House Beautiful (UK) - - FROM THE EDITOR -

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.

LIZZIE HUD­SON Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor

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