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Furnishing from scratch

Kitting out your pad with no clue where to begin? Kick-start the proceedings with our plan of attack

You’ve got a blank canvas to make your mark on, and while you’re yet to muster the motivation to get cracking with the nitty gritty, you’re itching to deck it out with candles, wall art and all the trim in between. Sound familiar? We, too, have been guilty of skipping past the planning process to the part where we get to style shelving units and plump scatter cushions to within an inch of their lives. But before embarking on such a project there’s a small herd of elephants in the room that need addressing. Let us first mention that, whether we like it or not, budget is a big deal – there’s no getting around it. So set yourself a realistic limit, and stick to it as best you can – it’s best to have an emergency fund, too. As for the rest? Read on...

It’s unlikely you’ll settle for the first scheme you style, so keep it easy to update with plain walls and floors like this lovely Maisons Du Monde look


You know the golden planning rule; focus on one thing at a time? Well, the same applies with furnishing a home. Dipping in and out of different rooms will leave you feeling deflated and disappointed that it hasn’t come together as quickly as you’d hoped. Instead, rate the rooms in order of priority. Tackle the least bearable first, and once it’s complete, work your way down the list.

Wallpaper is a quick fix for a kitchen island in need of a little love. It’s affordable, as you’ll only need a roll or two, and super simple to switch should you change your mind. Start your search at Wallpaper Direct, where you’ll find this delicious design (Secret Garden, £6 per roll) among many others
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About Homestyle

As we wave a fond farewell to summer, this month brings the promise of a fresh start and a clean seasonal slate to inspire a new phase of home styling. We’ve rustled up a whole host of inspiration to spur you on, including how to amp up the texture for cosy, autumn-ready schemes on page 112 and a six-page decorating masterclass starting on page 66, where design guru Emma Fishman shows us how to unleash the potential of our living rooms in her One Sofa: Three Ways series. If all this talk of new beginnings has got you thinking about taking the ultimate housing leap and buying a renovation project, Hayley Gilbert has done all the hard work for you (well, maybe not all...) with her Should I Buy a Fixer-Upper? expert guide on page 72. It’s the ultimate read for anyone who’s teetering on the edge of a purchase and simplifies all the legal bits, plus includes watertight advice from industry professionals. But if you’re more of a turn-key type, we haven’t forgotten you – flip to page 60 for staff writer Abbi’s shopping handbook for furnishing your home from scratch. You’ll also find utterly irresistible décor pick-me-ups in our metallic accessories (p.22), graphic wall art (p.34) and botanical cushions (p.46) bargain buy round-ups, plus four beautiful real homes and three wow-factor room transformations to feast your eyes on. Enjoy.