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Furnished with flowers

Take your old furniture outside and harness some plant power with this clever craft project

There is something quite magical about seeing ornate interior furniture out of context in an outdoor environment. Old chests of drawers, such as the pictured dressing table, which have become tattered towards the end of their lifespan, can be completely repurposed with a little imagination, giving your garden a spruce up, too. And with summer in full bloom, it’s the perfect time to create a beautiful flower bed for seasonal plants to grow from. So, show your old furnishing a little love and take your insides out with this fun transformation by Max McMurdo.

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About Be Kind

Hello, What makes a home? Is it where your family is? The town you grew up in? Or maybe it’s wherever you lay your hat? After years of moving around to different cities, taking different jobs and making different groups of friends, I’ve realised that home can take many forms throughout your life. My nan’s house watching Gladiators and Blind Date with my brother was home. The campervan that housed all my worldly possessions when travelling in Australia was (a very tiny) home. The London flat share with my best girlfriend in my 20s was home. The house I grew up in will always sound, smell and feel like home. And I hope I still have many homes left to discover. This month I’ve read so many stories of ‘home’ – from foster parents, the elderly, my colleagues and the communities striving to make the displaced feel safe and welcome. I’ve spoken to the people who attempt to make their towns a better place for all to live in, the ones who say ‘yes’ and go the extra mile to help other people. I’ve learned about places where neighbours are friends, not anonymous nuisances, and those who are happy and comfortable living alone. A home forms part of your identity and that’s a lot more than just bricks and mortar – it’s the people you love and the community you’re surrounded by that underpin it all. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor