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It’s gone from featureless to fabulous

Elizabeth O’Reilly hasn’t been afraid to experiment or stretch her decorating skills when transforming an uninspiring bedroom into a characterful haven

Styling Jo Rigg

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Total Cost £1,900

A striking feature mural and luxurious bed create an impressive focal point in Elizabeth and Helio’s previously featureless room. While the combination of soft dress curtains and a smart wooden blind adds both warmth and privacy at the once impersonal picture window
Photos Lizzie Orme

When Elizabeth O’Reilly, and her partner Helio Flores Santos, bought their three-bedroom semi in Cambridgeshire, it was convenience rather than looks that clinched the deal. ‘Built in the 1950s, the house didn’t have the character we were originally hoping for, but it was well kept, a good size and in a great family-friendly location – an important consideration as I was pregnant with our first child, also named Helio, at the time,’ smiles Elizabeth. What’s more, with only minor updating required, the couple could concentrate on, not only creating a nursery, but tackling another problem area – their bedroom!

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I’m hoping that as you read this the sun is shining and you’re sitting out in the garden and getting truly into the summer spirit. But knowing how fickle our weather can be, you may be sat on the sofa watching the rain on the window pane. I hope it’s the former not the latter! Anyway, we’re looking on the bright side in this issue and have packed it with lots of feel-good summer ideas for you and your home. On page 44 we take a look at the latest barbecues and outdoor pizza ovens to make your summer get-togethers go with a swing. While on page 100 we’ve put together some zingy recipes that make the most of summer’s refreshing citrus flavours (the citrus-marinated lamb steaks are ideal for popping on your barbie!). The seaside is a big trend on the high street this summer, so on page 20 we explain how to give your décor a classic nautical feel, and on page 54 we’ve pulled together a whole host of affordable finishing touches to give your bathroom a relaxing coastal look. We’ve even got a gorgeous sparkling fish cushion project on page 64 to complete the watery theme! If you love being in the garden at this time of year, turn to page 114 to discover this year’s hero plant, the Cosmos, it’s so easy to grow and provides oodles of flowers to cut for the house. Finally, you must try making our gorgeous garden veg-inspired table decorations on page 60, they’ll make the ideal finishing touch to your summer garden parties.
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