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      10.08.2011 23:08
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      A magazine that I refer back to over and over again for ideas.

      Have been buying this magazine for a few years now and it's definitely one of my favourites. Sad, I know, but I really look forward to getting the next issue as it is released each month! I seem to have a bit of a homes magazines addiction and comparing "Your Home" to all of the others that I have bought at £1.99 it is fantastic value. I keep meaning to take out the subscription offer, £8.00 by direct debit every 6 months which is a great deal and definitely next on my to do list.

      It contains loads of ideas that can be achieved at affordable prices. One of my favourite parts of the magazine is the Makeovers feature. Every month they focus on a different room of the house; in the September issue it was the living room, and August issue, the kitchen. Three different readers' show how they have made over these rooms in their own homes on different budgets. Each makeover featured includes a picture of the room as it was before, a room plan and step by step details of how they did the work and how they made their design decisions. There's also a break down of what they have spent their budget on and a shopping list of the things that they have bought for the room. These things, teamed with plenty of photos of all aspects of the room makes for a really useful and informative read, with lots of design inspiration and practical tips for anyone about to embark on a similar project of their own. The fact that these are real life makeovers in actual houses gives you the confidence that they are practical room solutions for people to live with and aren't just for show. There also seems to be more personality in the schemes than if a designer had done them. The cheapest of the kitchen makeovers was just £362 and the most expensive was £3,203, all of them looked completely different but great and were all affordable.

      Another good feature is the pull out and keep "You Can Do It" section which includes smaller craft projects, make do and mend and furniture facelift ideas, for you to try at home yourself. Some of the furniture they've transformed you would hardly recognise and the detailed instructions would definitely give me the confidence to have a go myself, it's amazing what a lick of paint can do. It's a great way of recycling old furniture, saving money and creating something completely individual.

      Other regular features include ideas from Interior Designers on how to work current trends, consumer news, kitchen and bathroom ideas, real-life readers homes, recipes and gardening inspiration.

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      19.08.2010 17:10
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      I am addicted its official I cannot just get one home magazine I need to have them all! I have probably spent enough in the last 5 years to finish our extension!

      The magazine which started it all and continues to be a favourite is Your Home at only £1.99 this is a steal compared to the others and I promise that you will not feel short changed.

      Contents
      This magazine is jam packed with features and articles and competitions. Each month there is.
      At home
      which contains favourite buys and things to do this month, household hints, consumer news and a feature article which in September issue is about Sofa beds.

      Make over's
      this is probably my favourite part of the magazine it's great to get ideas from and really shows what can be achieved. Each month normally follows a theme and each makeover is on a different budget which I think is really great to see what your own budget would achieve.

      Decorating I can take or leave this feature but again I feel this is done to a very high standard and it is very good in that it will show you wallpaper that is expensive and then show a similar one for a lot less.

      You then get the month's feature September is Kitchens & Bathrooms whatever the feature no stone will be left unturned and in my opinion after reading this you would be in a place to go and get your kitchen kitted out.

      Reader homes
      The best bit of all a chance to be nosy and snoop inside other people's homes such fun! Again what I like about this magazine is that each house is different and they do not have to be massive, show homes or period properties they are all sorts of properties which fills me with hope that one day my own home will be featured and yes a pig did just fly past the window!

      Food and entertaining
      my least favourite but the recipes are always look delicious but as a busy mum entertaining has really taken a back seat unless it's a 4 year old who wants juice and a biscuit!
      Home improvement
      This section is the one my husband most dreads as I get all fired up with ideas and a list of jobs for him! There is also an article by George Clark property renovator again each month will feature a particular theme and this month was downsizing which although of no use to myself was very interesting and indeed has helped my Gran.

      Gardening
      I am not the gardener in our relationship but I really enjoy looking at the garden section and my husband finds it full of good tips and he has got some ideas for our garden from this.
      The last section of the magazine is don't miss out! Which has reader's letters, how to subscribe, sneak preview competitions and also shopping guide where you can find everything featured in the magazine.

      Recommendation
      Yes buy it not only is it £1.20 cheaper than the others but this is a magazine for people with real homes the features are well written, the depth of information is staggering, the projects are really good with clear instructions.
      I have been buying this magazine for the last decade and still thoroughly enjoy it. The magazine will only cost you £16.00 if you subscribe which is only £1.33 an issue what a bargain!.

      There is also a website wwwyhmag.co.uk which has even more features' so what are you waiting for go get inspired .

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        12.05.2010 14:02
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        A great inexpensive magazine focusing solely on real people

        I bought my first copy of Your Home magazine about 2 and a half years ago when a friend told me there was a coupon in it for a free tin of Focus paint. As I had just moved house and needed to undercoat all of my walls this was an ideal way for me to save some money.

        Whilst I admit I initially bought the magazine just for the voucher, I was somewhat surprised I'd never discovered this fabulous magazine before. Your Home is a monthly magazine costing only £1.99, so considerably lower than some of the other house magazines available.

        I'm looking at the May issue for the purpose of this review which has 128 packed pages of great tips and inspirational ideas.

        What I particularly like about this magazine is that it's about real people and not full of products out of my price range as you get with some of the house magazines.

        The May issue looks at the following; some of which are regular features in the magazine:-

        · Decorating tips is a permanent feature in the magazine and I find this particularly useful as it gives short reviews of new products and provides you with ideas for choosing colour schemes

        · Becky's DIY section regularly features, with the May issue giving tips on mending broken fences, replacing paving slabs and repairing a shed roof

        · Managing on a tight budget. This features regularly and tends to look at how you can save money and sometimes gives information on how to make extra money. I've discovered many useful tips after reading and have managed to save myself some money in the process

        · There's always a Question and Answer Section where readers ask the experts about various decorating problems they are experiencing. The May issue looks at how to remove spilled wax from your carpet (this was great for me as I tipped candle wax on my carpet months ago and had no idea how to remove it!!)

        · There's a Make Do and Mend Section which focuses again, on saving money and shows readers how to repair any broken items that they may have rather than just throwing them away

        · Every month provides a list of "must do" jobs for that month, such as revamping your patio furniture and making your home more energy efficient

        · A regular feature is "Real-life reader homes". I particularly love this feature, which is set over approximately 12 pages and shows inspiring ideas and tips that real people have introduced in their own homes. I have used many of the ideas in my own home as I have found them extremely useful

        · The recipes section is a permanent feature in Your Home, where you will find many tasty meals to cook. This month's issue features heavily on vegetarian meals which is great for me as I get stuck on thinking of what to cook for my vegetarian sister

        · Gardening is also a great permanent feature of the magazine as they give you tips on what you should be doing for that month. The May issue gives fantastic tips on growing vegetables and provides you with a list of which vegetables are suitable for sowing in May. I love the gardening section as this year I'm growing runner and French beans, tomatoes, lettuce and carrots

        · The back page of the magazine always addresses Eco issues and provides extremely useful information such as reducing household waste by composting and using environmentally friendly paints

        The magazine is well worth the money and I always keep all of my old copies as I find I'm always referring back to them for ideas and tips. If you have children, there are always some great ideas on crafts and cookery, which will keep them occupied for hours.

        I wish I'd discovered this magazine earlier as there is so much in it for such a very low price. I would highly recommend Your Home and give it 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars.

        I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.

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          11.12.2009 22:11
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          Buy it.... Now!!!!

          I have been buying Your Home for around a year now. It is a fab magazine that is full of decorating and DIY hints, tips, ideas and solutions.

          It contains everything from a DIY questions and answers page, to practical advice on home improvements and buildings projects, to a 'small projects' page of things for you to try yourself.

          This is one of my favourite pages as it has simple yet effective (and cheap to boot!) ideas of things that you can make and do yourself. It gives step-by-step instructions and all things are relatively easy to do.

          It also contains pictures and interviews of readers homes. I tend to glance through the pics for ideas but don't really read the articles as they are usually on homes that have been hugely renovated and decked out with the most expensive items available, which is not something that I have any interest in, or can afford to do.

          They also have all of the usual sections that you expect to find an a magazine, such as a letters page and giveaways. There are also various adverts and pages showing the latest gadgets and fashionable furnishings.
          There is an eco page showing the latest 'green' ideas for your home, and a cookery section which shows delicious yet simple to create dishes.

          They also have a 'must do jobs' page each month which tells you about small jobs that you should/could do to enhance and protect your home (such as insulating in winter), this page also tells you about gardening jobs, sauch as the best time to plant certain things.

          All this, and it is also the cheapest 'Home' magazine on the market, as far as I am aware. It costs £1.99, where most other magazines of this kind start at around £3.

          Overall - A fab magazine that covers all aspects of caring for, and improving your home and garden.

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            24.07.2003 04:58
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            Your Home magazine is without a doubt one of the best home improvement magaznes available. The main ways that it wins over the many other similar magazines in the marketplace is it's focus on real homes owned by real people. This not only makes you believe that people have actually made these improvement themselves (as opposed to a room stylist) but really do provide inspiration for those thinking of tackling DIY projects. Each monthly issue of the magazine has certain standard features. The first is a letters page which has examples of when people have carried out the projects suggested by the magazine including photos. Next is a round-up of ideas and projects appropriate to the time of year (e.g. for July there are features on barbecues and growing sunflowers). Also "tricks of the trade" - short cuts suggested by experts for home improvements, e.g. how to restore a stained bath and "smart shopping" where high street bargains are suggested to give a designer look. Each issue also of course has details of 7 or more reader's homes which they have made over. The best feature of these makeover features is that each step of the process is clearly mapped out with detailed costings and a shopping list to show where each item can be bought from. There is also a room plan showing the dimensions of the room. These make it very easy for readers to copy if they want to. I would think that this magazine is particularly useful for people who have recently bought their own home and are new to DIY. Many of the articles focus on DIY on a budget although there are also more ambitious (and expensive) makeovers.

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              16.06.2002 03:25
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              Moving house and needing inspiration for completely updating the decoration and fittings on a limited budget is a tall order. Since moving house at the end of April we have been looking for inspirational ideas for decorating. Its ok to have ideas, but putting them into practice and spending your hard earned cash ia=s another. So I have become addicted to but=ying and trawling through "inspirational home magazines". This is how I came across Your Home. Most of the magazines retail between £2-3.00 and claim wonderful things. Very few offer affordable, practical ideas for average budgets. Thats where Your Home comes in, having purchased the last 3 issues at £2.30 each I have gleaned many affordable ideas. The magazine is broken down into regular feature and one off features. As with all magazines there are quite a high proportion of adverts but the overall content is good. The July and August issue are combined and theme of the whole magazine is summery - indoor and outdoor looks and ideas for summer. All we need is the weather. The main thing I found useful about the magazine is even with small items, they give details of the price and the stockist. There is nothing worse than seeing a feature in a magazine and liking a small accesory which isn't listed in the run down of itewms you can buy. There is a "real homes" section and they are 'real homes', not mansions that very few people can afford. Over the last 3 issues Linda Barker has been running a colour masterclass, which I have found very useful, as it gives you the confidence to try out mixing different colours and see what they look like first With the usual giveaways, competitions and shopping guides, all in all I would recommend this as a good all round house inspiration magazine. Certainly worth a look. One tip which I find useful, is to make a colour board. Cut out snippi
              ts of colours, curtains, wallpapers ideas from a magazine and put them on to a board to build up ideas for a room makeover. It saves raking through loads of mags for that must have wallpaper,etc.

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                12.02.2001 23:32

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                I would be the first to admit that I have absolutely no idea about decorating. Despite the wealth of talent in my family for the right colours and fittings, this has somehow passed me by, and previous suggestions of "that looks good" would be greeted with faces of confusion/horror/disgust. I chose Your Home magazine from the massive range simply because it had a freebie. It has some interesting articles in it, on a variety of things, and is really about ordinary people doing up ordinary homes. Some of these real people actually feature in the magazine, with dimensions of their rooms, and what has been done to them. The magazine gives tips for how to recreate the look, inspirations for other looks and some good guidance on the basics. It also advises on where to get different products, and how much they cost, which is an essential to anyone redecorating their home. It is difficult to compare against other magazines, since I have only glanced at others, but what Your Home did offer was a bit of hope - sometimes room makeovers in magazines and on TV seem just too ambitious for me. Some more guidance on the absolute basics, like what paint does what, would help, but I imagine that this has previously been covered. All in all, Your Home is a great inspirer and encourager, but is it effective? Only time and my relations' facial expressions wil tell...

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                27.08.2000 21:18
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                A lively, colourful magazine for anyone interested in house and garden Much of it is centred upon objects that are currently available in the shops, and although many would regard this as advertising, it can be useful and inspire you. I would say "Your homes" has more of this than other similar magazines, though. There are usually a few cheap and cheerful makeover ideas, from small ordinary houses as well as rather grander places owned by architects or whoever. The "before" pictures are a bit too small to really let you compare them with the "after" pictures. There is even a "No money makeover", which is what it says, a no cost room makeover - moving furniture around, tidying up clutter, using some old stuff that's in store - and you'd be surprised what can be achieved. I'm not convinced the same could be done in my house, though! There's a reasonable garden section. There's usually a cookery feature as well, although I can't understand why this kind of magazine goes in for this, as it's so well covered by other magazines. All in all, it's an enjoyable read, with some good practical ideas.

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                23.08.2000 14:13
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                What a super magazine Your Home Is. I have been buying it since the first issue and as I buy a lot of these types of magazine because of my great interest in interior design, a magazine has be be good to live up to some of the competition. (There are many other great home style mags out there too). What I really like about this particular title is the fact that the products they feature are affordable and the interiors featured use items which can be obtained by any of us. (Not like, say, Ideal Home which includes products way out of my budget). Readers' homes are trendy, of all styles, often colourful and individual (not just like showhomes) and there are always plenty of pages featuring garden style too. The July / Aug issue has a 'Decorator Of The Year' competition, which I might go in for next year - we're just about to move house which needs re-doing from top to bottom :-) All in all this magazine is bright and breezy and appeals to you and me with affordable style and products readily availabe to all.

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                10.08.2000 18:13
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                Your Home magazine is pretty good, has lots of inspiration and is not terribly expensive. It is, in my opinion, one of the better home decorating magazines available out there. But isn't it annoying that, once you drool over some fantastic mosaic or incredible extension featured on a "reader's home", you find that these people are usually architects, designers or artists. In fact, at the end of the article you can find small print that says "Mrs so-and-so is available for commissions on tel..." So it isn't really an "average reader" but a talented one, and advertising their talents to boot! I have nothing against people using their skills on their homes and showing them off. But Your Home seems to be doing it more and more, with obviously spectacular results. Unfortunately, most of us haven't got these talents (or the money to commission someone to do it for us) so the whole point is missed. As I said before, they are good for inspiration but claiming that they show "readers' homes" is sneakily misleading and a form of cheating (or ruthless advertising).

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                  30.07.2000 23:20

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                  Your Home is certainly among the best of the Home and garden style magazines. It presents it's items in a clear no-nonsense manner, reviews items that are always affordable and rarely features wacky designer -wouldn't-be-seen-dead-in-a-normal-person's-home style furniture. It is among the cheapest of these type of magazines and yet does not feel like a cheap magazine. It has a good number of pages and is not crammed full of glossy advertisments. It also often had free gifts on the cover, which are usually well chosen and appropriate. They also are not cheap and nasty. I would highly recommend "Your Home". If you are thinking of buying a new home, or redecorating your old one, give it a try. It may well have solutions to problems you didn't even know you had!!

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                  25.07.2000 01:12
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                  For a very inspirational, colourful homes magazine I would always recommend Your Home. I have been buying it for quite a while now and have picked up lots of ideas from the articles. It has gone more upmarket over the past year and some of the 'readers homes' can be more akin to 'Ideal Home' but the transformations done on some of these homes is amazing. I would love to have someone make over my house and make it look like a show house, but I suppose until then I will just have to make do with copying the ideas shown. They have had quite a few freebies attached over the months, and they aren't the naff ones sometimes found on the front of magazines. Last month there was a set of coasters which I thought were quite tastful. This is one of the better homes magazines.

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                    27.06.2000 04:20
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                    If you like decorating your home and are always looking for new ideas to inspire you, then Your Home is what you need. Some `Homes` magazine are just full of whole page ads & pictures of dull or posh houses. This isn`t, there are not too many ads at all. It`s is crammed with Ideas & tips for all rooms of the home. It often has a handy free gift eg. paint stampers, tile transfers... It has an advice page giving you solutions to your design problems. There is a `You can do it` section, showing you how to make something yourself from, making curtains - revamping furniture. There`s usually a competion. It covers ideas for the garden (just a few pages though not too much). The usual few cooking pages. A Consumer section, buyers guides etc And a page or two of readers letters. All in it`s a real good mag, full of up to date, bright, affordable, ideas.

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