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July 2021
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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.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
from the editor

Painting furniture is one of my favourite hobbies. I’ve spray-painted, chalk-painted and glossed everything from kids’ beds to side chairs to dining tables. But recently, I took on a furniture refinishing project I’ve never done before: I stripped the finish off of an old side table, right down to the natural wood. When I was done, I cleaned it up and added a coat of lime wax – no paint to be found. Having now tackled both types of furniture refinishing, I can definitively say painting is easier than stripping. But my table was done in an effort to achieve one of today’s biggest furniture trends: bleached wood tones. From Nordic-inspired soft pines to limed oak, light-coloured woods are the materials of choice for furnishings. While you can get the look…

1 min.
meet the team

Ellen Finch Deputy editor My trip to Iceland was cancelled when everything kicked off, so I’ll head there – with a scarf and gloves in my case. Alison Jones Assistant editor Between a travel firm collapse and Covid, my holidays have been jinxed.NZ will be third time lucky (I hope!). Anna Morley Style editor Ibiza is a favourite destination. Come July, when baby no.2 is here, I’ll even be able to indulge in a few cocktails. Amelia Smith Deputy style editor I love France, so I can’t wait to cycle round pretty Rennes and get croissants from a bakery – yum! Emily Smith Senior art editor As long as I have a book, a bar and a pool, I really don’t care. Oh, and the family, I suppose……

2 min.
inside track

Refresh and revive Step outside into serene tranquillity and squeeze the most out of the long summer days with the latest outdoor collection from Ikea. Get those holiday vibes at home with crisp blues and pure whites, inspired by Greek islands and the Mediterranean ocean. It’s a timeless colour combination that’s simply made for summer, and makes us feel calm just by looking at it. Take a break Get away from it all in your own garden with more sunny day updates from Ikea Glow up The latest Silio collection from Lights & Lamps celebrates all things curvy. The arched edges and spherical shapes offer a smooth, organic feel, while the metallic finishes ensure the lights look as good switched off as they do on. We see these above an elegant dining table or in…

2 min.
spend v save

Limewash hack The earthy and rustic look of limewash on our walls is having a moment in the interiors sphere. Now Rust-Oleum has launched a chalkwash paint in eight shades that’ll help you create the look in two simple steps. First, apply a base coat with a roller. Then paint on a second coat using crisscrossing brush strokes for an artisanal matt effect. Picture perfect Whether you’re looking to complete your gallery wall or make an impact with one stand-out piece, we’ve found your latest one-stop-shop. Heal’s is home to a brand new collection of artwork from some of the most exciting and dynamic artists in the field. From abstract shapes to painterly florals, add a dose of zingy pleasure to your walls for an instant refresh. FINAL FLOURISH The right finishing touches can make…

1 min.
# now trending

Expert advice Ripping up and starting again? For garden design help and landscaping tips, our advice features are chock-a-block with info. Looking for a smaller project? Try our guide to creating a living wall – it’s easier than it looks! realhomes.com/advice We’re following… @our.crafty.home. Nic and Martin have turned their little Welsh terrace into a cosy and creative space, and their feed is full of artsy ideas and DIY updates – plus a houseplant or two! 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… AL FRESCO LIVING For the next few months, we’ll be spending more time outside – so it’s time to whip your garden into shape. From ideas for compact spaces (even balconies!)…

3 min.
do you ban the tv at dinnertime?

YES ‘At mealtimes we should just enjoy each other’s company’ Julia and Si Pulford (@house.by.the.park) live with their two children in a Victorian terraced house in Mossley Hill, Liverpool ‘We’ve got an open-plan kitchen-diner and there is absolutely no television set up there. And when we sit down for a meal, if the children come in with an iPad or phone, everything is banned – it’s a no-go zone. It was never up for debate – my husband and I never had that conversation. It’s just something we have always agreed on, that this is family time. ‘As our children get older, we know this is the only time we’ll get them to spend with us, so we try to make it about the four of us. It’s not always easy – it can…