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Real Homes March 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

Hands up if you’re still on track with your New Year’s interiors resolutions? Or does the enthusiasm you had for a fresh new decorating scheme, the mass decluttering or that must-have extension project already seem like a distant memory? That initial ‘new year, new home’ excitement we all seem to have at the beginning of January can often evaporate as we lose motivation for the task ahead, but the great news is there’s still plenty of time to achieve your plans this year. With the imminent arrival of longer days, more sunshine (here’s hoping) and the brand-new homeware collections, there’s never been a better time to revisit (or keep up) those resolutions, get a spring in your step and start making a few changes to your home. If you’re in need…

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inside track

URBAN MASH UP Take sleek New York apartment style, mix with British townhouse elegance and what do you get? An edgy, era-crossing scheme that oozes luxe retro. Barker & Stonehouse has launched its Downtown range, and it’s slick, smart and fun, with 1960s-style chairs, oversized pendants and opulent tables paired with metallic accents. Just slip on some primary colour flares and you’re away. EASY LIVING Calling all furnishing mixologists: these Barker & Stonehouse buys can sit alongside one another or standalone as statement pieces HISTORY REPEATING The latest collaboration between Little Greene and English Heritage sees 11 new updated and refreshed patterns taken from an archive collection dating back some 250 years. London Wallpapers V brings these prints into the 21st century with contemporary palettes and modern detailing. FRINGE BENEFITS Still a strong look this year, soft,…

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shopping secrets from a home stylist

TOP TIP FOR A SPRING INTERIOR REFRESH? I love to repaint rooms or areas that are looking tired. We’re currently working with an earthy and moody palette to cosy up our home for 2019. MY BEST STYLING SECRET IS... Using outdoor plants inside to add seasonal happiness. Potted shrubs and flowers, cut branches and dried seed heads last so much longer than a bunch of flowers and provide instant impact. They can be planted outside for a new lease of life when you want a change. ONE TO WATCH FOR 2019... Atelier Ellis paint – I am totally in love with the colours, finish and durability of the paint. We have already used Tea Rose, Tabula Rasa, Warm Mud Brown and Sabi Grey in our home. MY FAVOURITE GO-TO LOCAL SHOP IS... Butlers Emporium in Hastings Old…

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transform your home

Are you looking to add more space to your home but unsure where to start? Make a date in your diary for the The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show (28-31 March) and get all the advice and inspiration you need to get your project off the ground. EXTEND YOUR HOME Whether you’re planning a single- or two-storey extension, you can get design advice from an architect, have an expert look over your plans, and find out if you need to apply for planning permission. REMODEL YOUR HOME Dream of knocking down some internal walls to create your perfect open-plan layout? Find out how to achieve it in expert renovator Michael Holmes’ seminar in the Home Improvement Theatre. IMPROVE YOUR HOME WITHOUT PLANNING PERMISSION Get advice from our dedicated planning experts and find out…

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#now trending

GET INVOLVED We always love to hear from you! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for the latest news, behind-the-scenes shoots and gorgeous imagery. Plus, share your homes with us using #sorealhomes and you might just find yourself featured on our feed… YOUR NEW YEAR PROJECT, SORTED Fold away your Christmas jumper and get ready to embrace 2019: it’s time to get yourself organised and dive into your new year project. Whether you’re renovating a bathroom or creating an open-plan kitchen-diner, you’ll find inspiration and top tips on everything from tiling to insurance on our website. Ruzzini tile, £69.36 per m , Topps Tiles. realhomes.com/renovations EXTENSION HUB The spring and summer months are the best time to extend your home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing now. Discover cutting-edge designs and find out…

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lisa dawson

Spring honestly cannot come quickly enough for me as I’m rubbish at being cold and yet, conversely, am notorious for being unsuitably dressed for the correct weather conditions in any season. I am the parent wearing Stan Smith trainers in the deep mud of the football field. The person who goes walking in the Lake District in Ugg boots not fit for purpose. I industrial-sanded my front room with only a pair of white Havaianas for foot protection. My laissez-faire attitude to clothing choice has passed down to Leo, my nine year old, a child who insists on wearing school shorts all year round, as if he were undertaking an endurance test. ‘MY MUM, AN OBSESSIVE FURNITURE MOVER AROUNDER, FOUND AT LEAST 300 POSITIONS FOR THE SOFA’ Inappropriate clothing aside, spring is…