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How to stretch your space

Get creative and double your space using some clever tricks and essential buys

DECORATING INSPIRATION

We all dream of living in a spacious mansion, but most of us make do with a much smaller home, normally bulging with furniture and all of our possessions. With a few genius space-saving ideas, we can help you make the most of every inch, transforming even the tiniest room, without extending. If space is tight, make use of areas such as behind doors and under beds, while clever multi-use furniture can also be a winner too. We’ve got lots of creative ideas to maximise the space you have, to stop your home feeling so cramped.

AWKWARD SPACES

Don’t waste this premium spot under your stairs. Made-to-measure furniture is the perfect solution for awkward spaces. Transform a tricky area into a handy home office to make full use of this space, and your paperwork will never be disorganised again

Home office, from £3,000, Neville Johnson

DOUBLING UP

If you have no space for an office at home, use a stylish desk in the living room that doubles up as a coffee table when not in use

Ales desk, £120; Strandmon wing chair, £195; Bladet vase, £3.50; Persisk hamadan rug, £300, all Ikea

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Happy New Year! I hope you had a great time over Christmas. Is it just me or does your home feel a little sad once you’ve taken the decorations down after the festive season has ended? Never mind though, as we’ve got some great ideas to freshen it up for the year ahead, from chic ways to use this season’s latest pastel shades in your home (p.20), to some budget-conscious buys for revamping your kitchen (p.50), plus some elegant ideas for creating a classic, timeless bathroom scheme (p.56). And if your hallway is in need of a little TLC, then check out our brilliant makeovers to see how three readers have transformed theirs with some clever design tricks I know you’ll want to steal (p24). One of the most common problems we all face is not having enough space, so we’ve put together an 8-page special packed with savvy storage solutions and creative ideas to stretch your space and make your home feel bigger, tidier and more streamlined (p.36). If you’re putting your house on the market this year, make sure you read George Clarke’s expert advice for playing the property game (p.111) and turn to page 106 to find out about the latest alternative ways to sell your home. Learning a new skill is certainly on my New Year’s resolution list, and if it’s on yours too, then take a look at our pick of the best courses to try, from sewing to gardening, DIY to cookery, you’re sure to find one that inspires you.
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