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Digital Subscriptions > Your Home Magazine > September 2016 > I’m always re-decorating

I’m always re-decorating

Moira Samater’s home, has evolved over the years to reflect her changing tastes
Moira found an old piece of wood, which she had colour matched at B&Q to create the paint for the grey feature wall. It provides a great backdrop for her Ikea sofa and old armchair that’s been re-covered in a patterned John Lewis fabric. Orange cushions from Dunelm and John Lewis add vibrancy

Good idea!

A large decorative plate or charger can make a great piece of 3D artwork.

Changing things around is second nature to Moira Samater, whose 1930s semi has seen countless updates over the last nine years.

As a self-taught DIY-er and a big fan of upcycling furniture, Moira has redecorated throughout many times. ‘I’m either re-painting second-hand furniture or stripping it back, and then selling it and buying something else when I get bored,’ she says. ‘I might paint an old lamp base and update it with a new shade, or I’ll reupholster a headboard by taking it apart and seeing how it’s put together. It’s just trial and error as nobody taught me how to decorate.’

After downsizing from a modern detached house in Houghton-le-Spring when she got divorced, mum of three Moira decided to return to the leafy suburb of Ashbrooke in Sunderland where she started her family.

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We love nothing better than a nice brew in the Your Home office, so you can imagine how excited we were testing out the latest tea and coffee machines for this issue. Whether your favourite is a cappuccino, a double espresso or a good old Earl Grey, we’ve found the best machines for the job so you can enjoy coffee shop quality in your own home (p.52). September is the time of year when the weather starts to change and we begin to spend more time indoors once more. So in this issue we’ve put together a round-up of the latest interior trends on the high street to make your home look its cosy best over the coming months (p.36). For even more inspiration, turn to page 20 to discover our pick of the latest accessories and homewares to give your rooms an elegant on-trend oriental look. And, as always, we’ve got plenty of inspiring makeovers – this month we’ve got three stunning living rooms (p.24), and beautiful reader homes (p.73) to give you plenty of affordable ideas to recreate in your own home. Your garden may be looking a little jaded now autumn is creeping in, but this is the perfect time to plan ahead to ensure it’s bursting with colour in the spring. On page 114 you’ll find all you need to know about which bulbs to plant for a riot of spring colour next year, as well as some unusual varieties to try too. Last, but not least, do check out our quick and easy supper recipes (p.100), the fish finger pie is my new guilty pleasure!