I love that heart-warming feeling I get when I pull on my bobble hat for the first time in November. It’s a sign that good things are to come – watching fireworks with family, cosying up on the sofa or taking an evening stroll – and also a perfect time to rethink our rooms. Take a look at our feature on warming up your bedroom (p88), see our tasty ideas for Bonfire Night (p108), and pick up a cool timepiece for when the clocks go back (p32). As the days get colder, energy bills inevitably rise, so take control of your appliances with our guide to smart homes on page 61 – it could save you money. If you’ve been thinking about reworking your kitchen, then our in-depth feature on page 100 is an ideal place to start. It takes you through all the basics, from how much room to leave for an island to incorporating the most practical ‘working triangle’. On the other hand, if you want some quick-fix updates then have a go at the ideas in our Buy It or DIY It feature on page 50. Finally, take a peek at Sharon’s gorgeous cottage (p26), Chantelle’s four-bed family semi (p14), and Pip’s Victorian terrace (p38) for lots to inspire your own home creativity, too. And, don’t forget to send us your photos – you never know, you could appear in a future issue!
Add some colour to your rooms with faux flowers, bring rustic touches into your home for an autumnal ambience, rustle up some warming and tasty treats, while planning how to design the best kitchen for you!