Ideal Home

Ideal Home July 2020


Published by TI Media Limited Ideal Home is Britain's best-selling interiors magazine and has been empowering home-owners to make the most of their properties for over 80 years. The magazine covers every aspect of contemporary living, from a wide range of transformed houses, kitchens and bathrooms.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
12 期号



Well, I can’t say that the ‘new normal’ is feeling very normal yet. And, after 21 years of commuting into central London to work, maybe it never will. I certainly never imagined that I would spend my evenings sewing Harry Potter fabric face masks for the littlest Richmonds! Ideal Home HQ is becoming a distant memory, but there are upsides (like having the cat as a warm and fluffy wrist rest as I type). We’re trying to keep things reassuringly familiar for you, with the usual mix of inspiration and project inspo, but if you find lingering in the magazine aisle at the supermarket or newsagent stressful, take a look at our brilliant subscription deal on page 129 to get every issue delivered to your door.…

the style editor

The hero piece… LUXE LOUNGER We didn’t think Cox & Cox could top last year’s luxury hanging bell tent for the ultimate in garden lounging, but its new Paros swinging lounger has definitely beaten it. A hammock, cabana and swing rolled into one, once you’re in it’ll be tough to leave. Plus, it has room for two so you can hang out with your bae (or the dog). Buy a makeover at Sofology Need a shortcut to a living room redo? Sofology’s new Accents range of furniture and accessories takes the hard work out of putting a look together. Choose your favourite style via the ‘Shop the Room’ webpage, and pick everything you need, from furniture to finishing touches, all in one place. PLASTIC-FREE PICNICWARE A double take and you’ll see these plates aren’t actually…

8 summer pitchers

GLAZED OVER Ceramic reactive glaze pitcher, £25, John Lewis & Partners BIRD OF PARADISE Passaro jug, £39.50, Oliver Bonas STATEMENT STYLE Hobnail jug in Blue Smoke, £95, Petersham Nurseries COASTAL COOL Patterned glass jug, £8.99, H&M Home RAFFIA WRAPPED Boho spice glass pitcher, £33.75, Talking Tables GOING GREEN Jochen Holz glass jug, £39, Hay at Amara BRIGHT STROKES Hand-painted floral jug, £12, Matalan SUNSHINE BURST Tall textured jug, £8.99, Homesense…

the wallpaper edit trellis patterns

ARCHIVE DESIGN This reworked Arts and Crafts design has been updated in a contemporary colourway of mustard and grey. Brophy Trellis in Ivory Sage, £89 a roll, Morris & Co at Style Library BOLD GEO Named after the maze at Hampton Court, this geometric pattern would complement a botanical scheme. Hampton Trellis in Botanical Green, £69 a roll, Sanderson at Style Library COUNTRY CLASSIC Elegant trailing motifs and romantic bows on delicate yellow could bring a nostalgic feel to a traditional scheme. Toile Trellis in Dorset Cream, £105 a roll, Farrow & Ball METALLIC ACCENTS Introduce a touch of glamour with this opulent design featuring a tactile linen background and glitter finish. Holden Decor Latica Geometric Trellis in Navy, £16 a roll, Wilko SMART NEUTRAL A versatile lattice pattern in a pared-back neutral palette and embellished with subtle sparkling metallic beads. Trellis in Pebble,…

going with the flow

Having made the decision to downsize, Elizabeth and James Deal began searching for a house with family spaces that flowed. 'We found a dated yet sturdy Edwardian house by Wandsworth Common. There were only a few unmodernised houses left on the street, so it attracted lots of viewings, but needed someone with vision,’ says Elizabeth, who is an interior consultant (ed-design.net). During the 18-month project by Bygga Construction (bygga.co.uk), the family rented a house nearby. ‘The garden was a sloping quagmire with a 1980s conservatory and a small kitchen at the rear. Both were knocked down and replaced with an extension for an open-plan kitchen-diner, with a new main bedroom above. The garage at the side was converted into a laundry, utility and boot room, with a study off the hall.…

why designers love inky blue

Add some drama ‘Pairing a moody colour like inky blue with white will create the illusion of tactility and texture,’ says Natasha Pettit, colour designer, Craig & Rose Change the mood ‘Add dark blue to starker whites, silvers and neutral tones to keep it cooler in sunny rooms and south-facing spaces. If you’re using dark blue in a north-facing room, add texture and warming tones – stones not whites – to make the space a calm sanctuary,’ says Cathy Dean, interior designer “With pattern, you don’t need the cushion, curtains and wallpaper all to match; pick a key print and accessorise around it”CATHY DEAN, CATHYDEANINTERIORDESIGN.COM Warm up the contrast ‘Blue and white is a classic combination and will stand the test of time. The colours contrast beautifully, but pick an off shade of white – a…