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Real Homes April 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.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
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from the editor

The arrival of some long-awaited sunshine is always guaranteed to put a spring in my step at this time of the year. The dark days of winter are behind us and instead of racing home to snuggle up on the sofa, I want to throw open the windows and doors, embrace the outdoors and bring a feeling of light into my home, even if the outdoor temperatures don’t always match my spring-like vibe yet. Harnessing the feel-good emotions that come with brighter days, sunnier skies and light-filled interiors is something all of the homeowners we feature strive for when embarking on a home-improvement project. It’s also the reason why extensions and renovations are rarely just about adding space. More often than not, there’s an emotional aspect that drives these types of…

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inside track

SPRING FLING If you’re seeking interior pieces with a dash of panache, look no further than Swoon’s latest collection that really makes us do just that – swoon! It’s bold, colourful and uses a range of materials, so you can mix and match furniture and accessories to your own individual taste. Like to try before you buy? See the products at 11 Debenhams stores across the country, including Westfield White City. You’re welcome. EASY LIVING We are loving the elegant retro lines of the Swoon range, but what to choose? We’re gonna need a bigger space to put them all in LAYER YOUR LAIR The classic zigzag of chevrons never goes out of style – trust us. The jigsaw-like complexity of parquet is easy to achieve in luxury vinyl – just lay down tiles or…

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shopping secrets from a home stylist

TIPS FOR A SPRING REFRESH Choose a key accent colour that’s hot for 2019, such as coral. Invest in three or four items, like cushions, a candle and some fresh or faux succulents. This will inject some spring/summer colours and the plants will bring the space alive. MY BEST STYLING SECRET Shop thrifty. You can find some absolute treasures if you hunt around at reclamation yards and online. I hardly ever buy new; you just need to know where to shop. ONE TO WATCH IN 2019 I think Amazon is going to up its homeware game. I hope we’ll also see more of Made + Good, an online marketplace selling the work of independent makers/designers. MY INSPIRATIONS... Fashion and travel. I’ve always looked at spring/summer fashion shows to gain my inspiration, and I have my camera at…

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textile temptation

Myriad influences ranging from modern art patterns in fashion to embellished surfaces have led to the Artesia range from Villa Nova. Painterly prints and textured weaves feature florals, abstract patterns, experimental geometrics, and metallic hints; the designs capturing the spontaneous nature of handpainted artwork. Wallcoverings work as stand-alone statements or in harmony with soft-to-the-touch textiles and velvets.…

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#nowtrending

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… RENOVATION, RENOVATION, RENOVATION This is not a drill: spring is almost here, and with it, your new year renovation project. Get all the inspiration you need from our comprehensive online guide, which is packed with top tips, must-read how-tos and amazing case studies. realhomes.com/renovations EXTENSIONS HUB Planning an extension this year? Whether you’re making the most of your empty side return or double-storeying it in a quest for more bedrooms, we’ve got plenty of expert advice, along with incredible real homes to keep you inspired. realhomes.com/extensions SPRING REFRESH Got yourself a weekend project? Giving your…

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lisa dawson

It’s not long until Easter and this can only mean one thing. I’m not talking about furtively throwing a chocolate bunny into your Aldi shop, feeding lambs or eating more hot cross buns than hot dinners. I’m talking clearing out the shed, Marie Kondo-ing your drawers and battling the crowds by the paint mixer at B&Q. All out, brushes primed, trowels ready for some serious Bank Holiday DIY. There is nothing better than a good weekend project. As the lighter days arrive, so does our urge to make some changes and breathe life into our living spaces. Daffodils raise their heads in the garden, and the idea of basking on your patio with a glass of wine come summer feels like an actual possibility. Well, as possible as it can get…

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