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It was a big project but worth it

Michelle and Ian Burgess transformed a dated Georgian townhouse into an eclectic space with a fresh, welcoming feel
Double doors lead through to Ian’s games room. The space is filled with the couple’s collection of pieces bought in Africa. The Maharani wood coffee table, side tables and butler’s table are from John Lewis, the glass candlesticks are from The White Company and the cream sofa and floor lamp are from Made
Photos Fiona Walker-Arnott

When Michelle and Ian Burgess first saw their Georgian house they instantly fell in love with it. From the spacious rooms with high ceilings and period features to the quirky basement kitchen and lovely garden; it was just the place they were looking for. ‘It’s the first house that I have ever owned and I couldn’t wait to turn it into the home I have been planning all my life,’ Michelle explains. ‘My dad was in the army when I was a child, so we lived in army accommodation and as an adult I rented apartments in central London to be close to work.’

Ian refused to get rid of his comfy leather sofa so they had it re-stuffed. While they were in the upholsterers, Norris Furniture Shop in Blackheath, they spotted the cow print chaise and bought it to go in front of the beautiful Georgian window looking out into the back garden. The Crucial Trading Boston carpet in caramel is from The Fabric Shop. The ceiling light is from Tonbridge Lighting Centre
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Well, autumn is well and truly upon us but I think there’s something quite comforting about the nights drawing in, and having the chance to curl up on the sofa in front of a roaring fire. In this issue we’ve got plenty of great ideas for making your home super cosy for the coming months. If you’re thinking of replacing your flooring with something warmer, or more stylish, underfoot then make sure you read our fantastic eight-page special on page 36 where we take a look at all the latest designs for floors. Meanwhile, on page 18, you can discover how to use this season’s woodland trend to create the ultimate cosy scheme for autumn. While our craft section this month has even more woodland-inspired projects to add the perfect finishing touches to your home (p.60). Does your kitchen need a quick revamp before it gets busy in the run-up to Christmas? Then take a look at our round-up of the latest looks for worktops and splashbacks (p.50) – you’ll be amazed how easy and affordable it is to give your kitchen a whole new look with this one simple change. If you have young kids, or family with mobility problems, then making your bathroom safe for them can often mean compromising on design, but our feature on page 56 shows you can combine form with function for a bathroom that still packs a style punch. Finally, if the weather starts to turn cold outside, turn to page 100 for some wonderful, warming comfort food recipes.