STYLE SE­CRETS

Fol­low Abby’s lead for an el­e­gant, put-to­gether look

Style at Home (UK) - - Modern Flat -

PLAY WITH MIR­RORS

Make a room feel big­ger by po­si­tion­ing a mir­ror on the back wall, or the far­thest point from the door – it will trick the eye into think­ing the room is larger than it is. Or boost light lev­els by fix­ing a mir­ror op­po­site a win­dow – it will re­flect the light com­ing in and make the room ap­pear brighter.

RE­VAMP A CHEST

Turn an old wooden or leather trunk into a cof­fee ta­ble by top­ping it with a sheet of glass. Mea­sure the top sur­face for size be­fore get­ting a piece of glass cut to fit at a lo­cal glaziers – the glass should cover the sur­face without ex­tend­ing over the edge. For safety, you’ll need to use tem­pered glass as it won’t shat­ter into sharp shards if bro­ken. Go for a thick­ness of 10mm or more and use rub­ber bungs to se­cure it in po­si­tion.

ADD FES­TIVE TOUCHES

Choose Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions that tie in with your colour scheme for a grown-up look. Warm up a neu­tral decor with metal­lic baubles and tree dec­o­ra­tions in soft shades of Cham­pagne, bronze and old gold, tied with vel­vet and satin rib­bons in co-or­di­nat­ing tones. Add ar­range­ments of green­ery and fo­liage in vases, and use mini gar­lands en­twined with metal­lic fir cones, white berries and mini baubles as ta­ble cen­tre­pieces.

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