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Digital Subscriptions > Homestyle > September 2016 > Colour and prints make my home unique

Colour and prints make my home unique

A fearless approach to colour and design helped turn a bland new build into a home brimming with character
‘The upcycled Lloyd Loom chest was a gift from my sister and it gives us extra storage. The bright spotty fabric works well with the greens and pinks and other patterns, which include blinds from Laura Ashley and cushions with my own print designs’

Sitting room

‘We both liked the idea of a cosy, checked chair, so that was our first buy for this room, along with the sofa. We had a bit of a decorating disaster early on, as I chose a minky taupe for the walls. It turned out almost lilac and just looked wrong, so we had to start again! The green is unusual, and very restful, especially as I’ve softened it with a creamy-yellow on the other walls.‘

GOOD IDEA Keep your space flexible with modular sofa that can be divided and rearranged

‘I’d rather have a mixture of things that sit well together, than everything being too coordinated’

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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.