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We salvaged a new look for our family home

Liza and Adam’s extended home is packed full of quirky vintage finds and upcycled furniture
The original dining room has been turned into a living room that opens up to the dining area and kitchen. Flower Breeze wallpaper from Layla Faye on the chimney breast wall, with an assortment of mirrors collected from Liza’s television work, alongside an art gallery with a collection of photo frames from Oliver Bonas create a fine focal point

Liza Carmel’s love of industrial style and her talent for salvaging practical furnishings from recycled materials are undoubtedly what give her home its unique edge. But the story behind how she, and husband Adam Claret, bought their 1930s property is more of a happy coincidence. Having outgrown their terraced house a few roads away, Liza and Adam made an offer on this, much bigger, detached property. ‘The one thing I fell in love with as soon as we walked into the house was the hallway,’ remembers Liza. ‘It’s a room in itself as in so many 1930s-style properties, and it had such a lovely feel to it. Our offer was accepted right away but was then snatched away when the seller pulled out. We had sold our house and I was pregnant with Carter at the time. A few months later, the owner walked into Adam’s office enquiring about a house we were advertising. When she told us she didn’t have a buyer for her house we jumped at the chance.’

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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!