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We could put our own stamp on this property

Alice and James Malcolm Green, reconfigured and revamped their first family home

Newly-weds Alice and James Malcolm Green had viewed 30 flats inside six weeks before they found the one they wanted to buy as their first property together as husband and wife. ‘It had been let for 15 years and had not been updated since the 1980s,’ says Alice. ‘The bathroom had just a shower, beige sanitaryware and a lino floor, and there were woodchip walls and Artex ceilings throughout the flat.’ The kitchen was also dated, with a Formica worktop, speckled white units and a lino floor, discoloured and torn from use. The rest of the flat was carpeted, ‘but very tired and cheap, the sort you lay for renting out a property,’ says Alice.

The dark grey sofa bed from Made and the black and cream floor rug from Ikea clearly define the living area. The print above the sofa is by David Spiller, and is called ‘Love the ones you Love’. ‘The builders constructed the wall unit which holds the TV and has plenty of storage so enables us to keep the space nice and tidy,’ says Alice

Far from being put off by the poor state of the property, Alice and James welcomed the prospect of being able to renovate the flat. ‘It meant we could put our own stamp on it,’ says Alice. ‘I have a diploma in design and James studied product design at Central Saint Martins art school in London, so between us we are creative with lots of ideas.’

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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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