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Letter from the Editor

Welcome to our October issue!

Is it just us, or is autumn an awkward time of year? Don’t get us wrong, it’s pretty as a peach, but we’re still sulking about the sorry excuse for a summer that snuck past, and while we’re (obviously) excited for the impending festivities of Christmas, we’re just not quite there yet. So this year, the HomeStyle team have resolved to embrace the autumn months and all they have to offer. We’ll be donning our best leaf-crunching boots and shopping for the flufifest blankets to run home and curl up in. In fact, if you’re thinking of indulging in something similar, you’ll love the three cosy living room looks we’ve rustled up (p.66) – they’re suitably snug, and are sure to get you excited for cuddling up in the chilly months to come. If your home’s looking a little worse for wear and needs more than just cushions and candles to get it in shape, then our expert advice on page 60 should help solve some of your house horrors, and our ideas for utilising unusual spaces on page 72 will give otherwise untouched areas of your home a whole new purpose. Talking of horrors, we’re ripe and ready to get pumpkin carving, and have been perfecting our squash-chopping skills ready to whip up the delicious recipes from page 88 onwards. There’s bargain buys aplenty, and did we mention the truly beautiful real homes? You can thank us later...

The Home Style Team

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A twist of fate saw Katie Lewis snap up a bargain ex-multi-let property, which she lovingly and creatively renovated from top to bottom
Perk up a plain window and keep passers-by from peeking in with an easy-to-make leaf hanging, just like the one in Katie’s bathroom
A dark kitchen and neutral décor gave Lisa Hedley plenty of scope to turn her Victorian townhouse into a colourful family home
A limited budget and a pledge to buy almost nothing new coaxed Ashley Cramp and her husband, Marc, to get creative with their décor
Bring a little childlike charm into your home, just like Ashley has, with a couple of super-cute, quick-to-make animal cushions
From house of horrors to show home chic with our property maintenance tips and expert advice
Not got the knack of how to utilise those awkward areas? Fear not, for we’ll show you a host of new uses for your pain-in-the-neck spaces
Opting for two-tone kitchen cabinets was Samantha Jaffe’s master stroke in giving her new kitchen a striking and contemporary feel
Faced with a bathroom stuck in the 1980s, Rose Gledhill brightened it with white walls and seaside accessories
After a decade-long wait, Keeley Wilson finally has a home to call her own, with a lounge that’s bursting with creativity
Handy tips and cosy inspiration for your autumnal abode from Victoria Rolison
Here’s our pick of the best bargain buys the high street and web have to offer
Take inspiration from Katie and serve your guests in style with these tea trays
Give retro a go with our pick of the best telephones that mimic Lisa’s vintage look
Brighten your kitchen, just like Ashley has, with a bunch of cheery tubs and tins to stash your sugar in
Cuddle up and unwind on a striking two-seater love chair, just like Florence’s
Your turn to do the dishes again? Why not invest in a drying rack, just like Samantha has, to make this everyday chore that little bit easier
Feeling inspired by Rose’s work of art? Add interest to your bathroom with a pretty picture
Looking for something to liven up your living space? Take inspiration from Keeley with a colourful unit
Great gadgets and hot home tips for autumn
Love grabbing a sneaky bargain? Don’t miss out on these top buys!
Discover October’s latest trends, must-have styles and hottest deals
Escape from the chilly weather to a cosy home with Emma Fishman’s three wonderfully welcoming schemes
Refresh your cooking space with our nine easy updates for kitchen cupboard doors
Spot on for brightening bland and lifeless surfaces, this letter light is a breeze to make. Can’t settle on a letter? Opt for an ampersand, like Lisa
Using patterned fabric, statement styling and unique accessories, Florence has transformed her once bland new-build into a one-off home
Pinch Florence’s printed blind idea to perk up plain, uninspiring windows and add a dash of character, not to mention tons of fun to your interiors
Lacking ideas to give your space a little lift? We’ve got a few creative hacks up our sleeve
Break free from the kitchen and claim back your evenings with our cheat’s food plan; these recipes are simple to make and will delight the whole family
Get in the Halloween spirit with our six delicious recipes using squash and pumpkins – just don't forget to save one for your lantern!
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