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Ideal Home

February 2021

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
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome

I thought I’d done a big clear-out before we moved house, but as I unpacked box after box, I realised we still have way too much stuff. And so the endless clutter cycle – what to keep, what to hide away, what needs rehoming – has begun all over again. Built-in storage has swiftly moved right up to the top of the projects list for the new house. When it comes to clutter-free living, I never fail to be inspired by the real homes we feature (I fall in love with a different interior style every month and adapt my decorating plans accordingly!). We’d love to find out your thoughts about the homes we feature. Take part in our online survey (see page 85) and you’ll help shape our future content,…

3 min.
the style editor

HABITAT IS MOVING! It’s a new era for this great British brand. Although the flagship London stores have closed, its new home is now at Sainsbury’s and Argos, as well as online. Browse the bigger pieces and place orders at Habitat’s three showrooms. With new launches from just £1.50, we’re excited to see that Habitat is still making quality design accessible. Surprise in store Paint at Poundland Poundland has just added paint to its newly launched Pep & Co homeware range, so now you can splash on a feature wall without splashing out. The capsule paint collection includes on-trend shades Totally Teal, English Mustard, Green Velvet or a mellow Pebble Grey, all £3 for 1L – about the average price of a paint tester pot. There’s also Magnolia and Brilliant White in matt emulsion,…

1 min.
the wallpaper edit art on a roll

MID-CENTURY LINES Inspired by Parisian galleries, hand-drawn shapes in a sophisticated colourway echo the trend for linear art. Atelier in Sage, £45 a roll, Albany x Mini Moderns at Wallpaper Direct RENAISSANCE REVISITED Reminiscent of classical still life paintings, delicate blooms in moody shades bring depth and drama. Superfresco multicolour floral, £16 a roll, Graham & Brown at B&Q MAXIMAL DESIGN Lush illustrations of rainforest flora and fauna are set on a cool silver backdrop for statement style on a budget. Belgravia decor animal garden, £12 a roll, Homebase SCANDI NOIR A bold botanical repeat bursting with detail, tropical leaves and flowers in deep shades stand proud on a black background. Hope, £40.50 a roll, Caselio at Wallpaper Direct SKETCHY STYLE Bring a naive charm to walls with this hand-drawn tropical paper in a versatile neutral. Ipanema Heritage in Plaster Pink, £40 a roll,…

5 min.
modern history

Kitchen ‘This space has undergone the biggest transformation, from a disused stable to a large family kitchen where we now spend most of our time together.’ BUY THE KEY PIECES The faux leather dining chairs with brass legs, £125 each, Rockett St George, are simiiar. Brooklyn 5 wire ceiling light, £159, Industville, is a close match. Welcome to my home Take a quick tour... THE PROPERTY A Grade II-listed, 17th-century farmhouse and stable in Berkhamsted, which have been combined to create a large family home. “It was a huge project but worth the pain to create a unique home” VALUE: Bought in 2017 for £895,000. It’s now worth £1.7m. We found this Grade II-listed, 17th-century farmhouse, with an adjacent stable, in a quiet location on the outskirts of Berkhamstead,’ says Danielle. ‘It was quirky and full of period character…

3 min.
colours for calm

Champion craft Beautifully crafted pieces never date, are made to last and mix well with other designs. Plus, they are both functional and decorative when on display. Introduce a washed pastel If sophisticated grey is your thing, avoid bold contrasting accents in favour of a soft wash of pink or lilac on part of a wall and accessories to lift the look without shouting too loud. Layer neutrals Don’t stick to shades of one colour, but mix greys, browns and whites of different weights. Tweak the ratio towards the heavy end for a cocooning feel, or lighter for airiness. Get white right Banish pure brilliant white and go for a mellower feel, with an off-white. Choose a grey tint in a sunny space or a yellower undertone in a shady room for warmth. Be led by nature Solve the…

5 min.
finding sanctuary

Drawing room By removing the original hallway that led to two separate reception rooms, Louise created a much larger drawing room. BUY THE KEY PIECES Hemingway L-shaped sofa, £10,950; Ravello side table, £3,995, both Louise Bradley. Mahi shelving unit, £380, Nkuku, is a budget alternative Finding the right property took Louise Bradley almost three years of house hunting. ‘There was something wrong with everything I looked at. It might be that the back of the house was too overlooked, or the drawing room was poorly positioned. In short, they were not the blank canvases a designer like me craves.’ Eventually Louise found a four-storey stucco-fronted townhouse in Chelsea 10 minutes from her design studio. ‘It sits at the end of two parallel terraced streets, but instead of being back to back with another…