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We filled our sunny home with colour and creativity

Carina and Derek Goddard gave their 1930s home a fresh coat of paint, with huge mirrors and art work to set the scene

Carina and Derek bought their 1932 home in Evesham because it was the sunniest house they had ever seen. ‘There were big windows even in the hallway,’ remembers Carina, a former actress who starred in the 1970s television programme Crossroads. ‘Natural light is very important to me because it makes designing the internal lighting really easy. It’s also a very compact house which is a pleasant change after our previous home, a rambling 16th-century cottage. The rooms here are smaller but easier to get around.’

After moving into the house in September 2015, the couple set about changing much of the flooring within three weeks. ‘The old floorboards were laid haphazardly with some rooms going north to south and others east to west,’ says Carina. ‘We didn’t want carpeting but we had to bring them into line so we laid engineered oak in every room downstairs except for the kitchen.’

Art work in Carina’s home is a family affair, by her father and sister Paul and Rolla Wyeth

They decided to remove an old fireplace in the dining room at the same time to make the most of the space they had. ‘The room is rather narrow so we didn’t want anything protruding,’ she explains. ‘We then extended the wooden flooring and the skirting board into the cavity and added down-lighters.’

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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!