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Your Home Decorating Special

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned expert, Your Home magazine will give you the best in design ideas, makeover tips and money-saving advice that'll help you spruce up your home and garden.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

After such a wet winter, it’s so lovely to feel that spring is well and truly underway. The warmer, sunnier days are certainly making me want to pick up a paintbrush and give my home a freshen-up for the season ahead. In this issue, we’ve got some fantastic suggestions for creating eye-catching effects on your walls using just a few simple paint techniques (p42). You’ll be amazed at just how quick and easy it is to totally transform your space in just a few hours. If you’re hankering after this season’s bold patterned wallcoverings and fabrics (take a look at the latest maximalist trend on page 22), but don’t know how to make them work in your own home, then fear not, we’re here to help. We know that mixing pattern…

4 min
this month we love…

Hidden Gem: Montes & Clark, Tisbury Set up in 2015 by Lucy Montes de Oca and Kate Clark in the Wiltshire town of Tisbury, Montes & Clark is an interiors company that curates crafted colour for the home. In 2018, the pair joined forces with Emily Pinset and set up a larger shop in the town. Their primary focus is to work with craftspeople and communities – particularly from Mexico – to bring bright, beautiful, unusual pieces of textiles, ceramics and glassware to their customers. Colour is at the heart of everything they source, and they aim to bring a contemporary yet timeless feel to the pieces you see in their store and online. Visit the shop at London House, Tisbury, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP3 6HA or online at montesandclark.co.uk House goals The Ideal Home…

2 min
your letters

MAKEOVER MAGIC After searching for a bathroom cabinet that was a little bit different, I managed to find this one on eBay for £25. I painted it using an Annie Sloan paint and arranged my vintage bottles filled with bath oils and salts inside – they look so much better than the plastic ones. Needless to say, I absolutely love it, and hope you do too! Zuzana Finnerty, by email Your Home says Wow, your new bathroom cabinet is incredible, Zuzana! It looks so chic and professional, especially against the marble tiles. ★ Zuzana’s letter has won her a bouquet of flowers from Blossoming Gifts. Send us your projects and photos and you could be next month’s winner! Can’t beat it I upcycled this old, solid-wood coffee table for my son’s new flat. I used pictures…

2 min
household hints

How to… prepare your garden furniture for the summer With the warmer months fast approaching, it’s high time you prepared for the flood of summer gatherings and got your outdoor furniture in tip-top shape. Dust off the cobwebs and follow these simple steps… First things first, prepare the area where you want to put your furniture. Brush away any debris and consider using a jet spray for a deeper clean. Then, give your garden furniture a good clean, whether it’s wood, plastic or metal. Use soapy water or a specialist PVC cleaner for plastic furniture and remove any mildew build-up with a mould-removing spray. After months spent hidden away in your garden shed, there’s likely to be some marks or dirt to brush off your furniture, but there could be deeper damage too.…

1 min
what to look out for this month

These pretty plates will entice all your dinner guests to the table and are perfect for sharing dishes Discovery side plate, £2, Wilko What better way to drink wine than out of these charming, decorative glasses? Floral wine glasses, £8.50 each, Emma Britton Pesky flies are the last thing you want buzzing around your food. Protect your spread with this cover – it’s both practical and pretty! Lavender food cover 30cm, £10.50, Gisela Graham With its boho vibes, this carafe is the avant-garde way to serve cold drinks on a warm spring afternoon Portmore carafe in ink, £22, Garden Trading Getting yourself some good-quality, striking tableware is the way to go when it comes to serving up an impressive outdoor feast Small blue bubble glass oval platter, £9, Gisela Graham Great Buy Do you have loads of long-forgotten ingredients hidden in…

2 min
we test… paint strippers

THINGS WE CONSIDERED ● How easy was it to use? ● How long did it take to work? ● How effective was it? PAINT PANTHER PAINT & VARNISH REMOVER, £16.99 FOR 1L , BARRETTINE With a nice, thick viscosity this stripper was easy to apply with a paintbrush and didn’t drip. We left it on for an hour and the paint started bubbling up really quickly. It was easy to then scrape off the old paint and clean up the surface with sandpaper afterwards. It removed the old paint really effectively and we were very impressed with the results. DIALL PAINT & VARNISH REMOVER, £7 FOR 1L , B&Q This benzyl alcohol stripper was simple to apply and clung well to the paintwork. We applied the first coat with a paintbrush and left it on for an hour,…