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Clutter Busters

Follow our room-by-room guide and learn how to take the stress out of your mess THE HALL First impressions count, so you need to find a place for all the mundane but necessary items that come in and out each day with the family. Watch out for the clutter Post, letters and bills, newspapers, shoes, bags, coats, umbrellas, keys. Storage solutions   Buy a letter rack or fix a box-type holder for post on t ...

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Dress Up Your Home

Create a pretty dining room If you've got friends or family over for dinner make sure it's an event to remember ' regardless of the food you're serving. So, even if it's a selection of cook-chill supermarket meals or a Chinese take out, serve it in good-looking crockery. Pretty china, glassware and cutlery is much more affordable than it ever used to be, so make sure your china cupboard and cutlery drawers ...

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Beautiful, Affordable, Flooring

Are you torn between wood, stone, or vinyl flooring? Our comprehensive guide will help you decide on the right flooring for every room Most design experts advise that the first thing to decide on in any conversion or renovation of your home is the floor ' or floors. This makes sense because the area to be covered is invariably quite large and it's immediately noticeable, so a well-chosen floor will literall ...

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What does your home say about your personality?

Take a look around your home and what do you see? Does it reflect your love of all things warm and cosy, deeply traditional or light and bright? Or have things gone out of control so much so that your penchant for minimal clean lines, has created a home that's the wrong side of chilly with nowhere for the kids to mess around; or has your collection of miniature teapots jar taken the cluttered look beyond bu ...

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Seasonal Style Guide 2006

Linda reveals her fave essential items and tells us what's up and coming in her world ' and what's not!Go bold Pattern continues to feature not only on our walls in the form of wallpaper, but even on things like our mobile phones (how desirable is the new Nokia?), cars (have you seen the limited edition VW Beetle yet?) as well as wall stickers (Rachael Kelly) which can be transferred on to papered or painte ...

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Linda’s Foreword

Another year has gone by so quickly! I suppose it's a good thing as it means things are fast paced, and busy! You probably won't have seen me on TV too much this year, but sadly that doesn't mean I've been sitting around with my feet up, waiting for the phone to ring. I'm happy to say that my mail order business, Really Linda Barker (RLB), which launched almost three years ago, is going from strength to str ...

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Finishing Touches

When doing up your home don't forget it's the little things that make a big difference to your rooms From thinking about door handles, to skirting boards, dado rails to picture rails, it's these final touches that make your house complete. Consideration also needs to be givin to coving. Coving, or cornice, forms a decorative join between walls and ceilings and is useful when you need to conceal the ugly cra ...

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Fun with the girls

Linda loves getting her home ready for a night with her girlfriends| One of my most favourite things is getting together for a great girlie night out. ' at home! I'm sorry, boys, but that's just the way it is!That's not to say I can't be tempted to dinner at a restaurant with the husband, supper with friends, and, of course, the Barker family get-togethers are legendary, but I never lose sight of the fact t ...

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It’s all about Linda

At Home magazine got up close and personal with the nation's favourite interior designer act to find out what makes her tick How did you meet your partner Chris? We met at art college many moons ago. I was a teenager on an art foundation course and Chris was the student union president. I've known him since I was 19 years old. However, we met years later, when I was 27 and the rest, as they say, is history. ...

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Ask Linda

Q Let there be light I have a big window in my bedroom ' how can I achieve privacy and still let light come through?Rachel Wallis, 38, Exeter Linda replies: My favourite window coverings have to be window shutters, you see them in my dining room shots in this issue. They have a lovely way of dappling the natural light and having full privacy at night. Q Pets and flooring? What do you suggest is the best typ ...

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Surface Strengths

Stone and wood, glass and steel are now so popular for walls, floors and work tops that it pays to know what's hot and what's not. We guide you through the maze of choosing, using and caring for stylish surfaces. You only have to leaf through the pages of a design book or magazine, or peek through the windows of the latest bar, club or restaurant, to see that interior styles are becoming ever more adventuro ...

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Linda’s Foreword

Hello there! Well, I can hardly believe it’s been a whole year since my last At Home magazine, but here we are again. You know, it’s definitely true what they say about the correlation between time accelerating and the number of candles on your birthday cake. I’ll just have to get more adept at hiding the candles! This is my fourth issue (for those of you who are counting or collecting) and a ...

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Chilling Out

Despite her hectic schedule, Linda also plans for downtime to share with friends and family. Here are some of her favourite ways to chill out Do you like to entertain? We enjoy having friends over for meals. I love cooking, and if I've been away and working hard, the last thing I want to do is go out to a restaurant. The format is pretty informal – Chris and I will have drinks in the kitchen, then sit ...

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Sanctuary Bathrooms

A streamlined design, pale colour schemes and perfectly functioning plumbing are all essentials in today's luxurious bathrooms. Plan your wash space as the ultimate retreat, with our clever tips and ideas. Bathrooms, now snapping at the heels of kitchens as the most important room in the house, have come a long way in the style stakes. Nowadays our expectations far exceed a utilitarian washroom, and increas ...

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Quick Fix Party Tips

Nothing beats the fun of having friends over, be it for casual drinks or a full-blown dinner party. But a party should be a breeze for the hostess, too. We asked Linda Barker to share her top ten tips for fuss-free entertaining at home 1 Theme parties don’t really cut it with me. On the other hand, simple touches such as putting a few pots of daffodils on the table for an Easter lunch, with a Lindt cho ...

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Key Design Trends

Interior fashions change almost as fast as clothes on the catwalk, so it pays to keep abreast of trends. We’ve picked four of the hottest looks, with tips on how to interpret the key looks at home. We’ve become a design-conscious nation, addicted not just to the vagaries of fashion, but to what’s hot, or not, in the world of interiors. That’s no surprise. There’s a wealth of ho ...

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Liven Up Your Living Room

The new living room must be all things to all people, somewhere to relax, watch TV and entertain. Here is the low-down on creating a peaceful, yet practical space that everyone can enjoy. In years gone by the living room or drawing room was more of a room for peaceful relaxation and entertaining than for general living, a room that children were only occasionally allowed into by specific invitation. Such ro ...

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Soft Options

Choosing curtains and blinds is the fun part of decorating. Here's our guide to picking the best styles and types to suit your own home. Really beautiful windows are comparatively rare. If you do have them, paradoxically they are quite difficult to dress without detracting from their charms. The great advantage of the ordinary windows that most of us possess is that they can be disguised, enhanced and given ...

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Dear Linda

We all have decorating dilemmas. Linda Barker tackles the trickiest issues and comes up with imaginative solutions for getting the best out of your home Any tips for dealing with a dark, north-facing room? First, don't get hung up about it! See the lack of sunshine as an opportunity to use some great lighting – look to introduce at least three levels of illumination, including good task lighting. Using ...

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Spanish Living

At this year’s Daily Mail Ideal Home Show, Linda Barker styled a Spanish Villa for the Show Village, using dark, dramatic tones combined with a contemporary twist. We take a look inside to discover her inspirational ideas For visitors to this year’s Daily Mail Ideal Home Show, held at Earls Court in March, a key highlight was a tour around the Show Village. For 2005, the theme was Mediterranean li ...

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