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    Newlywed & Renovating: my top renovation tips

    Some people naturally love renovating. They get ‘the bug’ and go from house to house, taking on more challenging projects with each step. I think it’s fair to say I am not one of them – although a small part of me wishes I was. Don’t get me wrong, the fact that my husband, Marcus, and I have injected love and personality into a house desperate for some attention feels incredibly rewarding and I love showing family and friends before

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    How practical is open kitchen shelving?


    Shelves cost a lot less money, make the space feel less claustrophobic, and can help add personality by having some of your favourite items on view – for me it’s all about coffee pots, typographical prints, and plants. Shelves replicate professional kitchens, keeping tools, utensils, and key ingredients close to hand.

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    Newlywed & renovating: Bedroom planning

    Bedroom planning

    After weeks of steaming layers of flowery beige designs from the other bedrooms – during a heat wave, I may add – while removing scratchy carpet and dealing with the dusty residue they left behind, the three bedrooms were finally stripped back to their plaster walls and wooden floors

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    Steel-framed glazing ideas: the new bi-fold doors?

    Steel-framed glazing

    Steel-framed glazing can set the tone for the rest of your décor. Why not match your taps, tiling, or other details – from your cooker to your handles – to the colour of the frames for a cohesive feel? The glazing doesn’t have to stop at your outside wall: carry it indoors through room dividers, creating a broken-plan living space to give you the privacy of separate rooms without compromising on space or light.

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    Newlywed & renovating: The cloakroom and utility

    When we first got the keys, the existing kitchen was miniscule, terribly tired, and connected to a separate larger dining room which had also seen better days. Once we knew having a rear extension was possible, we briefly considered knocking down the supporting wall between them to have one large open-plan kitchen-diner

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    Sustainable home design: a new mentality, not a fad

    Sustainable decor

    Fix items instead of replacing them, and shop with a more sustainable mindset: look for companies trying to change for the better. That’s what the renovators in this issue have done. From surfaces made out of recycled yoghurt pots to a completely vegan décor, our real homes are brimming with ideas to help you make a difference. 

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    Kitchen planning: Newlywed & Renovating


    My husband Marcus and I started thinking about kitchen planning and the design early on, as the builders had to know where items such as the ducting for the extractor, the sink – which needed new plumbing – and the electrics for the ovens, hob, and fridge had to go. In terms of layout, we had decided even before the build began that the dining area would be in the new extension

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