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Real Homes April 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

This winter of lockdowns has made me appreciate spring on a whole new level. I‘m itching to throw open the windows, deep clean my house, and trade calm and cosy for vibrant and verdant. I’m especially excited, though, to be able to spend time outside of my house again. With two small children, having access to our garden feels like the ultimate gift. With a sense of renewal in mind, this issue is the perfect jumping off point for breathing life back into our homes, and bridging the gap between indoors and out. In fact, if I had to sum up the theme of the following pages in a word, it would be ‘refresh’. Start with our spread on the latest decorating trends (page 43), which will help you liven up…

4 min
inside track

GOOD MORNING! Bring your bedroom out of hibernation with some bright new bedding and prints that’ll help you embrace the day. Matalan’s joyful new collection combines natural materials, pastel colours and playful patterns for a positive morning mood. Ring the changes by scattering some new cushions and hanging prints that’ll make you smile, or resolve to declutter your space with smart-looking storage. Keenly priced, this collection can bring the holiday vibe to your home. EASY LIVING Make a fresh start with sunny shades and natural feels from Matalan’s spring summer ranges THROW-ON GLAMOUR We’ve done the chunky, arm-knitted blankets: now it’s time to curl up under something more refined. Textile design studio MissPrint has produced a collection of 11 throws for online shop Fy that are like cosy works of art. Patterned with modern graphics,…

1 min
side order

STYLE IT NOW Brighten up a dark corner with an extra burst from a well-placed table lamp NEXT MONTH – SLEEP SOUNDLY WITH OUR ROUND-UP OF STYLISH BEDS…

1 min
the perfect match


6 min
room to grow

WHY WE LOVE CLAIRE’S HOME As soon as they walked through the arched entranceway of this beautiful 1920s property, Claire and Brad knew that this house was going to be their forever home. Despite its cold and unwelcoming décor, the couple fell in love with the period character of the house. They put in an offer within hours of viewing, and soon had the front door keys in their hands. Their aim? To transform this soulless house into a cosy and stylish home for their growing family. The couple began decorating within weeks of moving in, and five years down the line, the work hasn’t stopped. This DIY-loving pair took on the build themselves so they could stick to their modest budget. As an ex-builder, Brad tackled the extension with help from…

2 min

GREAT OUTDOORS As the seasonal clock strikes spring, it’s time to prep the garden for use as an outdoor living space. A level deck is essential for alfresco dining or setting up sun loungers. Havwoods’ new Forte composite decking has a high tolerance to stains, spills and fats, should a sausage or burger slip off the BBQ. It comes in four shades with a wood grain or grooved finish. It is £69.95 per m2 or £33.58 per board BRIGHT SPARKS Demand for electric radiators is on the up as more people embrace environmentally-friendly heating solutions in an attempt to protect the climate. Electricity can be low carbon, particularly when used in combination with solar panels and a heat pump. Vasco’s electric radiators look slim, sleek, stylish and quite unradiator-like – and to add…