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Real Homes June 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
Future Publishing Ltd
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
from the editor

DIY has never been one of my strengths. There you go, I’ve said it. Basic decorating, such as sanding, painting or stripping wallpaper is absolutely fine (and generally quite enjoyable, as long as the kids are safely out of the way and there’s a chilled glass of wine waiting at the end of it, that is), but show me a rawlplug, drill and a spirit level and I’m likely to descend into a mild panic about the job ahead. And don’t get me started on a 58-page instruction booklet for a piece of Ikea flatpack furniture, as that signals a full-on meltdown of epic proportions. While I was as hands-on as possible when it came to renovating our house (demolishing built-in wardrobes, sanding floors, doors and the staircase, then painting every…

2 min.
inside track

MEZZE STEADY GO Longing for a hot alfresco dinner date or two? Where better to embrace gorgeous Mediterranean styling than your own garden? Habitat’s sophisticated outdoor collection has us ready to mix up a pitcher of sangria before you can say tapas. With a strong focus on informal dining, you’ll find hand-glazed serveware with bold patterns and new materials, such as acacia, teak and terrazzo, for dining tables and benches. Salud! EASY LIVING Dress your outdoor dining space with some playfully bright Habitat accessories in fruity shades LIP SERVICE Designed for those who like a pinch of provocative at their table – these boldly luscious mugs and plates have such a fun, quirky and maximalist quality to them, we’re not sure whether to kiss them or eat/drink with them. TOTALLY TROPICAL Fancy travelling to a distant land…

1 min.
shopping secrets from a home stylist

Sophie Warren Smith is an interior stylist and journalist with a passion for flowers. @sophiewarrensmith; dahliaonline.co.uk TOP TIPS FOR A QUICK FLORAL DISPLAY... Mix foliage in with flowers for texture and volume. Eucalyptus is perfect. You can buy different varieties or go foraging for a few leafy branches to add in. MY FAVOURITE CONTAINER FOR FLOWER DISPLAYS IS... A teapot! Don’t restrict yourself to conventional vessels. Look around your home and see what else you have – jam jars and drinking glasses are great for blooms. Teapots full of flowers look fabulous on a table in the garden if you’re entertaining. THE SECRET TO KEEPING FLOWERS LOOKING FRESH… Condition them properly. This means cutting the stems at a 45˚ angle with secateurs and removing leaves from the lower part of the stems – left under water…

1 min.
pretty iconic

If you’re a fan of a retro patterns and colourful prints, you’re in luck. Renowned designer Orla Kiely has launched her first upholstered furniture collection with Barker & Stonehouse. Kiely’s instantly recognisable motifs have appeared on stationery, kitchenware and even cars, but are now gracing a versatile range of cocktail chairs, sofas, footstools and even a bedframe. So if you’re a mid-century fan and looking for some padded printability, this could well be the collection for you.…

1 min.
# now trending

WE’RE ON THE (SMALL) SCREEN! The all-new Real Homes Show has launched in partnership with Checkatrade. With new episodes going live every fortnight, tune in for advice on extending and improving your home, making the most of small spaces and sourcing affordable tech, furniture and accessories. Oh, and we’ve had a nosy round the homes of your Insta faves and filmed it, too – don’t say we don’t treat you. Make sure you subscribe to the Real Homes YouTube channel and be the first to know when each new episode comes out. realhomes.com/tv GUIDE TO EXTENSIONS Planning an extension but don’t know where to begin? Check out our expert advice and guides on all things budgeting, planning and design. You name it, we’ve got it covered. realhomes.com/extensions GET INVOLVED We always love to hear from…

3 min.
lisa dawson

‘FOR REASONS UNKNOWN, I CHOSE LIME GREEN FOR THE WALLS MATCHED WITH A LIME GREEN JERSEY DUVET SET’ In fact, even now after three years of posting my every daily move on Instagram, I still sometimes have a bit of a wobble as to whether I like something because it suits me, or because it’s being forced on me by social media. Take my Revamp Restyle Reveal project bathroom, for example. When I first started planning the space, I was absolutely smitten by pink; pink terrazzo, pink penny tiles. Every cool bathroom of the moment has a splash of the pink stuff and I was convinced that I needed to incorporate it into the room to make it work. But I couldn’t get my head around the mood board. I tried…