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May 2018





our pick of the best buys Kitchen taps Children’s beds Kitchen worktops

pages of inspiring makeovers

weekend project Simple ways to create walls with wow factor



Modern glazing

Loft conversıons Our expert guide to adding space and value

Rooflights for every style and budget


How do I make my house more energy efficient? What are the dos and don'ts of updating a period home? realhomes.co.uk 2017 1 and How november do I choose fit curtains and blinds?

Turn your walls into a statement feature with our round-up of clever decorating ideas on page 93

I love the combination of dramatic colours and natural materials in this extension on page 60

Update your living space with this curvy buy – find it on page 80


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Visiting my friend’s home always causes a serious case of house envy. The space that makes me swoon every time we stay with her and her family for the weekend is their fabulous loft conversion. With its floor-to-ceiling glazing, Juliet balcony, separate dressing room (think of the shoe storage!) and elegant en-suite bathroom, it’s like a little sanctuary, and one I’d love to relax in at the end of a busy day. Not only does it look amazing, but it’s completely transformed the house, giving them the extra room they need without the hassle of moving home. Wondering if your loft could help you achieve just that? Turn to page 117 to discover how converting the empty space at the top of your house could dramatically improve the way you live in your home. If you’re after a decorating project with more instant but no less impressive results, then this month’s stunning feature on turning a blank wall into a wow-factor display space is a must read. With plenty of inspiring ideas that can be easily achieved in just a few hours or over a bank holiday weekend, you’ll soon be creating an envy-inducing scheme of your own. Happy decorating!

Add a splash of blush pink to your kitchen with this modern tap on page 72

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In need of more space? Turn to page 117 for advice on converting your loft

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CASE STUDIES 18 Modern makeover

See how Sara and John Morrison renovated their basement to transform their family home

30 Colour confidence

Melanie and Russell Lissack have taken their elegant Georgian townhouse from bland to bold on a modest budget, decorating from top to bottom

ON THE COVER Twice as nice 42

Adding a second storey has doubled the size of Jack Canning’s dated 1960s bungalow, plus shop wicker products

52 Room to grow

Parmi and Mike Samra gave a dated family home a dramatic makeover, plus shop children’s beds

60 One of a kind 6

Discover how Alex Laidler and Steve Collett extended their Victorian terraced house to create a tailor-made kitchen

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design IDEAS 68 Timeless charm

Find out how Claire and Rupert Jackson redesigned their layout to create a more user-friendly scheme, plus shop stylish kitchen taps

76 Loft luxury

An attic conversion with wow factor has improved family life for Loo and Martin White, plus shop cool blues

82 Gardener’s world

Designer Nic Howard used his creative skills to turn a compact courtyard into a haven bursting with colour

86 Radical renovation

Architect Carl Huntley explains how he restored an historic 18th-century house with a contemporary twist

88 Bright idea

With clever use of glass, architect David Moore has transformed a Victorian cottage into a light-filled home

90 Ask the designer

Martyn Clark of Mulroy Architects on how to update a reader’s oddly laid out home

93 ON THE COVER Wonder walls

Show off your style with eye-catching displays of pictures, plates, lights or plants

101 ON THE COVER Bathroom storage On-trend and innovative ways to get the

most from your space


111 ON THE COVER Kitchen worktops

Find out the pros and cons of each material so you can choose the best for you

117 ON THE COVER Loft extensions

All you need to know if you’re thinking of extending upwards

125 ON THE COVER Let in light

How to brighten your home with rooflights

137 Project planner

Discover how much your extension will cost

11 Hotlist

The latest product news and reviews

133 Save!

Claim 15 per cent on beautiful tiles at Walls & Floors

134 Exclusive discount

Save 20 per cent on stylish furniture at Out & Out Original

150 Sneak preview

Your first look at the June issue

153 Stockists Find all the suppliers from this issue

162 Take five

Style Editor Anna Morley shares her favourite Instagram stylists

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The latest expert advice for your home transformation dilemmas


140 how can i make my home greener? Energy effeciency expert Nigel Humphrey on keeping your home comfortable while also cutting bills

145 what are the dos and don’ts of a period renovation? Designer Greg Toon on working with a property with heritage restrictions

147 how do I choose and fit a window treatment? Expert renovator Sian Astley explains

149 where do i start if i want to build a summerhouse? Alex Murphy, owner of a garden product company, on putting up a summer retreat

151 can I remove my chimney breast to create space? Renovator Michael Holmes advises

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‘I’m going to take away my bath and put in a walk-in shower, like this one.’ Quadrant semi-frameless sliding shower enclosure, from £179, Wickes

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‘Our bedroom is our next job, and this orange feather Juju hat will look amazing against dark grey paint on the walls. My husband will love it!’ £295, Audenza

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Hanging Kokedama

Creating Potless Plants for the Home By Coraleigh Parker Photography by Larnie Nicolson. Published by Jacqui Small, £20

Kokedama is the Japanese art of creating potless plants using a unique soil mixture, moss and string. Decorating with indoor plants is right on trend, and this is a beautiful and inexpensive way to display greenery. Coraleigh Parker reveals how to turn your plants into a kokedama on a (shoe)string in no time. ➤

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