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Welcome To My Home
Gemma and Navin Mahabeer, a sales manager and relocation consultant, live here with their children Arlo, three and Mabel, one. A five-bed detached 1930s house in Buckinghamshire. Bought in 2018 for £750,000, now worth around £1.2m.
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Easy Bedroom Updates
Freshen up your bedroom for spring with a pretty arrangement of houseplants hung vertically in a row. Make your own wall hanging using an old wooden shelf, adding a hook for each planter. Make use of wasted space at the end of a run of wardrobes by
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Use Paint To Make A Difference
Create a zone of colour around a room’s main focus. Indulge yourself with a shade you love (but wouldn’t want on all four walls…) Using spot colour is a great way to define two connected-but-separate spaces – signal the divide with an accent colour.
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Storecupboard SAVIOURS
SERVES 4 READY IN 25 mins • 300g frozen petits pois • 1tbsp pine nuts • 4tbsp creme fraiche or natural yogurt • Zest and juice of 1 lemon • Few sprigs of fresh mint • 2tbsp sunflower oil • 4 salmon fillets, seasoned • Steamed new potatoes and pea sh
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Eco Paints
‘Many modern acrylic paints are made from plastic with chemicals added to make them stick to walls and dry quickly,’ says Emma Bulmer, director at Edward Bulmer. ‘Their manufacturing process is also carbon intensive, and waste acrylic paint needs to
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Make It Work For You JESS’S CHOICE: MARBLE WORKTOPS
Marble is one of the most popular choices for worktops right now, with gleaming white and veined surfaces trending in every style of kitchen. Q What’s the story? Marble has a luminosity and smoothness to the touch that sets it apart from other nat
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Welcome
Confession time: I’m an impulsive decorator. I start a project with great intentions to take my time to plan and research the best buys and solutions before jumping in, but many years (and a few properties) down the line, I’m ready to accept that’s n
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BRILLIANT OR BONKERS? Oversized headboards
“Every room needs a focal point and what better way to  make a statement than with a super-sized headboard? It screams design confidence and offers the feel of a trendy boutique hotel. Don’t rule it out, even if you have low ceilings, just take a rec
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The Design Edit
WHERE TO BUY : 1 Bloomingville Leonie mirror, £55, Sweetpea & Willow 2 Macario turquoise vase, £35, Curious Egg 3 Brights Velvet Geo cushion, £25, Next 4 Whitney wall lamp, £55, Made 5 Sophia Scallop occasional chair, £99, Homebase 6 Libellula Dragon
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Antique Crockery
Add a couple of handfuls of grit to a tureen and mix in compost to about 5cm from the rim of the pot. Place bulbs on the surface of the compost, spacing about 5cm apart, with the pointed end facing upwards, or insert plants down to the white part of
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The STYLE EDITOR
This shaggy, Moroccan style may have been a big hit in the 1970s, but it’s certainly having another moment. George Home has introduced three new designs to its spring collection and, although it’s the rug du jour, the monochrome combo, simple pattern
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Best Smart Door Locks
Masterlock Biometric padlock, £89, masterlock.eu There were more than 23,000 shed burglaries in 2019, many of which weren’t covered by insurance because they were left unlocked. This weatherproof biometric padlock records up to 10 different fingerp
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Make It Work For You HOLLY’S STYLE: SCANDI MINIMALIST
IKEA From drawers to kitchen units, it opens up the possibilities for affordable storage. MADE It meets our no-fuss aesthetic – we love the collection of design-led planters. ALICE IN SCANDILAND For the selection of prints from Fine Little Day and
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Set The Scene For… A SLOW SUNDAY
Bronwyn four-seater scatter back sofa in Woodland Moss, £1,559; Nordic coffee table, £299; Nordic lamp table, £249; Heath mirror, £129; Camden collection bolster cushion, £59; Luxe cushions in Truffle and Mink are similar, £24 each, all Furniture Vil
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Welcome To Our Home
Johnny Lovett, co-founder/owner of Morningside Construction, and his partner Jo, a full-time mother, live here with their two sons Stanley, four, and William, two. A four/five-bedroom Victorian terraced house in Fulham, southwest London. Bought i
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Finding Sanctuary
Comforting neutral colours and cosy textures, such as aged leather, wood and brick, make this room feel warm and welcoming. With all the furniture faced inward, it’s designed for chatting. BUY THE KEY PIECES Try the Clara sofa, £379.97, Furniture123
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‘My City Garden Is A Green Oasis’
Three years ago Rosie Money-Coutts left a fast-paced job in central London to set up her own company (papr.com). When the dust had settled and her business was thriving, she finally had the time and budget to do something with her large, previously u
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Pear, Plum & Ginger Crumble Cake
SERVES 12 READY IN 1HR INGREDIENTS • 150g unsalted butter • 100g black treacle • 100g golden syrup • 275g self-raising flour • 2tsp ground mixed spice • 2tsp ground cinnamon • 2 eggs, beaten • 3 medium ripe pears, peeled cored and sliced • 3 balls o
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Welcome To My Home
Holly Pennington, a primary school teacher, lives here with her husband Matt, an assistant headteacher, and their two children, Ted, four, and Rose, two A four-bedroom detached self-build in North Devon, completed in 2019 The build cost was appro
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The Wallpaper Edit ENGLISH GARDEN
Add uplifting colour to walls with a Scandinavian-inspired repeat depicting vibrant rhubarb plants. Rabarber in Cream, £59 a roll, Borastapeter at Wallpaperdirect Bring a nostalgic feel to your decor with large-scale blowsy cabbage roses in romant
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‘A Glass Roof Made All The Difference’
As part of the renovation of their Victorian house, Jo and Johnny planned to transform the kitchen and dining area by adding a contemporary glazed extension. ‘I wanted a side extension with a glazed roof,’ says Johnny. ‘One of our other goals was to
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Welcome To My Home
Emma Kruger lives here with her husband Stefan. They are both retired and have two daughters who have both left home, but visit often. A four-bedroom detached new-build house in the small town of Franschhoek in the Western Cape of South Africa.
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Welcome To My Home
Jessica and Alex Kemp, both lawyers, live here with their children Meredith, seven and Tabitha, four. A five-bedroom Victorian house in south east London, bought in January 2015. Cabinetry...........£35,000 Ovens...................£2,099 Sink
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Welcome To My Home
Jess McKenzie lives here with her husband Mark, their son, Mason, two, Mark’s daughter, Miya, 11, and Jess’ mum. A five-bedroom 1970s detached house in Benfleet, Essex. Units....................£19,475 Worktops and splashback..........£5,500
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Thirties Style, Reimagined
‘We created a media room with a wall of storage to house books, the TV and a sound system. We painted it in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe to maintain a cohesive scheme downstairs and added sleek brass handles.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES Lisbon sofa, £899, Dwel
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Rooms With A View
‘Throughout the design process, I kept gravitating back to a timeless white look for the kitchen. Its simplicity makes the open-plan space feel airy and uncluttered,’ says Holly. BUY THE KEY PIECES The DSW-style dining chair in Light Grey, £39, Cult
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Places We’d Love To Visit… DEDHAM On The Banks Of The River Stour
Rubbing shoulders with neighbouring Suffolk, this unspoilt patch of north Essex countryside, Constable Country, is so-called after the artist John Constable who lived among the rolling fields and water meadows. And these bucolic landscapes that have
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We Keep Seeing SCULPTED WOOD
1 Litanie mirror, £70, La Redoute 2 Lyra pendant, £240, Indigenous 3 Heidi serving set, £30, Anthropologie 4 Spalted elm vase, £60, Ash & Plumb 5 Wooden trinket box, £12, Dunelm 6 Ray wooden and stone jar, from £20, Kagu Interiors 7 The Face wood dec
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Beautiful Book Covers
Turn hardback books with stunning covers into wall art by installing a column of simple, low-cost picture ledges. Paint the shelves to match your wall so the covers really stand out. Add further interest with a couple of framed prints or bud vases in
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Gridded Glazing
This type of glazing adds character and a whole new dimension without compromising on light or space. Doors like this add a touch of wow factor. Gridded glazing can be used for internal partitions as well as for exterior doors. Glass dividers allow t
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