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• Plan for the fu­ture. We laid a ce­ment slab on top of the new L-shaped sec­tion when we first ren­o­vated so we can build up a level. This will save us money and it means that we don’t have to move out of the house dur­ing the process. We will also go with light­weight steel so we don’t have to use ex­cess wa­ter in the process. • When dec­o­rat­ing a par­tic­u­lar space, find a piece or two that you love and work around those in­stead of buy­ing a whole new look for an en­tire room in one go. • Avoid clut­ter.

What used to be a bed­room is now part of the open­plan dining area and kitchen; Cara in­tro­duced colour into this space by spray­paint­ing her mother's an­tique chest of draw­ers a zesty blue. Dining ta­ble from Cor­i­craft; chairs from Pezula In­te­ri­ors

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