out. Lightly spray a section of the letter with adhesive. Place a sheet of silver leaf face down on the sprayed area, rub down, and then remove the backing. Repeat, and once the letter

is covered, rub over parts of the surface with a new kitchen scourer to give a distressed finish. Cut 4cm wide lengths of card for the edges. Align with the letter and secure using small pieces of masking tape. Continue joining strips. Make sure all the tape is on the outside and when you add a new strip of card butt the two edges together neatly. To complete, cover with strips of coloured paper. September 2018 25

Inspiring homes


Good IdeA

to my home

Placing a large circle mirror behind your sofa will bounce light around the room

A bit about me

I’m Emma White and I live with my husband Dave and our gorgeous cat called Teddy.

Where I live

My home is a threebedroom semidetached house, which was built in 1975 in Thundersley, Essex. We’ve lived here since 2014.

What I wanted to change

We were fortunate that the house was structurally fine but the décor was not to our taste at all.

How I made it my own

I think our furniture choices really make our home unique. We like finding old vintage treasures and mixing them together with new, quality pieces.

My favourite part

This is hard as I love so many different parts of the house. Probably our bathroom. I adore the brass shower that we lovingly picked out, which we paired with white metro tiles.

My house 26

Living room

‘When redecorating this room, I wanted it to have a real wow-factor with lots of golds, velvet and statement pieces. I love Mid-Century modern interiors, but wanted to bring in a slight industrial feel to tie in with the rest of the house. My favourite part is the wall our velvet Made sofa lives on, I painted it with Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon. I then hung a large gold mirror above.’

This home is a mix Emma White luckily didn’t have to make any big structural

‘To add some industrial vibes, I kept all the metalwork such as the lighting and curtain pole matt black. I’ve introduced a few plants into the room, as I wanted the flow of the house to the garden to be continuous throughout the living room. One of my favourite pieces is the French Connection rug’

‘One of the new additions to the room is our gallery wall, featuring various art and artists I love’

of our favourite styles

changes to her home, but she’s transformed it to fit in with her boho luxe aesthetic September 2018 27

Inspiring homes ‘Our leather-style sofa is from Maisons du Monde. It goes really well with the teal velvet one as they are similar shapes’

‘Eventually, we are planning on getting black Crittall-style back doors, to make this room a real statement’

‘We knew we wanted to invest in a statement sideboard and we decided to go with this one from Swoon Editions’

My story...

We decided we wanted to buy a house together shortly after our engagement as we aimed to be on the property ladder before planning a wedding. We started looking in January 2014 and after seeing around 15 houses, we fell in love with this one. Luckily, our offer was accepted and we moved in at the end of May 2014. So all in all, it was quite a quick process. We were lucky that the house was structurally in good condition and we didn’t have to make any big changes. The kitchen was new and a functional style so for the first two years, while we were planning our wedding and getting married, we didn’t do much to the house apart from a little painting. In January 2017, we started to go through each room, renovating it to our own taste. We like lots of different themes such as industrial, Scandi, Mid-Century and even touches of boho. So meshing all these styles together is how we are making this our dream home. We started with the bathroom, adding in lots of mixed metals exposed shelving, earthy blues, monochrome floor tiles and fresh white metro tiles. We quite like earthy colours, with a mix of dark and light. So, we slowly have been bringing these colours into each room in the forms of blues, greens and greys to give them a rich and inviting feel. After deciding on colour schemes, we have carefully picked pieces, which show off our personalities. Even though we love lots of different styles, we have always kept an overarching theme of industrial and raw furniture and accessories throughout. Again, this has helped to make the house feel like a home that we absolutely love! 28


Shop our pick of navy and copper pieces on page 34

A Swoon Editions TV unit adds impact in the living room

Good idea

Add interest to a neutral sofa with cushions and throws

Steal my style Channel Emma’s boho luxe style with these hot picks Pink hue Soft Plant stand, touch Oliver

Textured cushion, Next



£32 £119 Gold edge

Set of two tables, Dunelm

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‘The dining table from Design Shack is probably my favourite feature. The rustic, reclaimed top really complements the dark blue wall. I also love our Desenio prints!’

Expert advice

How to personalise a space l Don’t always follow trends. It’s

l Add in a mix of old and new

l Fill your home with artwork

l Don’t be scared to upcycle

really easy to get swept up by what everyone else is doing on Instagram to their homes. If you love it, then do it. But avoid living in a home everyone else adores apart from you – it can be a real challenge sometimes!

‘We painted the wall in the hallway Slate Grey from HomeBase and added this quirky industrial mirror to help open up the space’ 30

or prints you love. It will give your space a personal touch and will no doubt be a talking point when friends come over and want to know the stories and inspiration behind them all!

furniture. The combination will bring character to a room while making it feel less formal. If you’re a fan of vintage-style pieces, a retro sideboard looks great paired with a more modern metallic piece, such as a TV unit. furniture yourself. A fairly bland piece, such as a plain dining chair can easily be amped up with a good dose of spray or chalk paint. Just make sure you take your time to get it right.

Emma has broken up the vast amount of wood on her dining table with a grey tray centrepiece, which features a statement pair of salt and pepper grinders as well as some trendy agate coasters that are from HomeSense. She’s also added a few sprigs of greenery.


‘When we moved in, we were lucky enough to have a kitchen we didn’t have to do much work to. If we had loads of money, we probably would change this, as it’s not completely our style, but it is a lovely, bright space, which I have dressed up with things we love. However, I have been able to add our style in the dining area. We brought in this dark navy Farrow & Ball Hague Blue wall, and painted the rest of the space a light grey. It was scary when we first put the colour up but now we wouldn’t want it any other way.’ Emma has dressed her store cabinet with a stack of rustic looking copper pans, which tie in with the colour of her upcycled dining chairs. A couple of wooden chopping board, jars and a basket fruit bowl complete the look. It’s also really useful for extra surface space when you’re whipping up a meal for lots of dinner guests.

‘The blue splashback behind the hob was here when we moved in and is very handy for cleaning after cooking,’ says Emma. ‘Our statement whale chopping board was picked up from HomeSense and is one of my favourite touches in the house – he’s just such a joy!’


Make your own parqueteffect cabinet on page 36 Emma made the decision to splash out on quality appliances. Her pistachio-coloured toaster is from KitchenAid and her blue kettle is from Smeg September 2018 31

‘This vintage round mirror was such a good find. It opens up and stores all of my make-up. I upcycled this by giving it a fresh lick of paint and added a botanical feature wallpaper at the back’

Good idea

Putting a shelf directly above your headboard will frame your bed

Feature Becca Green Styling Becca Green and Lorraine Luximon Photos Simon Whitmore


‘This is the place I will be working from for the next three years while I study for my interior design degree. I like working in a room which isn’t too cluttered and fairly neutral in colour. Hence the reason I went for a monochromatic style, incorporating various shades of grey. We were on a budget with this room, so it’s mostly from Ikea.’

Master bedroom

‘The room gets quite dark, so we decided to embrace this and paint it in a soft earthy grey, which complements the whitewashed floorboards really well’


‘When designing this space, I aimed to create a Scandinavian sanctuary – somewhere to totally shut off from the hustle and bustle of life. I kept the walls white, but customised them with a collection of relaxing prints. One of the biggest changes to the room was ripping up the old carpet and restoring the original floorboards by hand. I decided to keep these natural, to reflect the Scandi style. I consciously brought in black to the room via the bed and lighting to complement and contrast with the white walls.’

‘My favourite feature of the room is our pendant bedside lights. Rather than having these hang via hooks, they are wired straight from the ceiling. They are minimalistic but really frame the sides of the bed’

‘We’re so glad we took the plunge and got rid of the bath and put in a walk in shower,’ says Emma


‘This room is quite small, so we wanted to make it feel brighter and more spacious. Going for an industrial feel, we brought in a large amount of mixed metallics such as a brass shower, copper tap and a cast iron vintage-style radiator, which has to be my favourite feature.’

What I learned...

l Don’t rush into buying everything when you first move in! You may get something you later regret. You need to learn more about your space first by living in it. l Plan, plan and plan again! Get together a quick moodboard of how you want the room to look with colours, textiles and furniture. You will then find it much easier when shopping not to get distracted and impulse buy something that doesn’t go. l But, if you truly love something, just buy it! It’s your home and your place to show who you are as a person. I’ve learned that it will all come together in the end. Turn to page 128 for stockist details

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navy & copper

Use copper as an accent to brighten up a navy kitchen, like Emma has

Incorporate one of our all-time favourite colour combos in your home, just like Emma has done

£12 B&Q Luxe fabrics such as velvet will amp up any dark colour

£12 Wilko Use metallic paint to transform your walls

£45.98 Wayfair Introduce rose gold through your kitchenware

£6.99 TK Maxx Little touches make all the difference

£23.99 Maisons du Monde A copper globe is perfect for those of us that have wanderlust 34

£29 Cult Furniture Exposed lighting is definitely hot right now

£104 Modern Rugs Looking to liven up your floors? A navy rug will do just the trick

£145 The Farthing Switch up your lighting and opt for a pendant design

£65 Amara

£25 Dunelm

A metallic retro-inspired piece mixes two opposing styles

Hang a copper framed clock in your kitchen or hallway

£29.99 Very Hammered metal creates a gorgeous effect

£2.95 Desenio Create a gallery wall with designs that you really love

£70 Debenhams

£50 Graham & Brown If you’re a fan of florals, look no further than this stunning wallpaper

£135 Next Marble and copper is irresistible, especially when it comes to furniture

£369 Swoon Editions Brighten up a deep blue accent chair with a metallic cushion

Feature Becca Green

Invest in quality pots and pans that will last

September 2018 35

Make the look...

Parquet-effect cabinet

Get some of Emma’s glamorous living room style with this easy yet fabulous cabinet revamp, which looks almost as good as the real deal Top Tip

You will need

If you fancy a different look, self-adhesive film (also known as sticky back plastic) is available in lots of different patterns, such as marble or stained glass effect.

Q Wooden cabinet Q Measuring tape Q Pencil Q Ruler Q Wood block self-adhesive film Q Craft knife


First, make sure the cabinet doors are clean, dry and free of dust. Paint the exterior of the cabinet if desired, prior to applying the self-adhesive film. Measure the height of the doors and draw a horizontal pencil line at the halfway point, indicating the join. Roll out the plastic on your work surface with the pattern facing up. Measure and cut pieces to fit each of the four sections of the doors with the wood block running diagonally, creating the parquet effect. Depending on the size of your chosen cabinet you may need to build up each section with more than one piece of the film. Make sure to conceal the joins. Peel off the backing paper and neatly stick each piece to the doors, smoothing out any air bubbles with your fingers as you work. Carefully trim any overhanging edges with a craft knife.

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Make and styling Suzie Sheppard Photo Olly Gordon


Regissör cabinet, £175; Johanne throw, £25, both Ikea. D-C-Fix beech wood block self-adhesive film, £5.50 a roll, B&Q. Wild & Wolf task desk lamp, £54.99, London Graphic Centre

Cabinet meeting If you’re more artsy, give this upcycled chest of drawers a try. While we love Emma’s glamorous furniture, we also adore a painterly look. This plain bedside cabinet has been given a fun makeover using Annie Sloan chalk paints and detail brushes. Inspired by the work of Josef Frank, an Austrian architect and designer, Annie created a bold, 36

folk-style pattern. To try it yourself, firstly give the cabinet a basecoat in Giverny using a flat brush for a smooth finish. Then add the pattern using a range of brushes and an earthy palette of chalk paint in Primer Red, Burgundy, Scandinavian Pink, Giverny, Arles, Antibes Green and Florence. The piece was then finished with clear wax to protect it. Go on, you don’t have to be an artist to give it a try!

Detail brushes, £14.95; chalk paints, £5.95 for 120ml, both Annie Sloan

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‘Open-plan living really suits us – everything has its own zone’


to my home A bit about me

I’m Huma Qureshi, owner of the online home and lifestyle shop ourstorytime., and I’m married to Richard. We live here with our three young boys.

Where I live

My home is a threebedroom, two-storey garden flat in a Victorian conversion in north London. We bought the property in October 2015.

What I wanted to change

The kitchen and bathrooms needed ripping out and replacing as they weren’t to our taste.

How I made it my own

I’ve kept our home looking fresh with a Scandi twist and have added plenty of colour through accessories.

My favourite part

I love spending time in the open-plan living area as it’s full of light. In the summer you can push back the bi-fold doors to bring the outdoors in.

My flat 38

Living room

‘For us, the living area is all about comfort and relaxation, hence the large L-shaped sofa being a showstopper in this space. The previous owners had big, cumbersome shelving next to the fireplace which we replaced with contemporary String shelves to add a design element and let the walls breathe. I would describe my style as playful and fresh, with hints of modern Scandi.’

The quirky layout

Snapping up this two-storey flat in her ideal location of north

‘I fell in love with this colourful rug from West Elm but it was sold out everywhere’, recalls Huma. ‘Luckily, I managed to track one down on eBay that was brand new and half of the original price! It’s really soft underfoot and helps zone off the living area from the rest of the room’

Good idea

Have unsightly features such as the boiler boxed into bespoke cabinets for a neat finish

gives it lots of character London, Huma Qureshi has mixed her love of Scandi style with playful twists

September 2018 39

Inspiring homes

‘We’ve always favoured open-plan environments and couldn’t believe our luck when we saw the extension already in place here, plus a studio in the garden!’

Huma’s home office makes good use of the wall space at the back of the house and has a fresh feel thanks to the natural woods and clean white palette. ‘My desk is very special to me as it was made bespoke by Unto This Last and it’s where I launched my business from’


Shop our pick of funky shelving on page 46

My story...

Richard and I were keen to stay in north London as we love the village vibe and all the green open spaces, as well as it being home to some of our favourite independent shops and cafés. When we first saw the flat, we were both taken aback at how much bigger it is inside than it appears from the street and the fact it felt wide and not narrow like most typical Victorian houses. I loved the quirky layout of the rooms and, fortunately, the downstairs had already been extended by the previous owners to create the open-plan living and dining space. Having said that, we did have to make a sacrifice with the kitchen as it doesn’t have a direct window so this was certainly our biggest compromise, but something we agreed we could learn to live with. On getting the keys, we didn’t waste any time and moved into a nearby Airbnb to save our sanity while the builders were in! Both the main bathroom and the en suite were completely replaced and updated, as well as the kitchen. We also had lots of carpentry work done around the flat – ripping out old, bulky units and putting in new bespoke storage that worked better in the space – as well as replacing all the existing sash windows as they were rotten. Running my business from home means I needed somewhere to store products and prepare orders to be posted out to customers, so having the studio at the end of the garden was a huge bonus when we bought the house. It’s a place I go to for inspiration – I’m at my happiest in there. The most exciting part was redecorating every room so the whole house now reflects us and has a happy and inviting vibe – we’ve put our stamp on everything! 40

Good idea

A glass skylight will flood long extensions with natural daylight

‘I love sourcing limited edition prints and am always on the lookout for new illustrators’

Structured shelving has been continued from the living area to tie the open-plan spaces together

Office area

‘Running the shop from home means I need a dedicated office space and the back of house has such a lovely outlook of the garden that it makes a great spot. Because it flows on from the living area, keeping clutter to a minimum was high on my priority list when designing the office, so I hung lots of wall shelves to keep paperwork out of the way.’

‘The previous owners had shelves built into the kitchen wall which provide extra storage’, says Huma

September 2018 41

Inspiring homes Open shelves display colourful accessories that add a splash of vibrancy to Huma’s kitchen. Displaying colourful books on a shelf is an easy way to introduce different shades. We all have books lying around, so make sure to utilise them as a styling tool.

Dining area

‘Although I’m a big fan of colour, I’m also drawn to a monochrome palette, so our dining space combines a bit of both. I chose a modern white dining table so it didn’t overpower the room. The black chairs, a mixture of John Lewis and Ikea offer a stylish contrast. I wanted to keep this area fairly neutral so as not to clash or compete with the décor in the living space, yet the continuation of the oak flooring and white walls still lets it flow as one. Fresh flowers and a colourful fruit bowl finishes it off.’


Mixing and matching different designs of dining chairs gives Huma’s styling an eclectic edge, while their united colourway allows them to sit comfortably together. The monochrome palette of the dining area offers a pared back look.

Make your own fruit bowl on page 48

‘Every design decision and purchase has been carefully considered to reflect us’

‘Because of the lack of natural daylight in the kitchen, I wanted to keep the look and feel of this space as bright and airy as possible. We had a new Ikea kitchen fitted and kept the palette minimal and unfussy’ 42

Decorating a narrow hallway can be challenging, but Huma has added character by painting some of the doorframes in a punchy yellow shade to draw attention to the architectural details. She has also added multi-coloured coat hooks to the wall for added interest, as well as a quirky shelving unit that houses necessities, such as house keys.

Huma has chosen a duo of pendant lights to provide direct lighting over the dining table to separate this area from the living space

The Victorian history of the property shines through with its period features including the fireplace, cornicing and ceiling rose

Huma has made the fireplace into a focal point even though it’s not functional anymore. ‘I bought the painted logs from The Log Basket and they are a great way to add a splash of colour and interest.’

Expert advice

How to decorate a room with limited daylight l If, like Huma, a space in your

house poses the challenge of having very little or no daylight coming into the room, start off by keeping the walls light in colour to help make the space feel bigger. However, don’t feel limited to white, bright colours can work just as well.

l Complete the look by

introducing pops of colour through bright accessories to add vibrancy. Natural light is great, but adding colour is just as important to complete a space.

l If the only source of daylight

coming into a room is blocked by a door, position a large mirror to reflect the light and fully bounce it around the room.

l Avoid filling the room with

too much furniture, as this will reduce floor space, which is important for maintaining a feeling of openness. When furniture is required, such as storage in a bedroom, choose white rather than dark woods and opt for glossy finishes to help reflect the light. September 2018 43

Use a large, freestanding mirror to bounce light around a dark hallway and create an illusion of space. ‘I found this bamboo wallpaper in the sale at John Lewis and there was just enough to cover the area,’ says Huma

Good idea

Ladder shelving is a great option if you want to give an area an open feel

Steal my style Keep your home feeling light and bright, like Huma’s with these buys

Feature and styling Cassie Pryce Photos David Giles

Face up

Trail blazer

Side table, Oliver Bonas

String of pearls, M&S

£98 £3.99 Sun’s out

Yellow bowl, HomeSense 44


Master bedroom

‘Richard and I wanted to keep our bedroom a calm and relatively neutral space compared to the rest of the house, so we’ve chosen a minimalist look that we can add colour to with accessories and artwork. Having only a small window in this basement room meant we decided to keep the walls bright white and avoid too much bulky furniture which could have made it feel enclosed and cramped. The light oak flooring was already installed when we moved in, and it adds to the Scandi-inspired feel.’

Maximising daylight in their basement bedroom was important to Huma and Richard, so they chose to have white wooden shutters fitted rather than hang heavy curtains or blinds that would eat into the window space

Huma’s painted sideboard is a great example of taking a vintage-style piece and updating it with a modern geometric design

‘White walls offer the perfect blank canvas’

Funky flooring is a must for a modern bathroom scheme


‘Having always had my heart set on a patterned floor, I jumped at the chance when we replaced the bathroom and found these geometric tiles at Topps Tiles. As it’s not a huge space, we’ve balanced out the busy flooring with simple white metro tiles on the walls.’

What I learned...

l It’s worth taking your time on the finishing touches like wallpaper and artwork as this is what makes every home unique. I didn’t want to put things up for the sake of it, only things I really loved. l Don’t let builders rush you into making decisions. I made mistakes when it came to choosing the light fittings and ended up with ones I didn’t like and had to change. l Living in a building site is stressful so I would recommend moving out to a nearby Airbnb if budget allows. Even if it’s just for a few weeks while the bulk of the work is done, I found it was a huge relief. Turn to page 128 for stockist details

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on the Shelf

Huma has opted to get creative with her choice of shelving and we think you should, too! £12.99 HomeSense This one will be handy in the potting shed

Liven up your office space with quirky storage, like Huma

£50 Sweetpea & Willow Slate and gold is an irresistibly luxe combo

£125 Habitat A storage ladder keeps a space feeling airy and bright

£8 Flying Tiger Copenhagen Follow the arrow all the way to the kitchen!

£59.99 Maisons du Monde We always recommend colourful furniture!

£89 Made £115 Audenza Opt for metallic items to brighten up a wall


Bathroom shelving can be ultra-stylish, too

£45.99 My Furniture Industrial designs are a great alternative to kitchen wall cabinets

£99 Cuckooland

£30 Bobby Rabbit

Introduce quirky shapes to your living area for immediate interest

Scalloped-edges are all the rage and we are huge fans!

£250 Artisanti Personalise your wall shelves with unique trinkets

£12.99 H&M A hexagon shelf nods to the geometric trend

What a wonderful way to display your favourite photos!

£19 Minifili Add a pop of pink to a room with a coloured number

£90 Gisela Graham Print off vintage-style labels to delegate different compartments

£103 Broste Copenhagen Choose a black wall shelf to add an industrial edge

Feature Becca Green

£12 Ikea

September 2018 47

Make the look...

Painted fruit bowl

Add personality to your home, like Huma, through brightly coloured accessories, such as this artsy handpainted fruit bowl

You will need Q Large white ceramic bowl Q White chinagraph pencil Q Turquoise, dark blue, orange, yellow ceramic paints Q Paintbrush

365+ bowl, £4.50, Ikea. Marabu porcelain paint, £3.50 for 50ml, Curtisward. Lemon jug, £15, Gisela Graham. Malmo Bloom medium plate, £16.50, Denby

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Lightly draw a simple diamond and spot pattern around the outside of the bowl with a white chinagraph pencil. Next, paint the diamond shapes with turquoise ceramic paint using sweeping brushstrokes and leave to thoroughly dry. When the blue diamonds are dry, paint the top and bottom rim of the bowl in yellow. Don’t worry about being too neat, an imperfect look is what you’re aiming for with this style of brushwork. Paint the middle of the diamonds yellow as well, then leave to dry again. Finally, paint the centre spots of the blue diamonds with orange. Complete the design by painting a mix of turquoise, dark blue and orange spots, working from the top down and leave to dry. The colours can also be mixed if you wish. Marabu porcelain paints don’t require oven fixing, so your bowl will be touch dry after 30 minutes but will then require around three days to properly cure and set onto the surface of the china.

Top Tip Once the porcelain paint has ‘cured’ onto the surface, which is around three days, your bowl can withstand dishwasher washes.



Ceramic collection, from £18, Oliver Bonas

Painterly pieces Be inspired to try a bolder

more confident art style. When it comes to paint effects and accessories, geometrics have reigned supreme for what has seemed like forever, but we’re glad to see floral flourishes having their moment this season. From mega-bloom wallpapers, we’re looking at you Bluebellgray, to bed linen and of 48

course accessories like plant pots, the high street is full of vibrancy – there’s not a straight line in sight! Oliver Bonas has definitely embraced this trend, with holiday-inspired ceramic pots and objets which would not look out of place at a Spanish market. To get the look yourself, choose a deep colour for the base, then sketch outlines of abstract blooms. Paint in contrasting shades and add detail with swirls of white paint.

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to my home A bit about me

I’m Amy Chambers and I live with my partner, Mike, our two boys, and dog, Daisy. I run my own children’s handmade clothing business at

Where I live

I live in a detached four-bedroom property in Wigan. We moved here in 2017.

What I wanted to change

The property had been well looked after so it initially just required cosmetic work, although we knew we wanted to renovate the kitchen.

How I made it my own

I painted the walls white to create a calm space, and then gradually started adding colour, texture and personality.

My favourite part

I adore our kitchen and dining area. It’s such a great family space. We love to entertain and have the doors wide open.

My house 50


‘We chose an Ikea kitchen from their Bodbyn range, it’s a good quality budget option. Also the units are all a standard size, so thinking long term, if I ever want to update the space I can just change the cupboard and drawer fronts. I went for a bank of square cupboards for our island, as it’s nice to have things out of sight. For contrast and practicality, I decided to go for different handles for the top cupboards and bottom units.’

Our property has

With a clever eye for bargain hunting and upcycling,

‘I really wanted a dark kitchen but worried that it was a short term trend and that it might look a bit imposing and make the room gloomy. So I decided to choose a two-tone kitchen. The white wall cabinets make the space feel bigger’

‘I wouldn’t change a thing or do anything differently – I love it as it is’ Good idea

A two-tone kitchen is an effective way to incorporate dark units into a light colour scheme

had atotal style update

Amy Chambers used her creative skills to design a space for her growing family

September 2018 51

Inspiring homes ‘I’ve always loved the brick wall effect as an interior element so when Mike suggested adding a real brick wall during the renovation we went for it. I love the industrial edge and warm colour it gives the room’


Make your own copper shelving on page 60

‘My dad made the kitchen shelves out of copper pipe and reclaimed wood. He’s a plumber but also a really good handy man; he’s helped with loads of odd jobs – I think I get my creative skills from him’

My story...

Moving here was the smoothest operation I’ve known, although it did help that it was my motherin-law’s old home. Our previous place was so tiny I sometimes wonder how we ever managed, so when I fell pregnant with our second child it felt like the right time to move. I had a light bulb moment when Mike’s parents decided to sell up and move to Spain. I knew the house had a lot of potential with a large garden, so it seemed a good decision to offer to buy it. It had been really well maintained over the years so we only needed to put our stamp on it. My mother-in-law likes bright colours and had painted some walls red, and I did feel bad painting over them all straightaway, but luckily she’s very easy going so it wasn’t a problem. We knew we wanted to install a new kitchen and add a dining area so we knocked down what was a conservatory and Mike suggested French doors to the outside. He runs a window company and has lots of trade contacts, so we got much of the work done as a favour which meant renovating the space cost us next to nothing. We started work in November by immediately knocking through to the outside for the bi-folds, but with only wood to keep the rain out it was freezing. I was determined to get in for Christmas and my dad, who is a plumber and really handy, helped out on decorating tasks, so thankfully we finished just in time. There are still areas of the house that need doing up, but I’m really happy with what we’ve achieved so far. It’s a great space for our family as well as for entertaining, and now it’s pretty much complete, it really feels like home. I just love it here! 52

‘This double sink is a really useful addition to the kitchen, and I love the freshness of the white on white, only really broken up by the grey grout,’ says Amy.


Shop rattan home buys over on page 58

Good idea

Make a style statement using designer bulbs in naked cage lamps

‘My favourite piece of furniture is this hanging egg chair. It was £15 from a Facebook selling site and it adds a really fun element to the room’

‘Don’t be afraid to ask family or friends to help out – you can always return the favour’

Steal my style Get some of Amy’s industrial home style


‘I saw some fur stools on an interiors website, but they were out of my budget, so I had a go at making my own’

Hook up

Baker’s hanging shelf, Atkin and Thyme

Dining area

‘We knew before we moved in that the dining area would be an important aspect of our family life so we wanted to create a ‘forever’ space that wouldn’t need changing. We replaced the old kitchen and then extended the room so that we could have a large family dining table. We chose the Skogsta from Ikea because it can easily seat everyone. Mike’s company installed the doors so we saved a fortune.’

Feeling fruity

Pineapple table lamp, British Heart Foundation



Tropical thunder

Jungle Glam wallpaper, Very

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Inspiring homes ‘I love the illustration of the lady in the gold frame and that was the starting point for the gallery wall. Everything else fitted around this, though I did plot out the pictures first and move them around a bit until they worked well together. This was a really fun project to do, especially adding the 3D elements, such as the miniature stag head and planters, which I think takes the wall from looking ordinary to inspiring,’ says Amy. ‘I love a good upcycle and hate paying a lot for furniture so when I spotted this cabinet in a second-hand shop, I knew that I could turn it into something amazing with some TLC.’

Living room

‘The living room is the cosiest place in the house. I’ve been much more creative in this space, trying out ideas that I see on social media, and although it’s a bit of a mash-up of styles, I think it works really well. The plank wall is saved from looking too rustic by adding the wall lights and modern prints. Our tan leather Valentino sofa from Sofology really takes centre stage in this room, and I think it complements the dark blue Victorian Dusk by Valspar wall beautifully.’

‘I adore this little corner – it’s a real mix of new, inherited and vintage bargains, but everything works well together. The curtains are from H&M’

‘I bought the picture of Frida Kahlo from Desenio. The Strandmon armchair from Ikea provides a nice spot to chill’ 54

‘I find inspiration everywhere. My wall feature was inspired by a headboard I’d seen in a magazine’

‘Most items in my home are vintage or upcycled’

Expert advice

How to make a plank wood wall feature l Calculate the amount of

l Start in the middle of

l Clean the wall surface

l Apply wood glue to the

wood you will need. Measure the length and width of the space you want to cover plus extra.

thoroughly, making sure that it is dry and flat and that any nails or screws are removed. Decide on the pattern you want to create and lay out the planks. Take a photo on your phone for reference if neccesary.

your chosen spot and draw a straight reference line along the wall using a spirit level for accuracy. back of your first plank and start in the middle, then work your way outwards, upwards and below until you have completed your pattern. Add a few nails to secure the planks, but beware of any electricals behind the wall.

‘The walls in the hall really needed plastering but were just out of our initial budget so we decided to go with wallpaper with texture and pattern. It needed to be bright as the hall gets hardly any light. This Gold Line Geo wallpaper from Next looks great in this space. It is complemented perfectly by the gold hexagon mirror which makes it look quite luxurious.’ September 2018 55

As the desk is white, Amy can easily see the fabric colours when she’s working on her kids’ clothing designs


‘As my business took off I needed more room to work from and to store my fabrics. We have an off-street parking space at the front of the house so it made sense to convert the garage into my office. I love the clean lines and simple design of this Micke desk combined with the Ekby shelf with drawers, both from Ikea; they look like they were meant to be together.’

Feature and styling Lisa Moses Photos Katie-Jane Watson

‘The dressing table is actually an Ekby floating shelf from Ikea, the same as the shelf in my office. It’s such a versatile piece of furniture’


Master bedroom

‘The Dock Blue by Little Green wall complements the blush pink styling in our bedroom. I was initially drawn to the Rocco detail on the front of these bedside drawers from Dunelm and I love the symmetry they create with the bedside lamps. The row of pictures adds a bit of interest above the bed. I like to cosy it up with different throws and cushions to give the room a more sumptuous feel, which I think it needs, since we have no carpet or rugs on the floor. The bed frame is the Leirvik from Ikea and at £89 it was a bargain.’

‘Our bedroom is the room most people comment on. I think the dark blue works well with the Yoga Rose by Valspar blush pink paint on the door. It is a lovely combination, which works so well‘

Good Idea

‘I bought the drawers from eBay and the original owner told me they purchased them in 1965. I decided to paint them white, and then used masking tape to create gold triangles’

Use a good quality painter’s tape to ensure sharp lines


‘The Palm Green Foliage wallpaper in the bathroom by Julien Macdonald for Graham & Green came from B&Q. It has a glitter effect on the background which I love, and adding the gold pineapple accessories has given a touch of glamour to the smallest room.’

Amy has gone bold in the bathroom with a feature wallpaper

What I learned...

l Rather than just buying something new, have a think about how to find or make a cheaper version. I’ve saved a fortune by crafting some things myself. l You can save yourself a lot of money by bringing in tradespeople separately rather then getting one company to do the whole job. Always haggle and if you have friends in the trade, offer to do a job swap.

‘Painting the door pink gave our bedroom the wow-factor’

l Use the rule of three, it adds interest and is more eye catching than the symmetry of two. I used this theory when buying my cage lights and I do this when planning picture arrangements, too. Turn to page 128 for stockist details

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rattan fever

Peacock chairs are such a key piece for this trend, get inspired by Amy and tap into the look

Rattan is still on our hotlist – here’s how you can incorporate it into your home, just like Amy has £69 Made If you don’t want to commit to furniture, a rattan light is a great alternative

£22.70 The Farthing Tall baskets work great as umbrella stands and for extra storage

£375 Cox & Cox Opt for a bench to maximise seating space 58

£12 Ikea Plants and rattan – there is no better boho combination!

£225 Buy Direct 4 U Egg chairs are a statement piece and are a bold choice

£625 Out There Interiors A hanging swing chair definitely has the wow-factor!

£30 Hurn & Hurn Hang a rattan mirror in the centre of a wall to create a focal point

£275 Abode Living £47.99 Maisons du Monde Amp up your shelving with an intricate rattan design

£300 Viva Lagoon Choose a coloured design to add a quirky edge to your living space

Larger than life lighting is a must if you want to be on trend

£229 La Redoute

£150 Meeknest Opt for a coffee table with a glass top so you don’t stain the rattan

Feature Becca Green

Rattan is for the bedroom, too! A decorative headboard sets the tone for an entire room

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Make the look...

Copper shelving unit

Get yourself some of Amy’s industrial interior style with a cube shelving system made almost entirely from copper pipes and pine

You will need

Top Tip

Q 15mm copper pipe Q 8 x 15mm copper elbows Q 4 x 15mm copper tees Q Pipe cutter Q Contact adhesive Q Pine shelves Q Saw Q Sandpaper Q Wood varnish Q Paintbrush

Sand the pine shelves then coat them with varnish or paint before gluing each length onto the copper pipe frame.


Cut the copper pipe into four 40cm lengths and 10 x 18cm pieces. Place the four longer pieces on your work surface and fix a copper elbow to each end with glue. Leave to dry. Attach four of the shorter pieces to the open ends of the elbows, and glue in place. Allow to dry. Take two of the now C-shaped sections and lay on your work surface with the open ends of the pipes facing. Connect with a copper tee and glue in place. Repeat with the other two sections to create the unit sides. Connect the sides by fixing the last two 18cm pieces of copper pipe between the open ends of the tees. To complete, glue lengths of pine shelves between the copper frame.


Make and styling Suzie Sheppard Photo Olly Gordon


15mm copper pipe, £6.42 for 2m; 15mm copper elbows, £4.04 for 10; 15mm copper tees, £4.12 for five; copper pipe cutter, £10.60; all B&Q. Bamboo lidded tins, from £2, Flying Tiger Copenhagen. Leaf jug, £30; faux succulents in trough, £36, both Gisela Graham

Copper load Display your accessories on a copper pipe stand. This creative idea offers a rustic and unique way to store jewellery. To make, push two 15cm copper pipes into two opposing ends of a tee, then place stop ends on the two arms. Position 45cm of copper pipe into the remaining hole then push the opposite end into a 60

adapter (the base of the display). Once happy with how the pieces fit together, put superglue inside each end cap and tee to secure, if necessary. Screw a floor flange into the centre of a sanded wood block using wood screws. Then screw the base of the copper jewellery display into this. And there you have it, a bespoke jewellery display ready to hang all of your favourite necklaces!

Find the full project in Make Yourself at Home by Moorea Seal (Sasquatch Books, £19.99)

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the floor

Thinking of investing in some new flooring? Or are you just stuck in a rut with your style? Take a look at our expert guide on all things floors

p66 Why we’re on boar d with the carpet comebac k

Feature Becca Green

p68 A guide to the different types of wood

p64 Vinyl that’ll make you swoon

p70 Tempting tiles for every room in the home September 2018 63

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Here at HomeStyle HQ we like to call vinyl the ultimate all-rounder. Due to its high durability it is said to be able to last up to 20 years, even in the most high traffic areas. It is also waterproof, which makes it the ideal flooring solution for kitchens or bathrooms. What’s even better is that it is resilient and very easy to keep clean.

The king of practicality, vinyl! If you’re after a floor that is hardwearing, comes in an array of designs and is affordable then look no further SHEET OR TILES

Picking the style of vinyl you like will, of course, be your first priority. However, it’s good to know the pros and cons of the two different ways it’s produced – sheets and tiles. On the whole, vinyl sheets are usually quite a bit cheaper and more cost effective as they are mass-produced whereas vinyl tiles hand over the creative reins to you, with how the patterns are laid. Another plus of the tile designs is that if one becomes damaged you can easily replace it rather than having to refit the entire floor! We are constantly inspired by all of the wonderful and unique patterns that vinyl comes in now. Why not try a statement design in your smallest space to add interest? cool cubist Mardi Gras Cubes vinyl, £15.99 per sqm, Carpetright

over the rainbow Triangle Juke Box pattern vinyl, £59 per sqm, Atrafloor

Expert advice LOW RES

Stuart Reeves, Sales Manager at Avenue Floors lets us in on the practicalities of vinyl, it’s advantages and tells us why it’s a popular option. l Thanks to the nature of cushion

vinyl, the design capability has no limits. Homeowners can enjoy wood, stone, plain and tile designs for their rooms with ease and without breaking the bank. Whether it’s oak floors, slate tiles or concrete effect, the choice is almost limitless.

l Another beauty of vinyl is that

abstract, bold and striking designs can be created and used to bring a statement look, primarily in


bathrooms and kitchens where homeowners tend to be more adventurous. The Avenue Bubblegum & Liquorice collection is perfect for these rooms, with colourful stripes and geometric repeats to variations on the duck egg blue colour theme. l Cushion vinyl is extremely practical

and the perfect floor for a busy family. Not only is it easy to fit, it is comfortable underfoot. What’s more, it can be used with underfloor heating, which is a bonus! It comes in 2m, 3m and 4m widths; so avoiding unsightly seams and also wastage, meaning it scores high on the style stakes, but also is very budget conscious as there isn’t much excess.

so chic Moduleo Dryback Impress vinyl in Sierra Oak, £30.99 per sqm, Moduleo



blue hue Corona Azure vinyl, £165 per sqm, Amtico

repeat it Rococo Dotty Red vinyl, £15.99 per sqm, Lifestyle Floors

old school Mardi Gras Feliz vinyl, £15.99 per sqm, Carpetright

deep blue Neisha Crosland Dovetail vinyl, £44.80 per sqm, Harvey Maria


The possibilities of vinyl are endless! Whether you want to achieve the look of tiles, wood or a more unique pattern such as terrazzo – vinyl covers it all. One key thing to note is that vinyl requires a very smooth surface in order for it to lay flat and without imperfections. It goes without saying that vinyl isn’t going to be as hardwearing as real wood or natural tiles, however it’s a great option for those on a budget who want to switch up their current flooring. Preparation is key. You should store your vinyl loosely rolled in the room you’re laying it for at least 24 hours so it acclimatises to the condition of the room. Another thing to note is that when it comes to laying your vinyl, if you’re taking on the project yourself, it’s best to use a single sheet as it creates a neater finish and prevents any wear that might occur on the edges and seams.

dark side Metropolis vinyl, £15.99 per sqm, SCS

throwing shapes Ultimate Timber Pamera vinyl, £18.99 per sqm, Avenue Floors

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Quick updates boho comforts Bellagio Twist carpet in Honey, £27.99 per sqm, Carpetright

cosy corner Sensation Heathers Riga Surf carpet, £24 per sqm, Cormar Carpets

the carpet

comeback You might think carpet is yesterday’s news, but you’re wrong! Carpet can be a really practical option and will immediately warm up a space

ROOM 101

Carpet might not be the most practical solution to flooring throughout your entire home, however it can really work in certain spaces. The most obvious would be the bedroom. There’s nothing better than waking up in the morning and placing your feet on a soft carpet. Not only does it feel more snugly but it also offers insulation and noise dampening qualities. Another great place to lay carpet that you may not initially think of is the hallway. It naturally creates a sense of cosiness. Just choose darker colours or a pattern to conceal any dirt and make sure to put a welcome mat by the door. 66

eastern influence Brintons Carpets Timorous Beasties Noir Ruskin Butterly carpet, £74 per sqm, Stonegate Carpets

come on in Columbus Greek Key carpet, £29.99 per sqm, Carpetright


Nowadays, open-plan living is a popular choice. However, it’s good to be able to zone off areas in order for them to keep their own identity. If you’ve got a living room-diner then why not separate the space with your choice of flooring? Opt for carpet for your seating area, then choose a more sleek option such as tiles or vinyl for under your dining table, so it’s easy to keep clean.


Keeping bacteria at bay can be a worry with those of us that opt for carpet, especially if you live with pets. Experts claim that vacuum cleaning is simply not enough and that we should all get our carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year. This doesn’t have to be a major cost though as you can rent a carpet cleaner for as little as £20 a day.


white stripe Nordic rib loop carpet, £42 per sqm, John Lewis

rustic vibes Coir Herringbone carpet, £19 per sqm, Sisal and Seagrass

think pink Charming carpet, £14.99 per sqm, SCS

Expert advice Rupert Anton of the Carpet Foundation gives us an insight into the different types of carpet. l There is a style of carpet for every

modern home. It’s so versatile as it suits both contemporary and traditional looks. Practical and hardwearing, carpet is also soft and forgiving so it is an ideal flooring solution for families. It is heat retentive so keeps rooms cosy and warm. Carpet is also the smart choice for a healthy home because it acts like a sponge and traps allergens.

l Functional and stylish, it is no

wonder carpet is the UK’s number one floor covering. In terms of types,

essentially there are three main ones – Axminster (patterned carpet); Wilton (woven carpet) and Tufted (the most popular by a mile). Wool has been used in carpet for centuries and is universally recognised as the best fibre. It is often blended with man-made fibres to further improve the wear properties. Polypropylene is popular too as it is stain resistant, whereas Polyester is a great option if you prefer your carpet to be super soft and luxurious to the touch. l The only other thing I would stress

is that where you buy your carpet is as important as what you buy. Remember to do your research and there is no such thing as a free fitting!

colour splash Portofino Turchesi carpet, £49.99 per sqm, Brockway

grey scale Bedford carpet, £59.99 per sqm, Brintons

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Wood is arguably the most timeless option. We run you through the different types, from the natural to the man-made THE WONDERS OF LAMINATE

Laminate is a practical and more affordable solution to solid wood flooring. Essentially it is a man-made product that is constructed to mimic the look of real wood. Fans of all things grey, rejoice! Laminate comes in numerous shades of light and dark browns as well as grey, which offers a contemporary, industrial look that is very on trend.Practicality wise, laminate is one of the easiest floor types to keep clean. All it requires is a damp cloth to wipe away any dirt. Make sure not to use a saturated mop though as this could introduce too much moisture to your new floor. scandi cool Kährs Oak Alloy engineered wood, £46.92 per sqm, Hardwood Floor Store

side step Balterio Xpressions laminate in Milkshake, £21.99 per sqm, Carpetright

Expert advice Katherine Matthews from the Marketing department at Kährs advises on the different types of wood and how to lay it. l When picking a wood floor, there

are a number of species to choose from – the most popular include oak, ash, maple, walnut and beech. Be mindful of how the colour of the natural wood will adjust over the years with sunlight exposure, and think about the levels of traffic in the room you are laying wood flooring so you pick the best type for you.

l When laying your flooring, installing

it lengthwise will accentuate the shape of the room. Meanwhile, light 68

floors coupled with light walls will enhance the sense of space, while a dark floor will ground the room. Dark floors combined with dark walls diminish the room – but can bring a sense of warmth and cosiness. l Natural light, the size of the

windows, other lighting and the direction of the light, all affect the perception of the floor. The general rule is to install it lengthwise towards the window. If the room is long and narrow with windows placed vertically, you will have to choose what you feel is more important to accentuate – the shape or light. Be savvy with your flooring to create the illusion of more space.


Sometimes we neglect the original flooring that we are blessed with in our homes. With a good dose of TLC, original floorboards can be as good as new. Give them a good sand down then use wood filler to fill in any gaps. An electric sander may be required if they are heavily varnished. We love the idea of whitewashing floorboards – just mix two parts emulsion with one part water and test on a piece of wood, don’t be too precious with it, as this adds to the distressed look.



cool touch Engineered oak flooring, £34.99 per sqm, UK Flooring Direct

so neutral Karndean select wood flooring, £51.49 per sqm, John Lewis

catch shade Sagano oak laminate flooring, £17.99 per sqm, Wickes retro cool Oak wood flooring, £76.74 per sqm, Havwoods


warm It up Bosque Oak Veneer engineered wood, £9 per sqm, Wickes

If you’ve got your heart set on wood flooring, you’ll have to make the decision between solid and engineered wood. In simple terms, the solid variety is made up of pure wood whereas engineered flooring is constructed of layers of plywood that are formed together with a final layer of real wood on top, to make it appear solid. Engineered wood is slightly cheaper but isn’t as hardwearing. When you’re planning your new wood floor, make sure to get a professional to check the moisture levels in the foundations below. The reading shouldn’t exceed 3% and if it’s on the border it would be a safer option to opt for engineered wood over solid.

ZIG ZaG Raw cotton herringbone flooring, £85.34 per sqm, Ted Todd

lIGht work Painted white oak oiled flooring, £49.99 per sqm, Quick-Step September 2018 69

Quick updates effortlessly chic Thornbury floor tile, £67.56 per sqm, Topps Tiles

trendy tiles


Grout is not only the glue that sticks the tiles together, but it’s what pulls the look together too. Using different coloured grout can change the overall appearance of a scheme. For example, using a grey grout will add an industrial edge to your flooring. If you want to achieve a clean and fresh look then white is the way to go. Too harsh? Then why not opt for an off-white that will warm up a space? Remember, only grout small areas at a time as it dries quickly!

monochrome love Nero tiles, £39.95 per sqm, Walls and Floors

Tiles are all the rage right now and we can’t get enough of the gorgeous patterned designs. Listen up if you want to learn more… INSPO BEHIND THE PATTERN

Funky tiles are officially back, and we couldn’t be happier! It’s time to think outside the box and make an interesting feature out of your floor. In particular, Moroccan inspired tiles are a firm favourite as they are often coloured and have unique pattern work that is individual with every tile – making a space personal and unique to you. If you‘re up for trying the trend but don’t want to make as much of a bold statement, use patterned tiles in the middle of a space to create a rug effect then outline this with more simpler designs, paring the look back. 70

decorative details Shoreditch tile, £42 per sqm, The Baked Tile Company


It’s important to research beforehand how you want your tiles to be laid. The trendsetters amongst us might be drawn to a herringbone formation, which is where oblong or metro tiles are placed to create a chevron effect. Or, how about a basketweave formation? Where tiles are positioned next to each other in a block and then repeated in the opposite direction. Whether or not you want to give a unique layout a go in your home, it’s vital that you thoroughly measure your floor space before you make your order and get the adhesive out!

clean sweep Mont Blanc marble-effect tile, £16.96 per sqm, Tile Giant


speckled effect Natural stone-effect tiles, £47.36 per pack, B&Q

pretty pattern Laura Ashley Wicker floor tile, £34 per sqm, British Ceramic Tile

ethnic look Marrakech Catarina copper tile, £30 per sqm, Tile Mountain

Expert advice Jayne Adamson, Head of Retail and Marketing at British Ceramic Tile gives her top tips on choosing the right floor tiles for you. l Before you decide which tiles to

use, think about how they will work with the room. Do you want to coordinate with existing furniture, or bring the wow-factor to the floor? You need a surface solution that will stand up to heavy-duty wear and tear, but that will reflect your personality too.

l Good preparation is key when tiling

floors. You need to ensure the existing covering is dry, smooth, stable and free from dirt and grease before you start. If not, you won’t achieve the

seamless application that you would have hoped for. Don’t rush things!

more marble Natural Carrara marble tile, £98.95 per sqm, Walls and Floors

l Whether you’re tiling a small or

large space, be bold and choose a repeat pattern to bring the attention to the fifth wall. Large tiles in a small space can actually increase the size of the room, especially if they have a high gloss finish. This means less grout lines, providing a smooth and seamless finish. Have a colour scheme in mind. Request samples online or at your local retailer to see how the tiles will work within your chosen colour scheme. They can look slightly different in certain lights, so try them in their intended habitat with an abundance of natural light.

line work Westminster tile, £54 per sqm, The Baked Tile Company September 2018 71

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Upcycling challenge



Use wallpaper to revamp a cabinet in need of a serious injection of style. This project can be completed in just an afternoon If you live in a rented property, then adding pattern to your walls isn’t always an option. So do it through your furniture instead with this easy but fun upcycling idea, using your favourite wallpaper.

Feature Lorraine Luximon Project adpated from Insta-style For Your Living Space by Joanna Thornhill (Cico Books, £9.99) On sale 9th October 2018

Takes 5 hours You will need

Q Old chest of drawers Q Screwdriver Q Sandpaper Q White spirit Q Wallpaper off-cuts Q Primer, if required Q Paintbrush Q Eggshell or gloss paint Q Pencil, ruler and eraser Q Scissors or craft knife Q Foam brush Q Strong white craft glue, such as PVA Q Credit card Q Thin skewer Q Electric drill (optional) Q New handles (optional)

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Remove all the drawers from the chest, unscrew the handles and give the carcass and fronts a good sanding. Brush off all the sawdust, then wipe the carcass and drawers using a cloth and white spirit. Allow to dry. Meanwhile, unroll the wallpaper, turn it over and then roll it up again gently to flatten it. Paint the carcass in your chosen colour. If it’s solid wood, coat it first with some oil-based primer, then paint it with either eggshell or gloss. If the carcass is melamine or veneer, you will need to use a specialist primer, or try a chalk-based paint, which will adhere to the surface without the need for any prep. Apply a second coat if required. Lay the wallpaper pattern-side up on a table. Place your first drawer front face down on top of this, positioning it where you want the pattern to be positioned. Lightly draw around the edges. Repeat with each drawer front. If they are all the same size, you can use the same measurements.


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Trim off the wallpaper from the remainder of the roll. Cut out each paper drawer front using sharp scissors or a craft knife and ruler. If any pencil lines are still visible, rub these out at this stage. Take your first drawer front and, using a foam brush, coat it with a thin layer of craft glue. If your chosen glue is thick, dilute it with a little water until it is easy to spread. Pay special attention to the edges and corners. Position the wallpaper in place, carefully pushing out any bubbles with a credit card to ensure a smooth result. Wipe off any excess. Leave the paper to dry and repeat with the other drawers. Cut off any excess paper protruding from the drawer edges using a craft knife. For extra durability, apply another thin layer of craft glue to each drawer front with a foam brush, and leave to dry. Use a thin skewer to help you locate the original screw holes in each drawer front, then add the handles back on. Alternatively, if you are using a different type, make some new holes first using a drill.




SHOP THE LOOK light up Lester table lamp, £20, Matalan

pot luck Isabella plant pot, £25, Audenza

wonder walls Make an impact on your walls with artwork made by you


Friendly giant Ceramic elephant, £8, M&Co

get the book Insta-style for your Living Space by Joanna Thornhill (Cico Books, £9.99)

Top Tip

Paint the cabinet with either eggshell or gloss paint, depending on whether you want a matt or shiny finish. For an easy application, use chalk paint which requires no prep.

Good idea

Use off-cuts of wallpaper samples


All front

A console table is a handy piece of furniture to have in a hallway for storing those bits and pieces when you get into the house. If you have sourced something that could do with a revamp, take inspiration from this Crown look which uses shades of green and grey durable matt emulsions to liven up a set of drawers. Change up the handles to complete the look.

paper dreams

Ochre and grey is a timeless combination, and at just £12.99 a roll from Very, this Painted Dot wallpaper is an affordable buy. Why not use it to revamp a chest of drawers? See our project on page 74.

Keep trim

Give your latest tiling project a lovely finish with Homelux tile trim, which is available in a range of finishes, from champagne to brushed black. Trims are priced at RRP £19.95 for 1.83m from DIY retailers.

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green with envy Crown hall & stairs matt emulsion, £20.50 for 2.5L, Crown

Upcycling news For September it’s all about styling your home creatively on a budget Craft it yourself

Brighten up your home with a splash of handmade style by turning everyday items into something beautiful with the 40 inspiring projects in Willow Crossley’s Handmade Living (Cico Books, £12.99). Ideal for every occasion throughout the year, the projects are super resourceful. From turning grain sacks into pillows and block printing napkins to decorating coat hangers with fabric scraps, there are lots of ideas for making your home personal to you. The ideas are not all time consuming either, these tile coasters for instance can be whipped up in mere minutes before your guests all arrive!

to dye for Indigo and shibori natural dye kit, £39.95, Botanical Folk at Etsy

lAteSt releASe

Learn how to revive the traditional practice of natural dyeing with this wonderful kit. Indigo is a dye extracted from the leaves of plants, and believe us you’ll be amazed by the results! Included in this starter kit is mostly everything you’ll need to dye up to 1kg of fabic, including two handmade wood clamps and rubber bands to enable you to experiment with techniques. As well as the essential supplies needed for the craft there’s also an informative booklet. Plus, you’ll receive a cotton tote bag to get creative with straight away! September 2018 77

stylist’s edit

Introduce an abundance of natural materials into your home with stylist Laurie Davidson to create a look that suits you

Good idea

Light wood, clean lines and tons of soothing green create a relaxed feel

Wonder wood

Combine cool wood tones and fresh greens for a showstopping dining scheme Isn’t this look just like a breath of fresh air and an extension of your garden?

Feature and styling Laurie Davidson Styling assistant Nicole Howarth Photos Simon Whitmore Set builder Michael Greaves

Gone are the days when using wood furniture meant dark and dated – this look is fabulously fresh and will keep your home feeling light and bright all year round. The colour

green is thought to bring balance and harmony to its surroundings, which makes it the perfect partner to wood furniture. Opt for soft shades of sage, crisp apple and serene bamboo for a painted backdrop and choose sculpted wood furniture for a Scandi vibe such as a round dining table.

Use a wood-burning pen to pattern on coasters or create your own placemats

Choose soft greens and pale woods to keep your scheme feeling light and bright, evoking a sense of calm

Inject plenty of greenery into this look with hanging plants and a mix of real and faux foliage

‘Plants are an interior lover’s dream when it comes to adding texture and life to a space – opt for real or faux, both are great options’ September 2018 79

3 looks for...

Shining gems Create a colourful vibe with stone finishes – everything from agate to marble Combine all of the jewel colours gems and minerals. From pretty amethyst and deep aquamarine, and marble prints that have to sparkling sapphire and vibrant been hitting the high street. Start by choosing your backdrop, whether it’s a brightly painted wall or a marble-print wallpaper, then add in furniture and accessories in colours and patterns inspired by your favourite

citrine, pick out two or three colours that work naturally together and use fearlessly. It’s okay to use colours you wouldn’t usually, too – for example, teal with ochre or fuchsia with aqua.

Pick out the colours of your and pair with shining favourite gemstones metallic accents

When it comes to small accessories, choose items inspired by agate, crystal and stones in jewelled tones, to add visual interest

Display coloured rocks and minerals in a quirky fashion – this printer’s tray was spray painted gold


‘An ornate rug can hide unsightly floors and pull a whole look together. The Persian look is back, and we are head over heels’

Good idea

Create a scheme based on your favourite gemstone colours, with elements of metallic and marble

Good idea

Hang a wire shelf and display your favourite photos and prints on it

Mixed metals

From burnished brass to contemporary black, mixed metals is one of our faves This new bedroom trend breaks all the rules, with metal finishes that aren’t chosen to match.

Yes, you heard right, it’s all about the clash! In fact, having shiny metals combined with antique or brushed effects will instantly add more texture to your scheme. Keep the look from

feeling too harsh with a painted wall that blurs the lines between three different tones – experiment with a washed effect like this, or go for an ombré or geo design instead. For furniture, opt for metal-based pieces, like an iron bed, and add hairpin legs to vintage or rustic pieces.

Create a washed effec t different paints and a on your wall using three dry paintbrush to ble nd

Add metal hairpin legs to rustic wood pieces to create an industrial vibe

Pair ornate gilt frames with more modern frames for an inspirational feature wall

‘Remember to mix up your finishes, too! Matt, metallic or even brushed golds all look great together. The more texture, the better!’ September 2018 83

3 looks for...


What colour look is your favourite? Shop the trends below and get inspired by our themed moodboards


Austin table, £495; Oregan dining chairs, £160 each; Moxley ceiling light, £120; Elzora chalk platter, £30; jug, £25; mugs, £25, all Habitat. Stenlille rug, £60; Fladis seagrass basket, £12; Industriell pendant light, £25, all Ikea. Saturn and Neptune prints, from £20 unframed, King & McGaw. Soothing Sage and Green Willow matt emulsion, £28 for 2.5L, Valspar. Ines dinner plates, £45 for four, Swoon Editions. Olive wood salad servers, £25; platter, £55, all The White Company. Alexis small sideboard, £229; bamboo plant in white pot, £22; Honesty plant plaque, £13, all Dunelm. Global wicker tray (on wall), £42, Rockett St George. Washed linen napkins, £3.99 each; table runner, £12.99; seat cushions, £3.99 each; bowls, £6.99 each; plates, £8.99 each, all H&M. Wooden bread boards, from £7.99; wood candle, £4.99, both HomeSense. Wood coasters (without etchings), £7.99 for four, eBay.


AS Creation Distressed Driftwood Wood Panel faux effect embossed wallpaper, £16.99 per roll, I Want Wallpaper. Soothing Sage and Green Willow matt emulsion, £28 for 2.5L, Valspar. Fabric swatches, all Prestigious Textiles. Honesty plant plaque, £13 for three, Dunelm. Wood coaster (without etchings), £7.99 for four, eBay. Woven placemat, wooden spoons and mini chopping board, all stylist’s own.



Debona Marble Pattern wallpaper, £12.99 per roll, I Want Wallpaper. Palace Grand sofa in Blush Velvet, £1,899, DFS. Louis armchair, £1,040, Detroit marble oval side table, £250; agate tealight holders, £21 each, all Graham & Green. Pearl side table, £144; Ziggy cabinet, £467; Treviso pendant in amber, £119, all Swoon Editions. Teal fringe cushion, £19, M&Co. Fuchsia Passion 2 rug, £189 for 160cm x 221cm; ceramic tribal vase, £20; gold flamingo sculpture, £20.80; Elements blue vase, £26, all Dunelm. Stoneware Deco globe, £42 for five, Rockett St George. Estella mauve mini bowl, £8; Woven cerise wool throw, £95; Modena Green frames, from £18; Pedra platter, £18, all Oliver Bonas. Bakala marble mantel clock, £30.66, La Redoute. Marble geo writing set, £8; notebook, £8; Escape pink notebook, £12, all Paperchase. Aqua watercolour print, £22.50 for A3 size, AttikiArt at Etsy. Agate and crystal art prints, from a selection, Chloe Vaux at Etsy, SisiAndSeb at Etsy and Desenio. Hague Blue estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Printer’s tray (sprayed gold), £25; stones and rocks, from a selection, all eBay. Rocco cushion, £15, Next.


Debona Marble Pattern wallpaper, £12.99 per roll, I Want Wallpaper. Vardo emulsion, £4.50 for 100ml, Farrow & Ball. Fabric swatches, from a selection, Prestigious Textiles. Agate tealight holder, £21, Graham & Green. Pink notebook, £12, Paperchase. Apple trinket pot, £6, Oliver Bonas. Marble journal, £15.95, Ohh Deer.


Wall in Crushed Chocolate matt emulsion, £18 for 2.5L; Tin Bath bathroom paint, from £20.50 for 2.5L; Sunday School Period Collection flat matt emulsion, £21.50 for 2.5L, all Crown. For similar metal bed, try Jayne bed frame, £225 for a double, John Lewis. Pom pom throw, £30, M&Co. Tall brass wall frame, £30; Monterey hurricane tealight holders, from £20; Stoneware Deco globe, £42 for five, all Rockett St George. Skogslonn quilt cover and pillowcases, £30; Lohals rug, £55, all Ikea. Tribal cushion, £14.99, HomeSense. Nocturna mirror vase, £22; Sofi tassel cushion, £55, both Curious Egg. Type 75 mini desk lamp, £145; tassel edged throw, £19, both Amara. Bedside table, made using hairpin legs, £51.95, The Hairpin Leg Company. Prints, from a selection, AttikiArt at Etsy.


Tester paints in crushed Chocolate

matt emulsion; Tin Bath bathroom paint; Sunday School Period Collection flat matt emulsion; Imperial Gold Period Collection flat matt, £1 each, all Crown. Fabric swatches, all Prestigious Textiles. Gilt frames, eBay. Notebooks, stylist’s own.

cherry pop Pom pom garland, £16.50, Bobby Rabbit

neon blue Grapes poster, £6.95, Desenio zesty Fun Lemon storage pot, £7, The Contemporary Home

so sweet Watermelon salt and pepper shakers, £18, Audenza

round up Watermelon towel, £10, Flying Tiger Copenhagen hard core Containers, £12.95 for three, Rex London

Feelin’ FRUITY

tropical Fever Pineapple cushion, £12.99, HomeSense

We think this is the sweetest trend this month and here are our picks pot luck Plant pot, £12, Pushka Home

peel good Banana table lamp, £195, Amara

go glitter Pineapple globe, £2, Primark

what a mug Pineapple mug, £10, Paperchase

Feature Becca Green

serve up Pineapple plate, £15, Art Wow

cool citrus Serving tray, £36, Kate Spade

so cute Assorted fruits tealights, £13, Printer + Tailor

peachy keen Large bath towel, £12, H&M

ice ice baby Gold ice bucket, £35, John Lewis September 2018 85

sPEND or sAVE?

Feature Lorraine Luximon

If you’re on a budget, it pays to know when to save and when to splash the cash. Yes, you can have that Insta-worthy home!

statement style We say invest in a sofa you love and save on cushions. These House of Fraser ones are priced from just ÂŁ20

Bed Vs duvet cover

bedside manner Take advantage of price drops. This Ercol Teramo double bed frame is currently on sale at £783 from Furniture Village

It’s recommended that you should change your mattress every seven years, but your bed frame is just as important. Spend time trying them out in store, and don’t choose good looks over comfort. That’s not to say that the most expensive bed is always the best option but beware of eBay bargains that you have not road tested. Bed linen can be changed with the seasons, so save the cash here. bed down Shop the retail parks for bed linen, such as this Aztec duvet cover, £24 from Matalan

take the floor Get that souk vibe with this Cottage rug, priced at £89 from Dekoria

Rug Vs bath mat

Wow seating Vs soft furnishings

It’s a fact, we spend a lot of time in our living rooms, especially when entertaining guests. If you’re kitting out a new house, your biggest expense in this room is likely to be your sofa. And when it comes to selecting one it’s savvy to think about comfort – after all you’ll be sitting on it for many years to come. Colour is also an important consideration – inky shades and teals are hot right now, but will you still love them next year? But if you have space for more than one settee or an accent chair, then you can afford to be a bit more daring. After all, you should purchase something because you love it not just because it’s practical. But when it comes to soft furnishings you can add to your collection as and when, so keep them budget friendly.

Let’s face it that La Redoute rug wouldn’t have garnered the same amount of Instagram likes if it had been hidden away in a bedroom or lesser used rooms. So when choosing your floor fillers, go for something statement for the downstairs spaces and save the pounds in the spare room, study and bathroom.

shell out This Sienna shell chair, priced at £499 from Audenza is launching in September, but we’re not sure we can wait!

step on it Triangle bath mat, £10, Matalan

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Quick updates

Sideboard Vs coffee table

Coffee tables are by and large more affordable than a sideboard, so you can save some pennies here. Savvy shoppers will pick up something for around £150 or less leaving money in the pot to splash out on that statement piece of furniture you just have to have. Whether you go for a Mid-Century piece, a shimmering metallic or luxe mango wood number, it is a sound investment.

rosy outlook This Ayla rose gold coffee table is an on trend buy. Get it for £149 at JD Williams

side step Who can resist the lure of Treat yourself to this Belgrave sideboard priced at £499

Extras Vs full suite

bathroom goals This set-up is definitely memorable! Get the look with a 1200mm basin unit in matt carbon with isocast basin, priced at £1,395 from Roper Rhodes


How many times have you admired a friend’s lovely new bathroom? Now, think back – what was it that wowed you? A standard sink is unlikely to have stuck in your mind, but a luxurious tub or standout fittings is what’s likely to have made it memorable. So, when it comes to a bathroom refit, it’s worth paying attention to the finer details. Save cash by purchasing a standard toilet design and then splash out on an eye-catching vanity unit, freestanding roll top tub or a swanky brass showerhead. It is these pieces which will take your scheme from average to extraordinary – which is worth thinking about if you’re planning to sell in the future, too.

Top Tip

A statement mirror is such a great buy for a living space; large-scale ones make a real impact and they don’t cost the earth either – bonus!

Dining table Vs crockery

Memories are made around the dining table, right? So invest well and it will be the hub of many a celebration or gathering to come. Choose a solid wood piece to last or take advantage of the summer sales to bag a bargain before the new items hit the shops! Save on dinnerware by buying a mid-range set that you know you’ll gets lots of use out of.

modern luxe This Rose Gold Marble Effect dinner set ticks all the style boxes. Priced at £45 for 12-pieces from Next

think pink Dine in style with the Monika dining table, priced at £299 and Klara chairs, £129 for two, both from JD Williams

double trouble What a bargain! These Fulton coffee tables are priced at £119 for two from Dunelm

tile style Make an impact with this Andalucia tile, priced at £2.27 each, Tile Mountain fancy finish This Heritage shower kit is just dreamy. Priced at £286.14 from Victorian Plumbing tap out Invest in quality Holborn taps from Frontline Bathrooms for £65

table talk We’re not suggesting you blow the budget on this Kelly Hoppen dining table from Houseology, but it does pay to invest in core pieces of furniture when they make such an impact September 2018 89

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Dining room makeover

I completely revamped my dining room for under £500! Sian Jones transformed her dining room into a fun and practical space with a lively tropical vibe

My room...

My problem dining room

When we first moved here, this room was more of a lounge, which didn’t really work for us, as it’s just off the kitchen. The walls were yellow and peach, and the flooring was a dark beige, so it all felt gloomy and uninviting.

How i made it work

Feature and styling Annabelle Grundy Photos Colin Poole

a bit about me

Hi, I’m Sian Jones. I live with my partner Elliot, and our three children, in a three-bedroom Victorian terrace in Taunton, Somerset.

Converting it into a proper dining room makes much better use of the space. I decided to completely redecorate starting with a brilliant palm leaf wallpaper which really inspired me, as I’m a huge fan of houseplants. I love dark tones and bright pops of colour, so I mixed that in and came up with a super fun and vibrant look. I’ve upcycled lots of my existing furniture, and added some easy and inexpensive extra touches to complete it.

My favourite part

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I absolutely love my yellow velvet chair in the corner of the dining room. You get a great view of the garden from there, and it’s perfect for a chilled few minutes to have a flick through a great magazine with a cup of coffee.

Good idea

Choose inexpensive and unobtrusive, ready-to-hang curtains to soften and finish off a window area

The pine dining set was a freebie, given away by the previous owner. Sian left the table top unpainted, but found a bright, bird print tablecloth that adds light and chimes with the colourful theme

‘My taste is really eclectic. I adore both bright and dark colours, and I love plants’


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Dining room makeover

Style advice Three simple tricks to try in your own home Introduce plants into your home. Houseplants add vitality and freshness to a room and you can build quite a collection by taking cuttings or potting up spider plant babies. If you’re not green-fingered, mix in some fauxs for instant, no-fuss greenery. There’s lots of choice and it can be hard to tell the difference between real and fake.

Search the web to get bargain buys. The internet is great for sourcing homeware, but watch out for hidden charges. ‘I searched hard for a cheaper wallpaper, similar to the high-end one I’d fallen in love with,’ says Sian. ‘There were some great value options on an American website, but once I’d added the shipping costs they weren’t quite such a good deal.’

Add bright colours to a neutral scheme. Boost a casual, eclectic vibe with one-off splashes of contrasting colour. ‘I felt the cocktail cabinet needed a different look from the dark grey table and dresser,’ says Sian. ‘The gold makes a style statement, and breaks things up. If it had been the same dark colour as the other pieces, it just wouldn’t stand out.’ 96

Sian maximised the sense of flow from the dining room to the hall by using the same nearly-black paint in both spaces, and including a framed offcut of the green wallpaper in the hall gallery

‘I’m quite thrifty when it comes to buying for my home and I’ll spend time seeking out the best buys’

Inky shades and mustard yellow make up one of Sian’s favourite colour combinations

My experience…

Turning this room into a dining room was an easy decision, as our small kitchen is just next door and we have a lounge at the front. We rent our home, but our lovely landlady lets us decorate and make it our own. I began by painting the walls white to freshen them up and to add light. My next priority was to find a place for my beloved dresser, which I felt worked best on the chimney breast, next to an original built-in cupboard. I love greenery, so my decorating starting point was a fabulous leafy wallpaper. Although it was way out of my budget, I shopped around for an affordable alternative. I hung it myself learning a new useful skill as my dad had lent me tools and showed me what to do. With the paper up, the look started to emerge. I repainted the dresser, the cupboard and my chunky pine dining set in a nearly-black colour. This linked to the kitchen, where I’ve painted the units navy blue. I then decided to create a bar area, repurposing my old TV unit, which I sprayed gold and now use as a drinks cabinet. I left two walls white for light, but I’ve painted the fourth one with blackboard paint. Everyone writes messages, lists and reminders on it, so it’s different and fun. I’ve accessorised with photos, a few charity shop finds, lots of lush green plants and bright, budget bits like candles and paper pom poms. This room gets so much use now, I think it’s my favourite spot in the house.

My shopping list

Quick-dry matt blackboard paint, £6 for 500ml; for similar wallpaper, try Arthouse Tropical Palm wallpaper, £13 per roll, both Wilko. Railings modern eggshell paint, £27 for 750ml, Farrow & Ball. Multi Watercolour Jungle Birds tablecloth, £9.99, TK Maxx. Vermont lined eyelet curtains, £50; Geo Skandi 12-piece dinner set, £33, both Dunelm. Cage-style lampshade, £25; velvet chair, £60; Berber-style rug, £250, all HomeSense. Honeycomb decorations, £3 for three, George Home. Large white star, £18, Heavenly Homes and Gardens. Candles, £1 each, Flying Tiger Copenhagen. Turn to page 128 for stockist details April/May 2018 2015 97

Bright idea Cotton cushion, £29.89; llama canvas, £68.99; rattan armchair, £189.50; all Maisons du Monde

£54.99 My Furniture Opt for bold colours teamed with striking patterns

get the look

VIVA LA MEXICO Achieve Sian’s colourful and inviting style with inspiration from Mexican décor

£349 Swoon Editions A unique coffee table will be the talking point of your living room

£15 Pushka Home Take a look at these funky coat hangers

£6 George Home Candy skull prints are key for this trend

£1,595 Out There Interiors This embroidered sofa is a standout piece 98

£149 The Libra Company

Style advice

Get painting If there is a style that you want to achieve, get the paintbrushes out. Don’t shy away from bright and bold patterns to get that eye-catching look. Adventurous and resourceful A punchy wallpaper will make your home stand out and is a sure-fire way to revamp any room. If you do find that you have some leftover, place it in a pretty frame for decoration. Go exotic Mimic interior styles from across the world. With various global trends to choose from, you too can have that exotic, bohemian or modern vibe.

£58 Jessica Russell Flint

Go all out with this larger than life cactus

Use baskets as planters or to store throws

£5 Flying Tiger Copenhagen

£35 Sweetpea & Willow

Colourful accessories such as this food cover look great on a table

£39 Cult Furniture

Style up a sofa with an Mix your cocktails with intricate cushion this stylish piece party time Cuban Fiesta range, from £4, Talking Tables

‘Get that Mexican flair through the use of contemporary textiles, succulents and vibrant prints’ £35 Wild & Wolf Switch up your lighting to make a statement

£8 Dunelm Macramé planters look fab both inside and outdoors

£75 John Lewis A chunky knit pouffe is great all year round

Quick updates

perfect finish...

From daring designs to top tips, we have the style low-down on all things paint the highlight

Stick to a minimal design by using paint to highlight certain areas of the room. If you have a period home which features fantastic architectural details such as wooden beams, wall panelling, coving and cornicing, enhance them. Traditional interior styles should be highlighted and shown off. If you live in a modern build then try painting radiators, doors and ceilings for a similar effect. Achieve a vintage look by using a crackle paint on furniture for added texture.

mono magic Wall in Frostine, and Wainscotting; trim in Frostine; accent trim in Black Satin; door in Frostine, from ÂŁ20.50 for 940ml, all Benjamin Moore

crack eFFect Easy Crackle, ÂŁ9.95, Frenchic

Expert advice Kasia Wiktorowicz, Marketing Communications Manager at Valspar shares her top tips for decorating.

Feature Nicole Howarth

l make the most of space

Lighter areas of the home offer a great opportunity to experiment with bright, bold shades. At Valspar we encourage people to be colour confident so why not go for it and make a statement in your home. Team with brilliant whites and pops of black, or darker shades. l show personality

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and recognised as it should be. When it comes to shades, be as expressive and colour confident as your heart desires. Use your home as an opportunity to completely embrace being you. l statement walls

Turn things upside down this year and start decorating from top to bottom with the hottest interior craze: statement ceilings. An easy and innovative way to update your home, a painted ceiling can completely transform a room. Why not use the trend to inject a bolder colour scheme into your home, without overwhelming your space. Try using a natural on walls and pairing with a striking shade from the same tonal colour scheme to instantly inject personality.

Clean lines

A statement wall is sure to update any room, and why choose one shade when you can have two or even three? Add a little fun with a cocktail of shades, and go for a dramatic contrast by pairing bold colours – there are great examples to copy online. Achieve those clean-cut lines by using products such as FrogTape to avoid paint bleed. straight edge Multi-surface FrogTape, available at all good DIY stores

harmonious hexagon English Primrose; All Aglow; You’re Blushing, all £25.20 for 2.5L, Valspar

Top Tip

Make sure you allow the paint to dry thoroughly when overlapping shades, to avoid paint bleed.

beautiful blend Fairy Dust, £18 for 2.5L; Chance, £18 for 2.5L, both Crown

perfect blend

Don’t be afraid to try this ombré effect, it looks a lot more technique-led than it actually is, and you need very little in the way of tools. To begin, paint the whole wall in your first chosen colour and allow to dry. Then apply a second shade to the bottom of the wall only. On a separate board, mix the two colours together evenly, then apply the mixed paint to the middle section of the wall where the two colours meet. To soften the look just blend with a clean roller. Dreamy. Need more help? You can watch the short video online at just search for ombré. Good luck!

the perfeCt balanCe

If you’re stuck with where to start and finish, take a look at this easy-to-follow ratio 60:30:10. It’s not rocket science! l 60 is the primary colour l 30 is the secondary colour l 10 is your accent colour

types of paint Do you know your matt from your eggshell?

Matt eMulsion

The most commonly used paint for walls and ceilings, hide those imperfections with this non-shiny finish.

The primary colour is the dominant zesty hue shade in your room. For example, Lemon Pie, £22 for the palette that you choose for your 2.5L, Dulux walls. You could also use the ceiling or flooring for this. Secondary colour supports the main colour through the satin & silk use of furniture, lighting and accessories. If you’re looking for This will carry the tone throughout the playful purple low-maintenance paints room. Accent colour is your potential with a sheen these are Trotternish Heather, £36.50 the best options for walls. for 2.5L, Isle of Skye colour pop, this is injected through Paint Company decorations and soft furnishings. Think of it as a contrasting splash of colour. This formula will help you achieve a Masonry Suitable for exterior room that is balanced and inviting. surfaces such as But always remember to use this as rendering, concrete, a guide, not a set in stone rule. After dreamy cream bricks, existing emulsions all, rules are meant to be broken! electric blue Napoleonic Blue, £39.95 for 2.5L, Annie Sloan

block colour

If you want to give your home a dramatic revamp, try using a single colour throughout a whole space. A yellow shade will instantly brighten your room, making it a happy place, perfect for a sunny kitchen-diner. A neutral shade will reflect light; so not only will it enhance the effect but it can also open up the space. You can be gently subtle with this look, or go all-out like with this deep blue Annie Sloan scheme, where the shelving has been painted to blend into the walls. You could even paint the ceiling to give it a more dramatic feel.

Cream, £14 for 2.5L, Wilko

and building blocks.


The glossier the paint, the more durable it is. This is perfect for windows and skirting boards due to its hard-wearing ability.

light delight Pure Brilliant White gloss paint, £8 for 750ml, B&Q


Get that ultra-vintage look with this finish. Upcycle old furniture think pink by giving it a slick Rust-Oleum Strawberry of paint. Little prep Vanilla, £12 for is required. Perfect! 750ml, B&Q

‘Let your personality shine through with the use of colours and designs’ September 2018 101

Garage makeover

I’m so happy that we don’t have to move now!

Converting her garage into a spare bedroom with an en suite shower room has solved Liz Cockett’s space problems

My room... My problem garage

A barely-used garage had become a dumping ground for everything from sports equipment to old paint. We needed more space, and luckily we could park outside our house, so the garage wasn’t really a necessity so it had to go.

How I made it work

Feature and styling Stephanie Smith Photos David Giles

A bit about me

I’m Liz Cockett and I live with my husband, Matt, and our three kids plus cat in a four-bedroomed house in Teddington, south west London.

We had the garage converted as I could see there was room for a reasonably sized bedroom/study and a little en suite, which would solve our space issue for guests and give us an extra shower. I carefully chose the bed to be multi-functional and I squeezed in a little desk area for myself. It’s so lovely having a welcoming space for me to work in and be inspired by – it’s such a treat!

My favourite part

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I absolutely love the flexibility of the bed. It’s a comfortable sofa, a great single bed, and then if two people are staying, it converts in a matter of seconds to a large double or two twins, which is super handy. It’s also great quality, which I appreciate. I prefer to invest in pieces of furniture that I know will stand the test of time.

‘Choose a versatile bed that can convert from a single into a double if needed’

A barely used garage filled with rubbish has been transformed into a multi-use room with space for guests, a quiet study area, and an en suite shower

Good idea

Put a mirror above a desk to give the space a focus and throw light around the room


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Garage makeover

Style advice Three simple tricks to try in your own home Style up a neutral office/desk space. Upcycle an old desk by painting it a different colour. Add attractive ceramic knobs to brighten it up and accessorise with fake cacti in pots for a flash of greenery. Don’t forget to display your stationery – this is definitely a guilty pleasure of ours. You could always paint your desk with chalkboard paint so you can doodle your ideas all over it!

Mix vintage finds with contemporary touches. Using a cherished chair which belonged to Liz’s grandfather gives the room a personal touch, and adding a jungle print cushion brings it up-to-date. The mix of tonal greens adds a freshness to the room and the big window next to the chair brings in an abundance of much needed light.

Be savvy with your storage. Look for the most compact models when it comes to bathroom suites so as not to overwhelm a small space. Make sure a vanity unit is wall-mounted so it looks like it’s floating and you can still use the area underneath to store toiletries – it also creates the illusion of more space as the floor isn’t taken up with chunky pieces of furniture. 104

Good idea

Choose two different tiles, which complement each other to add interest

When creating a false wall, add in space for an insert shelf to put toiletries and think about tiling it in a contrasting design to the walls

My experience…

‘Having a big open shower is such a treat for guests that stay’

We liked this area because it had good schools and plenty of parks, so to get a decent sized house we knew we’d have to pick something that needed work doing. This appealed to us and we liked the idea of making it our own. We knew we didn’t have to rush into anything as the kids were quite small at the time. Our main priority was them having their own bedrooms, so we felt the rest could be worked on gradually. The house was lived in by an old lady previously and nothing had been touched for perhaps 40 years, so it was a great opportunity. We’ve gradually modernised and created a nice family space in the kitchen-diner and redone the bathroom. But the lack of a spare bedroom and another place to shower was starting to become a problem with the kids getting older. I also work from home, so the idea of an office space was very appealing. We looked at moving, but wouldn’t get a lot more for a huge hike in price. We then considered extending into the loft, but it was very expensive, so we focused on the garage. It was a big space, but it was just used as a dumping ground. We’ve got off-street parking, so it was the perfect solution. We took the garage door off, had a wall built halfway up, then partitioned off the en suite. It’s great to offer guests somewhere nice to stay!

My shopping list

Evie day bed with two Lewis mattresses, £649; denim blue and blush pink velvet cushions, £19 each; Yasmin embroidered cushion, £18, all Feather & Black. Blue and white throw, £40, M&S. Beachcomber carpet in Dune, £35.34 per sqm, Brockway Carpets. Fake cacti in pots, £6 each, TK Maxx. Walls painted in Denim Drift and Pale Peony matt emulsion, £16 for 2.5L, Dulux. Lamp, £15, Etsy. Venetian blind, £80, Blinds2Go. Ceramic knobs, £2.99 each, Zara Home. Mirror, £30, John Lewis. Floresta Green cushion, £16, Dunelm. Galena slate-effect electric shower, £559; Leap 1100mm sliding door, £360; Flight Safe rectangular shower tray, £209, all Mira Showers. Nebraska Oak vanity unit, £359, Bathstore. Attingham Mist wall tiles, £45 per sqm; shapes hexagon mosaics in white, £6.99 per tile, both Topps Tiles. Hammam towel, £30, The Wise House. Picking a stylish electric shower means there will be permanent hot water on hand

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cool blue Two pack day bed, £995, Loaf

£349 DFS A statement armchair will make the room super homely

£19.99 HomeSense A cosy throw will add warmth to a room

get the look

£10 for 2.5L Wilko

soft ShadeS

Paint walls a soothing, dreamy shade of Candy Cane pink

Achieve Liz’s hardworking bedroom and en suite look by adding practical pieces

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£24 Oliver Bonas How cute is this personalised wash bag?

Style advice

don’t waste your space If you have the luxury of possessing a spare room, try to make the most of the added space by using it as a lovely guest room, a little snug to relax in or a study area for your own purposes. Choose double duty furniture A day bed is a great idea for a room that has multiple purposes. Opt for a smart design that has the option to become a double and can be easily put back as a sleek, comfy sofa. Think about adding value Building an en suite is not only an advantage for when family and friends come to stay, it will also add a generous amount of value to your property.

£79 Zara Home Circular mirrors are the style of the moment

£18 Debenhams

£7.99 Oli Olsen

The perfect candle to create a relaxed vibe

Notepads are always handy and add flair to any desk

£359.95 Victorian Plumbing Utilise wall space with this compact and sleek vanity unit

£321 The Pure Bathroom Collection Chrome radiators are the ultra-modern option

peaceful corner Rope storage basket, £22 for two, Soak&Sleep

£30 Habitat Create soft lighting with a desk lamp

‘Think stylish and practical when it comes to a spare room to maximise the space’ £199 Mira Showers A classic shower design will never date

£50 Soho House Sit back and relax with this velvety goodness

£6.99 per tile Topps Tiles Neutral tiles look clean and fresh

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Kitchen makeover

Our kitchen’s French with an industrial twist! Picking coloured wooden units, tin-effect tiles and open-shelving has given Katie Alice Dawson her dream kitchen

My room... My problem kitchen

The kitchen was very dark and was chopped in half by a strange sticking out section, which made the kitchen area far too small. The units were old-fashioned and falling apart and the diner was disproportionately large.

How I made it work

Feature and styling Stephanie Smith Photos David Giles

A bit about me

I’m Katie Alice Dawson, co-owner of katie-alice. I live with my partner, Matt, and our dog, Luna, in a three-bedroom semi in Lincolnshire.

We extended out into the garden and brought in more light with a lantern in the new roof. This gave us a clear rectangular space to start again. I love mixing old and new so we’d saved a dresser from our old house, plus a reasonably new range cooker, our aqua Smeg fridge freezer and our trusty vintage table and chairs. We built the new kitchen around the recycled pieces and splashed out on units, a worktop and a new floor, with an island in the middle.

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I absolutely love the quartz worktop by Caesarstone on the island. It looks like marble, but it’s so easy to clean and look after. It’s totally heat resistant and it’s also fantastic for taking shots of my products for my Instagram account @alice_foxglove.

‘Our budget was straining when we came to the floor, so we’ve gone for a wood-effect vinyl and it works really well!’

French-style units and vintage finds have combined to give Katie’s kitchen a lived-in feel

Good idea

Brass hardware instantly warms up a grey kitchen


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Style advice Three simple tricks to try in your own home Think outside the box with tiles. To ramp up the French kitchen look opt for quirky tiles like these which are made to look like tin, but use them just on one wall or section for maximum impact. Consider adding a rail for pans and larger utensils. Displaying pieces like this saves on important cupboard space and can make a real feature out of your oven area. Trust us, it can look pretty!

Keep your kitchen feeling open. Rather than a line of heavy wall units, a couple of shelves feel less oppressive, and are also a great place to display all of your favourite crockery and bits and pieces. Open-shelving also allows for more space to add pendant lighting or any other features you want to incorporate.

Opt for brightly coloured appliances. Investing in appliances is something that we would definitely recommend, especially if you want them to make a statement. Katie’s mint green fridge, toaster and kettle add a sense of consistency throughout her kitchen space and are definitely a talking point with her guests. They are effortlessly vintage, too. 110

‘We love muted, subtle colours, so we’ve combined pinks, browns, greys, blues and greens in here’

The range cooker saved from their previous house has been slotted into a run of handmade wooden units painted a very pale pink with shelving above

The extension has given space to create a relaxing seating area next to the garden, with a neat leather sofa from eBay for chilling out

Good idea

Echo a pastel fridge freezer with similar coloured accessories such as a bread bin and toaster for subtle pops of colour

My experience…

We love the historic town of Stamford in Lincolnshire. We were both brought up here, and had moved away, come back, met up and got together. We were previously living in a Victorian two-bedroomed terrace up the road, which we did up. But it was on a busy road, so not ideal for our Italian greyhound, Luna. Also we were thinking about having children (and I’m now expecting), so we needed more space and didn’t want to be worrying every time the front door was open. Properties don’t come up that often here and a lot of it is word of mouth. We heard about this one over eighteen months ago, which offered what we needed, and rushed over. It was very dark and needed lots of love and attention, plus a new kitchen and bathroom. Matt wasn’t convinced, but I felt sure that we could make it work. It already had a reasonably large kitchen-diner at the back of the house. There was plenty of room, it was just really badly laid out. Our aim was an eclectic look, and something that felt like it had been there for ages. We’re not really into contemporary interiors, but something very personal that could only be ours. We painted the walls in Smoked Trout by Farrow & Ball, a very distinctive browny pink to give us a base and went from there. Leaving all the pipework exposed for an industrial touch also cut down on the workload for us as we love the imperfect look.

My shopping list

Shaker kitchen units painted in Damask and Lead Grey; wooden worktop; shelves, £6,000, all deVOL. White Attica 30mm quartz worktop, £300 per m, Caesarstone. Limerance wallpaper mural by House of Hackney, £185, Wallpaper Direct. Pendants with black enamel shade, £62.40; wall lights, £38, both Dyke & Dean. Ionian mounted tap and rinse, £324, Perrin & Rowe. Polyflor Camaro Georgian Parquet vinyl flooring, £15 per m, Flooring Supplies. Walls painted in Smoked Trout estate emulsion, £45 for 2.5L, Farrow & Ball. Demelza Tin Talc Base Decorative tiles, £38.40 per sqm, Mandarin Stone. Turn to page 128 for stockist details April/May 2018 2015 111

sophisticated style Henley kitchen in Sage from £14,000, Neptune

£14.99 Argos A folding wooden chair is both practical and stylish

£25 Habitat Add essential spices to these bright canisters

get the look

retro revival

£16 Ikea

Cook up something delicious with this cute pot

Achieve Katie’s unique kitchen style by mixing £6.95 Rex and matching pastels with industrial pieces £90 Amara A sleek, mint design is all your bread needs


This French duo is full of nostalgic charm

£38.40 Mandarin Stone Add a touch of luxe to your kitchen with unusual tiles


£14.50 Oliver Bonas Place this beauty on a shelf or windowsill

£84 Urban Cottage Industries

Style advice

£12.99 H&M Insert vibrant flowers to brighten up the room

A large gold balloon light is bang on trend

Add a retro vibe Pastel appliances and storage items make great accessories and add colour to a neutral scheme. Think kettles, toasters, fridges and even dustbins. Expose the inner workings Industrial lighting fixtures are key right now. Opt for copper and brass designs that feature a cord or chain holder for maximum impact. Introduce print and pattern Fancy floral crockery make lovely decorations around the kitchen. Display the items on shelves or hang from a wall for added creative flair.

£8 M&Co £179 Cuckooland

Pretty prints will soften an industrial style

Wall-mounted storage will maximise space

gold touches Cupboards in premixed Aubusson Blue wall paint, £19.95 for 1L; wall in Antoinette paint, £19.95 for 1L, both Annie Sloan

‘Combine different interior styles for an individual look that will set your home apart’

£119.99 John Lewis Make the perfect cuppa with this pink delight

£13 Nest

£75 Harvey Norman Matt green with shiny copper is a stylish combo

Keep your colour scheme consistent throughout

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Easy living

Introducing the new iKettle 3.0, which is controlled by your phone to give you the perfect cup of coffee before you have even stepped out of bed. This smart kitchen appliance is not to be missed! iKettle, £99.99, Smarter

All the latest products to make home life less complicated wEBsitE of thE month...

Comfort EL028 towel warmer, priced from £238.80, Vogue UK

Choosing the perfect lighting for your home is a big task, but with the help from Urban Cottage Industries, there is potential to make this a fun process. Create the perfect lighting to your desired taste with their Made For You lighting service. From the bedroom to the kitchen, you can inject light into your whole house. Not only can you pick and mix bulbs, cables, shades and fittings, it can be made and tested in the factory and delivered to your door within the next day! This has certainly brightened up our day.

Rad technology

Say hello to the new Comfort towel warmer by Vogue UK. If there ever was an economical and stylish appliance, then this is it. With its sleek ‘E’ shape, the design looks great and maximises space potential. The chrome finish will fit beautifully into any scheme to get that high-end designer look for less. Give your bathroom, en suite or even kitchen the modern update that it needs, and say so long to damp towels!

Prep like a boss

Feature Nicole Howarth

The man behind the successful Lean in 15 meals and HIT workouts has extended his expertise to kitchenware. Just when we thought he had reached his epitome, Joe keeps on delivering, so you too can now prep like a boss. British fitness coach and author Joe Wicks’ range consists of storage, cookware, food prep and hydration meaning there is no excuse not to stay lean. From practical airtight storage boxes to a time saving 3-in-1 multi-function peeler, he covers all cooking needs. The simple, easy-to-use and practical designs are the perfect addition to your kitchen. Whether you’re a first-time cook or a pro chef – there is something for anyone and everyone. Joe Wicks cookware is priced from £2.99 from John Lewis. 114

Home office plug-in light with large globe LED filament light bulb and fuchsia pink lighting cable, £64.32, Urban Cottage Industries

Beautiful mess

The Bo pedal bin, new from Brabantia is available in eight trendy shades such as Golden Beach and Concrete Grey, and with the option of up to three removable inner buckets, you will never look at waste separation the same way again. While this stylish and practical item may look pretty sleek in your kitchen, it is also space-efficient and features an odourproof lid – a winning combination we think!

Bo pedal bin, priced from £139, Brabantia

Quick-fix No-fuss meals and easy recipes to try this month


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bites that p116 Light pack a punch

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Super speedy suppers Break free from the kitchen and claim back your evenings with our cheat’s




Saucy Spanish style potatoes PreP and cook time 40 minS ServeS 4 ingredientS Q 650g small Charlotte or other salad potatoes Q 150g cooking chorizo, sliced Q 2 tsp sweet paprika Q 2 tsp hot paprika Q 400g tin chopped tomatoes, including juice Q 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped Q 1 onion, finely chopped Q 1-2 tsp sherry vinegar Q 2 tbsp olive oil Q A pinch of sugar Q Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper Q Chopped flat leaf parsley, to serve

Kale and goat’s cheese salad PreP and cook time 1 hour ServeS 4 ingredientS Q 200g baby or new potatoes Q 200g kale Q 150g raw beetroot, peeled and quartered Q 4 round slices goat’s cheese Q 120g asparagus Q 80g peas Q Sea salt and black pepper Q Balsamic glaze

Feature Becca Green Recipes Cornish new potatoes


Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C Fan. Drizzle a little oil into the roasting tin and put in the oven for a couple of mins to get hot. Meanwhile, give the potatoes a wash before placing in the preheated roasting tin with the beetroot and return to the oven for 40-45 mins. Heat a little oil in a heavy-based frying pan. Stir fry the kale for 4 mins and then add the peas and asparagus for a further 3-4 mins. Grill the goat’s cheese for 2-3 mins on each side or until they become lightly browned. Combine all the ingredients together, season and serve onto individual plates. Place the grilled goat’s cheese on top and drizzle with balsamic glaze to serve. Top tip: If you fancy a more substantial dressing, mix together French mustard, honey, cider vinegar and salt and pepper, to taste. You can always bulk make this and keep it in the fridge to then use whenever you put together a salad and need a little something to jazz it up. Anything goes when it comes to dressing!

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Give the potatoes a wash, put into a pan and cover with cold water then add a good pinch of salt to bring out the natural flavours. Bring to the boil, and simmer gently for 10-15 mins or until the potatoes are tender. Remove the pan from the heat and drain away the water using a colander. Fry the chorizo slices gently in a little oil until they start to crisp up, then remove from the pan and set aside in a bowl. Halve or quarter the potatoes into bite-sized pieces. Add a little more oil to the pan you used for the chorizo and gently fry the potatoes, turning occasionally until they’re golden and lightly crispy. Meanwhile make the sauce in a separate pan. Gently fry the onions and garlic in a little olive oil until soft. Add the tomatoes and paprika and simmer for a further 10 mins. Add a teaspoon of sherry vinegar. Taste and add the sugar and extra vinegar if needed. Tip the potatoes into the sauce and mix gently. Serve immediately with a generous sprinkling of fresh parsley on top.

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Salmon and cauliflower salad PreP and cook time 1 hour 10 minS ServeS 2 ingredientS Q 8 cauliflower florets Q 8 stems of purple sprouting broccoli Q 2 tbsp rapeseed oil Q 2 tbsp turmeric Q 2 salmon fillets Q 2 red peppers, sliced Q 8 baby or new potatoes Q 2 handfuls of watercress or rocket dreSSing Q 3 tbsp low fat yogurt Q 2 tsp rapeseed oil Q 2 tsp lemon juice Q Zest of a lemon Q 1 tbsp fresh tarragon, finely chopped Q Salt and black pepper, to taste

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Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C Fan. Mix the turmeric and oil together. Place the broccoli and cauliflower onto a roasting dish, drizzle with 1 tbsp of the turmeric oil and roast for 20-25 mins. Wash the potatoes and simmer gently in salted water for 10-15 mins until they’re tender and cooked through. Remove from the heat, drain and cut into bite-sized chunks. Meanwhile place the salmon fillets in a roasting tin, spread with the remaining turmeric mix, season and roast in the oven for 15 mins, until cooked right through. Mix all the ingredients for the dressing together in a large bowl until combined. Once the potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower have cooled, place them into the bowl with the dressing along with the watercress. Top tip: Why not blitz up the cauliflower in a food processor or by hand, pop it in the microwave for a minute or two and use it as cauliflower rice. It's a great alternative to our traditional carby favourites and tastes great!

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to whip up this week

food plan; these tasty recipes are simple to make and will delight all



Turmeric and quinoa power bowl

Q Balsamic glaze Q Paprika Q Tinned tomatoes Q Sherry vinegar Q Olive oil Q Sugar Q Sea salt Q Black pepper Q Rapeseed oil Q Tumeric Q Sesame seeds

PreP and cook time 45 mins ServeS 1 ingredientS Q 200g baby or new potatoes Q 400g chickpea Q 2 tsp turmeric Q 1 tsp paprika Q 1 tbsp coconut oil Q 80g cooked quinoa Q 100g kale Q ½ tbsp olive oil Q 1 avocado Q 3 radishes Q sprinkle of sesame seeds Q salt and pepper, to taste

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Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C Fan. Put the coconut oil on a baking tray and place in the oven for a couple of minutes to melt. Gently wash the potatoes, slice into strips and lay flat on the baking tray. Sprinkle with 1 tsp turmeric and season. Roast them for 5 mins, while you drain and rinse the tinned chickpeas. Place the chickpeas in a bowl and add paprika, stirring to coat them evenly. Put the chickpeas on the other half of the baking tray and place in the oven to roast with the potatoes for a further 25 mins until nice and crispy. Add 1 tsp of turmeric and some salt and pepper to the quinoa and mix well. Wash the kale, chop and drizzle with olive oil. Put it in a bowl along with sliced avocado, and radishes and then the quinoa, chickpeas and potatoes. Sprinkle with sesame seeds to serve. Top tip: Make sure to present all of the ingredients separately in a bowl, creating a truly colourful dish that is irresistible. You'll be an Instagram hit in no time!

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Store cupboard essentials

New potato and steak skewers PreP and cook time 30 mins ServeS 3-4 ingredientS Q 250g baby or new potatoes Q 700g steak, cubed Q 3 peppers (preferably one of each colour), cut into chunks Q A handful of mushrooms Q 1 red onion, cut into wedges Q A handful of cherry tomatoes Q 2 tbsp olive oil Q salt and black pepper, to taste dreSSing Q 4 tbsp tahini Q 2 tbsp lemon juice Q 1 tbsp maple syrup Q 4 tbsp water

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To make the dressing, simply whisk the ingredients together in a bowl. Give the potatoes a wash and cut into halves or quarters. Simmer gently in salted water for 7-8 mins until tender, then drain. Heat up the grill or griddle. Place the steak, potatoes, tomatoes, onion, mushrooms and peppers into a bowl with the olive oil and mix gently so they are all evenly coated. Thread the ingredients evenly onto wooden skewers one by one. Season well. Place the skewers on the grill or griddle and cook for 8-10 mins, turning the skewers frequently to get an even cook. Once cooked, drizzle the dressing over the skewers and place the remaining sauce in a dish at the side to serve. Top tip: If you don't have a griddle pan, the skewers taste just as good straight from the oven, or why not BBQ them?

Baby or new potatoes Kale Beetroot Goat’s cheese Asparagus Peas Charlotte or salad potatoes Chorizo Garlic Onion Flat leaf parsley Cauliflower Purple sprouting broccoli Salmon fillets Peppers Watercress or rocket Low fat yogurt Fresh tarragon Chickpeas Coconut oil Quinoa Avocado Radishes Steak Mushrooms Cherry tomatoes Tahini Lemon juice Maple syrup

Want some more meal inspiration?

For more delicious recipes from Cornish new potatoes, head on over to the HomeStyle website!

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Delicious ideas

Feel good food! Eat well all day with Louise Thompson's delicious recipes from her latest book. You'll want to try them all!

Mixed grain breakfast platter

Feature Nicole Howarth Recipes Live Well With Louise by Louise Thompson (Yellow Kite, £18.99) Photos Andrew Burton

PreP and cook time 1 hour serves 2


ingredients Q 150g butternut squash, cut into 5mm slices Q 1½ tbsp olive oil Q 400g tin chickpeas, drained Q 1 tsp smoked paprika Q ½ tsp cayenne pepper Q ½ tsp ground turmeric Q 80g mixed grains Q White wine vinegar Q 2 medium eggs Q 60g spinach leaves Q Juice of 1 lemon Q 40g fat free Greek yoghurt Q Salt and black pepper, to taste Q 1 tsp chilli oil Q 1 tsp dried chilli flakes Q A few sprigs of dill Q Lemon wedges method Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C Fan/ Gas Mark 7 and line two roasting tins with non-stick baking paper. Lay the butternut squash slices in one of the tins and drizzle over ½ tablespoon of the olive oil. Use a brush to make sure the butternut is well covered and seasoned. Add the chickpeas to another roasting tin and drizzle over the remaining oil. Sprinkle over the paprika, cayenne pepper and turmeric. Shake the tray to coat the chickpeas evenly. Pop both roasting tins into the oven for 25 mins, turning the squash halfway through. While they are roasting, place the grains in a saucepan and rinse well. Drain and cover with cold water, bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for around 12 mins. Bring a saucepan of water up to simmering point. Add a splash of white wine vinegar (optional). Crack the eggs into separate cups or ramekins. Swirl the water and then carefully tip one egg, followed by the other, into the water, to the side of the pan. Reduce to a gentle simmer and poach for 3 mins, then remove with a slotted spoon and drain. Once the grains are cooked, drain and return them to the saucepan. Add the spinach leaves, lemon juice and lots of seasoning and stir the leaves through to wilt. Spread the grains out on a serving dish and top with the squash slices. Dollop with the yoghurt and top with the eggs. Add half of the crispy chickpeas. Drizzle over the chilli oil and sprinkle the chilli flakes and fresh dill on top. Serve with fresh lemon wedges.

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Fish tacos PreP and cook time 30 mins SerVeS 2 ingredientS Q 250g monkfish loin Q 1 tsp olive oil Q ½ tsp ground cumin Q ½ tsp paprika Q ¼ tsp cayenne pepper Q salt and black pepper, to taste Q 40g red cabbage, shredded Q 40g white cabbage, shredded Q 1 red onion, quick-pickled Q Coriander leaves Q Dried chilli flakes Q 4 small flatbreads SaLSa Q ½ avocado Q 2 tomatoes, diced Q 2 spring onions, chopped Q 1 tbsp coriander, roughly chopped Q Juice of 1 lime taco SaUce Q 2 tbsp natural yoghurt Q Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime Q 1 tsp sriracha method Put the monkfish into a shallow dish and add the olive oil, cumin, paprika, cayenne and some salt and pepper. Turn the fish over until it’s all coated. Place a frying pan on a high heat and, once hot, lay in the fish. Cook for 2 mins on each side. Try not to move it before the time is up, so that you get some charring which makes it taste better. Then remove from the heat and put it on a chopping board to rest – the residual heat will keep the fish cooking and finish it off. Making the salsa is as simple as mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl and seasoning with some salt and pepper. It's essential for this dish. To make the taco sauce, place everything in a small bowl and whisk together well. You can add more or less depending on preference. To serve, cut the monkfish into 5mm slices; take a flatbread and load it with red and white cabbage, some salsa, monkfish slices, pickled red onion, taco sauce, coriander leaves, and chilli flakes if you want it even more fiery!

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Lemon spelt cupcakes PreP and cook time 40 mins makeS 12 ingredientS Q 150g unsalted butter Q 150g coconut sugar, softened Q 3 medium eggs Q 160g spelt flour Q 1½ tsp baking powder Q Finely grated zest and juice of 2 lemons Q 80g mascarpone raspberry or acai berry freeze-dried sprinkles, to decorate (optional) method Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/ Gas Mark 4. Line a cake tin with cases. Add the butter and sugar to a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric (or manual) beater until pale and fluffy. This will take a couple of mins

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depending on the utensil. Then add one egg at a time, making sure the first one is well mixed in before adding the next. Add the flour, baking powder and all the lemon zest, but only half the juice, save the rest for the icing. Beat everything together until combined, then place a spoonful in each of the paper cases. Pop the tin into the oven and bake for around 18-20 mins until golden and risen. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool in the tin for around 5 mins before lifting them out to fully cool on a wire rack. Beat together the mascarpone and remaining lemon juice and, once the cupcakes have fully cooled, pipe or spoon some onto the tops. Decorate with some freeze-dried fruit, powder sprinkles, dark chocolate shavings or extra lemon zest, if you like. Now serve and enjoy.

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Sweet summer

With the sun giving us its all this year (we are not complaining), it's time to keep cool with these refreshing and healthy treats

Strawberry ice pops PreP and freezing time 3hrs 10 mins ServeS makeS 6 ingredientS Q 200g strawberries Q 1 tbsp icing sugar Q 300g Alpro strawberry (or yogurt)

method Cut the strawberries into quarters and whizz together 150g of strawberries and the icing sugar using a hand blender. If you don't have an electric blender, a manual mixer will work just as well but it may take a little longer to achieve the correct consistency. If you dislike seeds, you can always strain the mixture to remove any bits. Once complete, add the remaining strawberries to the sweet purĂŠe and mix together. Try not to stir too hard to avoid mashing the individual strawberries so they remain solid. Pour the strawberry mixture into six ice lolly moulds, ensuring that it is evenly spread.



Feature Nicole Howarth Recipes Alpro


Try to place the quartered strawberries on the edges of the moulds so that they are visible on the outside. This creates a fun looking popsicle. Top up each of the moulds with the delicious Alpro strawberry. You can always use a regular strawberry yogurt as an alternative. Now it's time to be patient and leave the lollies for at least three hours until they are frozen. Once set, they are ready to be eaten and enjoyed! Why not up your game by covering them in white, milk or dark chocolate and adding sprinkles for extra pizzazz. Don't forget to let the chocolate cool down to room temperature before dipping them into the sweet goodness. Yummy!


Coconut, pineapple and blood orange smoothie drink PreP time 15 mins ServeS 2 ingredientS Q 200g Alpro plain with coconut Q ½ large pineapple slice Q ½ medium blood orange Q mint leaves method Peel and chop the pineapple, you can either cut it into chucks or segments. Cover up and set the remaining pieces to one side for garnishing. Slice the orange into small segments ready for blending. Put the fruit and mint leaves into a blender and add the Alpro plain with coconut. You could always add a small amount of coconut shavings to the blender or when serving the delicious drink for style points. Blend together and pour into a glass to enjoy. Dress with a slice of pineapple and decorative accessories such as an umbrella and a paper straw. If you're having a summer garden party, add a splash of Malibu to give it that Pina Colada vibe. Puerto Rico here we come! Top tip: If you want to create a super healthy smoothie, think about Foodpairing. Yellow peppers are the perfect partner to passion fruit, avocados and bananas are a match made in heaven. It is very simple, check out the Alpro Smoothie Inspiration tool and get started!


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Banana bounty mocktail cooler PreP time 15 mins ServeS 1 ingredientS Q 150ml Alpro coconut original drink Q 25g chopped frozen banana Q 1 inch or 10g peeled fresh ginger Q ½ vanilla pod, seeds scraped out method Firstly, chop the frozen banana into small slices. Scrape the seeds of half a vanilla pod and then peel the fresh ginger. Once the ingredients have been prepared, add the Alpro coconut original, frozen banana, fresh ginger and vanilla into a blender.



Blitz the mixture until a smooth consistency has been achieved. This is down to your personal preference; whether you like it extremely smooth or with added texture, the blending time will vary. Once mixed to your preference, pour the drink into a tall glass and serve with a slice of banana. Once you have mastered this, try different types of flavours and become the queen of mocktails. Go sweet with peanut, caramel or cookies, we want to try them all! Top tip: There are various non-alcoholic beverages that are now available. Non-alcoholic ‘champagne’ is a great addition to any mocktail. Another option is to use sparkling or tonic water. Get creating these refreshing summer drinks for all your friends and famly.


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Food news

What’s on our plates, in our kitchens and filling our shopping trolleys this month

Jaffa cake fans, rejoice! McVitie’s has added a new flavour to their repertoire, lemon and lime. This zesty, chocolately treat is available for just 99p from all good supermarkets.

Best buy Say hello to the

Quick fix

latest addition to the Tracklements range of condiments – special edition smoky chilli sauce. A good pinch of smoked chipotle and scotch bonnet chillies makes this not for the fainthearted. It’s £3.20 from fine food delis.

Ditch the takeaway and get yourself down to Aldi to pick up one of their Specially Selected pizzas. The goat’s cheese, beetroot and caramelised red onion sourdough pizza is delicious, and is only £3.

Fresh find Waste Not has

released a range of four beautifully fresh juices. Our ultimate fave has to be the orange, apple, celery and spinach – so refreshing! Pick one up from Tesco for just £2. You have our word that the other flavours are just as good!

Clean eating… We’re all guilty of overindulging during summer and saying yes to every BBQ

Feature Becca Green Main image Matt Russell

invite of the season. So, we think it’s time for a salad, or two – and a tasty one at that! Jessica Elliott Dennison’s new book Salad Feasts: How to Assemble the Perfect Meal (Hardie Grant, £16.99) enlightens us with stress-free recipes that are healthy and hearty. With over 60 to choose from, each is designed to simplify your food prep and are super quick – but most importantly, delicious!

Chef’s cheat

Tried and tasted...Snack bars 8 10

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If you’re craving chocolate but don’t want to be too naughty, then these are a great option.

Deliciously crunchy with a gorgeous sweet taste – we couldn’t get enough of these.

Great texture but a little dry. We really enjoyed the sweet hit of cranberries and raspberries.

£2, Asda

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