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Digital Subscriptions > Your Home Magazine > July 2017 > I transformed my bedroom into a botanical oasis

I transformed my bedroom into a botanical oasis

Kate Watkins used paint and fabrics to give her bedroom a nature-inspired makeover

When Kate Watkins, 38, moved with husband Trev and children Rory, nine, Sam, seven, and Eddie, three, to their three-bedroom home in Beaconsfield in 2015, the whole house was decorated in a shabby chic country style. ‘Almost everything was painted a shade of cream and all the woodwork had been distressed. I’d just moved from an old cottage with this look so wanted something different. We didn’t have the budget to rip everything out and start again, so I looked at it as a challenge. I wanted to spend around £1,000 and was sure I could make it work,’ she smiles. ‘I used Pinterest to collate my ideas to see what things looked like before committing,’ she explains. ‘I could put all my ideas in one place and look at them together to see what would work. So when it came to starting the transformation I had made all my decisions and was confident it would hold together beautifully.’

Kate’s repainted wardrobes look fantastic with the rich grey adding depth and confidence to the new décor scheme
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Hoorah! Summer is here and if, like me, the sunshine makes you want to spend as much time as you can outdoors, then I know you’re going to enjoy this issue. To begin with we’ve got some gorgeous creative projects on page 60 to give your garden the ‘wow’ factor. The cat planter is my favourite, it’s so cute! Meanwhile, on page 66, we show you how to make raised beds for your garden – perfect if you’ve always wanted to grow your own fruit and veg. For many of us, summertime makes us think of beds and borders brimming with colourful flowers, but there’s another important element that you should spend time getting right and that’s the foliage. Turn to page 114 for our guide to which leafy plants will give your garden year-round interest. But, of course, gardening isn’t all about planting and pruning, you should always make time to enjoy your hard work. So why not treat yourself to one of our favourite new garden furniture designs on page 44? Talking of new designs, we’ve gone all contemporary on our kitchen and bathroom pages this issue, from glossy kitchens (p.55) to super sleek suites (p.48), you’re sure to find a look you love. Meanwhile, if you’re thinking of updating your bedroom, look no further than this month’s makeovers (p.24), and if you’re trying to choose a new colour for your next decorating scheme then why not try this season’s hottest shade – Denim Drift? On page 36 we’ve got some great colour scheming ideas to make this gorgeous shade of blue work in any home. Finally, make sure you take a peek at our recipe pages this month, as we’ve got some delicious ways to cool down with frozen desserts and ice lollies (p.100).