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Real Homes May 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

Last winter, I dreaded going to the gym. I went three days a week, but to say I dragged myself there would be no exaggeration. Today, I dream about the day I can head back to the gym for a quick workout (who knows – by the time this issue is published, maybe the day will have come?). Instead, like lots of things over the last year, when I couldn’t go to the gym, I brought the gym home. I stocked up on yoga mats, what dumbbells I could find, and a pair of resistance bands, which I stash in a built-in cabinet under our TV. It’s not the same as going to the gym, but having workout equipment at the ready is actually incredibly convenient, and an investment I’ll be…

4 min
inside track

CALL OF THE WILD! Take tea with a tiger in a tablescape that has a hint of the suburban jungle to it. Dunelm’s new season Equatorial collection shows its appreciation for nature with motifs of tropical forests and fantastic beasts. Go exploring from the comfort of your dining room with tiger shakers and vases, and a vine-covered tea set for a fun but fierce look. EASY LIVING Add elegance with the colours of nature in more of Dunelm’s timeless pieces from the spring summer collection Spring forward It’s (bank) holiday time again, and the perfect excuse to liven up your living space. Add some fresh and zesty shades – like these pieces from Homescape, inspired by gardens and borders that are bursting into life in a joyful display of bloom and blossom. Bookworm Resourceful Living by Lisa…

2 min
real homes home & garden awards

There aren’t all that many positives to take from the last year, but months of lockdowns and a limited social calendar meant that we have been productive in one area of our lives – our homes. Over the last 12 months, many of you have taken on projects big and small, from ambitious extensions to room refreshes – and now, we’re looking to showcase the very best of those in our annual awards scheme. ‘We were overjoyed when we won last year’s awards. I really enjoyed the shoot experience – the photographer and stylist were lovely and they gave me some great ideas on how to style a room. We’re yet to spend our prize but we are currently decorating our bedroom, so watch this space!’ Lucy Kirwan (@heathlane_restoration) If you’ve extended,…

1 min
the categories

BEST HOME Sponsored by Sunflex UK Have you renovated a run-down property, undertaken an ambitious remodel or repainted every room? For this category, we’re looking for seriously impressive before-and-afters – so if you’ve totally transformed your home, this is for you. BEST GARDEN Sponsored by Surface 360 For those of us lucky enough to have one, our gardens were our sanctuaries through lockdown – and our renewed appreciation of them has led to some amazing makeovers. If you’ve turned an empty plot into a plant-filled paradise or created the outdoor living area of your dreams, we want to know. BEST KITCHEN Sponsored by Haier Want to shout about your fancy new kitchen? Whether you’ve extended for that coveted open-plan family space, switched up your layout to allow for home-working, or jazzed up existing units with a lick of…

6 min
gem of a find

DATED rooms, faded Edwardian grandeur and a concrete bomb shelter in the garden had put most people off buying this tired old house in Grimsby’s Conservation Area. By the time James and Matt heard about it and decided to take a look, it had been standing empty and forlorn for more than a year. But the moment they saw it, they fell for its faded charm. ‘We had spent four years renovating a terraced house and were looking to move on,’ says James. ‘This still had all its original features and beautiful proportions. Best of all it had a wonderful private walled garden. A lot of people don’t want big gardens these days but we loved it – and it was all within walking distance of the town centre.’ Within six weeks…

2 min
project news

DRINK IT IN If you hate having to wrestle hose pipes or lug watering cans about to keep your plants hydrated, a self-irrigating planter can make sure your thirsty blooms stay watered, even when you’re away. Lechuza planters have in-built irrigation systems to give them water and nutrition. Made from recyclable materials, the planters and pots can also withstand bad weather. Planters start from £26.99 ACCESS ALL AREAS Open-plan spaces need flooring that looks good across all zones, but is robust enough to cope with everything dropped or trodden on it between the kitchen and the comfy spot in front of the TV, or the muddy garden and the nearest source of snacks. It must also be UV resistant next to bi-fold or sliding doors. Tapi’s Everywhere LVT range covers all those bases.…