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Digital Subscriptions > Your Home Magazine > June 2017 > My home is a small place with a big personality

My home is a small place with a big personality

Octavia Landy has turned her East London flat into a bright, bold and eclectic space
The bright orange sofa bed from Made creates a vibrant contrast to the bright pink walls, painted in Bubblicious by Leyland. ‘I love my framed Crash print by Douglas Gordon,’ says Octavia. The chandelier was bought from eBay

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Go bold and create extra impact by painting the ceiling in the same colour as your walls. A large rug warms wooden floors.

Fifteen years ago, when Octavia and her friends were all renting Fin the vibrant, fashionable areas of London she was keen to get onto the property ladder and buy a place of her own. However her budget, even for a one-bedroom flat, only stretched to an East London neighbourhood that couldn’t even be described as up-and-coming. ‘I had only been to see it once and I cried when I got the keys,’ Octavia admits. ‘My mum had come down from the Midlands to help me move in and I stood in the flat and thought, ‘what have I done?’ remember thinking no one would ever visit me out here!’

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Can you believe it’s June already? We’re halfway through the year and summer is here at last. We’re definitely feeling the sunshine vibes in this issue. On page 36 we take a look at the latest trends for outdoor living, including exciting tropical brights, relaxed coastal looks and earthy tribal designs inspired by North Africa. In fact we’re loving the seaside look so much it’s been the inspiration for this month’s Trend Alert (p.18) and our craft projects too (p.60). If you’re planning to spend more time in the garden, then turn to page 66 to find our step-bystep guide for laying a new patio, perfect for outdoor entertaining. You might even be considering adding a new conservatory to your home so you can enjoy the views over your garden even when summer is fading. On page 106, we’ve got all you need to know about planning and buying a conservatory, as well as some great designs to inspire you. I know many of you enjoy getting out the BBQ when friends and family visit. But there are so many exciting new ways to cook alfresco, we’ve put together a buyer’s guide to the latest barbies, smokers, grills and pizza ovens on page 56. Plus we’ve got some delish picnic recipes on page 100 too! Talking of cooking, if you’re considering buying new kitchen appliances, you may be a bit baffled by the choice of A-ratings which are now available. So, on page 52, we look at what the labelling means and find some models to save you both energy and money!