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Your Home March 2021

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.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
Frequency:
Monthly
$2.75
$27.62
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
welcome

The news might not be cheerful at the moment, but that doesn’t mean your home can’t be – spring is nearly here so it’s time to refresh and renew! Flip to page 20 for the season’s most uplifting colour trend and then page 38 to learn how to bring vibrant pieces into any scheme. I know that many of you have children in the house to keep busy at the moment – if they love baking then we’ve a round-up of stand mixers (p46) that will take most of the mess out of fairy cakes, and you’ll find some fab kits to help them unleash their creativity (plus burn off some energy!) in Craft Stash Must-Haves (p72). If you’ve not been into the office for almost a year now, then we have…

4 min
this month we love…

RETRO REVIVAL We’ve seen a huge mid-century style revival over the past year and that’s not set to end anytime soon. Apartment Living, one of Habitat’s SS21 trends, incorporates geometric designs, vibrant pops of colour and classic wooden furniture for a retro-inspired look. Designed with small spaces in mind, this collection prioritises functionality but that doesn’t mean it lacks in style. Burnt orange, mustard and teal converge with stripped back wooden flooring and sturdy metals for a contemporary take on the hallmarks of mid-century style. Available online at Sainsbury’s Home, Argos and Habitat. Instagram inspiration Polka dot wallpaper? Check. Colour pop furniture? Check. Enviable shelfie style? Also check. For a succinct guide on fun-loving maximalist interiors, head to @homewithsisi on Instagram. Forget low-key and dull, Sisi is all about creating a ‘cheerful environment’…

2 min
get in touch your letters

Drink up I was looking for a place to store all my drinks bottles. I stumbled across this trolley; however, the original gold shade was not in keeping with my copper and grey kitchen. With a little bit of paint and a mirror base, it is now the perfect addition to the kitchen! Jade Smith-Sykes, by email Your Home says Jade, this is a gorgeous drinks trolley! The copper paint looks so glamorous with your glassware. Staycation in style I decided to brighten up the breeze block planting trough around our patio with some Mediterranean-style tiles. I’m delighted with them! As winter approached, I also replaced the tired carpet in our sun room with artificial grass to complement the forest mural. Even though I’m in Scotland, my Mediterranean patio has me dreaming of holidays abroad! Sue…

3 min
household hints

HOW TO... wash your curtains It might seem like a tiresome job, but do you know when you last cleaned your curtains? Dust and odours build up over time, so an annual (or more frequent) wash is a good idea. Follow these easy steps that’ll have your curtains looking good as new in no time… • Before you begin, check the washing label to see if your curtains are fully machine washable. Lightweight fabrics, such as cotton, usually are. If that’s the case, continue with the following steps. If not, or you have any concerns about home washing, a dry cleaner might be a better option. • To start, remove all hooks and shake off any dust. Then, pop your curtains in the washing machine with your usual laundry detergent. Set the machine…

2 min
we test…

CLOTHES STEAMERS We considered: Did it de-crease garments? Was it simple to use? Was it a good size? Tefal handheld garment steamer, £149 , AO.com This speedy steamer has a handy support panel, plus a hanger to grip your garments while they’re being steamed. After a fiddly initial set up, it’s quick and easy to use and, with three levels of steaming, you can choose the best intensity to ensure a crease-less finish. For those living in hard water areas, this steamer features technology to prevent limescale from building up over time. The pole collapses down after use, but you’ll still need a bit of space to store it, as it’s not that small. Fridja handheld travel clothes steamer, £79.99 , Lakeland This steamer is the one for you if you’re constantly on the go…

2 min
smarter shopper

SAVE MONEY WHEN working from home Claim tax relief for expenses If you’re required to work from home, and your employer isn’t covering your expenses, you may be entitled to claim tax relief on £6 a week. Apply online through HMRC’s dedicated microservice, and 2020/21 tax year’s relief will be applied via your tax code if you’re eligible. Review your bills Use comparison websites to make sure your current energy and internet tariffs provide the best value, particularly if you haven’t reviewed them since before you started working from home. Switching your internet provider alone could save you up to £69 a year, says thinkmoney. Don’t leave tech on standby According to Energy Saving Trust, it’s estimated that the average UK household spends £30 per year leaving devices on standby, so it’s worth…