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We created a family home with Scandi style

Martina and Peter’s spacious abode is completely unrecognisable from the former tired and neglected bungalow it once was
Three rooms were knocked into one to create the spacious living room. at one end Martina designed the coffee table and small side table herself and had them made while living in Germany, they sit alongside a sofa from Go Modern Furniture and artemide floor lamp from Germany. at the other end, two reproduction Barcelona chairs and a foot stool create a style statement, with a sofa bed tucked under the stairs for guests to stay

After spending more than a decade moving from their native Sweden to the UK to Germany and then back to the UK again, Martina and Peter Landhed were looking for the perfect spot to put down roots and raise their two young daughters. The house they found was in a great location, a short walk to the town centre and close to good schools but it was in a pretty bad way because it hadn’t been updated for years. ‘The house was a good size and within our budget, so we decided to take it on as a long-term project,’ remembers Martina. ‘Our theory was that you can change a house but you can’t change its location.’

Originally built as a bungalow, the previous owners had converted the loft four decades before but it was more of a DIY project rather than a professional job. Blocked off with a wall and door at the top of the stairs, the space was dark, gloomy and chilly with no insulation. ‘The couple we bought the house from didn’t use the upstairs at all,’ she explains. ‘Downstairs, the layout was a warren of small rooms, so we couldn’t wait to get started!’

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Is it just me, or do you love the month of May too? Not only does it feel like summer is on the way, but we also get those cheeky bank holidays to enjoy. For many of us the longer, warmer days mean that it’s the perfect time to tackle those decorating jobs we’ve been thinking about. In this issue we’ve got plenty of expert advice to help you plan your next decorating project and redesign your rooms like a stylist (p.36). If you’re thinking about updating your bathroom, then we’ve got some great monochrome schemes to inspire you (p.48), plus three readers share their own bathroom transformations with us (p.24) and they’ve got plenty of great ideas for you to steal. If, like me, you have a tiny kitchen, you’ll love our clever suggestions and smart solutions to make the most of the space you have (p.54). Now that summer is on the horizon, our thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors. On page 106 we discuss how to turn your alfresco space into an extension of your home. From balconies to terraces, patios to decks, we’ve got ideas for every space, no matter how big or small. If you’re a fan of street food, check out our delicious recipes on page 100 which will show you how to recreate all your favourite dishes at home. The Bajan fish cakes are really delish! Finally, to help you with your bank holiday projects we’ve put together a special free magazine to accompany this issue, full of quick and easy ideas to revamp your home in just a few hours. Happy decorating!