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We used our skills to turn around a neglected property

Feature Victoria Jenkins
The white leather sofa is from Ikea and the tall German timber cabinet is a family piece dating back to 1850. The glass table was bought at Cargo and the bespoke white linen curtains are from Tuiss

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Now that all the festive fun is over and the decorations have come down your home can look a little sorry for itself, but not for long. In this issue we’ve got plenty of quick, easy and affordable ideas to give your home a fresh new look for the year ahead. While the sales are on, it’s a great time to bag a bargain, but rather than just buy an item because it’s cheap, we explain which homewares are really worth parting with your cash for in the sales (p.42). But before you go mad in the sales and bring back lots of bargain booty, now is the time to give your home a post-Christmas detox. On page 36 we show how to clear your clutter in style and discover space you never knew you had. If your bathroom and kitchen are looking past their best, turn to pages 46 and 52 to discover how easy it is to freshen them up with a few simple additions, from modern metallics to rustic touches, we’ve got lots of ideas to inspire you. If your New Year’s resolutions involve getting fitter and eating better, then turn to page 56 where we compare the latest wearable fitness trackers, while on page 12 we put personal smoothie makers to the test to see which give the best results. We’ve even given this month’s recipes a healthy spin, so you can eat well from breakfast through to supper. Finally, we’ve given our 12-page Make it Easy pull-out section a fresh new look for the New Year. Turn to page 59 for exciting craft, sewing and upcycling projects, plus the latest must haves for your craft stash.

Other Articles in this Issue


Editor’s Letter
Now that all the festive fun is over and the
January at home
Make the most of January with the best things to do, see and buy this month
Get your home organised this New Year with our top tips and buys
▲ Drying racks can take up a lot of space
We tried out a selection of blenders, here’s what we found
stay on top of the latest issues and hot topics with our monthly round-up of news
As our gadgets become ever more intelligent, even spending money has gone hi-tech
Start the new year as you mean to go on by choosing one of these clever designs to help you on your way to a more active lifestyle
Decorating
Discover our favourite buys for a clutter-free living space
Sing the blues this year with a tonal palette…
Start the New Year as you mean to go on, and banish messy interiors with clever storage ideas and brilliant buys that maximise every inch of your home
Make sure you make the most of the sales and get the best buys for your money this month
Makeovers
Alexandra Powell’s hallway makeover has added colour and confident style to her home
Space-enhancing colours and stylish touches have transformed Zoe Chrimes’ dark, dated hallway into a light, bright and welcoming reception
Simone Miller’s hallway extension freed up enough space for it to become a multi-functional room
Kitchens & bathrooms
Update your bathroom with chic materials
Think outside the box when it comes to decorating your bathroom, considering finishes such as metallics, wood and stone to help bring your space to life
Lisa Reiner’s new kitchen was an unusual shape
Give your space a welcoming look with a touch of farmhouse-inspired style
Reader homes
Cathryn Boorman brought to life a modern, but very bland house in Taunton
Elke and Izaak turned a small run-down terraced house into a fresh and bright new home
Susan and Adam combined design classics with clever storage for a clean and uncluttered look to their apartment
Deirdre Dowling transformed this run down cottage into a charming, welcoming home while still preserving its character
Food & Entertaining
Get the New Year off to a great start with our healthy recipes
Enjoy these fresh, nutritious and filling recipes to see you through the day
Home Improvement
Turn the page to find out all you need to know about garage conversions
Why let the garage go to waste when you could transform it into useful living space? Here’s how…
‘We used part of our garage to create a second bathroom’
This month property developer, architect and presenter of Channel 4’s The Restoration Man, George Clarke, discusses challenges faced by those wanting to create a home in the countryside
Whether you have just a spare couple of hours or a whole weekend, try one of these DIY projects to update your home
Don’t miss out!
We love to hear what you’ve been up to, so
Where to buy everything in this issue
Discover this month’s green buys and advice
Make it easy!
With a new year, comes new techniques – and this
Bring vintage style to your bedroom with copper hues
Keep crafty clutter at bay with this hidden storage chair
Create a gorgeously colourful piece of art with wool roving
Plus, check out...
This month we show you how to strip, sand, fill and varnish an interior door
We answer your DIY and maintenance questions with a little help from the experts
Check out the latest crafting news, workshops and brilliant buys