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Entertaining in any space!

Power up for the party season with our easy tricks for transforming your rooms into a host’s haven


Blue stripe cushio, £35; neutral stripe runner, £26; slate placemats, £22 for two;pebble dinnerware, from £6; Elska dinnerware, from £6;striped napkins, £16 for four;large bowl, £40;recycled hi-balls, £6 each;recycled carafe, £15;soup tureen, £20; marble pebble board, £45;bench, £499;table, £1,599;all Gray & Willow Home at House of Fraser

Can you hear that? If you listen very, very carefully, you can just about catch the sound of jingle bells ringing in the not-so-distant future.And whilst we’re not whipping out the Santa hats and mince pies quite yet, now’s a good time to start preparing our homes for the months ahead, swan-style. And by swan-style, we mean looking as if nothing is actually changing (we wouldn’t want to look over-keen now, would we?), but all the while, slowly and steadily paddling our homes to seasonal safety. This issue, we’re looking at how even the littlest of rooms can entertain a sudden influx of loved ones, from carving out spaces in an open-plan kitchen to resurrecting an abandoned dining room and gathering around the coffee table. We’ve even thrown in a few ideas to make your guests’ stay a little more special.

Baspharus runner, £16.00; 12-piece Daya dinner set,£35; 16-piece black-dipped cutlery, £20, all Next

Eat-in kitchens and...

Modern, open-plan living is all about enjoying the company of friends and family, but there are a few tricks you can employ to make the process a little less chaotic. For example, a foldable tray table out of sight is a great place to stash washing-up, and a decorative table runner can help spruce the table without wrestling with your kitchen’s décor.

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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