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Real Homes February 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

2 min
from the editor

One thing we can say about decorating trends is that everything old is new again. When ‘80s-style silhouettes and rattan furniture started creeping back into shops I was a little concerned, to be honest. As a child of the 1980s, I remember all too well the style sins I grew up with (why was there so much shag carpet?). But a few years into the decorating renaissance and I’m not only less horrified by it... I’m actually a fan. The thing about trends a second time around is that we’ve had some time to give them a proper edit, resurfacing what was good about them and leaving the bad in the past. The same can be said about the colours of the ‘70s, which we’re taking a renewed look at in our…

4 min
inside track

NEW LOOK Trend seekers behold; the latest offerings from urban style aficionados Made are upon us. Presenting three brand new collections of statement trends, they have covered all things curvy, textural, smooth, bronzed and, well, everything in between. Nordic Move On, Luxe Maximalist and The New Soft are the tantalising trends that you can view on the clever virtual tour of the brand’s Amsterdam apartment. EASY LIVING Keep your cool with more from Made’s Nordic Move On collection – a perfect way to refresh any room 3 OF THE BEST cushions Tufted Are you feeling the newest cushion trend yet? Tactile doesn’t cover it: these super-textured soft furnishings will bring extra layers into your lair. 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,…

1 min
cuddle up

REALHOMES.COM NEXT MONTH – STYLISH OFFICE STORAGE FOR ALL BUDGETS STYLE IT NOW For the finishing touch, your own colourful comfort blanket to snuggle up under…

8 min
a piece of history

Jen and Pete Fletcher went through the emotional mill with their ambitious two-storey extension, but they now have a beautifully thought-out home that’s inspired Jen’s new career WHY WE LOVE JEN’S HOME Falling out of love with a property is understandable following a lengthy planning battle, issues with builders and escalating costs, but Jen Fletcher’s renovation experience hasn’t put her off. In fact, it’s led her to set up a business, Squiffy Mill Interiors, to make project managing, design and styling easier for others. Having each renovated several homes before getting together, Jen and husband Pete had ploughed their energies into a three-bedroom Grade II-listed cottage in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. However, after having son Alfie and with daughter Rose on the way, they needed more space and a bigger garden. Soon they found a…

3 min
project news

HALL OR NOTHING Your hallway flooring should make the best first impression, but be durable enough to withstand anything you throw on it – kicked-off shoes, dumped bags and parked bikes. Amtico’s LVT (luxury vinyl tile) looks like tiles, wood or timeless parquet, but is also waterproof and scratch resistant. Amtico LVT costs from £40 per square metre SWEET SOLUTION We all want to make things cosy at home – especially this winter. Between 20 and 50 per cent of heat can escape through windows, so you need the right covering to stop it. The double honeycomb design of Apollo’s Duette blinds makes them energy efficient, with an insulating barrier that reduces heat loss by up to 46 per cent. And if you’re not ramping up the heating, you could see your energy…

1 min
lead the car charge

WHAT OPTIONS ARE THERE FOR CHARGING YOUR CAR AT HOME? You can use a domestic three-pin plug socket for 2.3kW of power for emergency slow charging and keep your car ticking over. Most drivers prefer the speed and convenience of installing a home fast charging point. About 350,000 homes will be fitted with electric vehicle chargers by 2025. If it’s a smart charger, it qualifies for a Government grant. WHAT ARE THESE GRANTS? The Government offers grants to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Electric Vehicle Home Charge Scheme (EVHS). For home charging, the OLEV grant allows electric vehicle drivers to claim up to £350 for a home charging point. You can claim one charge point per eligible vehicle and up to two eligible vehicles per household. In…