Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Let There Be Light; Forget about out with the Old and in with the New - Create a Bright New Style by Using Existing Pieces and Making Simple Changes to Update Them

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Let There Be Light; Forget about out with the Old and in with the New - Create a Bright New Style by Using Existing Pieces and Making Simple Changes to Update Them

Article excerpt

SPRING has finally sprung and a brand new look can be yours for less if you follow our low-cost, high-style guide to gracious living.

Sure, you've got to be canny these days but if you re-use existing items and weed out the clutter, a designer dream doesn't have to be a money nightmare.

Re-use what you've got THE black 1970s corduroy sofa was looking a little bit saggy so, rather than toss it out, we kept the timber frame, gave it a lick of paint and had new seat cushions made.

This gave us an opportunity to change the shape, so we replaced the three original seat cushions with one large pie crust cushion to modernise the look.

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Become a rug designer DESIGNER homes are often filled with one-offs and things that really stand out.

Here, the striped rug makes a bold, modern statement without breaking the bank. We purchased two colours of roll stock carpet and had sections cut and bonded.

Finally, we had all sides bound to stop any fraying.

Old-fashioned rug rooms used to do this but a good carpet fitter or your local carpet showroom will have no problems pulling this project together.

Less is more ALLOWING rooms to breathe makes a huge difference to how they feel.

The fireplace was very cluttered and its items scattered without a thought for shape and pattern so it made sense to pare it back.

There are now just six items on the mantel and the hearth has been left clean to show off the shape of the insert.

Just as your wardrobe is moving from dark, wintry fabrics to brighter, lighter garb, so too can a spot of decor seasonal adjustment work wonders.

So reach for the paintbrush or use paper to brighten your world.

Here, the deep purple walls absorbed all the natural light, making the room dim and depressing. Modern geometric paper added a lattice pattern that is expansive and mathematically precise.

Get the look with Herrick from the Stanza Collection by Osborne & Little - www. …

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