Page 36 - Chichester and Arundel Lifestyle Nov-Dec 2019
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Door Painted in Amsterdam Green from Annie Sloan,
It's the first thing your guests see when they come to your home, so you want to make sure your front door looks as good as possible and reflects the efforts you've made to make your home interiors look and feel nice. First and foremost, you want the door to be weather and draft-proof - sometimes some insulation and a fresh lick of paint can be all you need. If you opt for a new door, get an expert out for proper measuring and fitting. Security is absolutely essential too and make sure any new door comes with a long guarantee. Whilst you are at it, if you have a garage, assess how weather-proof it is and how it's looking aesthetically - it might be time for a revamp. Finally, make sure it is decorated with a welcoming wreath!
T I M E : 3-4 weeks, maybe more - depending on custom order S T A R T : order by 15th November - check lead times
Ash front door, £1850,
It's great to utilise the space in a guest bedroom with some good storage - but some homes might require something more bespoke. Built-in wardrobes are ideal too for making the most of every inch of storage available.
Perhaps it's a new bed you need for the guest room, or a new dining table to seat guests for the big day? Order early and measure carefully - in older properties allow for sloping ceilings or floors and if possible go and see the furniture in real life. Remember too, it often looks much smaller in the showroom than when you get it home!
Some furniture delivery can take up to 8 weeks - especially if the product frequently goes out of stock - don't get caught out and make enquiries early! Also consider that you may need to leave time for self assembly!
TIME: 2-3 weeks, maybe more
S T A R T : order by 2nd December - check lead times
Guest bedrooms are often used for secondary storage, but that doesn't have to mean it's not stylish. Opt for nice chests of drawers, but leave the top empty for guests.
Jade Chest Of Drawers, £599,
Not got a dedicated guest room but
looking for a new sofa bed? They've really come a long
way in design. Top tip? Make sure it's first and foremost comfortable to
sit on, not just sleep on.
Pudding Sofa Bed, from £1695, and Haru Small Sofa Bed, £299,

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