The winter of 2013-2014 will no doubt be remembered as one of the wettest and most miserable, so as spring is now here, our homes are more than due a treat. This month, we're giving new life to tired bedrooms with our bedroom updates – savvy high-street buys that are guaranteed to give your boudoir a much-needed boost. And in Shortlist, see how this season's hot floral trend can be used to create three distinct bedroom looks.

If you're researching a kitchen project, don't underestimate the importance of worktops. A so-so kitchen will turn into a thing of beauty with the right surfaces, so find out more from our in-depth feature. We also tackle the issue of creating a coordinated look with integrated appliances and keeping your family safe in both the kitchen and the bathroom.

Speaking of family, if you've always hankered after an open-plan sociable kitchen space, then take inspiration from all of our real homes. From a light and bright west London kitchen to a dream destination in the South African mountains, our homes show how it's possible to create a welcoming hub, no matter how much space you have to play with.

Finally, cool off in anticipation of what we hope will be a hot summer by dressing your home in fresh peppermint and pale pink – a surprisingly restful combination that will soothe the senses in any room of your home, from page 104. Have a great month!

Ruth Bell, Editor

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