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We’ve made the space work for us

Kelly Impett and Duncan Hair used every inch of space to transform their classic Victorian terrace into a light-filled home for their grown-up family

‘Third time lucky’ is how Kelly Impett and Duncan Hair describe their house in Claygate, Surrey. Looking to move to gain more space, the couple first saw a house a few streets away from where they were living, but it came on to the market and sold before they had time to act upon it. They put an offer in on a second house a few doors down from it, but they were gazumped. So when a third house in the street came up for sale they didn’t hesitate and thankfully it all went through without a hitch. ‘This one was cheaper but not in such good condition,’ explains Kelly. ‘But we had seen what could be achieved in the other two properties. It was structurally sound but just in poor decorative order.’

Kelly and Duncan’s wish list for the house included an open fire in the living room – the one here was very small so they decided to invest in a log-burner instead. They opened up the fireplace and decorated it themselves before it was installed and asked a carpenter friend to build them the log store, shelving and mantle. ‘i worked a few seasons as a chalet maid when i was younger and into snowboarding. i love the atmosphere a log-burner creates, it is so warm and cosy in here on a winter’s day.’ The sofas and chair are from camerich. Duncan has had the leather armchair for years; the cats have scratched it which has given it a distressed, vintage feel
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I’m hoping that as you read this the sun is shining and you’re sitting out in the garden and getting truly into the summer spirit. But knowing how fickle our weather can be, you may be sat on the sofa watching the rain on the window pane. I hope it’s the former not the latter! Anyway, we’re looking on the bright side in this issue and have packed it with lots of feel-good summer ideas for you and your home. On page 44 we take a look at the latest barbecues and outdoor pizza ovens to make your summer get-togethers go with a swing. While on page 100 we’ve put together some zingy recipes that make the most of summer’s refreshing citrus flavours (the citrus-marinated lamb steaks are ideal for popping on your barbie!). The seaside is a big trend on the high street this summer, so on page 20 we explain how to give your décor a classic nautical feel, and on page 54 we’ve pulled together a whole host of affordable finishing touches to give your bathroom a relaxing coastal look. We’ve even got a gorgeous sparkling fish cushion project on page 64 to complete the watery theme! If you love being in the garden at this time of year, turn to page 114 to discover this year’s hero plant, the Cosmos, it’s so easy to grow and provides oodles of flowers to cut for the house. Finally, you must try making our gorgeous garden veg-inspired table decorations on page 60, they’ll make the ideal finishing touch to your summer garden parties.