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Upcycling ideas in under a day

Flex those creative muscles with six simple projects that will add interest to any scheme

Our resident crafting goddess Suzie has outdone herself this month and has conjured up a series of six imaginative makes that any HomeStyler can try. For those who are short on time (or attention span), her statement découpage tray is a sure-fire winner; once whipped up, you can pop it on your coffee table, add a book and a few trinkets (perhaps the DIY pompom flowers on the following page?) and it will totally transform your living room. We love Suzie’s lollypop stick memo board too – and it only costs £1 to make! Plus, there’s a crochet footstool, which sneakily involves no crocheting, a how-to for infinitely useful denim baskets and a handy furniture hack that uses wallpaper in a brand new way.

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Découpaged tray

Update a plain wooden tray with this easy idea using floral wrapping paper.

Takes 4 hours You will need

✱ Round bamboo tray, £9.99, Homebase

✱ DecoArt Crafter’s acrylic paint in black, £1.50 per 59ml, Hobbycraft Q Paintbrush

✱ Poppy Meadow wrapping paper, £6.95 for five sheets, Dotcomgiftshop

✱ Scissors

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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.