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Easy living

Clever tricks make running your home enjoyable, says Harriet Paige

Making life easy

Autumn is a period of reflection and tranquillity for me. The excitement of summer has drifted away, yet the hustle and bustle of Christmas is yet to take full hold, and so I am left in this calm, in-between state – and it is glorious. I like to use these weeks to head back into the kitchen and try new and exciting recipes (the ones in Lucy Bee’s new book look especially delicious), with fun gadgets to make preparing meals even more enjoyable. Then, I turn my attention to my bedroom. The late nights of July and August have taken their toll, so it’s high time that the décor and bedding was refreshed – and hopefully I will be too! And finally, a little bit of whimsy is in order, in the form of a colouring-in cushion kit. Pardon me while I fetch the felt-tips...

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My taste seems to change on a daily basis! In the last few weeks I’ve visited readers with swoonworthy homes in the furthest reaches of the UK to photograph them for our pages. The interiors are vastly different, yet with each visit I fall instantly head over heels for that look! When I walked through the front door at Ali Cowie’s house, (turn to page 52) with her warm and rich colour schemes and references to popular music all around, I wanted to rush home and get the paint out. Then a trip to Guildford to meet Cathy Pyle (turn to page 40) in her unbelievably calm, light and airy home – created using a myriad of savvy cost-saving DIY devices – and I was smitten with a pared down neutral colour palette once again. Do you get dizzy at the thought of all that choice when confronted by a paint chart or new sofa style (not to mention having to fight your corner with your partner!)? If I’m agonising over decisions for my home, I gather together tear sheets from magazines of all my favourite things for a few weeks and then see which colour I have the most of. Try it... the results might surprise you!