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This house has grown with us

Clever updates have kept Anita Boyce’s home looking fresh and modern
Elements of black sharpen the kitchen’s pale greys and pinks. The idea for the bold black-and-white floor came from a magazine, and Anita chose a diamond layout for maximum impact. The black chandelier, a later purchase from B&Q, adds drama and glamour

Anita Boyce and her husband Martin may have lived in their home for more than thirty years but they haven’t rested on their laurels, in that time their 1960s property has changed beyond recognition. Not only has it been extended into a comfortable, spacious four-bedroom home but its décor has also evolved to reflect its owners’ personal style. ‘Our children have all flown the nest now, but we moved here when our daughters were little,’ recalls Anita. ‘The big back garden was just right for a family, and although the house was a bit tired and unloved, inside it definitely had possibilities.’

The existing kitchen was very cramped but one of the main selling points was the large utility and store room, perfect for converting into a big, family-friendly kitchen-diner. Within a year or so of moving, the couple’s son Matthew was born and they began looking for ways to increase their living space again. ‘We decided to extend upstairs and put in a master bedroom and en suite, so the children could each have their own room,’ explains Anita.

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Hoorah! Summer is here and if, like me, the sunshine makes you want to spend as much time as you can outdoors, then I know you’re going to enjoy this issue. To begin with we’ve got some gorgeous creative projects on page 60 to give your garden the ‘wow’ factor. The cat planter is my favourite, it’s so cute! Meanwhile, on page 66, we show you how to make raised beds for your garden – perfect if you’ve always wanted to grow your own fruit and veg. For many of us, summertime makes us think of beds and borders brimming with colourful flowers, but there’s another important element that you should spend time getting right and that’s the foliage. Turn to page 114 for our guide to which leafy plants will give your garden year-round interest. But, of course, gardening isn’t all about planting and pruning, you should always make time to enjoy your hard work. So why not treat yourself to one of our favourite new garden furniture designs on page 44? Talking of new designs, we’ve gone all contemporary on our kitchen and bathroom pages this issue, from glossy kitchens (p.55) to super sleek suites (p.48), you’re sure to find a look you love. Meanwhile, if you’re thinking of updating your bedroom, look no further than this month’s makeovers (p.24), and if you’re trying to choose a new colour for your next decorating scheme then why not try this season’s hottest shade – Denim Drift? On page 36 we’ve got some great colour scheming ideas to make this gorgeous shade of blue work in any home. Finally, make sure you take a peek at our recipe pages this month, as we’ve got some delicious ways to cool down with frozen desserts and ice lollies (p.100).