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Easy revamps for renters

Joanna Thornhill shares savvy decorating ideas and advice for when your home’s not your own

Photos Home For Now by Joanna Thornhill (CICO Books, £16.99)

With fast-rising property prices, many of us find ourselves renting rather than owning, and it can seem hard to make it feel like home if your landlord imposes limitations on how you can personalise the place. But even with these restrictions, there are plenty of fantastic decorating tricks you can still try. We’ve rounded up some clever workarounds and stylish shortcuts to help you create your ideal home-for-now, all designed to be easy on the pocket and quick to ‘put back’ when the time comes to move on.

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About Homestyle

I always feel incredibly lucky that it’s part of my job to go around the country visiting beautiful homes to shoot for the magazine, and this month was particularly special. I was so inspired by the home of Gigi Eligoloff (this month’s cover girl, see page 16). She has filled her small London home almost entirely from lost and second-hand treasures, yet the result is a relaxed and surprisingly sophisticated style that can’t help but make you smile. She really ticked the HomeStyle box when we discovered she had bought her entire kitchen on Gumtree for £900! Another showstopper this issue is the upcycling feature – turn to page 85 right now for the most stunning cupboard revamp. It’s proof that breathing life back into things other people don’t want can create items that will be treasured for generations to come. And if you’re about to embark on your own makeover, don’t miss our top trend hot list on page 74 – with these ideas, you won’t just be one small step ahead of the crowds, you’ll be one huge HomeStyle leap!