HOUSE OF THE MONTH

Step inside this stylish Amsterdam home and get a masterclass on how to create a stunning yet family-friendly space. Despite having four young children, this couple have not sacrificed personality for practicality and each room is filled with artisanal cottons and velvets, sea-grass walls and hand-blocked wallpaper. The owners rely on instinct for their relaxed and colourful aesthetic and walls and surfaces are covered In unusual finds from their travels across the globe. Perfect without being precious.

GARDEN ROOMS

Get your outdoor area ready for summer with hot new trends for city spaces. It is, after all, the largest room of the home so prepare to treat it as such. Whether you go for a dramatic statement in black to make your greenery pop, embrace the joys of rust – which surprisingly adds character and complexity to gardens – or get a full service alfresco kitchen, you can inject some urban cool into any design.

MILITARY DRESS

Time to stand to attention! Work some edgy accessories with regimented lines and regal colours for a modern twist on soldier-style. We’re talking plush velvet in seductive royal blue, gold mirrors which give a nod to a captain’s polished brass buttons and more metallics to rev up the glam factor. A real class act and just in time for a majestic celebration, don’t you think?

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Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.