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Along with their tight time­frame, Giac­inta and Mitch worked to a strict bud­get. Re­search and bar­gain­ing was key to this. “Giac­inta is the hard ne­go­tia­tor (thanks to the Ital­ian in her),” says Mitch. “We try not to pay full price for any­thing.” They sought three quotes for each con­tracted job and found con­trac­tors will­ing to get in and get the job done. When shop­ping for fit­tings and in­te­ri­ors, they ei­ther headed straight to the sales area, or asked sales agents for a bet­ter price. “The worst they can say is no! And if we stum­ble across items in our trav­els, we’ll do a quick on­line search to see if we can get it for less.” The cou­ple love to buy art­work when trav­el­ling in­ter­state or over­seas, but mix it up with pieces from Ikea and small in­te­rior shops.

“I put colour and tex­ture on the bed as a base and then se­lect art and bed­side op­tions.”

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