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interiors REVAMP YOUR FLOOR CHEVRON PATTERNS ARE A GREAT WAY TO JAZZ UP YOUR FLOOR WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK. HAVE A GO TO CREATE YOURS 1 It's vital that the floor is clean before painting begins, so sand the boards down, vacuum, sugar soap and wipe them clean of debris with lint-free cloth and white spirit. Repeat the process at every stage. 2 5 3 6 Paint the floor the lighter of the two colours you have picked out. Remember to start painting at the furthest point from the door to allow yourself an easy exit. 4 When the paint is dry, figure out how many zigzags you'd like and also the thickness of each stripe. We recommend making your stripes 20cm wide. For the most striking effect, make sure the width of the dark and light stripes is uniform. Measure 20cm from the bottom of the workspace to the bottom of your first stripe. Pencil in the bottom line of your first 'zig'. Measure 20cm up again and then mark the top line of your zig. Repeat for a series of evenly spaced zigzags. Using the masking tape, mark the outside lines of the areas to be darkened. Press the tape down firmly so the paint won't bleed beneath it or curl up at the edges. 7 Apply three coats of the darker colour in the direction of the chevron, rather than the direction of the floorboards. As soon as the paint is dry, remove the tape in the direction of the colour. SIMPLY STYLISH STEP 1 - MEASURE xclusive 148 | E STEP 2 - MARK STEP 3 - PAINT Shopping list * Sand paper * Sugar soap * White spirit * Masking tape * Paint brushes * Primer * Undercoat * Two different paint colours * Pencil and long ruler Discover more statement designs in Decorating With Style by Abigail Ahern (£16.99, Quadrille) WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS: TAKEN FROM DECORATING WITH STYLE BY ABIGAIL AHERN Mask off the doorframes and skirting boards. Apply primer and undercoat to the floor (the more layers, the better) and allow each application sufficient time to dry.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Exclusive Magazine athome 2013

COVER
EDITOR’S LETTER
THE BUZZ
G’DAY, MR ANDRE
BOYFRIEND IN THE BUFF
PARTY PLANNER
NEED A PARTY DRESS?
GOLDEN GIRL
FELINE FASHION
ANIMAL INSTINCT
GO BIG, OR GO HOME
STYLE SOS
STEP, STRUT, STRIDE
HI, HONEY!
ON THE LASH
SCENT OF A WOMAN
KISS AND MAKE-UP
BEAUTY CAN BE SKIN-DEEP
FAKE ID
A-LIST LOCKS
HOLLYWOOD SMILE
FACE FACTS
A IS FOR AMBITIOUS
INNER PEACE
THE C WORD
ALL EYES ON STIS
IS HE FIT?
DYING TO BE THIN
EATING ISN’T CHEATING
ROCK YOUR BODY
ITALIAN STALLION
COCKTAILS AND CANAPÉS
MAKE OR BAKE
WHEN I GROW UP...
SHE MEANS BUSINESS
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
PARENTING KIMYE-STYLE
BABY STEPS
DE-STRESS YOUR DAYS
GOING SOLO
A CELEB’S BEST FRIEND
SHAKE UP THE ROOM
GO RETRO
ON THE FLOOR
THE CENTRE OF ATTENTION
21ST CENTURY HOME
SUN OR SNOW?
VIP LOUNGE
CHART-TOPPER
ANDRE’S ANTICS
KINGS AND QUEENS OF REEM
TUCK IN
THE GIFT OF GIVING
STOCKISTS

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