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Clever choices have made our bathroom feel light

Shiny surfaces and plenty of white reflect the light and brighten up Linda Yarker’s windowless bathroom
MAKE YOUR SPACE WORK HARD The stylishly-shaped bath doubles as a comfortable shower enclosure, getting the most from the space. The well-designed screen ensures no leaks or splashes.

When Linda and Stuart Yarker retired, they took the opportunity to buy the home they had lived in for 11 years, and they decided to modernise it throughout. ‘The whole house was quite old-fashioned,’ recalls Linda. ‘The bathroom was very small, with a separate WC next door. There was no window, no proper shower, and all the fixtures were very tired.’ The couple agreed that the wall between the two rooms should come down to make a single space. Once they had checked the new measurements, they set out to explore what was available. ‘We had a budget in mind and shopped around to compare prices and choice,’ says Linda. ‘We wanted a practical bathroom with a clean, modern look, and ideally a bath and separate shower.’ After some thorough research, Linda and Stuart settled on their local Bathstore. They chose large, white wall tiles to emphasise light, adding a section of black for contrast, and wood-look floor tiles for warmth. With limited layout options, keeping the bath, WC and basin in the same positions would save on plumbing costs, but meant there was nowhere for a separate shower. ‘Rather than try to squeeze one in, the designer suggested an over-bath shower,’ says Linda. ‘That was good advice and I’m pleased we followed it.’

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Autumn is upon us once again and the nights are drawing in, so in this issue we’ve put together lots of great ideas to make your home super warm and cosy for the months ahead. On page 40 we’ve got some snuggly suggestions that will turn your bedroom into the perfect haven to hibernate in on those cold winter nights to come. Meanwhile, on page 36, we’ve scoured the high street for the best hardworking furniture that will help you make the most of the space in any room of your house. Few of us are happy with how much room we have in our homes, so these smart storage solutions will really make a difference. And don’t forget to look at our fantastic makeovers this month (p.24) for some inspiring ways to make your living room look gorgeous on a budget. If you’re hoping to cut back on your energy bills over the coming months, then make sure you check out our round-up of the best eco buys for your kitchen on page 48, while in our home improvement section (p.106) we take a closer look at which eco-friendly updates will really help you cut your carbon footprint as well as your fuel bills. If, like me, autumn leaves you longing for some comfort food when you come home from work, then take a peek at our wonderful warming recipe ideas on page 100. The mushroom, spinach, kale and sweet potato pie is scrumptious – and good for you too! What’s not to love? See you next issue.