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I wanted to make it summer all year round

When Lucy Barnes returned to the UK after a long holiday in Australia, she wanted her home to remind her of the sunny climate down under

My room...

My problem living room

Its size was fantastic, but it was in desperate need of modernising. The walls were painted pink and it had a horrid dark floor, zapping all the light out of the room. The pipework also had some awful plastic casing around the edges and you could tell the electrics hadn’t been touched in ages. After living in Australia for a year, I needed to brighten the space up!

A bit about me Hi, my name is Lucy Barnes and I live with my partner Nick Harper in our two-bedroom apartment in London.
Photos Lizzie Orme

How I made it work

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About Homestyle

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!