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Work your Living Area!

Fallen out of love with your living space? These fabulous projects will have you skipping to the sofa – and not just because they’re easy on the budget

Part 7: The Great Upcycling Challenge

Times are a-changing. Our living rooms are fast catching up with the kitchen as the designated hub of the home. It’s also increasingly becoming a site for dual-purpose living – whether that’s a home office tucked neatly into a corner or a guest bed sprung from a seemingly innocuous sofa. This issue we tasked our HomeStyle designers, Juliet Bawden and Amanda Russell, to create seven projects which will transform the drabbest of rooms into a haven of style. If budgets are tight – it is that time of year – fear not, you can still pack a punch of personality.

Chart side table

This table was very stained and sad-looking when we spotted it sitting outside a seaside charity shop. Just behind it were some lovely old sailing charts and that gave us an idea... Why not découpage (essentially glueing and sticking) some of the charts onto the table?

Pindus rug, £450; blue and white vase, £20, both Habitat. White pots, from £1; notebook, from 50p; pens, £1, Tiger
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About Homestyle

Wow, another year has gone by already! There is something about packing away those Christmas decorations (and cleaning all the little corners that have been totally neglected for the past month...) that inspires a few changes on the home front. I always see things in a new light at this time of year and feel renewed energy and resolve to start afresh. If you are looking for ways to give your home a revamp, have a flick through our mini mag on HomeStyle’s best 40 rooms – there’s something for everyone. If you ask your friends, I’ll bet they’ll say that the room in their home that needs most attention is the bathroom. Even trawling through Pinterest and Instagram, it’s almost impossible to find really great inspiration for this much overlooked space, so we decided to challenge our resident stylist, Pippa Jameson, to come up with three different looks that are bang up to date for 2016. Another change here is that this is my last issue of our wonderful magazine! I have enjoyed every second of my time on HomeStyle with the most amazing team of people. I hand you over to them from the March issue. Enjoy!