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The House Doctor, Ann Maurice, talks in-depth about the importance of colour in the home and how it can shape your family’s life – so choose wisely! ‘How can I make a real change in my home without spending a lot of time or money?’ This question comes up time and time again when working with clients, either as an interior designer or home stager. Today, it seems that everyone wants t ...

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The beauty of bespoke kitchen furniture

One of the most important aspects in your home for harmonious living is to have an attractive, well-appointed kitchen. Does yours fit the bill? If not, here are our ideas for remodelling and redecorating your way to success… If you want to transform your kitchen and give it a whole new look, your options are plentiful. Decide on a colour scheme, buy new furniture, and then there’s the flooring, ...

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Anns making her mark

You’ve been presenting Interior Rivalry on five – the second series aired earlier this year. What’s it all about? It was a reality television show to find the best and most talented ‘house doctor’ – that is, someone who comes in to your home and changes the interior so you can sell for the market value or more. I haven’t been doing House Doctor for while – we ...

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Welcome to at home with Ann Maurice

Dear friends It’s been a very exciting year for me both personally and professionally. My latest television series for five, Interior Rivalry, has been a great success. I was also able to discover two talented protégées who are now running their own successful home staging businesses. I’m proud to say that they have both become active members of my thriving House Doctor Network – which has ...

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Fundamentally floored

Even a dazzling interior can be let down by poor flooring, so it’s vital you think about this key design aspect before parting with any cash… The flooring throughout your home is more important that you might, at first glance, realise. Design experts have agreed that it is pivotal to the success of any home conversion or renovation project – but why? Well, think about it – the area ...

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Anns top tips

It’s easy to add £10k to the value of your home with, the House Doctor’s top tips for bringing your interiors up to scratch… Make an entrance… Remove all clutter so the passage into the house isn’t restricted and the door opens freely. Be sure the lighting is sufficiently bright, but not glaring. If fittings are looking a little dated, change them. Create a focal point ...

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Clutter busters

Follow our room-by-room guide and learn how to take the stress out of your mess ‘If you regularly spend time searching for missing items in your home and feel overwhelmed and out of control of your possessions, then clutter has become a problem for you,’ says Romaine Lowery, founder of The Clutter Clinic (www.clutterclinic.co.uk). ‘There is no doubt that clutter causes tension and stress i ...

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Lofty Ideas

When your home begins to feel a little tight at the seams, a loft conversion could be the answer How many of us love where we live, but could really do with an extra bathroom, a separate office or even a kids’ den? Moving house can be an expensive business – it’s also a physical and mental upheaval for all the family. As a result, more and more people are considering developing their prope ...

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Vamp up your home

Want to give your home an up-to-the-minute, contemporary feel that will still appeal to buyer when you come to sell? We show you how… The expression, ‘stuck in a time-warp’ can, sadly, be applied all too often to interiors. Of course, it’s far too expensive, wasteful and disruptive to redecorate and replace furniture and fittings every few seasons. A well-built bed or dining table w ...

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SOLD!

Get your home ready for sale with a little help from the House Doctor, Ann Maurice Why use an estate agent? ‘Although your house is ready to sell, you’re not out of the woods yet – it’s time to find an estate agent. The right agent can make the difference between your house selling quickly and at the right price or languishing on the market forever. While the agent must be a good sal ...

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Help is at hand

It's sweaty, it's tense and it is hard work. We're talking moving and there's nothing quite like it for sending the blood pressure soaring. Buying a new house is exciting in the hunt for the home, hell while it all sorts itself out, and hopefully heaven when you get the keys, wave goodbye to the removal men or the friends who have helped you, and lock the door on your new home. By that stage you will have b ...

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Give your home Kerb Appeal

Before you put your home on the market, go outside and take a long, hard look at it from the road. The point of this exercise is that the view of the front of your house from this particular vantage point is the very first thing that potential buyers and estate agents are going to see, and first impressions are all-important at this stage. Most people's minds are made up in the first 10 or so seconds, so a ...

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Ask the house doctor

Question: Moving versus extending I'm in a quandary. I'd like to find a similar property to the one I now own but which is a bit bigger, as I've outgrown the place I'm in. The problem is I don't know whether to move house, with all the hassle that entails, or stay put and extend. Which would be the lesser of two evils' Angela Hine, 33, London Ann replies: If you're moving because you need more space an extr ...

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Grow with the times

A good extension or conversion not only creates much needed space but, if well planned and executed, will add considerable value to your home. It is well worth doing a little research before rushing ahead. Take the time to draw up a list of your requirements in order to get a clearer idea of the type of space required. Look through magazines and brochures to see what solutions are available and, if possible ...

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Ann Maurice’s Foreword

Dear friends, It's hard to believe that nearly an entire year has gone by since the first issue of At home with Ann Maurice was on the shelves. And what a year it's been! It started off with a bang! And a big one at that. Myself and my team of consultants sourced and styled six room sets at the Ideal Home Show, Earl's Court, London, inspired by the latest catwalk trends and fashions and accessorised by high ...

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Home Staging comes to reality TV

She may be familiar to you as the House Doctor, but Ann Maurice looks set to become even more popular with her new reality TV series. Ann Maurice: Interior Rivalry promises to be even bigger than Alan Sugar's The Apprentice. After eight series for Ch5 on the House Doctor, Ann has a new production company, and as we went to press she was in the throes of deciding on the winner out of 30 wannabes who'll follo ...

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Inside Ann’s Show Home

We took a peek inside a London show flat, designed (from start to finish) by Ann ' and learned a few tricks of the trade in the process! 'There's nothing like coming home to a cosy living room, with a sofa piled high with cushions for you to lounge on', says Ann. We're sitting in a small but beautifully decorated flat ' with a balcony to boot ' courtesy of Ann's hard work last year. She was tasked with desi ...

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Give your home a face lift

Selling up and want to get the best price without spending a lot of time and cash on DIY' Here are some guaranteed money-spinners that you can put into action in a weekend When you put your home on the market, prospective buyers should be able to imagine themselves living in your home. That means you will need to remove a lot of personal items and tone down individual statements of creativity. Your aim is t ...

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Pet Proof your Home

Chew, chew, chew! Question: Our new pup is a terrible chewer. He's destroyed shoes, furniture and more. How do we stop him' Robert Davy, 38, Glasgow Ann Maurice says... Dogs often chew out of boredom, particularly when they're left alone. Give your dog plenty of things he's allowed to chew, or toys which will help keep him amused while you're out ' try dog chews and bones and even cardboard boxes. The boxes ...

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Is yours a healthy home

If you intend to put your house on the market, it's vital that potential buyers are greeted with sparkling, grime-free rooms that have instant clean appeal. However, you don't always need to use powerful chemicals to achieve this, as there are also lots of 'green' cleaning tricks you can use that are just as effective as proprietary brands. These are the basic cleaning products you need in your kitchen cupb ...

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