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Real Homes April 2020

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.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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12 Edities

in deze editie

2 min.
from the editor

Let’s just get it out there. I made mistakes when I planned my new kitchen several years ago. Big mistakes. Huge. I should have known better, after all I’d been writing about kitchens for a number of years by that point and should have remembered my own advice when it came to working out what we needed. But in the middle of a full house renovation when tricky decisions had to made on a daily basis, our budget, time and patience were stretched to the limit, so we made choices in a hurry and didn’t think about futureproofing the space to ensure it could cope as a busy family kitchen when more children came along. All of which means we’re blighted by a lack of worktop space, poor lighting options and…

4 min.

PAST PERFECTION Invigorating and energetic: no, not your latest gym class, but the new eye-catching collection from Barker & Stonehouse. Its Retro Revival range uses playful pops of reds, blues and mustard yellows to inject character and a sense of fun into your living space. This is a bold, bright take on mid-century modern across furniture and accessories. Vive la retro revolution! EASY LIVING Relive the ‘60s and ‘70s with more from the Barker & Stonehouse range, featuring geo patterns, curves and colour Bright sparks New lighting always gets us in a bit of a spin and this month Spark & Bell has us doing 360s. Born out of a healthy obsession with brass and a desire to create affordable custom lights, the designs are a mix of modern glamour meets soft industrial meets Art…

1 min.

PROJECT GO! The time has come! The time, that is, to get started on that dream extension. Find expert advice and ideas in spades on our extension hub. realhomes.com/ extensions THE PRICE IS RIGHT Whether you’re on a quest for better sleep or want to create more zen in your living room, our guides on everything from mattresses to oil diffusers are your best starting point. Asakuki essential oil diffuser, £32.99, Amazon. realhomes.com/buying-guides Warm welcome If your hallway is more a game of dodge the shoe mountain than a calming welcome home, don’t miss the latest episode of the Real Homes Show. Our expert reveals how to create a beautifully organised hallway haven that you’ll be proud to open the door to. Hemnes shoe cabinet, £90; Brankis laundry basket, £30, both Ikea. realhomes.com/tv GET INVOLVED We always…

3 min.
lisa dawson

I’m ‘slightly’ obsessive when it comes to decorating my home, much to the consternation of my family. They know the warning signs. One, I loudly announce that I am no longer happy with the décor of a room. Two, I head to Ebay to list and sell the items that I no longer love (my husband once arrived home to discover I’d sold his favourite sofa) and finally, three, I head to the local DIY store for supplies. The fact it may be a task I’ve never done before does not detract from the job in hand. My first wallpapering experience was in the downstairs loo. Not even the fact that I’d forgotten to buy a pasting brush deterred me – I simply utilised a shoe polish brush I found…

8 min.
house of fun

WHY JO’S HOME CAUGHT OUR EYE It’s easy to see why Jo and James Glossop call their home the Tardis. The 1970s detached property looks like a typical suburban estate house from the front, but an unexpected split-level extension at the rear places it in another league. The pair have designed their home with family fun in mind, from the dining table that doubles as a pool table to the basketball hoop in the garden and the colourful kitchen inspired by beach holidays. Like most of us, Jo admits she hasn’t always nailed it first time around. Over the last 12 years, her style has evolved as she’s become bolder with colour and mixed up modern furniture with vintage retro bargains. She’s bursting with quirky ideas – her most recent being an…

3 min.
the project report

SEE IT, FEEL IT Radiators are the wallflowers of the home. Tucked away behind pieces of furniture, you’d barely know they were there. But Vasco radiators are so stylish you won’t want to hide them behind the sofa, draped in bits of washing. This year they come in six new ‘Noble’ colours, including precious metals, pearl beige, pretty pink and warm curry (yes, really) that’ll really bring the heat. TURN IT ON Summer is on the horizon and now’s the ideal time to think about investing in a new stove (bear with us here). Order and get it fitted when you don’t need it – and when the installers tend to be less busy – so you’ll be all ready to go when you do. And with the new Midtown Holborn gas stove,…