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Real Homes May 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

There’s nothing like the promise of a bank holiday weekend or two on the horizon to spur you into decorating action, is there? If good weather was guaranteed, I’m sure we’d all be planning weekend jaunts to the seaside, but if there’s one thing you can rely on in life, it’s that the great British bank holiday and grey, drizzly, disappointing weather usually go hand in hand!For that reason, you’re more likely to find me stocking up on paint in the aisles of a DIY store than hiding under an umbrella on a UK beach. Things on my holiday weekend to-do list include a number of garden tasks to get my outdoor space ready for summer, and then repainting the downstairs loo (exciting times!) – although after reading this…

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real homes

EDITORIAL Editor Laura Crombie Acting Editor Beth Murton Assistant Editor Alison Jones Features Editor Ellen Finch Style Editor Anna Morley Deputy Style Editor Amelia Smith realhomes@futurenet.com 01527 834456 ART Head of Art Billy Peel Senior Art Editor Emily Smith Art Editor Karen Lawson REALHOMES.COM  Editor in Chief Lucy Searle Associate Editor Lindsey Davis Staff Writers Annie Collyer, Anna Cottrell, Hebe Hatton and Emily Shaw Video Producer Matt Gibbs ADVERTISING AND EXHIBITIONS SALES Media packs are available on request Commercial Director Clare Dove clare.dove@futurenet.com Group Media Director Mark Wright mark.wright@futurenet.com Strategic Partnership Director Jackie Sanders jackie.sanders@futurenet.com 01527 834426 Print Sales Manager Rebecca Vincze rebecca.vincze@futurenet.com Digital Sales Manager Kelly James kelly.james@futurenet.com Exhibitions Sales Director Hellen Roche hellen.roche@futurenet.com CRM Director Louise Dudfield Director of Acquisitions Sharon…

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inside track

GET SET FOR STYLE Pastels, check. Fringing, check. Florals, check. H&M Home’s latest collection has it all, and then some. Browse its wide range of designs and you can easily see why this is a go-to shop for so many interior stylists. An eye-watering selection of on-trend, seasonal pieces and oh, did we mention that it’s all at very affordable prices, too? What’s not to love! Green cushion, £17.99 Yellow flower cushion cover, £2.99 Fringe mirror, £17.99 Patterned cotton table runner, £8.99; porcelain plate with motif, £3.99; textured bowl, £6.99; porcelain plate, £8.99; leaf-shaped dishes, from £6.99; stemmed wine glass, £6.99; shallow Champagne coupe, £6.99; tumbler, £4.99; gold cutlery, from £4.99 for four teaspoons, all H&M Home EASY LIVING Continue the springtime update with…

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shopping secrets from a home stylist

FAVOURITE WAY TO REFRESH A SPACE? I’m all about painting vintage furniture. If I get bored of a piece, I’ll just give it a quick refresh with an Annie Sloan chalk paint. MY GO-TO FOR LAST-MINUTE HOMEWARE PROPS Always a vintage shop, boot sale or charity shop. You never know what you’re going to find, and you can spray paint it the colour you need. From the high street – H&M Home and Zara Home. ONES TO WATCH FOR 2019 I interviewed designers Design Savages for Inside Stylists and came away totally inspired. They have beautiful wallpapers, art and lampshades with the best names. Also, Sarah Colson, who has just designed her first collection of lighting, Prism, for Debenhams. MY FAVE LOCAL SHOP Central Furniture in The Old…

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the shape of design

Industrial-style shelved storage console, £389, The Farthing Edina black geometric mirror, £225, Habitat Cloudnola Flor wooden wall clock, £50, Cult Furniture Electra occasional chair in Pumpkin Orange, £441, Sweetpea & Willow London table lamp in yellow, £489, Original BTC We hope we look as good at 100 as the Bauhaus movement, which this year marks its centenary. Its distinctive shapes and timeless design continue to inspire the way we decorate. Focusing on simplicity and functionality, Bauhaus was renowned for its use of industrial materials, a neutral palette and complementary accents of strong colour. Take your pick from these current pieces that pay homage to this defining era.…

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GET INVOLVED We’d 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… PROJECT HUB Before you delve head first into your extension or renovation project, make sure you check out our expert guides on everything from budgeting to choosing builders. This extension by Mustard Architects features striking Crittall glazing. realhomes.com/renovations GO GAGA FOR GARDENS Spring has sprung, everything’s coming up green and we think we’ve even spotted the sun once or twice, so now’s the time to think about your garden. Stuck for ideas? Find top tips, amazing case studies and our pick of the…