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REVAMP, REPAIR, Recycle

We found these old tea chests hidden away in the corner of an attic and knew as soon as we saw them that they would be a fantastic addition to the home. With a little work and a padded fabric top, not only can they be used as bench seats but provide hidden storage, too.

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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!

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March at home
Make the most of March with the best things to do, see and buy this month
Get your home spring-ready in style
A survey has revealed what we get up to in secret –
If you want more choice when it comes to medical care, going private may be the best solution
We’ve chosen some of the latest buys to help you tackle home improvement tasks around the home and garden
Don’t miss out!
We love to hear what you’ve been up to, so send us
Draper Tools was founded in 1919 selling tools in Kingston
Win a set of sumptuous Victoria bed linen from Vantona
Where to buy everything in this issue
Discover this month’s green buys and advice
Decorating
Discover the latest spring trends to update your home
Dusky pink and gold metallics were made for each other
Spring into action and give your home a head start in the style stakes, with our pick of this season’s best decorating trends
Makeovers
Mel Watson transformed a drab beige space with bright peacock-inspired colours
A fresh, family-friendly layout including some one-off pieces gave Cath Koutna’s living room a much-needed style boost
A clever combination of modern and traditional elements has transformed Joy Donovan’s dated living room into a colourful and characterful space
Kitchens & bathrooms
See how to spruce up your cloakroom
Make the most of every inch with these clever ideas for compact spaces
Removing a disused boiler in huge housing gave Kay Greenway enough extra space to create the kitchen she wanted
From affordable vinyl to showstopping ceramic tiles, take a look at our pick of the best designs
Make it easy!
This month we’re all about taking something old and
Give household clutter a new lease of life with these upcycled projects
Stash your stuff out of sight in these quirky tea chest storage seats
Make a gorgeous memory book as a gift this Mother’s Day
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This month we show you how to update your windows with decorative film
We answer your DIY and maintenance questions with a little help from the experts
Check out the latest crafting news, workshops and brilliant buys
Check out our website www.yourhomemagazine.co.uk for
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Whatever your style, turn the page to find real inspiration and great ideas
Katherine Shah transformed a dated period house into an eye-catching family home
Rachel and James Tyrrell transformed their home into a bright, eclectic space the whole family can enjoy
GRAB A BARGAIN! Must-have furniture, accessories and
Charlotte and Oliver Haines have carefully crafted their Georgian conversion into all its original glory
Clare Booth injected vintage glamour into the home she bought off-plan
Food & Entertaining
Treat family and friends to a slice of pie
Indulge yourself this month with our selection of irresistible pies
Home Improvement
Turn the page to find out the benefits of downsizing to a smaller property
Making the move to a smaller property? Read our essential advice on how to get it right
This month architect and presenter of Channel 4’s The Restoration Man, George Clarke, looks at how MOBI will be inspiring tomorrow’s generation of designers and house builders
Gardening
Great buys and advice to help your garden bloom
Discover a look you love and be inspired to achieve the garden of your dreams