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I paint a room white first, then wait for inspiration to strike

Isabel Lavers loves using colour in her home but takes her time to make decisions

Good idea!

A nest of tables is so handy, great for guests, but can be stacked away when you need space.

The grey wool sofa is from m&s, and the cushions are from spruced upholstery. The couple have chosen Winter Teal and White Linen, both from Dulux, to paint the walls. The useful nest of tables is from habitat. The cowhide is Argentinian, ‘i bought it before they became fashionable,’ isabel explains

'This was our third renovation as a couple, property is in my blood,’ Isabel admits. ‘My dad worked as an engineer and I have two sisters, one is an architect, the other is an artist who has also trained as an accountant; and we are all serial renovators.’

‘There was a horrid runner in here when we bought the house, we simply removed it and painted the stairs as a way to save money. We like the look though,’ isabel admits. isabel’s sister’s artwork is framed and on display in the hallway, and the walls are painted in Winter moss from Dulux. The low console is from habitat
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Now that the nights are long and there’s a definite nip in the air, it’s time to make sure your home is as comfy and cosy as it can be, as we’ll be spending a lot more time indoors over the next few months. Our trend alert on p.20 this month is inspired by misty moors and the rich colours are perfect for giving your home a warm and welcoming feel. And if you’re thinking of getting a new sofa before your family and friends arrive for Christmas, then make sure you read our expert guide on p.36 for all the information and inspiration you need to pick your perfect settee. We also take a look at the latest ovens which are big on style and features, but kind to your pocket – ideal for cooking your Christmas dinner (p.48). If you’re thinking of moving home in the New Year, then turn to p.106 to find out how to discover where the latest property hotspots are in your area. Bonfire night is a great excuse to have a get-together before we all get too busy in the run-up to the festive season. On p.100 we’ve got some fantastic recipe ideas for you to try at your fireworks party – I particularly love the spectacular bonfire cake, it’s a real showstopper that will definitely ‘wow’ your guests! As always we’ve got some stunning makeovers, including kitchen diner revamps packed with clever ideas (p.24), plus some gorgeous reader homes that I know you’ll find inspiring (p.73).
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