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A tight budget did not stop us from updating our home

Bea Roach’s bright ideas and husband Phil’s DIY expertise are a perfect combination
Tartan wallpaper on the chimney breast breaks up the grey walls. The false chimney breast was built to create a focal point, and Bea stuck lead strips onto the plain windows to liven them up and enhance the room’s snug appeal

Bea and Phil Roach like a challenge. So when they moved into their new home and were confronted by a sink full of dirty crockery left behind by the previous owner, they took it calmly in their stride.

‘The house was in such a terrible condition, it didn’t seem to matter,’ explains Bea. ‘All of the walls were yellow with cigarette smoke, it was dirty and dated. We had asked the owner to remove all of the carpets before we moved in because they stank so badly, so we had bare chipboard on the floors. We stayed up all night that first night, scrubbing the kitchen and bathroom to make them useable, especially as Holly and Lewis were only small. In fact, we scrubbed the house from top to bottom for days.’

Good idea!

Using dark colours in a north-facing room can make it feel cosier.

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Isn’t it funny, no matter how many years ago you left school, September always comes with an air of new beginnings and fresh starts. Whether it’s the kids going back to school, the older ones leaving home and heading off to Uni, or just us grown-ups fancying a new lunchbox for work or a fresh new look for our home. So if you’ve got the itch to make a few changes around your home, we’ve made sure there’s plenty to inspire you in this issue. On page 36 we take a look at the hottest trends on the high street for the coming season. From cosy woodland touches, glamorous metallics mixed with sultry dark tones, chic and simple Scandi-inspired pieces or flamboyant florals, we’re sure you’ll find something you’ll want to add to your home to freshen it up for the months ahead. And, if your kitchen or bathroom floor needs a bit of an update, then check out our guide to the latest flooring designs that are both pretty and practical (p.48). Don’t forget to check out our gorgeous bathroom makeovers too for even more great ideas to steal (p.24). Meanwhile, if your kids have flown the nest, and you’re considering downsizing, then do read our essential guide on page 106 to see if it’s right for you. Even if you’re not planning any major decorating projects this month, you can still get in the ‘back to school’ spirit, with our brilliant recipe ideas (p.100). Go on treat yourself to a new lunchbox and spoil yourself with our tasty lunchbox treats!