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It was a complete labour of love

Claire Carpenter worked for hours to transform her kitchen beyond recognition
Black paintwork teamed with patchwork tiles is crisp and modern, while natural elements of slate and wood add texture to the confident scheme
Photos Rachael Smith

Total Cost £1,753

KITCHEN DINER MAKEOVER

When Claire Carpenter, 47, an operations executive moved into her three-bedroom home in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, in the summer of 2015 with husband David and daughters Ellie, 15, and Livvy, 11, she loved that the kitchen was so big – a complete change from her previous home where the kitchen was just two metres wide. ‘At first glance, our new kitchen was huge, but what I didn’t realise until we’d lived here for a while was how little worktop space I had, and how few storage cupboards there were! I had a tiny area to prepare meals and so few cupboards that the kitchen was completely impractical,’ explains Claire. ‘I was sure it could be much better planned and the cluttered country feel wasn’t for me either. I couldn’t wait to turn the higgledy-piggledy space into a fabulous family-friendly kitchen diner.’

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Well, autumn is well and truly upon us but I think there’s something quite comforting about the nights drawing in, and having the chance to curl up on the sofa in front of a roaring fire. In this issue we’ve got plenty of great ideas for making your home super cosy for the coming months. If you’re thinking of replacing your flooring with something warmer, or more stylish, underfoot then make sure you read our fantastic eight-page special on page 36 where we take a look at all the latest designs for floors. Meanwhile, on page 18, you can discover how to use this season’s woodland trend to create the ultimate cosy scheme for autumn. While our craft section this month has even more woodland-inspired projects to add the perfect finishing touches to your home (p.60). Does your kitchen need a quick revamp before it gets busy in the run-up to Christmas? Then take a look at our round-up of the latest looks for worktops and splashbacks (p.50) – you’ll be amazed how easy and affordable it is to give your kitchen a whole new look with this one simple change. If you have young kids, or family with mobility problems, then making your bathroom safe for them can often mean compromising on design, but our feature on page 56 shows you can combine form with function for a bathroom that still packs a style punch. Finally, if the weather starts to turn cold outside, turn to page 100 for some wonderful, warming comfort food recipes.
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