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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!

Other Articles in this Issue

Editor’s Letter
Is it just me, or do you love the month
May at home
Make the most of May with the best things to do, see and buy this month
Put the zing into your home this spring
Whether you’re planning to serve up pasta, salad, wraps or
With it’s own built-in freezing system, you simply turn this
In the bathroom: If you’re thinking of investing in a
Whatever you’re looking for, here’s how to get a good deal when buying household appliances
We’ve hit the shops to find some of the best options available to make your mountain of ironing seem like much less of a chore
Learn how to decorate like a stylist with our clever tricks
Turn your home into a work of art with swirly, inky pattern
Whether starting from scratch or simply in need of a refresh, follow our basic design rules to take your home from dull to designer!
By knocking a wall down and utilising an unused airing cupboard Rachel Wilkinson was able to get the shower and bathroom space she craved
Clever planning and design choices ensured Kate Cox was able to make the most of a small, windowless bathroom
Feature floor tiles were Gemma Rida’s inspiration for a brand new bathroom full of practical but stylish ideas
Kitchens & bathrooms
Explore black and white bathrooms
Be bold and opt for a combination of black, white and grey to create a high-impact look in your bathroom
You’d never believe Kelly Easter’s galley kitchen was once a kitchen nightmare
Diminutive doesn’t need to mean drab – perk up your kitchen, however compact, with these great solutions
Reader homes
Martina and Peter’s spacious abode is completely unrecognisable from the former tired and neglected bungalow it once was
Carina and Derek Goddard gave their 1930s home a fresh coat of paint, with huge mirrors and art work to set the scene
Richard and Michael have added traditional touches to their period house
Liza and Adam’s extended home is packed full of quirky vintage finds and upcycled furniture
Food & Entertaining
Tuck in to flavour-packed food from around the globe
Try out street food classics at home
Home Improvement
Turn the page to learn how to create a seamless transition from indoors to out
Turn your alfresco space into an extension of your home with our inspiring ideas
This month property developer, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s The Restoration Man, George Clarke, looks back at what he’s learned over his nine years of doing the series
‘We think Sophie Conran’s latest range of galvanized gardening accessories
Great buys and advice to help your garden bloom
Find out how to get the best results from the life and soul of your garden
Don’t miss out!
We love to hear what you’ve been up to, so
Discover this month’s green buys and advice
Make it easy!
We love keeping organised, so this month we’ve created several
Go botanical with these naturally decorative designs
Add some whimsy to your kitchen with this curious cabinet
Keep craft clutter at bay with an embellished tool roll
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This month we show you how to transform your stairs with oak veneers
We answer your DIY and maintenance questions with a little help from the experts
Check out the latest crafting news, workshops and brilliant buys
With plenty of bank holidays coming our way over the
Use these instructions to create your own bespoke cushions – choose braided trim, piped edging and decorative buttons or keep it simple with two-toned fabric for an instant update to your living room or bedroom
Max McMurdo takes us through three easy-to-make projects, from his latest book Upcycling, to show you how to turn items of junk into stylish pieces of furniture
Planted gabion baskets have been on display at flower shows
Brighten up your outside space, however small, with these creative ideas