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It can be costly to dec­o­rate a new home from scratch, and as Ali­cia and Ian were on a tight bud­get, they had to get cre­ative. Ali­cia spent time in clear­ance stores and tip char­ity stores, and search­ing on eBay and on Gumtree for pre-loved items. She would reg­u­larly visit the stores, buy when sales were on, and also take ad­van­tage of free of­f­cuts, such as wooden pal­lets from Bun­nings. For her birth­day and Christ­mas she asked for gift vouch­ers so she could pur­chase dec­o­rat­ing items and she also spent a lot of time re­pair­ing bro­ken fur­ni­ture to make it seem new again. Her motto? “Don’t be afraid to build, paint and re­cy­cle any­thing you can!”

Junk re­born Ali­cia cre­ated her large sewing ta­ble from dis­cards. Read how on page 37.

Easy entry A church pew found on eBay was given new life for the hall­way.

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