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I wanted open-plan shelving

Deborah Webber wanted a kitchen that didn’t stick to the rules, but would work for her love of baking and dancing in the kitchen with the kids

Deborah Webber, 47, has lived in her 1970s house for 15 years with her two children, Rose and Sylvia, in Forest Hill, London. ‘We’d always been happy in the house but the kitchen was always a problem space, and over the years the area just seemed to get more cluttered with our stuff,’ explains Deborah. ‘I’d always hoped eventually I’d be able to knock the walls down and extend.’ However, with such a big project in mind it took time to save and also Deborah wanted to ensure she could have exactly what she wanted and get it right first time. ‘I wanted an open-plan space that I could enjoy baking in with the children and dance about in, I also liked stainless steel for a bit of an industrial feel. But, I was open to suggestions as I know my ideas can be a bit wild sometimes.’

STEP ONE Deborah found a great architect who drew up the plans which involved knocking walls down and re-configuring the back of the house to accommodate the kitchen and found a local builder who would undertake all the work. The extension took a good few months, and had a few delays, but once the walls were down and new ones plastered Deborah started to get a feel of how big the kitchen area would be. ‘Once the bi-fold window went in I could see how much light there would be and I got an idea of the space and how I could use it to my advantage.’

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I don’t know about you, but I always feel like we’ve turned a corner in April. The clocks have gone forward, so we’ve got longer, lighter days; the weather is getting warmer, so we can fling open the windows and let the fresh air in and the garden is bursting with colourful flowers beckoning us outside. And not forgetting, it’s Easter this month, which means we get a lovely long bank holiday weekend to look forward to (which is perfect for getting stuck into a spot of decorating)! So with all this on the horizon we’ve filled this issue with lots of exciting spring features. It’s time to ditch those furry throws and heavy winter curtains and lighten up your home’s look for the months ahead. On page 36 we take a look at the latest fabric trends and show how you can use them to give your home the ‘wow’ factor. While on page 42 we discover lots of great new products to take away your wash day blues. If you haven’t already noticed, green is the big colour trend for this year, so on page 20 we show how to give your home a gorgeous leafy green makeover with purse-friendly accessories. To celebrate Easter our Craft Editor, Sophie, has designed some adorable projects to brighten up your home – you’re going to love the cute little lambs (p.60)! And make sure you check out our quick and easy recipes on page 100, perfect for making your Easter family gettogether really special. Have a great month and a very happy Easter!
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