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From awkward to awesome

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

No home’s perfect – from the kooky alcoves and randomly placed windows, to the oddly-shaped hallways and plain weird layouts (whose idea was it to use the kitchen as a walkway to the bathroom?), we’ve seen our fair share of funny looking and seriously strange spaces, but that needn’t mean those areas should go unused – oh no. We’re big believers in utilising every inch of space possible; be it for storage, workspace or just to display artwork. That’s why we’ve come up with a few ideas of how to fill those nooks and give them purpose, so read on for our easy ways to sort those unconventional spots...

Sloped ceilings

Sloping ceilings can be hard to crack – just how do you use that awkward area that’s too low to stand in? If it’s a bedroom that’s got you stuck in a rut, think about tucking the head of your bed into the depth of the slope, if it fits, and draping a length of fabric above the bed for a snug, boho vibe. Aside from looking idyllic, this layout also means you’ll have much more floor space to play with. Another solution for your tricky sloping ceilings? Storage. Secure rails along the shortest wall for a stylish shoe rack, or use boxes, baskets and crates tipped on their sides to organise your knick-knacks. You could even stretch ribbon and string lights across the length of the wall to peg up pics and display your most treasured memories.

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About Homestyle

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 fluffiest 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...