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We found a country bolt-hole filled with character

Richard and Michael have added traditional touches to their period house
Elephant heads of Ganesha, from an Indian holiday, look more distinctive in Ikea frames. Original quarry tiles on the floor and iron scrollwork from Wells Reclamation on the door create authentic detail alongside a second-hand armchair

Good idea!

Richard chose the fabric first and then picked the lightest colour tone within the pattern to paint the walls.

When Richard Cooke and his partner Michael Taylor decided to move out of London, they spent a year and-a-half looking along the south coast for the perfect spot to escape to the country. ‘We were disappointed when a house we liked in Dorset fell through,’ remembers Richard. ‘But then we saw this house for sale online and thought it was beautiful.’ The couple immediately set off to Somerset to view the house and, from the moment they stepped in the front garden, instantly knew they’d found their home. ‘We knew it was the one we were looking for,’ he enthuses. ‘We went in and looked round just the once but that was enough, we bought it.’

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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!
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