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Quick weekend UPDATES

Weekends offer the perfect opportunity to tackle some home improvements. We’ve got some clever tricks to get your home looking tip-top in just a few days


Updating your home doesn’t have to take weeks and weeks, or break the bank – it’s often the little changes that make the most impact. We’ve put together a few ideas, great buys and fun projects for inside and out, these quick do-it-yourself updates will freshen up the look in no time at all. From changing your colour scheme with bright accessories to updating your garden space with new planters or a home-made swing, choose your favourite project this weekend and see your space in a whole new light.

Image taken from: Dream Décor by Will Taylor, £25, published by Jacqui Small. Photo Andrew Boyd


Sticking to two complementary colours, display a cluster of framed prints and photos to create a personal montage as the room’s focal point. Interiors blogger, Will Taylor uses blue and yellow shades to create a balanced palette that offers a refreshing and reviving vibe for his workspace at home. Will says: ‘To me a well decorated house is a collection of personal dividends gathered from one’s own experiences and adventures.’


Pile on the pattern to add heaps of character to your room. If you don’t want pattern to overwhelm the room, start with smaller accessories such as cushions and build it up in the room using the same colour palette

Paper planes cushion, £32; pompom cushion, £26, both Oliver Bonas


Getting bored of your same-old-sameold colour scheme? Give tired curtains, cushion covers and throws a quick and easy makeover from only £3. With just a few steps to follow with a packet of hand or machine wash dye in a colour of your choice, it’s a great instant update. Be adventurous with some tie dye or dip dye effects and finish off with a pretty pompom trim

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With summer in full swing, no doubt you’ll want to spend more time outdoors rather than inside decorating. So we’ve come up with eight pages of fantastic super-quick updates to make your home look gorgeous in a flash, so you can spend more time having fun in the sun (p.36). And if you enjoy having friends round for garden parties during the summer, then why not treat them to some of the scrummy outdoor entertaining recipes we’ve put together for you on page 100? Our craft projects have an outdoor theme this month too, including a stylish garden storage bench upcycling project (p.62) and some creative planter ideas on page 60. If you’re lucky enough to be heading off on holiday this month you may be worried about your garden drying out while you’re away, but fear not. On page 114 we’ve got lots of clever ideas for keeping your plants well watered. Those of you who love camping holidays should turn to page 54 where we look at some of the latest clever bits of kit that will make your nights under canvas even more enjoyable. With the Rio Olympics taking place, we’ve been inspired by all things tropical for this month’s Trend Alert. After all, who wouldn’t want a funky flamingo bringing an element of fiesta-filled fun to their décor? However you plan to spend this month, whether it’s indoors decorating or out enjoying the garden, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the sun shines for you!