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How to...
Affordable decorating
tricks for every room
3 Manage your
money better
3 Keep fit for less
3 Reseal a bath
3 Organise your
shed and garage
Gorgeous craft projects
to upcycle your junk
Save time & money with
family-friendly meals
Spend less and live better...
3 Create luxury looks from the high street
3 Transform your kitchen on a shoestring
3 Budget ways to revamp your bathroom
3 Save £££s on home improvement projects
Quality bathrooms without splashing out
Photo Lizzie Orme
After the expense of the festive season,
most of us are now reining in our
purse strings and looking to trim our
spending for the year ahead. So we’ve
dedicated this issue to saving you
money; finding you the best buys on
the high street; giving you great ideas
for upycling and suggesting ways
to be more savvy with your cash.
Our Lifestyle Editor Laura has been putting
d mixers through their paces this month.
You’ll find 40 budget-friendly ways
See what she thought of them on page 12.
to buy into this season’s four key
interiors trends on page 40 – from
boho chic to moody blues, bright
colour pops to soft Scandi vibes,
you’re sure to find a look you love at a price you can afford.
Meanwhile, on page 36, we’ve got some smart solutions for making
big changes to your décor, without breaking the bank. Whether you’re
looking to change your flooring, window treatments, walls or lighting,
you’ll discover plenty of bright ideas.
If your bathroom is looking a bit below par, but money is tight, then
turn to page 48 to discover some affordable ways to give it an update,
whether you want a whole new suite or just a few quick-fix accessories.
If you think a new kitchen is beyond your
ted the London
Sophie, our Craft Editor, visi
of macramé.
budget after the expense of Christmas,
Craft Club to lea
sses on p.70.
then think again. On page 54 we’ve got
Find out more about their cla
some savvy solutions for creating
Look out for the piggy bank
a brand-new look on a shoestring.
logo throughout this issue
Even this month’s craft projects are designed to save you money,
to find our favourite bargain
from cute kitty cushions made from old
buys and money-saving ideas
jumpers (p.64) to a luxurious
upholstered bench upcycled from an
unloved coffee table (p.62).
Please share your favourite
money-saving tips with
us on social media (right).
We’d love to hear from you!
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updates for
your kitchen
This season’s
hottest trend
for interiors
Batch cook
your way into
the new year
February at home
Pg 5
This month we love Our favourite
things to buy, see and do
11 Household hints Follow our helpful
tips and see our best buys this month
15 Consumer news Plan your finances
for 2019, plus how to keep fit for less
44 Smooth operators Blitz your ironing
pile with the latest steam appliances
Helen styled her
rented property
with bold colour
and pattern
Our best buys
for under £30
Pg 24
24 My office is anything but boring
Katie Seidler turned a small third
bedroom into a Scandi-style
monochrome work zone
28 It’s the perfect crafting space
and office Katie-Lark transformed
a former garage into an inviting and
practical dual-purpose room
54 Boost your kitchen on a budget
Give your scheme an affordable
update for 2019
Reader homes
Pg 73
74 I think we’re finally finished,
but I do like a change Helen
designed her home around budget
buys and a monochrome scheme
32 I created an office that’s
a fabulous place to work Amanda
repurposed her kitchen into the
perfect home office for two
20 Trend alert: Geometric Triangles,
chevrons and hexagons… geo is
the shape of things to come
80 I’ve gone wild for colour in my
home Rachel has picked a patriotic
red, white and blue theme for her
coastal terraced house
Kitchens & bathrooms Pg47
36 Big revamps on a little budget
Clever decorating ideas to give every
room a lift without splashing the cash
48 Update your bathroom for less
Spruce up your space with our
fantastic low-cost ideas
88 My home is filled with vintage
finds Hayley spent 14 years putting
her stamp on her family home, filling
it with her favourite buys
40 High style, low prices Shop for four
of our favourite décor styles with
change from £30!
52 We moved a wall to create a
spacious two-tone scheme
Sarah-Jane opened up the layout
in her compact bathroom
Pg 19
Have you missed an issue?
Call 01206 851117 to order back copies
Make it
Pg 59
Our practical guide is full of
easy step-by-step projects
to help you learn new skills
Upcycle a
coffee table
into a stylish
bench seat
Don’t miss out!
92 This house was perfect, but
it needed a lot of work Becky
used inspiration from Instagram and
Pinterest to bring style into her home
10 Your letters We take a look at some
of your news, views and photographs
Food & entertaining
86 Subscribe to Your Home Take out a
subscription for your chance to win a
bouquet from Bloom & Wild
Pg 99
100 Family values Fill your freezer, and
your family, with these hearty meals
Home improvement Pg 105
106 Luxury looks at affordable prices
Freshen up your property with clever
tricks and savvy buys
111 Property know-how with George
Clarke This month George discusses
affordable improvements to help you
get a high-end look on a shoestring
114 Organise your garage and garden
shed Transform your space from
topsy-turvy to tidy with these ideas
110 YH online Get Your Home’s digital
issue and find extra content online
112 Coming next month Take a peek
at what’s ahead in the March issue
113 Win! In this issue we’re offering one
lucky reader a pair of bespoke alcove
cabinets worth £1,500
118 Giveaways This month’s prizes
include designer artwork vouchers
and a pair of luxury pillows
120 Shopping guide Find out where
to buy everything in this issue
128 Eco news Discover the latest ideas
and top buys for a greener lifestyle
Turn old woolly
jumpers into cute
cat cushions
Plus, check out...
66 DIY masterclass How to renew
the seal around your bathtub
68 Ask the experts We answer your
DIY and maintenance questions
with some help from the pros
70 Craft stash The latest crafting
news, workshops and buys
Feature Matilda Bourne
A stitch in time…
The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show is
back from 28th February – 3rd March 2019
at Olympia, London, but this year it’s better
than ever! A renowned hub of creativity,
this spectacular show includes hundreds
of hands-on workshops, demonstrations,
interactive features and 200 top exhibitors
selling an abundance of specialist craft
supplies. Whether you’re restocking your
hobby room or just starting to explore
the wonderful world of yarn, a visit to
the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show is a
must. Tickets start from £7.50; to find out
more visit www.theknitting
on page
Use code HOME2019
to get up to £2 off
advance tickets!
This month
we love...
For stockists see page 120
Make the most of February with the best things
to do, see and buy this month
Hidden gem:
Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh
Game on!
Standing proud in
Scotland’s capital, Dovecot
Studios is the UK’s oldest
practising tapestry studio. A world-renowned producer of hand-woven tapestries
and gun-tufted rugs, this gem continues its century-long heritage of making and
collaborating with the world’s leading contemporary artists. Comprising a weaving
floor, viewing balcony, renovated Victorian baths, shop and a café, Dovecot is
free to access and has regular exhibitions on show, meaning you can see the
studio’s fantastic work all year round. Find Dovecot Studios at 10 Infirmary Street,
Edinburgh, EH1 1LT or visit
The Your Home
team love a good
board game on a
cold wintry night
in, and the new
Sagrada from
Flood Gate Games
is no exception!
Using draft dice
and tools of the
trade, each player constructs a stained
glass window by building up a grid of dice
on their board. Inspired by Antoni Gaudí’s
iconic Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona,
this game is suitable for up to four players
aged eight years old and above, making
it perfect for an evening of family fun!
Sagrada board game, £34.89, Amazon
February 2019
We love to hear what you’ve
been up to, so send us your
letters, tips, projects and photos
and this month you could win
a free 12-month or six-month
subscription to Your Home.
Make it miniature
“Last Sunday, I went to a car-boot sale and found
this doll’s house, complete with furniture, and
thought I could give it to my granddaughter for her
upcoming birthday. I enjoy decorating, so set about
revamping this miniature world for the first time! I
painted the walls, added lights Before
and a stained-glass-effect
window, and I’m thrilled with
the results. I can’t wait to see
Lily’s face on her birthday!”
Alison Mottram, via email
Your Home says This must have been a real labour of love, Alison. The stained-glass
window is beautiful and we’re sure Lily is going to treasure this. Congratulations!
Cut-price creations
“Just like the amazing people you feature, I
also work full time (as a teacher) while trying
to raise a small family. This shelf is from my
little boy Len’s room. His bunting was made by
printing the letters on the computer and then
laminating them. The pompoms were made
with a cardboard template and the African
animal print was picked up for less than
10p! It’s these finishing touches that really
make his room look special.”
Sinéad, via email
Your Home says Trying to manage a
family, a home and a job must keep you
busy, Sinéad. We love your monochrome
pompoms and we bet Len loves them
too. Plus, that animal print was an
absolute steal! Well done on such a
fantastic low-budget make from the
whole team!
To the rescue!
Savvy Scandi storage
“This bureau was going to be thrown away
before I rescued it and gave it a new life. One
man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure, after
all! With a little bit of love, a tin of Rust-Oleum
satin paint in Slate, Rust-Oleum chrome spray
paint for the handles, and some beautiful
hot-air balloon gift wrap découpaged onto the
drawer sides, I now have a beautiful bureau!”
Tracey Smith, via email
“I’ve always wanted a wood-burning stove but
didn’t fancy paying a hefty price tag or losing
storage space. I decided to turn my IKEA Kallax
unit into a fireplace by removing the central
compartment and keeping the side drawers for
bits and bobs. I wallpapered the inside with
faux-brick paper and used mismatching Laura
Ashley sample tiles on the floor. The electric stove
was a bargain from Aldi and it has a great burning
effect. It’s so cosy and perfect for this season!”
Shelley Evans, via email
Your Home says Thank goodness you saved
this beauty, Tracey! The découpaged sides
are fab. Well
done from
the team at
Your Home.
H This month, our lovely letter of the
month winner will receive a free 12-month
subscription to Your Home! Send us photos
of your latest projects and you could be next
month’s lucky winner.
Get online
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comments @your_home
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l Letters
Your Home says Giving up storage space
isn’t always easy, but you’ve certainly got
round it, Shelley. You’ve made your lovely
storage unit a real focus in the room, and
as for that electric stove – what a fab buy!
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This month’s prizes include four free subscriptions to Your Home.
The letter of the month will receive one complimentary 12-month
subsciption, including 12 fantastic issues full of the latest trends
and interiors news. Plus, three runners-up will each receive a
six-month subscription. To stay updated with all the latest
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Keep your home running like
clockwork with our helpful tips
HOW TO... use leftovers safely
If you’re trying to be more frugal and reduce waste, then making sure you
get through your leftovers will become a way of life. Here’s our guide to
storing and reusing them safely…
important that you cool your leftovers down before storing them, otherwise
✓ It’s
you risk lowering the temperature of the fridge or freezer, putting the existing
contents at risk too. Try to cool them down as soon as possible, aiming to get them
in the fridge within 90 minutes, with the exception of rice which should be chilled
within the hour. If you’ve got a large quantity to freeze then divide it into smaller
portions to cool more quickly, and pop the containers into a tray filled with
ice-cold water to speed up the process.
Make sure your leftovers are stored in an airtight container, or are covered over,
and store them above any uncooked food in the fridge so that they can’t be
contaminated by any rogue drips or spills.
Generally speaking most leftovers should be eaten within 48 hours when stored
in the fridge, but can be kept for up to three months in the freezer before the
quality might start to deteriorate. Rice should be reused within 24 hours.
When it comes to reusing your leftovers, make sure they are thawed properly
using the defrost setting of your microwave, or overnight in the fridge. Use
defrosted food within 24 hours, and don’t refreeze it. Reheat food thoroughly,
making sure it is piping hot all the way through, and never reheat more than once.
Feature Laura Higgins Main image iStock
Laura’s choice
‘This collapsible laundry basket is
just brilliant if you are
strapped for space.
The sturdy basket
can hold a load of wet
or dry laundry, has ventilation holes
and soft grip handles and best of all it
folds down from 28cm to just 8cm, so it
can be slipped at the side of the washing
machine, or in a cupboard when not in use.’
Is there a way I
can keep coloured
clothes from
running in the
wash, as well as
ensure they stay
looking vibrant?
Give the
Colour & Dirt
Collector Cloth
a go. Just pop it
in the drum with
your laundry and it will catch and hold stray
dirt and dye, protecting your clothes. It can
be used up to 30 times and has a handy
counter on the box so you can keep track
of when it needs replacing.
Colour & Dirt Collector Cloth, £2.99, Dr.Beckmann
45l collapsible laundry basket, £19.99, Addis Month 2018
Great buy
What to
look out for
These Sienna saucepans from
Kaufmann are a great inexpensive buy
if you’re thinking of kitting out your kitchen.
Available exclusively from Amazon, there
are three sets, each suitable for everyday use
and with a 10-year guarantee and five-year
non-stick warranty. There’s a frying pan duo,
£37.29; a saucepan three-piece, £36.28;
or, if you need a whole new collection, the
five-piece saucepan and frying pan combo
is a very reasonable £62.95.
▲ Stay ahead of the game
with this packed planner – it
has everything you need
including year, month and
week views and a pocket for
loose bits of paper, as well as fun stickers
and a calming colouring page
Planners and organisers
Moonstone 2019 classic 12-month
annual planner, £20,
Make sure everyone knows
what’s for dinner, and who’s
in charge, with this handy
magnetic food planner
Magnetic food planner, £2,
Flying Tiger Copenhagen
Jot down what
you need on this
magnetic notepad
and you’ll never
be left wondering
up and down
the supermarket
aisles again
▲ Keep on top of it all with these useful study and
budget planners – a bargain buy that will keep you
organised and help to save the pennies
Rifle Paper Co.
Corner Store
shopping list
notepad, £9.50,
Budget and Study planners, £1 each, both Poundland
l What is the capacity?
l Did it mix sufficiently?
l Did it have many attachments?
We test... stand mixers
We tried out a selection of stand mixers, here’s what we found…
This stylish gadget looked smart
on our kitchen worktop and gave
the impression of being far more
expensive than its low price point.
The 4.5l bowl provided ample
capacity when baking a layer
cake and the machine worked
smoothly, taking the hard work
out of whipping and blending
our ingredients. It came provided
with three attachments – a whisk,
beater and dough hook, meaning
it will work well for most of your
everyday domestic needs.
STAND MIXER, £174.99
This eye-catching machine will
look the part in your kitchen. The
large 5l bowl was great for larger
cakes, and the splash guard kept
the kitchen clean. It comes with
a balloon whisk, dough hook
and beater which had a silicone
edge for scraping the edge of
the bowl as it mixed, which was
really handy. It didn’t feel quite as
good quality as some of the other
models tested, but it was great for
what we needed it for.
This super-stylish retro-inspired
design definitely looks great on
the worktop. Thankfully, it works
like a dream, too. Although it’s
quite heavy, it feels really sturdy
and comes with a capacious 4.8l
bowl, dough hook, wire whisk and
flat beater, as well as a pouring
shield which helps prevent
splashes. It has 10 speed settings
offering accurate control when
prepping food. You can also buy
optional accessories for making
pasta, slicing and grating.
This iconic piece of kit is hefty
and feels excellent quality. It
comes with a balloon whisk,
beater and dough hook, and
other attachments are available to
buy. It has two bowls – a 3l and
a 4.8l – plus a pouring shield. It
has 10 speed settings which were
great for a variety of tasks. While
mixing, it did seem to leave a little
at the bottom, which needed
scraping before mixing again.
February 2019
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Say hello to Solva
A beautiful, solid Ash painted range, available in 25 colour options.
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Smart savings
The average Brit spends £6.08 on lunch
each day – £15.51 in London. Instead, why
not invest in this fancy lunch box, fill it
with a healthy
salad or
sarnie and
save a
a year?
Bee lunch
box, £15,
Cath Kidston
Feature Alice Butler Image iStock
YH fab find
Stay up to
date with the
hottest deals
on everything
from food
and drink to
fashion and
beauty, days
out, tech and
and more with
exclusive deals. Each week the money-saving
website has a round-up of new discounts:
our recent faves have included offers
on Krispy Kreme, Patisserie Valerie,
Cox & Cox and River Island. Check out
the ‘Only on Vouchercloud’ page at or on the app.
ways to... keep fit for less
Find an affordable workout and you may find it easier to stick to your regime.
n TRAIN ON THE CHEAP Want to tone up with equipment? There are a host of low-cost gyms (such
as Fitness4Less and Anytime Fitness), many of which have regular offers on memberships throughout
the year, plus bring-a-friend days when you can try a session for free with a mate before joining the
club at a discount. Or work out on the many free outdoor gyms in parks across the country where
you’ll find the familiar kit from cross trainers to treadmills. Find your nearest at
n SHAPE UP WITH THE NHS As part of its commitment to encourage the nation to get healthy, the
NHS has a variety of exercise tutorials on its website (, including a five-minute wake-up
workout and a 12-week fitness programme; or
take your pick of the 24 instructor-led videos
teaching everything from yoga to belly dancing,
aerobics to strength training – all for free.
n JOG IT OUT If you’ll stay motivated exercising
with others, join a running club. Parkrun
organises free weekly 5km timed runs on Saturday
mornings that are safe, open to everyone and
easy to take part in; visit
n SURF THE NET You’ll never get bored with
your regime thanks to the endless clips on
YouTube. Make sure you choose the highestrated videos to learn from the best (such as
The Body Coach TV) and remember to check
the routine has a warm-up to avoid injuries.
bouts of exercise into your daily routine by
jumping off the bus or train a stop early on your
commute; cycle to the shops; take the stairs
Source: Sunny
rather than the lift; or vacuum vigorously for 30
minutes which burns an impressive 96 calories.
82% of renters
spend their own
cash on home
60% paint the walls;
44% change the
furniture; 40% put
nails in the wall.
tech news
Children and big kids alike will love this fierce new
digital monster pocket-money account. Aimed at helping
small people understand money in a cashless society,
Santander’s Mini 123 comes with
a piggy-bank-style critter which lights up and displays the balance when
money hits the account or it’s shaken by its owner. When kids want to spend
their cash they can use the debit card stashed in the monster’s jet pack.
Choose from three cheery beasts with moveable eyelids and customisable
body parts. For more info go to February 2019
Plan your finances for the
year ahead and you could
save £££s every month
f you’re forever forking out on bills,
shopping, loans and other everyday
essentials, maybe it’s time to sit down
and make a money plan. By budgeting
sensibly across the year and setting
yourself savings goals, you could end up
clearing up pesky debts and saving a tidy
sum for a summer holiday or a new car.
Here’s how to get started.
Begin by setting aside some time to make a monthly budget…
n Write down a list of everything you spend money on each month including bills, childcare,
insurance, travel, groceries and any treats such as eating out, clothes or cinema.
n Next, consider whether you could save money on any of these outgoings. Is it time to shop
around for a new energy provider for instance? Can you negotiate a better broadband deal?
Will making your own lunch each day save money on expensive shop-bought sandwiches?
n Check your monthly direct debits and see if there’s anything you’re still paying for that you
don’t use, such as a gym membership or an outdated insurance policy.
n Write down how much money you have coming in after tax, and work out the difference
to see how much, if any, you have left each month. This is a great way to plan how much you
can afford to spend and where you can save.
Here are some quick and easy ways to cut
back on spending:
For any credit cards or loans, aim to
Think before you buy. It sounds obvious,
pay off the debt that charges the
before you purchase anything, ask
highest rate of interest first
yourself whether you really need it and
l Look for zero per cent balance transfer deals.
whether you can afford it.
l Pay the credit card bill in full each
3Use cash rather than debit or credit cards
month to avoid interest.
and it should make you think twice
l Consider setting up
before splashing out.
an automatic direct
3Get the whole family involved.
Set up a savings
debit to pay off the
After all, it’s no good you doing
card each month
account and deposit as much
all this hard work if everyone else
if you can
as you can spare every month.
is out spending.
afford it.
This will help you develop healthy 3Stay organised with bills by
l Get rid of
marking out when they are due
spending habits. Look for ISAs
any store cards,
a calendar – including annual
which usually
premiums such as car insurance.
charge a much
and building societies to
3Where possible, try to have an
higher rate
find the best return
fund set aside for any
of interest.
on your money.
unforeseen costs.
When you need expert advice on serious
debts, there is free support available:
3Citizens Advice Bureau, StepChange Debt
Charity or National Debtline can help – contact
them as soon as possible for advice.
3 Money Advice Service is another good support.
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Top tip
Are there any apps that can help keep track of my spending?
June Hargreaves, Edinburgh
Yes, Money Dashboard ( keeps all your accounts in one
place, breaking down your spending so you can see all your incomings and outgoings,
including credit cards, current and savings accounts. It’s free for Android and iOS users and
also creates graphs and charts to help you get a grip on your spending habits.
February 2019
Useful contacts
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Wear your heart on
your windows.
Don’t just like your curtains.
Love them.
Discover this year’s perfect perennial colour palette
Mini trend:
A dash of mustard
When it comes to picking a long-lasting colour scheme,
it’s important to make sure it will look great every season.
This year’s top transitional palette? Mustard and navy.
With Abigail Ahern’s iconic dark interiors taking the
decorating world by storm, deep navy is a must-have
in your home. But to prevent it from absorbing all
that glorious summer light, add warming accents
of mustard yellow. It’s the perfect partner for
a sunny spring room!
Vari table lamp in yellow,
£68, Oliver Bonas. Ochre
kimono throw cushion, £29,
Michael Murphy Home Furnishing.
Assorted soft furnishings and
from £3, Wilko
A lift
for walls
Inspired by some of
the greatest movies
of all time, Red Candy
has released a range
of blockbusting movie
illustrations to perk up
your walls. Featuring
iconic scenes from films
such as Grease, Dirty Dancing, Pulp Fiction
and The Goonies, these bold prints use a simple retro
colour-blocking technique, making that famous
Dirty Dancing lift even more iconic! To see the
full range, head to
just £3
Dirty Dancing art print, from £18, Red Candy
Boost your slats appeal
Did you know that around 25 to 50 per cent
of radiator heat is lost through windows?
When it comes to saving money and
energy, one of the most efficient window
dressings are shutters. With some saying
they are just as effective as double glazing,
these wooden wonders also double up as
natural noise barriers, making them perfect
for period townhouses close to bustling
roads or pavements. We love this rustic
Golden Oak finish from Shutterly Fabulous,
it’s perfect for a cosy bedroom look. Take
a look at
Full-length wooden window shutters in Golden
Oak, from £299 per sq m, Shutterly Fabulous
Semi-precious style
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect
feature light, then take a look at
Sarah Colson’s Prism collection.
Available exclusively in Debenhams, the
award-winning designer’s new range
features four stunning pendant lights
and two table lamps inspired by natural
quartz and crystal formations. Finished
with a brushed-gold fitting, we think
this collection would make a real
style statement as a cluster above a
dining table! To find out more, visit
Medium geometric glass pendant lights,
£130 each, Debenhams
In association with
February 2019
Statement furniture can be the
starting point of a new scheme
Kerala sideboard, £865; Scandi apple
and pear framed prints, £65 each; Rayat
matted pink vase, £10; Siga matted
pink vase, £10 each; Agung vase, from
£16, all Barker & Stonehouse
Triangles, chevrons, hexagons… geometric
is the shape of things past and present
The geometric trend has
made many comebacks
over the years, and is still
as popular as ever. Take
inspiration from the past and
use contemporary colours and
materials for an up-to-date
spin on the scheme. Soft
furnishings are the quickest
way to build up this style,
with rugs, cushions, curtains
and bed linen all inexpensive
ways to add pattern. If you’re
feeling a bit more confident,
make a statement with tiles
and wallpaper.
The key here is to balance your look – if you’re choosing
accessories with an over-sized pattern, then keep the walls a
solid colour. Likewise, if you’re opting from a dramatic design
on the walls, keep the rest of your scheme more subtle, going
for neutrals and smaller-scale prints.
Acting Deputy Editor
Arccos 111969 wallpaper, £89
per roll, Harlequin. Otani 132771
fabric, £59 per m, Harlequin.
Winterbloom matt emulsion,
from £14 for 2.5l; Dance Hall
flat matt emulsion from the
Period collection, from £21.50
for 2.5l, both Crown Paints.
Cosmo pink cushion, £40,
Feature Laura Higgins
prints will
create a classic
scheme that
won’t date
Deco diamond
bed linen set,
£200 for a double,
February 2019
In association with
Dip your toe into
the trend with
textured accessories
Hand-woven geometric
wall hanging, £39,
Ian Snow
Create a bespoke
storage solution with
these modular brass
shelves and mirrors
Alveare brass shelves,
£89.99 each; Alveare
brass wall mirror, £59.99
each; Alveare tub chair
in blush pink, £349.99;
Alveare mirror side table,
£139.99, all My Furniture
Spend vs Save
Add comfort underfoot with
a bold graphic rug
Borg rug in ecru/
black, from £479,
Urban Avenue
Add instant colour and
pattern with this matching
cushion and throw
Holden cushion, £20; Holden
throw, £45, both Made
ivory rug,
from £27.99,
Choose simple designs for a
stylish, contemporary scheme
Clarice round metal edged mirror,
£95, John Lewis & Partners
A mural is a great way of to
create impact, and much easier
than a tricky paint effect
Subtle Tones wall mural, from £27
per sq m,
In association with
February 2019
Expert tip
‘Geometrics are so versatile, and can
be used in all areas of the home,
adding interest without being too
feminine. They also work as great
coordinates alongside many patterns.
In this picture, you can see how to
use different designs together in the
same scheme. The strong lines created
in the zigzag of the Equalize curtains
are echoed in the tile-like geometric of
the Axal wallpaper, achieving a striking
and sophisticated interior.’
Claire Greenfield, Lead Designer
at Harlequin
Pay attention to the finishing details with
these marble-effect coasters
Geometric coasters, £8 for four, Creative Tops
This window film has a really subtle
graphic pattern while providing privacy
Lindsey Lang Crystal window film, from £30,
The Window Film Company
Contrast designs in
different scales and
toning colours
Axal 111979 wallpaper,
£69 per roll; curtains in
Equalize 132817 fabric,
£69 per m; chairs in
Minouri 132766 fabric,
£79 per m, all Harlequin
Tessellation 11984
wallpaper, £75 per roll,
Harlequin. Regal sorbet
velvet, £59.50 per m, Clarke
& Clarke. Scottish Pine
non-drip gloss, from £15.49
for 750ml; Carved Stone
flat matt emulsion from
the Period collection, from
£21.50 for 2.5l, both Crown
Paints. Terrazzo candle
holder, £20, Scaramanga
February 2019
In association with
Light up your look with one of these
striking geo pendants
Pop this little succulent
on a mantelpiece or
coffee table
Aloe in glass vase, £10,
Sainsbury’s Home
Choose three
complementary shades
on the walls and create
a simple yet effective
paint effect
Lampshade, £12, Sainsbury’s Home
Pendant light in Nagoya
grey, £99.99, Dowsing
and Reynolds
Valli sideboard, £725;
Maxiemus white and gold
clock, £220; marble and
gold tray; £145; matt black
aluminium table lamp,
£140, all Barker & Stonehouse
If you don’t fancy
wallpaper, artwork and
prints are an easy way
to add pattern to walls
Geometric framed prints,
£25 each, Cult Furniture
Create a retro scheme
with a chevron print
Chevron Weave ochre
wallpaper, £16.99 per roll,
My Furniture
Hem shade in white, £39, Made
In association with
February 2019
Katie put her love of
Scandinavian design into
practice and created a bold
office scheme full of natural
wood and Danish-inspired
accessories. A blend of
plants, a patterned rug and
lots of texture help to keep
the room feel cosy. A run of
cork breaks up the dark
wall and offers a place
to pin ‘to-do’ notes and
motivational postcards
Total Cost
Good idea!
Use cork tiles on the wall to create
an easy and stylish pinboard – you
can hang them in whatever pattern
you wish to suit your room.
February 2019
My office is anything
but boring
Katie Seidler turned a small third bedroom
into a Scandi-style monochrome workspace
with tons of texture
hen fashion buyer Katie Seidler,
35, and husband Russell, 39,
bought their three-bedroom
Victorian house in St Albans back in
2016 it was a totally blank canvas with
white walls and mismatched flooring.
Although there was nothing structural
that needed to change, Katie desperately
wanted to put the character back into the
rooms – one of which was the office. ‘At the
time it was being used as a (very small)
third bedroom, which was of no use to us,’
says Katie. ‘We wanted to change it into a
study and it was one of the first rooms we
decorated, along with the main bedroom
and the open-plan living area.’
Although the room
wasn’t huge, it still had plenty of potential
and Katie was keen to get started. ‘There
was nothing major to do, which meant
I could get creative with paint, lighting
and storage ideas,’ she says. ‘I did a lot of
research into how I wanted it to look – and
a lot of moodboarding, too! It needed to
be functional as both myself and Russell
would need to work in it, but I also wanted
it to be a space we’d enjoy spending the
majority of the day in. It needed to inspire
and make us feel motivated.’
STEP TWO Katie’s first priority was
to freshen up the walls, which the couple
Good idea!
Add hooks to the side of a cabinet
to hang items you need regularly
– it keeps them tidy and makes
it easy to find them.
The two wall
cupboards from Ikea cost
just £45 each, making
them an affordable
storage option. Katie
added leather handles as
a quick update, and hung
hooks on the side of the
cabinets for a handy
place to hang a clipboard
and earphones
Katie uses plants to keep
the room feeling relaxed,
despite it being a work
environment. This stylish
lamp featuring a built-in
plant pot was a bargain
from HomeSense
did themselves. ‘I love the
contrast of monochrome, so
we worked this idea in by
painting the wall in a dark
shade,’ she explains. Next
came the lighting which Katie
called in the experts for as she
wanted to make a big change.
The fitting was moved so that
it was positioned over the
desk, allowing bulbs to hang
over the workspace instead
of in the middle of the room.
‘The electrician thought I was
mad,’ Katie laughs.
February 2019
Monochrome artworks in
a variety of sizes have been
displayed on a side wall. The
frames are all black to give
a uniform feel
Exposed bulbs strung
from black cords keep
to the office’s simple yet
functional ethos. The
concrete-effect detail
works well with the
industrial-style textures
in the room, such as cork,
metal and wood
Good idea!
Hang hooks among artwork as an
extra display piece – these Dot
designs are as much a work of art
as the prints next to them.
Cork tiles
FOUR When it came
to buying a desk and chair, Katie was
determined to choose pieces in keeping
with the minimal Scandi style she loved
Shopping list
so much. ‘Let’s face it, office furniture can
be dull and ugly, and we wanted to make
the space feel more comfortable,’ she says.
‘I chose a dining chair, rather than an
office design, and went for a desk in
ash and grey from Made. I’ve made the
mistake many times of buying everything
I love and then changing my mind a few
months later, so now I take my time to
plan and research the perfect pieces that
I’ll only need to buy once!’ The result is a
bold scheme with a restrained Scandi feel
and a monochrome palette of dark grey,
white and natural wood with cork accents
and lots of beautifully designed Danish-
Walls in Nighthawk and Pure Brilliant White
matt emulsion paints, from £16 for 2.5l,
both Crown Paints. Compound desk, £299,
Made. Soho dining chair, £99, Cult Furniture.
Ivar storage units, £45 each; leather
handles, £10 for two; for a similar round rug
try Vostrup, £50, all Ikea. Lamp, £30; teapot,
£16; mug, £12 for a set of two; other desk
accessories from a selection, all HomeSense.
Self-adhesive cork tiles, £9.99 for a pack
of four, The Range. Untied Kingdom print,
£100, PreFab77. Wall calendar, £60, Stendig
Calendars. Lights, £40 each, bespoke from a
local lighting shop. Muuto Dots coat hooks,
from £15 each, Utility Design. Basket (on floor),
£8, Matalan. Light Oak flooring, £27.50 per
sq m, Quick-Step
inspired accessories. ‘I’m really pleased
with the space,’ says Katie. ‘It’s a great
place to get your head down and the plants
make it feel relaxing. I wanted an inspiring
office that wasn’t boring and and that’s
exactly what we’ve achieved.’ YH
3 of the best... cement plant pots
£7.95 from The Farthing
This rustic plant pot features a quirky vintage
Spanish tile-style print on a cement base with
a colourful lacquered interior.
£10 from Scaramanga
The simple, clean lines of this circular planter
perfectly complement Scarmanga’s hexagon
shelf (£17.50) to create an industrial look.
£47.50 from Smithers of Stamford
This quirky bowler hat design is quite possibly
one of the most stylish ways to display plants,
whether indoors or out.
February 2019
Feature Laurie Davidson Photos Colin Poole
STEP THREE Next, the
couple turned their attention to storage.
‘There’s so much in an office that needs
to be hidden away, so I took time to think
about how to ensure we had enough
cupboards and how they would fit into
the overall look and feel of the room,’ says
Katie. ‘Storage doesn’t have to be boring!’
Untreated solid-wood cabinets from Ikea
were chosen for the wall which Katie
jazzed up with leather handles. ‘Texture is
important to me, so we added a lot of cork
and natural wood in the scheme,’ she says.
This is demonstrated further with a run
of cork tiles which break up the dark wall
behind the desk. ‘I wanted a way to make
the office functional for all those notes and
memos, so I bought some adhesive cork
tiles to make a feature,’ says Katie.
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British designed
It’s the perfect crafting
space and office
Katie-Lark Ratcliffe transformed a former garage
into an inviting and practical dual-purpose room
hen Katie-Lark Ratcliffe, 33,
moved into her 1980s semi
in Oxfordshire, her main
priority was to create a comfortable
home for her children, Isla and Tove.
However, once the essential spaces were
done, her attention soon turned to creating
a much-needed workroom to indulge her
passion for crafting. ‘I’d earmarked the
attached garage for conversion from day
one,’ she explains. ‘Not only could it be
accessed via the house, but the previous
owners had already set the ball rolling –
leaving me free to tailor the half-finished
project to my needs!’
Good idea!
A strategically placed free-standing
open unit is a clever and
non-permanent way to create distinct
zones, while still allowing light
to flood the space.
With the garage door
long gone and a replacement window
and heating already in place, Katie-Lark’s
first task was to level the concrete in
preparation for new flooring, then add
plenty of plug sockets and insulation
throughout. ‘I called on the services
of a local builder to help with the
work, and also took the opportunity to
board and plaster the ceiling,’ she says.
When it came to the walls, KatieLark decided to ditch plastering
in favour of characterful
panelling. ‘I love the simplicity
of Scandi style so chose readymade tongue-and-groove panels
which, at 2.4 metres, were
exactly the same height as the
garage, making installation
quick and easy,’ she smiles.
A wooden
dowel pole
to the wall
with stylish
for crafty
supplies to
be on hand
In order to create a
practical craft and
office space, KatieLark opted to lay
faux-timber porcelain
tiles underfoot, then
turned her attention to the
layout. ‘I always knew I wanted
to create two distinct work
zones,’ she explains, ‘And with
light being an obvious priority for
my hobbies, I came up with the
idea of using an open shelving
unit as an instant divide.’
To satisfy her storage needs
Katie-Lark also invested in a
generous bank of full-height
cupboards, complete with
leather handles. ‘They weren’t
cheap at £600 but they ensure
all my paraphernalia remains
neatly hidden,’ she says.
When it
came to décor, Katie-Lark again
looked to keep things simple
with light-enhancing off-white
walls, teamed with Scandiinspired timber tones and
February 2019
Katie-Lark hung woven fabric tubs from
the wall to display colourful yarn and keep
essentials close at hand
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This bright and sunny dual-purpose
space is now the perfect place for
Katie-Lark to indulge a serious
crafting habit, or simply spend
time catching up on paperwork
February 2019
Good idea!
Revive a redundant table base with
a lick of paint and a smart new top.
Katie-Lark used giant buttons as
handles: try Mollie & Fred for
ready-made button knobs.
porcelain tiles are a
practical, easy-clean
option in busy
work areas, while
timber-look tiles offer
a soft, relaxed look
plenty of savvy high-street and online
finds. ‘I spotted the trestle table in Ikea,’
says Katie-Lark, ‘along with most of my
additional storage pieces – including the
handy ladder rack for hanging fabrics
and a few wall-mounted additions.’ The
statement chairs, pendant lights and rugs
were all the result of successful internet
searches. ‘I managed to source some
real bargains,’ she continues, ‘Which
was just as well as I also needed to
splash out on a bespoke blind for the
large window.’
STEP FOUR Finally, with little of
her funds remaining, Katie-Lark opted
to create a sewing table by recycling
a previously redundant base that was
originally destined for the skip. It now
takes pride of place in the craft area,
thanks to the addition of a timber top and
a lick of paint. ‘The quirky button handles
were actually an afterthought, but I think
they really make the table,’ she smiles,
‘And, along with the panelling, it has to
be one of my favourite features.’ In fact,
now that the room is finished, Katie-Lark
couldn’t be more delighted. ‘It’s such a
pleasure to work in, and I love the fact
that I can simply close the door on any
mess,’ she concludes. YH
Georgian standard-joint full-size MDF
panelling, £59 per 2.4m x 1.2m sheet, The
English Panelling Company. Paint: Shallows
(panelling, cupboards and woodwork), and
Livid (table) intelligent eggshells, from
£30 per 1l; Shallows intelligent emulsion
(ceiling), £48.50 per 2.5l; Pea Green,
Aquamarine and Pleat tester pots (frames),
£4.50 each, all Little Greene. Splendid
Ash matt porcelain floor tiles, £66 per
sq m, British Ceramic Tile. Rochelle office
chair, £69.99, Atlantic Shopping. Moda
Eiffel Scandinavian armchair, £35, P&N
Homewares. Finnvard/Linnmon trestle table,
£75; Kallax shelving unit, £75; Vilto towel
stand, £35; Mosslanda picture ledge, from
£5; Kvissle magazine files, £10 for two; letter
tray, £19; Nordrana hanging baskets, £6.25
for two; Skadis peg board, from £8; clips,
£1.50 for two; container, £2; shelf, £3;
Ribba picture frames, from £3.95, all Ikea.
Solid-oak table top, £75, Worktop Express.
Pure White 50mm wood Venetian blind,
£188, Hillarys. Giant wooden buttons, from
£6.55 each; Room One Design leather loop
pull handles, from £4.25 each, both Etsy.
Modern wood and metal pendant lights,
£19.90 each; sheepskin, from £27.99;
cowhide, £69.99, all eBay. MDF letters,
£1 each, Hobbycraft
3 of the best... craft room accessories
£9.95 from Hurn & Hurn
Dubbed ‘the best gift for edgy embroiderers’,
these quirky scissors from Suck UK are crafted
from stainless steel with a brass finish.
£10 from Fred Aldous
The Original Thimble by Wild & Wolf adds style
to any creative space and is perfect for storing
all your crafting and stationery clutter.
£18 from Papermash
Whether you need to store ribbons, threads or
tapes, this giant golden safety pin will not only
hold them safely but looks great too.
February 2019
Styling Jo Rigg Feature Paula Woods Photos Lizzie Orme
Shopping list
Total Cost
Patterned wallpaper
adds colour and
character to Amanda’s
home office and the
wall-to-wall desktop
makes it the perfect
workspace for two
February 2019
I created an office that’s
a fabulous place to work
Amanda transformed her kitchen into the perfect home office for two
hen Amanda Brooks, 40, and
her husband Adam added an
extension to their three-bedroom
home in Stamford, Lincolnshire, the plans
involved moving the kitchen to a large
open-plan area in the new part of the build.
‘My husband often works from home and
I would find myself doing paperwork at the
kitchen table, which I hated,’ she explains.
‘Having the chance to rethink the old
kitchen space and turn it into a room
that would be a great place for us both
to work was a wonderful opportunity.
I wasn’t sure how to make a stylish,
practical and fabulous office from my
old kitchen but I was looking forward to
the challenge!’
STEP ONE Once the kitchen
had been stripped out and the walls
re-plastered, Amanda had a wonderful
blank canvas to work on. ‘It wasn’t until
I was standing in the empty room that I
started to visualise what I could do – I’d
found it too difficult to imagine when the
kitchen was still in place.’ Having already
collected paint and wallpaper samples,
Amanda was keen to see how they looked,
so she tacked everything to the wall and
stood back to take it all in. ‘I was particularly
drawn to a Scion wallpaper with a triangle
print and decided to use that as the base
for the design. I chose grey paint from
Little Greene that toned beautifully
with the paper and we began decorating
straight away,’ Amanda explains. ‘It took
us a couple of weekends to get everything
done but doing so changed the room’s
identity entirely
– it felt fresh and
lovely and I was
excited to see what
it could become.’
The hallway and
kitchen in the new
going to feature a
pale oak flooring,
Amanda has
placed dividers and
boxes inside large
drawers to keep
everything neat
and ordered
so Amanda decided to use the same in
the office to keep a consistent visual flow
throughout the ground floor. ‘I love the
warmth that wood brings and it’s so easy
to keep clean, too,’ she says.
‘A joiner came and cut it perfectly to fit,
and the surface was then protected with
Osmo oil to give it a practical wipe-clean
finish.’ Amanda also needed to find a
solution for storing paperwork. ‘I didn’t
want open shelving as it always seems to
look untidy,’ she explains. She searched
the high street for small drawers and was
delighted with what she found in Habitat.
‘I bought two sets of drawers that were the
perfect shades of grey and yellow, and some
matching wall storage, too,’ she says. ‘I also
picked up two small filing cabinets so we
can hide papers away, rather than
have piles of
stuff all over
the desk.
Finding the right
furniture was the next task, and having
two desks was vital. ‘Adam and I needed
our own separate places
to work, where we would
both have room to spread
out without impacting on
each other,’ she explains.
She considered two freestanding pieces of furniture
but decided that would
leave an odd gap in between.
Using one long worktop
across the whole wall would
look much sleeker and
maximise the workspace.
‘I was lucky enough to pick
up an oak kitchen worktop
at a good price from a
local showroom that was
closing down,’ says Amanda.
brings softness
to a room
and is a truly
timeless choice
Good idea!
To maximise your storage space
consider having a unit made to your
room’s specifications. Alternatively,
add dividers or boxes inside
high-street drawers.
February 2019
To add balance
to a room,
keep furniture
symmetrical. Here
the two areas
mirror each other
meaning the space
looks neat – even
when it’s not at its
Create a gallery
wall. Mix artwork
in a range of
sizes, colours and
styles to give the
space an injection
of colour and
‘Each piece
the worktop
so they look
tidy and give
both of us clearly defined spaces, which
was important.’ Amanda completed the
work area with a trip to Dunelm where she
bought lamps, magazine files, boxes and
chairs. ‘I wasn’t intending to buy chairs
but the grey Scandinavian-style designs
jumped out at me. They’re stylish and
comfortable, so ideal for us!’ she smiles.
STEP THREE Next, Amanda
wanted to add a large storage unit.
‘I looked around but couldn’t find
anything on the high street that I
liked,’ she says. ‘Then, I remembered
that the joiner who had fitted our
worktop had studied design at college,
so I called him to see if he could help.
Create the right atmosphere.
Offices don’t have to feel clinical
– approach the design as you
would any other living area for
a stylish space.
He not only had some incredible ideas but
the creative ability to bring them to life,
so we decided to take the plunge and have
something made bespoke. He designed
and made us the most beautiful piece;
each drawer is the perfect size for what
it needs to store,’ she smiles. The final
step was hanging a collection of artwork.
‘For the longest time I’ve had a huge pile
of pictures hanging around, and I wanted
to get them on the wall to enjoy them.
I picked up a selection of frames and
spent ages working out how they would
all fit together to create a gallery wall.
I love how the eclectic mix has such a
huge impact.’ With a geometric rug on
the floor to echo the wallpaper print
Shopping list
Scion Modul wallpaper, £43 per roll,
Wallpaper Direct. Light and Dark French Grey
intelligent matt paints, £48.50 for 2.5l each,
Little Greene. Champagne oak, £49.99 per sq
m, Quick-Step. Osmo clear satin Polyx oil,
£15.45 per 375ml, Russwood. Albion office
units, £250 each; Albion wall units, £75 each,
all Habitat. Bisley filing cabinets, £49.79 each,
Staples. Bespoke chest of drawers, £2,500,
Flavell Trading. Clock, £10, car-boot sale.
Pendant lampshade, £165, Charlene Mullen.
Table lamp, £65, Maxine Sutton. Seattle
white desk lamps, £45 each; magazine files,
£4.50 each; pen pot, £1.50; storage boxes,
£8 per set of three; desk planner, £3; Forest
Friends mugs, £10 for four; Skandi oak
dining chairs, £325 for a pair, all Dunelm
and feel soft underfoot and interesting
lampshades, the room was complete.
‘Everyone’s amazed at how well the small
kitchen has transformed into a generous
office space for two,’ she adds. ‘Not only is
it a lovely place to work in, it’s also really
practical. It’s even better than I dreamed
it could be – we are delighted!’ YH
3 of the best... storage units
£129 from Made
The Elona storage unit features a simple navy
surface and copper hairpin legs to add a touch
of class to any room.
£149 from Swoon
The mid-century style Randall cabinet is crafted
from mango wood with a pale finish and
tiered drawers for the ultimate storage.
£550 from The Old Cinema
With its bright geometric design, this vintage
cabinet from The Old Cinema provides the
perfect hideaway for a range of office clutter.
February 2019
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on a little budget
Refresh your décor from floor to ceiling
without spending a fortune
e all have a décor wish list that
exists purely in our daydreams…
but when you can have stylish,
quality interiors without burning through
your cash, why not make those fantasies a
reality? Check out these pages for savvy
solutions and insider tips to help you save
money without compromising on style.
Big revamps
Keep tiling costs
down by using
statement designs
for a feature area on
your floor with plain
ones around it
Scintilla olive, paprika
and black star pattern
tiles, £29.95 per sq m,
Walls and Floors
Fabulous flooring
You don’t need to
replace your entire
floor to update
the look – simply
throw down a
rug anywhere
you’d like extra
comfort for a
cosy, layered look
Eddy ivory and black
circular rug, from £49,
Modern Rugs
If you love luxurious carpet
underfoot, look for a polyester or
polypropylene design that feels
like walking on a cloud without the
hefty price tag
Apollo Plus carpet in Pensive Sky,
from £15 per sq m, Cormar Carpets
Vinyl is a purse-friendly
flooring choice for kitchens,
bathrooms and hallways
– it’s low-maintenance,
durable, water-resistant
and can even dampen the
sound of footsteps
Platinum Cabana grey and green
vinyl, £18.99 per sq m, Carpetright
Feature Emma Thompson
For long-lasting and
easy-clean floors with the
look of natural wood, try
laminate. Available at a
fraction of the cost and
simple to install yourself,
there are so many convincing
lookalikes that nobody will
know the difference
Kronospan valley oak laminate
flooring, £22.18 for 2.22 sq m, Wickes
February 2019
Window film is the perfect solution for
those of us who want privacy in the form
of a stylish design that looks fantastic
both in the room and from the street
Top tip
Pop a length
of pipe insulation
tube behind each
fold to make dress
curtains look more
full and luxurious.
Aum centrepiece window film, from £16.50,
s Even cheaper curtains can give a
high-end look if you hang them above the
window and go for a floor-length drop
Vermont lined mustard eyelet curtains,
from £30, Dunelm
The ‘finial’ touch
Choose stylish curtain hardware that
won’t break the bank
Roller and vertical
styles tend to be
the most affordable
types of blinds,
while many online
retailers offer made
to measure services
at reasonable prices
Tuiss Illusion cool grey
roller shade, from £39,
Blinds 2 Go
Mix and match
satin silver
flower finials,
£15 for a pair,
Blåst finials,
£6 for a pair,
Black ball
finials, £19
for a pair, John
Lewis & Partners
‘It’s so easy to measure up for blinds. Using a sturdy metal tape, simply check
the width in millimetres at the top, middle and bottom of the recess and use the
smallest measurement. Do the same with the drop at the left, middle and right.
Blinds 2 Go does the calculations for you so that your blind fits perfectly.’
Leah Brandwood, Head of Design, Blinds 2 Go February 2019
wonder walls
Whether you’re renting or just want a
quick creative shake-up, washi tape can
do everything from making geometric
patterns across walls to ‘framing’ prints
– and removes without a trace afterwards
Paint is the most accessible way to
spruce up your home, and you’ll get
real value for your money with creative
effects such as this modern, linear look
Black spotted and
gold washi tapes,
from £2.75 each,
Matt emulsion in Duck Egg and Clay White,
from £14 for 2.5l; Period Collection flat matt
emulsions in Attingham Blue and May Queen,
from £21.50 for 2.5l; feature wall matt emulsion
in Rebel, from £14 for 1.25l, all Crown Paints
When a plain wall simply won’t
do, grab a roll of wallpaper and start
pasting! Even if it’s a little pricier, an
eye-catching design will mean you need
fewer decorative
accessories and
can help you save
money overall
Holden Decor Paladium metallic
geometric wallpaper in grey, dusky
pink (far left) and teal (left), £11.99
per roll, I Want Wallpaper
Mirror, mirror,
on the wall
Hang one of these striking pieces
on your newly finished surface and
you’ll never look back
Klevering lightning bolt
mirror, £25, Printer and Tailor
tasselled green and
brass wall mirror,
£25, Oliver Bonas
‘If a wallpaper you absolutely love is outside your budget, paper just a small area in
the room, such as a chimney breast, or choose a patterned design, such as a floral
print, then cut around the motifs to spread them out across the walls.’
Cindy Fuller, Founder of Designs Direct
February 2019
Cyclops eye black
wall mirror, £37,
Hurn & Hurn
Grab yourself a bargain
floor lamp with this
elegant real marble and
polished brass model
radiant lighting
LED by example
Gold and white marble floor
lamp, £75, Harvey Norman
With LED set to replace halogen bulbs,
what is the difference? Bertie Pleass,
Director of Engineering at sustainable
lighting brand Tala, explains:
l LED bulbs consume around five times
less energy than halogens, which give off
a lot of excess heat.
l Halogen bulbs may be cheaper initially,
but they are more expensive in the long
run. The Energy Saving Trust estimates
that the typical halogen uses £11 of
electricity a year, while a replacement
LED would use only £2 worth.
l Halogen bulbs have a lifespan of 2,000
hours – around two years when used for
three hours per day. Tala’s LED bulbs last
for 15,000 to 30,000 hours.
l Many people still believe LED light
can only be a cool white, which
isn’t great for ambience –
but our Classic
produces a
warm amber
glow similar
to candlelight.
Pygmy and Pluto
LED lightbulbs,
from £10 each, Tala
Love the look of cable pendant lights
but don’t want to replace the whole
fitting? The sleeve covering this bulb
housing is made using one sheet of paper
holder, £13,
Cult Furniture
s Glass shades are especially
great for use in humid rooms
and look incredibly luxe,
especially when they’re textured
like these pink ones
Don’t underestimate the
ability of candlelight to boost
the ambience of a room and
create a cosy atmosphere
Pendant lamp project from Better Living Through Origami by Nellianna
van den Baard and Kenneth Veenenbos (£15.99, SewandSo)
Ilaria pendant
shades in Berry
and Blush, £29
each, Made
s Table lamps are
super sources of
ambient and task
lighting – this stylish
rose gold design
can be adjusted to
illuminate exactly
the right spot
Desk lamp, £24.99,
HomeSense February 2019
High style, low prices
Four hot looks, 40 key pieces and they’re all £30 or under!
Bohemian rhapsody
Feature Emma Thompson
If you love the rich textures, artisanal finishes
and natural, earthy materials found in boho
décor, you’re in for a treat on the high street
this year. Finding affordable pieces from this
trend for your home is only getting easier!
1 Face imprint and woman vases, from £15 each, Darling & Gold. 2 Angel des Montagnes Beige jute 18cm x 30cm lampshade, £22.20, KSL Living. 3 Maestro
Traditional 80cm x 150cm red rug, £29.99, Carpetright. 4 Pompom cotton cushion cover, £10.99, Ian Snow. Karim hand embroidered multicolour cushion,
£29, Perch & Parrow. 5 Terracotta Buddha head plant pot, £22.50, The Farthing. 6 Scandi boho wall hanging decoration, £20, Sass & Belle. 7 Extra large Bolga
fan, £30, Lola & Mawu. 8 Global pattern carved pedestal mirror, £15, Sainsbury’s Home. 9 Faux monstera cheese plant leaf, £11, Audenza
February 2019
Midnight opulence
This look is one of pure indulgence, with
rich dark tones, plush materials and luxe
finishes. It definitely works best with a
more-is-more approach but if you stick
with these bargain buys, you won’t need
bags of money to pull it off.
1 Arthouse Nocturnal purple and teal English Garden wallpaper, £13.99 per roll, I Want Wallpaper. 2 Bird figures in black and gold, £18 each, Ross & Brown. 3 Teal
velvet taper candles, £6 for two, Amara. 4 Pepparkorn vase, £6, IKEA. 5 Large velvet cushions in Forest Green and Royal Blue, £25 each, Cult Living. Oasis Floriana
cushion, £22, Terry’s Fabrics. 6 Wings book ends, £30 for a pair, Oliver Bonas. 7 Patch NYC Flora Nosegay tray, £20, Amara. 8 Karlsson lush Royal Blue velvet alarm
clock, £29, Cult Furniture. 9 Midnight Navy feature wall matt emulsion, from £14 for 1.25l; Scottish Pine non-drip gloss, from £15.49 for 750ml; Striking metallic
emulsion, from £19 for 1.25l, all Crown Paints. 10 Petra pendant shade in Charcoal Grey, £29, Made February 2019
Flying colours
Fun lovers, rejoice at these vibrant rainbow
offerings ready to be snapped up for a
song. Our vibrant picks are guaranteed to
instantly lift dull and tired-looking areas into
mood-boosting positive spaces – and they’re
cheap and cheerful, too!
1 Colourful terrazzo vinyl wall mural, from £29 for 58cm x 64cm, Pixers. 2 Teal metro wall tile, £15.99 per sq m, Tile Mountain. 3 Lisbon mustard and white baskets,
£24 for two, Sainsbury’s Home. 4 Pompom Galore rainbow garland, £18, Hurn & Hurn. 5 Stockholm small green table, £28, Sainsbury’s Home. 6 Trio of lilac bud vases,
£28, Postcards Home. 7 Fascination rainbow bath mat, £9, George Home. 8 Retro table lamp, £20, Flying Tiger Copenhagen. 9 Freddie Mercury tea towel, £12, Red
Candy. 10 Dance Party cushion, £25, House by John Lewis
February 2019
Soft Scandi
We’re taking inspiration from our
design-savvy Nordic neighbours and adding
a dash of on-trend blush and plenty of
cosy materials to soften lines and create a
homely scheme. Achieving this cool, chic
and comfy style without breaking the bank
is surprisingly easy on the high street.
1 Hestia marble dolomite vase, £18.99, Very. 2 Minimalist Scandi clock, £8, Wilko. 3 Delia throw in Blush, £29, Perch & Parrow. 4 Bamboo deco ladder, £25, Azalee
Interiors. 5 Alabaster box with blue handle, £25, John Lewis & Partners. 6 Blush espresso cup, £3.50, Curious Egg. 7 Blush cup and saucer, £16, Ella James. 8 Large
faux Echeveria succulent in pot, £22, Neptune. 9 Sunbaked pink vases, £7 for a pair, George Home. 10 Fårdrup grey faux sheepskin rug, £10, IKEA. 11 Quartz white
easy-fit pendant, £26, Soak&Sleep February 2019
Blitz your ironing
pile with our pick
of the latest
steam machines
Price £99
Weight 3.3kg
Capacity 1l
Soleplate Ceramic
Cord length 1.8m
Steam output 110g/min
Power 2600W
Cut your ironing session in half with
this model thanks to its one-minute
heat-up, high-pressure steam and
easy-glide soleplate. With a compact
station that’s small enough to sit
conveniently at the end of your ironing
board, it has a magic mode that sets the
right temperature and quantity of steam
for all fabrics. Other useful features
include auto shut-off, eco, de-scale
and self-clean programmes.
hile some people consider ironing therapeutic, more often than not it’s a
tedious job that we bump to the bottom of the to-do list. However, there’s a
massive range of appliances that can help you zip through your pile. A steam
iron is ideal for a modest laundry load, but if you regularly have to press a mountain of
heavily creased pieces your best bet is a steam-generator iron which produces twice as
much steam, making it faster and easier to smooth stubborn crinkles. Alternatively, for
ad-hoc touch-ups, a compact handheld appliance could be the answer.
Price £329.99
Weight 4.73kg
Capacity 1.6l
Soleplate Ceramic
Cord length 1.8m
Steam output 120g/min
Power 2400W
If you iron for a living or regularly
power through mountains of sheets and
overalls this high-pressured model is for you. With a
whopping 500g/min steam boost, extra holes for steam distribution
and a super-smooth soleplate, it’ll make easy work of the most
stubborn creases. It also has an extra-generous tank for non-stop
ironing, a safety lock and wrap-around cord for easy transportation.
February 2019
Price £59.99
Weight 1.5kg
Capacity 200ml
Cord length 3m
Steam output 26g/min
Power 1600W
This handheld gadget
is ideal for last-minute
touch-ups and is
perfect for tricky
fabrics. Designed
to steam, iron and
refresh, you can use it
vertically with a press pad that hangs over
the back of the door, plus it heats up in
45 seconds for scorch-free smooth results.
The pack also includes a lint remover,
refresh brush and garment hanger.
Price £59.99
Weight 1.41kg
Capacity 350ml
Soleplate Ceramic
Cord length 3m
Steam output 50g/min
Power 2600W
You’ll never scorch your favourite frock
again with this no-fuss one-heat design.
It’s set at the optimum temperature for
all ironable fabrics while still having
an excellent crease-smoothing ability.
It has a tourmaline ceramic soleplate
for an effortless ultra-smooth glide,
plus self-clean, anti-scale and auto
shut-off functions.
Price £160
Weight 2.8kg
Capacity 350ml
Soleplate Ceramic
Cord length 3m
Steam output 75g/min
Power 3100W
This turbo-charged model will get your
laundry ultra-smooth in record time
thanks to its high-powered constant
steam flow. With intuitive settings you
can happily iron everything from jeans
to silk while it self-adjusts, starting
and stopping along with you. It
also has the brand’s highest-quality
smooth-glide soleplate.
Full steam
Key features to look out for…
g/min (grams per minute), the higher
the number the more powerful the
steam, which relaxes the fabric, making
it easier to smooth out creases.
With this time-saving feature the
iron auto adjusts to select the correct
temperature and steam settings
according to the fabric.
Price £69
Weight 4.4kg
Capacity 1.2l
Soleplate Ceramic
Cord length 1.8m
Steam output 110g/min
Power 3100W
This all-rounder has a lot going on
for the price: high-pressure steam,
a generous tank and a specially
formulated smooth-glide soleplate. It
takes two minutes to heat up and the
‘permanent refill’ feature means you
don’t need to turn off the iron while
you top up the tank. Anti-scale and
auto shut-off are also included.
ANTI SCALE Most irons include this
limescale filter as standard. You push a
button, forcing out deposits using the
iron’s own steam.
SOLEPLATE You want a non-stick material
such as ceramic that glides smoothly over
all fabrics, with plenty of steam holes.
AUTO SHUT-OFF The power should
switch off automatically if the iron is left
flat or upright for a couple of minutes.
STEAM SHOT Again measured in g/min,
press a button for an extra boost to
tackle stubborn creases. The more
power the better.
CORD Remember to check the length
of the flex so that it will reach the
nearest power point and you can
comfortably extend your iron over
the length of the board.
PRESSURISED Offers twice as much
steam as a steam iron; water is held in
a separate tank base unit so the iron is
lighter to hold and water needs refilling
less often. Pressurised steam generator
irons produce the same amount of
steam as non-pressurised but the
constant steam flow means it’s easier
to penetrate the trickiest creases,
making light work of your ironing.
Price £24.99
Weight 1.3kg
Capacity 300ml
Soleplate Ceramic
Cord length 3m
Steam output 45g/min
Power 2500W
Despite its humble price, this model combines
the holy grail of ironing features – generous steam
pressure with a quality ceramic soleplate. In fact, it
ticks off all the essential functions – self-clean and
smooth-glide – plus it has a handy vertical steam
setting, comfy soft-grip handle and the flexibility
to choose your own temperature.
February 2019
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ideas to
your tiles
Stick ‘em up!
Transforming your
kitchen doesn’t have
to mean a complete
refit. With vinyl
transfer stickers, you
can change the look of your
units or tiles in a matter of minutes!
Pixers is just one company specialising
in these clever stickers, with a variety
of beautiful designs on offer. Using its
Pixerstick technology, the transfers allow
you to update any surface – from walls
and tiles to fridge doors and dining
tables. Plus, with added moisture and
stain-resistant properties, they are
ideal for covering up unsightly kitchen
splashbacks and dated cupboard
doors in no time at all. View the whole
collection at
Leaves abstract pattern in watercolour
vinyl sticker, from £19, Pixers
A touch of Zen
Taking inspiration from an earthy colour palette,
Dunelm’s textured Zen dinnerware is the perfect
partner for a big bowl of rustic comfort food!
Its unique embossed surface and stunning
indigo blue glaze makes the design a perfect
match for homeowners looking for those
extra-special details. The range is available
as a full 12-piece dining set for £48, or
from £4 for individual items. View the
full collection at
Feature Matilda Bourne
Is your
bag looking
a bit worse
for wear?
Show yourself
some love this
Day with a
gorgeous new
design from
Oliver Bonas.
Featuring an
initial of your choice on a bright and bold cotton
backing and a tassel zip pull, these wire-framed
bags stay open while in use, making your
morning routine that little bit easier! Visit to see the full collection.
Alphabet embroidered wash bag, £24; alphabet
embroidered make-up bag, £16, both Oliver Bonas
Catchy floor fillers
What if we said you can re-do your
bathroom floor for under £100 in one
weekend and without any specialist
equipment? That’s right, with B&Q’s
range of vinyl floor tiles, all you’ll
need is a good utility knife and some
elbow grease to take your bathroom floor from drab to fab.
Featuring a self-adhesive backing, these tiles are suitable
for installation on a wide variety of sound, dry and level hard floors, including over
the top of existing ceramic tiles – and they cost just £6 per square metre. To install,
simply cut the tile to shape, peel off the backing and stick to the floor. They’re a
great quick fix for a bathroom in need of some love. Find out more at
February 2019
BATHROOM for less
t doesn’t take long for bathrooms to look worn
and tired. Water splashes, humidity and wear
and tear take their toll on tiles, flooring and
brassware. If your space is looking shabby rather
than spa, you can give it a refresh with limited funds.
Over the next few pages you’ll find affordable ways
to update your scheme, from taps to towels plus
entire suites that won’t blow the budget.
This minimalist
three-piece bathroom
bundle includes a
shower-bath, screen,
basin, toilet
and soft-close seat
Phoenix suite,
£650, Wickes
A touch
of copper
will bring
warmth to
your room
Ombré towels, from £5 each; ombré
accessories set, £25 for three, all JD Williams
Glass copper
lantern, £20,
George Home
Feature Alice Butler
Soften a
scheme with
on-trend pastels
February 2019
Spruce up
your space
with these
fantastic ideas
For a practical wood
lookalike, this vinyl comes
in a range of finishes
and is compatible with
underfloor heating
This contemporary suite
includes a shower-bath, screen,
toilet, pedestal basin and taps
Store towels and
accessories in this
stylish seagrass basket
The Bath Co Winchester suite,
around £759, Victoria Plum
M & Co
Wood-effect vinyl floor tiles
in Church Pine, £33.53 per sq m,
Harvey Maria
Create a feature floor or splashback
with these classic tiles
Durham (left) and Derby porcelain
tiles, £16.99 per sq m, both Tile Mountain
Keep essentials to hand
with this portable piece
Three-tier wooden storage
unit, £28, Sainsbury’s Home
Give your bathroom a contemporary
makeover for under £650. This suite
includes a toilet with soft-close seat, basin
and pedestal, free-standing bath, plus a
10-year ‘fit and forget’ guarantee
Edge bathroom suite, £649.97, Bathroom Takeaway
With smooth-open
doors and concealed
fixings, this
enclosure will make
a slick addition to
your bathroom
Quadrant sliding shower
enclosure, £249, Wickes
For a rustic
this mirror
tactile wood
and rope
Drift Away
mirror, £25,
JD Williams Home
This neutral geometric bath mat will
suit any scheme
Berber-style cotton bath
mat, £26, Abode Living
towels or
in this
Virtue shower mixer,
£428, Mira Showers
For a state-of-the-art
shower with traditional
looks, this mixer offers up
to three times more flow
than the average design
You don’t have to spend a fortune
for a quality traditional suite. This
one features a roll-top shower-bath
with screen, basin and toilet
Appleby Suite, £649.95, Victorian Plumbing
Perfect for a boho look, these cotton
towels have a pretty embroidered
border and frayed edge
Esperanza towels, from £10 each,
MY by Matthew Williamson for Debenhams
will add
the perfect
touch to your
Ribbed lotion
dispenser, £7;
brush holder,
£12; tumbler,
£5, all Dunelm
Wallpaper can be
practical in the
bathroom if you
choose a quality
wipe-clean vinyl.
This embellished
damask design
will add a touch
of opulence to
your room
Oxford wallpaper,
£24 per roll,
Graham & Brown
Upgrade dated
brassware with
a modern
mixer tap
Cruze mono basin
tap, £44.95,
Victorian Plumbing
This geometric
non-slip vinyl
flooring is
and really easy
to keep clean
Platinum Cabana
Mono vinyl, £17.99
per sq m, Carpetright
For an
affordable and
friendly shower,
this low-flow
design is easy to
fit and has twin
jets to create
an immersive
Kiri MK2 Cool To
Touch bar shower
with easy-fit kit,
£252, Methven February 2019
We moved a wall to create a
Sarah-Jane Hand and husband Kevin pinched space from the next-door bedroom to
Insider info
Sarah-Jane Hand, 35, and her husband
Kevin, 38, along with nine-month-old
Joseph. Sarah-Jane is a civil servant and
Kevin is a programme manager. They have
lived in their three-bedroom home in
Middlesex for three years.
‘It was old fashioned, with a weak shower
and a sink that was too low to use.’
‘Think about your lighting – we have
installed a pendant light over the bath
plus wall lights and spotlights, all of which
serve different functions and add to the
atmosphere of the room.’
hen Sarah-Jane and husband Kevin
moved into their house in Middlesex
in 2015, the bathroom was one of
their main bugbears. As if the dated décor with
its painted wood panelling and marked wood
flooring weren’t bad enough, the shower was
underpowered and the bath was unusually
short due to the compact size of the room.
In addition, the basin was set at an
uncomfortably low height underneath a
window, making it impractical to use – plus the
door couldn’t open fully as there was a large
towel radiator on the wall behind it.
The couple saved up and finally in 2017,
plans were made to rip out and update the
existing suite. As Sarah-Jane was pregnant by
then, time was of the essence as the couple
fast needed a practical family-friendly space.
‘Ripping out a bathroom when you’re 34 weeks
pregnant is pretty stressful,’ says Sarah-Jane.
‘I was worried the baby would arrive before
all the work was done!’
Having looked at various layouts, the decision
was made to remove the loft
access, change the window layout
(bricking up the one above the old
loo) and move back the wall of
the neighbouring guest bedroom
in order to create more floor space. This meant
the couple could afford to fit both the roll-top
bath and spacious walk-in shower that
Sarah-Jane had longed for. ‘I wanted an
updated bathroom but, at the same time, I
didn’t want it to be too ultra-slick or modern
looking,’ says Sarah-Jane. ‘I sourced the bath
first and chose quite a traditional design, but
then I saw some Crittall-style industrial shower
doors online and that was a game changer.
Everything else was planned around that!’
The work took around three weeks in total,
with the builder and plumbers working around
each other. There were a few hitches along
the way, including a leaky radiator and old
pipework that needed to be replumbed, but
eventually the new scheme was installed and
functional. ‘It’s quite an industrial-looking
room and very monochrome,’ says Sarah-Jane,
‘but I’ve added some greenery with plants
and softened the look with some gorgeous
velvet-feel blinds from Hillarys. It’s exactly
what we’d hoped for!’
Bathrooms are full of hard
lines, so soften them with
textiles – these velvet-style
blinds from Hillarys are
super-soft and their gentle
pattern doesn’t
overpower the room.
Feature Laurie Davidson Photos Lizzie Orme
‘I love the roll-top bath – I had my heart
set on one and despite the compact room,
the scheme feels so luxurious now.’
Crittall-style shower doors are very on-trend.
Sarah-Jane originally wanted just one screen,
but realised that she would need another one
to ensure the water didn’t spray on the floor.
February 2019
spacious two-tone scheme
open up the layout in their compact room
Don’t underestimate
your storage needs.
Sarah-Jane sourced this
industrial-style wall
cabinet from Next
to stash her
Materials such as marble, metal and wood
blend perfectly with a two-tone scheme.
The mirror echoes the circular basin shape
and is lit on both sides by cage lights.
By stealing a little space from the guest
bedroom, the couple were able to include
a roll-top bath, which was top of SarahJane’s wish list.
Shopping liSt
Soft Steel bathroom paint, £20.50 for 2.5L,
Crown Paints. Mirage Smoke Roman blinds,
from £199 for a 65cm x 75cm blind, Hillarys. Serac
honed tiles, £39.89 per sq m; Serac hexagonal
mosaic tiles, £81.64 per sq m, both Topps Tiles.
Metropolis Star floor tiles, £6.69 per tile, Tons of
Tiles. Nautica bath, £895; Heritage toilet, £320;
Radox radiators, £380, all Sanctuary Bathrooms.
Vanity unit with basin, £1,155, Neptune. Sink,
taps and waste, £300, Plumb Inn London.
Shower enclosures, £1,295; Luxe shower set,
£495; Luxe bath tap, £395, all Lusso Stone.
Darya pendant light, £275, The Pendant Light
Company. Orlando wire cage wall lights, £275
each, Industville. Umbra Hub mirror, £100, Utility
Design. Hudson wall cabinet, £85, Next. Shinto
jade bath towels, £16 each, Dunelm. Similar bath
mat: Hunter Jones Berber bath mat, £28, Trouva
total coSt: £7,164.47
February 2019
Opt for
a sleek
update with
gloss doors
Kallarp door,
from £35 each,
Boost your kitchen
on a budget
Give your scheme an affordable update for 2019
Feature Alice Butler
f your kitchen is in need of a refresh
there are ways to give it a lift without
spending a fortune. Over the next few
pages you’ll find inspiration to revitalise
your scheme at every price point – from
updating door fronts and replacing
flooring, to adding the latest appliances.
Plus, if you’re dreaming of a complete
refit, we’ve rounded up the latest kitchens
designs that won’t break the bank.
s Give your
cabinets a
lift with these
metallic handles
Copper D bar handle,
£3; copper knob, £4,
both Magnet
February 2019
s Freshen
up your tired
kitchen with a
pot-plant display
Succulent pots, £4.50 each, Sainsbury’s Home
Replace an old sink and tap with
on-trend copper-finish designs
Caple copper sink, £313; Ridley copper tap,
£235, both Magnet
Mix and
subwaystyle tiles
for a
Metro tiles,
£11.99 per sq
m, Wickes
The classic looks of this affordable elegant
Shaker design will stand the test of time
Oban matt Shaker kitchen, from £1,882, Wickes
s Install this stylish pendant shade
above a table or island unit
Easy-fit shade, £22, Sainsbury’s Home
chipped mugs
with these slick
stacking cups
Urban Escape
stacking mugs,
£14 for four,
Sainsbury’s Home
Make some
space in your
cupboard with
a stacking plate
and bowl set
Bring a subtle
splash of colour
to your scheme
with this
terrazzo lino
Flick lino, £59 per
sq m, Atrafloor
These smart utensils are made
of rustic-style wood and silicone
Slotted turner, ladle
and spatula, £4.50
each, Sainsbury’s Home
Morgonte plate
and bowls, £8
for three, IKEA
For a seamless look, this grey splashback
has an easy-clean gloss surface that will
complement a neutral scheme
Aluminium splashback, from £109 for a
900 x 600mm panel, Alusplash February 2019
Achieve the perfect lighting
balance with this pendant which
has an opaque inner shade and
coloured glass outer shade for
both direct and mood lighting
Evedal pendant lamp, £110, IKEA
chopping boards
will add a rustic
touch to your room
Paddle chopping board, £5;
pizza chopping board, £6, both Wilko
s Give your units a new look with a lick of
practical stain-resistant and scrubbable paint
Valspar Premium Blend V700 Wood and Metal in
Back of Beyond and Dragon’s Lair, £32 for 2.5L, B&Q
s Breathe new life into your flooring with a practical
patterned vinyl. This Moorish design will suit both a
modern and traditional scheme
Platinum Almeria blue vinyl, £17.99 per sq m, Carpetright
Measuring just
35cm x 45cm this
mobile trolley
will fit into the
slimmest of spaces
Raskog trolley,
£50, IKEA
Achieve a luxury
chevron wood
effect with this
lookalike vinyl tile.
It has an embossed
texture to feel like
wood and is more
practical than the
real thing
Impress LVT in
Bohemian 61144,
from £30.99 per sq m,
February 2019
Locano Touch kitchen, from £117 for
a 600mm base unit, Lifestyle Kitchens
Colour Blocks glass tiles, £100 for
eight, Ted Baker x British Ceramic Tile
s Create a feeling of light and space in a compact room with this
neutral, almost handleless, design. The island centrepiece has a
low-level dual worktop for prep and dining
These textiles
will add a
playful edge to
your hub with
their charming
tea towel, £8;
double oven
glove, £18, both
Sophie Allport
s With four colours in every pack these angular tiles will
create an eye-catching geometric focal point
At only
£25 each, this
toaster and
kettle will jazz
up a lacklustre
four-slice toaster
and kettle, £25
each, Wilko
s We love the high-end
look and feel of this
Bowl, £2.99; pale blue plate,
£2.49; dark blue plate, £3.99,
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ith money-saving in mind, we’ve
aimed this month’s Make It Easy
projects around recycling, upcycling
and making something from nothing.
From turning old jumpers into charming
cat cushions and T-shirts into knitted
dishcloths and using just 1m of fabric to
create a stylish table-to-bench revamp,
there’s bound to be something you’ll love.
Expert advice
on how to fill
your home
with light
Read the
latest crafty
news and
Turn old T-shirts into colourful
knitted kitchen cloths
Give old winter woollies a new lease of
life with our DIY cat cushion project
Turn a tired coffee table into a
stylish velvet-upholstered bench seat
Make, do &
Get busy in the kitchen
with these DIY ideas
Top tip
Pins can leave visible
holes in PVC and oilcloth
– hold your pieces in
place with fabric weights
or clips instead.
Sandwich bags
Help the environment – and your bank
balance – with reusable food bags
l 50cm each Diamond Teal and Beige Floral
Heart PVC fabrics, £1.75 per 50cm, Dunelm
l self-adhesive hook and eye tape l scissors
l ruler l pencil l sewing machine and thread
by cutting out your fabric pieces.
For each sandwich bag, cut two 32cm x
20cm rectangles – one each from your main
fabric and your lining fabric. Place the two
pieces together with right sides facing.
Stitch all around the edge of the PVC to
join the two pieces together, leaving a 1cm
seam allowance and a 10cm gap in the top
(20cm) seam. Turn out through the gap, using
a pencil to poke out the corners. Fold the raw
edge along the gap in the top seam back to
the wrong side, then work a machine zig-zag
top stitch across it to seal the edge.
Fold the bottom of the work over the top
by 12cm, with the top 4cm left to create
the flap. Work two lines of straight machine
top stitch along each side edge to form
the pouch. Finally, add a 4cm length of
self-adhesive hook and eye tape to the
inside of the flap and the front of the
pouch, to allow it to be closed securely.
Feature and styling Sophie Tarrant Photos Lizzie Orme
February 2019
Soap dispenser
Vintage-style dish rack with wooden
handles, £45, Rockett St George
Repurpose a Mason jar to make a
stylish soap pump
l Mason jar l brass soap pump,
£14.95 per pack of two, Amazon
l decorative card, from a selection at
Hobbycraft l twine l paper l drill
l Forstner bit, £7.99 per set of five,
Screwfix l epoxy glue l pencil
l scissors l pen l hole punch
by drilling a hole in the top of your
Mason jar for the soap pump tube to feed
through. Using a Forstner or holesaw bit, drill
through the centre of the lid. Ensure that the
hole is wide enough to fit the pump tube,
but not so big that the top falls through.
Unscrew the lid from the jar and use
epoxy resin to hold the two parts of
the lid together. Once set, insert the pump
through the hole (you may need to trim
the tube to the jar’s height) and use more
epoxy to hold it in place until firmly set.
Make a label for your jar. We drew a
decorative shape onto a sheet of paper
and used this as a template to cut a label
from decorative card. Write the words
‘Dish soap’ onto the label, then use a punch
to make holes in both side edges. Finally, use
twine to secure the label around the jar.
Knitted dishcloths
Recycle old T-shirts into soft cloths
ideal for wiping worktops with
Top tip
For a longer-lasting
finish, you could
laminate your label
to keep it safe
from spills and
l T-shirt l scissors
l knitting needles
by laying your T-shirt out flat and cutting it into one long strip,
which will form the yarn. To do this, begin about an inch from the
bottom hem and cut a straight line from the left side seam to 2cm away
from the right side seam. Move another inch up and repeat from the
right to left. Once the entire T-shirt has been cut in this way, round off
the corners of each strip and roll into a ball, ready to be knitted.
Using fairly chunky knitting needles (we used 6.5mm straight
needles), cast on your stitches. You can cast on as many as
you like – we used 22 stitches for ours, which gave us a cloth about
15cm wide. Knit every row, until your cloth has become a square.
Once you’re happy with the size of your cloth, cast off the stitches
one by one. Once you reach the last stitch, pull it out a little to make
a loop and pull the tail of the yarn through it to secure. Pull, then weave
the yarn back through the stitches to conceal the tail.
Top tip
The denser your
stitches, the rougher
your cloth will be
– better for stubborn
stains. February 2019
Turn an old coffee
table into a plush
upholstered bench
hen we spotted this luxurious
Clarke & Clarke printed velvet
in a local fabric shop it was
love at first sight – we wanted to make a
feature of it in our home without breaking
the bank. Using just one metre of this
fabric we were able to give a tired old
table a brand-new look. A lick of bright
turquoise paint was also applied to the
legs to breathe extra life into the project
and give it a fun, contemporary finish.
As an
make a set
of covered
from velvet in a
contrasting colour and add them
to the top of the bench to create
a tufted effect. You’ll need a long,
sharp upholstery needle to fix
them into place and long lengths
of strong thread to ensure they
are held securely.
You will need
3coffee table 31m Leighton Emerald
Velvet, £39 per m, Clarke & Clarke
34” thick upholstery foam, from a
selection at Dunelm 31m thick quilt
batting 3Feature Wall matt paint in
Springs, £14.
3furniture wax or varnish 3sandpaper
3clean damp cloth 3paintbrush 3tape
measure 3craft knife 3scissors 3stapl
gun 3upho
Begin by preparing your table for the
makeover. Sand any woodwork lightly, then
wipe all over with a damp cloth to remove
any dust and dirt.
Paint the woodwork. We applied two coats
of Palm Springs matt paint by Crown Paints
to the legs of the table, leaving it to dry
thoroughly in between each one.
Feature Sophie Tarrant Photos Lizzie Orme
To add an extra layer of protection to your
paint, you can apply a topcoat of varnish
or wax – we used a clean, dry cloth to rub
a little furniture wax into the legs of our table to
bring out the colour and give extra protection
from knocks and scrapes.
Measure your table top, and cut a piece
of upholstery foam to the same size.
Use a craft knife to trim it to the correct
dimensions. Work slowly and carefully to ensure
you stay safe and don’t cut too much away.
Lay out your quilt batting and place the
foam block down on top of it. Measure and
cut around the foam, leaving a 6” border
of wadding all around it. The border should be
thick enough on all sides to wrap around the
foam, as pictured.
Lay your velvet fabric out with the right
side facing down. Measure the size of
your cut quilt wadding then use a sharp
pair of dressmaker’s scissors to cut the fabric to
5cm wider and longer than the wadding.
Lay your quilt batting down flat, place
your foam in the middle of it and then
the table on top of that. Pull the wadding
up around the sides of the foam and onto the
underside of the table, then use a staple gun
to fasten it into place. Trim any excess batting
away to reduce the bulk.
Lay your fabric out with right sides down
and once again place the table on top,
positioning it in the middle of the fabric.
As with the wadding, pull the fabric up around
the foam and onto the underside of the table.
Fold the raw edge under twice until it fits
the edge of the table well, as pictured, then
staple into position all around. Finally, hammer
upholstery tacks around the underside edge of
the table to decorate.
Angeliki bed linen, from £19; Seriphium
linen cushion in Teal, £49; Filix linen
cushion in Teal (just seen), £59; and Angeliki
velvet throw in Ocean, £150, all Clarissa
Hulse. Alpaca blanket, £195, Bronte by Moon February 2019
Turn old wool jumpers into cute cat cushions
f your wardrobe is stuffed with old
winter woolies that haven’t seen the
light of day for years, don’t throw
them away – turn them into something
new. Pure wool can be felted into a
soft, hardwearing fabric that’s ideal for
interiors projects such as these cushions.
You will need
Wool jumpers
toy filling
washing machine
ball or old shoes
tumble dryer paper
sewing machine
To felt your jumpers effectively, you’ll need
to make sure they are made from a high
wool content – pure wool is best, but
anything above 90 per cent should still work.
Also, as a general rule, the denser and stiffer
the fabric is, the better it will felt.
Use your template to cut a pair of cat
shapes from each jumper. Pin both into
position then use scissors to trim around
the edge, adding a 1cm seam allowance all
round. You’ll need a large, sharp pair of scissors
as felt can be thick and tough to cut through.
Place the jumpers into a washing machine
with about a half measure of detergent and
a pair of old trainers or a tennis ball – this
will add extra agitation to the fibres. Set the
machine to run a long, hot cycle.
Place the two pieces of each cat together
with right sides facing and pin.
Stitch around the edge, leaving a 1cm
seam allowance and a small gap in the seam
along the bottom of the shape.
Once your washing machine has finished
its cycle, place the jumpers and tennis ball
into a tumble dryer and run a long, hot
cycle. Once finished, take them out and inspect
them. If you’re not happy with the result, repeat
the washing and drying cycle until you are.
Make a template. On a large sheet
of paper or newspaper draw out the
silhouette of a cat, making sure it will fit
onto your felted jumper. To make the most of
the fabric, we positioned the tails of ours so that
they would run down the sleeves.
Feature and styling Sophie Tarrant Photos Lizzie Orme
February 2019
Use a small pair of scissors to snip notches
into the curves and corners of the seam –
this will stop wrinkles from forming once
the cat is turned right sides out. Once snipped,
turn the cat out through the gap in the seam
and use a pencil or a paintbrush to poke out the
points of the ears and tail.
Take handfuls of toy stuffing and fill the cat
through the gap in the seam. Once happy
with how full the cushion is, stitch the
seam gap closed using a needle and thread.
Cut a length of ribbon and tie it around the
neck of the cat to create a collar.
Top tip
Make sure not to
choose jumpers marked
as ‘super wash’: these
have been treated
to withstand high
temperatures and
resist felting.
Mongolian cushions, £48
each, River Island. Lambswool
herringbone cushion, £49.95,
Bronte By Moon February 2019
s the seal around your bath in tip-top
condition? If it’s looking a bit tired,
discoloured, mouldy or showing signs
of wear and tear, you’re best removing
and replacing it now, rather than waiting
for it to escalate and lead to expensive
professional repairs. It’s a quick and easy
job that will make your bathroom look
refreshed too, so don’t put it off!
You can reseal a bath
yourself with this
handy guide
top tip
Make sure the sealant you use is
designed for bathroom use, preferably
with an anti-fungal additive and
compatible with the material of
your bath and any tiles it
will touch.
Essential l Silicone sealant l cartridge
gun l spray lubricant l silicone sealant
remover tool l sponge l white spirit
l bathroom cleaner Useful l Masking
tape l utility knife l spray bottle
l washing-up liquid
n Before you add the new sealant, it’s really
important that you take the time to remove as
much of the old sealant as possible. Starting
with a completely clear surface allows the
adhesive seal to bond fully with the bath and
tiles to prevent disastrous leaks.
n Go around the entire seal with some spray
lubricant to make the old sealant easier to
remove. Run the silicone remover tool along
each edge, using the pointed blade to get right
into the gap, and going over each area again
until all the little bits of silicone are gone.
Brush everything away with a dry sponge.
n Clean the area with white spirit to get rid
of the grease, following with an anti-mould
bathroom cleaner [1]. The area will need to be
completely clean and dry before you apply the
new sealant or mould may grow underneath it.
Estuary 1500mm
corner bath, £299,
Victorian Plumbing
n Weigh down your bathtub so that when you
run your next relaxing bubble bath, the weight
of the water won’t crack your new seal. Filling
the tub with cold water [2] will do the trick, but
adding anything 200kg-250kg in weight that
won’t damage your bath will save water.
Feature Emma Thompson Step-by-step images Wickes
Good to know
Loche back-to-wall bath,
£1,595, Waters Baths
February 2019
You can use a silicone remover
to dissolve the old seal, following the
packaging instructions, but be sure to
check that it is suitable for your bath and
tile surfaces, and that the room is
well ventilated as the chemicals
are hazardous.
n Use a utility knife to cut the sealant nozzle
at a 45-degree angle [3] – most tips have
guidelines. Pull the plunger of the cartridge
gun back and fit the tube of sealant inside the
frame. Squeeze the trigger until the silicone
reaches the tip of the nozzle. Practise using the
gun until you are comfortable and can create
steady, smooth lines of silicone.
River bath, £1,595,
Waters Baths
top tip
If you have leftover sealant, plug
the nozzle with a tight-fitting screw
and it will be good as new the
next time you need it.
n If you’d like to ensure you get a really neat
finish, you can run a straight line of tape along
the tiles and edge of your bathtub. [4] Leave
enough space for the sealant to stick to the
surfaces, but make too big a gap and your
sealant might look messy.
n Starting in a corner, apply a steady bead of
silicone all along the join. [5] Fill a spray bottle
with water, add a little washing-up liquid, and
lightly spray on top of the wet silicone. Run a
silicone smoothing tool or a wet finger along
to remove the excess, [6] but try not to leave
a thin layer at the edges as the seal will break
easily – refill and smooth any sparse areas. Peel
away the tape while everything is still wet.
n Leave the water or weights in the bath for a
minimum of 24 hours so the silicone can set
properly and last as long as it should.
Yang single-ended bath, from
£99.97, Bathroom Takeaway
n After you use the bath, try to wipe splashes
from the area around the seal to keep it in
good condition for longer.
n How long the seal will last depends on a
number of factors, including moisture levels
and how often your bath is used. However,
if it needs replacing often, this could indicate
that your bath is moving too much – having
some extra supports installed underneath the
lip of the bath will help.
n There are plenty of sealant tapes available
to buy, and they’re fine as a quick fix for a
few days but don’t tend to create as quality
or long-lasting a seal as silicone, and they
can be quite expensive, too.
6 February 2019
Ask the
We answer your DIY
and maintenance questions
with a little help from
the experts
I’d like to update my kitchen and, as a keen cook, I’m looking for
a design with lots of clever storage for my utensils, cookware etc.
Can you advise on the different solutions?
Hazel, Dundee
Steve Tough,
Commercial Sales
Director at Masterclass
Kitchens, has these tips…
We believe your kitchen
storage should reflect
your needs and lifestyle
– and look fantastic. For that reason we
have created our Signature Collection
to keep your space organised and give
your kitchen the ‘wow’-factor. If you’re
a keen cook, you need to have food
and utensils within easy reach. The
Hathaway (below) and Lansbury larders
do exactly that. With drawers, shelves
and wine storage, these twists on the
classic pantry offer the space to keep your food and cookware
organised. I would also recommend you opt for a
pull-out larder such as MagnaSpace (above) which comes in a
range of widths, heights and finishes, meaning it looks great
in any kitchen
from modern to
Kitchens, from £7,500,
country classic.
Masterclass Kitchens
If you want a
streamlined look,
LineaPlus offers
some of the
widest, deepest
drawer units
on the market –
you’ll be amazed
how much you
can fit in one
drawer! All of
our Masterclass
Kitchens include
clever solutions.
For more
information, visit
01443 449499.
February 2019
My acrylic bath is scratched
and tired and I can’t afford
to replace it. Is there a way I can
make it look pristine again?
Eleanor, Bury St Edmunds
of Plastic
Surgeon, has
this advice…
Acrylic baths are prone to surface damage
as frequent use can leave them scratched, stained and
cracked. When damage occurs, repair should always be the
first port of call, especially if you want to avoid the cost
of a replacement bath, installation and tiling. If you go
online for affordable DIY repair kits you’ll see a myriad of
options ranging in price from £15 to £50 but, while these are
tempting, their use is limited. Indeed, we receive hundreds
of calls a month asking us to fix botched DIY repair jobs with
the cost often going up due to exacerbated damage. Repair
specialists such as Plastic Surgeon can repair a bath, including
chips, stains, scratches, holes and cracks for a similar cost
to a DIY kit. With years of experience, specialists are well
versed in getting the job right: assessing the damage and
using specialist compounds, fillers and reprofiling to create a
smooth finish before colour-matching and recoating. Adding
a final coat to match the sheen leaves a seamless finish. With
our colour-matching service, it’s possible to update an oldfashioned bath to any shade of your choice. For more details,
visit; 0345 141 0000.
I’m about to redecorate my
hallway. Please can you talk
me through carpet options to
create a welcoming space.
Siobhán, Doncaster
Director of
British carpet
Brockway, says…
The hallway is often the most
forgotten-about space in the
home, however, an entrance
should be inviting to welcome
guests as they walk through
the door. In terms of colour
and pattern, pale neutral shades such as on-trend greys
and off-whites will brighten up narrow spaces. Lighter
shades reflect natural daylight and create the illusion of a
wider hallway, particularly when paired with a large mirror
and pale-toned furniture pieces. Alternatively, why not
experiment with statement shades and styles? Bold, rich
colours can make an attention-grabbing feature in a smaller
area and can transform an unloved hallway into an exciting
room. Opting for a striped carpet is also a great way to
elongate a hallway to give a feeling of space and is a
fantastic way to make an eye-catching statement – a look
that is bound to be the envy of guests. Brockway carpets
start from £27 per sq metre,
I want to update the curtains in my living
room with a fabric that will work all year
round. What do you recommend?
Moira, Stirling
Martin Aveyard,
Creative Director of
British fabric company
Moon, has this advice…
Selecting the right fabric
for curtains and blinds
to suit all seasons of the
unpredictable British climate can be
tricky. However, wool is versatile and
perfect for use throughout the
year. A lightweight wool, for
example, gives curtains a soft,
gentle movement while having
a natural crimp and spring,
creating a sleek look when
hung. A lighter material will
also allow for a breeze to travel
through the window to keep
air circulating through your
rooms. In addition, as summer
humidity levels rise, wool
absorbs the moisture to help
control the environment within
the home. Wool is also a natural
insulator in winter, keeping
out the cold and excluding
unwanted drafts – that’s why
cyclists and mountaineers
often wear merino wool base
layers. Moon creates a diverse
range of wool-based fabrics in
a broad range of colours and
patterns, enabling customers
to find a design that will match their style
and needs. The Distinction collection,
for instance, is woven with a soft and
silky lambswool handle and designed
in a unique boutique style – perfect for
creating a luxury look. Alternatively, for a
modern scheme, choose collections such
as the Cosmopolitan (left and above)
which is made of a textured bouclé and
available in a range of contemporary
colours. Moon fabrics start from £27
per m, visit
Feature Alice Butler
I’m planning a light-filled kitchen-dining
extension. I’d like to use as much glass as
possible without the area becoming too hot in
summer or cold in winter. Please can you advise
on which glazing would be best?
Bridie, Danbury
James Bernard, Director
of Plus Rooms, offers
the following tips…
There are several things to
consider when choosing
glazing for an extension,
such as aspect, roof
structure, temperature control and natural
light. Aspect is a key factor: it’s important
to have the correct balance between the
glass and solid structure, weighed up
with inside temperature, particularly if
the extension is south facing. You should
always ensure the roof glazing is solar
reflective as this will prevent the space
becoming too hot in summer. Solarreflective film acts as a filter over the
glass and gives a blue, grey or yellow tint.
The more effective the solar-reflective
film the less transparent the glass will
become. Remember that while this film
can help regulate heat, it’s likely you will
still need air conditioning, especially if the
structure receives direct sunlight in the
warmer months. You don’t need to worry
too much about the space being cold in
winter as building regulations take care of
this. Next, think about whether you need a
pitched or flat roof. The greater the angle
to the glass, the more light will reach the
darker areas of the space; whereas fitting
glass to a flat-roof structure focuses the light
down. Lastly, self-cleaning glass acts much
like a non-stick coating, meaning that the
glass will be less prone to drip marks and
will need to be cleaned less frequently. For
more information about Plus Rooms kitchen
extensions, visit
If you have a maintenance
or DIY question, write to
Ask the Experts, Your Home,
Hubert Burda Media UK,
The Tower, Phoenix Square,
Colchester, Essex
CO4 9HU or email February 2019
craft stash
Check out the latest
crafting news,
workshops and
brilliant buys
Learn to connect your
observations and your
emotions and transform
your creative practise with
Conscious Creativity (£14.99,
Leaping Hare Press). This
new tome is packed full
of mindful craft exercises,
tips, stunning imagery and
personal accounts from artist
and author Philippa Stanton.
The book aims to help readers
to fully appreciate what is
around them, opening up
their senses to the beauty
they may not notice every
day, and showing how to
capture it through crafts.
Feature Sophie Tarrant
LEARN A SKILL: Crocheted birds
Featuring ten
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with detailed
Crocheted Birds:
A Flock of Feathered
Friends To Make
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Becky’s modern Scandi-style
interior was inspired by
Pinterest and Instagram
Rachel has
chosen a
scheme to
reflect her
Helen has
into her
rented home
February 2019
I think we’ve finally
finished decorating…
but I do like a change
Helen Henton has designed her home round quirky accessories, budget buys and
a monochrome colour palette which she’s used in every room of her home
This monochrome scheme
looks stylish and welcoming.
The corner sofa from DFS
makes the most of the
compact room. The bold rug
is from La Redoute, while the
cushions and throws are from
Matalan and HomeSense
Good idea!
Perk up dated flooring with an
oversized patterned rug which covers
the majority of the space.
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The alcoves have been wallpapered with
a bold print which is complemented by
the bold colour on the chimney breast,
cleverly camouflaging the TV. The wooden
fire surround was from Next and the little
fluffy stool was a bargain buy from Aldi.
John made all the built-in cabinets and
shelving which have a professional finish
aving outgrown their old house
seven years ago, Helen and John
were looking to move to a different
area closer to the school and college that
their girls would be attending. ‘We love
Farnborough, as it’s close to where I work,
has easy access to major roads for John’s
job, plus great little villages for shopping
and some amazing local businesses,’
explains Helen. ‘We wanted to rent in this
area, but we both love a project so needed
to find a rental property that we could put
our stamp on. Luckily, we found this house
which we loved. It was very rundown and
dated, so we knew we could start from
scratch and turn it around into a home
that would reflect our style.’ It had a large
downstairs layout with a conservatory and
generous garden, which is always a bonus,
good-sized bedrooms and outbuildings
that would be perfect for a utility room
and somewhere for John to work in.’
The couple moved in in 2011 and it has
taken them seven years to get it to how it
is today, but it’s been more fun than work
and something that is always evolving.
Helen wanted to get going straight
WE ARE Helen Henton, a maternity care
assistant, my husband, John, a self-employed
electrician, and our daughters Paris, 16, and
Honey, 10.
OUR HOME Is a rented three-bedroom
semi-detached 1960s home, located in
Farnborough, Hampshire.
MY TOP TIP Is to be bold and not afraid
to mix pattern and texture. I’ve used this
scheme in most rooms and am really pleased
with the results.
I LIKE TO Refresh my home by moving
things around to create a different feel every
now and again.
From Instagram. I follow loads of like-minded
interior lovers, so pick up lots of ideas and
inspiration from there. I have my own account
which is @hels_home.
Bedroom 3
Feature Zoe Bishop Photos Lizzie Orme
Bedroom 1
‘The hall is home to my fabulous storage
chest which I picked up in HomeSense,’
says Helen. The walls are painted in
Sooty Lashes from Valspar, which is also
used in the sitting room
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John made
the wooden
benches and
wall panelling to
their family
The low ceiling
light is from
TK Maxx and
the wooden and
metal table and
chairs were from
Next several years
ago. Primark
cushions are
arranged along
the benches
along with fluffy
throws for a
comfy seating
area. Helen
displays lots
of her online
prints and quirky
accessories on
the main wall
away and the first room to decorate was
the living room. ‘I wanted a retreat that
we could chill out in while the rest of the
house was being decorated and in a bit of a
mess,’ says Helen. ‘I don’t tend to do mood
boards but instead pick an object and base
the décor around it.’ The wallpaper in the
sitting room was Helen’s starting point for
the whole house. ‘It’s actually the only
thing I’ve not changed in the whole time
we’ve been here and that’s unusual for me
as I’m always swapping things around,’
laughs Helen.
Helen’s always been a lover of
monochrome and you’ll find this reflected
in pretty much every room in one way or
The shelving unit in the conservatory
is full of all Helen’s quirky and buys.
The white wall stag was from TK Maxx
and some of the vases are from
Sainsbury’s Home and George Home
February 2019
When Helen first moved in the conservatory was unloved and bare but it is
now the space she retreats to after a hard day’s work. The chairs, both from
Ikea, are really comfy while the rubber palm is one of her favourite buys
Helen has made a feature of her utensils
by hanging them above the cooker
The breakfast bar is the perfect spot for
the girls to perch before they head out to
school. The white gloss Ikea units work
well with the wooden worktop and metro
tiles, giving the space a contemporary look.
The colour scheme unites the kitchen and
dining spaces, helping them work as one
area, divided by the breakfast bar
Good idea!
Helen has cleverly disguised the
radiator by painting it in the same
shade as the breakfast bar wall.
‘I’m a big fan of quirky objects and
wall art which appear all over our
home – I especially love a quote!’
another, through accessories, paint or wall
prints. ‘I’ve also added lots of faux plants
and metallics to add depth, especially in
the sitting room. I love our tan leathereffect sofa which sits well in the room and
is really comfy, too,’ says Helen. ‘I’m also a
big fan of quirky objects and wall art which
appear all over our home – I especially love
a cheeky quote!’
To stretch their budget and keep costs
down, she and John have been lucky
enough that they could do most of the
work themselves. John is an electrician
and also loves DIY and thankfully he’s
pretty good at it. Together they have
painted and wallpapered some of the
rooms in the house. The kitchen-diner
brightened up
the kitchen by
updating the
cupboard doors
and fitting a
new sink and
worktop from
Ikea – John did all
the work himself,
so it didn’t cost
the earth. The
Cook sign, from
Matalan, was
sprayed bronze
to tone with
the scheme February 2019
Good idea!
Use fairy lights to brighten up darker
rooms such as hallways
and alcoves.
To hide the radiator on the landing
Helen fitted a modern cover. ‘I kept it
white so as not to encroach on the
area, but I’m lucky enough that the
big windows let in lots of light all
year round,’ explains Helen
The headboard was
built by John. It sits
away from the wall
and has hidden side
shelving for books.
John also fitted a strip
of lighting behind
the unit which saves
using table lamps.
In keeping with the
botanical feel, Helen
brought the ferninspired bed linen
from Primark, and the
gold print cushions
from George Home
The dressing table
fits perfectly between
the wardrobes
and the exposed
brick-effect wallpaper
adds character to the
room. The ceiling light
is from Ikea, as well as
the wardrobes, which
help to reflect light
around the room
is a reflection of John’s creativity as
he built the seating around the table and
did the wall panelling, which the couple
designed themselves. ‘I’m lucky John has
a creative eye too and can understand my
vision,’ says Helen. ‘I think the only thing
we’ve not tried to tackle is plastering the
walls, which really is a professional job and
something neither of us fancied doing.’
Helen tries to avoid budgeting for each
room, but she’ll always look for great ideas
and then re-create them herself. ‘I’ve
also found that’s a great way to learn new
skills,’ she says.
The kitchen was a bit dated but the
layout was suitable and offered enough
cupboard space. Instead of replacing the
units, the couple decide to update and
replace the cupboard doors and worktops,
choosing styles from Ikea, and Helen’s
must-have ceramic butler-style sink really
gives the room its individual feel.
The monochrome style is followed
through into the bedrooms. Honey’s room
has a soft-grey theme, but her bright
flamingo-print monochrome bed linen
The couple
have made
good use of the
space in Honey’s
John built a
cabin bed
with shelving
and storage
Behind the bed
he built a false
wall over the
staircase which
deep shelving.
‘Even though
the colour
scheme is
brighter than
the other rooms
in the house, it
still ties in well,’
says Helen
‘I love my
home and it’s
finally finished,
but I do always
like a change,
so watch
this space.’
ties it to the rest of
the house. ‘In Paris’s
room we’ve introduced
an aqua hue through
picture frames which
gives the space a
youthful, vibrant feel,’ Helen says.
On Helen’s wish-list would be to
extend the back of the house with
bi-fold doors that open out to the garden,
which is the perfect space in the summer.
‘We have seven children and nine
grandchildren between us, so a big garden
was a must,’ explains Helen. ‘Thank God
for the conservatory, I use it as my space to
get away from it all after a busy day.’
Despite it being a rented property, the
couple haven’t held off from adding their
own personal stamp and making it the
home they wanted, with a bold colour
scheme and lots of quirky accessories
which reflect Helen’s personality. As
Helen says, ‘I love my home and it’s finally
finished but I do always like a change, so
watch this space.’ YH
For a realistic exposed
wall effect in any
room or a hallway like
Helen’s, try this red
brick wallpaper.
Red brick wallpaper,
£23 a roll,
Graham & Brown
This stool is ideal for a
breakfast bar like Helen’s in
a monochrome scheme
Sienna bar chair, £69, Dunelm
Geometric patterns are
popular and this fabulous
rug can be used inside
and outdoors.
Geometric indoor-outdoor
rug, £45, Matalan
The heated towel
rail fits nicely into
the bathroom and,
of course, the room
couldn’t go without
a selection of prints,
shelving and a trailing
plant. The towels are
from H&M
The metro-style tiles
in the bathroom have
been grouted with a
grey paste, to tone
with the walls. Dark
wood accessories from
Sainsbury’s Home and
Matalan look great in
the compact space
Add depth with
comfy leather chairs.
Ramsey faux-leather
armchair, £649, DFS
Artificial plants are not only
on trend at the moment,
they’re also easy to care for!
Tall Ficus plant in metal pot,
£39.99, HomeSense
Layer up cushions and throws
in tonal shades of grey, black
and white.
Monochrome tassel cushion,
£12, Sainsbury’s
February 2019
Rachel has painted the walls in
Boathouse Blue and Pugin Red,
both from the Heritage range at
Dulux. The table was constructed
from an old top with new legs,
and the chairs are lifted by the
seat cushions from HomeSense
I’ve gone wild for colour
in my home
Picking a patriotic red, white and blue scheme has
helped Rachel Downs transform a tired coastal
terrace into a stylish and inviting house
fter going to university in the coastal
city of Swansea, Rachel Downs fell
in love with the area, and vowed to
move back there some day. ‘I am originally
from Caerphilly in South Wales, but there’s
something special about Swansea, and
more specifically Mumbles. It’s got great
beaches, as well as quirky shops, restaurants
and cafés. After living and renting in other
places including Salisbury, a few years ago I
retrained as a tree surgeon, made my move
back here and started saving.’
For her budget, Rachel knew she’d have
to go for a property that needed work. ‘I’m
pretty good on the DIY front, and I’ve
got loads of mates around here as well, so
I knew they would muck in, or we could
swap trades and help each other out.’
I AM Rachel Downs, a tree surgeon
The wood-effect floor is the best bit
of the kitchen for Rachel. ‘I chose the
Texas White Ash from the Korlok range at
Karndean Flooring. It looks like the real
thing, it’s soft, and it makes no noise when
you walk on it,’ says Rachel
( I also
rent out my home – search for house 389
MY HOME IS A four-bedroom three-storey
Victorian terrace near the sea in Mumbles,
Swansea, South Wales.
MY TOP TIP IS Don’t be afraid to try
colour blocking and paint walls in bold colours,
particularly if ceilings are high as it helps to add
warmth to a space.
TO RELAX I cosy up in the lounge as I love
the wood-burner. The room is quite small
and snug so with a few lamps on and lots
of cushions and throws I feel comfy and can
really switch off.
knocking through a wall from the original
kitchen into the dining room. It opened up the
whole space so I could make the kitchen bigger
and create a kitchen-diner with lounge area
which improved the sense of space and flow.
Bedroom 4
Bedroom 3
En suite
Bedroom 1
Feature Stephanie Smith Photos Colin Poole
Display personal items for
a bespoke look. ‘The utensil
rack is an antique that a French
friend gave me,’
says Rachel.
Bedroom 2
Dining area
Good idea!
Then, two years ago, she spotted her
current house and made an offer, despite
its neglected state. ‘It was a bit bigger than
I was planning on buying, but I think the
state of it had put people off. So I made a
cheeky offer, and it was mine.’
It was the original period features in the
property that first caught Rachel’s eye.
‘There are fireplaces in every room, lovely
details and a great big Victorian range at
one end of the kitchen. I wanted to work
round those elements and include them in
my scheme.’
After moving in, Rachel left the
interior as it was for a few months,
camping out in one of the bedrooms
on the first floor while she assessed
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February 2019
In the kitchen the authentic Victorian range is an original feature which delighted
Rachel, and she’s created a whole cosy seating area around it, with a comfy sofa from
SofaSofa and a striped chair from HomeSense
which work would be essential.
‘The separate dining room was incredibly
dark with a door that led off the hallway. It
had not been used in ages. I could see that
I could create an open-plan kitchen-diner
by knocking down the wall that divided it
from the light-filled kitchen.’ There was
also wasted space in the kitchen with an
empty area in the middle. ‘I knew there
was room to install a breakfast bar which
would increase the casual seating and
also zone off the kitchen from the area in
front of the range which I could visualised
turning into a cosy seating spot.’
The other problem was how to create a
main bathroom from the current space and
the separate toilet. ‘There wasn’t enough
room to fit in a shower enclosure under the
February 2019
current layout, but again by knocking the
wall down between the two rooms, I could
fit one in.’
With her budget stretched to the limit,
Rachel managed to get all the construction
work done for £2,000, and the rest of it
has been a case of spending evenings and
weekends doing jobs herself. ‘I think I’ve
been quite inventive, if I say so myself.
The splashback tiles were in the original
kitchen but dirty and grotty. I took them
off, soaked them in water to scrape off the
adhesive, then reused them in other parts
of the kitchen.’
Every single wall in the house is painted
in either red, blue, or a neutral hue. ‘It’s
a strong colour scheme which works well
if you’ve got plenty of room. It also
Living near to the sea is a
huge bonus for Rachel, and
she likes to reflect her coastal
location with wooden boats,
birds and starfish that she picks
up anywhere from local craft
shops to car boot sales
The original Victorian fireplace
was one of the period features
which appealed to Rachel and
the dark-painted floorboards
were in good-enough condition
to leave as they were. Rachel
added a blue rug from
Homebase to cosy things up
‘I’ve collected lots of storage boxes, like the
round design from The Range by the fireplace.
You can tidy up in seconds.’
A leather sofa,
originally from
Laura Ashley, is
Rachel’s favourite
spot to relax.
‘Leather gets
better and better
with age. I bought
this sofa for a
fraction of the
price of a new one
from Gumtree – a
site that is always
worth looking on’
Good idea!
Built-in storage in the alcoves
either side of the fireplace
makes the most of the space,
while the open shelving doesn’t
impose on the room.
The single
bedroom at the
back of the house
doubles up as
Rachel’s office,
with a day bed
from Ikea that can
be used as a sofa
and a throw from
Homebase, ready
to whip over the
bed on cold days February 2019
A divan bed has been given character
with a wooden headboard from
Argos, and Rachel has created a nifty
bookshelf. ‘It’s an old set of steps
from a children’s bunk bed, which
a neighbour was getting rid of, so I
nabbed and repurposed them’
Good idea!
To make an unusual
toothbrush beaker Rachel has
embedded shells into plaster
of Paris packed round an
ordinary glass.
Knocking the bathroom and toilet into
one has provided space for a separate
shower, and sanitaryware from Victorian
Plumbing completes the look. ‘I’m really
pleased about the distressed brick-style
tiles from Topps Tiles in my favourite shade
of blue,’ says Rachel
compliments the wood materials.’
Rachel is proudest of laying her own
kitchen floor, which she did over the course
of a weekend, aided by friends. ‘After I’d
painted and had the breakfast bar fitted,
the wooden floor was letting the kitchen
down. It was dark and damaged. I knew
I couldn’t afford a solid-wood floor, so I
opted for the wood-effect Korlok system
by Karndean Flooring. It’s easy to fit and
really looks like wood. It’s given the whole
room a totally different look.’
Going to second-hand shops and car
boot sales, as well as looking on Gumtree,
has netted Rachel some real bargains. ‘It’s
amazing what people get rid of – as long
as you’re willing to whiz round and collect
the item yourself,’ says Rachel.
With the house finished, Rachel’s other
way of affording such a substantial property
is to regularly rent it out. ‘I’ve placed it on
a house rental website as coastal homes
are always popular and there’s plenty of
room here. I’ve got friends locally I can
go and stay with, and it helps fund the
maintenance,’ explains Rachel. YH
February 2019
Good idea!
Rather than artwork, go for something
distinctive in a guest bedroom, like
these fun hot water bottle covers
with a cosy message
from Debenhams.
The fun guest
bedroom has two
single beds from
Time4sleep. Rachel
has carried on her
colour scheme in
this space with
plain white walls
and bedding from
La Redoute
stars add
a rustic
note to
any room.
£5.25 each,
Not on the
High Street
Sturdy storage
baskets can
be useful for
keeping a room
neat and tidy.
The original
fireplaces in every
room were music to
Rachel’s ears and she’s
given them all a lick
of paint, and given a
tatty chest of drawers
a makeover in her
favourite blue tones.
A piece of driftwood
found on Mumbles
beach has been turned
into an impromptu
clothes rail for guests
to hang up their bits
and pieces, and DIY
enthusiast Rachel
fixed the whole thing
up herself
Chevron storage
basket, £18,
Plum Chutney
Red blankets will
add warmth to
your scheme.
Helsinki bouclé throw,
£30, Dunelm
‘I love the idea of people coming to stay in my home
and exploring Mumbles, like I once did.’
Model boats add
a nautical feel to
seaside properties.
Grey small sail
boat, £9, The
Contemporary Home
pads add a
different note
to wooden
dining chairs.
Rhubarb stripe
seat pad,
£17.50, Garden
Warm up your
scheme with a
bold red paint.
Blazer estate
emulsion, £45 per
2.5l, Farrow & Ball February 2019
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My home is filled with
vintage finds
Hayley and Keith spent 14 years putting their stamp on their family home,
transforming it into a light and bright family space filled with pre-loved buys
The couple decorated their kitchen and dining
extension with Hayley’s vintage buys. The church
pew came from Gumtree. The large Ikea dining
table extends to fit 10 people and is complemented
by the B&Q pendant light above. Simple shelving is
the perfect place to display art and antiques
ayley and Keith Haynes stumbled
across their home by complete
accident. ‘We had an appointment
to view another property in the area, but on
the way, we got utterly lost. We drove past
this house and saw it was for sale. It was so
lovely, I arranged a viewing with the estate
agents,’ Hayley explains. ‘I had a hunch
this was going to be our home.’
Once the couple looked around the
property, they immediately visualised
themselves living in the house. Dating
back to the 1930s, it had lots of original
features including a leaded front door and
spacious rooms. At the time, their first
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daughter, Daisy, was just a year old, and the
young family needed room to grow.
‘We wanted to move out of busy Hove to
somewhere with more space. We loved that
Shoreham had the feel of a village and the
house had views over green spaces. This
place ticked all the boxes for our family,’
explains Hayley. The village is also on a
direct train line to Hayley’s family, close
to the sea and in a leafy suburb. What the
couple loved most was the generous front
garden, large bedrooms and the familysized garden.
Sadly, the décor was well past its best.
‘It was stuck in a time warp and needed
Good idea!
The neon sign from Light Up North
was won by Hayley in an Instagram
competition. The walls were painted in
Farrow & Ball’s Ammonite matt emulsion
to create a neutral backdrop. The wooden
bench is an old French school design
which, along with the ladders, Hayley plans
to sell in her online shop The Living Room
Feature Maxine Brady Photos David Woolley
A vintage ladder and antique doors
make an ideal perch to display
vintage fabrics and materials.
updating from top to bottom.’ Every room
was painted in shades of orange, green,
pink and blue with matching carpets.
‘Daisy’s room was decorated in blue stripes
with birds on the walls,’ says Hayley. ‘We
needed to introduce a neutral palette and
calming touches that would complement
the period details in the house.’
The couple concentrated their energies
on updating the interior. ‘Within a month
of moving in, I was pregnant with Amelie,’
she says, ‘So we had to get our skates on
to get the décor into shape before she
was born.’ The first room the couple
immediately tackled was the kitchen.
‘With a young daughter, it was important
to have a working kitchen that was clean,
safe and functional.’
In the tatty kitchen, there
had been carpet on the floor and
salmon-pink walls. The couple
replaced the units and put down
new flooring and integrated
appliances. ‘When we moved
in the oven we found a mouse
hiding behind there!’ she says.
‘We used small savings to freshen
up the space the best we could
on our tiny budget.’
Next on their to-do list was
the bathroom. Again, the suite
was tired-looking with an old
shower unit. Keith did as much
of the work as he could himself,
ripping out the units and tiling
the walls. ‘We unearthed
Hayley and Keith planned the
layout of their kitchen to give
them a better view over the
garden. A breakfast bar is at one
end and at the other are kitchen
units and storage, supplied and
fitted by Nolan Project Kitchens
in Worthing
WE ARE Hayley Haynes, my husband Keith,
a paint sprayer, our two daughters Daisy, 15,
and Amelie, 13, our dog Chester and Sid the
tortoise. I am a small-business owner of
The Living Room, an online shop which sells
homeware, plants and vintage pieces.
OUR HOME Is a1930s semi-detached
house with four bedrooms, a large garden
and an open-plan kitchen and dining space,
in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex.
TO RELAX I can be found cycling along
the seafront or exploring the South Downs
– that’s when I’m not out treasure hunting at
vintage fairs and car-boot sales.
SHOPS I LOVE ARE HomeSense, Zara
Home, charity shops and vintage markets.
being bold enough to knock down walls
when we moved in. We should have just gone
for it as now we use every part of the house.
We are near the beach and the South Downs,
so it is great for days out with the girls and
we’re very close to Brighton and London.
kitchen-diner as that is the most recent room
that we have done and it’s a great space for
us to get together as a family.
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 1
Bedroom 2
Living room
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‘The extension has transformed how we use
our home. We have a family space to relax in.’
Taking centre stage
in the living room are
metal trunks which
Hayley picked up from
local vintage fairs. The
dado rail is original and
has been made a feature
in the room with a lick
of paint in Pavilion Grey
and Lamp Room Grey
by Farrow & Ball. The
fireplace tiles have been
replaced, and an antique
mirror complements
the mantelpiece
The woven seagrass
rug was bought from
a vintage fair to sell in
her shop but Hayley has
taken a shine to it for her
own home instead. She
has teamed an upcycled
pink chair with her Ikea
trestle desk
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crazy pipework during the renovation.
When we tried to move it, we sprung a
leak into the hallway below, ’ says Hayley.
Over the next 10 years, the family took
their time doing up their home room by
room and the couple spent weekends
and holidays up ladders painting and
decorating. The house was painted white
from top to bottom to cover the colourful
walls. ‘We had grand ideas but bringing up
two young children took up our time and
money. We saved up for renovations as we
went along,’ Hayley remembers.
Their biggest regret was not
building a kitchen extension at the
back of the property when they
first moved in. ‘At the time, our priority
was to have a functioning kitchen but we
never used the separate dining room,’
Hayley explains. ‘We saved hard and
then two years ago we did the extension
across the back, and it has made such
a difference.’ Local builders knocked
The dated suite was ripped out
and replaced by the couple to make
it more suitable for their growing
family. Sandstone tiles from Laura
Ashley create a neutral backdrop for
a calm and tranquil space
down the wall between the existing
kitchen and dining room to make
one large open-plan space. Double
doors were installed opening onto
the garden. ‘The extension has
transformed how we use our home.
We now have a family space that we
can all enjoy hanging out in.’
The new extension blends Keith’s
love of sleek modern lines with
Hayley’s collection of vintage finds.
‘You can tell that Keith chose the
kitchen and I decorated the dining
room by the blend of furniture and
accessories. We love mixing old pieces
with new.’
After a career break, Hayley was looking
for a new creative outlet. ‘I’d always
worked in retail but this time I wanted
to be my own boss.’ She opened up an
Instagram account showcasing her home
and some of her vintage buys. ‘I got lots
of interest from the things I displayed in
my home, so I started buying antiques to
sell at fairs and markets. And it has grown
Hayley’s antique ladder
makes an attractive display
space in her hallway.
Beechwood ladder,
£35, Dunelm
Brighten up your dark
grey sofa with contrasting
patterned cushions in
shades of burnt orange
and mustard.
Orange cushion, £12.99,
from there.’ Rather than start a shop, she
decided to launch a small online business
called The Living Room from her spare
bedroom. Her home became the ideal
backdrop for showcasing her buys. ‘Our
interior is constantly changing as I buy and
sell things. I only stock items I love – such
as plants, accessories and quirky antiques,’
she explains. ‘As products come and go,
the look of our house is
constantly looking fresh
and new. The revolving
style changes from
week to week.’ YH
The couple ripped
out the previous
fitted wardrobes
and put in modern
mirrored designs
from Ikea, which
help make the room
appear larger and
lighter. A classic Laura
Ashley ironwork bed
has been dressed in
pink Clarissa Hulse
bed linen, found in
HomeSense. A pearl
light fitting from Next
hangs above the bed
Double the feeling of
space with a chic mirror
in a modern shape.
Large wooden round
mirror, £40, Sainsbury’s Home
Add a feminine
feel with pink
floral bed linen.
Leena bed linen
set by Oasis
Home, £70 for
a double, The
French Bedroom
Revamp hard
floors with a
bold rug in
a striking
black and
white print.
Grey and
black rug,
Make your bed the central focus of your
bedroom with a pretty white ironwork design.
Good idea!
To add personality
to the walls, create a memory
wall with framed photos,
pieces of art, and a collection
of interesting objects.
Renata metal
stone white bed
frame, £129,
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Becky chose the luxe Zinc sofa from
the French Connection range at DFS,
adding cushions and throws from
Dunelm. The rug, also from Dunelm,
brings the room to life
This house was perfect,
but needed a lot of work
Becky Lynn used inspiration from Instagram and
Pinterest to bring Scandi style into her home
hen Becky and Ian Lynn were
first hunting for their new home,
they wanted to focus on finding a
house in an area that had a community feel
in which to bring up their two children. ‘I
wanted to find a larger house that would
suit us as a family that was also close
to schools for the girls,’ explains Becky.
After lots of searching, Becky and Ian found
the perfect property in the next village,
which they purchased two years ago.
The finding and purchasing of the
property turned out to be the easy part,
as the new house needed lots of work. ‘We
loved the location, it was set in a large plot
of land, which we knew had potential to
extend. Plus, the windows at the back and
front of the house were huge, which meant
the house was filled with lots of light,’ says
Becky. ‘We felt it was perfect and the four
bedrooms meant we would have room for
visiting family.’ However, the interior was
very dated and in a bit of a run-down state.
‘The whole house needed an overhaul
Becky wanted to create a distinct divide
between the dining area and sitting room,
so used the sofa to split up the space. It
also makes the sitting room feel comfy and
cosy. ‘It’s a good space that I update as the
seasons change. In summer I use pastels
and in the winter I go darker; thankfully,
the grey sofas can take it’
Good idea!
WE ARE Becky and Ian Lynn, with our
children Imogen, six, and Elodie, four. I’m an
art teacher and Ian works in design.
OUR HOME Is a four-bedroom detached
house near Hinkley, Leicestershire. It was built
in 1978.
MY TOP TIP Is to choose a neutral base
and add accents depending on the season
and mood! It works perfectly for me.
tried to save money by doing the tiling in the
kitchen ourselves but, on reflection, a more
unique design and a professional job would
have given us more of the ‘wow’-factor.
MY INSPIRATION Comes from fabulous
Instagram interior accounts, there are so
many ideas out there. With that in mind,
I set up my own account sharing our house
Feature Zoe Bishop Photos Lizzie Orme
Becky ripped out the old flooring and
re-painted the doors to give the hallway a
bright welcoming feel. ‘I bought the rug
from The Rug Seller as it works perfectly in
the space, while the shoe storage and wall
pegs are perfect for keeping shoes and
coats in order,’ says Becky
Becky has added personality
by displaying items which are
meaningful to the family.
Bedroom 2
Bedroom 1
Guest room
Dining area
For stockists see page 120
February 2019
The Scandi-style sideboard was from
Very and complements the tablecloth
which Becky picked up at a vintage fair
several years ago. The chairs were a
bargain buy from eBay. The staggered
shelving adds interest on the white walls
‘I love the kitchen. It’s light, bright and always warm,
even though we haven’t itted any radiators.’
– there were tatty brown carpets and
featureless doors, the windows were old
and wouldn’t shut properly, and the kitchen
was really tired with brown cabinetry. But
both Ian and I could visualise the end
result which made it perfect. I knew we
had the flair and passion to put our stamp
on it, but also that it would be hard work.’
First, they decided to replace all the
windows before tackling the girls’ bedrooms
as they were still young and needed their
rooms to be calm and appealing. ‘We
did the children’s bedrooms within the
first three months and turned Imogen’s
room from green with black radiators to
a proper pink little girl’s room. Elodie’s
bedroom needed replastering before we
could decorate.’
Once the girls had their own fresh,
February 2019
comfortable spaces, they began to tackle
the downstairs spaces, including fitting
a new kitchen, which is now Becky’s
favourite room. ‘It’s light, bright and always
warm, even though we haven’t fitted any
radiators,’ she explains. Before the couple
revamped the kitchen, it had brown builtin cupboards on every wall and felt dark
and dingy with no space for seating. They
purchased the sleek white kitchen from
a local independent supplier who fitted
it too. They opted to have units on three
walls, including under the window, freeing
up the space near the door so they could
fit in a small table and bench. ‘The kids
do their colouring and play with their playdough while I prepare dinner, which means
I can keep an eye on them.’ The pale wood
worktop tones really well with the white
units and gives the house that Scandi feel
the couple were looking for.
‘I love our large sitting room and dining
space as we look out into our lovely garden
– which is currently a right mess,’ says
Becky. ‘The garden is a decent size but
we’ve not done much to it since we’ve
moved in as we’ve concentrated on the
rest of the house.’
The couple painted the walls in
the lounge area plain white, so Becky
introduced interest and colour with grey
sofas from DFS and a bright rug, with wall
art on one of her many picture shelves.
Becky’s love of art is a big passion – the
shelves and walls are filled with lots
of handmade prints by herself and the
children. The sitting room is also home
to Ian’s favourite guitar which is displayed
on the wall. ‘It’s the personal touches we
like to include and the guitar means a lot
to Ian; I’m thrilled that it coordinates well
with the rest of the scheme,’ smiles Becky.
Becky is really savvy when it comes to
shopping for accessories and furniture. She
loves snapping up items from the ranges
at supermarket chains such as Sainsbury’s,
Aldi and Lidl and searches for deals online.
‘I love a bargain and my whole house is
full of them.’
The bathroom is still on the to-do list,
and Becky has been calling the last two
Good idea!
Becky has teamed a wood
worktop with white units
in her kitchen and dining
space, making it feel fresh,
light and airy.
The beech worktop
complements the
white units, while the
graphic Ikea rug adds
interest. ‘I’ve used a
non-slip backing to
ensure it stays in place
while walking around
to avoid any accidents,’
explains Becky
Becky created a
feature wall by getting
creative with paint.
She zoned the dining
space in the kitchen
and then added some
shelves with all her
favourite buys. The
table and seating are
from Ikea
years ‘phase one’. The couple plan to
extend downstairs and open up the back
of the house to build a new living room
and create a larger family living space. ‘We
also want to create a little snug, office,
utility and downstairs shower room, but
obviously this is in the future when we’ve
got the budget to get it right first time.
It’s one of the reasons we’ve not tackled
the bathroom as it needs a lot of plumbing
work which would involve ripping up pipes
downstairs, so until we’re ready to do it all
in one go, I’m happy to wait. I think, for
the moment, we’ve achieved the perfect
home that suits our style and needs – it
ticks all of my boxes.’ YH
Light is a key factor in the bedroom,
as, luckily, there is quite a large window.
Becky painted one wall in a soft grey which
complements her favourite bed linen from
Orla Kiely, and she has also included soft
wood-effect flooring and white bedside
tables from Maisons du Monde
Elodie’s room is bright and cheerful. ‘I
liked the simplicity of using one colour
half way round the room. She’s still in a
smaller bed which doesn’t take up as much
room, but we’ve ensured there’s plenty of
storage for her books and toys,’ says Becky
‘I think, for the moment, we’ve achieved the
perfect home that suits our style and needs.’
bathroom is a
work in progress
and will eventually
be replaced when
they extend
downstairs. ‘We
need a new suite,
but I revamped
the tiles with fresh
grout and we
added some new
flooring. I kept the
scheme white and
just added some
colour with lots
of bright towels
from Christy,
which make
the room feel
cheery and fresh,’
says Becky
February 2019
A small desk area
is ideal for Imogen
as she likes to colour
and draw. As she
gets older it will be
a fabulous place to
do homework. Becky
picked up the desk
and stool from Ikea as
they fit in well with
the all-pink scheme
‘Imogen really wanted
a pink room and we
decided to go with it,’
explains Becky. ‘Again,
I painted half of the
walls pink and kept
the rest white.’ The
room also has pretty
floral-printed curtains,
disc-style bunting and
coordinating bed linen
featuring Imogen’s
favourite flamingos
scheme is
inspired by
her bed linen.
Orla Kiely
House Tiny
Stem duvet
cover, £85
for a king size,
Hurn & Hurn
Neutral storage canisters keep the kitchen
scheme neat and clean.
Typhoon Colona grey storage canisters,
£24,99 for three, Very
Painting walls
with graphic
shapes in
toning colours
will add
Pink Harmony
matt emulsion;
Soft taupe matt
emulsion, £11 per
2.5l, both Wilko
A small white
sideboard will
give any room a
Scandi feel.
Hygena Zander
small sideboard,
£89.99, Argos
Brighten up
a grey sofa
with colourful
cushions and
Green stripe
throw, £18,
Sainsbury’s Home
Ensure you
have the
perfect work
zone with a
stylish and
desk space.
Good idea!
‘We did the children’s bedrooms
within the first thee months
and turned Imogen’s room from
green to a proper little
girl’s room!’
desk, £235,
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Food & drink
Fill your freezer and save your pennies with our batch-cook recipes overleaf
3 ways with...
l For a tasty light breakfast or dessert,
top and tail a large pink or red
grapefruit, then use a sharp knife
to cut away the peel and bitter white
pith. Slice the fruit into rounds, then
use them to top fresh ricotta, with
a sprinkle of black pepper. Drizzle
with 1 tbsp honey and 1 tbsp
orange blossom water.
l To make a light salad for two,
segment 1 grapefruit over a bowl to
catch the juice. Set the fruit aside and
squeeze the juice from the membrane
into the bowl. Add 1 tsp each extra
virgin olive oil, toasted sesame
oil and maple syrup. Season with
salt and pepper then whisk. Arrange
the grapefruit in a bowl with a large
handful watercress; 1 fennel bulb,
thinly sliced; 1 avocado, sliced, and
100g cooked prawns. Toss with
Whether it’s a gift for your Valentine,
the dressing just before serving.
or a little treat for yourself, Thomas
l Ring the changes with a
Fudge’s Salted Caramel Florentines are a
grapefruit curd to top toast
true indulgence starring soft fruit, crunchy
or fill a sponge cake. In a
nuts, sticky salted caramel with a layer
heavy-bottom pan, place the
of Belgian milk
grated zest and juice of
chocolate. Available
1 grapefruit, 200g caster
from Waitrose, Asda,
sugar and 100g butter. Gently
Ocado, Sainsbury’s
heat until the butter has melted
and Booths, from
then whisk in 2 eggs. Cook on
£2.55 for six.
a low heat, whisking regularly until
thickened, for around 10 minutes.
Pour into sterilised jars and seal.
If you do one thing
this month...
Celebrate the Year of
the Pig this Chinese
New Year, 5th February,
by creating a fabulous
fakeaway at home. If
you don’t know where
to start with creating
an authentic feast,
visit www.wingyipstore. for a selection
of traditional goodies, including these
Silk Road fortune cookies, £1.25 for 12.
Feature Laura Higgins Main image iStock
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we love...
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Eat me...
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Nestlé Lindahls Kvarg is a best-selling quark
from Sweden which is a great addition to your
diet if you’ve started a new year health regime.
It’s a protein-packed post-workout snack or a
tasty breakfast that’s low in sugar and fat. New
flavours to the range include tropical coconut,
chocolatey stracciatella, and fruity blueberry and
vanilla. They can be found at Asda priced 95p.
Looking for a
healthier lunch
option? Try the
Simply Good
wrap range
from Mission
which are
high in fibre,
helping to
make you feel
fuller for longer. Choose from quinoa and chia,
or sourdough and linseed, priced at £1.50 for
six, available from all major supermarkets.
The latest addition to his Lean in 15 collection,
Veggie is the latest cookbook from Joe Wicks,
priced £16.99, Bluebird Books. In keeping with
the simple and speedy
flavour-packed meals
he’s famous for, Joe
has created a set of
new vegetarian recipes.
The peri peri halloumi
burger and the
chickpea, tomato and
spinach curry are at
the top of our list.
February 2019
Family values
Fill your freezer – and your family – with these hearty meals
that kids and grown-ups will all enjoy
Tasty tacos
4vegetable or rapeseed oil 41 small onion, diced
41 clove garlic, diced 41 tsp smoked paprika
4500g lean beef mince or vegetarian alternative
To serve 48 taco shells 41 yellow pepper, roughly
chopped 41 red pepper, roughly chopped 4half
head lettuce, roughly chopped 42 tomatoes,
roughly chopped 4200g Cheddar or mozzarella,
grated 4sour cream 4salsa
n Fry the onion with a drizzle of oil for 5 minutes until soft. Add the garlic and smoked
paprika and cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
n Add the mince and cook for 7-10 minutes until browned and cooked through.
n Warm the taco shells for 1 minute in the oven and put the cooked mince into a dish.
n When the taco shells are warmed through, pop them and the mince on the table
for everyone to dig into, alongside the peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, grated cheese, sour
cream and salsa.
Recipe taken from Learn to Cook with Billy the Bear, created by Belling.
Piri Piri chicken
48 bone-in chicken portions 4600g new potatoes 42 tbsp vegetable
oil 42 red peppers, cut into chunks 42 yellow peppers, cut into chunks
4fresh oregano, to garnish For the spice rub 44 long red chillies, seeds
removed, roughly chopped 43 cloves garlic, chopped 425g root ginger,
chopped 41 tsp salt 42 tsp smoked paprika 41 tsp dried oregano
41 tsp dried thyme 42 tbsp olive oil 43 tbsp lemon juice
n Make several deep diagonal cuts through the skin and meat of each
piece of chicken. Blend all the spice rub ingredients in a food processor.
n Place the scored chicken portions into a bowl, pour in the rub and coat
the meat well, pushing the paste into all the cuts. Set to one side and
leave to marinate for at least 15-20 minutes.
n Parboil the potatoes in a pan of salted water for 4-5 minutes. Drain
and set to one side. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425ºF/Gas Mark 7.
n Heat the vegetable oil in a cast-iron casserole dish over a low to
medium heat. Lift the chicken pieces from the marinade, shake off any
excess back into the bowl and retain for later. Add the chicken pieces to
the hot oil, sear on all sides for 4-5 minutes, then transfer to a plate.
n Add the marinade to the casserole with the potatoes and peppers and
coat everything in the juices. Return the chicken pieces to the casserole,
combining them with the vegetables. Season well with salt and roast in
the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
n Sprinkle over some freshly torn oregano before serving.
Recipe courtesy of Lakeland
Veggie lentil chilli
41 tsp vegetable or rapeseed oil 41 large
onion or leek, finely sliced 41 pepper, diced
41 garlic clove, finely chopped 41 tsp
ground coriander 41 tsp ground cumin
4½ tsp chilli powder 42 x 400g tins chopped
tomatoes 41 vegetable stock cube, crumbled
4100g red lentils, rinsed 4400g tin mixed
beans or kidney beans, drained
To serve 4200g brown rice or 4 baked
potatoes 4grated cheese 4sour cream
n Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the
onion or leek and pepper for 5 minutes, until
softened. Add the garlic and ground spices,
and cook for another minute until fragrant.
n Carefully stir in the chopped tomatoes,
stock cube and lentils. Simmer until the lentils
are tender and the tomatoes have thickened,
about 15 minutes. Add the beans to the pan
and mix to combine. Cook for a further 5
minutes, until heated through.
n Season with salt and pepper, then serve
with rice or a baked potato and top with
the cheese and sour cream.
Recipe taken from Learn to Cook with
Billy the Bear, created by Belling. Visit February 2019
Sausage pie
4400g tin chopped tomatoes 4400g tin baked
beans or red kidney beans 41 large onion, finely
chopped 48 sausages or vegetarian alternative
4900g mashed potato 450g cheese, grated
n Preheat the oven to 190°C/375ºF/Gas Mark
5. Place the tomatoes, beans and onion in an
oven-proof dish.
n Cut the sausages into equal-sized pieces and
add to the tomato and bean mix. Stir together
and place in the oven until the sausages are
cooked through, for about 45 minutes.
n Cover the sausage mix with mashed potato
and grated cheese. Place under the grill to
brown, or alternatively return to the oven
until brown and bubbly.
Recipe taken from Learn to Cook with
Billy the Bear, created by Belling. Visit
Irish beef and baby
beetroot hotpot
4700g diced Irish chuck steak 41 tbsp plain
flour 41-2 tbsp vegetable oil 42 onions, sliced
43 carrots, roughly chopped 4200g-300g baby
beetroot, peeled and halved 41 tsp fresh thyme
leaves 43 large Maris Piper potatoes, peeled
and thinly sliced 4600ml dark beef stock
n Preheat the oven to 170°C/325F/Gas Mark 3.
Toss the diced Irish beef in the plain flour and
season well with salt and pepper.
n Heat the oil in a heavy-based, deep casserole
dish and brown your Irish beef in batches if
necessary. Return all the meat to the pan, add
the sliced onions, carrots, beetroot and the
thyme leaves. Generously season with salt and
pepper and mix well.
n Arrange the sliced potatoes on top of the
meat and vegetable mix, taking care to make
the potato layer nice and neat. Pour over just
enough stock to come up to the bottom of the
potato layer. Cover with the casserole lid and
bake in the oven for about 1 hour 30 minutes.
Remove the lid and return to the oven for a
further 30 minutes to crisp the potatoes.
Recipe by Terry Edwards, courtesy of Bord Bia
Beef and mushroom keema curry
43 garlic cloves, crushed 41 thumb ginger,
grated 43 green chillies, sliced 41 onion,
sliced 4splash rapeseed oil 42 tbsp curry
powder 4300g closed-cup mushrooms,
halved 4400g beef mince 43 large
tomatoes, chopped 41 tbsp chilli powder
4200g frozen petit pois 4100g spinach
To serve 4basmati rice 4natural yoghurt
n Blend the garlic, ginger, green chillies and onion to a paste with a dash of water.
n Heat some rapeseed oil in a saucepan and add the paste. Cook for a few minutes until the oil
starts to separate then add the curry powder. Stir well and cook for 2 minutes on high.
n Add the mushrooms and mince. Stir well and cook on high for 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and
chilli powder. Stir well and cook for 5 minutes. Add the peas and spinach. Stir well and cook gently
for 4-5 minutes, until the spinach is wilting and the peas have cooked. Serve with cooked basmati
rice and yoghurt.
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Auctions are great fun and a place to
pick up a bargain but make sure you
know the basics before you begin.
James Emson, President of NAVA
Propertymark, the self-regulating
body for valuers and auctioneers,
offers this advice:
n You can’t back out If you are the
highest bidder, you can’t change your
mind after the fall of the hammer and
must pay for the item.
n Know your rights Unlike buying
online you won’t be protected by
Consumer Contracts Regulations or
Distance Selling Regulations if you
want to return the item. At an auction
you view the item in advance and
choose whether to bid, so you won’t
be protected by law.
n Read the small print Check the
terms and conditions of the auction
house. At the end of the sale you will
be required to pay the deposit and
administration charges immediately
and the balance of the purchase price
within 20 business days.
n Reserves Sellers set a reserve price
which the lot cannot be sold below.
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A hot new hue
While we’re most likely to associate the classic
stove with chunky black looks, the trend for
modern interiors has led to a demand for
heating appliances in colours to complement
The cost of a DIY job can be
our décor. If you’re looking for a fuss-free plugeye-watering, especially if you have to
in electric model, Dimplex has stoves
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Opening act
A new front door is a great way to boost
your property’s curb appeal as well as its
security and insulation. But what to look
for? Firstly, consider a durable and lowmaintenance material such as composite.
Next, remember to measure the size of the
door and the internal floor height and width
so that the door has room to open once
installed. The Wickes Malmo door ticks all
the boxes, offering thermal efficiency, high
security and an attractive hardwood finish.
Malmo external hardwood
glazed door, £529, Wickes
February 2019
IKEA is a great place to
hunt out inexpensive
new furniture for a
budget ravamp
Luxury looks at
afordable prices
Feature Hayley Gilbert
nce the new year is underway,
many of us turn our attention
to giving our homes a style
update in time for spring. With so many
new looks and products to choose from,
there’s something out there for everyone.
Whether you fancy a new lick of paint for
the living room or a complete kitchen
overhaul, there are ways of transforming
your interior while sticking to a budget.
Here’s our guide to getting the most for
your money.
Visit one of the Sofa
Workshop clearance
outlets. Dillon sofa,
from £986
With some clever tricks
and savvy buys, you can
freshen up your property
inside and out without
breaking the bank
If your current kitchen has seen better days but you can’t afford to splash out on a
brand-new design, there are other ways to give your scheme a makeover. Companies such
as The Used Kitchen Company buy and sell used and ex-display kitchens. They can recommend
fitters to dismantle and deliver as well as install new furniture if required. Brands on offer include
Alno, Bulthaup, Callerton, Harvey Jones, Howdens, Habitat, John Lewis of Hungerford, Magnet,
Neptune, Nolte and Plain English. Another option is to replace your cabinet doors via Hot Doors,
Kitchen Door Workshop, Dream Doors, Naked Doors as well as IKEA and B&Q. Choose from
a range of designs including traditonal and contemporary handleless styles and a spectrum of
colours and finishes. Doors can be made to fit your standard carcasses or made to measure.
Give rooms a
fresh lick of paint
for a quick and
inexpensive update.
Valspar Premium
Blend v700 Walls
& Ceilings, £28
for 2.5L at B&Q
The Used Kitchen Company sells ex-display
kitchens online. This handleless Leicht
design costs £6,500, including the island,
worktops and Siemens appliances
Update your front
door and boost your
home’s curb appeal.
Down Pipe No 26
Exterior Eggshell,
£27 for 750ml,
Farrow & Ball
Our choice of flooring and kitchen worksurfaces
can have a huge impact on the overall look and
feel of a room. If you long for luxury materials
such as marble or solid wood, there are ways
of achieving a pricey effect for less. When it
comes to worktops, instead of splashing out
on natural stone, switch to lookalike laminates
instead which, as well as being more practical,
offer a similar style without the price tag to
match. Solid stone and composite is another
great option with the added benefit of being
hardwearing and easy to clean. For flooring,
consider laminate, engineered boards or the
latest luxury vinyl tile, which replicate the look
of stone or timber. Herringbone and parquet
tiles are ideal for a classic finish, while patterned
prints can enhance a contemporary décor.
Shopping for a new bathroom
in a high-street store or designer
showroom does give you personal service
and expert advice but it often ends up
costing you more. One way around this
is to log on to the web and buy your
sanitaryware, brassware and fittings from
online retailers such as Soak, Bathstore,
Bathroom Takeaway, Victoria Plum and
Victorian Plumbing. They will often have
fantastic sales with up to 60 per cent off
and you can usually telephone them or
have a live chat with one of their advisors
if you need any help. Remember that
any change to your existing layout will
cost you more in terms of plumbing
and installation so, where possible,
keep to the same position for the
WC, basin, bath and shower.
There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint
to give your interior a fresh update for less. The
key is preparation, so move all furniture and
furnishings out of the room before you start,
or cover them up, then take your time masking
off edges, skirting boards, coving and window
frames. Sand down uneven walls, fill in any
hairline cracks and apply as many coats as
needed for the perfect finish. There are endless
shades to pick from but, if you can’t find the
colour you are looking for, mix your own at
B&Q, where its exclusive Valspar range can be
colour-matched to anything you like!
Give windows some ‘wow’ factor with a
funky new roller blind. Direct Blinds has a
fantastic affordable range to choose from.
Pebbles blackout Rumba Red blind, from £51.80
Kit out your kitchen with smart new appliances.
Aria collection by Indesit, from £165 February 2015
Overhaul your bathroom for
only £399.97 with the Lima
suite from Bathroom Takeaway
Expert advice
Useful contacts
‘Kitchens and bathrooms are the
n Find bargain kitchen updates at
most expensive rooms to redesign,
and redecorate. If you’re happy with, www.hotdoors.
the layout of your kitchen, before, and
you rip it out take a closer look at the
carcasses. If they are in a decent condition
n For worktops and flooring check out
When you need new furniture there
you can make big savings by replacing the, www.silestone.
are outlet stores all over the country where
door and drawer fronts rather than the complete unit.,, www.
you can buy quality cancelled or returned
Do your research when it comes to installing the worktop, and
orders, overruns and discontinued lines for
too. If you want a marble effect there are some
n Bathroom bargains can be found at online
a lot less than you’d pay otherwise. Trade
amazing replica products out there that are not only
retailers such as,
Secret is a great place to start and there’s the
more practical but also more cost effective.’,
added bonus that what you see is in stock so
Laura Hamilton, presenter of Channel 4’s and
you can have immediate collection or delivery.
A Place in The Sun
Other names to look for include Sofa Workshop
n For Valspar paint, visit
which has a clearance centre in Enfield as well
as clearance spaces in its Beverley, Winchester, St
Albans and Cheltenham stores. Also check out
Get Furnished in Oxfordshire and The Interior
Outlet in West Yorkshire.
It’s amazing what tackling all those niggly little chores yourself can achieve. Make a list of
everything that needs doing and start with the smaller tasks such as clearing the gutters or
weeding the garden. You can then work your way up to the bigger jobs such as fixing dripping
New flooring will give rooms a
taps, painting wooden window sills and replacing broken door handles before moving on to chores
fresh update for less. Ordesa Bianco
including painting the front or garage door, laying new decking, a patio or having the ceilings
white glazed porcelain tiles, £24.97
per sq m, Tile Giant
skimmed to cover up unsightly Artex left over from the 1980s.
Marble worktops
can cost upwards
of £5,000 but solid,
textured laminate
from Bushboard
Evolve is just £340
for three metres
‘Bargain hunting and DIY helped me improve my home for less’
With savvy
online buys Rachael
installed her
kitchen on a tight
budget without
compromising on
style or quality
s Surrounded by open countryside,
the semi-detached cottage in Louth,
Lincolnshire, had been empty for five
years before Rachael took it on and
gave it a new lease of life
tap from Howdens. On Facebook
Marketplace, she found a kitchen
island unit for £200 which she painted
pale pink to match the wall cupboard
her children Sam, 28, Thomas, 23,
and Georgina, 21, bought her last
Christmas. The wood-burner for the
newly opened up fireplace also cost
£500 on eBay. For shelving, Rachael
recycled offcuts left over from the
wooden worktops. ‘I didn’t have any
furniture and most of what I have now
I bought from Facebook Marketplace,’
she says. ‘Along with a new sofa
lighting and
curtains all at
Now all the
hard work is
done, Rachael
is justifiably
what she has
achieved. ‘It’s
the first place
I’ve lived in
for a long time
that I can really
call home.’ February 2015
Feature and photos Gill Rothwell
s Rachael, who works with vulnerable
adults, shares her cottage with
her 21-year old daughter Georgina,
and Flo, the Cockapoo
for the first viewing as it’s tucked away at
the end of a private lane and surrounded by
fields. ‘The views were enough to sell it to
me but as soon as I stepped inside, I knew
I had to have it,’ she recalls. Once her offer
was accepted, she tackled the overgrown
garden but had to wait patiently to make
a start on the house until she received
the keys in June last year. As Rachael was
renting nearby at the time, the pressure
was on to be in her new home before the
onset of winter. With most of her budget
allocated for new windows, electrics and
a replacement boiler, she relied heavily
on friends and family to help her gut the
interior of the 100-year-old cottage. ‘We
saved a fortune by doing most of the work
ourselves,’ she says.
After knocking down walls to expose
the staircase and open up the kitchen and
dining room, Rachael faced the challenge
of filling the large space with furniture on
limited funds. By craftily shopping around,
she paid just £500 for a new Smeg range
cooker and hood on eBay, and only £1,400
for kitchen units,
oak worktops, a
Belfast sink and
down walls,
floors, no DIY
much for Rachael
Stevenson when
she renovated a
rundown cottage
in Louth, Lincolnshire, in just five
months. ‘Admittedly, my budget was
very tight, but it wasn’t just a question
of saving money,’ she explains. ‘I enjoy
being hands-on and when I have a
vision of how a place could look, I get
a huge kick out of seeing it through.’
Having spotted her home online,
Rachael struggled to find the property
online today!
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with George
think my most-often-used phrase is ‘your
home is the most important piece of
architecture in your life’. I truly believe it
because your home crafts the way you are,
how you come together as a family and it
provides not only shelter, but it becomes a
container of all your possessions as well as
being the space where you create very special
moments and memories in your life. You get
to know your home very well. If I blindfolded
you and asked you to walk around the home
where you grew up, you would be able to
navigate the space amazingly well. Your mind
and body connect with your home in a very
powerful way.
When people say to me, ‘I know nothing
about architecture,’ I reply, ‘That isn’t true…
tell me about the home you grew up in.’ Then
it all happens and I love it! The stories about
home come flooding out. Tales about space,
light, materials, texture, smells, sounds,
fashions, style (or lack of it), happy memories,
sad memories, how your home adapted over
time and how you grew and changed with
it. That is architecture! If you can tell stories
about your home – and everyone can – then
you know about architecture and no matter
how humble your property may be, it is
without a doubt the most powerful piece
of architecture in your life. So, why shouldn’t
your house look beautiful? Why shouldn’t
the interior of every home look like it’s
Even on the tightest of budgets there are
things you can do to get an amazing look in
your home. Obviously, the decisions you make
to achieve a high-end scheme on a budget
will depend on the type of architecture
and interiors you like. But there are some
universal tricks and rules that will work
whatever style you go for.
The first rule is to keep it simple. Making
a space cluttered and over-complicated by
having too many
colours, textures and
materials doesn’t
give a slick designer
look. The less-is-more
approach has so many benefits. You have
fewer decisions to make, fewer materials to
buy and often it means you’ll have fewer
specialist trades on site to tackle all of the
various jobs, working out the junctions and
thresholds between those details – so it’s
often cheaper. Also, if you’re tempted to do a
lot of the work yourself then you won’t need
to train yourself in so many different skills, so
that makes it quicker, easier and cheaper, too.
Don’t go super cheap. Simple and
affordable yes, but not so cheap that the
product feels tacky. In particular, make sure
you spend your money on the details where
it matters most: the items that get used
the most often, that have to withstand the
most wear and tear and that you tend to
touch and feel all the time. It’s all about
balance. And you need to focus your budget
on things that are the most difficult and
costly to change. So, items such as timber
flooring, door handles, taps, sanitaryware
and bathroom fittings are touched and used
a lot. They need to feel good and stand the
test of time, whereas other finishes can be a
lot cheaper. For example, it is easy to change
and upgrade paint colours, soft furnishings
and elements of free-standing furniture at a
later date, but built-in items are more difficult
to alter without spending lots of money, so
it’s better and less wasteful to get these right
first time. The great news is there are so many
affordable options available today. Personally,
I love timber floorboards. Strong engineered
wood flooring is so affordable and gives a
beautiful natural look to any interior. Natural
oil or wax finishes applied to the timber
allow it to retain its beautiful texture while
Photo courtesy of George Clarke
This month, property developer,
architect and presenter of Channel 4’s
Old House, New Home George Clarke
shares his tips for giving your home
a high-end look on a budget
giving a quality architect-designed look.
Full-height doors are another affordable
way to give your home a designer look.
Whether it’s a modern or traditional one,
having doors that go as high as possible is so
smart. The price of these can vary dramatically
depending on the style, but simple is the
most affordable way to go. In my house I
have very plain door blanks, but they go all
the way up to the ceilings. They look amazing
and they really didn’t cost a lot.
Tiling is another fantastic opportunity to
go smart and architectural on a budget. I
was in a big tiling shop earlier this week and
I was staggered by the range of beautiful,
affordable tiles. The trick here is to be
creative. Doing something unusual with a
standard tile can give it a more interesting
look. I chose a long thin, tile that would
normally be laid horizontally. But, because
I was using it in a bathroom with a high
ceiling, I decided to run the tiles vertically up
the walls to accentuate the height even more.
I then staggered the joints, rather than go for
a standard tiling grid, to give the wall some
‘movement’. It made the room feel more
exciting and dynamic, but the tile I used was
one of the cheapest I’ve ever bought. It is all
about doing things slightly differently to get a
unique end result that looks amazing.
Keep it simple, keep it affordable but, more
than anything, take a material and see what
you can do with it to make your home reflect
your style. It’s all about being creative.
n For more tips and advice from
George, check out his website at
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Organise your garage
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Turn your space from topsy-turvy to tidy with these clever ideas
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A Place for Everything
Feature Alice Butler
f your room has become a dumping
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s This peg board comes with 50 hooks which you
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Wooden welly rack, £85,
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Keep buttons
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Protect summer
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s Fill an empty slot on the
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s Save space with this
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Start as you mean to go on
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Rose Hip deluxe sewing
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s Display your tools, including
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contemporary artists.
Plus, with a choice
of different printing
materials, our five lucky
winners can opt for a
unique finish for their
favourite picture. There’s poster paper and canvas, but also the possibility of printing
every image on natural wood, shiny acrylic glass, aluminium or even wall stickers in
various sizes. Complete your new look with a custom-made frame, or ready-to-mount
prints on wood and turn pictures you like
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Win tickets to The Spring
Knitting & Stitching Show
Win two ActivSleep
pillows from Sealy
We’ve teamed up with
The Spring Knitting &
Stitching Show to give
20 lucky winners a pair
of one-day tickets
to its show from
28th February to
3rd March 2019
at Olympia London.
Shining a spotlight on dressmaking, this year’s show will feature
the Spring Sewing School, where top tutors will host an exciting
dressmaking and upcycling workshop programme. You’ll be
spoilt for choice with tutorials and demonstrations, inspiring
galleries, a special exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary
of fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, drop-in lessons and advice
clinics, an Innovation Station showcasing the latest equipment,
Sip & Stitch Prosecco Bar and over 150 specialist retailers – this is
a must-see event! Find out more at
Competition closes on
13th February 2019.
We’ve teamed up with leading bedding brand
Sealy to offer four winners a pair of newly launched
pillows that use the latest science to help deliver healthy living
through rest. The ActivSleep pillows use state-of-the-art Sealy
technology along with the very best fillings, all encased within
a unique ventilated memory-foam shell to deliver unbeatable
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combination of an extremely elastic gel and air-permeable
foam – or the Reflex Pillow, in which cluster fibres are encased
to respond to the
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head and neck to
give you the support
you need. Both
pillows are made in
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February 2019
Win tickets to
The National
Homebuilding &
Renovating Show!
Full of all the inspiration, ideas and
products you need to create the home you
want, we’ve teamed up with The National
Homebuilding & Renovating Show to give
62 lucky Your Home readers a pair of
one-day tickets, worth £24, to this fab
show, taking place from 28th-31st March
2019 at the NEC, Birmingham!
Whether you’re midway through building
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The Homebuilding & Renovating Show is
brimming with ideas to help bring your
project to life. There’s advice on planning
permission, plus eco lovers will also learn
how to design and build a sustainable
home while picking up handy style tips.
Choose from several free talks on topics
including self-builds, renovating, innovative
products, extensions, conversions and DIY
projects, with tailored solutions on a host
of regulations. Plus, more than 500 free
one-on-one advice sessions will be available.
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the age of 18, except employees of Hubert Burda Media UK or companies involved in these promotions. 4) Entrants must be homeowners where decorating/renovation work is required for the prize.
5) Only one entry per person. 6) The winners must be willing to participate in publicity if required. 7) The Editor’s decision is final. Correspondence will not be entered into. 8) Winners are selected at
random from correct entries received after the competition end date. 9) Prizes are valid for six months after the date of the draw and will be withdrawn if it is not claimed within this period. 10) Hubert
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Did you know that an area the size of Canada and India is used each year to grow
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Discover this month’s
green buys and advice
Eco expert
With more people trying to cut down
on single-use plastics, it’s never been more
important to stand out from the reusable cup
crowd. Offering an array of on-trend designs, S’well
specialises in insulated water
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aimed at replacing single-use
products. Plus, Jo offers free reusable
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or local parents in Middlesex.
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Life savers
We speak to
Instagram star
Luisa Gaffga for
some easy tips on
how to swap out
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