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OUTDOOR LIVING \r\nCreate extra space outside and transform your garden into an area for dining and relaxing.
Vano easy chairs, £29 each; Styrso nest of tables, £24; Greno cushion, £13.99, all Ikea
garden inspiration,home inspiration,SHEWisteria climbing up a house
\"Embrace climbing plants and cover up blank exterior walls or unattractive fencing. Introduce wonderful wisteria or amazing evergreen clematis armandii to the walls of your house or garden,\" says Diarmuid Gavin, garden designer, writer and TV presenter.
home inspiration,soft furnishings,SHESofa that has been re-covered
Fancy a new-look sofa? Check out Bemz, a Swedish company that makes washable loose covers to fit most Ikea sofas and armchairs.
Goteborg cover in Prisma Stripe Eggshell Blue, £335, Bemz
diy,home inspiration,soft furnishings,SHERoom decorated with poppy paint from Designer\'s Guild
Beat the credit crunch blues by adding splashes of vibrant colour to your walls. Blocks of bold paint will produce a striking modern look and accessories and textiles in contrasting colours and prints will make a dramatic impact.
Walls painted in Poppy and Borghese matt emulsion, both £24 per 2.5l; Balance three-seater sofa, £1,595; cushions covered in (from left) Central Park print, £30 per m, and Varese fabric, £49 per m; Keswick graphite oval rug (150cm x 240cm), £495; all Designers Guild
New ways with walls
diy,home inspiration,SHEFloral Wall Sticker
Give plain walls an instant burst of colour with easy-to-apply wall stickers. Combine a few to create a scene or just use one bold design for a more understated look. There\'s a great selection for children\'s bedrooms too.
Stylish wooden shutters can transform the most unimaginative of windows and create a stunning feature, while offering plenty of privacy. B&Q has teamed up with The California Company, the shutter retailer, to offer gorgeous hardwood plantation shutters.
Custom-made Poplar shutters, from £175 for 100x100cm shutter, B&Q
diy,home inspiration,SHEClock from Matalan
Changing just a few items in a room can give it a whole new feel. It can be as easy as buying a statement clock, adding new cushions for the sofa or updating lampshades and pictures.
Molecule clock, £25, Colin & Justin\'s Influence Collection at Matalan
home inspiration,soft furnishings,SHEStriped carpet
Transform a tired room with a bold carpet or large rug.
diy,home inspiration,SHEHeritage wallpaper from Ecocentric
\"The way you decorate can affect the amount of electricity you use,\" says Oliver Heath, eco designer. \"Painting or papering walls nearest to the window in pale shades will bounce light into the room, so you save on having to turn the lights on.\"
Heritage eco wallpaper, £29.95 per 10m roll, Ecocentric