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Our Victorian home has given us a relaxing refuge

Lisa and David Rapkins combined their tastes for traditional and contemporary styling
A unique blend of traditional features alongside contemporary accessories have been brought together with the clever use of gold tones, creating a warm, inviting environment. The stunning gold and bronze artwork forms a centrepiece for the room, complementing the bespoke dark grey sofa from Ashley Manor

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The use of similar tones is perfect for giving your home continuity and the use of copper throughout has added a unique style.

For Lisa Rapkins and her husband David, life is a fairly busy one. ‘David’s work often takes him overseas to the States,’ explains Lisa. ‘Although mainly working in the UK, I too have to travel quite a lot venturing as far afield as China.’ So carrying out a house renovation at the same time wasn’t altogether easy.

‘I decided to buy a wide selection of soft furnishings for the room to add interest, rather than keeping with just one style of cushion,’ says Lisa. ‘I really enjoy searching stores to source items that are more unusual, John Lewis being one of my favourites’
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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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