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Real Homes

November 2021

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
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the editor

Does anyone else notice the subtle changes in atmosphere that creep into your home as we head further into autumn? There’s the drop in temperature, of course – that moment when you confirm that yes, you are a bit chilly, and begin the debate with your family or housemates about whether you can justify putting the central heating on just yet. But there’s also a change in light: everything feels a bit like it’s been washed with a grey tint, and the darkest rooms in your home become even gloomier. However, as autumn’s biggest fan, that’s not to say any of this is a negative. What it signals is that it’s time to make changes to your home, from looking at your lighting scheme to breaking out your comfiest throws…

1 min
meet the team

Alison Jones Assistant editor ‘My brother forgot to tell me his party was no longer fancy dress, and I turned up as a drowned sailor off the Titanic.’ Amelia Smith Acting style editor ‘I’m a witch every year without fail – even if that means just sitting at work in a witch’s hat!’ Emily Smith Senior art editor ‘I hate dressing up, so I just dig out something black and stick a spider on my cheek. Maybe one day I’ll embrace it…’ Annie Collyer Digital shopping editor ‘Wednesday Addams! With my dark hair and eye bags, I just need a black collared dress!’ Camille Dubuis-Welch Digital editor ‘For Halloween in Bologna one year, we wore gorgeous Venetian masks from a friend’s Venice trip.’…

3 min
inside track

Oriental oasis Indulge in the understated luxury and pure elegance of Japonica. Think Japanese-inspired sculptural lighting, accents of bamboo and brass, and bold prints that create an instant statement. The latest oriental collection from Habitat includes soft pinks, vibrant blues and crane motifs for a space that’s exotic yet cosy. Eastern promise Add finishing touches with a Far-East flourish that combines elegance and style Hand made artforms Uniting pottery and lighting, Mullan Lighting is an organic and sustainable Northern Ireland-based brand that puts skilled craftsmanship at its centre. Local ceramicists use age-old techniques to create made-to-order, one-of-a-kind pieces with a modern twist. SAVE V SPEND Add texture, storage and style to your bedside with these rattan and wood designs Yoga at home If your living room is still your preferred yoga studio, even with lockdown lifted, a stylish yoga…

1 min
#now trending

Tool up Master the basics of DIY with our handy how-to guides on everything from using a drill to painting arches and hanging curtains, as well as bigger jobs such as laying flooring. Learn a new skill and save ££s while doing it. See more at realhomes.com/diy We’re following… @coffeewithmegxo. As the queen of Halloween, we’re heading to Meg’s feed for all the spooky inspiration we need. GET INVOLVED Fancy being featured on our IG – or even the pages of this magazine? Use #sorealhomes in your social media posts and you might just catch our eye… Deal corner If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen appliances ahead of the festive season, our buying guides can help you choose the best for your money, from washing machines to air fryers. realhomes.com/tag/appliances CLEAN SWEEP Need to restore a bit of…

3 min
would you ask for a discount?

YES ‘We always ask if people can give a discount; it’s a nice little win’ Anu and Harri (@humblesidehomes) live in a 1960s detached house in the North East ‘There’s a saying here that “shy bairns get nowt” – which means if you don’t ask, you don’t get. We always try to ask for a discount. Renovating a house is expensive so we think it’s good to haggle and try to get a bargain. ‘We asked for a discount on the scaffolding when we painted our house and we got a reduction of £200. And we were able to get a heritage radiator that was pretty much brand new from Ebay. We offered £50 to buy it now, and they accepted. We Googled it and found that type of radiator sells for nearly £900,…

6 min
bold & bright

Having rented ever since she left home for university, Aga Tomaszek had lived in all sorts of problematic houses. ‘I lived in a new build long enough to know I didn’t want to buy one, but I also rented a neglected 1930s home that had so much potential and I wished it was mine,’ she says. ‘I’ve been saving ever since I can remember and was finally able to buy my first home in 2018.’ Aga and Andrew knew the area and their choice was based primarily on school catchment. ‘We were desperate for our daughter to be able to walk to school. The second criteria was for the house to be south facing, and third that the garden be big enough to extend but not too big.’ The house was,…