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We had to fix things before problems got worse

A part-completed kitchen could have caused Janette Roberts problems if she hadn’t acted swiftly


When Janette Roberts moved to her two-bedroom cottage in Amersham, the previous owners had done lots of work around the property, but there was a common problem too – nothing had been quite finished off. Janette loved the pretty cream wood Howdens kitchen, but there was cornice missing on the wall units that made the room look unbalanced, and there was an issue with the sink area too. ‘There was a tiny circular sink with little separate circle drainer next to it and the wood in-between the two had so much water on it, that it was black and rotting. The oak work surfaces all around hadn’t been oiled and were in a terrible state too. The walls were marked, greasy and water-stained and on closer inspection it was all looking a bit shabby. I hated the worn brown floor tiles too so the kitchen felt like it could be wonderful, but it wasn’t!’ she explains.

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Can you believe it’s Christmas time already? Where on earth has this year gone? But don’t panic, we’ve got all you need in this issue to make sure your festive celebrations go smoothly. We’ve been scouring the high street and internet to find the most brilliant gift ideas for your family and friends (p.40) and they’re all under £50 – because let’s face it, we’re all on a budget this year aren’t we? We’ve also got some gorgeous decorating ideas and styling tips that are quick and easy to achieve and will make your home look really magical (p.36). If you love entertaining at Christmas, turn to page 100 where we’ve got some new twists to try on the traditional festive fare (take it from me, the maple roasted potatoes are divine!). But if you’d rather not spend time slaving over a hot stove during the festive season, we’ve also picked the best fuss-free food and drink from the supermarkets to make feeding family and friends a breeze (p.104). I know that some of you will be taking the opportunity to do a spot of decorating over the holiday season, so we’ve made sure there’s lots to inspire you in this issue. From our opulent room schemes on page 20, to our beautiful bedroom makeovers (p.24), you’re sure to find something that makes you want to pick up a paint brush. However you plan to spend the coming weeks, whether it’s celebrating or decorating, I’d like to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year from all the Your Home team.