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Buying my first home meant I had to be clever with my finances

Celine Dawson has injected style and interest into her newly built home without spending a fortune

Growing tired of renting a small boxy apartment in the centre of Dublin, Celine Dawson was keen to get onto the property ladder. Excited at the prospect of owning her first home, she wanted something larger into which she could inject her own style. ‘I didn’t want to be too far out of town and I wanted something that was easily commutable into the city. I have always liked new houses but realised buying an affordable one would mean having to move further out of the city.’

After spending several months looking at properties she had almost given up hope of finding the ideal place, they were either too expensive or too small. ‘But I saw an advertisement in the paper for a new estate on the outskirts of the city so I decided to take a look. To my surprise I found a reasonably-sized terrace which seemed to tick all the right boxes, it had a well laid out interior with a good-sized high-quality kitchen and bathrooms, a manageable garden, and it had easy access to the city, but I knew that buying it would stretch me financially’, explains Celine.

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Autumn is upon us once again and the nights are drawing in, so in this issue we’ve put together lots of great ideas to make your home super warm and cosy for the months ahead. On page 40 we’ve got some snuggly suggestions that will turn your bedroom into the perfect haven to hibernate in on those cold winter nights to come. Meanwhile, on page 36, we’ve scoured the high street for the best hardworking furniture that will help you make the most of the space in any room of your house. Few of us are happy with how much room we have in our homes, so these smart storage solutions will really make a difference. And don’t forget to look at our fantastic makeovers this month (p.24) for some inspiring ways to make your living room look gorgeous on a budget. If you’re hoping to cut back on your energy bills over the coming months, then make sure you check out our round-up of the best eco buys for your kitchen on page 48, while in our home improvement section (p.106) we take a closer look at which eco-friendly updates will really help you cut your carbon footprint as well as your fuel bills. If, like me, autumn leaves you longing for some comfort food when you come home from work, then take a peek at our wonderful warming recipe ideas on page 100. The mushroom, spinach, kale and sweet potato pie is scrumptious – and good for you too! What’s not to love? See you next issue.