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I wanted a warmer welcome for my guests

Warm tones and practical storage ideas have transformed Sangita Patel’s hallway into an organised space to give her guests a great first impression
Adding a concrete-effect flooring and a striped runner has given Sangita’s hallway a smart feel that will impress all her guests
Photos Lizzie Orme

When Sangita Patel moved into her four-bedroom house, in Gants Hill, Essex, with her husband Sunil and two children Arjun, 13, and Anjali, 11, decorating the hallway was the last thing on her mind. ‘We couldn’t believe the state of the entire house, but we were not put off by the challenge,’ Sangita explains. The previous owners hadn’t finished off the house decoration and it was totally lacking in character. ‘It looked like they had just started and then stopped work altogether,’ she says. Sangita had a lot to organise in the house but was pleased she could put her stamp on it. ‘I was excited to get stuck into the house renovations and get it ready for the new year,’ says Sangita. ‘The old space was a blank canvas but I could see it had potential. I loved the glass balustrade and the curving staircase but it was very plain and not at all welcoming.’ Sangita wanted to inject some personality into the space, but also desperately needed some great storage solutions.

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Happy New Year! I hope you had a great time over Christmas. Is it just me or does your home feel a little sad once you’ve taken the decorations down after the festive season has ended? Never mind though, as we’ve got some great ideas to freshen it up for the year ahead, from chic ways to use this season’s latest pastel shades in your home (p.20), to some budget-conscious buys for revamping your kitchen (p.50), plus some elegant ideas for creating a classic, timeless bathroom scheme (p.56). And if your hallway is in need of a little TLC, then check out our brilliant makeovers to see how three readers have transformed theirs with some clever design tricks I know you’ll want to steal (p24). One of the most common problems we all face is not having enough space, so we’ve put together an 8-page special packed with savvy storage solutions and creative ideas to stretch your space and make your home feel bigger, tidier and more streamlined (p.36). If you’re putting your house on the market this year, make sure you read George Clarke’s expert advice for playing the property game (p.111) and turn to page 106 to find out about the latest alternative ways to sell your home. Learning a new skill is certainly on my New Year’s resolution list, and if it’s on yours too, then take a look at our pick of the best courses to try, from sewing to gardening, DIY to cookery, you’re sure to find one that inspires you.