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Real Homes December 2020

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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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
R 49,10
R 493
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the editor

At the time of writing this, I have to admit I have no clue how we’ll be spending Christmas this year. Will it be on our own as a family of four or will we get the chance to host our extended family, too? While there’s much uncertainty over the who, where and how at the moment, one thing I can say with certainty is that many of my best-loved Christmas traditions will still be part of our celebrations. Whether it’s making Christmas puddings, decorating the tree with the kids (and then swiftly redecorating it once they’ve gone to bed as I can’t cope with their random bauble placement), snuggling up and watching festive films, being surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights or tucking into a steady supply of mince pies, it’s…

4 min
inside track

MAGICAL MOMENTS Ensure your dining table pops like a cracker when the 25th rolls around by creating the perfect tablescape. By layering fresh tableware, sparkling glassware and festive candlelight, you’ll set the celebrations off beautifully. Sainsbury’s Home has pulled out all the stops with its latest ranges to take your table to the next elegant level. EASY LIVING Feast your eyes on these additional table toppers and plush accessories from Sainsbury’s Home for an ultra glam look BARWARE Anything from the trolley, dear? If you’re keen to put your mixologist skills into practice, get yourself some shiny tools to showcase those talents and create a little cocktail theatre. REALHOME.COM Whether you’re after design ideas for every room in your home, the latest deals on homeware or inspiration for those finishing touches, you’ll find it all at realhomes.com Bookworm The…

1 min
season’s servings

1 Mallory leopard print earthenware 12-piece dinner set, £50, Habitat 2 Fusion pad print 12-piece dinner set, £30, Wilko 3 Corrib dinner plate and bowl, £35 each, Craft Editions 4 Vardo 12-piece satin glaze dinnerware set, £69, Made 5 Ren 12-piece dinner set, £42, Next 6 Abstract dinner plate, £3.50; bowl, £3.50, Matalan 7 Christmas pine plate, £9.99, Lakeland 8 Folky Animals 12-piece dinner set, £30, George Home 9 Tribal print 16-piece dinner set, £45, Homebase 10 Plant print 12-piece dinner set, £25, Marks & Spencer 11 Strimmig pink plate, £2.50; bowl, £2, Ikea 12 Pale grey stoneware plate, £16 for two; small bowl, £9, Maisons du Monde 13 Fox & Ivy Azzurra dinner plate, £4.50; side plate, £4; bowl, £4, Tesco 14 Dots spotty side plate, £12; nibble bowl,…

6 min
winter warmer

WHY WE LOVE KAREN’S COTTAGE Karen Griggs faced a huge learning curve when she and Adam renovated a series of outbuildings at their family home near York. After ‘parting company’ with the first builder, Karen decided it was easier to manage it herself – and what better way to achieve exactly what she wanted than to be as hands on as possible? Before long she was climbing onto the roof, laying bricks and learning new skills from a team of tradespeople who were happy to share their knowledge and make sure everything was done to her exacting standards. Karen’s main focus was the renovation and extension of a former worker’s cottage, which had previously been a village pub, a post office, an antique shop and a printing press for choral music. Through…

3 min
project news

FEEL THE HEAT ‘Tis the season of the stove, and if you’re installing one, you don’t want all that precious heat escaping past the sealing plate and through the brickwork. The stove box is a clever device that stops this – instead pushing heat back into the room and using fuel more efficiently. The stove box slots into a new or existing chimney breast, surrounding the stove and insulating all around it. It looks like a typical fireplace, with interiors of brick, stone or plaster – choose whatever suits your room. A stove box costs £140 plus VAT. With a false chimney breast kit, it is £480 plus VAT, The Stove Box Can you handle this? Pull out all the stops to create a good impression this Christmas. Festive prep now extends to…

1 min
go high for your health

HOW CAN WINDOWS HELP TO CREATE A HEALTHY HOME? Two of the key components to creating a healthy home environment are daylight and ventilation. Vertical and roof windows are an easy way to incorporate both these elements. We recommended that glazing overs 15-20 per cent of a room’s floor space to achieve maximum daylight. WHAT BENEFITS DO ROOF WINDOWS OFFER? A combination of roof and vertical glazing is paramount in any healthy home as roof windows help daylight travel further into a room. This is especially important in open-plan living spaces and single-storey extensions, where a room with a former exterior wall line might no longer have any vertical windows pointing directly into it. Installing roof windows will also increase the amount of ventilation you can bring into your home, and having as much fresh…