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Be inventive with copper piping

Be inventive with copper piping

Concealed behind the walls of virtually every home, copper pipes are a hidden gem. Now, as the trend for industrial pieces continues, exposed pipes are an easy way to get the look. Cheap, accessible (you can buy pipes from any builders merchant) and versatile, copper pipes can be fashioned into virtually anything, from taps to dish racks, curtain poles to clothes rails. Here, we explain how to make a mixer tap. Jamie Blake of Blakes London describes the trend for…

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Creating a space for sewing

Creating a space for sewing

If you’re working with fabrics, you may want a generous work surface – the bigger the better. Most of us don’t have a separate room, so instead we’d recommend upping the size of your dining table. Keep the look of the room pretty with a decorative window treatment, such as this roller blind in Evita Scilla.

Good spot to create a private work area

Good spot to create a private work area

With the summer months coming, what about moving out to the garden? A large shed or a summerhouse can be transformed into the perfect studio space away from interruptions, and you’ll benefit from the natural light and the view. Remember that if your shed doesn\’t have electricity, work will be limited to daylight hours. 

Nano Shower Drain – good flow from minimal depth

Nano Shower Drain – good flow from minimal depth

  The latest product from Dallmer is the CeraLine Nano, a high appearance slim-line shower drain that has the priceless advantage of a built-in depth of only 68mm. The new linear drain offers an excellent waste water flow rate of 0.45 litres per second and thus grants a whole range of new possibilities in shower and wet-room design for situations where cutting into solid floor structures is inadvisable or impossible. The Nano is extremely simple to install since the flanges…

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Living room renovations

Living room renovations

Create a fresh new look in your home this spring with our tops tips and inspiration. Our living room’s full of clutter. Any advice? Things are more likely to be tidied away if you make it easy, so ensure you create nearby storage for each area of your room. For example, if your dining table is part of the living room, a sideboard will take all you need for the table – but can also hold board games and stationery….

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Perfect home bar – how to create

Perfect home bar – how to create

Planning your space. For everyday entertaining, a large cupboard can be easily converted into a practical bar. However, if you regularly throw parties for large groups and require room for two people to be making drinks at the same time, you’ll need a bar that’s around two meters long. Consider the wiring, ventilation and plumbing early on. Wet or dry? You can incorporate a ‘dry’ bar just about anywhere, but havin6 a ‘wet’ bar, with a built-in sink (and preferably…

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Connected living space

Connected living space

We’re about to enter the age of the high-tech home. Soon, your sofa will know more about the state of your health than your doctor, and your fridge will be monitoring your diet. Technology expert Tom Bailey explains how ‘the internet of things’ is set to simplify our lives. It was late 2013 when the email arrived. The subject line – ‘You will love this!’ – immediately aroused my suspicions. As a technology editor, I’ve spent the last decade chasing…

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How to build a wooden terrace

How to build a wooden terrace

Most people have a sunny corner in their garden that they naturally gravitate towards: turn that spot into a backyard terrace and rest of the design will follow. Read our secrets on building the perfect versatile patio or garden deck area. Consider how your decking will be used. If it’s primarily for adults, you can be more creative, opting for split levels and including freestanding planters. If you have children, you may want to add a sandpit or seats with…

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Two quick and effective ways to add pattern using paint

Two quick and effective ways to add pattern using paint

Stencils. Stencilling is a simple method of decorating your walls. The beauty of this technique lies in the handmade effects that you can create. For a faded-wallpaper effect, opt for a repeat pattern, varying the paint coats. Use a small amount of emulsion – a little goes a long way – and apply gently over the stencil using a sponge roller. Start stencilling in the middle of the wall and work outwards.  Patterned rollers. This is a form of \”speed…

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How to play with patterns

How to play with patterns

Layer contrasting patterns or mix traditional and modern prints to make endless combinations. Instinct and impulse play big parts in pulling this off, but you can create order by using similar tones to link everything together. Larger spaces can be overwhelming, but they give you the freedom to play with scale. This can make it easier to incorporate bigger items of furniture and introduce bolder shades and patterns. Don’t be afraid to use color. Start by injecting it subtly in…

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