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Ideal Home April 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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Not long ago, someone posted a photo of a page from one of our real home features on Twitter. They commented on the fact that the homeowner had turned her books around (spines hidden), to work with her all-neutral room. Personally, I thought it was a cool solution if colour-coordination’s your thing. The Tweeter and his followers thought otherwise and their mockery went viral. The homeowner was incredibly sanguine about it. Savvy lady that she is, she understood that social media respects no boundaries. For my team and I, it made us defiant about what we’re here to do: to bring ideas of all flavours to the table – no snobbery, no judgement, just the pure joy of making a home in your own way. In fact, it inspired…

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how to add wow!

ARTFULLY ANTIQUED Antique brass mirror box, £30, Design Vintage PRETTY GREEN Burdock sage green ceramic table lamp base, £80, Habitat STYLE UP A SPRING TABLE Bowl, £9.95; mug, £8.95; serving bowl, £39.95, all Bao collection, Nkuku TACTILE STATEMENT Sultan tufted diamond sofa, £1,199, Myakka INTRICATE ADDITION Cinnabar tray, £5, Dunelm FAUX FAVES Heather, £10; Catkin, £14, both Debenhams ADD SOME SHIMMER Bowl candle, £15, Matthew Williamson at Debenhams VINTAGE INSPIRED Miniature vases, £10 for three, River Island Home FOLKY FLORALS Magnoli cotton cushion cover, £50, Caravane REFINED FOLK Border floral throw, £80; Border floral double duvet set, £50; velvet tassel cushion, £12; Housewife cotton rich pillowcases in Ochre, £6 for two, all Next Home (FEATURE MICHELA COLLING) LUXE…

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need to know

WE KEEP SEEING... GRASSES Rethink spring blooms in favour of this ethereal foliage – it’s very much having a moment TALL DISPLAY Faux pampas grass, £15.50, Rose & Grey RUSTIC COASTAL Wooden frame, £10, Sainsbury’s Home STRIKING SILHOUETTE Gossamer Grasses linen cushion, £50, Clarissa Hulse DELICATE FRONDS Wimpole meadow grass pitcher, £18, National Trust Shop Magnet goes bespoke Kitchen from £3,624, Magnet When it comes to off-the-peg kitchens, one look doesn’t always fit all. The launch of Magnet Create means you can choose from 20 colour options, plus a selection of handles and worktops, to give your kitchen a personal spin. The classic Dunham and modern Soho ranges can be transformed, depending on the finish – try Forest…

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the shortlist

CUSHIONS BLOCK AND ROLL Crewel stacked blocks cushion, £39, West Elm TEXTURED TOUCH Pom-pom cushion, £40, Abigail Ahern at Debenhams LUNAR LOVE Foil moons cushion, £30, Oliver Bonas IN A SWIRL Small green cushion, £12.99, HomeSense BOTANICAL BLUES Abstract leaf cushion, £25, Marks & Spencer VASES BOLD BEAUTY Black matte vase, £6, George Home PRETTY PAINTERLY Cosmo bud vase, £15, Debenhams OVER THE LINE Small linear bulb vase, £5, Marks & Spencer GET A HANDLE Sakura vase, £39, Oliver Bonas MINIATURE MARVEL Glazed bud vase, £6.99, Zara Home GOLDEN GLAMOUR Gold oil slick vase, £12, JD Williams RUGS GLOBAL GOODY Savanna woven rug, £40, Debenhams AGED EFFECT Lalita textured rug,…

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ideal vs great deal

SPRING SHADES LSA polka assorted pastel wine glasses, £36 for four, Amara COUNTRY CLASSIC Ashcroft round small place mats, £74 for six, Neptune QUILTED BACK Heather dining chair in powder blue with brass legs, £109, Cult Furniture STONE WASHED Linen napkin in slate blue, £12.50, The Conran Shop DECADENT DINING Luxury gold 20-piece cutlery set, £220, Nisi Olmo light blue speckled salad bowl, £35, Habitat SPACE SAVER Albany extending dining table, £599, Marks & Spencer (FEATURE STEPHANIE DURRANT) FLORAL FOCUS Pink peony arrangement in glass bowl, £65, Sweetpea and Willow RUSTIC WEAVE Round place mat, £11.99 for two, Zara Home PRETTY PASTELS Lustre assorted wine glasses, £20 for four, Dunelm RELAXED LINEN Washed linen napkin in light turquoise, £3.99,…

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refined glamour

IDEAL HOME LOVES… Glam buys at Very.co.uk SHINE ON Alexa pendant, £49.99 POSH TOUCH Wine glasses, £29.99 for four SOFTIE Verona velvet cushion, £14.99 GENTLE BLUSH Dante fabric armchair in Blush PInk, £799 Foil dandelions canvas, £29.99, Very POLISHED FINISH Smart gloss in a soft, mink shade is a sophisticated take on standard white. Bilbao ready-assembled large high-gloss sideboard, £279; glazed white faceted vase, £17.99; Aubrey table lamp, £59.99, all Ideal Home range at Very (PHOTOGRAPHS DOMINIC BLACKMORE STYLING SARITA SHARMA) Verona velvet cushion in ivory, £14.99, Ideal Home range at Very VERSATILE SOFA A chic grey velvet sofa can be worked into any scheme, from all-out glam…