Can you resist peeking at other people’s homes? I can’t! In fact, it’s one of the best parts of my job – finding great makeovers to inspire readers. And in this issue we have three very different houses to show you, one of them being the 97-room Grade II listed property in east Yorkshire owned by Sarah Beeny, this month’s guest editor.

Renovations aren’t easy. Often messy, dusty and disruptive, they fill every corner of your home, cost a lot more than you bargained for and usually take twice as long as you’d hoped. And hardest of all are the decisions you have to make along the way – paint or wallpaper? Wooden flooring or carpet? Yet, we’re a nation of habitual home improvers because we want to live and relax in stylish surroundings. We do them for practical and financial reasons or because we need additional space.┬áSometimes we do them because we simply want to indulge our creative side. And let’s face it, the result can be a bonus, adding value to the property when it comes to selling up!

This issue has everything you’d need to continue giving your home the love and care it deserves, as well as the finishing touches that say so much about you – and it doesn’t have to cost the earth either. Enjoy!

Rashmi Madan, Editor, At Home

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Well, it’s been a busy year so far. Rise Hall, our Grade II listed stately home in east Yorkshire, is now firing on all cylinders, which my husband Graham and I are delighted about. The restoration project has taken 12 years, bus business is now booming and weddings are aplenty this year!

I’m also busy penning a new DIY book, which is hopefully going to be released early next year. I’m taking it back to basics to help novices and those less confident of tackling projects on their own. I thoroughly enjoy it and I want that passion to come across and inspire you all. You’ll be surprised how much you like DIY once you get going – honestly it’s great!

And while we might still be in the midst of a recession, it’s not all doom and gloom. It has been pleasing to see breakthrough businesses of late – online especially. For all the companies that are going bust, I’ve heard a lot of success stories, too. It’s about making customers’ lives easier in all industries, not just property.

Speaking of which, Tepilo.com (my selling and buying property website) is ticking over nicely, with lots of fresh ideas planned for the future. While love is still in the air on Mysinglefriend.com (MSF). We’ve had one MSF wedding at Rise Hall so far – and we’d like some more!

This issue of at home is packed with tips on interiors, renovations and getting the most out of your property – along with vital advice for first-time buyers. Enjoy!

Sarah Beeny

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