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Ideal Home April 2020

Published by TI Media Limited Ideal Home is Britain's best-selling interiors magazine and has been empowering home-owners to make the most of their properties for over 80 years. The magazine covers every aspect of contemporary living, from a wide range of transformed houses, kitchens and bathrooms.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
R 80,05
R 640,22
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

Much as I love wallowing among home comforts all winter, it does turn me into a bit of a sluggard. It’s almost a relief when Ma Richmond presents me with the List of Spring Jobs – a baton passed to me from Pa Richmond (along with his well-worn boiler suits, which I’ve taken to wearing turned up at the ankle, teamed with a headscarf to guard against paint spatter, much to the amusement of the bloke in Jewsons whenever I pop in for a tube of sealant). However hands-on or -off you are, this issue is packed with ideas for refreshing your home, from solutions for the dull-but-essential stuff to the sexier style projects to keep your home looking and functioning at its best. PS Please take a few moments to…

3 min.
100 years of april issues

In 1968 we were… CONSIDERING FUTURE ANTIQUES Few pieces yell ‘Swinging Sixties!’ louder than Eero Aarnio’s fibreglass Ball chair. Costing £270 five years after it first appeared, new ones are still available from the Finnish company that bought the rights to Aarnio’s designs in 2016. The price in 2020? Just over £5,000. In 1968 we were... ADDING A VIVID SPLASH OF COLOUR Colourfast fabric dyes made the late 1960s a very bright place to be. Although, as ever in Ideal Home , practicality had a place, too – among these ‘glowing’ tangerine and hot pink towels and bath mats is one that ‘looks like a dog towel but does an excellent job of drying’. In 2002 we were… GETTING ONLINE Were you on the ’net in 2002? Girobank offered to donate to national Wildlife Trusts when customers signed…

2 min.
the style editor

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NATIONAL TRUST! It’s 125 years since the National Trust, the largest conservation charity in Europe, was first founded. Its mission this year is reviving the health and wildlife of Britain’s riverlands. Using the grasslands at Sissinghurst in Kent and verdant banks at Nymans in West Sussex as inspiration, its new garden and homeware collection features painterly, leafy prints. We keep seeing... RIBBED FINISHES It’s a ripple effect – whether it’s reeded or ribbed, fine lines are earning their stripes on homeware this season Plastic bedding at Sainsbury’s It’s not as mad as it sounds – we’ve felt the new Sleep More Sustainably bedlinen and you’d never know it’s made with recycled plastic bottles. Created in a blend of responsibly sourced cotton and recycled polyester, a double duvet cover saves around 48 bottles from…

1 min.
neutral artwork

PHOTO FINISH Autumn allium poster, from £7.95 unframed, Desenio FIGURATIVE FACE Serious Dreamer print, £45 unframed, Urban Coo FRENCH MASTER The Plain Tree 1951 by Henri Matisse framed print, £200, John Lewis & Partners MONOCHROME MINIMALISM Into The Light by Michelle Collins framed print, £120, King & McGaw at Heal’s PRETTY PAPERS Framed artwork, £23.99, Homesense FIELDS OF GOLD Calm field print, from £11.95 unframed, Desenio FLORA AND FAUNA The Botanist No.2 watercolour print, from £245 unframed, The Shop Floor Project DANISH DESIGN Paper Collective Layers 01, from £44 unframed, Nest BACK TO NATURE Cocoon framed art print, £24, Littlewoods…

1 min.
best new trends

NEW BOTANICALS Panels of lush green leaves and bold tropical blooms give a scheme an uplifting, exotic ambience. Llenya, £45 a roll, Harlequin at Style Library SOFT IKATS Bring the beauty of traditional textile dyeing techniques in neutral hues to walls, for a subtly global feel. ES31114 Escape, £35.95 a roll, Galerie Wallcoverings MODERN TAPESTRIES Heritage prints and archive designs are brought back to life in sophisticated, rich tones. 33013 Apelviken, £64.95 a roll, Galerie Wallcoverings NATURAL CORK Embrace the sustainable trend with a textured cork backdrop, featuring contemporary metallic accents. Light cork and metallic wallpaper, £350 a roll, Limelace INKY BLUES Use simple, graphic repeats of natural forms, and tonal shades of blue to bring depth and tranquillity to your living space. Bloom in Ink, £74 a roll, MissPrint SAFARI STYLE Take inspiration from the wild, with hand-drawn repeats depicting leaping gazelles, stalking tigers and…

5 min.
looking for new england

Clad wall-to-wall in panelling, from the hallway up to the bedrooms, and painted in soothing shades of off-white, the interior of Sally and Greg Hobden’s Edwardian terrace is more Cape Cod than south London. The house was built in 1906 as part of an estate in the capital. ‘We have the original sales brochure, which gave buyers a choice of features,’ says Greg. ‘We were fortunate, because the first owners chose some pretty fancy architraves and stained glass.’ More than 100 years later, the property’s spacious hallway (described in the original patter as ‘large enough to take tea in’) was still a unique selling point. ‘We both fell in love with it because it’s such a change from the usual narrow hallways typical of these properties,’ says Sally. The floorplan had…