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Cottage industry HOMES; HOMES Get that rustic look with a little hard work.

Byline: with Andrea McLean

I'M all for a bit of make do and mend around the home. I get a real kick out of sanding down old furniture and covering it with a lick of paint to give it a new lease of life. All it takes is seeing the potential in something.

And, rather than being put off by how tatty it looks, see how beautiful it can become with a bit of TLC.

I even asked for a sewing machine for Christmas and my mum is going to show me how I can start rustling things up for around the home. I just can't wait to get stuck in.

Even if it's just cushion covers to start with, it'll still save me a fortune because I change cushions round every few months or so.

All these handicrafts might happen one day when I've got the time and energy but, in the meantime, I take the short cut by getting my cottage homespun feel straight off the high street...

Just don't tell anyone!

EVER seen the film The Holiday, where Cameron Diaz arranges a house-swap from her luxurious LA home to a traditional English home? The chocolate box cottage she ends up in is adorable and, even if you can't get Jude Law to come and stay, getting the cosy cute look is definitely achievable.

GET THE LOOK: Bed linen set, PS70; throw, PS120; cushions, PS25-PS28; bug magnet board, PS40; embroidery rings, PS12 each; small printed suitcase, PS18 (for two); hand-painted papier mache box, PS14; lantern, PS18; hanging tealight holders, from PS8; Ashley Thomas At Home wall art, PS40; Victoria double bedframe, PS250, all Debenhams | ANOTHER one of those things on my wish list is a sewing room where I can lay out rolls of fabric on a vast table and hang ribbon of various widths from hooks on the wall and keep my reels of cotton in a big wooden box. But I'll start small for now, with a sewing box. If nothing else, it will put an end to that infuriating game of Hunt the Scissors every time I need them. Fabric patchwork bundle, PS25; ribbon, PS6; fabric-covered box, PS10; flower pot pin cushion, PS8; tape measure, PS3; caravan sewing box, PS60, all Cath Kidston


STICKING to natural products is the key to achieving the homespun look and one of the best places to start is underfoot. I like to walk around barefoot at home, which is fine in summer, but it can be a bit chilly in the cooler months. So a lovely pure wool rug, like the one on the left, is bliss. GET THE LOOK: Lily 100% wood rug, from PS225, Plantation Rug Company. Bjursta extendable table, PS140, Ikea. Gold wooden letters, PS38, Posh Graffiti. Similar Bleecker chair, PS69, and Kimberly sideboard, PS579, both Barker & Stonehouse

IF you'd rather get the cosy, home-made look the easy way, it doesn't get easier than this! Sustain Cosy cushion, PS6.50, Wilkinson

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Bird House cushion, PS12.99; polka dot cushion, PS7.99; Ella reversible cushion, PS8.99; decorative ribbons cushion, PS16.99; sundae dishes, PS2.99 each; ridged votive holder, PS1.99; round glass candle holder in washed pink, PS3.99; Knox glass-top coffee table, PS229.99; Newport small sofa in Linso mushroom, PS599; candy rose small ceramic button box, PS3.99; round glass candle holder, PS3.99; clip-top water bottle, PS3.99, all Dunelm. Similar green tumbler, Memory Lane hiball, PS2, Sainsbury's
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2014
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