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Digital Subscriptions > Homestyle > September 2016 > We designed the house for how we live

We designed the house for how we live

When Fiona Crisp couldn’t find a home that suited her five-person family, she knew that a renovation project was the way to go
‘We ditched the design we were originally given by the kitchen planners and I set about re-drawing it myself,’ Fiona reveals. ‘Matt and I worked out what storage and preparation space we needed versus aesthetics and plumbing and electrics. However, I would say a kitchen planner was useful – it gives you a starting point, which is easier than coming up with a big design from scratch’


‘Aside from creating a basement, the kitchen has undergone the most dramatic change. It was two rooms (a tiny dated kitchen and dining room with stripy green vinyl walls and a carpet that would give you a migraine!), so we transformed it into one open-plan space with hard-wearing solid oak floor. We wanted the kitchen to be light, with a nod to industrial style. The tiles are one of the best bits about the kitchen. The colours work really well; the grey tiled splashbacks complement the wall colour brilliantly and create the pared-back feel we were going for.’

‘Switching the kitchen and dining areas around was one of the best decisions we made; it maximised the space and light’

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About Homestyle

As we wave a fond farewell to summer, this month brings the promise of a fresh start and a clean seasonal slate to inspire a new phase of home styling. We’ve rustled up a whole host of inspiration to spur you on, including how to amp up the texture for cosy, autumn-ready schemes on page 112 and a six-page decorating masterclass starting on page 66, where design guru Emma Fishman shows us how to unleash the potential of our living rooms in her One Sofa: Three Ways series. If all this talk of new beginnings has got you thinking about taking the ultimate housing leap and buying a renovation project, Hayley Gilbert has done all the hard work for you (well, maybe not all...) with her Should I Buy a Fixer-Upper? expert guide on page 72. It’s the ultimate read for anyone who’s teetering on the edge of a purchase and simplifies all the legal bits, plus includes watertight advice from industry professionals. But if you’re more of a turn-key type, we haven’t forgotten you – flip to page 60 for staff writer Abbi’s shopping handbook for furnishing your home from scratch. You’ll also find utterly irresistible décor pick-me-ups in our metallic accessories (p.22), graphic wall art (p.34) and botanical cushions (p.46) bargain buy round-ups, plus four beautiful real homes and three wow-factor room transformations to feast your eyes on. Enjoy.