This Month

What makes a successful renovation? It’s a question that often comes up, as we seek to know the secrets of a perfectly executed project. From first-time remodellers to serial redecorators, the answer is different for all – but for me, it’s is always in the planning.

Aside from vision, a willingness to take on a challenge, and a good eye for finishes, there’s 
a lot to be said for a well-organised approach. As a list lover and all-round organising fiend (my love of decanting the weekly shop and reordering the kitchen cupboards knows no bounds), I’m a big fan of ticking off a task and, albeit rather smugly, moving onto the next one. With this in mind, we’re launching a new regular feature this month - the Kitchens Bedrooms & Bathrooms Renovation Checklist. Exactly what it says on the tin, it’s designed to help you plan, track, and achieve your home improvement step by step, from gathering ideas to setting a budget, hiring trades, getting ready for construction, and deciding on a colour scheme – right through to your exciting completion date. I urge you to rip it out, stick in on your fridge, tick off each task, and be as smug as you like.

Speaking of planning, the office has been busy – you may notice we’ve had a bit of a makeover. The team and I have been thinking of new ways to inspire your redesigns and offer you the best advice and on-trend updates as
well as improving your most-loved features, plus coming up with new ones. And it’s right in time for our 300th issue, too. Be inspired by this month’s amazing real homes – not least Grace Wasyluk’s industrial-inspired kitchen-diner and a bold yellow master ensuite inspired by travels to Monaco. Also follow Looeeze Grossman’s renovation diaries as she begins the journey to her dream open-plan kitchen-diner. Then, if you’re feeling inspired, flick to the new Project Planner section to find the aforementioned checklist as well as lots more practical design advice and buying guides. My favourite thing this issue? Of course, it’s the new checklist - I’m on a mission to share the joy of a good old list. Who’s with me?

Enjoy the issue, Lindsay

The September issue is out now.

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