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TREND ALERT... LOFT LIVING

Live the high life with the loft living trend

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With many people knocking through their living areas to create light and airy open-plan spaces the loft living look has become more and more popular and no longer exclusively suitable for fashionable city-dwellers living in converted warehouses. This style has in the past been very industrial using the building’s exposed bones as part of the design, such as bare brickwork, and steel beams. This, however, is a cleaned up version making it incredibly easy to achieve in a modern family home.

Furniture choices are key – everything should serve a purpose so that it’s functional as well as stylish, whether that’s because it has hidden storage, or acts as a room divider. Modular storage and sofas are perfect as you can adapt them to make your space work as hard as possible. Choose designs that are streamlined, using pared-back materials. Pale greys and light woods should be the backdrop to simple geometrics and splashes of bright colour.

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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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