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Your Home May 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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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

All being well, it looks like garden socialising is back on the cards, so now’s the time to spruce up your plot and get it ready for a few guests. Head to page 116 to find out what to plant this month, page 114 for cute cottage garden finds and, if your yard lacks a spot for socialising, learn how to build a pergola on page 68. We’ve got loads of ways to help you improve your home indoors, too. If you’re planning a room revamp then, before you do too much work, turn to page 38 to take our quiz and find out what your signature style is. (Mine is half ‘Period Charm’ and half ‘Modern Update’!) Keep reading for quick and easy ways to transform your staircase on page 44…

4 min
this month we love…

ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY Wilko’s Country collection is here to help you boost your home on a budget. With homeliness at its heart, the range is full of calm neutrals, cosy textures and characterful accents. When it comes to colour, the look takes cues from the natural world – think mellow greys, gentle beiges and touches of terracotta. The pompom cushion, £8, is one of our favourites and will instantly perk up a plain sofa! Clean lines and minimalist furniture ensure the look has a modern edge while being rooted in rustic charm. The wire table with tray top, £12, will help to maximise storage while adding a hint of metallic to your space. Instagram inspiration When decorating your home, you don’t need to religiously stick to one theme. Take after @martinas_cosy_crib and…

2 min
get in touch your letters

Scale it up We recently had a lockdown bathroom renovation completed. I’m an open water swimmer and as we live on the coast, we decided on a sea/mermaid theme. We sourced these scale-shaped tiles, which look incredible and finished our bathroom off beautifully. Lisa Corkhill, by email Your Home says: We’re huge fans of scale-shaped tiles and these ones are truly lovely, Lisa! You’ve created such an inviting and serene space. Mirror, mirror My husband and I had our eye on a lovely Crittall-style mirror to go at the top of our stairs. However, at over £200, it was a little outside of our price range. Having seen a few people posting on Instagram about making their own, we decided to have a go! We ordered wood from B&Q and mirror tiles from Dunelm and…

1 min
letter of the month

COLOUR POP During lockdown three I’ve been on a redecorating mission. I wanted to brighten up my staircase from the dull colour it was before, so I’ve gone for this gorgeous yellow, which I’ve paired with a peachy pink wall. I’ve added more prints and homemade bunting to my gallery wall and of course lots of plants – it’s now my favourite area in my home! Lauren Drake, by email Your Home says: Wow, Lauren, what a joyful space! We love the vibrant colours and eclectic mix of prints. ★ Lauren’s letter has won her a Clean Living Complete Cleaning Kit, worth £43.99!…

3 min
household hints

HOW TO... get your garden furniture in shape for summer Once you’ve brought your garden furniture back out into the daylight after a long winter, it might be looking a little worse for wear. But fear not. With a little love and care, you can freshen it up just in time for long days whiled away in the sun… • For wooden furniture, start by dusting off any excess debris that has built up. Then, clean the furniture with soapy water and a scrubbing brush. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry before lightly sanding down rough areas. Protect the wood and preserve the colour by treating it with a sealant. This should be done every couple of years to keep the wood looking its best. Turn to page 70 for more advice…

2 min
we test…

Floor MOPS Things we considered: Was it easy to use? Was it effective? Was it lightweight? UMI. mini spin mop and bucket, £29.99, Amazon With a highly absorbent microfibre pad and nifty bucket, this space-saving mop is effective on most hard surfaces including laminate, wood and tiles. Although it’s not the easiest to get to grips with, the adjustable handle means that you can mop comfortably no matter your height and the swivel head feature helps to wring the water out well. While this mop could benefit from clearer instructions, it does come with a spare mop head that is machine-washable, too. Ultima self-wringing mop, £14.99, Addis For a lightweight mop that’s easy to manoeuvre and does a thorough job, this Addis one is a winner. It’s super easy to get into hard to reach…