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The ebb and flow of family life is reflected throughout our home

Inspired by their children and the River Thames, Naomi and Jason Evans transformed a former fisherman’s cottage into a vibrant, atmospheric home

Good idea!

Bring tired spaces back to life inexpensively with a clean vase and newly-cut flowers. Cut the stems at varying heights to add drama.

Naomi and Jason enlarged the window, installed a skylight and opened up the hatch. The tongue-and-groove has been given a new lease of life with Passion Flower paint from Fired Earth and complemented by woodwork painted in Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball

Soon after the birth of their first child Naomi and Jason Evans began searching for a new family home.

The old fisherman’s cottage overlooking the Thames was in the perfect location but while Jason had fallen head over heels in love, Naomi was not so sure. ‘Jason, a romantic by nature, was smitten but being more practical – and with a newborn – I wasn’t quite so enthusiastic. It was a bit ‘mutton dressed as lamb’, she explains. ‘The cottage had been decorated with dated Victorian flair featuring pink carpets, brass fixtures and fittings and mismatching doors throughout.’ explains Naomi. ‘But Jason could see how its warmth and character could be adapted for a young family’s needs. Eventually I was won over by his ‘short term pain for long term gain’ argument.’

The dining room table, a junk shop find costing £50, has been given a new lease of life by painting the legs with Farrow & Ball’s Downpipe. A vibrant mix of yellows, lime green and blue have transformed differing chair styles including a pair of secondhand wooden chairs and a more expensive design from Calligaris
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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.