Wren advertorial – Your Home March 2022

It can be tricky to know where to start when choosing a new kitchen – will you go sleek and modern, or cosy and classic? Bright and colourful, or timelessly neutral? Not to mention the practical details such as storage solutions, worktop space and a versatile layout. That’s where the experts at Wren come in. They understand that the right kitchen can transform your everyday life, and work collaboratively with you to make your dream design a reality, whatever the size and shape of your space. Here, as part of the #wrenovation series, which shines a spotlight on real customer kitchen renovations, Ron and Kathie share how Wren helped them find a kitchen their daughters love just as much as they do.

'Don't be afraid to use dark colour in every room' – Your Home January 2022

With a four-year-old son and nine cats, Heather and Thomas Lynch’s Aberdeen terrace is always full of activity, but even more so at this time of year when they sprinkle festive magic into every room. ‘I just try and keep it fun,’ says Heather. ‘We’ve been collecting decorations over the last 10 years or so. We buy things that we can use time and time again, including items we can use throughout the year.’

A novel idea: design a book nook – Your Home November 2021

You don’t need a whole room to dedicate to a home library – any unused corner, window or alcove can be transformed into a snug place to get lost in a paperback (or, indeed, the latest issue of Your Home). From a squishy armchair to sink into and a shelf for your to-read pile, to an easy- on-the-eyes lamp and textiles galore for dialling up the cosiness, we’ve got every plot twist covered. Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin...

6 ways to bring the indoors out with a garden living room – Your Home August 2021

Your garden is an extension of your home, so why not decorate it to reflect your interior décor? Just a few simple updates can transform a plain existing patio or decking area into a summer sanctuary that's just as comfy and inviting as your living room – think piles of cushions in practical fabrics, solar or battery-powered mood lighting, durable outdoor rugs, and even a painted feature wall. Try these ideas to style it just as you would any other room in the house, starting with the practical, must-have pieces and finishing it off with plenty of pattern, colour and personality.

Liven up your living space with unexpected colour combinations – Your Home July 2021

Harmonious interiors aren’t just about everything matching. A clever clash, with hues that break the colour ‘rules’ yet work together, can achieve the perfect balance of co-ordinated and quirky. There are no hard and fast guidelines to go by when mixing and matching different shades – in fact, the more rebellious the better – but here are some tricks and ideas to get you started on creating your own colour-savvy schemes.

Style your surfaces with statement vases – Your Home June 2021

Sideboards, shelves, mantelpieces, coffee tables – pretty much every surface in your home can be made a feature of with a vase or two. Not just for displaying blooms, vases are a low-cost way to add colour, pattern and texture to a scheme, be it an elegant single stem or a variety of sizes, designs and materials for an eclectic look. So, whether you prefer to say ‘vahse’ or ‘vayse’, use this versatile accessory to refresh your décor with our styling tips.

How to layer lighting – Your Home Oct 2020

Just as we use a combination of throws, cushions, colours and prints to add personality to a room, the secret to creating a pulled-together lighting scheme is all in the layering. A savvy mix of ambient, accent and task lights, with an assortment of pendant fittings, table lamps, wall fixtures and floor lights, will transform the look and feel of a space as well as providing practical light sources for everyday living.

French sewing brands – Simply Sewing June 2018

Were we to dream up our ultimate wardrobe, it would probably look a little something like this: a dash of Parisian cool, a sprinkling of classic Chanel, the perfect Little Black Dress for every occasion, and stripy Breton tees galore. France has been leading the sartorial way ever since the lavish tastes of King Louis XIX brought its beautiful textiles worldwide acclaim in the 17th Century, but today’s French fashion is perhaps known more for understatement than extravagance.