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Renovating our flat has made me fearless

Finding a fixer-upper was just the start for Stephanie Bron, who got stuck into every DIY job and now teaches others to do the same!
Inspiring homes ‘The original larder is such a joy to have and makes for amazing storage space,’ Stephanie says. ‘The coffee sack over the door was from a little place in Forest Hill; we always pick them up here and there. I even made our blinds out of one I got for £1 from Shoreditch market!’


‘The kitchen is really rustic. We found an old tool cupboard in an antique shop in Whitstable months before we moved in and it became the inspiration for the rest of the look. We knew we didn’t want a shop-bought kitchen so we had the units made for us and that meant we could make the best use of the space. The chimney breast is fully exposed and this makes the perfect backdrop for the range cooker, which was kindly given to us by a family member.’

‘I’ve learned to plumb, lay flooring, tile and I can confidently do any DIY job now’

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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.