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Real Homes June 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 58,96
R 493
12 Issues

in this issue

4 min
living room updates

Wooden warmth Pale timber flooring lends a feeling of warmth and calm to a neutral backdrop. Choose whitewashed wood to achieve an understated aesthetic. Tactile textures Statement shapes and natural materials are a winning combination. Complement the clean lines of mid-century furniture and create a cosy space by choosing soft wools or linens. Flexible living Make your living space work harder by incorporating a work-from-home setup. Consider a screen like this to create a division. Instantly inviting Amp up the ambience as the evening draws in with this sculptural beauty. Rust circle candleholder, £34, Graham & Green Industrial accent With a luxe black marble top and iron legs, this media unit works hard to stylishly tidy away your TV tech. Paint effect Give panelled walls extra impact by colour-blocking the bottom half in an earthy hue and painting skirting boards – turning…

1 min
meet the team

Ellen Finch Deputy editor ‘Getting out during my lunch break has been crucial – as has having a regular rotation of snacks on hand, obviously.’ Alison Jones Assistant editor ‘Having the radio on gives me the background noise I miss from the office. Shame it doesn’t do tea rounds, though.’ Anna Morley Style editor ‘I’m enjoying my WFH office views. The neighbours have chickens, so I even hear when they lay their eggs.’ Amelia Smith Deputy style editor ‘Online yoga classes set me up nicely for the working day. I always feel so calm and collected after.’ Emily Smith Senior art editor ‘Coffee, coffee and more coffee. We brought a new machine in lockdown and it’s become my new best friend.’…

3 min
the art of display

THE PICTURE SHELFIE Mixing artwork with carefully curated accessories creates an engaging display. Since this propped collection comes with the benefit of no nails, the look can be effortlessly transformed on a whim. Spring Nordic hearts, picture gallery system, small set, £160; fine black small gallery wall, £220; seagrass open-weave basket, £45; Burnham bench, £325; Manon collection throw, £130, and cushion cover, £40, all The White Company PULLING TOGETHER Here’s a unique way to show off your art. Hang a group of pictures from wall hooks at varying heights and it will become a talking point – plus, it’s an arrangement that can be easily updated by adjusting the yarn length or swapping items out when you feel like a change. Rattan dressing table stool, £125; Shaker oak coat rack, £35; Umbra Exhibit multi-hanging photo…

1 min
tracey’s top three grasses

SWITCHGRASS A stiff, upright grass that grows to about 1.5m in height, with blue-green leaves that gradually turn yellow in autumn. Plant in clumps for maximum impact. JAPANESE FOREST GRASS A compact, easy-to-grow grass with eye-catching yellow leaves, striped with bright green. Cut it back in late winter to encourage new spring growth. EULALIA GRASS This bushy grass has narrow green leaves through spring and summer, and develops feathery, creamy-brown flower heads for autumn interest and texture.…

3 min
spotlight designer

ANNIKA REED Wallpaper can add an element of magic or whimsy to any room. Even the smallest amount – whether it’s used on a feature wall, in an alcove or to line a bookshelf – lends instant impact to a space with a shock of pattern and colour. And with an influx of creative new designers in recent years, the world of wallpaper is more exciting than ever right now. We spoke to three independent wallpaper makers creating the patterns you’ll want to adorn your walls with. From woodblock-printed pomegranates to the ‘smart’ wallpaper of the future, these designers use new and old techniques alike to dream up their products – and the results are one-of-a-kind patterns that’ll bring your walls to life. First up: Annika Reed. Q Hi Annika! Can you describe…

4 min
galley kitchens

The rise of the kitchen island occupying the centre of the space has left the simple galley-style layout in the shadows. It’s safe to say these kitchens have got themselves a bit of a bad rep of late – but the fact is that when it comes to cooking, a galley is one of the most practical layouts. Way back when our kitchens were solely for whipping up culinary delights, this style meant that, in small spaces, everything you needed could be accessed within arm’s reach. This is why the galley is the preferred layout for professional kitchens – they’re just so efficient and easy to use. Adorning many a Victorian terraced house, with their long and slim shape suiting the spaces perfectly, many new renovators are quick to extend…