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YOUR SQUEAKY ‒ CLEAN GUIDE TO... A healthy, happy home

Create a home that’s as healthy as can be with our faff-free, non-toxic tips and simple, safe swap


Allergy suff erers, listen up! It’s time to ditch the dust-sucking carpet and sooth your sneezing with an easy-to-clean fl oor. Wood, laminate, lino and tiles are ideal, and can be super-easy to fi t – these hardwood planks from QuickStep cost £58.99 per sqm. If you can’t come to terms with the thought of life without a cosy cream carpet, opt for a low-cost rug that can be deepcleaned and replaced every so often to keep the dust particles (and mites) to a minimum

Furniture for life

Eco-friendly furniture is ideal, but can be costly – luckily, there are more affordable options. Recycling second-hand pieces, something we regularly champion, is an easy – not to mention cheap – way to clean up the planet (your home, after all) and keep unloved yet fully functional items from clogging up landfills.

We don’t know about you, but we can’t remember the last time we scrolled the length of our Instagram feeds without seeing Lycra-clad fitties and semi-famous food gurus hashtagging #avotoast and #fitfam. What started as a ‘clean’ eating experiment with almond milk and medjool dates has spawned into, for lack of a better analogy, an octopus with many, many tentacles. Freefrom beauty products are big sellers, as is organic clothing, so it’s fitting that our homes are next in line for a scrub-up. New to clean living? Here’s what you need to know.

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The sun is shining, the weather is sweet, makes you want to... Decorate every room in the house! (Whilst moving our dancing feet, obviously.) Summer gives us all a fresh burst of energy, so we’ve packed this entire issue with ways to bring in the brightness, whether that’s emulating Nova William’s colour-pop interiors on page 14 (check out the Nova-inspired neon accessories on page 22, too) or de-cluttering from top to bottom, just like Claire Stewart (p.50). And for a 1950s burst of kaleidoscopic cool, flip to page 100 for a beach hut makeover like no other. Got the holiday blues? Hang on to that sunshine feeling with our round-up of the biggest Global trends from three vibrant countries: Brazil, France and Morocco. It also doubles-up as fab Olympic party prep – you’ll find loads of savvy buys for getting the Rio 2016 look. Besides the bold and beautiful interior eye candy, we’ve been digging into what makes our homes healthier places to live. From chemical-free plastics and low-VOC paints and dust-free flooring, HomeStyle’s Abbi has found the best ways to live naturally. And if you’ve spent all your pocket money on ice creams and piña coladas, don’t worry – there are six budget-friendly upcycling projects on page 76 to get stuck into, plus incredible prizes to win on pages 59, 122 and 123. We’ve got our fingers crossed for you.