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Offers great ideas and inspiration for revamping your home at an affordable price
Style at Home
Member Name: alyson29
Style at Home
Date: 01/04/12, updated on 01/04/12 (70 review reads)
Advantages: Reasonably priced with lots of ideas and helpful techniques
Disadvantages: None for me
Ever since I purchased my first home many years ago I have had a keen interest in interior design with the majority of my initial ideas coming from TV programmes such as The House Doctor. My ideal job would be to style people's homes as I am in my element when I am experimenting with different colours and textures. I'm not a fan of women's monthly glossy magazines and will only make a purchase when there's a free gift on the cover, particularly as their ideas are way beyond my price range. Whilst there are an array of house magazines from which to choose with the majority costing between £3.50 - £5.00 I opt for just two monthly magazines; one of which is Style at Home with a cost of just £1.99 for each edition.
The magazine is fairly new and was introduced around 12 months ago with its sister magazine, Your Homes being the other one that I regularly purchase. The edition I am looking at for the purpose of my review is the current one (April 2012) where we are provided with 130 pages packed full of useful information with the most important point being that the items and ideas suggested are affordable. The pages aren't of the highest quality with the texture being similar to the rough books I remember so very well from my school days. However, this is not an issue for me as this is what obviously keeps the price down. One of the first things I noticed about this magazine is that there is very little advertising, which generally takes up half of the glossy magazines.
We are provided with a handy double spread introduction to the magazine, which is broken down in sections, eg products to buy, readers' DIY projects and transformations of their homes, craft ideas and ideas to brighten up your home. The magazine is categorised into specific areas with the top right hand of the page being colour co-ordinated, which I find very handy, particularly if I'm referring back to something at a later date. Much of my inspiration these days is taken from seeing other people's homes as opposed to a staged home that gives the appearance of an unloved show house. Whilst I have no intentions of undertaking any large DIY projects the magazine inspires me to be more creative with colours and matching accessories. My hubby cringes when I buy this magazine as I have an awful habit of wanting to change cushions, bedding and curtains as a result of seeing someone else's home!
We are presented with colourful images and considerable text about real life readers' projects where we are advised how they set about revamping their homes, how long they took to complete the task together with costings. We are provided with details of a few products that we can copy to achieve the same finishing touches as the reader such as cushions, lamps and vases, which are available at affordable shops. I always feel inspired by the projects and the amazing transformations and something I'm always noticing is that my fairly new electric oven and extractor fan appear in almost every edition.
Each month the magazine discusses a specific product and in relation to April's issue we are provided with details on numerous sofas with a list of buying tips as well as the most energy efficient fridge/freezers. Several pages of this issue provide information on cleaning where a number of home made products are suggested such as advice on how to create window cleaner and a detergent solution. The cookery pages are also another inspiration for me as I find myself drooling at the delicious photographs and at the time of writing I am looking at a delicious apple and almond upside down cake. I cannot admit to having tried it out yet, but it's definitely on the forever growing list of "things to do". Towards the end of the magazine there are a number of craft projects with the April issue providing instructions on how to create an effective light fitting, such as gluing tissues or paper doilies all over it! However, I cannot admit to having the desire to try this out.
As we are once again approaching the garden season several pages have been dedicated to outdoor tasks where considerable advice and information is provided on updating tired looking decking. No doubt future issues will provide suggestions for plants and vegetables, when to plant and how to care for them.
If you are looking for inspiration on how to further style your home and garden or you simply want to have a nose inside other people's homes, I would look no further as for just £1.99 a month Style at Home offers all you could possibly need. The magazine tends to be available at around the 4th of the month although my nearby Tesco Extra always seems to delay in placing it on the shelf. I cannot recommend this magazine highly enough and for that reason it receives 5 stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Summary: One of the best house and garden magazines that I've ever purchased
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