Ideal Home

Ideal Home November 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


welcome to our centenary issue!

In the very first edition, the editor wrote: ‘The policy of The Ideal Home is to cater for the wide circle of the middle class. Every matter of interest, from the designing of the house and garden to its finishing touches, will be explained and illustrated by experts.’ Today’s team is proud to uphold that pledge and hopes that you love this great old brand as much aswedo.Sincethatfirstissue, Ideal Home hasintegrated itself into British life: it gave away architectural plans to boom-time self-builders, then, in wartime, dispensed government information about rationing, blackout and air raids. Later, it converted London townhouses into modern show flats and even built a housing development in Peterborough. But, you don’t reach 100 years without having some people to thank: first in line has to be…

the style editor

The hero piece NEPTUNE’S ARDINGLY CABINET This storage stunner may be posing as a drinks cabinet, but we think it has plenty more to offer. With bespoke options for shelving, it can be used to camouflage a TV, as a compact kitchen larder or a hideaway home office. A piece like this that adapts to your needs as life changes is in it for the long haul – and worth the investment. We keep seeing… Wonder weaves These stylishly complex designs beat your average basket We’re in love… SELF-CARE STARTS HERE Simply lighting a candle can become a daily time-out ritual for a mindful moment. Our new favourite scented-candle sources are boutique brands Our Lovely Goods and Oré Mi, both of which have warming fragrances that are perfect for winter. Try Mandarin & Spice candle, £40, Oré Mi…

8 accent lamps

LUXE MATERIALS Ero velvet table lamp, £125, Oliver Bonas CONTEMPORARY CAGE Flaggskepp table lamp, £12, Ikea ORGANIC TEXTURES Tan spiked terracotta table lamp, £195, Rose & Grey OFFICE CHIC Curved table lamp, £189, Nordic House RUSTIC SCANDI Bloomingville table lamp in Blue, £45, Amara ELEGANT GLASS Simone table lamp, £105, Sweetpea & Willow GRECIAN INFLUENCE Foliage Gold table lamp, £95, John Lewis & Partners HAND-CARVED WOOD Perisphere table lamp, £175, Oka…

our 2020 favourites

VANESSA, EDITORIAL DIRECTOR ‘I go a bit weak for HoH’s botanical prints. They appeal to both the nature nerd and the drama queen in me.’ Flora Delanica in Midnight, from £125 a roll, House of Hackney STEPHANIE, SENIOR FEATURES EDITOR ‘It’s no secret I’m a sucker for vibrant tropical prints, and this graphic banana leaf repeat ticks all the right boxes for me.’ Jungle Palm, £80 a roll, Miss Print NICKY, DECORATING EDITOR ‘What’s not to love? Beautiful illustrative work with intriguing details in a fantastic colour combination – it’s art on a roll.’ Reverie in Purple, £28 a roll, Albany at Wallpaperdirect GEORGIA, CREATIVE DIRECTOR ‘With the appearance of fine woven silk, this design is my choice – I love its subtle embossed texture and luxe metallic highlights.’ Etsu in Liquorice, £95 a roll, Romo HEATHER, EXECUTIVE EDITOR ‘This has me dreaming…

from the ground up

When Lauren and John Conroy spotted a ‘For Sale’ board outside a bungalow during a Sunday afternoon drive, they were quick to arrange a viewing the next day. ‘We loved the spacious plot, views and proximity to good schools, but the layout didn’t work for us,’ says Lauren. ‘It had been extended several times over the years and you had to walk through one bedroom in order to get to another.’ On the advice of Architecture Initiative, the couple decided to demolish the bungalow and build a new house. The new design is longer and slightly narrower than other homes on the street, and has a basement level swimming pool and family room. On the ground floor is an open-plan kitchen-diner and living space with an adjacent scullery and pantry, a…

make it work for you

Punchy blocks of yellow and pink add instant charm to this open-plan, Scandi setting STYLIST’S NOTE “Mid-century modern furniture lends itself well to a minimalistic scheme. Choose black dining chairs with sculptural profiles to contrast bare wood” JESSICA TAVERNER, INTERIOR STYLIST ECO-CONSCIOUS ELEMENTS Canopy vase, £22, LSA International FEET UP Soapbox footstool in Raspberry brushed cotton, £455, Loaf SOFT UPGRADE Osternas leather handle, £10 for two, Ikea DECADENT DECOR Yellow velvet cushion cover, £6.99, H&M Home PEARLY SHIMMER Kuta pendant light, £165, Maisons du Monde STYLISH STAPLE Cast aluminium casserole, £49.50, M&S NORDIC CHIC Mater Nestor dining chair in Black, £503, Amara DOUBLE-SIDED DESIGN Acacia wood serving board, £24.95, Sous Chef MY GO-TO STORES… DESIGNERS GUILD Great for colourful fabrics and vintage-style furniture. ANDREW DOMINIC This British designer has a studio in Cape Town making bespoke furniture using hardwoods. SIGMAR LONDON I love this small boutique’s retro vases and tableware.…