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Trend: Our four-legged friends

The animals are on the loose this summer as they make their way into our homes. Whether on cushions, tea towels or tableware, animal-shaped vases and lamps, or simply as decorative figurines, they are great accessories for your home. All kinds of animals are on-trend right now, everything from monkeys and birds, to llamas and horses will give your living room a colourful, kitsch touch. Combine your animal accessories with a neutral backdrop, so they will really attract attention, or place them in bright, colourful areas and introduce the look in a subtle way. They’ll look beautiful wherever you choose to put them.

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We’re halfway through the year now and summer is in full swing, so there’s no better excuse to get out into the garden. In this month’s issue we’ve got lots of great ideas to help make the most of your time outdoors. On page 36 we take a look at this year’s hottest trends for outdoor living. From classic country style to laid-back coastal blues and tropical brights, you’re sure to find a look you love that will help you create your perfect room outdoors. And, if you’re feeling creative, then try your hand at our brilliant upcycling project (p.62) which transforms an unwanted old bed into a gorgeous garden bench, or stitch up a storm and create our beautiful embroidered hanging storage pockets (p.64). If your beds and borders are looking a little lacklustre, then take inspiration from the latest trend from the RHS show gardens – elegant blue and white is the most beautiful colour combination to make your garden look truly stunning this summer (p.114). We’ve also got a simple step-by-step project (pardon the pun) to help you create a set of rustic log steps in your garden (p.66). The warmer weather also means most of us start to hanker after lighter, fresher meals, so we’ve rustled up some super salad recipes in this month’s food section. The roasted sweetcorn and halloumi salad is my favourite. Finally, we’ve also got some truly inspiring makeovers and real reader homes for you to take a peek at. Enjoy!

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stay on top of the latest issues and hot topics
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Do you have unused mobile phones in your home? Mobile
Doing housework can be a real workout and a new
You can get everything as an app these days, even
Many of us enjoy the benefits that come with certain
If you’d love your garden to be neatlymown and perfectlypruned,
Make sure to fasten the screws tightly to hold everything
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Forget chintzy prints and heavy, flowery drapes, this floral trend
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Photographer Lucy Saggers specialises in pictures of country life and
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Food & Entertaining
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