is intrinsic to life, influencing so much of what we see, do and experience. At times, it can come out of nowhere and feel unexpected - perhaps even challenging - but embracing it will usually reveal something beautiful; a chance to walk a new path and try something different. Decorating your home brings that same exciting and fresh lease of life - the opportunity to throw out what is old and replace it with all that is new to revive you and your home. With this in mind, we’ve filled the pages of this issue with an abundance of ideas, from small changes to large transformations, to help revitalise your space.
You can start your room makeovers right away with simple touches, such as switching the cushions on the sofa; our three picks on p17 are perfect for retaining a summer feeling all year round. Or, if you want a change that’s more impactful, then go bold and try a scheme with the colours of the season - terracotta and azure blue - as in our decorating feature on p24. Evocative of hot, faraway destinations, it’s a style that’s sure to invigorate.
Continuing the holiday mood, Louise Ingram’s delightful coastal home in Cornwall has stunning British seaside views (p62), while
Chrissy Conyngham’s beautiful house in Auckland, New Zealand, brings inspiration from the other side of the world (p92). Abigail and Simon’s garden courtyard, too, will transport you to Tuscany, with its olive trees and Mediterranean-style planting (p116).
To sustain that summer feeling well beyond the season, give our ways with florals on p134 a go, and our subtle pastel palette on p48 will add a gentle touch to any scheme. Lastly, be sure to enter our fabulous competition on p111 to win a front door from our brand-new House Beautiful range, created in collaboration with Everest. Whatever changes you make, may they fill your home and life with happiness and joy.