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Ideal Home May 2020

Published by TI Media Limited Ideal Home is Britain's best-selling interiors magazine and has been empowering home-owners to make the most of their properties for over 80 years. The magazine covers every aspect of contemporary living, from a wide range of transformed houses, kitchens and bathrooms.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
$7.30(Incl. tax)
$58.38(Incl. tax)
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

If you love a ‘before & after’ story (and who doesn’t?!), this issue will really hit the spot. There’s so much innovation out there – we’re in a golden age of home improvement, so we’ve showcased some of the amazing things that can be done to even the most ordinary houses. From a terrace with a swimming pool in the basement to a house with its own pub in the garden, and even one with a granny annexe in the driveway, we’ll open your eyes to some ingenious possibilities. Of course, transformations can be achieved without architects and builders: savvy storage can literally be life-changing (see our solutions for small bedrooms on page 116); and adding colour and pattern can bring so much joy – check out the real homes…

2 min.
100 years of may issues

In 1933 we were… COOKING ON GAS These ladies-who-lunch would have been well jel of their friend’s compact, easy to clean, cast-iron oven. Solid fuel was so last decade! The constant temperature meant food could be left to cook without monitoring, leaving housewives (or their hired help…) free. In 1937 we were… SEWING TO CELEBRATE THE CORONATION When Edward VIII abdicated and his brother became King George VI, Ideal Home gave away this fancy commemorative embroidery pattern. In 1945 we were… INDULGING IN POSTWAR PLANS AND DREAMS We celebrated VE day on 8 May 1945, so after years of just surviving, this issue was all about indulgence and big ideas, like leather wall panelling, painted scenes and even photo murals. In 1923 we were… HATING THE IRONING Hated then and now – this lucky lady’s upgraded to a whizzy electric iron,…

2 min.
the style editor

Surprise in store COLOURED PIECES AT JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS We’re used to adding a colour pop with cushions, but what about furniture? Show Wood is John Lewis & Partners first colourful cabinetry collection, transforming drawers and side tables into unexpected hero pieces. Dip in a toe with subtle Nougat or go all in with Jade Green. Clarissa Hulse is now at Blinds 2go Made-to-measure curtains and blinds have been given the Clarissa Hulse treatment at Blinds 2go. The textile artist has added her signature botanical silhouettes and colour-drenched ombres to Blinds 2go’s designers collection. Among the 11 options are delicate meadow flowers prints and painterly botanicals, alongside energetic tones of vibrant teal and jade, coral and fuchsia. Prices start at £25.60 for a roller blind. BACK IN TIME AT LITTLE GREENE Based on original wallpapers…

1 min.
8 hero cushions

STATEMENT STYLE Zuma Aztec cushion, £80, Sweetpea & Willow MAKING SHAPES Elements triangle crewel cushion, £14, Dunelm LUXE LEOPARD Gold and Green leopard-print cushion, £65, Audenza ABSTRACT PRINT Cove cushion, £75, Laura Slater at Soho Home BOHO BEAUTY Pink woven stripe cushion, £22, Notonthehighstreet.com BOTANICAL BRIGHTS Plant and palms cushion, £29.95, Mint & May DECORATIVE DETAILS Eli patchwork embroidered cushion, £25, M&S WATERCOLOUR WONDER Muralla Azure cushion, £85, Bluebellgray…

1 min.
the wallpaper edit block prints

TROPICAL TWIST Naive pineapple motifs in pale gold bring an exotic feel to the room, along with a subtle nod to retro style. Tobago Gilver, £47 a roll, Clarke & Clarke INDIAN SUMMERS Reminiscent of traditional Indian block prints, this decorative trellis design adds warmth in chalky yellow and grey. Madurai in Lemon, £59 a roll, Sanderson at Style Library ARTISAN ILLUSTRATIONS Capture the essence of the countryside with this single colour wallpaper design by printmaker Mark Hearld. Harvest Hare in Provençal Blue, £66 a roll, St Judes MONO STYLE Create impact with a hand-carved, circular pattern featuring rudimental marks and textures in black and white. Suvi in Jet, £43 a roll, Scion at Style Library DAINTY LEAVES Bring beautiful simplicity to a scheme with a small-scale leaf repeat in a delicate blue and white colourway. Block Print, £42 a roll, Engblad & Co…

5 min.
new build, old style

When they discovered that their home could not be extended, Fi and Charlie Crole decided to stop making do and take charge by building their own house. ‘I’d always dreamed of building my own house,’ says Fi, ‘and I knew exactly what I wanted: a new property that felt old – modern, but with Georgian character. From the outside, the house would be pretty and traditional, but not too grand. On the inside, with French doors, sash windows and high ceilings, it would feel light and airy but not overly modern.’ The couple enlisted the help of Fowler Architecture and Planning and, walking through the finished house today, it’s plain to see that Fi’s dream has been fully realised. Spacious rooms and carefully planned sight lines flow from front to back…