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Real Homes January 2021

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

6 min
bold & beautiful

A desire to tackle a new renovating challenge was one of the reasons that prompted Ian Brownhill and husband Michael Hirschl to sell their Edwardian house, near Kilburn, back in 2015. It went under offer quickly after they put it on the market, leaving them with a mad dash to find their dream home. After viewing 40 houses, they found a semi-detached property further north, in Enfield, with views out over the green belt. It was dated and required a major overhaul. Undaunted, they saw its potential and set about creating a spacious and colourful home. We spoke to the couple to find out how they went about their renovation, and the origin story of their quirky style. IAN SAYS… ‘We’d been in our previous property for more than 20 years when…

1 min
shower baths


2 min
designer spotlight

EVA SONAIKE You only have to take one look at Eva Sonaike’s work to appreciate just how textiles can transform a space. A well-placed cushion or carefully curated lamp collection can lift the plainest of rooms, and Eva’s designs do just that: her collection of cushions, pouffes, lampshades and more are focal points, the fabrics a riot of pattern and colour. We spoke to the former fashion editor to get some insight into her work. Q Hi Eva! How would you describe your work in a sentence? Colourful, luxury African-inspired home textiles and soft furnishings for contemporary living. Q What was the inspiration behind taking the leap from fashion to interiors? I love fashion, but after working in the indus several years, I felt the ur create something for my At first, it was a…

3 min
focus on dishwashers

BEST FOR ECONOMICAL USE With an A+++ energy rating and an automatic system that lets dishes dry naturally, reducing energy consumption, the Hotpoint freestanding dishwasher with ActiveDry cuts the cost of use. The door opens slightly when it’s finished to let the steam out and air in. A 3D Zone Wash targets dishes with baked-on stains. It has 10 cleaning programmes, including eco, and room for 14 place settings. It costs around £499, Hotpoint BEST FOR STYLE The curvy 1950s-inspired design of Smeg appliances is iconic, and even extends to its dishwashers. The Smeg DI6FABWH built-in dishwasher isn’t just about style, though. Its unique Planetarium wash system directs the spray to clean everything inside. Moveable sections in the baskets make space for tall or deep items, while the half load Flexizone lets you…

6 min
coming home

Getting to know a property before you start making major changes gives you the chance to understand how the house works, and to devise solutions to poor design features. While Rachael and her family didn’t live in their Victorian home prior to renovating it, her connection to it meant she had knowledge of the ins and outs of the building. ‘After two years of renting, we bought this place from my good friend,’ she says. ‘People were saying, “Don’t you think it’s weird living in her house?” but I knew it would be mine once we’d finished with it. She comes round for drinks and doesn’t find it strange at all.’ Having lived in different countries and styles of properties, Rachael and Matthew were clear on what they wanted from their…

5 min
style and substance

THERE’S no doubt about it – unless you have a huge bathroom (lucky you!), designing one of the most functional rooms of the house within a small space makes it one of the trickiest tasks in any renovation. Often, this leads to compromises – choosing a shower over a bath, for example, or forsaking extra storage where you really needed some. We know bathrooms are hard work, which is why we were amazed by what Barbara has managed to achieve in her small space. Combining her separate bathroom and WC after 20 years of living in cramped conditions was no easy feat, especially when she was so determined to fit in everything she wanted – but somehow, with a few genius tweaks and a dose of luck, she’s managed to create…