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December 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.

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3 min.
christmas crushes

BLUSH LUXE Adorn your space with this season’s key colour trend. Adding flourishes of gold and mauve to pale pink creates a fun yet elegant tone ICE PALACE Sprinkle a liberal dusting of icy touches for an enchanted white Christmas. Sparkling lights, delicate blues and frosted finishes create a snow globe scene SCANDI STYLE If relaxed, rustic Christmas décor is your scene, opt for pared-back woods, whites and sooty blacks. Achieve this look by celebrating elements found in nature NEW TRADITIONAL Nothing says Christmas quite like classic red, so breathe new life into the scheme with fresh whites, soft woods and hints of gold for a touch of sparkle, too MAGICAL GARDEN Need a little extra magic this year? Let your imagination run wild with jewel colours and elaborate designs for a mystical Christmas that’s fun and unique MIDNIGHT OPULENCE Discover…

1 min.
50 gifts under £50

Wilma orange mugs, £30 for a set of four, Habitat Tufted mustard spot throw, £22, Argos Home Alphabet letter, £6.50 each, Oliver Bonas Oli woven cat house, £49, Made Fiasconaro X Dolce & Gabbana panettone 1kg, £39.95, Sous Chef Dark olive crochet dinosaur, £14.99, Belle & Butter at Etsy Ultimate dog pamper kit, £40, Norfolk Natural Living Marimekko Louhi cushion with pad, £39, Abode Living Coffee bag clips, £9.99 for a set of three, Barista & Co The Gentleman craft beer selection, £19.95, eastgiftingoutfit.co.uk The animal alphabet, £20, Paper & Bean The rabbit jigsaw plate, £42.50, The Wood Life Project Subscribe to Real Homes magazine – the perfect gift for you or a friend. See page 8 for details Crinkle squeak Christmouse pet toy, £4.99, Dobbies Dream water bottle, £36, Rebecca J Mills Reindeer noses 150g, £8.95, Fortnum & Mason Embellished bee box, £9.99, Oxfam Plantable…

8 min.
entertain athome (and stay jolly)

Second Covid spike notwithstanding, this festive season is set to be ALL about entertaining at home. Possibly in fewer numbers than past years, but even if you could afford to go out out, the potential risk of picking up a killer virus on the dancefloor (will there even be dancefloors?) is a major buzzkill. The fact we’ve barely seen friends and rellies this year should take the pressure off hosting at home, too. Your guests will be so pleased to see you, and escape their own four walls, they’ll not notice/care if the champers glasses don’t match. Yippee! Instead, the focus will be on finding space for guests to let their hair down without feeling claustrophobic. Easy if you live in the Playboy Mansion – but in a ‘normal’ home, the…

1 min.
hannah coley

‘We were adamant that we wanted a garden that felt like an extension of the house – another usable “living room” to entertain in. I wanted a space that was always ready to go – meaning not having to cover it or panic that cushions are going to get wet in the rain. All of our furniture lives outside all year round. For the outdoor fire, we settled on gas because it’s instant and really kicks out some heat. You quickly notice the difference when you turn it off on a cold evening! The only downside was the ugly gas canister, but we bought a cover in the same material as the firepit and had a smoked glass top made, so now it doubles up as a side table for…

1 min.
my favourite corner

Natasha Wood (@woodsintothewoods), a nursery teacher, lives in a three-bed Victorian detached house in Glasgow with her husband, Ben, a regional manager, golden retriever Cheddar, and cat Lancelot ‘I was completely set on a period home when we moved from Cheshire to Glasgow for Ben’s job, and this house gave me that goosebump feeling. The living room was freezing and the décor was pretty horrible, with white wallpaper and a dirty green carpet, but we loved the high ceilings and beautiful cornicing. We wanted to inject warmth and cosiness into here. After getting the walls and ceiling re-skimmed, we sanded the floorboards ourselves and uncovered hidden window panelling – a nice surprise. The fireplace had been bricked up, but we had a new Chesney’s log burner installed by Scottish Stove Centre.…

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going open plan

A wall-free floorplan can make a space feel instantly bigger and is one of the most popular renovation choices among families, especially those with younger children – think being able to keep an eye on the kids while you’re prepping their dinner. But it also works well for couples and singles who like to socialise at home, enjoy cooking and love entertaining guests: an open-plan setup means you can easily prepare meals while chatting to friends without having to run between kitchen and dining space. It’s often less disruptive, time consuming and costly than extending, too, making it an even more tempting prospect. Celebrations and gatherings might not be back to normal just yet, but it pays to be prepared – so if you’re considering how an open-plan space could work…