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7TRY THE BEAd STYLE & DECOR pENdANT TRENd Irving bookcase, £607; Swap a hallway pendant Kennett chair, £1,098, light for this beaded beauty from both Anthropologie Very. It oozes a laid-back boho style but still has a touch of glam about it thanks to its layers of beads. It will also create a wonderful pattern on your walls and ceiling once on, as the light will twinkle through the beads. Miller wooden 8Create a focal bead pendant point in your chandelier, £89.99, living room Ideal Home If there’s no place for built-in range, Very storage in your living room, then make a feature of your shelving or sideboard instead. This rattan bookcase is calling out for your keepsakes and trinkets! 9 RECYCLE GLASS BOTTLES Gather a collection of glass bottles and jam jars and cover two-thirds of the way up with paint. Add a single bloom to each one to create a floral display for a windowsill. Hollyhock meadow Milano contour duvet cover, £70 for a kitchen in Spearmint, double, Joules from £3,663, Wren Kitchens. 10 Re-colour your kitchen 99June 2019 cabinets Refresh kitchen cupboard doors by painting the fronts. Remove the doors from the base units, rub over with sandpaper and add a couple of coats of paint (check if your paint requires primer first). Finish with a clear varnish.


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STYLE & DECOR 11 Perk up walls with a foliage print a slightly more refined take on the botanical trend, go for leafy greens as a nod to the arts and crafts movement to add plenty of life into a bedroom. Keep bedding fairly simple so there’s no competition. 12add colour With a Floor cushioN Great for resting tired feet after a long day, a floor cushion or pouffe also acts as an extra seat for visiting guests. When not propping up feet, it makes a great home for magazines and remotes. Woven pouffe, Justina Blakeney Ara bed, £49.99, HomeSense £1,898; Petunia embroidered duvet cover, from £208 for a Zahara three-seat double, both Anthropologie. sofa in Flamingo pink leather, Royal Fernery wallpaper in £1,399, Sofology forest green, £195 a roll, Cole & Son range, Wallpaper Direct. 14 tidy up your clutter hotspot Napkin holders, like the Tillstallning, £5 from Ikea, also double up as great letter racks. Have one for each family member in the hallway and stop post cluttering up the space. 13put your Chinese Tree 15update bedside alcoves to lamp in pink liGhtiNG better use and violet with royal blue flex, Give your bedroom a Make the most of awkward £199, Anna fresh new look in time for summer alcoves in a living room by with some new statement bedside putting up a few shelves to Jacobs lamps. This vibrant design from fill the space. Go for floating Anna Jacobs features a beautiful shelves for a neat and cotton shade with a clear glass streamlined look. base and an eye-catchingly coloured flex, which can be matched to the shade. Choose a contrasting colour for a stand-out piece. 101June 2019


Plumpton extra large scatter back sofa in Aqua Clean Navy, £1,799; Albany coffee table, £399; Abstract Leaf carved rug, from £219, all Marks & Spencer 16Hang a high shelf If you’re lacking in space in your living or dining room, hang a shelf high up to display accessories so it’s easy to get past without knocking everything down. Paint the wall above the shelf a contrasting shade for impact. 17 SqUEEzE IN A SMALL SOFA Hendrick two seater sofa in Ideal in a conservatory or London Lagoon by Lucy Tiffney kitchen-diner, a slimline sofa is great for providing in Dawn, £1,310, Sofa.com a welcome spot to relax and unwind without taking up buckets of space. 102 June 2019


18Layer style & decor bedding for a luxe look Show-Wood double bed frame To give your bedroom a boutique in Mustard, £699; hotel feel, try layering up bedding and cushions. Swap your duvet for velvet pouffe in a lighter tog, such as 4.5, so you can gold, £65, both get away with a couple of lightweight linen throws in light dusky tones John Lewis & draped over the end of the bed. Partners 19PAPER INSIDE A BOOKCASE If your walls are fairly neutral but you fancy adding some colour and pattern to your living room, paste some wallpaper or paint the back of your bookcase or display unit. 20SEW YOUR OWN CUSHION COVERS Use leftover fabric from curtains, tablecloths or even clothes to make simple cushion covers. An envelope style is the simplest, as you won’t need any zips. Navy scalloped 22 MAKE A FAIRY LIGHT WALL tiles, £10.80 each, Great for a teen’s Ripples Bathrooms bedroom, TV room or den, pick up a fairy light 21EXTEND A curtain from eBay or Amazon, as well as SPLASHBACK some mini clear hooks to hang them UP THE WALL from, to create a beautiful backdrop. Found your dream tiles but 103June 2019 they come with a hefty price tag? Tile an oversized splashback instead of a whole wall for an impressive feature.


Baltimore 24PICK A MULTI- breakfast table USE STOOL and two stools, Great for when you £399, Marks want to kick back and put your & Spencer feet up, whether in your living room or in the garden, this sweet rattan stool is just the ticket. Its compact design means it can be popped in a corner when not in use, while its rustic design has bags of style. 23Make Arjun pine and room for rattan stool, £86.39, brekkie Maisons du Monde With its small footprint and space under the table for two stools, even the most bijou of homes has a sunny corner for this breakfast bar. Time for a coffee break! 25 DOUBLE UP ON CURTAINS Add a pair of lightweight sheers to your rail so summer rays can shine through, while keeping heavier curtains open to frame your window. Carter shelving, New York velvet chairs, from £595, £263.20 each, Connubia Neptune by Calligaris range, John Lewis & Partners 104 June 2019 26 Sort out kids’ storage Make full use of the space in a kids’ room or playroom in time for the school holidays. Keep the toys for the little ones on lower shelves in baskets so they can help themselves and store any keepsakes up high.


STYLE & DECOR 29MAKE A DISPLAY Of CERAMICS Don’t hide away jugs and vases until you have flowers for them, turn them into a feature instead. Windowsills, mantelpieces and sideboards are all great spots to arrange your collection. Block stripe jug, £15, Marks & Spencer 30USE THE UNDERSTAIRS SPACE BETTER The angle of an understairs cupboard can limit its use, but the Any Angle Clothes Rail, from £76, Store, lets you hang coats easily, leaving more space in your hallway. 27Mix up Barrington two- seat seating sofa in Elda dark give your dining brown leather, £1,149, Sofology space a more informal feel by swapping out some of the matching 31 Wheel in seating for something in a different a trolley style and colour. These glam velvet side table designs take a simple wooden table and bench to a new style level! Instead of a side table next to your sofa, try using a tiered 28HANg PRINTS fOR A trolley or bar cart instead. It will BESPOKE gALLERY WALL provide far more storage plus it The wall running up can easily be moved around. the stairs is a great spot to create a gallery of prints. Pop 105June 2019 framed greetings and postcards at different heights for an eclectic display.


Rupert two and half 32Lay a seat slip cover sofa in round rug Mercury smart linen, add interest to your £2,000, Sofa.com. Delft flower noir rug, £2,195, living room floor by laying a round Designers Guild rug, creating a centrepiece. go as large as the room will allow, overlapping the sofa on one side and popping a round pouffe in the middle to break up the pattern. 33aDD SOME PIZZaZZ TO a PLaIN SOFa Choose a few statement cushions to liven up a neutral sofa. Pair with one or two plain but colourful choices to tie the look together. Tufted pattern cushion, £25, River Island Home 34 WOW WITH WINDOW FILM Fresco mango The smart solution to wood desk, give your bathroom £329, Swoon privacy without affecting natural light, window film is easy to apply 36TRy NEW and can be put up in minutes. Choose one PaINT with a subtle pattern for an elegant feel. EFFECTS 35 PROTECT a FLOOR Textured A feature wall is easy to WITH a HaRD- triangles rug, create with paint. Simply WEaRINg RUg draw a horizontal line half from £30, way up the wall and paint Natural wood flooring no doubt looks Next Home each section a different, great, but it’s not always kid or pet contrasting colour. friendly, so an oversized rug will help protect from scratches and wear and tear. Go for one with a shallow pile if it’s being used in a heavy traffic area as it will be easier to keep clean. 106 JuNe 2019


STYLE & DECOR 37 Add a Suffolk 3ft sideboard 39 CREaTE pop of painted in Cactus, a COSy green £840, Neptune CORNER Simple wooden furniture will Turn an awkward space into really look at home when paired a corner seat by building a with deep green shades. Keep simple wooden bench. Stack the look fresh with white flooring up with foam seat cushions and introduce accessories in and bolsters covered in your pale blush pink to add a little favourite fabrics. warmth to the scheme. 40 Elevate Eket four Bordado dusk storage compartment wallpaper, £60 a storage, white, roll; Bordado matt Free up floor emulsion, £38 for space in your living room or £40, Ikea 2.5L, both Graham hallway by hanging storage from & Brown the wall. This storage collection from Ikea allows you to build a unit to whatever size and shape you need and comes in a range of colours to suit your space. FEaTURE HOLLY WALSH PHOTOgRaPHS TI-MEDIACONTENT.COM 38 MaTCH PaINT aND PaPER Pick a wallpaper and find the perfect paint colour to go with it. Graham and Brown has done the hard work for you with its range so you can easily create a stunning new look. 107JuNe 2019


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‘This is my perfect sanctuary’ Jenny Pitt and her husband Rhys turned their loft into a calm and luxurious bedroom suite with a dressing area and shower room 110 june 2019


BeDrooM proJecT before False wall Separates the sleeping and dressing areas Love Welcome to my home jEnny’s styLE? Jenny Pitt lives here with her husband Rhys Turn to page 115 and their children Noah, to shop the look seven and Rosa, five. ‘I love an elegant scheme The properTy with delicate colours and touches of marble and gold, A four-bed Edwardian so that was the basic plan terrace in London. for the room,’ says Jenny. ‘The panelling adds texture.’ whaT iT cosT Essentials Kano kingsize bed, £229, Made.com. Panelling Built-in storage....£1,850 painted in Cinder Rose estate Flooring...............£2,600 eggshell, £62 for 2.5L, Farrow Furniture.................£598 Paint........................£309 & Ball. Round side table, Shutters ..................£595 £79.99, Zara Home, is similar Radiators.................£693 Mirrors......................£318 Sanitaryware..........£886 Shower..................£1,994 Tiles..........................£707 TOTAL................£10,550 “Sometimes I sneak up to my bedroom during the day as it’s such a peaceful ”place to be! 111june 2019


‘I didn’t wantFeATure Stephanie Smith, vaneSSa richmond PhoTogrAPhs david GileS ideal home trailing wires so the lights are fixed loves to the panelling’ try austin wall lamp, Black-frame shower screens £29, made.com A great choice for a traditional rather than How Jenny and contemporary look RHys did it ‘The loft space was huge and I was determined to go for a luxurious look and make it a calm, peaceful space for relaxing. We found some excellent builders and agreed how the room should be divided. It was obvious that the bathroom should be to the right, on the other side of the stairs, which left us with a big rectangle. Although we needed wardrobes and storage, I didn’t want anything blocking the light or sticking into the room. The solution was the false wall unit in the middle, which provides storage behind, gives us a headboard and doesn’t block light from the roof windows. The whole thing took four months to finish and cost £50,000 for the build, but it was worth it. I’m absolutely thrilled with the way it has turned out. It feels light and spacious, and reflects our personal taste well.’ 112 june 2019


bedRoom pRoJeCt maRble top Adds a touch of luxe to the false wall left ‘We made sure all above ‘The dressing area above ‘We got the builders the bathroom fittings were has been a big success. It’s to set in a huge piece of matt gold to match the light really practical, with storage mirror glass along the back fittings and side tables in built into the dividing wall, wall to make everything feel the bedroom. The black- plus drawers in the eaves bigger. The natural walnut framed enclosure suits and wardrobes at the end, finish of the units is so warm.’ the age of the property.’ as I didn’t want to be staring Old London 600mm loo at clothes from the bed.’ in natural walnut, £341; Old Traditional 200mm fixed London 800mm vanity unit, shower head, £195; shower Wardrobes and drawers, £420, both Hudson Reed arm, £52; 1901 dual control £1,500, Somers Town Building. shower, £239.95, all Bristan Marble top, £350, Marble City ‘I snapped up the cabinet at an wHat i’ve leaRned antiques shop for £30 and use it to “ Don’t decide on display plants’ how you’ll use the space until you see it. Our 113june 2019 original plans had two bedrooms with a bathroom, ”but that seemed too tight


ideal home partnership Clockwise, from top left: Random Repetition II, £3,000; Star Eire, £895; Square Marc, £350; Random Repetition III, £3,000, all SYRETT THe arT of beauty SYRETT, artist and founder of online Runway Gallery, tells us about his fashion-focused lineup and why beauty in art is key Owning a piece of contemporary “Fashion is a big What are you working on right now? and affordable art has never As well as additional artists and new been easier, thanks to the online part of my life and collections, the Runway Gallery artists Runway Gallery, which currently career, so a fashion- have a dedicated exhibition coming showcases 14 contemporary artists. focused gallery up in Leeds this autumn. The artists Artist and founder SYRETT tells us was the natural are all doing new work and creating about his vision for the gallery. fresh pieces. Then, hopefully, we’ll ”thing to do be bringing that back to London. Why is fashion so important? My background in the fashion industry is syRett, Artist And founder, become a essential to understanding the concept runwAy gAllery collector behind Runway Gallery. There’s been much discussion in the art world as to art world. You’ve got the gritty aesthetic Looking for a statement piece to give whether fashion belongs in the arts. That of street art and then you go into your home the wow factor? Check sounds ridiculous, as it absolutely does. galleries and it’s about concepts – not out Runway Gallery, an online venture necessarily about what is beautiful. But showcasing affordable art that can be How do you find new artists? Runway Gallery proves there are plenty bought at the click of a mouse. Visit The gallery launched with 14 artists, but of takers for what is visually pleasing. runway-gallery.com for more details, continues to grow. Instagram has been and to browse and buy. instrumental in my search for new artists. How does art link up with interiors? Some don’t use fashion in their work, but What’s surprised me is the major interest Next moNth come from the industry. One newcomer shown by interior designers, which I didn’t to the site is Martha Haversham, whose expect to happen so soon. We’ve had In our July issue, witty Found Fashion collection uses talks about providing all the artwork for Bethany Perry, who has scraps of rubbish to make mini fashion a hotel and also for a private club. We’ve created make up styles pieces, such as cigarette butts attached also had interest from an interior designer for some of the world’s to a sculpted pair of legs in high heels. It for three pieces by artist Bruce Atherton, top designers including appeals to my love of the extraordinary. to go to Miami. Vivienne Westwood and Kansai Yamamoto, talks What do you look for in a piece of art? about her bold and Beauty has become a dirty word in the energetic artwork at Runway Gallery.


bedrooM ProJect My Go-to Make it work for you stores… Jenny’s style: TRAnqUiL LUXE l EBAy This is great for original Muted colours, plenty of plants and glamorous gold pieces of furniture accessories give this bedroom a calming but luxurious feel from brands like G Plan and Ercol. A freestanding wall provides a l JEAloUs gAllERiEs display area Its limited edition prints and artist curved collaborations corners mean you’ll find AYTM Angui unique pieces. oval mirror, £195, Amara l PAinT & PAPER liBRARy A top range of paint colours I love. Globe Glazed over Marble sHaPed Tall pink patterned effect Orbit wall Large faux pot light, £49.99, vase, £35, plant, £6, My Furniture The Farthing Primark Pretty in Pink suPer soft bold as Blush velvet cushion, Sheepskin rug, £80, brass £55, Lene Bjerre at Aula side Sweetpea & Willow Oliver Bonas table, £169, FEATURE HOLLY WALSH stylist’s note cHunky knit Made.com Whitwell grey green “Swap the gold throw, £60, Laura Ashley 115JUNE 2019 finishings for matt black instead if you want a more contemporary ”feel to your bedroom Holly WalsH, FEATURES EdiTOR


‘I waited nine years to get my dream kitchen’ Anticipating a major project, Corrina Hill and Tom Yoxall put off tackling their cold, gloomy kitchen. But when they finally did, they really went for it! MOCk MARblE looks like luxury marble, but is actually an easier-to- maintain composite 116 June 2019


kITCHEN PROJECT before ‘The money went on the Welcome to tiles, work surfaces and my home cabinet handles and it’s Corrina Hill lives here these subtle elements with her partner Tom which make the space Yoxall and their two feel so well designed,’ children, Camille, eight, and Oliver, six. says Corrina. THE PROPERTY DWT Ode 02 wall tiles in Oxide, £170sq m, Domus A four-bedroom terraced Victorian villa in south London. WHAT IT COST Kitchen units......£10,000 Appliances..........£3,000 Sink..........................£500 Tap............................£150 Worktops.............£2,500 Lighting...............£2,000 Flooring...............£4,000 ToTal................£22,150 “We were inspired by my nana’s sun lounge, where we spent so much time sitting and talking – a space that people would gravitate to ”all year round 117June 2019


how Corrina and toM did it ‘We moved into the house architectural firm Campbell Below ‘the pivoting nine years ago, but didn’t Cadey drew up five options metal-framed door is do anything to the kitchen. for us and, although we liked brilliant and keeps the The space needed a complete different bits from all of them, kitchen feeling really rethink. It was so cold and we realised that it was better open. there’s loads of dark, unlike the rest of the to choose one plan rather than light in here now and the house, which is lovely and mix them up, as each design new glazing has really bright, and the back door was considerate of the sight balanced out the space.’ wasn’t in the right place to lines and ceiling heights. see the kids out in the garden. The entire extension took Wire handles in brass, We needed something more five months to build and £17 each, Superfront. family-friendly and decided cost £160,000, with the Find similar composite to extend into the side kitchen fitting only taking worktops at Granite & return. Ruth Campbell from around two weeks.’ Marble UK, £600sq m Ideal home loves Hexagonal white tiles They give you all the practical benefits of simple white tiles, but look so much more interesting Matt gold handles Make simple cupboard fronts more special 118 JUnE 2019


KitChen ProJeCt textured finish stops slab- style doors looking flat Feature Ifeoluwa adedejI, vanessa rIchmond PhotograPhs colIn Poole Love aBove ‘I had the green beetle print for years, but corrIna’s as we have this big wall, unIt doors? I decided to get more and hang them in a grid.’ Turn to page 121 Liljebergs artworks, from £45 to find out more each, Graham and Green. Shalstone chairs, £229 each; aBove ‘I was adamant right ‘In the seating area, extending dining table, £899, that I didn’t want grey units. we went for comfort when both Ercol for John Lewis the colour is everywhere it came to the chairs. I at the moment, but I don’t wanted high-back designs 119JUnE 2019 like it. that’s why we went that you can sit in and for the green cupboard doze off in the sun.’ door fronts,’ says Corrina. Igbo chair (centre), £500; Illusion door fronts in Bottle Grandezza chair (right), £600, Green, £72 each, Superfront. both Forest London. Mirina Metod units, from £28 each, rug, £369, Heal’s. Try Ikea. Hairpin stools in Teal, Richmond footstool for similar, £49 each, Cult Furniture £179, Footstools & More what i’ve learned “Compromise! I wanted a wood floor for warmth underfoot, but Tom wanted tiles, so we found a solution by having tiles but ”laying underf loor heating


KITCHEN PROJECT Make it work for you CORRINA’S CHOICE: Replacement dooRs Getting a designer-style kitchen like Corrina’s needn’t cost the earth if you fit new doors and fascias to existing carcasses Replacing doors and fascias doors still on, measure from New doors can can provide a quick, affordable the top edge to centre of the top completely refresh, to achieve a seriously hinge hole for the top hinge transform your impressive kitchen that position. Repeat from bottom kitchen punches above its price tag. edge to bottom hinge hole. Measure each door, and note Q Are all kitchens suitable? which side the hinges are on! Check that cupboards are in good condition. Anything under Q What about all the extras? eight years old should be fine but Plinths, cornices, fillers and look for structural damage, end panels are usually available particularly near the sink. in the same finish as the doors. Measure as before, but go bigger Q How do I get the right size? if anything needs to be scribed to Doors come in standard and fit a wonky wall or floor. made-to-measure sizes. You’ll pay more for made-to-measure, Q Who will fit them? BEST FOR… and delivery will take longer, too. If you can handle an electric Measure the doors in situ. screwdriver and tape measure, IKEA CARCASSES ‘Measure from the back, as this you can. ‘Ask your supplier for Custom Fronts is the squarest part,’ says Steve advice. We are here to help and supply handmade Larkin, director, Lark & Larks. will guide you,’ says Rachel wood doors to fit ‘Measure height, then width, in Thurlby, co-director, Custom Ikea cabinets, and millimetres. Generally a door is Fronts. Or call in a carpenter, or can work to plans 5mm shorter than a cabinet and find a supplier that installs, too. from Ikea’s online 4mm narrower, so if a cabinet is kitchen planner. H720xW500mm the door would “Upgrading with replacement door be H715xW496mm.’ CLASSIC LOOKS fronts creates a fresh new look without Foxstow Shaker Q Will the hinges line up? having to renovate or spend excessive Doors offers more Whether you’re drilling the traditional options, in holes or ordering pre-drilled ”amounts of money standard Howdens, doors, measure carefully. With B&Q and Ikea sizes, JAYNE EvERETT, cReative diRectoR, naked dooRs or bespoke sizes. The company can THREE OF THE BEST… design-led dooRs handle details like cornicing or island FEATURE linda claYton SCALE EFFECT WALNUT WORKS SHAKER TWIST units, and scribe end panels for a perfect fit. Big Fish in Infinity Blue door, Walnut Ladbroke door, Torhamn natural ash door, H60xW80cm, £114, H80xW60cm, £205.20, H80xW60cm, £67, BUSY PEOPLE Superfront Ikea Kitchen Magic does Naked Doors it all, from fitting new worktops to removing old doors and fascias, or improving an existing layout. 121june 2019


IDeAL Home loves Corian worktops They’re expensive, but are heat-, stain- and scratch- resistant, and mouldable for a seamless finish ‘My kitchen is a foodie’s heaven!’ When Mary Mount and her husband Simon updated their kitchen, they planned it around their mutual love of cooking and entertaining 122 june 2019


KiTchen PROJecT before shelving niche Breaks up the run of plain cabinet fronts ‘I wanted a large island to Welcome to use as a food prep space, my home but not as a breakfast bar. Mary Mount lives here We don’t like perching, with her husband, so I didn’t want stools. Simon. Guests can sit at the The PROPeRTY dining table – or help out with the cooking!’’ A six-bedroom Edwardian semi in Bespoke kitchen in London north London. Plane and Atlantic Blue WhAT iT cOsT laminate, £21,900; island unit in London Plane, Units................£32,878 Worktops...........£3,804 £10,968; Dupont Corian Appliances........£8,353 worktops in Warm Grey, Sink........................£672 Tap......................£1,600 £3,804, all Pluck Floor and splashback........£1,200 TOTAL..............£48,507 “I didn’t want a kitchen that was the same as everyone else’s. I love the mix of wood with blue laminate, I’ve ”not seen anything else like it 123june 2019


peNDANTS Highlight the island and dining area HOW MARY AND Love SIMON DID IT mary’s styLe? ‘The kitchen was dark and the peninsula unit carved Turn to page 127 up the space. Knocking to shop the look through and extending to the side, as well as moving ‘We didn’t want to waste the staircase, allowed us to any storage space, so reconfigure the layout by we’ve taken the units up positioning an island to the ceiling. I use the lengthways. I thought a top cupboards to store bespoke kitchen would be things I don’t use often. beyond our budget, but our The fridge and freezer architect recommended are hidden behind the Pluck’s plywood kitchens long doors, which really and we were impressed by show off the wood grain.’ the quality and price. I was oak and rubber table, uncertain about the run of £2,500; strut chairs, £360 blue units at first, but now each, all Pluck I like how they stand out. We added a trio of “domino” hobs: one with two gas burners, one with a wok burner, and an induction hob. They’re spaced apart so the pans don’t clash and we use them all the time, because we like to buy and cook food, fresh, every day. Our builders fitted the kitchen for us, which took around three weeks and cost £8,000 including the larder cupboard.’ 124 juNE 2019


kITcHeN pROJecT cuT-OuT AbOve ‘I love our boiling- HANDLeS water tap and can’t imagine Keep the going back to using a kettle. This one has a pull-out hose, look sleek which is useful when you’re cleaning the sink and need and modern to reach into the corners.’ Flex stainless-steel hot tap, AbOve ‘I like having the RIgHT ‘I’m so pleased £1,600, Quooker. Tony Gant FEATURE Lisa Fazzani, vanessa richmond PHOTOGRAPHS maLcoLm menzies table by the doors, so we we fitted in a larder. It’s ceramics, from £17 each, Pluck can enjoy the garden all like a food filing unit! I can year round. With the skylight see everything at a glance. pOckeT above, that whole part of The island has wide, deep DOOR the kitchen feels so much drawers with shallow ones Slots into lighter and brighter than inside, for extra storage.’ the wall to it did before the refit.’ save space HS658GES6B oven with steam Forte Bianco Natural 800mm function, £1,589; HN678GES6B 125juNE 2019 sq floor tiles, £84sq m, oven with microwave, £1,999, Porcelain Tiles both Siemens WHAT I’ve LeARNeD “Think outside the box. I couldn’t decide on a splashback, so we used the f loor tiles instead. They tie in with the worktops and don’t overpower the wood ”or blue cabinet finishes


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‘Our en suite is the ultimate escape’ The Cusacks sacrificed a bedroom to create their perfect bathroom, complete with dressing area The couple blocked up the original door and installed a pocket door from their bedroom to turn this room into an en suite. The low dividing wall houses pipework and separates the bathing area from the dressing area, which has a wall of built-in wardrobes. Viado freestanding acrylic bath, £1,298; Air wall-mounted bath filler, £494, both The Brighton Bathroom Company 128 june 2019


BaThrooM proJecT before sliding doors Don’t swing out into the narrow dressing area Love Welcome to kATe’s my home sTyle? Kate Cusack lives Turn to page 133 here with her husband, to shop the look Andrew, and their children, Sienna, seven, and Dexter, five. The properTy A five-bed Thirties Art Deco house in Brighton. WhaT iT cosT Bath.......................£1,298 Basin and vanity.....£986 Shower head, tray and screen...........£2,400 Taps..........................£718 Joinery.................£4,000 Tiles.......................£1,856 Mirror cabinet..........£961 Loo...........................£793 Heated towel rail....£875 ToTal................£13,887 “Relaxing in this bath with a glass ”of wine is my idea of heaven! 129june 2019


How Kate and andrew did it ‘We only had one bathroom, company and she persuaded Below The walk-in shower, which Andrew and I shared us to make some tweaks to it behind a tinted glass screen, with our young children, but – such as making the dividing sits in the space where there I wanted a grown-up space wall between the bath and was once a built-in cupboard. where we could relax at the wardrobes half-height rather At the back of the room is end of each day. Sacrificing than full – and suggested the loo, screened by a pocket a bedroom gave us the space products and colours. The door – it used to be separate, we needed for a luxurious, installation cost around but the couple chose to boutique-hotel-style en suite. £5,000, with the structural integrate it into the space. Andrew bought planning work coming in at about software called RoomSketcher £30,000. It took eight weeks, Merlyn bespoke shower and we spent months devising then Hammonds came to fit panel, £876, The Brighton our layout. We took it to a the wardrobes. It’s the perfect Bathroom Company designer at a local bathroom antidote to busy family life!’ Ideal Home loves Curved baths The shape is more streamlined in a small space. ‘The curved ends give you a hug!’ says Kate smoKed glass screen Makes the walk-in shower more private 130 JunE 2019


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BEfORE & AfTER before ‘We extended into the unused side return’ The prospect of a after ‘the house had a fourth child pushed long, thin kitchen Rebecca and Thomas at the back that just Carter into adding wasn’t right for a living space to their family,’ says thomas Victorian terrace The couple always intended the extension has to extend, but when Rebecca given the carters a became pregnant for the fourth time, they had to speed up big kitchen, living their plans. ‘There was no space and dining area, to enjoy being together or for the plus a second- kids to run around,’ says Thomas. storey bedroom Finding the space Welcome to our home ‘There was an odd side-return area where leaves and rubbish collected. Thomas and Rebecca THE PROPERTY Glazing..............£15,000 We thought building over it would be Carter live here with Kitchen ............£40,000 an easy way to gain a bigger living their four children, A five-bed Victorian Resin flooring....£9,000 area.’ The couple found architect George, Wilf, Arthur house in Winchester, tOtaL............£314,000 Adam Knibb through a friend and Emma. Hampshire. (adamknibbarchitects.com) and “We used to liked the look of his previous work. THE VALUE Bought have meals in two hitting snags Thomas and in 2015 for £885,000; sittings because Rebecca thought the project would now worth more than there wasn’t space be straightforward, but there was £1.4million. for us all, but now a nasty surprise waiting for them. ‘We discovered that the house had WHAT IT COST ”we eat together virtually no foundations,’ says Thomas. ‘So a lot of steelwork had Architectural at the table to be put in to support the building.’ and construction work..............£250,000 great resULt The new open-plan kitchen-dining-living area is full of light thanks to roof windows and glass doors. ‘We have a better family life now, because we can be together all the time, much as we’d like the kids to use their playroom and keep their mess in there instead!’ 135june 2019


BEfoRE & AfTER Roof glazing 5 THINGS YOU NEED FEATURE REBECCa FosTER PHOTOGRAPHS MaRTIn GaRdnER was positioned to TO KNOW ABOUT... throw light onto the dining area and back into Timber the centre of the property cladding The couple went for a Adam Knibb, of Adam Knibb modern look in the new Architects, has the lowdownÉ space. ‘We wanted the original architecture to 1 IT’S VERY VERSATILE contrast completely with Cladding can be used for something contemporary’ numerous applications, from a central external feature to a WHAT WE’VE LEARNED small internal panel. It has the adaptability to cover all areas. “The problems older houses 2 IT LookS SmART hide really add to the cost. The Wood coverings work well state of the foundations, walls, wiring together with other exterior and plumbing are things you can’t know materials. They can also be used to make an internal feature. ”until you start ripping the walls out 3THERE IS A cHoIcE 136 june 2019 of fINISHES Timber cladding can be left untreated so that it weathers to a silver-grey, or can be stained with UV oil. The latter route will require more maintenance though. 4IT cAN BE VERTIcAL oR HoRIZoNTAL Be careful with the profile details if you’re changing between the two – make sure the water can run out of a tongue-and-groove joint. 5THERE ARE mANY TYPES Western red cedar is one of the most popular varieties due to its smooth appearance. However, larch and English chestnut are also attractive choices, along with oak. Ultimately, it all comes down to your budget.


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in my experience The sleek kitchen “Many property weeks. The prize also includes is bound to be a up to £1,500 to spend on fees selling point raffles have been shut and a lump sum of £3,000 to Peanut the dog down because they’ve cover ground rent, council tax has chewed a few been deemed to be and utilities for a year. To parting chunks out make things even easier, the of the bath panel! ”an illegal lottery flat is offered fully furnished and refurbished throughout. Mind you, the bathroom needs work, as Peanut decided to The bedroom bite chunks out of the bath panel! leads directly out We already have our next prize lined up – another beautiful little to the terrace London flat. Our focus is on real homes that people can afford to live in. I was lucky to get on the property ladder when prices were far more reasonable than they are now. I paid £230,000 for my first house and it’s now worth around £750,000. I wish I still owned it! Nowadays, owning a home is beyond a dream for many people, particularly those under 40. A property raffle gives everyone a seriously good chance of owning their own home outright – and the odds are 1,000 times better than winning the EuroMillions. Aside from not wanting to raffle off their own homes – well, not yet, at least – my friends and family have been hugely supportive. Nobody advised me against doing Other property raffles have it – they know I have the drive and failed simply because the determination to make it a success. vendors haven’t made enough Some of them even invested through ticket sales to meet their reserve the crowdfunding scheme, which price. They’ve relied on word-of- has given me a real vote of mouth and the occasional piece confidence. And everyone is keen of press coverage, rather than to know exactly how it all works. marketing the competition more Where will I move to next? effectively. With that in mind, we I realise the clock is ticking, but I managed to crowdfund £250,000 still have no idea. I’ll probably rent from 270 individual investors to somewhere initially. I love London spend on advertising. The response but I’m originally from Dorset and, that’s generated means I’m very as I grow older, I’ve come to realise The roof terrace confident we’ll sell enough tickets I’m probably just a country boy at is perfect for summer parties to award the property at the end heart. So I like the idea of moving to of June. We’re certainly on track. the countryside, and taking Peanut If we didn’t make enough ticket for long walks through woods and sales, there would be a cash prize fields instead of her daily trip to the based on how many had been sold park. I think she’d prefer that, too! FEATURE ginevra benedetti instead. But that won’t happen! The Ultimately, I’ve put my heart draw will be live-streamed, and take and soul into my current home. But place on 30 June, in front of two when the time finally comes to leave, independent adjudicators. After that, I know I’ll have a huge sense of the winner could potentially move in achievement and be filled with – or start renting the flat out – within excitement about the future.’ 140 june 2019


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simpLe soLutions Oxygen action EXPERT TIP Deep cleaning iQ500 WM14T790GB, £850, ‘Confused QuickDrive WW90M645OPO/ Siemens about washing EU, £869.99, Samsung weights? As a Quiet Mark approved, so great This super-efficient A+++ for open-plan spaces, this 9kg, rated, 1,500rpm spin, 9kg general rule, 1,400rpm spin, A+++ model model (H84.8xW59.8xD59cm) a 7kg machine (H59.2 xW52.2xD52cm) boosts has a speedy 15-minute cycle, can wash 35 the detergent by pulsating the plus sensoFresh, which uses cotton T-shirts, water and mixing in air, giving oxygen to remove odours from a better clean in half the time. fabrics without water. It’s even an 8kg The neat AddWash door allows safe for dry-clean only items. machine, 40 you to add extras at any stage. T-shirts, and a THE BEST BIT It can self- THE BEST BIT You can stop 12kg machine, diagnose problems and even a wash cycle and open the door, a whopping contact the service centre for help. 60 T-shirts.’ without causing a flood, to add Super fast Ginevra items you may have forgotten. Benedetti, Beko WR94PB44DW, £336, AssociAte AO.com An ideal choice for a hectic editor household, this A+++ rated, machine (H84xW60x D60cm) FEATURE chris hAslAm Washing will not only tackle 9kg of machines laundry in just 28 minutes that take but you just need to fill it with a load off detergent and conditioner once every 19 washes thanks “App-controlled to the auto-dosing function. THE BEST BIT The Xpress washing machines are Super Short setting washes up great for when you’re to 2kg of clothes in 14 minutes. on the go, but if you want top performance with minimum fuss, Long life look for models with built-in sensors, often called fuzzy logic. WCR860 WPS, £1,499, Miele These assess each laundry load Miele machines last for years and alter the washing conditions and clean brilliantly. This 9kg design (H85xW59.6xD63.6cm) ”for the best possible cleaning has a sleek touchscreen, plus sensors that weigh each load Lauren CLark, WAshing mAchine expert, Ao.com and test the cleanliness, to use just the right amount of heat and water, saving 40 per cent more than most A+++ models. THE BEST BIT The Miele app will send an alert when you need more detergent, and can order it for you, via Amazon. Voice controlled AXI AWMPD413LH7B, from £469, Hoover Available in 9kg, 10kg and 13kg with A+++ rating, this great- value model (H85xW60x D66.5cm) is packed with tech. It has a steam mode for easier ironing, voice control and auto- dosing of detergent. You can ask it for stain removal advice and start it remotely, too. THE BEST BIT It can advise on the best time to do laundry, based on the weather forecast. 145JUNE 2019


simple solutions The latest tech blinds and curtains that can be makes everyday controlled using either a remote tasks simpler control or smartphone. You can for everyone set them up to open and close at specific times, which can help waking up, increase home security or just make life easier. How smart tech What if Mum doesn’t can help seniors use a smartphone? Assuming the house has wi-fi, the latest voice-controlled tech – Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri – can be used to intuitively control everything from heating (try nest.com or hive.com), lighting (meethue.com, lifx.com) and plug sockets (belkin.com) with just a simple voice command. Take it one step further with a smart voice- controlled screen like the Amazon Echo Show (£219.99, amazon.co.uk) and enjoy the peace-of-mind of video calling just by asking to ‘call Mum’. Good news for the 11 million people aged over It seems excessive to 65 in the UK is that the latest smart home tech monitor the house can help make life easier, more independent with security cameras, but I and safer for those in need of a little extra help can’t be there all the time… Netatmo Presence (£200, netatmo. com) is a security camera with I have enough trouble (try irobot.co.uk or neatorobotics. face detection that can send you an understanding new com/gb) is a brilliantly simple way alert when someone specific gets gadgets, how is my elderly to do the daily cleaning, just set the home, while Hive’s new scheme mum supposed to use them? timer and let it clean. All you need (£15 a month, plus a one-off £150 to do is empty it. installation fee) will send a British Actually, according to Ofcom, nearly Gas engineer to fit sensors in the half (48%) of internet users aged Great idea! What home of the person being cared 65-74 now have a social media else is available? for. The carer can then be notified profile, so you might be surprised if anything out of the ordinary by how tech-savvy the elderly are. It’s now much easier to automate happens, such as a kettle not being If you’ve got internet access, there’s things at home. Somfy (somfy.co.uk) switched on at the same time each plenty of gadgets – especially the specialises in battery-powered day or a room not being entered. latest voice-controlled kit – that can make life easier, including lighting, “Super-stylish and safety plugs, thermostats and appliances. conscious, the Apple Watch 4 FEATURE CHRIS HASLAM phoTogRAph ALAMY But gadgets aimed (£429, apple.co.uk) can tell if at the elderly all the person wearing it falls over and seem to be designed to can even call an emergency contact if help the infirm… they don’t move within a few seconds, While most of the latest smart home ”allowing you to quickly get help tech wasn’t designed for the old, the ease of use means it can help make ginEvRA BEnEdETTi, ASSoCIAte edItoR everyday tasks simpler for anyone. For instance, a robot vacuum cleaner 146 june 2019


simple solutions Oil press the stainless-steel auger, press the Vacuum blender button and it’s done in 30 minutes. Ci Oilpresso, £299, UK Juicers Beko Vacuum Blender, £159.99, Ao.com Most cooking oil is produced Beko’s genius vacuum blender at very high temperatures, (H31.7xW15.8xD24.2cm) which destroys many of the removes the remaining air in oil’s natural health-giving the jug before you blend the properties. The CI Oilpresso contents, which reduces the (H35xW30xD18cm) uses cold oxidation process. This helps pressing to squeeze out every fruit and vegetables retain far last drop of oil from your more vitamins and minerals, chosen nuts and seeds, so you and stops your smoothie or can make the freshest salad soup from separating. dressing possible. THE BEST BIT The handy THE BEST BIT It’s so easy to auto-clean function sets the use – just put nuts and seeds in machine to blend away so you won’t have to scrub it Sous vide stick clean after every use. Joule Sous Vide by ChefSteps, EXPERT TIP £154, Amazon ‘Like with every other appliance, you’ll need By cooking food slowly, at to make room for something new on your a low temperature and in a countertop or in a cupboard to ensure you sealed bag, sous-vide cooking get regular use out of it. On the plus side, creates moist meat and fish these are all portable, so you can easily pack with vitamins and minerals them into the boot of the car if you’re off retained. The Joule Sous Vide (H27.9xDia5cm) turns any on a self-catering holiday.’ pan into a water bath, allowing you to achieve the same GiNEVRA BENEDETTi, ASSoCIATE EDIToR results as a pro machine. Multicooker slow-cook, steam, air-fry, THE BEST BIT It connects to pressure cook, sear or sauté; your smartphone via an app that Ninja Foodi, £199.99, Ninja roast, bake and grill. Its many suggests recipes, sets timers and functions make it tricky to get alerts you when food is cooked. A one-stop pot for cooking, the hang of, but once you’ve the new Ninja Foodi (H43x mastered a few dishes, you Take the W36xD32cm) can do the lot: won’t look back. It comes with faff out of a ‘how to’ booklet and recipes healthy that range from super-healthy eating (such as soy-glazed salmon and bok choi with jasmine rice) Anyone who’s ever tried a to super-sweet (check out the healthier eating regime knows giant choc chip cookie bake!). that it can take a lot of planning and preparation. So let these THE BEST BIT Boasting a 6L new countertop heroes do the cooking pot and a 3.6L crisping heavy lifting. They can do everything from reducing fat to basket (both of which are steam-cooking, and boost the nutritional value of your food. non-stick and dishwasher safe), Here are our favourites... the Foodi can roast a 2kg chicken in just 41 minutes. FEATURE GINEVRA BENEDETTI, CHRIS HASLAM Fat-reducing grill THE BEST BIT While the OptiGrill+ is available in a variety of Tefal GC722D40 OptiGrill+ XL, sizes, the XL can cook six to eight £110, John Lewis & Partners portions – perfect for a family. Much like all healthy grills that will cook meat and fish while all the excess fat drips away, Tefal’s OptiGrill+ XL (H17.5xW44.5xD36.5cm) automatically measures the thickness and temperature of your food, amending the grilling time accordingly so it doesn’t overcook. The aluminium grill plates are removable and dishwasher safe, too. 147JUNE 2019


food with friends Share a Mexican feast Load up a table with these flavour-packed platters, break out the tequila and keep the fiesta going until after the sun goes down Passion fruit margarita See page 155 for recipe Chilli poppers See page 155 for recipe


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