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Real Homes September 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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2 min.
from the editor

Space, or, should I say, the lack of it, is the most common response when we ask homeowners what motivated them to take on their home improvement project. It’s not uncommon to feel that where once your home was incredibly spacious when you moved in several years before, it can, over time, begin to feel cramped and claustrophobic as possessions – as well as the number of people living in the house if children come along – increase in number. Whether it’s wardrobes stuffed full of clothes, living rooms drowning in a sea of kids’ toys, kitchen cupboards overflowing with Tupperware (why can you never find the right lid to match the container?) and an understairs cupboard of doom that’s become a dumping ground for outgrown shoes, backpacks and a gazillion coats…

4 min.

FIESTA FEST Fire up the Mariachi band, dining tables are getting some South American spice. West Elm’s latest tableware collection has more than a nod to Mexican styling. Bold colours and terracotta finishes are at the core of these designs, with natural materials and textures providing a tactile, earthy quality. Now might just be the time to up your guacamole game. EASY LIVING Whether you want a cushion update, statement planter or an‘80s-inspired tray, West Elm’s offerings are fun and downright cool The shape of design Sharpen those scissors, the iconic cut-out technique of Matisse is the inspiration behind this collection from MuralsWallpaper. To mark the 150 years since the artist’s birth, these playful abstract designs feature bold random shapes and free-flowing lines. Add a touch of art to the living room, bedroom or even…

1 min.
how to create a terrazzo tabletop

YOU’LL NEED Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Lacquer (spray) Homebase Clever Cube MDF sheet (cut to size) Cutting mat Sticky back plastic Stanley knife Drill and screws Rust-Oleum Artist Brushes Roller and tray Brackets Paint opener & stirrer 1 Take your chosen shade of Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint for the base (Chalk White is used here). Paint the top, sides and front of the MDF with a roller and leave to dry. (No need to prime, although you may require a second coat). 2 To create your stencil, place the sticky back plastic on the cutting mat and begin to cut out a terrazzo design with a Stanley knife. 3 Stick your stencil to the MDF. Paint in your design in the other Rust-Oleum Chalky Finish Furniture Paint…

1 min.
#now trending

SUMMER SHOPPING You can always rely on us to launch ourselves into summer, which is why our buying guides cover everything you need to make it sizzling hot. This month: our favourite barbecues and lawnmowers. realhomes.com/buying-guides SMARTEN UP YOUR HOME Want to know the best tech to make your life easier? As well as advice on storage, style and renovations, the Real Homes Show now features tips on making your home smarter. From robot vacuum cleaners and security cameras to smart fridges, get the lowdown on the products that are really worth investing in. realhomes.com/tv 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 pics. Share your home with us using #sorealhomes and you might just find yourself featured on our…

3 min.
lisa dawson

I love a holiday more than anything else. More than Gucci bags and Tom Hardy. They are a balm for the soul; a chance to lie prostrate on a sunbed; an opportunity to catch up on the books everyone else has read while you’ve been doing school runs and whacking chicken goujons and potato waffles in the oven. I’m a big fan of positive thinking and how even if you don’t actually book a break, having the dates to go in the diary is almost as therapeutic as the act itself. Last year I had a palm tree tattooed on my arm and was inundated with people asking me for its meaning. Does it signify some huge event? Is there a spiritual connection? Nope. I’m afraid I’m just inherently shallow. Our…

5 min.
easy living

WHY WE LOVE LILY’S HOME… Making decisions on your feet isn’t usually the best way forward when it comes to buying a house, but for Lily and Col, five minutes in their south London home was all they needed to know it was right for them. They won the property after it went to closed bids, then set about toddler-proofing it for their son, Ethan, and dog Ned. A year later, they were ready to transform the property into the open-plan home you see today – one that’s infused with the couple’s love of vintage pieces, as well as Lily’s very Australian tendency towards laid-back living and chill-out spaces. Stepping into the kitchen space, Lily’s eye for interior design is clear to see, but it’s the details that creep into eyeline –…