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This is the house I was meant to live in!

Cassie and Calvin Hill have extended and filled their lucky find cottage with bargain buys, upcycled furniture and creative imaginative ideas

When Cassie Hill first spotted a pretty Victorian cottage next door to the very same house her parents had lived in, she knew she had to live there.

The Tewkesbury Stone kitchen units with pewter cup handles and solid oak block worktops, are from Howdens, as well as the appliances, butler sink and tap. The walls have been painted in Fired Earth’s Bone White matt emulsion. The Spanish black slate floor tiles are from Fired Earth, while the ceramic wall brick tiles were bought at Laura Ashley. The made-tomeasure blinds are Elston Smoke Roman blinds, from Web Blinds. The vintage glassware was found at Molly’s Den and the shaped pink plates in the rack were a wedding gift from Cassie’s mother. The white painted breakfast bar stools are also from Molly’s Den and the pendant light over the breakfast bar was sourced from Thomas and Lucia
Photos Alison Hammond

Good idea!

Cut a vintage crate in half and fix it to the wall using brackets as Cassie has done, to display interesting kitchen or bathroom objects.

‘As soon as I walked in to this house I had a really lovely feeling of coming home as my parents lived in the cottage next door while I was living away at university,’ she says. ‘It was like a blank canvas, which was great as we had a vision of what it could be. The overgrown garden had a rockery and a wild secret garden with foxes living at the back.’

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Isn’t it funny, no matter how many years ago you left school, September always comes with an air of new beginnings and fresh starts. Whether it’s the kids going back to school, the older ones leaving home and heading off to Uni, or just us grown-ups fancying a new lunchbox for work or a fresh new look for our home. So if you’ve got the itch to make a few changes around your home, we’ve made sure there’s plenty to inspire you in this issue. On page 36 we take a look at the hottest trends on the high street for the coming season. From cosy woodland touches, glamorous metallics mixed with sultry dark tones, chic and simple Scandi-inspired pieces or flamboyant florals, we’re sure you’ll find something you’ll want to add to your home to freshen it up for the months ahead. And, if your kitchen or bathroom floor needs a bit of an update, then check out our guide to the latest flooring designs that are both pretty and practical (p.48). Don’t forget to check out our gorgeous bathroom makeovers too for even more great ideas to steal (p.24). Meanwhile, if your kids have flown the nest, and you’re considering downsizing, then do read our essential guide on page 106 to see if it’s right for you. Even if you’re not planning any major decorating projects this month, you can still get in the ‘back to school’ spirit, with our brilliant recipe ideas (p.100). Go on treat yourself to a new lunchbox and spoil yourself with our tasty lunchbox treats!