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My new-look flat is full of space-saving ideas

Joy Plaskitt used her long-standing passion for interior design to turn a modest city centre apartment into a stylish pied à terre

There is a map of the world in the hall of Joy’s city centre apartment which is covered with red dots. Each one represents a place she has visited – but there are still plenty of spaces to fill. ‘I love travelling and it’s the reason I decided to move into a flat, so I could just lock up and go whenever I felt like it,’ Joy explains.

Joy painted the walls cream to match the B&Q units, so the kitchen blended seamlessly into the rest of the room. The worktop is from Peter Thompson of York. Joy liked the compact Ikea corner sofa and added a footstool covered in Zoffany fabric from Plaskitt and Plaskitt

But there was no walking away from the amount of work which needed doing to the top floor pied à terre in order to bring it up to scratch. ‘It had been tenanted for 20 years and poorly maintained, so it was very tired and shabby,’ says Joy. ‘The kitchen was installed in the Eighties and the units were all over the place. I was going to have to take it back-to-basics to get it as I wanted.’

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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!
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