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Real Homes November 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

Have you fully embraced the smart tech revolution in your home yet? Are app-controlled heating systems, video doorbells and smart speakers part and parcel of your daily life and you can’t imagine how you ever lived without them? Or are you still unsure when it comes to creating a smart home and are yet to jump on the hi-tech train? I hold my hands up and admit that I fall into the latter camp. Although we have welcomed a new addition to our household (hello Alexa), we’re yet to introduce smart tech on a bigger scale and I’ve been wondering why. It’s not that I don’t want to have the latest technology in my home, it’s more that I’m not entirely sure where to start, what I should spend my money…

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 rebecca.vincze@futurenet.com or call 01527 834415 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…

3 min.

SETTING THE SCENE As trends go, we think the current blend of Japanese and Scandinavian looks is pretty, well, pretty! Pared back yet inviting, its philosophy has a peaceful way of life at its core – and who doesn’t want a slice of that? The new Azuki range from Maisons du Monde captures this restful feeling with natural materials and minimalist designs. Tranquility is served. EASY LIVING Keep the calming vibe going with furniture and accessories from Maisons Du Monde to capture this unique look HALO YOU Bathe yourself and fellow diners in a warm glow with some angelically inspired lighting. The striking new Halo chandelier with interchangeable shades is part of the latest launch from Pooky, which also includes wall lights and velvet lampshades. The colourful collection is all about introducing pops of brightness…

1 min.

BLACK FRIDAY Thinking about kitting your home out with smart tech? Just after a new TV? Black Friday is almost upon us, so head to The Hub at the end of November and make savings on all things tech. Hoover Vision smart oven, £1,187, John Lewis & Partners. Samsung ecobubble washing machine, from £359, Currys. realhomes.com/technology WATCH AND LEARN No idea where to begin when it comes to home tech? Sit back and watch the Real Homes Show, where our tech experts take things back to basics, testing out the latest products, from smart fridges to robot vacuums, so you can be in the know before you buy. 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…

3 min.
lisa dawson

and was keen to give Joe a present that reflected this momentous (or miraculous) event. A gift that signified our love, our commitment, the shared moments and tolerance…oops, sorry, I meant tenderness. I asked him for ideas. Romantic weekend away? Cinema membership? Nope. Joe’s reply was a video Wi-Fi doorbell. Never let it be said that romance isn’t alive and kicking in our house. Joe has always had an obsession with security. He still keeps a baseball bat under our bed in case of attack, although to date the only close call for its use was the cat jumping on him unexpectedly at 4am. He also has an undying passion for technology – there is no man north of Watford who owns as many Wi-Fi-based items as him. The advent of…

6 min.
growing up

WHY LUDIVINE’S HOME CAUGHT OUR EYE… The benefits of working with an architect on your extension or renovation project are endless. Not only can they help to bring your vision to life, they can lend an expert eye to suggest where you could be making better use of a small space, bringing more light into a room, or adding seemingly simple features that become invaluable to your daily routine. Ludivine and her husband Phil saw these benefits and more when they enlisted a local architect to help them realise their dream of a family home. Keen to create a flexible house in which their young family could grow up, the couple collaborated with a team of experts who helped them consider the way they use their home – and then shaped the…