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Digital Subscriptions > Your Home Magazine > May 2016 > We had been inside the house many times and loved the feel

We had been inside the house many times and loved the feel

Sarah and Steve turned a friend’s property into their own home
A long bank of fitted cabinets uses the space effectively. The previous owner chose a purple work surface for a bright splash of colour

First hand knowledge of a property you are considering buying is rare. Luckily for Sarah and Steve Triandafillidis they knew the owner and had been inside on numerous occasions. ‘I am a good friend of the previous owner so I knew the house well, explains Sarah. ‘It has a great sociable feeling about the place which I very much like. It was also bigger than my previous home and the additional space was much needed.’ Sarah’s previous property was in the same village about 10 minutes away from her current home. ‘It was a two-bedroom link cottage with a south-facing garden,’ recalls Sarah. ‘It was a lovely welcoming home, which I renovated from top-to-bottom.’

Putting their own identity on this house was important to Sarah and Steve, as it was the first home they had bought together. ‘Moving in here, gave us both the opportunity to express our creative skills and designing the interior has been so enjoyable.’ From her first visit to her friend’s house, Sarah had a good feeling about it. ‘It’s light and airy,’ says Sarah. ‘And her arty touches gave it the finishing touch, I liked her originality.’ When the opportunity arose to purchase the property they didn’t hesitate, and Sarah and Steve moved into their new home in August 2012.

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May is a great month for DIYers and decorators, as the days are now longer and lighter and we get two bank holidays to make the most of too! If you’re planning a spot of redecorating, then you’ll find plenty of exciting colour schemes to inspire you in this issue. Whether you love bold brights or sophisticated neutrals, we’ve got some great looks for you try on page 36, while on page 20 we look back in time to see how to make the season’s hottest retro trends work in your home. And don’t forget your windows when planning your new scheme. Shutters are big news right now, so we’ve put together a buyer’s guide to the latest, most gorgeous designs at affordable prices to help you choose the ones that are right for you (p.40). While you’re at it, check out our fantastic competition to win a set of bespoke shutters from Hillarys (p.43). Early summer is a good time to fit a new bathroom but many of us are put off by the cost. Never fear – we’ve found some real bargain buys that prove you don’t need to take out a second mortgage to get the bathroom of your dreams (p.54). If installing a new kitchen is on your to-do list this year, then you must read our feature on page 46 to discover the latest hi-tech gadgets that can make your life so much easier and give you more time to yourself (and who doesn’t want that eh?) Finally, take a look at our delicious meat-free recipe ideas (p.100 – ideal for quick and healthy family meals, whether you’re a veggie or not. P.S. The noodle dish is utterly scrummy!