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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.

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2 min.
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 month’s…

3 min.
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! EASY LIVING Continue the springtime update with seasonal pieces from H&M’s new collection and give your interior a burst of freshness PLUMP UP THE COLOUR Ochre, orange, dusty pink – shades that look like they’ve been left to dry in the sun are everywhere at the moment. Add them to your home with cool ceramics and colourful cushions from M&S’s new ranges. If you want a bigger burst of…

1 min.
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 Fire Station in West Wickham. It’s half antiques and…

1 min.
the shape of design

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.…

1 min.

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 best products. realhomes.com/gardens SPICK AND SPAN KonMari-ing your home this spring? You’ll need…

3 min.
lisa dawson

‘DESPITE HAVING THE SAME EFFECT ON GREENERY AS A LITRE OF ROUNDUP, I ENJOY A VISIT TO THE GARDEN CENTRE’ The perfect three-bedroom starter home, it came complete with a square patch of land at the back which, upon purchase, resembled the Mad Max wasteland (minus a youthful Mel Gibson, unfortunately). The plot was previously the West Terrace of the old Elm Park football ground, the home of Reading Football Club for many years. It also backed onto the Spread Eagle, a rowdy local pub, which meant our garden was often littered with plastic beer cups and discarded fag ends. On the plus side, when the wind blew in the right direction on August Bank Holiday weekend, the dulcet tones of Reading Festival would reach us as we sat on the…