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We had to fix things before problems got worse

Feature Becky Clarke


When Janette Roberts moved to her two-bedroom cottage in Amersham, the previous owners had done lots of work around the property, but there was a common problem too – nothing had been quite finished off. Janette loved the pretty cream wood Howdens kitchen, but there was cornice missing on the wall units that made the room look unbalanced, and there was an issue with the sink area too. ‘There was a tiny circular sink with little separate circle drainer next to it and the wood in-between the two had so much water on it, that it was black and rotting. The oak work surfaces all around hadn’t been oiled and were in a terrible state too. The walls were marked, greasy and water-stained and on closer inspection it was all looking a bit shabby. I hated the worn brown floor tiles too so the kitchen felt like it could be wonderful, but it wasn’t!’ she explains.

Keen to deal with the problems before they caused lasting damage, Janette called on the services of her son-in-law Andy. ‘He’s amazing at DIY and offered to help me get the kitchen sorted. He said we needed to cut out the rotten wood by the sink and fit a larger one in the space so I chose my dream white ceramic style – it’s what I’ve always wanted and when he fitted it, he sanded and oiled all the worktops too. So now they look brand new and I’m thrilled. I chose duck egg blue brick tiles as a soft contrast to the cream units to protect the walls and we fitted them over a weekend,’ she says. Janette then made a trip to Howdens. ‘I’d asked the previous owners for all the details of the kitchen they’d fitted and luckily it was still in stock so I was delighted to be able to get some cornice, and also a matching door so I could have an integrated dishwasher to fit in the gap. Being able to match exactly meant I could finish the kitchen off properly and it looks so much better,’ Janette smiles.

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Can you believe it’s Christmas time already? Where on earth has this year gone? But don’t panic, we’ve got all you need in this issue to make sure your festive celebrations go smoothly. We’ve been scouring the high street and internet to find the most brilliant gift ideas for your family and friends (p.40) and they’re all under £50 – because let’s face it, we’re all on a budget this year aren’t we? We’ve also got some gorgeous decorating ideas and styling tips that are quick and easy to achieve and will make your home look really magical (p.36). If you love entertaining at Christmas, turn to page 100 where we’ve got some new twists to try on the traditional festive fare (take it from me, the maple roasted potatoes are divine!). But if you’d rather not spend time slaving over a hot stove during the festive season, we’ve also picked the best fuss-free food and drink from the supermarkets to make feeding family and friends a breeze (p.104). I know that some of you will be taking the opportunity to do a spot of decorating over the holiday season, so we’ve made sure there’s lots to inspire you in this issue. From our opulent room schemes on page 20, to our beautiful bedroom makeovers (p.24), you’re sure to find something that makes you want to pick up a paint brush. However you plan to spend the coming weeks, whether it’s celebrating or decorating, I’d like to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year from all the Your Home team.

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