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Digital Subscriptions > Your Home Magazine > February 2017 > I brought the outside in

I brought the outside in

Claire Denyer White has transformed a once cramped, dingy room into a bright, airy home office that pays homage to her love of gardening

As a keen horticulturist, Claire Denyer White’s ideal home office would naturally have overlooked the garden of her newly purchased 1930s home, in South London, that she shares with husband, Trevor, and children, Beth and Michael. However, with space at a premium on the ground floor, she reluctantly had to settle for a small upstairs box room with street views. ‘Being northfacing it wasn’t the sun-filled space I’d envisaged, but I was determined to make it my own, thanks to a little botanical input!’ she says.

STEP ONE Claire’s first task was to strip the room of its dated wallpaper and tired carpet. ‘Sadly removing layers of paper, including a woodchip top coat, took its toll on the ageing plaster – especially around the bay window,’ recalls Claire. So rather than spend days trying to make good the crumbling walls, the couple decided to simply re-plaster throughout and also took the opportunity to repair and reinstate a section of broken picture rail. ‘Trevor would have quite liked to get rid of the rail all together, but I think it adds character to the room – plus it makes hanging pictures much easier,’ says Claire. A new efficient, space-saving, vertical radiator was also neatly tucked into one corner, leaving the room ready for Claire to plan her décor.

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Having spent a pretty penny at Christmas and splashed out in the January sales, February is the month when we need to seriously tighten our purse strings. But just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a stylish home. In this special money-saving issue we’ve got hundreds of great ideas and affordable buys to make your home look sensational. We’ve even got some great suggestions for renters, who are often limited when it comes to decorating their rooms (p.36). Is your bathroom looking a little drab at the moment? Turn to page 46 to discover some really purse-friendly buys to give it a facelift, while on page 52 we’ve got a host of clever ways to give your kitchen a makeover without breaking the bank. If you’re planning on tackling some bigger home improvements this year, then take a look at page 106, where we give you the low-down on how to cut the cost of your projects. Even our craft projects have a moneysaving spin to them this month. From using up fabric scraps to re-purposing old magazines, you’ll love our creative upcycling ideas. If you just can’t resist a cheeky takeaway on a Friday night, then check out our fab cost-effective fakeaways on page 100. They’re delish! Finally, don’t forget to look out for our shopping bag logos throughout the magazine to discover our favourite bargain buys and money-saving tricks.