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HomeStyle designers, Juliet Bawden and Amanda Russell, are back with a truckload of super projects that’ll wow you into digging out your craft box

Part 4: The Great Upcycling Challenge

It’s all well and good dreaming of a home fit for a queen, but how do you actually go about achieving that perfect look on a super-tight budget? The answer isn’t simple, but the good news is it is doable. With just a little imagination, some very basic DIY skills and a helping hand from industry experts, those ideal interiors are just a lick of paint away. Luckily, we know just the people to get you started... In part four of The Great Upcycling Challenge, HomeStyle designers Amanda Russell and Juliet Bawden transform six everyday objects into the most incredible one-off pieces, which could easily be mistaken for designer goods. They began by creating a storage unit from Ikea Moppe boxes, they then worked their magic on an old retro sideboard, a collapsible chair, a collection of dated china and a peg board from Amazon, before sprucing up a bare wall. You can vote for your favourite make by tweeting #charityshopsweep or #highstreethack with the name of the project to @homestylemaguk.

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Photos Paul Craig
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My taste seems to change on a daily basis! In the last few weeks I’ve visited readers with swoonworthy homes in the furthest reaches of the UK to photograph them for our pages. The interiors are vastly different, yet with each visit I fall instantly head over heels for that look! When I walked through the front door at Ali Cowie’s house, (turn to page 52) with her warm and rich colour schemes and references to popular music all around, I wanted to rush home and get the paint out. Then a trip to Guildford to meet Cathy Pyle (turn to page 40) in her unbelievably calm, light and airy home – created using a myriad of savvy cost-saving DIY devices – and I was smitten with a pared down neutral colour palette once again. Do you get dizzy at the thought of all that choice when confronted by a paint chart or new sofa style (not to mention having to fight your corner with your partner!)? If I’m agonising over decisions for my home, I gather together tear sheets from magazines of all my favourite things for a few weeks and then see which colour I have the most of. Try it... the results might surprise you!