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Consumer watch

Give winter a warm welcome with hot home tips, says Hayley Gilbert

Heat of the moment

Many inner-city homeowners are making the switch from traditional fuel to green alternatives. According to Green Square (greensquare.co.uk), one of the UK’s leading renewable energy companies, there’s been a huge increase in demand for biomass stoves and solar thermal panels. With fuel prices rising and the RHI tariff reducing, it could be time to consider more eco-friendly, cheaper options.

SECRET SNOOPERS

• One in five homeowners admit to being a secret snooper, using property websites such as RightMove and Zoopla to get design inspiration, according to research from Heritage Bathrooms (heritagebathrooms.com)

• For 41% of us, our sights are set firmly on home improvement after being inspired by the interiors of luxury hotels • 58% plan to give their bathroom a five-star overhaul

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Do you love the idea of having the picture-perfect dinner party, but just don’t have the space to festoon your home with a 12-seater dining table? Well, so do most of us! That’s why this issue the HomeStyle team set deputy editor, Natalie, the task of coming up with some nifty ways to make even the tiniest spaces a veritable bastion of housewarming joy. Flick through to page 74 for our hearty feature on making your guests feel welcome – whatever the size of your pad. Some of the most creative ideas for entertaining glee are born from lack of space – necessity often being the mother of invention. I personally can’t think of anything better than lounging on a comfy floor cushion, around a coffee table set for the occasion, with candlelight, soft music, fine wine, warming food (don’t miss our Indian feast recipes on page 66 – yum!) and the best of friends. What could make for a better evening? After all, the secret of being a great host is helping your visitors quickly relax and have a good time, and if you need some matching china to seal the deal, turn to our budget picks on page 102. There’s something for everyone. Get in touch email homestyle@burdamagazines.co.uk Web homestylemag.co.uk Facebook facebook.com/homestylemaguk Tw itter @homestylemaguk Instagram @homestylemaguk Pinterest pinterest.com/homestylemaguk Love this mag? You should subscribe! Make sure you never ever miss an issue – and get your copy before everyone else, even the shops! – by flipping to p72 and filling in the form, or heading online to our website (address below) Living Shopping Cooking Making Styling 7 68 39 93 PS. DON’T MISS IT! The next issue of HomeStyle is our super Christmas Special, on sale November 5