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I gave my bland bathroom a burst of personality

Feature floor tiles were Gemma Rida’s inspiration for a brand new bathroom full of practical but stylish ideas

When Gemma Rida, 30, first moved into her three-bedroom flat in South Woodford, with her husband, Mourad and two children Oulayah, eight, and Edward, two, she was happy with the bathroom, but that didn’t last long. ‘Soon after moving in, we realised the plumbing had been badly installed, and the problems just got worse,’ Gemma explains. The pipes under the bath had been leaking for quite a while before Gemma had noticed, which had been damaging the walls and floor. Gemma’s dad came over to take a look and discovered the shocking workmanship. Gemma decided this was her opportunity to start from scratch. ‘The bathroom wasn’t to my taste anyway. It felt really bland and lacking in character, so now I could put my own stamp on it,’ she explains.

Traditional-style taps positioned centrally give a luxurious feel as well as extra comfort. wall hooks and a wooden bath rack keep all of Gemma’s bathroom essentials close to hand
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Is it just me, or do you love the month of May too? Not only does it feel like summer is on the way, but we also get those cheeky bank holidays to enjoy. For many of us the longer, warmer days mean that it’s the perfect time to tackle those decorating jobs we’ve been thinking about. In this issue we’ve got plenty of expert advice to help you plan your next decorating project and redesign your rooms like a stylist (p.36). If you’re thinking about updating your bathroom, then we’ve got some great monochrome schemes to inspire you (p.48), plus three readers share their own bathroom transformations with us (p.24) and they’ve got plenty of great ideas for you to steal. If, like me, you have a tiny kitchen, you’ll love our clever suggestions and smart solutions to make the most of the space you have (p.54). Now that summer is on the horizon, our thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors. On page 106 we discuss how to turn your alfresco space into an extension of your home. From balconies to terraces, patios to decks, we’ve got ideas for every space, no matter how big or small. If you’re a fan of street food, check out our delicious recipes on page 100 which will show you how to recreate all your favourite dishes at home. The Bajan fish cakes are really delish! Finally, to help you with your bank holiday projects we’ve put together a special free magazine to accompany this issue, full of quick and easy ideas to revamp your home in just a few hours. Happy decorating!