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Dual Spaces decoded

Teaming the contents of two rooms in one can be a tricky business, so we’ve come up with a plan to help you adjust your home to house every zone

Our homes are no longer the four walls we retire to after a 9-5 shift to eat, sleep, shower, repeat. Nowadays, with freedom and flexibility being at the top of our wish lists, we want to work, cook, rest, study, entertain, grow seasonal veg and practice yoga poses in the comfort of our own homes. And, almost ironically, house prices are soaring, meaning the square footage we can actually afford lends itself to no more than sofa suppers and kitchen counter stitching. Luckily, there is an answer. With a few clever storage solutions you can utilise your space in the best possible way, and squeeze more than one function into a relatively limited area.

Sort your stuff

The secret to successful dual-space living is organisation. By sensibly whittling down your possessions and storing things where they’ll be used, you can have a fully-functioning kitchen-come-diner-come-study, or any other purposes you might need to combine in one space. Keep coats, shoes and hats in the hallway, on the wall or the back of a door, make sure the cutlery, tableware and linens are near the dining table, while the laundry basket and detergent belong close to the washing machine. Small hobby items like camera equipment or dumbbells could be stored in underbed boxes, while things like easels and yoga mats might fit neatly between a sofa and the wall. Bulkier items might require racks to mount them on the wall (think guitars and surfboards) or hoists to attach them to the ceiling(ideal for bicycles, though you can also find shelf unit designs that combine cycle storage with open shelving).

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Breathing new life into your home gives you the chance to really challenge your creativity – especially if you want statement style on a shoestring budget. This issue’s four real homes show just how far you can let your imagination soar; from Rebecca McNamara’s hand-painted willow mural (p.20) and Clare Morton’s unifying monochrome scheme (p.26), to Morgan’s fabulous floral staircase (p.43) and Corinne’s unique ways with vintage fabrics (p.50). Cover girl Joanna’s kitchen is a masterclass in getting a designer look for less (p.100) – you won’t believe her worktops aren’t marble! Plus Lisa’s hallway (p.94) and Jane’s bathroom (p.106) are crammed full of incredible ideas to transform the smallest areas in the house. Speaking of small spaces, many of us are making our rooms work double-duty to get even more bang for our buck. Whether that’s an office/bedroom or a living room/dining area, we’ve got savvy tips to squeeze every last inch out of your home – without scrimping on style. Turn to page 72 to get started. Also, there’s decorating inspiration a-plenty on page 66, where we get to grips with three different floral trends, and six pages of painted wall fabulousness on page 60. Enjoy the issue!