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I love to escape to our relaxing retreat

Not only has Sarah Poysti got an extra room to enjoy but it also doubles as a self-contained bedroom when family come to stay


Being from the other side of the world, New Zealander Sarah Poysti, 38, always has lots of family and friends who love to visit her throughout the year. ‘My husband, Petri, and I are both from large families and they all regularly stay over. It’s always been a bit of a squash in the house, so we decided to think about different solutions,’ she explains. When Sarah first discussed having a garden room built with Petri, 36, a chef, they weren’t exactly sure what they wanted. ‘There are so many off-theshelf sheds and studios you can buy but we decided to get one customised for our needs,’ she says. Sarah was told about OMDeCo, specialist in bespoke garden studios, and after a few meetings with the designer, Sarah and Petri started to get excited about their new garden room. ‘We opted for an angled design with bi-folding glass doors to make the most of the view and sunlight.’ Sarah started thinking how she would decorate the room and wanted to keep it quite neutral with a New England vibe. ‘Our two daughters, Miia, seven, and Emilia, four, had other ideas though and begged us to paint it pink, but I put my foot down and explained this would be a calming retreat for the entire family, using a soft grey and white palette,’ Sarah smiles.

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With summer in full swing, no doubt you’ll want to spend more time outdoors rather than inside decorating. So we’ve come up with eight pages of fantastic super-quick updates to make your home look gorgeous in a flash, so you can spend more time having fun in the sun (p.36). And if you enjoy having friends round for garden parties during the summer, then why not treat them to some of the scrummy outdoor entertaining recipes we’ve put together for you on page 100? Our craft projects have an outdoor theme this month too, including a stylish garden storage bench upcycling project (p.62) and some creative planter ideas on page 60. If you’re lucky enough to be heading off on holiday this month you may be worried about your garden drying out while you’re away, but fear not. On page 114 we’ve got lots of clever ideas for keeping your plants well watered. Those of you who love camping holidays should turn to page 54 where we look at some of the latest clever bits of kit that will make your nights under canvas even more enjoyable. With the Rio Olympics taking place, we’ve been inspired by all things tropical for this month’s Trend Alert. After all, who wouldn’t want a funky flamingo bringing an element of fiesta-filled fun to their décor? However you plan to spend this month, whether it’s indoors decorating or out enjoying the garden, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the sun shines for you!