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Ideal Home February 2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd 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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The eagle-eyed among you will notice that we’ve made some changes to the magazine. Don’t panic! It’s still stuffed with all the inspiring real homes and easy update ideas you love, we’ve just made a few tweaks so it’ll be even harder to resist buying every month! I hope you’ll dip into our new real-people stories: on page 33, Sophie describes her experience of swapping homes with her parents, then switching back nine years later; married couple Noel and Claire take opposite sides in the debate, ‘Are books, CDs and DVDs just clutter?’ (page 63), and Susy shows us her private sanctum – a genuine Romany caravan at the bottom of her garden – in our back-page feature. Plus, if you’re planning a holiday, check out our new travel roundup on…

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PAINT EFFECTS – THEY’RE BACK! Changing Rooms circa 1998 may have given paint effects a bad name but could the Suede paint from Crown revive their reputation? The textured emulsion range has been around for a while but the refreshed muted palette means you can cheat a cool concrete effect or cover a wall with imperfections without learning how to rag roll. £21.50 for 2.5L, Crown. Head’s up! French Connection’s doing bedlinen The homeware collection from French Connection had us hooked from the beginning with its refined industrial furniture, tough luxe lighting and boho-chic textiles. So it’s no surprise then, that we’re loving its debut bedlinen range. The four options are all about grown-up global style, and with pared-back palettes and subtle designs, they are perfect for layering with coloured sheets or for…

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8 velvet accents

BEDROOM BESTIE Heather lounge chair in purple, £169, Cult Furniture SOFA SAVIOUR No 124 cushion in teal, £55, Design Project range, John Lewis & Partners CONTEMPORARY COOL Metal and velvet six-hook coat rack, £32.39, Maisons du Monde INVESTMENT PIECE Eleonora sapphire blue velvet chest of drawers, £1,150, Graham and Green MAKE A STATEMENT Ero velvet tassel table lamp, £65, Oliver Bonas LUXURIOUS LOUNGING Jaipur throw in magenta, £140, Christy range, Amara TREAT YOUR FEET Sofia footstool in ochre velvet, £495, Soho Home CLASSIC DESIGN Whitney velvet armchair in blue, £249.99, Argos…

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SMART TIMEPIECE Newgate Chrysler wall clock, £115, Black by Design HIGH SHINE Stanley large pendant, £499, Original BTC LEATHER LOOK T-coated cushion cover copper, £26.46, Wayfair MERCURY GLASS Braxton copper glass base table lamp, £79.99, Very SLEEP SMART Alana double bed copper, £399, Made.com BOUNCE LIGHT Alana round copper mirror, £119, Made.com INDUSTRIAL CHIC Cavo stool, £159, Distinctify TIMELESS DESIGN Newgate Master Edwards wall clock, £60, Amara FACTORY FEEL Bilbao 1 pendant copper, £96, Dar Lighting SOFT TOUCH Velvet cushion cover with piping, £19.99, Zara Home MATT CONTRAST Sienna grey copper touch table lamp, £10, Homebase MODERN SHAPE Strand metal bed frame in black/matt copper, £249, Bensons for Beds SIMPLE STYLE Medium round mirror with copper frame, £33, Ian Snow RAW MATERIALS Hairpin metal bar stool, £69, Cult Furniture…

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little treats for less than £50

SHIMMER AND SHINE Iridescent wine glasses, £29.99 for four, Ideal Home range, Very BE-JEWEL A BEDROOM Alexa pendant, £49.99, Ideal Home range, Very UPGRADE THE SOFA Florence matt satin cushion, £15, Ideal Home range, Very INJECT SOME GEO CHIC Aria table lamp, £26.99, Ideal Home range, Very BIJOU BEAUTY Glam side table, £49, Ideal Home range, Very LAYER ON THE LUXE 100% Egyptian cotton Oxford pillowcases, £19 for two, Ideal Home range, Very SMARTEN UP THE TABLE Matt gold cutlery, £29.99 for a 16-piece set, Ideal Home range, Very A SUMPTUOUS CHOICE Super soft zero twist towels, from £8, Ideal Home range, Very…