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Real Homes January 2019

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

Ask homeowners the space they’d most like to have in their home and chances are a fabulous kitchen-diner or open-plan entertaining area would feature at the top of the majority of wishlists. It’s certainly top of mine, even more so during this busy festive season when our party guests typically congregate in the middle of our average-sized kitchen, handily blocking access to the cooker/fridge/sink, or all of the above. Cue stressful dodging of partygoers and kids while prepping canapés and drinks. Creating a flexible, multifunctional rooms was high on the agenda for many of the entrants to this year’s Real Homes Transformation Awards, too. Looking through the entries, it was inspiring to see how the owners had cleverly unlocked the potential of their homes, turning dated, impractical layouts into welcoming spaces. For…

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midnight hour

Pop open that Champagne, it’s time to sashay into the New Year. If you’re soon to be playing host for the big celebrations, this could be your (not so) secret weapon to impress your guests as you decant drinks with a flourish. Oozing elegance and sophistication, thanks to its stylish chevron design and mirrored interior, you can be sure this cabinet will look good open or closed. IN WITH THE NEW Making over your home this year? Perch & Parrow is full of inspo, from starting small with a cushion, to going big with forever pieces. Lightbulb moment Samuel Wilkinson’s LED lamp brand BEEM is turning heads at The Conran Shop. With flexible-filament LED technology, the bulbs have been shaped into fluid, playful forms. Hang singly or group together for a striking focal point.…

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shopping secrets from a home stylist

QUICKEST WAY TO REFRESH AN INTERIOR SPACE IN 2019? Anything that’s delicate in pattern in muted and earthy tones. For amazing value cushions and throws, you can’t beat La Redoute. SET THE PERFECT NEW YEAR’S PARTY SCENE... Huge paper pom-poms! Go for every size in one colour palette. Intertwine with fairy lights and hang off fir tree branches cut from the garden for a magical table. MY FAVE LOCAL SHOP IS… I do love a market or antiques fair, when travelling. Locally, I head over to Ardingly Collectors Fair every month to see what’s new. I’ve even spotted a few famous hotel interior designers – it’s great to keep on eye on people like that and look at what they’re drawn to. THE SHOP I ALWAYS BUY SOMETHING FROM IS… H&M Home – it’s so on-trend and…

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PERFECT PRESENTS Pet lover? Gardener? Difficult teen? Whoever you’re buying for this Christmas, we’ve got a gift guide for you. Kimi the Cat trinket dish, £9.50, Oliver Bonas. Foiled stars, £5.50, Cox & Cox. realhomes.com/tag/gift-guides PRETTY N E AT We don’t know about you, but a tidy house gives us an instant feeling of calm. Pity it’s impossible if you’ve got kids or a messy other half, then. Or is it? Banish clutter and Marie-Kondo your home with our guides to all things storage. Mish-Mesh metal shelf, £375, Loaf. realhomes.com/storage REAL HOMES DOES CHRISTMAS The festive season is in full force here at Real Homes HQ, and we’ve been busy decking the website with boughs of holly – as well as a whole host of handy advice and decorating ideas. Whether you’re looking for festive…

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lisa dawson

Obviously room sizes, school catchment area and parking for two cars was up there on the list, but there was one extra benefit that boldly swayed our purchasing decision. Outdoor space? Utility room? Nope. The bonus was a fully functioning, 1970s-style home bar. We’d hit the jackpot. Play it cool, Trig, play it cool. Okay, so when I say the words ‘home bar’, it sounds rather more glamorous than the reality. The developer had taken a corner of the room, added a counter top, a mounted bottle opener and a couple of optics. For most, it would be wasted sofa space. For us, it had PARTY written all over it in flashing neon lights. Sold to the couple with the gin obsession and a love of classic 1980s sitcoms. ‘AT PARTIES, A…

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dinner time