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We went from dark and dingy to light and bright

With a tight budget on her hands, Kelly O’Toole furnished her home with fun finishing touches
Kelly’s budget meant she couldn’t afford new cabinets so she painted them in white Satinwood by Dulux and swapped the handles for a selection at Barkers Home

Good idea!

Pretty fabric creates an inexpensive way to conceal white goods in the kitchen.

When Kelly and Paul first moved into their bungalow by the sea it was a riot of colour, but not in a good way. ‘The property was in the perfect location, a stone’s throw from the sea, near my son’s school and close to family and friends,’ remembers Kelly. ‘But the house itself was very dated, unloved and not to my taste at all.’ Orange carpets in the living room, a mauve bathroom and dark décor had all pulled the property down, but Kelly could see past it all to the home it could be. First, each room needed to be redecorated and all the carpets had to be replaced. ‘It all needed uplifting,’ she adds. ‘The rooms I tackled first were the boys’ bedrooms as I wanted them to be comfortable and have a cheerful space they could go to while I tackled the rest of the house.’

Kelly has artistically displayed a combination of old and new blue and white plates which were either inherited from her mother or came from TK Maxx and Avoca, to make a lovely feature wall adding a dramatic pop of colour to a neutral scheme. The mannequin is from Barkers with aprons from A La Campagne
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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!