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Real Homes December 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

There’s nothing like a Christmas deadline to spur you into action, is there? The prospect of a house full of guests donning paper hats and festive jumpers is certainly a great motivator. Long-awaited DIY jobs shoot straight to the top of the to-do list, framed artwork that’s been stacked in the corner for the last five months finally goes on the wall, and painting the recently completed kitchen extension at midnight on a Tuesday is suddenly a must when the in-laws are due to descend on your home in less than a week. Here at Real Homes HQ, we’ve had our own Christmas deadline to meet, so we’ve been immersed in all things festive since the Christmas collections were revealed back in the summer. We’ve since picked out our favourite trends…

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dinner is served!

If you want your Christmas table ranked ‘best dressed’ this year, it’s time to get your place settings ready. Whether you’re a matchy-matchy type or mix-it-up maverick, you don’t need to look further than your local supermarket for super-stylish yet purse-friendly options, like these glamorous designs from George Home. For maximum impact, layer up your table with generous helpings of twinkling fairy lights and add a dash of gorgeous greenery for a tasty table setting. FESTIVE FINISHES When it comes to Christmas, we go all out – and these George Home buys will add sparkle and cheer to everything COSMIC CRAZE Take one small step (or a giant leap) into outer space with the intergalactic homeware trend that’s got us starry-eyed. Celebrate all things celestial with ceramics, handbag essentials and tree decorations. STAR BRIGHT Light up…

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shopping secrets from a home stylist

FAVOURITE WAY TO STYLE A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS I like using fragrant fresh foliage. I display it in a large vase, along with some twigs, and add lots of fairy lights for sparkle. HIDDEN GEMS FOR GREAT-VALUE DECORATIONS Dunelm, HomeSense, Hema and Paperchase stock affordable buys. Raj Tent Club has some real stand-out decorations. INEXPENSIVE WAYS TO DRESS A CHRISTMAS TABLE Put standard baubles in a bowl or cloche as a centrepiece – add micro lights et voila! Fairy lights are great in unused fireplaces, and on walls and shelves. ON MY CHRISTMAS WISHLIST THIS YEAR Gorgeous French linen bedding from Soak & Sleep MY PRESENT WRAPPING TIPS Check out Pipii for lots of fab gift wrap, tags and other unusual bits to decorate your presents. BEST SHOP FOR MY STYLE My home is a mix of Scandi and industrial. I…

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COSY UP WITH COX & COX You’ve wrapped the presents and ordered the food shop for Christmas Eve, but have you rewarded yourself for all your hard work? This month, we’re teaming up with Cox & Cox for our #sorealhomes competition to offer five lucky winners a £100 voucher each to spend on a festive treat. All you need to do is show us a cosy corner of your home on Instagram. Visit realhomes.com/sorealhomes to find out more. Right Flat rattan occasional chair, £185; super chunky knit throw, £150; round rattan butterfly chair, £350; curly sheepskin, £175; rattan dome pendant, £90, all Cox & Cox SLEEP EASY A mattress is just a mattress, right? Wrong. Get the best night’s sleep of your life with our must-read guides, honest reviews and unmissable deals. Herdysleep…

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lisa dawson

This is a question I ask myself every year. October has barely ended and I’m trawling Pinterest for ideas; by the first week of November, I’m perusing Ebay for bargain paper decorations and my colour scheme is set in stone. Previous years’ decorations are held up for assessment, X Factor-style, with only the best and most beautiful making it through audition stage to the finals. Those that don’t hit the right notes are cast into the ‘Losers’ box and returned to garage storage. It’s hardcore. The last week of November, festive mania hits. The hallway bannister is laden with honeycomb, pom-poms and eucalyptus – just negotiating the stairs through the barrage of paper jollity is a feat worthy of Bear Grylls. The kids are sent to forage in the woods for…

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festive fancies