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My cosy home is a canvas for creativity

A tight budget forced June Olsen to compromise on her idea of a dream home, but the result was even better than she’d imagined

Welcome to my home

A bit about me

Hi, I’m June Olsen, and I live with my husband and our six-year-old daughter, Mia.

Where I live

Our home is a three-bedroom Victorian cottage in Hertfordshire.

What I wanted to change

The house was in a livable condition, but it wasn’t to our taste. The windows are small which made the house seem dark, so brightening every room was my top priority. I wanted a fresh atmosphere.

How I made it my own

I painted the walls in a typical Scandi colour palette of whites and greys, and I refreshed the old floorboards by painting or whitewashing them.

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Shhh! Did you know that in the mag world we start working on Christmas in July? But even after months of testing Prosecco (it’s a hard life!), rubbing shoulders with Santa (honestly...) and decking the halls with all things festive, we at HomeStyle headquarters still can’t get enough of this time of year. And what’s not to love? The whole team have been shopping up a seasonal storm to find you the most incredible bargains and savviest ideas out there to make this year the best Christmas you’ll ever have – and all without breaking that all-important budget. Worried about gifts? We’ve got it covered, simply turn to page 68 – there’s something for everyone. Concerned about cooking? Relax and turn to page 76 for an utterly indulgent, but seriously easy, Christmas dinner for two, all designed so you can throw it in the oven and watch your favourite Yuletide film while it gently cooks away. Need ideas to festoon the house? This issue is jam-packed with twinkling lights, rich ribbons and shimmering stars to solve every decorating dilemma, and if you don’t feel all warm and Christmassy yet, head to page 82 for our tried and tested ideas for Advent. Merry Christmas, everyone!