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Your Home February 2020

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned expert, Your Home magazine will give you the best in design ideas, makeover tips and money-saving advice that'll help you spruce up your home and garden.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

After the expense of Christmas and the January sales, February can often leave your bank balance feeling rather depleted. But a lack of funds doesn’t mean your home has to lack style. Which is why we’ve crammed this issue with heaps of thrifty tricks and bargain buys. Look for our little piggy-bank logo (left) throughout the mag for our money-saving must-haves and cash-savvy tips. On page 38 we’ve trawled the high street for the best budget buys to brighten up every room and they’re all under £50! If you want to freshen up your décor but don’t want to splash out, then turn to page 42 to discover some clever ways to use up leftover paint, tiles and wallpaper to create a stylish interior on a shoestring. Revamping your bathroom or kitchen…

2 min
your letters

A PAW-FECT DAY OUT “My husband and I went to the Craft Show at the NEC a while ago and took our Dogs for Good assistance puppy with us – the charity trains dogs to support people with disabilities. Rexie was so well behaved and it was a really good learning experience for him. We loved the Craft Show where I did end up spending a bit of money! The Cake International Show was amazing too – the quality and craftsmanship of the cakes was incredible. We had a lovely day.” Davina Williams, via email Your Home says We’re glad you enjoyed your day. Thanks for sending in the cute photos of Rexie. He must have been the star of the show! WASTE NOT WANT NOT “I work in a kitchen makeover showroom. We regularly…

1 min
upcycling magic

“My husband has recycled bits and pieces throughout our married life (53 years) and I would like to show you what he did for me with some odds and ends we had lying around. He made what I call a Shirley Valentine table from a Morris 8 car wheel, redundant fence posts, leftover plywood, scraps of decking and a colourful oil cloth. He painted the different elements to smarten it up and I hope you agree it looks very swish.” Sylvia Bailey, via email Your Home says What a resourceful way to recycle materials and put them to good use. We have to agree that your new table looks absolutely lovely, Sylvia!…

4 min
this month we love…

Signs of spring It’s a magical time of the year when snowdrops appear. These hardy flowers signal spring’s approach and the promise of warmer days; a happy sight to see after the long winter months! Forde Abbey, near Chard in south Somerset, is the perfect spot to see them in their full glory. The beautiful 12th-century abbey has a rich and varied history and is surrounded by 30 acres of award-winning gardens, consisting of herbaceous borders, an arborteum and topiary-lined vistas. Now it the perfect time of year to enjoy carpets of sping flowers emerging from the crisp soil. Forde Abbey will be holding Snowdrop Weekends throughout February, and the tea rooms and gift shop will be open every weekend throughout the month. The gardens are open from 10am to 4pm…

2 min
household hints

HOW TO… MAKE USE OF ‘THROW AWAY ITEMS’ The beginning of the year is the perfect time to save money and get creative by repurposing items you would typically throw away. Try out some of these resourceful ideas… Candle jars are an easily reusable item. Clean out the leftover wax with a spoon then place the empty jars upside down on a baking sheet and tray. Place the baking tray and jars in an oven on very low heat until all of the wax has melted. Protecting your hands with a cloth, wipe the remaining wax and soot from the pot. The jars are now good as new – use them as storage jars for makeup brushes or try making your own soy replacement candle. Old spray bottles for cleaning products and disinfectant…

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what to look out for this month

Great buy These Antibacterial Protective Coatings from Bioarmor-Nano provide easy wipe-on protection for your home surfaces. One application promises to reduce surface bacterial growth by up to 99.99% for up to three months. Better still, unlike many other antibacterial wipes, these are 100% biodegradable, so you can keep your home clean without harming the environment. Available for kitchen and bathroom (£14.99) as well as home tech (£9.99). Visit www.bioarmor-nano.com for more. Reduce excess packaging in your pantry with these easy-lock containers. Their minimal design will fit in with any storage space and they are airtight to ensure your ingredients stay fresh Have your cooking essentials in easy reach with this sleek storage rack, which is ideal if space is at a premium in your kitchen. It includes a shelf, hanging hooks and even…