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In my lofty home I feel at one with nature

With a little imagination, writer Rebecca McNamara created her own New York-style loft apartment that’s bursting with colour

Living room

‘We had no solid ideas for the lounge area to start with. We experimented with many crazy arrangements of our mismatched furniture, as you so often do when you first move in to a new home. It wasn’t until we discovered a local craftsman making the most magnificent Chesterfield sofas that our journey began. We handpicked the leather so it’s totally unique and the heart of our home.’

‘As with all apartment living, storage can be the bane of your existence and I don’t like bicycles left in hallways, so we decided to make use of the lush 11-foot high ceilings and mount it on the wall to make a feature of its shape and design’

‘The loft was in an awful state, but the huge windows pulled us in’


Make a feature of your bicycle by mounting it on the wall

Welcome to my home

A bit about me

I’m Rebecca McNamara and I live with my fiancé, Dan, our mischievous Shar-Pei, Mr Maximus, and my bundle of joy-to-be.

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About Homestyle

Breathing new life into your home gives you the chance to really challenge your creativity – especially if you want statement style on a shoestring budget. This issue’s four real homes show just how far you can let your imagination soar; from Rebecca McNamara’s hand-painted willow mural (p.20) and Clare Morton’s unifying monochrome scheme (p.26), to Morgan’s fabulous floral staircase (p.43) and Corinne’s unique ways with vintage fabrics (p.50). Cover girl Joanna’s kitchen is a masterclass in getting a designer look for less (p.100) – you won’t believe her worktops aren’t marble! Plus Lisa’s hallway (p.94) and Jane’s bathroom (p.106) are crammed full of incredible ideas to transform the smallest areas in the house. Speaking of small spaces, many of us are making our rooms work double-duty to get even more bang for our buck. Whether that’s an office/bedroom or a living room/dining area, we’ve got savvy tips to squeeze every last inch out of your home – without scrimping on style. Turn to page 72 to get started. Also, there’s decorating inspiration a-plenty on page 66, where we get to grips with three different floral trends, and six pages of painted wall fabulousness on page 60. Enjoy the issue!