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We could all use a little more functional space in our homes. And sometimes you don’t see it when it’s right under your nose. Or stairs. Make those stairs work double duty by mounting hooks to hang your outerwear. And the lower the hook, the easier it is for little ones to grab their own stuff.

We could all use a little more functional space in our homes. And sometimes you don’t see it when it’s right under your nose. Or stairs. Make those stairs work double duty by mounting hooks to hang your outerwear. And the lower the hook, the easier it is for little ones to grab their own stuff.

When kids come along you spend a lot more time in the kitchen, and wherever you are, they are. Make it easier to share by giving them a little space and adding ways for them to help. Features like low benches, step stools and open storage make it easier for kids to help out, and make the kitchen a happier place for the whole family.

When kids come along you spend a lot more time in the kitchen, and wherever you are, they are. Make it easier to share by giving them a little space and adding ways for them to help. Features like low benches, step stools and open storage make it easier for kids to help out, and make the kitchen a happier place for the whole family.

‘A wall of hanging rail storage makes the most of limited space in the kitchen,’ says stylist Sam Grigg. ‘With a few updates, you can turn it into something creative as well as functional...Once you’ve got your basic storage in place, you can freestyle with the details – add plastic boxes, “S” hooks or magnetic strips for tools and spices. Put knives at the top for safety if there are children about. You can keep it more minimal or create lots of little zones by adding extra pieces.’

‘A wall of hanging rail storage makes the most of limited space in the kitchen,’ says stylist Sam Grigg. ‘With a few updates, you can turn it into something creative as well as functional...Once you’ve got your basic storage in place, you can freestyle with the details – add plastic boxes, “S” hooks or magnetic strips for tools and spices. Put knives at the top for safety if there are children about. You can keep it more minimal or create lots of little zones by adding extra pieces.’

How to throw a beautiful barn party (with or without the barn): 1. The best decorations are already hiding in your home, so use what's to hand like bed linen. 2. Spend your money wisely with decorations you can re-use like chopping board placemats. 3. Embrace imperfection.

How to throw a beautiful barn party (with or without the barn): 1. The best decorations are already hiding in your home, so use what's to hand like bed linen. 2. Spend your money wisely with decorations you can re-use like chopping board placemats. 3. Embrace imperfection.

Click through for our complete guide to freshening up your furniture by painting the space around it.

Click through for our complete guide to freshening up your furniture by painting the space around it.

Add shelves to a step-ladder to create a vintage-inspired bookshelf. Arrange the shelves on the ladder rungs. Secure the shelves in place using nails or screws. Start creating your display. Begin from the bottom and work upwards. Remember to place heavy items in the middle and things of similar weight and size at either end.

Add shelves to a step-ladder to create a vintage-inspired bookshelf. Arrange the shelves on the ladder rungs. Secure the shelves in place using nails or screws. Start creating your display. Begin from the bottom and work upwards. Remember to place heavy items in the middle and things of similar weight and size at either end.

Having books on display makes the room feel more lively. It's easy to create your own reading wall using picture rails and wall shelves.

Having books on display makes the room feel more lively. It's easy to create your own reading wall using picture rails and wall shelves.

No excuse to make your necessary visit boring! Just reach up for your favourite music, your tablet or a meaty autobiography.

No excuse to make your necessary visit boring! Just reach up for your favourite music, your tablet or a meaty autobiography.

Three easy DIY projects to update your headboard using fabric, paint, and stickers. Becoming an interior designer has never been easier.

Three easy DIY projects to update your headboard using fabric, paint, and stickers. Becoming an interior designer has never been easier.

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