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Real Homes October 2018

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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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12 Issues


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from the editor

Recently I’ve come to the conclusion that I often have something of a love-hate relationship with my house. For the most part, I love every bit of my home and how it makes me feel when I’m in it, but there are days when even the most trivial of things can drive me to distraction. The way the understairs cupboard has an annoying habit of swinging open and blocking the front door so you can’t get back in the house; the pipework that knocks noisily against a floor joist when the heating’s on, or the fact that some days the kids’ toys seem to take over every room. But isn’t that what all successful relationships are like? It’s about taking the rough with the smooth, learning how you can work together,…

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textural healing

We’re relishing the autumnal trends and have been eyeing up lots of lovely layering in oh-so-strokable materials, perfect for cosying up this season. This new range from Debenhams features harmonious hues of mint, soft pink and little jewel tone pops here and there that are just right when mixed with cool greys – it can really refresh a room. Trending Tones Take a voluptuous dive into the season with the latest from Debenhams. That pink cushion’s shaggy enough to chew your shoes! THE WRITE STUFF Little Greene is launching a palette of glorious green paints this autumn and included will be 20 original colours produced in collaboration with the National Trust. Inspiration has been drawn from Beatrix Potter’s Cumbrian farmhouse and George Bernard Shaw’s revolving writing hut, to name but two. PLANT CORNER Moving up a…

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shopping secrets from a home stylist

FOR LAST-MINUTE HOMEWARE PROPS… Faversham-based antiques shop, Barrows – it’s just down the road and has the loveliest selection of antiques. H&M home is great for adding to more individual purchases. Quick delivery, too. GREAT FOR ART PRINTS… I like the work of Beau Gervais who has a shop on Big Cartel. Lovely abstract female forms, and she does prints as well as originals. Ellen Von Wiegard does a monthly print subscription with a mini surprise each month. ONES TO WATCH… Aerende – a beautifully curated online shop selling homewares made in the UK by people facing social challenges. Milkwood, Margate – a home goods brand based in Margate (its shop has just opened) using natural botanical ingredients. MY FAVE LOCAL SHOP… Apotheca, Faversham. A stunning apothecary selling potions and remedies, mugs and measuring bowls by ceramicist…

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#SOREALHOMES Our first Instagram hashtag competition with Amara was a real hit, and we loved seeing snaps of your amazing homes. It was hard to pick a favourite, but this month, this beautifully styled sideboard that’s been lovingly restored caught our eye, and won its owner £200 in Amara vouchers. Prints artfully arranged to hide an unsightly ? Genius! EXTENSIONS ADVICE Extending your home can be a tricky business. Make it simple with our expert guides to planning, budgeting, designing and decorating your new addition. realhomes.com/extensions BARGAIN DEALS Shopping smart doesn’t get much easier than this. The best deals on everything from mattresses to broadband. realhomes.com/deals SLEEP TIGHT Rest easy with our top bedroom tips, from how to design your sleeping space to the best tech solutions for a good night’s sleep. Zzzzz… realhomes.com/bedroom TRANSFORMED SPACES Whatever project you’re…

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lisa dawson

‘THE FACT I FORGOT TO BUY A WALLPAPER BRUSH AND HAD TO USE A SHOE DUSTER WAS A MINOR SETBACK’ My dad was absolutely brilliant at DIY. He was the Nick Knowles of his time, the Handy Andy of Pinner and a man who could fit a triple wardrobe with vanity alcove and mirror lighting before you could say 6cm MDF plywood. When not carrying out his day job in the Senior Civil Service, he would plumb bathrooms, lay patios, cable electrics and install kitchens. So you’ll fully appreciate that when I met my husband, Joe, the benchmark was pretty high. However, it wasn’t long before I realised that I’d married a man who barely recognised a rawl plug, and whose understanding of a spirit level was a large gin and…

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