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Real Homes

May 2020

Real Homes magazine brings you all the home improvement ideas and advice you'll need for your own project. Every issue is filled with expert tips and amazing before and after images of real home transformations, giving you plenty of inspiration for your own extension, renovation or redecoration project. Whether you're looking for the latest on-trend buys for every room in your home, practical advice about project planning and budgets, or in-depth case studies detailing everything from kitchen extensions to loft conversions, Real Homes magazine provides you with everything you need to make your dream home a reality.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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12 Issues

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2 min.
from the editor

Over the years, I’ve come to realise how important colour is in my home, not only with regards to how it looks, but also how it feels. I’ve dabbled with lots of different shades in our various houses, but when I think about the spaces that have always made me feel most relaxed, there’s a common theme. Turns out that both myself and my husband (amazingly!) are typically drawn to the soft, watery hues of blue, green and grey. As we’re both water signs, love swimming and feel happiest when we’re near the sea, perhaps it’s no surprise that we feel a natural pull towards all things aquatic in colour. Having recently redecorated my living room in a deep green-grey tone (Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon, in case you’re interested), I finally…

1 min.
real homes

EDITORIAL Editor Beth Murton Assistant Editor Alison Jones Features Editor Ellen Finch Style Editor Anna Morley Deputy Style Editor Amelia Smith realhomes@futurenet.com 0330 390 6508 ART Head of Art Billy Peel Senior Art Editor Emily Smith Art Editor Karen Lawson REALHOMES.COM Editor in Chief Lucy Searle Associate Editor Lindsey Davis Digital Editor Camille Dubuis-Welch Appliances Editor Jennifer Oksien Staff Writers Annie Collyer, Anna Cottrell, Hebe Hatton and Emily Shaw realhomesdigital@futurenet.com BRAND DEVELOPMENT Brand Development Editor Laura Crombie Video Producer Matt Gibbs ADVERTISING AND EXHIBITIONS SALES Commercial Director Clare Dove clare.dove@futurenet.com Group Media Director Mark Wright mark.wright@futurenet.com Strategic Partnership Director Jackie Sanders jackie.sanders@futurenet.com 07899 882370 Print Sales Manager Rebecca Vincze rebecca.vincze@futurenet.com Digital Sales Manager Kelly James kelly.james@futurenet.com Exhibitions Sales Director Hellen Roche hellen.roche@futurenet.com INTERNATIONAL International Licensing Director Matt Ellis matt.ellis@futurenet.com CIRCULATION Head of Newstrade Tim Mathers PRODUCTION Head of Production Mark Constance Production Project Manager Clare Scott Advertising Production Manager Joanne Crosby Digital Editions Controller Jason Hudson Production Manager Vivienne Calvert MANAGEMENT Brand Director Paul Newman Content Director Jason…

4 min.

REST AND REFRESH Imagine a lazy day spent lounging on this plumped-up piece. Sofa.com’s new spring range includes modern designs in a joyful palette with just-sink-into-me allure. There’s the Saturday sofa with sumptuously soft padded cushions, the on-trend fluting in the Bella bed, not to mention Rocky the rocking chair with its gently curved legs. Each would bring a welcoming brightness into the home. EASY LIVING Vibrant colour and distinctive detailing are in abundance in the new Sofa.com range – and check out those curves GOOD TO GLOW There’s clearly some bright sparks at BHS if its new lighting offering is anything to go by. Elegant designs in metallics with modern curves make each of these illuminated beauties real talking points, whether they’re switched on or off. With the range including floor, ceiling and table…

1 min.

EXTENSION HUB Looking for that indoor-outdoor link? Thinking now’s the perfect time to get the open-plan kitchen of your dreams? Whatever the reason for your extension project, get the lowdown on everything from planning permission to choosing the best builder at realhomes.com/extensions Planning to venture out into the garden this Easter? Make sure you head to realhomes.com first. From April 10 to 13, we’re hosting The Great Garden Weekender – a whole Bank Holiday weekend dedicated to gardens. We’ll be bringing you the best deals on garden essentials, from sheds and furniture to lawnmowers and barbecues. Now all we need is good weather… Dine in style Love a good dinner party? Don’t pick up your recipe book until your dining area is dressed to impress. Watch the latest episode of the Real Homes Show…

3 min.
lisa dawson

I’ve always been a fan of colour pop. I painted the kitchen walls lilac in our first house, a bold move that didn’t quite work, mostly because the cupboards were a faux wood mint green. In my defence, there wasn’t much of a product selection to choose from when you bought a new-build back in the late nineties. These were the days when they still sucked you into the half-carpeted kitchen-diner in the show houses (we picked beige; a decision that proved particularly unsavvy after a bottle of red was spilt within two weeks of moving in). I hadn’t had much experience of DIY stores, and trips to B&Q with its row after row of glorious paint colours left me both overexcited and overwhelmed. This was before Pinterest; the only…

6 min.
home of the brave

WHY WE’RE LOVING EMMA’S HOME One of the first things that Emma Rawlinson and her husband Matt did on collecting the keys to their new home was to head round to the property with a sledge hammer. They had a four-month window for turning their ‘absolutely knackered’ former HMO – in an otherwise smart neighbourhood of Cheltenham – into a functioning family home in time for Christmas, and didn’t want to waste a moment in getting started. So began their project to convert a semi-detached late Victorian villa consisting of seven bedsits into a comfortable and boldly decorated four-bedroom home. The project required a complete rewire, the building of two single-storey extensions for the kitchen and playroom, and rejigging the upstairs space to add a shower room and dressing room on the…