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Anni and Chris Lloyd have creatively transformed a tiny cottage into a muchloved, vibrant home that’s brimming with colour and personality
‘I always wanted off-white Shaker units and was so glad that I negotiated with several kitchen companies to get such a good deal,’ says Anni. For similar Shaker units, try Wickes. The walls have been painted in Farrow & Ball’s Mizzle

By following her instincts and harking back to her roots, Stockholm-born Anni Lloyd has lovingly injected a quintessentially English country cottage with a unique style, influenced by her Swedish upbringing. ‘From the moment we walked in, this pretty cottage spoke to my husband Chris and me, since it had such a romantic feel,’ says Anni. ‘Over the years, although it’s increased in size and evolved in terms of design, I’ve never been influenced by trends. Instead, I have bought pieces I love, and designed from the heart.’

Chris, lead singer in the Eagles tribute band, Talon, and tour manager, Anni, stumbled across the property back in 2001, following a whirlwind romance. ‘We actually tied the knot within three months of meeting each other, and, keen to find our first ‘together’ home, began looking for a property in south Derbyshire,’ Anni reveals. The Lloyds decided to rent for a short while when they stumbled upon this cute little cottage. Despite its bijou proportions, the pair adored its tranquil, rural location, rich history and wealth of period features. Soon months rolled into years, the pair felt no desire to leave. ‘When the owners decided to sell in 2004, we were elated and jumped at this golden opportunity to buy,’ Anni explains.

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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!