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I achieved my dream look on a budget

Charlotte Smith combined quality fabrics with a host of high street finds to keep the costs down while refurbishing her pretty village home
‘I love to curl up here and watch TV or read a magazine,’ says Charlotte. The heart stools are from Cox & Cox. Charlotte found the sofa on Made, and the knitted pouffe from Asda. The lamp is from Garden Trading, and the yellow striped throw was knitted by Charlotte’s mum, Jayne
Photos Rachel & Matthew Barnes

When Charlotte and Nigel Smith made the big move out of London, they rented a pretty farmhouse in a Leicestershire village while they searched for the perfect place to buy. They were looking for a period property in a village location with the potential to become a family home. But with each house they viewed, the more they realised they’d already found ‘the one’. Their rental property, Bramley Farm, ticked all the boxes, so when the opportunity came up to buy it, the couple leapt at the chance to make it their own.

‘The house had lots of character and real potential,’ says Charlotte. ‘And the size of the kitchen was a big draw. We moved from a flat in London with a tiny kitchen so the thought of being able to put a table and chairs in the kitchen was amazing!’

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May is a great month for DIYers and decorators, as the days are now longer and lighter and we get two bank holidays to make the most of too! If you’re planning a spot of redecorating, then you’ll find plenty of exciting colour schemes to inspire you in this issue. Whether you love bold brights or sophisticated neutrals, we’ve got some great looks for you try on page 36, while on page 20 we look back in time to see how to make the season’s hottest retro trends work in your home. And don’t forget your windows when planning your new scheme. Shutters are big news right now, so we’ve put together a buyer’s guide to the latest, most gorgeous designs at affordable prices to help you choose the ones that are right for you (p.40). While you’re at it, check out our fantastic competition to win a set of bespoke shutters from Hillarys (p.43). Early summer is a good time to fit a new bathroom but many of us are put off by the cost. Never fear – we’ve found some real bargain buys that prove you don’t need to take out a second mortgage to get the bathroom of your dreams (p.54). If installing a new kitchen is on your to-do list this year, then you must read our feature on page 46 to discover the latest hi-tech gadgets that can make your life so much easier and give you more time to yourself (and who doesn’t want that eh?) Finally, take a look at our delicious meat-free recipe ideas (p.100 – ideal for quick and healthy family meals, whether you’re a veggie or not. P.S. The noodle dish is utterly scrummy!