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We made, reused and restored everything

A limited budget and a pledge to buy almost nothing new coaxed Ashley Cramp and her husband, Marc, to get creative with their décor

Kitchen

‘The original kitchen was my idea of hell – think plastic, pine and mock country-style fittings. I ripped the overhead cupboards off by myself one afternoon, and Marc came home to find half our kitchen sitting on the drive. We still laugh about it now, eight years later. To save money, we kept the carcasses and replaced the doors with some Ikea numbers we found in the sale. The tiles were all bought with supermarket vouchers, and the shelves had moved with us from our previous home, so we just tweaked them to fit the new space. Amazingly, Marc made the industrialstyle dining table from scratch, and we rescued the red school chair from a skip to sit alongside it.’

‘Marc came home one day to find half our kitchen sitting on the drive. We still laugh about it now!’

Ashley and her husband Marc reused and restored everything they could to keep costs down. The units were salvaged from the original kitchen and updated with bargain doors from Ikea, the shelving was repurposed from their previous home, and the dining table was made by Marc

GOOD IDEA

Keep glasses from cluttering the countertops with neat wire racks fitted underneath shelving and units

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About Homestyle

Is it just us, or is autumn an awkward time of year? Don’t get us wrong, it’s pretty as a peach, but we’re still sulking about the sorry excuse for a summer that snuck past, and while we’re (obviously) excited for the impending festivities of Christmas, we’re just not quite there yet. So this year, the HomeStyle team have resolved to embrace the autumn months and all they have to offer. We’ll be donning our best leaf-crunching boots and shopping for the fluffiest blankets to run home and curl up in. In fact, if you’re thinking of indulging in something similar, you’ll love the three cosy living room looks we’ve rustled up (p.66) – they’re suitably snug, and are sure to get you excited for cuddling up in the chilly months to come. If your home’s looking a little worse for wear and needs more than just cushions and candles to get it in shape, then our expert advice on page 60 should help solve some of your house horrors, and our ideas for utilising unusual spaces on page 72 will give otherwise untouched areas of your home a whole new purpose. Talking of horrors, we’re ripe and ready to get pumpkin carving, and have been perfecting our squash-chopping skills ready to whip up the delicious recipes from page 88 onwards. There’s bargain buys aplenty, and did we mention the truly beautiful real homes? You can thank us later...