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Real Homes August 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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2 min.
from the editor

At this time of the year, it’s fair to say that my house takes something of a back seat as the garden becomes the main focus chez Murton. While my husband has been hard at work during the colder months, embracing his inner Monty Don to keep on top of all things garden-related and ensure the flower beds are looking their best, I’m definitely more of a fair-weather gardener, so my contributions are usually limited to warmer days when I can also enjoy soaking up some sunshine. This year, however, it’s been all hands on deck (kids included) to finally finish off the bottom of the garden (a project we started last year), including building new pathways and raised vegetable beds made from recycled wood we sourced from a local…

1 min.
real homes

EDITORIAL 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 BRAND DEVELOPMENT Brand Development Editor Laura Crombie 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 For all media sales enquiries please contact sophie.gill@futurenet.com or call 01527 834411 CIRCULATION Head of Newstrade Tim Mathers PRODUCTION Head of Production Mark Constance Production Project Manager Clare Scott Advertising Production Manager Joanne Crosby Digital Editions Controller Jason Hudson Production Manager Vivienne Calvert MANAGEMENT Brand Director Paul…

4 min.

GARDEN PARTY Up the atmosphere of your summer dos with some added outdoor sparkle. Adorn branches, fences or walls with cool solar lanterns, flameless candles and must-have festoon lights. When you’re not entertaining, you can still enjoy the illumination after dusk and really get a sense of bringing the outside in. Time to get your garden ready to glow. EASY LIVING Whether you want a beachy idyll, Moroccan haven or somewhere to party after dark, there’s a design from Lights4Fun to set the mood Hip hooray Stylish and sophisticated – no, we’re not referring to us, we’re talking about Barker & Stonehouse’s new metropolitan look. Its latest Hipster Hotel range embraces sumptuous textures and rich hues for grown-up glamour. Colours draw on a palette of rust, navy and emerald greens, with lavish velvets and walnut…

1 min.
designer insight

WHAT’S THE QUICKEST WAY TO REFRESH AN INTERIOR SCHEME? Candles, cushions and flowers. Cushions and throws add a dash of colour and pattern. I tend to sit flowers in small vases and dot them around the house. BEST STYLING SECRET? Invest in just one or two classic, really good-quality items, such as a bed or a sofa, that you will love forever. Then buy unique pieces over time at markets and fairs. Oh, and I’d always suggest painting your ceiling a colour rather than leaving it white. WHERE IN THE WORLD NEVER FAILS TO INSPIRE YOU? Nature generally. Whatever country or climate I’m in, I usually draw inspiration from being outdoors. SUN WORSHIPPER OR STAY IN THE SHADE? I used to love sunbathing but enjoy it far less now than in my youth. I do love the…

1 min.

HOW-TO HEAVEN Love a good life hack? We’ve collected all our tips and tricks in one place, so whether you want advice on the cleaning jobs you’re avoiding or deciding whether you need a smart device, we can help. realhomes.com/advice OUTDOOR FANCIES The sun is shining and your hard work in the garden is paying off. Looking for some finishing touches? Browse our pick of outdoor tables, rugs and lighting: we’ve pulled together the very best. realhomes.com/garden EXTENSION HUB Expanding has never been easier with our Real Homes extension guides. New kitchen? Loft conversion? We’ve got plenty of professional advice to help you get going. And take a look at our extension cost calculator to find out what you could get for your budget. realhomes.com/extensions TIME FOR TV Tune in to the Real Homes Show for tips…

3 min.
lisa dawson

We’ve moved house nine times in 17 years and never once had a new kitchen, in the strictest sense of the word. This is not a complaint – it’s just that the spaces have always been fairly usable and therefore not a priority for replacement. The kitchens I’ve inherited in the past have ranged from being seriously tiny with barely enough room for two people, to full on open-plan, but each one came with its own merits. Our second home had a galley kitchen unsuitable for anyone claustrophobically afflicted, a situation not improved by a huge microwave on the work surface. At the time, this monster was singularly the most important kitchen requirement, with two constantly starving under twos whose superpowers included downing 9oz of SMA Gold faster than I…