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Real Homes August 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
R 59,56
R 497,99
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the editor

The past year-plus has made all of us think a little more about what it means to be home. There were the obvious updates we made out of necessity, creating functional areas to take the place of things we’d previously done outside our own four walls – think gyms and schools. But being stuck inside gave us all a lot more time to think about how our homes made us feel, too. For me, I zeroed in on a sudden craving for colour. I’ve always decorated with neutrals, but a few months into the pandemic, I redid my sons’ room in bold shades of red and blue, which is totally out of the box for me… and I loved it. Turns out, I’m not alone. In our feature on mindful decorating…

1 min
meet the team

Ellen Finch Deputy editor ‘It’s not out until September, but I can’t wait for Sally Rooney’s new novel – it’s sure to be just as good as her last.’ Alison Jones Assistant editor ‘Richard Osman’s lauded debut crime novel is being filmed by Steven Spielberg; quite an incentive to read whodunnit.’ Anna Morley Style editor ‘I have a soft spot for GBBO’s Tom Allen, so I’ll be cracking open his book No Shame with a slice of Viccy sponge.’ Amelia Smith Acting style editor ‘For my birthday, I got Dolly Alderton’s Ghosts – I just want a hot summer’s day to devour it all at once.’ Emily Smith Senior art editor ‘I know I shouldn’t, and please don’t hate me, but I judge most books I read by the cover design. So until I see it, I have no…

2 min
inside track

Hot tropic Garden parties are back in action So before you fire up the barbecue and dig out the parasol, decorate your space with some vibrant soft furnishings. A cluster of outdoor cushions and some well-scattered throws can go a long way in transforming your party space. And with these holiday-inspired outdoor pieces from none other than B&M, you can do it on the tightest of budgets. Go exotic Have fun in the sun with more stylish garden accessories from B&M to give you that fiesta feeling Summer brights Welcome a burst of rainbow positivity into your garden with John Lewis & Partners’ range of vibrant buys. From sunshine-inspired chairs to zingy Aztec rugs, celebrate summer with a riot of colour. NEED TO KNOW Let us introduce you to Akojo Market – an online store that sells…

2 min
spend v save

Sofa.com and Jack Wills have joined forces to create a capsule collection of four contemporary upholstered furniture designs. Each piece is dual purpose, making them ideal for a smaller home. From this nifty coffee table with nested stool set, to modular sofas with hidden storage, the designs are available in more than 100 fabrics to curate your perfect piece. Abstract shapes I am FY! has a large collection of 100 per cent cotton throws that boast dynamic and colourful prints that are almost too beautiful to fold away. So whether you use them to keep cosy in style on a summer’s evening or hang them proudly on your wall, they’re contemporary artistry at its best. RATTAN RULES New from Kagu Interiors, these angular rattan pendant lights unite modern lines with traditional rustic materials. Hang all…

1 min
# now trending

Summer’s here... … and with it, myriad opportunities to get cracking on those garden jobs that you just can’t seem to tick off your to-do list! Head to our garden hub for how-tos, expert advice, easy ideas and inspiring makeovers – then sit back with a cocktail in hand and enjoy the results of your hard work. realhomes.com/garden Deal corner Looking for bargain garden furniture? Want to know the best prices for Le Creuset cookware? Annie and her team know where to go to get the most out of your money, so whatever you’re purchasing, they’ll have a great deal at realhomes.com/deals We’re following… @kitandco_. Expect beautifully styled pics, sunny shades and the occasional beach snap as Megan shows you around her stunning East Lothian home, post by post. GET INVOLVED Fancy being featured on our IG…

3 min
does your pet rule the roost?

YES ‘She means such a lot to us, and we do treat her like a human’ Sally Davill (@interiorsbyhannah) lives in a Georgian house in Worcestershire with husband Andrew and their dog, Darcey ‘Darcey, a working cocker spaniel, has no rules whatsoever. She’d follow us to the toilet if she could – I think it’s a guard instinct left over from the wild! We joke and say she controls the house, but she’s actually very well behaved. We’ve had her eight years, from a puppy, and initially said she wouldn’t come upstairs. But dogs are your fur babies, and you wouldn’t stop a child coming upstairs. ‘She means such a lot to us that we do treat her like a human. We don’t think she knows she’s a dog. She’ll sit on a chair…