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SHOPPING IDEAS
Fabulous high "street finds, trends, mystery shopper and easy updates 8 Mood Of The Moment 12 High Street Heroes 15 Shopping Spy 16 Cash Clever Decorator 21 Pick The Perfect Pattern

BUYER'S GUIDES
The smart choices, edited by experts 168 10 Best Desks 172 10 Island Units 174 10 Best Dishwashers 176 10 Best Soundbars 178 10 Best Alarm Clocks 180 10 Best Bathroom Furniture Ranges

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SEASONAL IDEAS
Short cuts to a smooth·running home, gardening projects and easy recipes 147 Smart Things To Do In March 148 Domestic Bliss For The Busy Woman 150 Give Your Pancakes Ultimate Flavour 155 Make A Speedy Supper 157 In The Kitchen 158 Give Your Garden A Modern Makeover 161 In The Garden 162 Find A Simple Solution
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Spring is on its way so get set to give your home a refresh with our simple ideas for every budget and style - happy decorating!

Homes
Easy ways to transform your space 28 Make It Spacious And Modern 38 Don't .Rush The Details

48 Go For All-out White 58 Be Bold In Every Room 68 Create A Mellow Mood
75 Home News 114 Extreme Transformations

Decorating
Update your home with the latest looks

80 How To Use The New Nudes
88 Boutique Hotel Spy 91 Cover Look: Spring Greens 96 Weekend .Decorator 98 Find Your Decorating Inspiration Dilemmas

101 Solve Your Decorating 104 Create Order With

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DeCQrate

AND THE REST...
Get even more from Ideal Home 7 Editor's Letter 25 Find Your Inspiration 200 Where To Buy 202 The Last Word On Makeovers Online 112 Subscribe To Ideal Home

Tailor-made

Storage

Kitchen & Bathrooms
Gorgeous real-life makeovers to inspire

w.ith a subtle
palette of nudes

118 'Our All-white Scheme
Boosts The Light' 122 'We Changed.It All Except The Layout' 126 'We Extended To Fit Our Growing Family'

130 'tt's Classic, But With Added Glitz'
134 '1 Upgraded OnABudget' 141 Kitchen & Bathroom News My En Suite' Our Room

136 'We Reinvented

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what makeovers are all . about. Very important to remember at this time of year, when it feels like there's no part of my home that doesn't need a makeover Maybe that's because I'm trapped indoors with a whole heap of clutter accumulated over the wmter. But I'm not moaning. It's the perfect excuse to get out the wallpaper samples and start planning a fresh new look, This time, it's the Big Two family hubs that need serious surgery Our kitchen and living room are both in desperate need of a refresh, but when it comes to makeovers I'm a bit of a rebeL I love space and light as much as the next woman, but this year's favourite Big Open-Plan Solution is not for me. I like to separate work space from relaxing space, I love open shelving in kitchens (no fitted units for me), so I can see and grab what I want. And I don't follow the 'working triangle rule' beloved of kitchen designers, either. I have my range in the kitchen, but my fridge and appliances live in the utility room - I'd rather walk a few extra steps to get the milk. In my living room I love comfort, order and colour" with clutter hidden away and 'wow' pattern on all four walls (Withpaste-the-wall papers, it's easy to change the look when I get bored). Those two rooms work for our lifestyle and that's nne. There's no right or wrong in decorating. It's all about making your personal space as individual as you are. Our Makeover Issue is packed with ideas to help you do just that. Enjoy!
Isobel McKenzie-Price, 'Editorial Director

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To do this month ...
SHARE Bethan's new crush
Who says journalists are big old cynics? Deputy Interiors Editor Bethan John fell for Spud, the gorgeous Old English Sheepdog, at an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the shaggy Dulux mascot, and the paint brand's new colour, Forest Falls. lt was love at first sight ~ and we suspect she may have smuggled the world's most famous dog into the Ideal Home props cupboard ...

PLANT some sunshine
How does this sound? Buy seeds, throw a handful onto some welldrained soil in March, abandon them, and then sit back as every year you get heaps of sunshiney self-seeded .california poppies to brighte.n your garden ..Simples. Treat yourself to a packet of EschscholztaVivld Mix' seeds, £1.49, suttons.co.uk.

BUY treats that look as good as they taste
I was given my first suffolklarder.co.uk goodi.es as a gift - but now l'rn totally hooked. Its mustards, marmalades and chutneys (from £10) taste unbelievably good and come in hand-painted earthenware pots. So much bettef!han an Easter eg.g...
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BEST-EVER STORAGE
Looking for new storage? Where else would you go butiKEA? I found a great solution on my last trip ~ a white Besta shelf unit (H64cm x W120cm), £35.74, plus two white Besta Vara glass-fronted doors (H64cm x W60cm), £25.53 each. It's on Iy 15cm deep, so it's perfect for my utility room. If YOU're an IKEA enthusiast like me, you '.11 love the news and ideas on the non-affiliated ikeafans.com site - it's 'the largest IKEA community. .. and the friendliest place on the web' apparently!

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Springtime
Ooh la la! Take a style tip from the French and create a romantic scheme with classic toiles and elegant furniture
For where to buy items shown, tum to page 200

in Paris

Toile order
Get papering with this classic pri nt in c ha Ik' and ch arcoat Ink FD45700 wallpaper, £39.99 per roll, Irtk by Brewers range, Wallpaperdired

Simple chic
A basic vase and one bi.g bloom is all you need to create a foca I point Vase with artmcial c 11 rvsa nthemu m, £3.99, Dunelm Mill

Fabulously formal
Choose classic, curvy shapes In "practical white-pasrted finish Biarrilz small coffee teble, £495, Brissi Go for cushions that are structured in shape but stroke"bly soft t.ara cushion (top), £20:. Opulence cushion, £18; both Kylie at Home range, House of Fraser

Grey area
P ute lux ury in a
gorgeous silvery grey Cashmere throw, £99,99, H&M Home

A designer-style c us hion fo r less than £121 Mals, Qui! Bra s ke cu shion, £1199, Dunelm Mill

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March SHOPPING

IDEAS

GET AGLOW Hang this low over a dining table for intimate dlnn er pa rties The Butler pendant, £64, Jim Lawrence

Draw the eye with this unusual metal waU art Flower wall art, £49, Very

CHOKED UP We love a quirky objet - a nd this one's our new fave Ceramic artichoke, £10, Next

All THAT
GLEAMS Instant glamour for your desk or bedside table Diaslamp, £25, Habitat

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Create a room worthy of Mme Chanel with ladylike furniture and super-luxe accessories inelegant shades of dove grey, soft truffle and chalky white Isabella large sofa in Dove, £1,199; Keats coffee table, £229; Keats side table, £149; throw, £59: toile cushion, £19,50; La Perla cushion, £15; White Ruffle cushion £19 50 photo fra me, £35; boltl e va se, £59; -ri ut~ vese, £29.50; all' M\s & Spencer'

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POLISHED POT Pe rc h this littl e bird on your manlelpie<:e Pluto Produkter bird, £7.15, North Rock Gallery

Join the gold rush and spoil yourself with a few gilty treats

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TAKE A SHINE Indulge your Inner WAG with th~_plingtasticAluttoned sQ,ol Gold ottoman, £119, Very

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GOLDEN OLDIE Go for all-out glamour with a 11 a ntlq ue-sty Ie side tabl a Versailles bedside drawer unit, £230, Dunelm Mill

GOLDEN BALLS This will

steal the
show.ln a bedroom or even a hallway Gold Ball mirror, £130, Graham and Green

There's so much fab lighting around, it takes something truly awesome to get us excited, but when we spotted this cluster of roses it was .Iove at first 51 ht g Vintage Rose Ball pendant, 811S

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Ellie Tennant. Deputy Shopping Edrtor

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March SHOPPING
TIME OUTLINE
Made of glossy Perspe)C, this wou Id look fa b u lous on a brightly coloured wall Bouquet clock, £44.95, Nadia Sheltswy

IDEAS

For stylish dryingup - or frame it as quirky wall art Tea towel, £9.95, occa Home

CUT IT OUT

Silhouettes
Without a shadow of a doubt, outlines are hotter than ever
For where to buy items shown, turn to page 200

a stunning ~"'''''''.Z_•. _ do n't try to eat your dinner off them ... Romantic Silhouette wall plates, £75 each. Andrew Tanner Design range, Notonthe'highstreelcom

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mb..race the look. with A.nimal M.agi.c. wa.lIpaper (£U9 per roll, Gray & Black range, Bodie and Fou) - perfect for alcoves or a kids' room. Or try it on a smaller scale with OKA's Silhouette lamps, £145 each, or by visiting idealhomemagazine.co. uk/cameo for step-by-step instructions to make your own cameo wall art

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on Wills and Kale's wedding list Coasters, £24_99 for six, Hunkydory Home Anthropologie Shop here for the most fabulous cameo-print wallpaper. Berry Red Find silhouette sh adow pu p pets for storytelling. Charlotte Rose For insect-

TAKE A SEAT A chair for your chair! Louis Chair cushion, £69, Bottle Green Homes

outl in e cus h Ions.
Duffy london Check out the silhouette larnpshades. Notonthehighstreet.coml ilovedeslgn Buy bespoke family silhouette prints.

STITCHED UP Make your OWn - and lap into the Victo ria n a trend, too Silhouettes cushion kit, £60, Felicity Hall

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On the buses
Prl nted willi bus route names and numbers and there are matching cushions, too Brighton Bus Blinds armchair. £960, London Transport Museum Shop

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John Rocha
The Duhlinbased designer has a flair for fashion but says he's just a hippy at heart
For where to buy items shown, tum topage 200

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o,. Roch,a i,s,best kno,wn f"orhis c,atwalk hn fashion and his clothing and homeware ranges at Debenhams, but he designs everything from glassware and jewellery to architectural interiors,

stunning glassware, before joining high-street
store Debenhams to launch fashion and

Get to know his signatUl'e look His style is simple and elegant, whatever medium he's workinq in. He loves texture and form, and uses natural materials such as stone, wood and glass in his own home. 'Good timber is like good wine,' he told us' 'The longer you have it, the more beautiful it becomes.' The man behind the look After years of fashion design, John Rocha teamed up with Dartington Crystal to create

horneware ranges and bring his look to a wider audience. 'Design is not elitist,' he says. 'You don't need a lot of money to have a gorgeous home,' John travels all over the globe to find inspiration in unexpected places, and says he's a hippy at heart. 'I am a free spirit. I constantly keep my eyes open ideas are everywhere' The John Rocha philosophy 'Start with a blank canvas - white walls, Keep your look simple and add things as you go along. Surround yourself with things that you love, whether or not they're considered fashionable or cool'

OUR FAVOURITE BUYS
John's latest high -streethits
COOL SOPHISTICATION A mix of subtl e co lou rand texture Capiz lamp, £70, Rocha,John Rocha fa ng.e, De ben hams CUTE QUILT Add colour to your;bed'"~ Ananda rLfl'llJer. £100/Rocha.John Rocha_ range. Deoeribams CHIC CRYSTAL These elegant

cut-crystal
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FoliOwine and gla.sses.£55 per
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NATURAL LOOK So simple, so beautiful Plaller, £32; bowls. from £8

each; salad servers, £15: all Rocha,John RQdla
range. Debenhams

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March SHOPPING IDEAS

60-second
• In the 19705, he emigrated London to study fa shlon. to

biography

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• Moved to Dublin in the 1980s with his wife and business partner, Odette. • John was named 'British Designer of the Year' in 1994. • In 1997, he launched the John Rocha at Waterford Crystal collection. • In 2002, he was made a CBE for his work in the fashion industry. • John started to design homeware for Debenhams in 2000.

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TRY IT with gloss white furniture in your livillg room or while units in the kitchen
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The first Carpetright store was opened in Canning Town, London, in 1988 by Lord Harris.

Channel your girly side with pretty quilts
For where to buy items shown, turn to page 200

NUMBER OF STORES 702 MOTTO 'Know your Carpetright'

Shopping Spy...
CARPETRIGHT
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Staff were friendly and approached me offering help. When I asked for a specific product I'd seen online, I was taken straight to the right area and my questions were answered clearly. QUEUING TIME **** When I called the store with a query, I was put On hold for a while, but when I visited in person, there weren't many customers and I didn't have to queue at

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Classic patchwork
11'11 look gorgeous In a room with white· painted furniture ,md white bed linen Single Floral qUilt, £59.99, H&M

Every month our shopping spy goes undercover to rate a shopping hotspot
STORE LAYOUT AND DISPLAYS *** I liked the dear sign age and loqical layout, but the remnants were simply propped up around the walls in no particular order, so it was a matter of trawling through haphazardly.
WE LOVED ... LOW PRICES AND FRIENDLY STAFF BUT NOT ••. MESSY DISPLAYS,

Turning Japanese
This design has a super-pretty J apa nese-l nsp ired pri nl Polly Patch quilt, £85, Habitat

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The range was very impressive. I was amazed by how cheap everything was - only £2.99 per sq m for hard-wearinq carpets. I also spotted end-of-roll remnants - including a piece for just flO that measured 1. 2m x 4m big enough for a hallway I

Country roses
Timeless vintage style, w'hether you liv" ,in a cottag e or an urba n flat Patchwork Vintage bedspread, £60. Bhs

DISORGANI SEDRE'MNANTS

'Did you know Carpetright delivers rugs and laminate flooring for just £5?'
ellie Termarrt, Deputy

Shopping Edltor

3 of the best

BUYS IN STORE

Look what wefound!
Bathroom bliss
Its gel backing. makes it ideal for bathrooms Ocean. £14.99 per sq m

All black
Dare to go glam with a monochrome scheme Black, £14.99 per sq m

Going grey
Luxe up your bedroom with this deelTpile neuu,>I Grand Canyon, £24.99 per sq m

Sight Remember when bus conductors wore· hats and men offered thelrseats to ladies? Oh, you're not that old. Sorry

london Bus cushion, ASDA

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TRIBAL MIX

Create a global look with ethnic-inspired pieces
THE LOOK An easy way to update a neutrallMng space with an eclectiC
mix of print fabrics and natural textures.

WHY WE LOVE IT lil's as

Go tribal in the living room for under £2.50
For where to huy items shown, tum to page 200

comfortable and relaxing as it is bang up to date, and gives the impression that you've travelled the globe when in reality you've only hit the high street. HOW TO GET IT Start with neutral walls and flooring in shades of brown, cream or grey. Choose woven, rattan or latnce-work furnishings with an exotic look. Be bold with larqs-scete well art end oversized floor lamps, and finish with textural accessories in dark woods and appllqued textiles.

EARTHY TONES
Create a warm backdrop Rev]) Wallpaper, Graham & Brown; painted ill Hardwick White estate emulsion, £3150 for 2.5~r,Farrow & Ball,

Pattern that doesn't overpower Cushion made ill Bamboo in Peat/Cashew (2045102), Villa Nova

WONDER WEAVE STAND TALL
Dramatic lighting will transform "gloomy corner Rattan floor lamp, Bhs A treat for weary feet Aiseda pouffe,IKEA

FIND ALL THE DETAILS
AND FURNITURE Wool Kyoto As'h carpel (KT881), £73 per sq m, Crucial Trading. Reva Barletta love seat in Seaham Weave Caramel, £949; Jefferson chair in yellow leather, £299; Kerela coffee table, £249; (III Marks & Spencer. Kllppsn cube footstool, £55, IKEA. ON FLOOR Rattan Ribbed Wave floor lamp, £75; Tall Tribal striped vase, £19.50: round textured vase, £15: all Marks & Spencer. Bamboo vase, 85, John Lewis. Skal wooden dish, £25, IKEA. ON WALL Ana wall panel, £140, Lombok White amrnal wall hooks, £16 each, Anthropoloqle. Trimmings and ribbon, find similar at John Lewis. ON COFFEE TABLE Medium chapattl plate,

DECORATION

£35, PI(imo Decorative giraffe pot. £98 for three, Anthropologie. Sgraffito bowl, £35, john Lewis. Coaster, £4, Anthropoloqle. Marie Summer Print teallght holders in Bisek and Porcelain, £5 escn, RAFT. Powder Stone tray, £12, Lombok. Notebooks, £16 each, Niki Jones. Swlrl"pattern votive, £1950 for three; photo frame, from £9.50; both Marks & Spencer. Water"hyacinth planter, 85, The Conran Shop. Konark throw. £215, OKA. ONLOVE SEAT Cushions (from left): Herringbone loop, £29.50; Cross, £29.50: both Marks & Spencer. Concentric in Chartreuse Green on Dove Grey, £50. Niki Jones. ON CHAIR Suzami Crewel cushion, £40, John Lewis

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Get The Look
TRIBAL MIX
FROM TOP LEFT Tray, £12, Lombok. Cushion
cover (comes with pad), £40, John Lewis. Bamboo fabric, £50.95 per rn, Villa Nova. Reva wallpaper, £15 per roll, Graham & Brown. Rolled wallpaper, as before, painted in Hardwick White estate emulsion, £29.50 for 2.Sltr, Farrow & Ball. Coaster, £4, Anthropologie

See page 98 for more gorgeous moodboards

BEDROOM BARGAINS ltc hlng to give you rs a new look? Load your trolley with box-fresh bed linen and accessories nerl time you hit Dunelm Mill ... Ashley double-duvet set with two housewife plllowcsses, £19.99; Ashley Oxford plllowcase, £4.99; all Dunelm Mill

Oh, crumbs! We've gone crackers for biscuity buys
For where to buy items shown, tum topage 200

Pick a biccie
From the digestive to the bourbon, all the best ones are here Family FaMourites tea towel. £9.50, New House Textiles

Haveyourcake
You'll be able to fit lots ·of treats in thi.s cute canvas shopper Turmocks Teacake tote. £12.50, Gillian Kyle

Supermarket sweep
'I've got my eye on this beautiful Ashley bed linen at Dunelm Mill - it's perfect for a spring update and great va luefor money)
Lisa Fanani. Shopplnq Editor

Artful Dodger
Don't try to eat 11 - ii's a ctua lIy a sweet li.ttle pot! Jam Sandwich keepsake box, £20, Robert Arc:tli'lrd Proj eels ra n ge, 'Five Go Mad

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Look what wefound!
How do you like your eggs in the morning? With striped cosies, little spoons and a rainbow toast rack, please. Not too much to ask, surely? 'Brilliant Breakfast set. Joules

THE ORIGINAL The classic Eames chair, perfect for a contemporary dining space 'Eames DSR Side Chair in White, £192, John 'Lewis

GET THE LOOK Only design fre;oks ..... iII spot it's not the real thing White Etffel chair, £55,8hs

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QUICK·STEp® DISCOVER tJ'D LOVE

FLOORS. A WORLD TO LIVE IN.

Whether you choose laminate or real wood ..nnin .. ;oMi!lI:AnloJl\'<-u1 Ouick-Srep" floor is an inspiration for your interior. P~,I;';'\lI!:i..'\,.jti!UiU:, brochure at www.quick-step.com

Wallpaper & Iabric SHOPPING

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Peifect pattern
Need inspiration? Check out the best of this season's fabrics and wallpapers to kick-start your scheme
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Bedspread fabric, £35 per rn; large cushion cover, £52; small cushion cover, £40; all Cabbages & Roses

Dabble in watercolours
This one will add pretty colour without overpowering your room Ma rtssa, £28 per roll, Laura As hIey

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Use it all over for a pretty bedroom Little Blue Plower 1703 6117, £38,62 per roll. Casedeco

Elysian fabriC in Pink, £19.95 per m, Li berty

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The latest look
Trad botanical in modern monochrome against a, contemporary green shade Amilie 30203. £39 per roll, Harlequin

Fall for country florals
The trend for classic cottage prints just keeps on growing
WHY WE LOVE THEM It's the trend that keeps being reinvented. Right now, it's all about oversized blooms and Victorians-style botanical drawings in contemporary colourways - but trad trailing florals and sprig prints are still hot, too. WHERE TO USE THEM Er, anywherel Country is about altitude, nOI location, so you can make it work in any room as long as the size and style of your pattern is in sync with your space, HOW TO USE THEM Highlight a feature, 'zone'

an area of an open-plan
space with a feature wall, or enliven a bland room with a, colour-themed mix of florals, stripes and spots. HOW TO ACCESSORISE THEM You can't go wrong with anything natural, rustic, retro or reclaimed. Or give it a girly feel with corsaqe-adorned pieces such as Notonthehigh street.corn's corsage dressing table mirror, £52,
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3 GREAT PLACES TO BUY COUNTRY FLORALS
Cabbages & Roses Choose from tabrlcs (from £32 per m), cushions and table linens ,in classic faded tlorals, Calh Kidston' Simple. retro, iconic: the ideal starting point for a newble to country style, FabriC from £18 per m. John Lewis Great for trad designs in contemporary colourways =take a look at the lndlan Summer wallpaper in Mineral, £18 per roll.

Traditional elegance
What your neutral living room needs Corornandel ZCHP08805. £44 per rOll, Zoffany

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Floral loveliness at a low price Ellglish Classics FD49068, £15.95 per roll, Wallpaperdirect

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Big and beautiful
Add Impact with giant blooms Botanical Rose in Cranberry, £18 per roll, John Lewis

I Love The '80s wallpaper, per roll, Holden Decor

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Retro kitsch
Brighten your day with this cheery print - great in a sm,,111 kitchen Chintz, 122 per roll, Cath K i dsto 11

Nikko wallpaper, £28 per roll, Holden Decor

Nara wallpaper, Holden Decor

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Golden age
This pretty design has a 1950s feel Eglantine DVIWEG103, £39 per roll, Sanderson

Based in Darwen, northwest England, Holden Decor has grown steadily over the last 20 years to become one of the UK's leading wallpaper designers and suppliers. NEED TO KNOW The boom in popularity for wallpapers has seen Holden expand its horizons with some innovative production methods. It reacts quickly to new trends, producing up-to-the-minute designs such as last year's I LOVE' The '80s, a damask pattern with

roller skates and cocktails hidden within the design (top right). Timed to coincide with the rebirth of all things 1980s, it was a bestseller, WHAT'S NEW? The latest collections feature

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Kitchen-diner
Jane and Simon Clarke knocked through the separate kitchen and dining room to create one big eating, dining and entertaining space. New folding glass doors flood the room with light, and the couple chose glossy fittings - from the units to the four pendants - to enhance the room's light levels Doors, £3,000, The Folding Sliding DOor Company. For similar lights, tl)' tile Chrome Ball Pendant, £40, Lighting Styles. For similar units, 11)' the Milam~ Ruby kitchen, from £6.000, Moben

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BOUGHT FOR

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£160,000
THE PROPERTY
A three-storey, four-bedroom Edwardian semi in Hove, Sussex, bought in 1995.

£61,500

£850,000

WHAT IT COST
Kitchen (including building work) Folding sliding doors ." Flooring Decorating Bathroom Shutters " £40,000 £3,000 £5,000 £3,500 £3,000 £7,000

TOTAL .•.......•.......•...... £61,500 WHO UVES HERE
Jane and Simon Clarke, their two daughters, Sesha. 13, and Claudia, nlne, and Bazil the Scottie dog. Jane and Simon are both long-haul flight attendants. girls have grown up. Now they are older, there aren't the sticky fingermarks and spills there used to be, so we've been able to make adult-orientated choices and use more light colours and fabrics. Also, being on site during the building work was drf[icult but helpful, as I could check progress and make decisions.'

THE LOOK
A mix of period features and modem design. The rooms are light and spacious thanks to a pale palette and clever use of mirrors and reflective finishes.

LESSONS LEARNED
'The house has changed as the

FIRST FLOOR Jane and Simon have the largest bedroom and daughter Claudia'S room is next door. Allhe baCK is a sepa rate 100, shower room and a dressing room that doubles as a guest bedroom

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GROUND FLOOR The large living room is at the front and the kitchen-diner. which used to be two separate rooms and now opens onto the garden. Is al the back

ack 1995, when Jane and Simon in Clarke began house hunting in Hove, Sussex, Jane could not have been more definite about what she was looking for. 'There were only three roads I considered, all wide, tree-lined avenues of Edwardian houses: she says. 'And my must-haves were an original tiled path from the front gate right through to the back of the hall, other period features, like beautiful cornicing, plus high ceilings.' Despite Simon's suggestion that they should widen their search, Jane stuck to her guns and, SUre enough, within a couple of months a house that ticked aU her boxes came on the market. 'It had a lovely atmosphere

SECOND FLOOR sasha's room, a 100 and second bathroom are up In the loft space

as well as all the extras Iwanted: she says. 'Simon thought I was mad not to look anywhere else, but I knew this was the one for us.' Jane was so positive that the couple stretched themselves fmancially to secure

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the house. With no children and both of them working full time, they were able to manage, although it would take them a little longer to save up for the changes and improvements they had in mind. The house did need quite a bit of work. After several years as a nursing home, it had been given a quick makeover before being sold on to Jane and Simon. 'The kitchen and bathrooms were OK, but bland, and everywhere inside was painted plain magnolia; says Jane. 'We discovered soon after we moved in that some of the electrics and plumbing had been botched, and when I leaned on part of the banister, all the spindles collapsed: Over the last 16 years, Jane and Simon have renovated their home from top to bottom, giving it their own distinctive modern style. Their two daughters - Sasha and Claudia - are now 13 and nine and the house has evolved with the family. The» '

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living room has undergone several changes and most recently, Jane has switched from a dark red scheme to a serene palette of beiges and creams, interspersed with dashes of chic chartreuse green. Another new update is the fabulous mirror wall in the shower room. 'I approached a glazier to create a mosaic out of mirror pieces: says Jane. 'It took about three days to install. I asked for the pieces to be big enough to make it practical, so Simon can use it for shaving, and it really helps the room feel larger.' Minors are a hallmark of Jane's look, and have been cleverly used to boost light and open up space, especially in the living room where Roor·to·ceiling mirrors have been put in alcoves. There's a huge mirror in the elegant hall, too, and this reflects light off the white walls. The biggest undertaking came two years ago and was the transformation of the tatty kitchen and adjoining dining room into a family-friendly cooking and entertaining area. The wall between the two rooms was knocked through, creating a single room ending with a run of folding glass doors that open onto the garden. We love having friends round for dinner or drinks, and wi th the girls growing up, too,»

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How to get an eclectic look in a period home
- the most successful schemes allow period and modern details to complement each other rather than fighting for attention, so give equal weight to both.

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to create a focal point and enhance your original features - a modern pendant will accentuate decorative cornicing.

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sit well within any setting. Head to specialists in modern designer furniture, such as Utility or Nest, and look for brands such as Kartell, Vitra, Normann and Knoll. They're not cheap but are antiques of the

- pared-back Art Deco furniture. for example, can work well in a Victorian home, so mix period styles when you're putting together your scheme.

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we really wanted a bigger kitchen,' says Jane, 'I'd seen the folding glass doors in magazines and I liked their modern look. Also in summer it's easy to simply move the kitchen table outside into the garden: Simon and Jane planned the new kitchen layout and sourced everything themselves. A local building company recommended by friends carried out the work, which progressed smoothly, thanks to Jane's thorough planning. The tired kitchen furniture was swapped for glossy scarlet cabinets that are teamed with stainless-steel appliances, black granite worksurfaces dotted with sparkly flecks, and white walls and flooring. 'Most of the house is neutral so colourful units really appealed,' says Jane. 'It's vibrant, makes a statement and is definitely me.' Jane is certain their home will continue to be revised and updated in the years to come, In fact, Jane and her older daughter Sasha are already planning a stylish new look for Sssha's bedroom. 'The house is constantly challenging because there's always something more I want to do,' says Jane. 'But we all love it. I can't ever see us leaving - we'll just keep on improving it: 1m

Claudia's room
Claudia has a pull-out truckle bed - perfect for sleepovers Cloudywing wallpaper, £24 per roll, Laura Ashley. Kahlinka truckle bed, £675, Aspace

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Jane wanted antique Ff>E!nchfurniture in here, so she approached a local furniture importer who was able to source pieces to her specification. Simon stained the floorboards to match Colin and Justin Union Flag cushions, £12 eech, Matalan. For French antique bedroom furniture, try Deja Vu Antiques

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A five-bedroom Victorian lawn house in Tonbridqe, Kent, bought in 2001.

£38,000

£550,000

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Cheryl Farrar, a part-time teacher, her husband Mark, an accountant, and their children Ben, 12, 8eki, eight, and Sophie, six,

THE LOOK
Classic to complement the house's original features, but with plenty of modern touches.

LESSONS LEARNED
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would be a long-term project, so we've taken our time and welted unli I we were su re of what we wanted in each room before we started any decorating, We decrded from the beginning that we'd rather take it slowly and get il right, than compromise.'

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SECOND FLOOR At the front of the house, Ben's room leads on to a boxroom, and on the other side of the landing Bekl and Sophie's rooms are connected by a door

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Tight pieces and at the right price. In addition to sourcing salvaged pieces, they have shopped in the sales (the sofas in the living room are sale buys) and trawled eBay for bargains (triumphant finds include an armoire lor their en suite and their antique French double bed). 'The new en suite is big, so we decided to put the armoire in there and it's where we store our clothes,' says Cheryl. 'Keeping clothes in a bathroom might not be the most orthodox storage solution, but it works for us as it's freed up space in our bedroom' Cheryl also saved money by making most of the curtains herself. 'I can only sew in straight lines, but I did it,' she says. In her younger daughter Beki's room she was undaunted by the triangular window recess. 'With nowhere to put up a curtain pole, I realised the only way to dress the window was with curtains that could be folded back on themselves, which meant they also needed to be double-sided,' she says. 'So I took a template of the window shape, attached both pieces of fabric with stick-and-sew Velcro and then used little rings to hook them onto cup hooks in the wall: One of the last rooms to be finished was the living room, which was given a more modem look. 'We »

Kitchen dresser
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and lUXUrious, which is why I chose the rich cream and gold accent tones,' says Cheryl Oriental Garden wallpaper, £30 per roll, l.aura Ashley_ Vinlage mug,£4, Bhs, Liberty cushion in Pink. £25, John Lewis,For a sirrular lamp, try the Drizzle Urn table lamp, £60, Bl1S

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FIND PERIOD BATHROOM FITTING.S
Love the look of Cheryl and Mark~s en suite? Here's where to shop
THE VICTORIAN IRONMONGER
Head here for original reclaimed fittings_ All products are fully restored in house and staff will hunt down items you particularly want that are not in stock, Find out more at antique doorflttlnqs.co.uk, are made using traditional techniques, at drummondsarch.co.uk.

En suite
Instead of tiling the entire wall, Cheryl c:hose a single panel to highlight the reproduc:tlon bath Cleo bath. around

£ 2,7u. Exclusive

Bathrooms, Myson shower rail, from £115, Heatand plumb.corn

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Sophie and Beki's rooms
The glr,ls' rooms are connected by a door, so they can hangout I.ogether or have privacy For similar letters, try Personalised LeUer and Number stickers. £2.99 each, Arnazon.co.uk Cheryl made the curtains for 'the trrangular-~haped wino;!ow. 'JNe." • c;_ould.n't put up a cyrt,lIo pole so they \ a roe' ttach ed to the a , Wall with little s ' she says
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inherited the minimalist-style fireplace from the previous owners, and it means the room really does have a classic-contemporary feel,' says CheryL So, 10 years down the line, do the Farrars feel that their work on the house is done? 'We're still looking for art for the walls,' says Cheryl. 'but basically, these days, we can just concentrate on enjoying living here.' Mark completely agrees. 'The house works for us because it's a relaxed space - and one of the reasons we were happy to take it slow when it came to making OUr mark On it was because we knew we weren't in any hurry to move on: he says. 'That's still very much the ease, We've made otrr home, and we're delighted to be sticking with it: mi

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Cheryl confidently mixed modem and period styles - and added a bit of sparkle and pattern - to create a dramatic living rOOlTI
Forwhere to buy items shown, turn topage 44

Get Cheryl's look
Petal power
Flor,,! det a iling makes this ch .. ndeHer .Impossibly pretty Fleur Butterfly chandelier in Cream, Bhs

Put on the glitz
The gold tint m ..kes up for the Ia ek of flowers Ugllt fitting, Dunelrn Mill

Bright spark
Shiny and curvy-the perfect combination Vase, Hornebese

Glass act
We I;kethe textured look, too Vase, Next

Get graphic
The pattern may be ultra-bold, but the blue is lovely and soft lotus BP 2053 wallpaper, Farrow & Ball '

Retro revival
This more

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THE PROPERTY

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bedroom flat in an Edwardian house in South LOlldoll, bought in November 2006. WHAT IT COST Loft conversion Furniture & f1ooring Bath rooms Decoration TOTAL
FIRST FLOOR The living room is at the front with a bedroom next 10 It. The corridor leads to another bedroom, which is used as a srudy, and then past a bathroom. The kitchen is at the ba c k witt> a balco ny and steps that lead 10 the garden

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WHO LIVES HERE Trainee
school teacher and illustrator Claire Clements, 29, and her partner Victor Bundhoo, 37, a portfolio analyst, plus their cat Pookie. THE LOOK Claire wanted to emphasise the light and space so she's used tones of off-white throughout, perked up by vintage finds and colourful accessories. LESSONS LEARNED 'Don't

Living room
The off-white tones are warmed up. by the wood floor, which had to be sanded and stained twice before Claire was happy witt> the colour Walls palnted in Sail While mati emulsion, £17.99 for 2.5llr. Crown Paints. Antique Oak wood slain, £6.79 for 250ml, Colron

underestimate the disruption caused by a loft extension. If you can, move out! When we had the roof off, with a tarpaulin over it, it rained and started coming into the flat - the last thing we wanted to confront after a long clay at work.'

SECOND FLOOR
St6irs lead up to the spacious new bedroom with en-suite bathroom that was created in the converted loft

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t was a chance trip to watch the tennis at Wimbledon that brought Claire Clements and Victor Bandhoo to their new home. 'We lived in Ealing at the time, in a modern one-bedroom Rat,' says Claire. 'But we were keeping an eye out for a house or Rat we could put our own mark on. The moment we set foot in this part of London we knew it was the right place for us because it was so leafy, close to plenty of open spaces and yet only 20 minutes from the centre of town,' The couple quickly honed their search down to an area near Wimbledon, called Southfields, 'We lost out on two flats we put a bid in for. Then, soon after, we walked into this one and fell in love with it,' says Claire. 'It smelled just like my Nan's flat and I knew immediately I could live here. I also liked its traditional features such as the cornicing, sash windows and the original fireplace in the living roorn,' Victor could see its potential, too. 'We really wanted a flat that was ripe for a loft conversion and this had plenty of space in the roof. Even though it's a first-Hoor flat, it also has French windows leading out to a balcony and from there steps down to a courtyard

garden which we liked. Although the flat was in good condition it was decorated somewhat traditionally and we felt v!e could really open it up and make ita much lighter and more contemporary space.' For the first year the couple lived in the property, deciding what they needed to do. Luckily the kitchen had already been refurbished with white IKEA units, which the couple both liked, so all they needed to do was add their own personal touches. 'We soon discovered that Victor and I make a good team: says Claire, 'I'm the creative one and he keeps an eye on the budget. I present rum with two or three ideas and he says which one he likes, then I get to go and do the shopping which is good! ' It wasn't all plain sailing in the first year, however. 'Our one disagreement was about some wallpaper to go around the fireplace in the living room. He didn't want it at first, but I persuaded rum to do it. Then, after about nine months I got bored of it, but Victor didn't think it was worth taking off - so I got rid of it when he was away one weekend which was a bit naughty" The first major building work the couple tackled was the loft extension, which they did four years »

somewhat traditionally and we felt we could really open it up and make it a much lighter and more contemporary space)

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MAKEGIRLY
CHIC WORK

FORYOU

Create a deliciously pretty home with these style elements
SUBTLE COLOURS A
~ backdrop of off-white on the walls is the ideal foil for a collection of accessories, For a little more colour, opt for chalky shades of pale green, pink or blue. Choosing from heritage ranges will stop it looking too saccharine-sweet

PLAYFUL PATTERNS
Delicate trailing flora Is, shirnrnerinq finishes and natural motifs such as birds and butterflies immediately give your room a feminine feel.

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Anything with lace, voile or embroidery will work beautifully, Think about using vinta.ge pieces, too - an old silk shawl would look lovely as a throw over a bed,

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NATURAL LIGHT
Keep window dressings simple - such as sheer voile curtains - so your home is flooded with natural light_ For evening lighting, go for table lamps rather than a pendant, unless it's a crystal chsndetler.

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Main bedroom
Claire found a bed she loved from Designers Guild, but at £4,000 it was far too pricey, Instead she bought a similar one and had it upholstered in Designers Guild fabrlcwith the whole thing only costing £1,200

Simple design
Keep all your stationery stored away in this desk's generously deep drawers Stockholm desk, Tesco Direct

Bedhead upholstered in Zaguri in Magenta, £87 per rn, Designers Guild. Bed, £900, An Angel At My Table. Walls painted in Absolute White matt emulsion, £19.95
for 2.5Itr. Dulux

This painted mahogany piece is so versatile - it could be a dressing table, console or study desk Colonial desk, Sweetpea & Willow

Guest room
Claire admits to one mistake in the guest room - using a dark green floral fabric as a feature around the fireplace. After a few months they took it down and repainted the area in a more toning, soothing shade of paint

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Chimney painted in On The Rocks. £15.98 for 2.51\r.Crown Paints ago. 'We were keen to get on with it because we wanted there to be room for friends and family to stay, and to free up a room to become a study, so Claire can work on her illustrations,' says Victor. The project went smoothly, the couple having chosen the builders after seeing an example of their work on their street. Now, Claire and Victor have a large bedroom with a luxurious open-plan en-suite bathroom. For the decor of the loft area Claire was able to go to town, indulging her feminine style by creating a bespoke bed upholstered in a bright pink fabric. '1 saw a bed like this from Designers Guild that cost £4,000, which we couldn't afford; she says. 'So instead I bought a similar-style bed for £900 and had it reupholstered in a Designers Guild fabric for £300 - the whole thing only cost me £1,200. In fact the bed company liked it so much they included it in their cataloguel' Claire used her creative skills in U1e new en-suite bathroom, too, splashing out on a Fired Earth roll-top bath and beautiful iridescent glass tiles around the basin, but finding junk-shop pieces for the rest. 'I designed the basin unit myself,' says Claire, 'using a base from a local antiques shop and getting our builder to fit a small ceramic basin to it. I then put a wooden plank across the struts at the bottom, which I painted myself, for storage boxes.' With their new bedroom and bathroom fInished, the couple decided to tackle the downstairs bathroom,~>

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French. DbSk, £599, Scumble I oosle. Lamp. £125, Gra am and Green

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UPDATE YOUR WOOD FLOORING
Three ways to give wooden floors a totally new look

Get a distressed look with a coat of oil-based paint mixed with paint thinner. Apply with a roller and leave to dry for 15 minutes. before buffi ng off the excess.

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which they gutted and refitted, turning the small space into what is now a surprisingly spacious and luxurious shower room, 'We overspent on it by about £5,000 as we needed to box in pipework and ended up needing W more boxes of tiles than we'd bargained for. It was worth it in the end, though,' says Victor, Just a year ago, having completed the buildinq works, they completely redecorated the whole house, This included sanding the floors and laying a new stair runner. 'Luckily the floor sanding for the whole flat only cost £700,' says Claire, 'However, we did do the front room twice because the fi.rst time we felt the stain was too dark and so had to ask the company to do it again, only lighter, In the end we were happy

with the result which is an antique-wood stain effect. Refurbishing this flat, I've certainly learnt to be assertive and not shy about saying what I really want. I like to do things properly,' Nearly five years on, the renovation is nOW almost complete, 'We still have a few plans for outside, such as tiling the steps just by the French windows and painting the railings leading down to the courtyard garden,' says Claire. 'As well as really enjoying living here, both Vic and I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole renovation process - so much so, that we would be happy to tackle a larger property next time round, perhaps in Kent Of Sussex. However, I must admit it will be a real wrench to leave here!' 1m

En-suite bathroom

Claire created the b6sin unit using a base she found in an antlques shop and asking the builder to fit th e sma II ceramtc ba sl n to the top. She then added and painted a low she!f, wh lch she us as to put storaqe baskets on For s imila r ba sin, try th e unoos, £49. Victoria Phsrnb, Walls painted in Absolute Wrlile malt emulsion, £19.95 for 2,51Ir,. Dulux.Roll·top bath, £1.795, Fired Earth, Mirror, £300, Laura Ashley

WHERE TO BlN THE ITEMS SHOWN
AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE 0845 200 0723; an(lngelalmywble.com lSI ANNA FRENCH

020 n37 65'55;

ermatrench.co.uk lSI BATHSTORE 08000232323; batnstore.com I2l BIG RED HEART (THE) 01371 81,1141; thebiqredheart.corn lSI CARGO 0844 8483300; cargohomeshop,com lSI

COCO MALE 020 3086 8460; cocomale.corn !8! CROWN PAINTS 0870 240 1127; crownpaint.co.uk 181 DESIGNERS GUILD 020 7893 7400; desiqnersquikl.corn DORMA 0844 980 0011; dorrne.co.uk l8J DULUX 08444817817; dulux.co.uk lSI

EMMA BRIDGEWATER 08442439266; em mob ridg ewater C o.u k '{g] FIRED EARTH 0845 366 0400; ftredearth.corn I!8J FRENCH BEDROOM COMPANY (THE) 084'56448022; frenchbedroom cornpsnyco.uk I8i GRAHAM AND GREEN 08451306622; graharnalldgfeen,co.uk lSI

HEAL'S 0870 024 0780: hesls.co.uk I8l IKEA 0845355 1141; ikea,co,uk I8l JOHN LEWIS 08456049049; jchniewts.corn i8l OKA. 0844 81'5 7380; okadtrect.com I8l OLIVER BONAS 020 8974 0110: ouverbonas.com I8l SAINSBURY'S 0800 328 1700; sainsourys.co.uk I8l

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Soft touch
Add an accent with this bold velvet cushion iRondine cushion, Designers GUild Ra,nge. Heal's

£35
metal clasp On this handy storage box Surl trunk, John Lewis

Subtle shimmer
Add sparkle with a silvered glass table lamp Lamp, Tu range, Sainsbury's

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Make your bed the focus with this pretty embroidered bed linen Memoirs double duvetcoverand pillowcase, Dorma

Pinkpouffe
R eck th e ka s ba h with this
Moroccan leather pouffe Moroccan pouffe in Hot Pink, Coco

Chateau chic
In one luxurious step Provencal bedstead, The French Bedroom Company

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This floral cushion will create a cosy corner Felicity cushion, Cargo

£899 Modern roll-top
A freestanding bath Is a great focal point for your bathroom London freestanding bath" Bathstore

£14.99

Shapely seat Star struck
These shaped mirrors will add anextra sparkle Sel of three Venetia.n mirror stars, Tesco Direct

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Use these shimmering glass tiles sparingly for a striking splashback Incense Fuston tiles, Fired iEarlh

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HOWDENS

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Howdens Joinery has 490 depots around Britain supplying kitchen and joinery products. Each of our depots has experienced kitchen designers who will plan your kitchen and help you select from a choice of over 40 different kitchen styles. And because we're local our designers will be on hand throughout, should you need more advice. We believe the best way to install a kitchen is to use an expert that's why we only sell to trade professionals, understand that they are best placed to give you the reassurance of a professional installation. Our products are in stock, so you and your builder wi II have the reassurance

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BOUGHT FOR SPENT NOW WORTH

£550,000

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THE PROPERTY
A four-bedroom semi-detached house in Dublin, built in the late

two, Denise is an a,rchitect and a partner in a design company, and Roger works as an editor.

19;505, The current owners bought it in December 2008_ WHAT IT COST Painting & wallpaper.

THE LOOK
Neutral decor is brought to life with hits of punchy colour and attention-

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'Budget for the unexpected, and be flexible. We didn't plan to spend much on wallpaper stripping, but when the paper came off and pulled plaster with it, it turned out to be very costly. We decided just to paint over the paper in some places, which has worked quite well, and do the work later room by room when we have more money'

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WHO LIVES HERE
Denise O'Connor, her husband Roger Brownlie and their sons Conan, live, and Bill, nearly

Family room
'The aim was to make It bright and child friendly,' say-s Denise. A 'red rug makes the seating area th e f(lcus of attentlo nan d is th e perfect 5 p ot fo r play Indivi SOf", from £1,495, BoConcept For similar rug, try the Ombre, from £65, Next

GROUND FLOOR The form <II living room Is at th.. front of th e house with the family room end kitchen at the back, A utility room leads off the garage

FIRST FLOOR The couple's room and Bill's room are at the fronl of the house, with Conan's room, the guest reom and the bathroom atthe back

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The big

CHANGE
HANGING STRIKING PATTERNED WALLPAPERS TO BRING THE DATED INTERIOR BACK TO LIFE

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Ireland. T hey set their. sights on. Dublin, .. where Demse grew up, and arrived there in the autumn of 2005, when their son Conan was just 10 weeks old. The couple rented a property to start with, but after two years, they were ready to put down roots and look for a permanent home. Their search proved challenging as house prices in the city were at an all-time high, but they soon put in an offer on a 1950s semi-detached house in south Dublin, dose to where Denise grew up and where her family lives today. The house had a stunning 100ft-long south-facing garden and I loved its character, especially the proportions of the doors, which I think are very

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attractive,' says Denise. 'Although it was dated, I thought it had lots of potential and envisioned opening up and extending the ground floor.' Sadly, their offer was rejected, and the couple had to continue their search. However, six months later, the property market had changed - and their luck chanqed with it. The vendors of the 1950s house got in touch with Denise and Roger to see if they were still interested in the property, and the couple managed to secure it at a price below their original offer. 'We got it at quite a good price, which was just as well as we really couldn't have afforded any more: says Denise. The only downside was that the sale dosed at the very end of November, and Denise, who was pregnant with the couple's younger son Bill at the time, wanted very much to be in their new house for Christmas" 'Actually, I think the "nesting thing" helped: she»

3 of the best
LARGE-SCALE MIRRORS

Dining area
Children's drawings and bright tableware provide a hit of colour in the ali-while dining area For similar table, try the Claudia, £546, FIJmlture123

Ray oflight
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Denisejaned up her simple IKEA kitchen wi'th a vibrant wallpaper. 'We spent ages working out the colourway,' she says, 'I liked pink, but lt was too girly, so we went for yellow' Cow Parsley wallpaper, £48 per roll, Cole & SOI1, Fakturn units with Applad White doors, from £30,65 for a 300mm base unit, :IKEA

Living room
The couple chose calming shades Of blue and grey for the adults-only living rOom - although Denise co u Id n't resl st a strik in9 wallpaper In the alcoves Sequoia Welling101l wallpaper, £4250 pel roll, kuboae. Mezzo sofa, from £4,895, BoConcept

'The house is practical and . greatfor children, but conifortable for adults, too'

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It's a great way to add impact, but which wall shouldyou choose?

visible area, so try a bold colour or pattern. A shade that's deeper than the other walls works well. but do bear in mind the style of your fire surround.

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alcoves For a balanced look, paint or paper alcoves. A pale shade or small-scale pattern will make the
area recede so the room looks larger, while a darker colour or big pattern will create a cosy feel.

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says. 'I focused all my energies on getting through the whole process in time for the baby. We had less than a month from the time we got the keys to Christmas Day, so it was quite a challenge.' Denise is a partner in architecture and interiordesign consultancy Optimise Design, so it was a task she was well prepared for. Even before the deeds were signed, she had booked the builders and tradespeople, and organised the schedule of work. "We had paid as much as we could possibly alford for a house we really liked in the location that was perfect for us, so we didn't have the money to do any major structural work,' she says. 'However, every single room in the house needed something done to it in order to make it work as a comfortable family home: In the kitchen, the existing units had obviously been made by a previous owner. so a large portion of the money the cou ple had set aside for the renovation was swallowed up on a new kitchen. 'We plan to extend the rear of the house at some stage, so we just wanted a budget kitchen that would do for the time

or a bed with a simple headboard, add impact with a feature wall. As the wall is likely to be straight, you can use any paper - go wild with florals, hotel stripes or damasks,

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Follow our guide to choose the best type foryour room
LINING PAPER A
base paper applied to bare walls in preparation for paint or decorative wallpaper. ill covers minor imperfections and is hung horizontally, in the opposrte direction to the top paper.

VINYL-COATED
Treated to withstand grease, grime and humidity, this is ideal for kitchens and bathrooms. It's washable and easy to strip when you're ready for a change.

COATED FABRIC
A layer offabric on a layer of vinyl, n cannot be applied where there is a high level of humidity.

ANAGLYPTA A trade
name, but often used to refer to plain embossed papers. Hides defects in walls and is usually finished with a coat of paint.

VINYl. Tougher than PULP These are the
everyday wallpapers, with a pattern printed Oil a basic paper. Ea6y 10 hallg, but don't overstretch as it makes matching patterns on adjacellt strips difficult vinyl-coated, these are hung by pasting the wall rather than the paper. They're washable, and while they're usually hard to strip, the latest ones claim to be easy to remove, too.

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being,' says Denise, She and Roger hired a van and went to the nearest IKEA to buy simple, inexpensive white uriits. They bought new wardrobes for the bedrooms during the same trip, and drove home with the van full of flatpacks. When Denise's mother changed her kitchen, she donated a wooden table and chairs to the couple, and Denise painted them white to match the new units. The couple already had much of their furniture from their previous home, and they supplemented this with budget buys and a few second-hand pieces, like the dining furniture. In every room, the furniture is set against a background of neutral paint shades and wooden flooring, but Denise has added patterned wallpapers, colourful rugs and bright artwork to bring the house to life. 'I wanted to create a happy and practical family home, but also a bright, vivid environment full of lovely things,' she says. When the couple moved in, every room in the house was covered in dated wallpaper, and Denise couldn't wait to get rid of it. However, when she and Roger )
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'The colour scheme started from the lovely egg cosies that my Granny made, which I had framed and hung on the wall,' says Denise. 'I've always loved them, and they're perfect for" child's room' Blind fabric, £42.50 per m; rug, £139: both laura Ashley Ligrlt shade, £11.22, IKEA

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started to remove the layers of original wallpaper and built-in cupboards from the 1960s it caused them major problems, as chunks of plaster crumbled off at the same time. 'It was unexpected, so it caused a glitch to the budget and schedule,' says Denise, We had neither the time nor the money to completely strip and repair the plaster in the whole house, so we repaired what we had to, and Idt the wallpaper on the walls in the rest of the house, just painting over it. In the future, we can strip it all off and make good room by room, but to be honest, with two small boys, we're happy to leave it for the moment.' The majority of the work took place in the first three weeks of December, and in Christmas week the committed builders were stili going full steam ahead. 'They were marvellous, and unbelievably, the house was habitable and fit to move into by 23 December,' says Denise. 'With everything finished, our only real problem was that we couldn't find a good Christmas tree - all the nice ones were gone and the only ones left were the wonky rejects!' Now the family are completely settled in their

We didn't have the money to do any major structural work. However; every single room needed something done in order to make it work as a comfortable family home)

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home. 'It's practical and great for the children, but comfortable for adults, too,' says Denise, 'It also has limitless potential for the future, with the huge south-facing rear garden. I'm really looking forward to creating an open-plan ground floor that flows out into that sunny space right from the front door, through the kitchen and incorporating the living spaces, too. But that's another day's work and in the meantime, our little family is quite content here' 1m

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Get Denise's ook
Bold patterned wallpapers and bright accessories give Denise's horne a fun, contemporary feel
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Delicate lighting Square number
The funky shape makes It look high-end, but it comes with a te e ny price tag Table lamp, Dunelm Mill This pretty shade is made from shell discs that will gleam in the light Pendant, Tu range, Sainsbury's

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on home technology, while Gadget Show presenter Suzi Perry will be playing host in the Ideal Gadgets section, where you can also see inside the Home of the Future, brought to you by Virgin Media. Diarmuid Gavin will be offering inspiration and advice in the Ideal Gardens section, and visitors can sample delicious treats in the Ideal Food section with Gregg Wallace. If it's specific advice you're after, head to one of the workshops or theatres to meet experts keen to share their knowledge and tips, Make time for indulging yourself, too there'll be homeware and accessories galore to buy in the Ideal Shopping section, or you can stop off at the Ideal Woman section for a manicure or to see former GMTV presenter Fiona Phillips interviewing live on stage.
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Jools and Guy Woodhouse and their seven-year-old daughter Ella. Guy is an engineer and Jools is an artist who works from a studio in the house's garden_

LESSONS LEARNED
'Wait for the sales and pick up bargain top-end fittings then. You can then team them with junk-shop finds that you have revamped anything looks better with a lick of paint! And don't be afraid to take on those jobs that seem out of reach. Just ta;ke your time and have confidence - anyone can tackle projects such as ti lillg if you just have the nerve to try.'

THE LOOK
A comfortabte family horne that has been decorated with warm, sandy tones and given lots of easy-going personality with repainted junk-shop finds, Guy's hand-made wooden furniture and Joots's abstract landscape paintings.
GROUND FLOOR The hallway opens onto the bay-wlndowed living room, which in turn leads through 10 the kitchen-dlner, A study leads off from the kitchen

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window and the porch,' says Jcols, 'but we were going to do the rest of the house bit by bit: That all changed when Jools heard a hissing sound under the dining-room floor in January 2008. 'A lOO-ye,H-old pipe had burst and was soaking the foundations,' she says. 'It was a big, horrible, insurance claim, but it paid for redecorating and dining rooms and refitting the kitchen,' messy the living

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The entire living-room floor had to be lifted to dry out the foundations, but .Iools and Guy saved the old boards and only pieced in matching new ones where necessary, Then we sanded them to remove the dark chocolate stain, and reapplied floor paint, which we thinned down to get the look we wanted; says Jools. In the dining room, the couple replaced the terracotta floor tiles with paler travertine ones and fitted underfloor heating, too, 'It was freezing in here in the "tinter,' says .Iools. 'It's quite a draughty old house, so the underflcor heating has really helped warm it up and bring it into the 21st century!' The old water-damaged kitchen was replaced as well, wit.h a simple modern design in a soft brown tone, teamed with solid-wood worktops and creampainted and tiled walls. The couple planned-in a bigger island unit, too, with shelves for cookery books and plenty of worktop spaee for preparing the vegetables that they grow on their nearby allotment. With the downstairs dried out and rehtted, .Iools was able to experiment with colour. Before moving in, she had painted the whole house in an off-white. 'l just blitzed it, to get rid of the dark blues and terracottas it had been decorated with: she says. This time. she chose a palette of warm tones, pairing sandy and

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DECORATE WITH NEUTRAL COLOURS
Stay natural- not dull- with these ways to use muted colours
TONAL SHADES
Neutrals fall into three groups: those with a grey base (taupe, mink, pebble), a yellow base (cream, sand, honey) or a brown base (coffee, mushroom, walnut). Choose one of these palettes and introduce different tones in your paint, fabrics, carpet and accessories. TEXTURE This is where you can add more depth of interest to a neutral scheme. Layer different textures on top of one another - try a chunky knitted throw over a, smooth velvet sofa, for example, or a shaggy cream rug on a sleek wood or tiled floor. DAYLIGHT Consider how the daylight affects the room, as creamy yellowbased neutrals will look more intense in a sunny room, while grey-based tones can feel cool and harsh in a room that receives a northern light. When choosing wall colours, paint colour swatches on big pieces of Iining paper and Blu- Tack them up indifferent areas of the room (ideally against a white background) and look at them at different times of da,y.
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Family-friendly cosiness Is th e eth os for the livin 9 room, with Its relaxed feel and home-made furniture - Jools designed the bookcase and Guy, who's an engineer, made It. The couple brought the sofa with them from their old house, 'It got a bit damaged In the move, but we don't mind - it doesn't need to be perfect as Ella uses the cushions to make dens,' says Jool s Walls painted in Labrador Sands 3 (fireplace) and Labrador Sands 5, both £19.49 for 2.5ltr, Dulux. For a similar rug. try the Trim, £295, WovenGroul1d

NATURAL MA'I'ElUALS
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taupe shades with lots of texture and natura! materials. 1couldn't live with white everywhere,' she says. 'I like something a bit softer, but nothing too bright. I did brights in the 1990s!' Against this earthy palette Joois has arranged the furniture, much of it junk-shop finds upcycled with a coat of paint. 'You can really change a piece by painting it, then sanding it for a distressed look,' she says. 'It can look like an antique, but for a fraction of the cost.' Jools also scoured local stores for furniture, hnding Ella's bed and chest of drawers in a Chichester pine outlet, while her father, an antiques dealer, picked up pieces at auction, including Ella's bedside table. Sitting alongside these finds are Guy's hand-made pieces. The impressive chestnut bookcase and tall wooden sculptures in the living room and all the bathroom fittings are his work. We're both really into natural materials: says Jcols. 'Guy likes working with wood and I love the things he makes.' The garden has space for .Jools's art studio and Guy's wood workshop, too, and beyond lies miles of unspoiled woodland. Before moving to Hampshire, the family lived in Colorado, returning to England to be nearer to Jools's parents. Their experience of US living - a big house with a mountain view - was a tough act to follow, but this house offers the family all they need. 'I like the Row of the rooms - they all open onto one another,' says .Iools, 'I had always wanted a big kitchen-diner, too. It allows us to be together.' With the house completed and Ella enjoying life at the local school, the family feels settled. 'Guy still misses Colorado a bit; says .Iools, 'but we're all really happy here. We're definitely staying put for now.' Illl

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WHY MOVE THERE? Belfast used to be the cheapest place to live in the UK. But with the old Harland and Wolff docks, where the Titanic was built, now being redeveloped and the cobbled Cathedral Quarter in the city centre transformed, it's definitely on the up. If you're the outdoorsy type, the World Heritage site the Giant's Causeway is a scenic gO-minute drive away. HOUSING New-build flats range from £140,000 for a one-bed dockside apartment to £750,000 for a 8e~ penthouse, The Victorian villas in the south of Belfast are about £850,000 for a [cur-bedroom house, or go north, where a similar property is about £400,000. TRANSPORT Domestic flights from the UK arrive at George Best Airport, which is just a 10-minute drive from town, while Belfast International serves the US, Canada and most of Europe. Once there, you can get around B€lfast easily by Metro bus, while Dublin is two hours away by car or train.

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making sure you have enough savings to pay your living expenses if you were made redundant or fell ill. Three monthsworth is the minimum but Six months is ideal. Put the money into a cash ISA so you won't be taxed on the interest.

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BE YOUR OWN

to transform your own rooms, we're here to help. It's easier than you think to get a really professional look every time you decorate. All you need to do is follow a few simple rules and you'll always get fabulous results. Whatever your budget. all great looks start the same way - with lots of inspirational images. So indulge in
a research session by browsinq through our Decorating section, and visiting our

project. We'll show you how on page 98. For more easy tricks,
and all the inspiration you need, just turn the page and start dreaming ...
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rom the fading edges of a late summer rose to the blush of a natural pearl, these soft pinks and nudes are all about restrained luxury and subtle sophistication. With hints of mocha and caramel, rather than patisserie pinks, these are the nudes 0.£ a 1940s negligee or a much-treasured first ballet slipper. And they make for a really glamorous palette in your home, too. We've laid bare the nude know-how on page 85.

THE 5 KEY RULES
for floors and walls - whether it's deep-pile carpet or painted boards: shimmering wallpaper or chalky pink paint. This will ensure your room hes a soft look overall.

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Curves rather than straight edges work well with the soft colours.

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shapes

when it comes to furniture,

comfy seating and loose covers. The fabric option adds the softness that the bl ush shades call for.

3 Embrace upholstery

- with footstools, headboards,

look feel too girly One feature pattern per room is enough. Add pretty detail with delicate accessories. Choose bone inlay, sculpted glassware and cushions with a hi nt of sparkle. Small touches are all you Ileed as too much will detract from the calm you get from the soft nude tones.

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look soft
Harsh lighting or stark finishes could spoil this look. Pick II wallpaper that has been block printed with paint - or paint the walls in a flat matt finish. Mount wall lights, too - their glow will spread over the chalky wall in a beautifully warm way.

ADD TEXTURE - BLUSH IS SO SUBTLE, YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH MIXING FINISHES

Get The Look
PINK AND PEARL
FROM LEFT Carpet, £10.99 per sq rn, Associated Weavers. Florence wallpaper, £61 per roll, Cole & Son. Penny wallpaper, £82 per roll, Farrow & Ball. Pashrnlna emulsion, £15.99 for 2.5Itr, Crown Paints. Pillowcase, £49, Gingerlily. Cushion, £30, Pied a Terre range, House of Fraser

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Practise symmetry
There's something pleasing to the eye about symmetry and its elegant formality works well with these nudes, Choose a starting point, such as this large mirror, and create pairs around it. Add in a couple of single pieces to prevent It getting too stiffly forma I.

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SUGAR AND SPICE
FROM LEFT Carpet, £35 per sq rn, Ulster. Wallpaper in Blush Pink, £11.99 per roll, Homebase. Rug, £665 per sq m, Bazaar Velvet. Malt Chocolate matt emulsion. £t9.99 for 2.5Itr, Dulux Ribbon, from 59p per rn, W Rouleaux. Piped cushion, £35, Marks & Spencer

MOODBOARD 3

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PAINT THE DADO THE SAME CHALKY COLOUR(__/ AS THE WALL FOR AN UN FUSSY EFFECT

for a high-backed sofa in a soft neutral shade
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Start with a matt nude to create the base colour in your room. If you'Ve gone for quite II pinky shade. like we have. use off-wllites and taupes for you r tu rn ltu re a ndfa b rics to tone it down. Use accessories. though. to pick up highlights of blush and li.e your scheme together.

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LEFT Nude paint colours, all £1999 for 2.5Itr, Dulux BELOW Jug, £40: cake stand, £50; both Bottle Green Homes. Spoons, £14 for six, Tine K Home, Napkin, £15, Volga Linen

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LOVE.IT Whether it was a child hood wish
to be a prima ballerina in the most beautiful satin slippers, or a more recent desire to have that skin tone tutu Carrie pulls off so well in Sex And The City - it seems we have a: long-term love affair with blushing nudes. Bringing our old love into the new decade is the addition of sultry mocha and caramel a.ddlng these cashmere-sort colours makes the ballet pinks just that little bit more grown up and using them in your home creates a really sophisticated and relaxed space
FROM TOP Blush

1764 fabric, £22 per
Mother-ot-pearl platter, £35:

USE IT wherever you want a soothing,
feminine space. It's an obvious choice for a bedroom - the blush tones work well with deep mahogany furniture, upholstered bedheads or grey Gustavian shabby-chic pieces. It's a very relaxing look in a living or dining room, 100 - Ihe colours intensified by late afternoon sunlight, and becoming silky and warm in the glittering evening light of a chandelier or candles.

silver vase, £28: both
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SILVER AND GREYS for an ethereal, shimmering take 011 the look. DARK MAHOGANY FURNITURE to really acid depth to the scheme. PEAR GREEN to add a fresh note to the warm mocha and blush nudes.

DO IT YOUR WAY Beautiful as this
look is, it might not be appreciated by the male members of the family. Tone down the girliness by adopting Ihe mushroom and nude palette. rather than the pure blush tones, and limiting the number of shimmering accessories. Add eucalyptus greens as a more masculine accent colour.

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BEIGE DECORATION AND FURNITURE Walls painted in Satin Bow malt emulsion, £19.99 for 2.51[1, Dulux. Netursl Co-ordinates Cord carpet in High Tide, £20,99 per sq rn, Victoria Carpets, Table, £179: chalrs, £64 each: o,IIIKEA. Chairs covered in Hamadi 1650 fabric, £36 per m, Bakarl Weaves fange, Harlequin; mother-cf-pearl buttons, 25p each, JOl111 Lewis, Brescia dining bench in Mushroom, £3,145, Chfistopl1er Wray. Pendants, £25 each, Bhs. Pudding prints, £10.58 each, ARC Prints. Viserum frames, £999 each,IKEA nay table, £35, Victoria Jill. ON TABLE Tableclcth, from £65, Volga Linen. Tablecloth (used as runner), £32; napkins, £2.95 each; all Cologne & COlton. Pink vase, £27,50, Tine K Home Glass candleholder, £13.95, The Conran Shop Small glass cake stand with dome, £22, 8riss; Crown tiered cake stand, £22.50; Crown dinner plates, £10.50 each: all Vidoria Jill. AN plates, £3.99 each, IKEA Cake stand, £50: dimpled cups, £15 each; dimpled jug, £20; all BollIe Green Homes, Glass vase, find similar; cutlery, from £3.50 per piece; both John Lewis. ON DINING BENCH Cushions, from left: raw silk, £35, Self'idges; lallice, £49; medallion pattern, £49: both The Conran Shop. ON TRAY TABLE Vase, £36, BliSS; Porcelain bottle, £45, Bottle Green Homes

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Mirrored panels :
Remember the interior designer's favourite: trick to make a space feel larger - lots of mirrors! Place lamps in front of your mirrors to double light levels IKEA has a great range of mirrors in all shapes, from £6.99 , : , : , : '

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Feature headboard
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Take a leaf from nature and use grassy greens and sprig motifs for uplifting schemes that win put a spring in your step
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Stylist Sarita says,
Take inspiration from what's happening in your garden and bring your rooms to life with these gorgeous spring shades. Keep greens fresh, lush and grassysteer clear of muddy olives and mix them with pure white for a crisp, refreshing look. Don't be afraid to , introduce larqe-print , leafy fabrics, toothis look is all about abundance . ."
MOODBOARD 6 LUSH LEAF GRf.tNS
From top: Carpet. £3890 per sq rn, Brockway. Emilia fabric, £34 per 111, Harlequin. Fermoy fabri<::, £44 per 111, Zoffany. Pale lime emelsicn, £25.50 for 2.51Ir, The Little Greene Paint Company. Loft fabric, £24 per rn, Warwick Fabrics. PaIBCio fabric. £41 per rn, Osborne & Little

MOODBOARD 7 CITRUS & ICE WHITE
From top: Springtime Light emulsion, £27 for 2.51Ir, Sanderson. Wenge Passlonata flooring. £24.99 per sq m, Quick-Step. Malory fabric, £55 per sq rn, Jane Churchill. l.uclelle fabric. £38 per m, Harlequin. Vila fabric, £35 per rn, Jane Churchill

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Bring the buzz of spring energy that's going on outside into YOlIT horne with these fresh shades
For where to buy items
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Lush leaf greens
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DECORATION AND FURNITURE Chimney breast painted in Pale Lime matt emulsion, £25_50 for 2.5Itr, The little Greene Paint Company. Vogue Angora carpet, £3890 per sq m, Bmckway. Rug, £30, Next Blinds made in Palacio F5635-01, £41 per m, Osborne & Little.; trimmed in Fermoy ZCCW04012, £44 per m, Zoffany, Chair, £419, House of Fraser. Footstool, £195, The Dormy House; covered in Emili'a 1019, £34 per m, Harlequin. Side table, £19, Dwell. Floor lamp, £79, IKEA Basket. £25 for three, ALSO Home. ON SOFA Cushion.s, from left: Green. £5 each, Tesco; made in Palacio, as before; made in Loft MBrshmallow, £24 per m, Warwick Fabrics; piped in Fermoy, as before, ON ARMCHAlR Cushion. £li9.95, Dwell. ON FOOTSTOOL Throw, £9, Tesco. Ribbons. from £7 a roll, RE_ Bowl, £32, Heal's. ON SIDE TABLE Mug, £13, Heal's. Bowl, £25, Linda BI~oomfield. Not",boc:k, £4.95, Th e Conran Shop. ON CONSOLE (behind sofa) Bottle vase, £759, IKEA Green frame, £10, Bhs. White vase, £69, BoConcept White frame, £16; green vase, £36; both Heal's. Bowls, £14 each, John Lewis_ ON BOOKCASE (from top) Print, £35, Rockett St George. Frame, £111.99,KEA. Bowl, £7.25, John lewis" I Vases, £49 each, BoConcept. Frame, £6, Bhs. ButteJily ball, £22 for three, Next. Jug, £43. Hears. Frame, £3.99; vase, £8.99; both IKEA. Bortle, £8, Tesco, Address book, £47.50, Psperchese. VotIVe, £25, Heal's, ON MANTELPIECE Candlesticks, £45 each, The Conran Shop. 'Lucky' IlIe, £21; print. £35; both Rockett St George. Frame, £11.99, IKEA. Votive,. £4, ALSO Home. Vase, £22.50, john Lewis

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Makeover your attic room
loft room. a comfy sofabed is a great investment as it lets you turn your space into a guest room or a second living room when visitors leave. It's often hard to get bulky pieces of furniture up narrow stairs into atncs, so choose a sofabed that comes in separate pieces to be easily assembled in situ. Sofabeds tend to be heavier than ord Inary sofas, so a lig hter frame will also make it easier to carry upstairs.

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Invest in a sofabed

If you have an unused

available storage space under sloping ceilings with an assortment of units in different heights. The Billy bookcases from IKEA come in various height options so you can fit them into any awkward space. making them a brilliant alternative to bespoke cupboards, and they're quick and easy to assemble. Customise the backs of shelves a nd glass cupboard doors with matching wallpaper for a co-ordinated look, Keep open shelves looking neat by storing clutter in baskets and boxes,

2 Plan your storage

Make the most of the

Skylights a re the most common type of window in an attic room and can make fitting a blind or curtains a little more tricky. For an instant window treatment, make a simple fabric sail- just sew two contrasting pieces of material back to back. and attach to the top and sides ofthe window with Velcro strips. To open the blind, simply unfasten one side and pin the corner back.

3 Make a simple window dressing

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Choose moveable pieces Lightweight multipurpose furniture that's easy to move around allows you to SWitch effortlessly between room functions. Look for storage trolleys on castors and large baskets for spare bedding and towels.
Pillow shams made in a fabric that matches your blind and wallpaper are a great way to turn spare pillows into cushions. You can put them on the sofa without them looking too 'bedroomy' and then swap the shams for pillowcases when you have guests to stay.

DUCK EGG & WHITE
PROM TOP Pale Duck Egg matt emulsion, £11.98 for 2.51Ir, Homebase. Bruges fabric in Eucalyptus 2019/06. £32.25 per rn, Villa Nova. Charlecote fabric In Aqua

5 Disguise the bed linen

PP5029411. 32.50 per m, GP&J Baker. £ Aqua PW78004/1 wallpaper, £35 per roll. GP&J Baker. Candle. £12.
Charlecote Lombok. Bruges fabric, as before

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DECORATION AND ruRNlTURE Wall painted in Pale Ouck Egg matt emulsion, £11.98 for 2.5Itr, Hornebase. Blind made in Bruqes fabric in Eucelyptus 2019/06, £32.25 per m, Villa Nova, lined with Charlecote fabric in AqU6 PP5029411. £32.50 per rn, GP&J Baker. Sofabed, £595; metal trolley, £75; table, £95; all Muji. Large Billy bookcases, £29.90; medium Billy bookcase" £19; small Billy bookcase, £9.99; glass doors, from £25; height extension unit, £15; Benno DVD to ..... ers, £16.99 each; rug, £55; aIiIKEA. Sliding doors lined with Charlecote AqU6 PW78004/1 willipaper. £35 per roll, GP&J Baker. ON BOOKCASES (from top left) Basket, £3.99, IKEA. Fabrk-Ilned basket, £12, Tesco. Bottle vase. £4, Store Twenty One. Candle, £5 for two, Tesco. Silver votive, £14, Cox & Cox M6gazine basket with handles, £18, John Lewis, Chalkboard storage boxes, £10 for two, Store. White candle, £1599, Zara Home. BI'ue gl655 candles, £5 for two, Tesco, Magazine basket, as before. Basket, £3.99, IKEA. Fabric-lined basket.as before. Mackis piywood drawers, £11.99; wooden magazine files, £5.99 for two; aIIIKEA. Open round basket. £20, The White Company. Patterned storage box (Just seen), £5, Store Twenty One" Lidded basket (just seen). £9.99, Zara Home. Whi,te fabric-lined basket, £5, Store Twenty One" Spotted blanket. £15. Tesco, Basket, £3,99,. IKEA. Lidded basket, as before. Cream tealight holder, £2, Store Twenty One. Alarm dock, :find similar at Argos, ON LEDGE Large round basket, £45, Cox & Cox. Large square baskets, £60 for two, The White Company. ON SOFA PlUowshams made in Cherlecote fabric, as before. Throw, £15. Tesco, ON METAL fROLLEY Work lamp, £34.99, IKEA. Hamper basket, £25, Tesco, ON TABLE Candle. £28, Lombok

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DECO'RATING IDEAS Moodhoards

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We use interior design techniques to create Ideal Home's decoratmg photo shoots. Each look starts with a moodboard, just like those pictured here. Use one of these as your starting point for a fabulous new scheme, or create your own moodboard with our step-bystep guide, far right
DECORATING?

Tribal Mix
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Pink & Pearl
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Zip off to exotic climes

Feminine. pretty yet coolly of subtle blush tones chiffon,

FOLLOW THE 3 GOLDEN RULES ... 1. The 70-20-10 Rule
get a really professional-looking, well-balanced the elements scheme, keep 70% of colour or art). If you're (say, walls, floors) as and add 10% of To

from the comfort of your sofa with this Africaninspl red sche 111e. Sta rt with 6 ne utral base of ea rthy brown. grey or ere a 111. the n add ling with accessories In sunshine-brtqht yellow. Finally. mix in a few vibrant global patterns to really bring this look to life ~ the bigger and bolder, the better.

i5 perfect for a Iadyl' ike bow dolr, Touche b Ie textures, from sleek satin to light-as-air up the glamour factor. while the floral wallpaper echoes th e fa d ed rose tones" just a to uch of grey keeps the look from ,being 100 glrly for grown cups.

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never ,large with small. Choose and patterns common. co-ordinated for a look that feels

but not too 'matched'.

3. The Painted Box Rule
Paint colours change according to the time of day, the light, the size and orlentatlon of a room. Buy a tester pot and paint the inside of a large box with a couple your chosen miniature colour of coats of colour, you'U have a within a 3-D space.

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Always add a surprise: point ~ whether your focal wall, it's a feature a huge mirror or a piece of wall art - is the s hart cut to a 'wow' ro 0 rn,

creams. this scheme just makes our mouth water. the senses, 50 sink your carpet, trail your fingers over si Iky cu sblons CI nd fee st

of Ivory. mother of pearl up with touches of

blush pink. It's Ideal for creating a neutrallook that's restful yet still inviting -

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Lush Leaf Greens
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Citrus & Ice White
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DuckEgg& White
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Finally! Spring Is here and

Crisp white is the perfect fOil uplifting scheme. pretty

Calm. polished and

it's the perfect lime 10 create a fresh new scheme th at's as bright and breezy as th e weath er outside. Look to the garden for your inspiration, a nd use vivid g ra 5S greens 0 nd overs ized lea f prl nts, tea med with hints of BZUre bl ue and eou a to bring a blue-sky feeling to the look.

for bright, citrusy shades, and the combination gives you a rea'lly energlslng, and furniture brilliant white, but

el eg a rrt, th is is a cI a 55 lc combi nation th at works in any room, with any style. Pep it up with zesty lime or keep it cool with dove-qrey accents. It's a scheme that con risk looking and texture for extra personality.
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