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Decorate like a stylist

Whether starting from scratch or simply in need of a refresh, follow our basic design rules to take your home from dull to designer!

Retro cow parsley print eyelet curtains, from £25; retro birdy blind, from £18; Garda sofa, from £750; Kendall trestle coffee table, £199; cushions, from £10, all Next

CEMENT YOUR STYLE

Don’t know where to begin when it comes to re-designing your home? Then start by collecting and collating magazine clippings and images of rooms you like – you should soon see a definite decorative style or colour palette emerging, which can provide the focus for your new look.

Find inspiration and advice on Danetti’s lifestyle blog

GET ONLINE

The place to go for infinite resources, many top stylists now offer advice and inspiration through blogs, vlogs and Instagram, while a quick search will always ensure you get the best deals. Set up a Pinterest board to store all of your ideas and proposed purchases, then check out design tools that can help you plan and visualise everything from layout to finished scheme.

Curtains in Dahlia Parade, £36 per m; blind in Awning Stripe, £32 per m; Chatsworth snuggler, £1,500; Milton bookcase, £1,000; side table, £350; Mulholland check rug, £120; Selby lamp base, £120; ombre shade, £55, all Laura Ashley

Magnolia Grove wallpaper, £40 per roll; curtains in Brampton Stripe, £36 per m; Padstow sofa, £1,450; Dorset white coffee table, £605; display cabinet, £1,400; sideboard, £1,200; nest of tables, £550; Clarke clock, £115; Mulroy chandelier,

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Is it just me, or do you love the month of May too? Not only does it feel like summer is on the way, but we also get those cheeky bank holidays to enjoy. For many of us the longer, warmer days mean that it’s the perfect time to tackle those decorating jobs we’ve been thinking about. In this issue we’ve got plenty of expert advice to help you plan your next decorating project and redesign your rooms like a stylist (p.36). If you’re thinking about updating your bathroom, then we’ve got some great monochrome schemes to inspire you (p.48), plus three readers share their own bathroom transformations with us (p.24) and they’ve got plenty of great ideas for you to steal. If, like me, you have a tiny kitchen, you’ll love our clever suggestions and smart solutions to make the most of the space you have (p.54). Now that summer is on the horizon, our thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors. On page 106 we discuss how to turn your alfresco space into an extension of your home. From balconies to terraces, patios to decks, we’ve got ideas for every space, no matter how big or small. If you’re a fan of street food, check out our delicious recipes on page 100 which will show you how to recreate all your favourite dishes at home. The Bajan fish cakes are really delish! Finally, to help you with your bank holiday projects we’ve put together a special free magazine to accompany this issue, full of quick and easy ideas to revamp your home in just a few hours. Happy decorating!
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