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Real Homes November 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.

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from the editor

(PHOTOGRAPH KATIE LEE) When it comes to decorating, what type of person are you?Do you get carried away after a glass (or two) of wine on a Friday night and decide there and then to completely transform your living room that weekend, racing to the nearest DIY store on a Saturday morning to stock up on several tins of the latest colour of the year (Spiced Honey, according to Dulux, just in case you’re wondering)?Perhaps you’re more of a planner, mood-boarding your ideas to perfection so that you know exactly how your room will look before you even think of picking up a paintbrush. Are you such a fan of room revamps that you’ve always got a project on the go, changing up decorating schemes faster than you can say…

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classic comeback

Färgstark pendant lamps, £25 each; Råane armchair £45; Mosaikblad cushion cover yellow/black or blue/ black, £4.50 each, all Ikea (FEATURE ANNA MORLEY) All hail an icon! Innovative furniture maker Ikea is celebrating its 75th anniversary (yes we know, it’s looking good on it!) by rolling out a series of limited-edition vintage collections. With launches in October and December, you can relive the Swedish style from the 1950s, 1960s and beyond with some of its very first products, which are standing the test of time. The new Re-imagined Classics collection has been designed to be kept and looked after in the home forever. Lovbacken side table, £45 Mosaikblad cushion cover, £4.50 Finansiell horse decoration, price TBC, released in December Knäsjö floor lamp, £89 Gagnet armchair, £70 HARD TO…

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shopping secrets from a home stylist

FOR LAST-MINUTE HOMEWARE PROPS… You can’t beat foraging in the garden, park, woods or hedgerows. Look for fallen branches to wrap with fairy lights and dried seed heads to put in vintage vases. ONE TO WATCH... I love the new PET range of outdoor rugs and cushions from Liv Interiors (liv-interior.com/en). They’re recycled plastic yet feel like cotton. MY FAVE LOCAL SHOPS… I fill my basket with props and finds at my local monthly vintage street market in the summer. Vanil in Woodbridge (vanil.co.uk) is brilliant for modern Scandinavian-inspired homewares. Trinovante Trading (trinovantetrading.co.uk) is a great vintage wholesaler with a lock up in Essex that you can even ask to visit. FOR GOOD-VALUE HOMEWARES I LIKE… H&M, who recently brought out a furniture range. Dutch brand HEMA and…

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family day out

Boys’ space novelty gloves, £12, Monsoon Catch some bright lights, big bangs and horsey fun at this Ascot bonfire night. Plenty of ooos, ahhhs and giddy ups to be had with a day of racing and fairground rides, topped off with a grand fireworks display. Tickets from £25; under 18s go free (when accompanied by an adult). ■…

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SEND US YOUR SHELFIE It’s competition time over at RealHomes.com, and this month, we’re all about shelving. It’s the perfect way to marry style with practicality, but how do you organise yours? Show us your shelfie and you could win a String Pocket shelf, plus a copy of Martha Roberts’ new book, Shelfie: Clutter-clearing ideas for stylish shelf art. Head to realhomes.com/sorealhomes for more details. STARTING SMALL Whether you’re searching for ways to make the most out of a box room or desperately seeking décor for a tiny London flat, we’ve got it covered. Start with our design ideas for small bathrooms. Godmorgon collection, from £9.95, Ikea. realhomes.com/small-spaces RENTERS’ CORNER Handy tips and design ideas for people who rent their homes. Shanghai Swallows wall stickers,…

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lisa dawson

When I first met my husband, we both had hectic jobs, commuting to London daily from Reading. The concept of buying a renovation-project home couldn’t have been further from our minds. Our free time was spent recovering from four hours of solid traffic, drinking copious amounts of white wine and eating far too many crisps and takeaway food. Our first house was a magnolia-adorned, box-shaped Barratt starter home, furnished entirely from the local pine warehouse. Investment made, I upcycled, painted and repurposed these hardworking items for 18 (yes, 18) years until I convinced Joe they’d finally done their time, and listed them on Ebay quicker than you could say ‘rookie error’. ‘ON MY BIRTHDAY, MY FRIEND KAREN AND I TRAWL THE CHARITY SHOPS OF YORK, TO RETURN…