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The tiles inspired our colour scheme

When Hannah Philipson found a reclaimed fireplace with teal and ochre tiles, her new living room design just fell into place

My room...

Photos Katie Lee

A bit about me

Hi, I’m Hannah and I live with my husband Pete in a three-bedroom Victorian terrace in Newcastle. I’m a freelance sewing instructor and run courses in dressmaking; check out facebook.com/cutandsewnewcastle.

My problem living room

When we bought the house in September last year it was looking tired and very shabby. The living room at the front was a good size, but I didn’t like the yellow painted wallpaper, net curtains, beige fireplace and dated brass light fittings. A total refresh was definitely in order.

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About Homestyle

I always feel incredibly lucky that it’s part of my job to go around the country visiting beautiful homes to shoot for the magazine, and this month was particularly special. I was so inspired by the home of Gigi Eligoloff (this month’s cover girl, see page 16). She has filled her small London home almost entirely from lost and second-hand treasures, yet the result is a relaxed and surprisingly sophisticated style that can’t help but make you smile. She really ticked the HomeStyle box when we discovered she had bought her entire kitchen on Gumtree for £900! Another showstopper this issue is the upcycling feature – turn to page 85 right now for the most stunning cupboard revamp. It’s proof that breathing life back into things other people don’t want can create items that will be treasured for generations to come. And if you’re about to embark on your own makeover, don’t miss our top trend hot list on page 74 – with these ideas, you won’t just be one small step ahead of the crowds, you’ll be one huge HomeStyle leap!