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I’ve got my very own chill out zone

Coco Goldstein asked her mum for a cooler room where she could relax with her friends
Claudia breaks up the white wall by leaning a black wooden ladder against the wall to display Coco’s scarves and handbags

Coco Goldstein, 13, who lives with her mum, Claudia, dad, Andy and older sister Sophia, 14, in a four-bedroom house in Loughton, Essex, had been asking her mum about redecorating her bedroom. Having gone off the girlie floral look in her old room, Coco craved something a bit more grown up and wanted desperately to update it. Her mum, Claudia, agreed that the room could do with a brand new look and they both started thinking about colour schemes. ‘The floral wallpaper didn’t suit Coco’s personality so we began our search for a more contemporary look that will last throughout her teenage years,’ explains Claudia.

STEP ONE Coco and Claudia started looking through magazines for ideas but it was a local clothes shop that inspired the striped feature wall. ‘We were having a shopping spree and noticed the black and white wallpaper. It looked amazing against the minimal interior and we both agreed a monochrome scheme would be perfect for Coco’s bedroom,’ she says. Claudia didn’t want the room to be overpowered with the stripes so just wallpapered one wall and painted the remaining walls in a fresh white. Coco also inherited her mum’s old bed when she bought her new one. ‘I much prefer this bed as it has a really high dramatic headboard, but the colour was all wrong,’ says Coco. It was upholstered in a brown fabric, that didn’t work with their new scheme, so Claudia got in touch with an upholsterer to ask her to recover the bed in a black fabric. ‘Claire Platten came highly recommended so I arranged a time for her to come to measure the bed.’ Claudia chose a black faux leather to transform the bed.

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Can you believe it’s June already? We’re halfway through the year and summer is here at last. We’re definitely feeling the sunshine vibes in this issue. On page 36 we take a look at the latest trends for outdoor living, including exciting tropical brights, relaxed coastal looks and earthy tribal designs inspired by North Africa. In fact we’re loving the seaside look so much it’s been the inspiration for this month’s Trend Alert (p.18) and our craft projects too (p.60). If you’re planning to spend more time in the garden, then turn to page 66 to find our step-bystep guide for laying a new patio, perfect for outdoor entertaining. You might even be considering adding a new conservatory to your home so you can enjoy the views over your garden even when summer is fading. On page 106, we’ve got all you need to know about planning and buying a conservatory, as well as some great designs to inspire you. I know many of you enjoy getting out the BBQ when friends and family visit. But there are so many exciting new ways to cook alfresco, we’ve put together a buyer’s guide to the latest barbies, smokers, grills and pizza ovens on page 56. Plus we’ve got some delish picnic recipes on page 100 too! Talking of cooking, if you’re considering buying new kitchen appliances, you may be a bit baffled by the choice of A-ratings which are now available. So, on page 52, we look at what the labelling means and find some models to save you both energy and money!