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From awkward to awesome

Feature Abbi Henderson

No home’s perfect – from the kooky alcoves and randomly placed windows, to the oddly-shaped hallways and plain weird layouts (whose idea was it to use the kitchen as a walkway to the bathroom?), we’ve seen our fair share of funny looking and seriously strange spaces, but that needn’t mean those areas should go unused – oh no. We’re big believers in utilising every inch of space possible; be it for storage, workspace or just to display artwork. That’s why we’ve come up with a few ideas of how to fill those nooks and give them purpose, so read on for our easy ways to sort those unconventional spots...

Sloped ceilings

Sloping ceilings can be hard to crack – just how do you use that awkward area that’s too low to stand in? If it’s a bedroom that’s got you stuck in a rut, think about tucking the head of your bed into the depth of the slope, if it fits, and draping a length of fabric above the bed for a snug, boho vibe. Aside from looking idyllic, this layout also means you’ll have much more floor space to play with. Another solution for your tricky sloping ceilings? Storage. Secure rails along the shortest wall for a stylish shoe rack, or use boxes, baskets and crates tipped on their sides to organise your knick-knacks. You could even stretch ribbon and string lights across the length of the wall to peg up pics and display your most treasured memories.

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Homestyle
October 2016
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Editor’s Letter
Is it just us, or is autumn an awkward time
Living
A twist of fate saw Katie Lewis snap up a bargain ex-multi-let property, which she lovingly and creatively renovated from top to bottom
Perk up a plain window and keep passers-by from peeking in with an easy-to-make leaf hanging, just like the one in Katie’s bathroom
A dark kitchen and neutral décor gave Lisa Hedley plenty of scope to turn her Victorian townhouse into a colourful family home
A limited budget and a pledge to buy almost nothing new coaxed Ashley Cramp and her husband, Marc, to get creative with their décor
Bring a little childlike charm into your home, just like Ashley has, with a couple of super-cute, quick-to-make animal cushions
From house of horrors to show home chic with our property maintenance tips and expert advice
Opting for two-tone kitchen cabinets was Samantha Jaffe’s master stroke in giving her new kitchen a striking and contemporary feel
Faced with a bathroom stuck in the 1980s, Rose Gledhill brightened it with white walls and seaside accessories
After a decade-long wait, Keeley Wilson finally has a home to call her own, with a lounge that’s bursting with creativity
Handy tips and cosy inspiration for your autumnal abode from Victoria Rolison
Shopping
Here’s our pick of the best bargain buys the high street and web have to offer
Take inspiration from Katie and serve your guests in style with these tea trays
Give retro a go with our pick of the best telephones that mimic Lisa’s vintage look
Brighten your kitchen, just like Ashley has, with a bunch of cheery tubs and tins to stash your sugar in
Cuddle up and unwind on a striking two-seater love chair, just like Florence’s
Your turn to do the dishes again? Why not invest in a drying rack, just like Samantha has, to make this everyday chore that little bit easier
Feeling inspired by Rose’s work of art? Add interest to your bathroom with a pretty picture
Looking for something to liven up your living space? Take inspiration from Keeley with a colourful unit
Great gadgets and hot home tips for autumn
Love grabbing a sneaky bargain? Don’t miss out on these top buys!
Styling
Discover October’s latest trends, must-have styles and hottest deals
Escape from the chilly weather to a cosy home with Emma Fishman’s three wonderfully welcoming schemes
Refresh your cooking space with our nine easy updates for kitchen cupboard doors
Making
Spot on for brightening bland and lifeless surfaces, this letter light is a breeze to make. Can’t settle on a letter? Opt for an ampersand, like Lisa
Using patterned fabric, statement styling and unique accessories, Florence has transformed her once bland new-build into a one-off home
Pinch Florence’s printed blind idea to perk up plain, uninspiring windows and add a dash of character, not to mention tons of fun to your interiors
Lacking ideas to give your space a little lift? We’ve got a few creative hacks up our sleeve
Cooking
Break free from the kitchen and claim back your evenings with our cheat’s food plan; these recipes are simple to make and will delight the whole family
Get in the Halloween spirit with our six delicious recipes using squash and pumpkins – just don't forget to save one for your lantern!
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