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‘Downsizing meant swapping our country home for a town house’
Denise is now busy running up soft furnishings for her new home

Denise and Dick Allen’s move to rural Devon from south London back in the 90s was all about giving space and freedom to their sons, then aged four and six. Fast forward 20 years and with both boys having flown the nest, the ancient mill house with its two and a half acre garden was now far too big for the couple. With Dick’s retirement imminent, it was also placing too much of drain on their resources. ‘We thought long and hard about downsizing and realised we wanted to make a fresh start in a completely different style of house and in a new area, so that we wouldn’t constantly be making comparisons,’ says Denise. With no ties and more free time for travel, they also wanted a more manageable, easy-to-maintain home they could lock up and leave.

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Isn’t it funny, no matter how many years ago you left school, September always comes with an air of new beginnings and fresh starts. Whether it’s the kids going back to school, the older ones leaving home and heading off to Uni, or just us grown-ups fancying a new lunchbox for work or a fresh new look for our home. So if you’ve got the itch to make a few changes around your home, we’ve made sure there’s plenty to inspire you in this issue. On page 36 we take a look at the hottest trends on the high street for the coming season. From cosy woodland touches, glamorous metallics mixed with sultry dark tones, chic and simple Scandi-inspired pieces or flamboyant florals, we’re sure you’ll find something you’ll want to add to your home to freshen it up for the months ahead. And, if your kitchen or bathroom floor needs a bit of an update, then check out our guide to the latest flooring designs that are both pretty and practical (p.48). Don’t forget to check out our gorgeous bathroom makeovers too for even more great ideas to steal (p.24). Meanwhile, if your kids have flown the nest, and you’re considering downsizing, then do read our essential guide on page 106 to see if it’s right for you. Even if you’re not planning any major decorating projects this month, you can still get in the ‘back to school’ spirit, with our brilliant recipe ideas (p.100). Go on treat yourself to a new lunchbox and spoil yourself with our tasty lunchbox treats!
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