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Upcycled furniture makes my room unique

A fresh, family-friendly layout including some one-off pieces gave Cath Koutna’s living room a much-needed style boost


A big rug softens the wooden boards and creates a family-friendly space with easy access to the garden. There’s room for little Ava to play on the floor and the rocking chair makes a quiet reading spot Total Cost £1,590

Cath Koutna shares her threebedroom semi-detached home near Lincoln with husband Pavel, sons Jack, 12, Charlie, ten and two-yearold daughter Ava. Over ten years she had made small changes to the living room, fitting wood flooring, trying different wall colours and moving the furniture about. The room is long but not very wide, with doors to the garden at the far end, and a brick chimney breast sticking out on one side. ‘It just never felt right,’ she says. ‘No matter how I arranged my two sofas, they didn’t work. The décor was bland, the red-brick fireplace was very dark and dominant, and there was dead space at the garden end of the room.’ Cath was sure she could make more of the room, but it needed an injection of character and a fresh layout that would suit a busy family life. ‘I wanted somewhere relaxing for everyone, with space for Ava to play and the boys to hang out with their friends,’ she says. ‘It had to look exciting, too, and create a bit of a buzz.’

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Spring is in the air, so it’s the perfect time to drag your home out of the winter doldrums and freshen it up with a coat of paint and a few bright new accessories. And, in this issue, we’ve got lots of affordable ideas for giving your home a quick facelift. On page 37 we take a look at this season’s hot new trends on the high street – from cool coastal vibes to edgy ethnic touches, fresh florals to touchy-feely textures, I know you’ll find a look you love. When it comes to the smallest room in the house (yes that’s right, the downstairs loo), it’s often a bit forgotten and unloved in the décor stakes, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Just turn to page 48 to see how small really can be beautiful! If your kitchen is in need of a revamp but you don’t want to change the units, then consider replacing the flooring. Take a look at our purse-friendly ideas on page 54 to see what a big difference it can make – without the hassle of ripping out your cabinets! Now the weather is getting a bit better, it’s time to start knocking your garden into shape so you can sit out and enjoy it over the months ahead. This month in our gardening section we take a look at some of the most popular garden styles – cottage, Japanese, formal and prairie – and show how easy it is to achieve them in your own garden (p.114). Last but not least, in our food pages this issue we’ve got some utterly scrummy pie recipes that I know you’re going to love (p.100). Trust me, the cheesy fish pie is to die for!