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Indoor/outdoor living Easy al fresco style and how to bring the outside in

Blissful bedrooms The latest looks in gorgeous muted pastels

Style steal Refresh your interior with a leafy-green scheme

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Editor's blog

May editor’s letter: A question of taste

Posted: April 1st, 2014

I’m often asked if I change my home around a lot on account of seeing so many new things and houses every month. The answer is no, I don’t. (I’m also often asked if we keep everything from our shoots. Again, no – sadly, all props go back whence they came.) But it got me thinking about the nature of taste and how we develop a sense of what we like, and whether it’s good always to stick to this. Should I be trying out every new trend at home? Regularly updating my upholstery, wallcoverings and so forth each season? Surely this way madness lies. While, as a magazine, I feel we must endeavour to feature all the latest developments we consider worthy and interesting, we’re certainly not expecting you to flip from one look to the next as each issue arrives on your tablet or doormat.

Thus, I conclude the following: a bit like dating, the process of happy home-making is one of trying different things until you discover what works for you, satisfies your soul and gives you joy. And there are no shortcuts to this, although it takes longer for some than for others! What is key is to make an active choice by defining, and then refining, your parameters. What are your absolute must-haves? What are you prepared to compromise on? How do you want to feel? Then, go for something that fulfils these carefully defined criteria at a price point you can afford. The only reasons to do things differently, therefore, would be any of the following: your context alters (for example, you move house, divorce or emigrate); you’re able to upgrade on quality; or…

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