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Real Homes February 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

What makes the perfect extension? Is it the fact it flows out to the garden, effortlessly linking indoors and out? Perhaps it’s how it transforms a dated and impractical layout into a multifunctional family room, or the way in which the new contemporary glazing can turn previously dark areas into light-filled spaces? If you’re lucky, chances are it can be all of the above. But how do you get from that first glint of an idea of taking on an extension project to actually achieving your dream space? There’s so much to do before the foundations can be laid that starting a project can often seem like a mammoth task that will never be achieved. I know how that feels, having been toying with the idea of extending for nearly a…

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inside track

TASTEFULLY TIMELESS Transcend seasons and trends by investing in neutral tones to create a serene base for your scheme. Greys and taupes can be used for years to come, creating a sophisticated palette. Opt for sumptuous velvet fabrics which offer elegance and comfort. Embrace this look if you like updating your home regularly – by adding a rug, curtains or switching accessories and wall art, you can create a whole new feel. EASY LIVING Don’t be fooled by the name, Sofa.com isn’t just about settees. It covers accessories and décor, too. Take a look at our faves… GROUND CONTROL Make a statement underfoot with one of these lovely new vinyl rugs. Ideal for use in the kitchen and bathroom as they are washable, this update is both quick and practical. Available in three sizes and…

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shopping secrets from a home stylist

QUICKEST WAY TO REFRESH AN INTERIOR SPACE? I go to my fail-safe store for interiors, H&M Home, for some new cushion covers. Instant updates like changing cushions, a new rug or swapping around pictures make such a big difference if you’re tired of your room’s decor. A few fab houseplants always make a big impact, too (try Stupid Egg). FOR LAST-MINUTE HOMEWARE PROPS I LIKE ... To create something myself. I teach modern calligraphy workshops, so I’ll get my ink and pen out and do some lovely typography which I frame or prop on a shelf. MY GO-TO MARKET IS... Until recently I was living in Brixton, and the market had some great independent shops. They sold everything from rustic brooms and brushes to succulent pots, vintage pieces and handmade candles. FOR SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT…

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lisa dawson

It’s mainly because she did Art at A Level which made her, in our eyes, something of an expert, a Brian Sewell in female form. She went on to have a suitably creative career in fashion journalism, whereas my job generally involved furiously tapping on a keyboard while co-ordinating boring meetings and diary management for a procession of IT professionals. Deciding which colour highlighter to use was the limit to my artistry. ‘ON MY WALL I’VE GOT FLYING DOLPHINS (TRUE STORY) AND EVEN A WOODEN GOAT’S HEAD. IF YOU LOVE IT, HANG IT’ However, I’ve always had a bit of an obsession with art in my home and, in particular, the glory of a gallery wall. When I was a teenager, my bedroom walls were covered edge to edge in glossy pictures…

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bright ideas

WHY WE LOVE LAURA’S HOUSE... Awkward situations can often lead to creative solutions, and that was certainly the case with Laura and Matt’s end-of-terrace house. Keen to stay put but desperate for more space, they looked to the oddly shaped, tapered plot of land to the side of their property as a chance to expand their home and create an extension that better accommodated their young family. But one question remained: what could they do with such a strange space? With help from a local architect, the couple designed a standout extension with real architectural merit – a staggered structure that fits snugly in a tight space, complementing the house while setting it apart from its neighbours. For an ordinary ex-council house to undergo such a fantastic transformation is no mean feat. Of…

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the project report

Say cheese The sleek Somfy Outdoor Camera records video when there’s movement, has an integrated 110dB siren to scare off intruders, and will alert your smartphone so you can talk to the person if they are a genuine, albeit unexpected, visitor. It’ll even remind you to activate it when you go out. £249, available at major retailers. FASHIONABLE FADE Ombre is set to be a hot new trend in radiators... and we love it. Bisque’s Classic column radiators are available in four to six shades that fade from dark to light in a special application process. The finish can be combined with Bisque’s colour-matching service using favourite paint brands like Farrow & Ball and Little Greene. Made bespoke to order, prices start at £888. CLASS-E TECH The Nest Thermostat E saves energy right out of…