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My flat above shops is now a cottage in the sky!

Gillian Fyfe followed her creative instincts to create a country-style home with a garden to match
Modern-country perfectly sums up the style of the living room, which is dominated by comfortable green chenilleupholstered sofas with cushions made from the same material as the curtain fabric, all from Sterling Furniture, while the electric stove and real logs add a rustic look

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The wall opposite the fireplace has the same wallpaper, creating a sense of balance and adding even more colour.

Having left home at the age of 16 and lived in many rented flats prior to buying her first home when she was 21, Gillian Fyfe believes this is the 48th property she has lived in, which makes her an authority in the art of moving. So when her husband, Martin, died shortly after the birth of her second son, she realised that returning to her job as a medical rep was not going to be an option. But with a track record for interior makeovers, she decided property developing – living in a house while doing it up, then selling and starting again – would give her the flexibility to work and still be there for the children.

‘Always remaining within a fairly small radius in a popular suburb meant the children had continuity for schools and nurseries and over a 15-year period I did up three flats and four houses, the last a three bedroom semi-detached bungalow,’ says Gillian. ‘However, as Angus was about to leave home to study at Glasgow University and the financial crisis had impacted on the property market, I thought it was time to downsize to a flat and get a job.’

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Now that spring is well underway, for many of us our thoughts are turning to blowing away the winter cobwebs and freshening up our homes for the warmer, sunnier months ahead. If your vacuum cleaner has seen better days and you’re thinking of investing in a new one, take a look at our buyers’ guide on page 50 to discover which model is right for you. This is also a great time of year to make the most of the long bank holiday weekends that abound over the next few weeks to give your home a fresh new look with a coat of paint. In this issue we take a look at the two key colours for this year (both of which are very calming and easy to live with) and show you just how easy it is to use them in your own home, no matter what your style (p.36). While those of you who have a penchant for rustic interiors will love this month’s Trend Alert which looks at using fresh spring greens to give your home a contemporary take on country living (p.20). Spring is often the time when thoughts turn to getting your home ready for putting on the market or making major home improvements to your property, so in this issue we take a look at which are the best projects to increase the value of your home, from adding an en suite to converting the loft. Turn to page 106 to find out our top 10 value adding projects. Finally, don’t forget to take a look at our food pages this month (p.100), where you’ll find some clever recipes to give your chicken dinners a scrummy new twist!
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