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We lost two bedrooms but gained much more

Kirstie Kimmins and Chris Jones have turned a warren of poky rooms into a stunning one-bedroom flat with open-plan living at its heart
Kirstie loves dressing the flat for Christmas and has opted for classic red and white decorations to suit the traditional feel of the living room, which has walls painted in Valspar’s Callisto and wood panelling painted in Bowler Hat by Dulux. The sofa bed from M&S is handy for visiting guests and is dressed with cushions from Barker & Stonehouse and a red throw from Ikea

Despite owning several healthy eating cafés, Kirstie Kimmins and partner Chris Jones still like to indulge themselves at Christmas. ‘You’ve got to be a bit more relaxed at Christmas,’ says Kirstie. ‘So although we always have a free-range turkey and love making clean egg nog, we do indulge in chocolate and trifle too.’

The couple’s spacious one-bedroom flat in Tynemouth is the perfect place to enjoy the festivities as it has a huntinglodge-style living room at the front, as well as a more informal and relaxed open-plan kitchen diner with sitting area at the rear.

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After months of waiting, the festive season is upon us and there’s excitement in the air. But, for many of us, there’s also a hint of panic with so much to do before the big day. With that in mind, in this month’s issue we’ve tried to take the hassle out of Christmas, so you can actually relax and enjoy it. Our decorating feature on page 36 is crammed with quick, easy and affordable ideas to make your home look super special, with bargain buys, quick crafts and simple styling tricks to inspire you. Meanwhile, on page 20, we take a look at the Danish decorating trend that’s sweeping the nation – Hygge (pronounced Hue-gah). It’s all about making your home warm, cosy and a joy to be in over the winter months – so I think you’re going to love it (we certainly do). Those of you who are still on the hunt for the perfect presents for your nearest and dearest, fear not – we’ve got the answers to all your problems on page 40 with our brilliant gift guide. You’ll find 50 fabulous ideas which are all under £50, with stocking fillers from just £2! If you’re bored of eating the same old turkey and trimmings, then turn to page 100 where we give those festive favourites a whole new twist. While on page 104 we pick the best foodie buys from the supermarkets for your parties and get-togethers, so you can spend less time in the kitchen. I do hope you enjoy this festive issue and that this Christmas is your best one ever!