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It’s both work and budget friendly!

Getting organised with recycled and high street buys allowed Debbie Baker to create a dedicated study area full of innovative and inexpensive touches

Having opted to return to university in pursuit of a more challenging career, Debbie Baker knew things would have to change in the four-bedroom Wirral home she shares with daughters, Kelly and Sophie. ‘There was no way I was ever going to get coursework done at our busy kitchen table – plus there wasn’t really space for my computer,’ she explains. So in search of a more permanent solution Debbie set her sights on a tiny box room. ‘It’s supposed to be a guest room, but as it was rarely used and already housed my books, it made sense to make the most of what was wasted space,’ says Debbie.

STEP ONE With the room already in good condition the only preparation required was a quick trip to the local tip and the removal of a bulky sofa bed – which soon found a new home care of eBay! And while in the past Debbie had always played it safe with a space enhancing, allwhite scheme, this time around she was keen to introduce a little colour. ‘I already had the small red locker so my accent colour was never in doubt,’ she smiles. ‘However, to help soften the emerging red and white scheme, I also decided to introduce a warm grey feature wall, in order to add depth and interest to the room,’ she says. What’s more this classic combination should stand the test of time, as it can easily be updated by simply substituting the latest on-trend accent.

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Having spent a pretty penny at Christmas and splashed out in the January sales, February is the month when we need to seriously tighten our purse strings. But just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have a stylish home. In this special money-saving issue we’ve got hundreds of great ideas and affordable buys to make your home look sensational. We’ve even got some great suggestions for renters, who are often limited when it comes to decorating their rooms (p.36). Is your bathroom looking a little drab at the moment? Turn to page 46 to discover some really purse-friendly buys to give it a facelift, while on page 52 we’ve got a host of clever ways to give your kitchen a makeover without breaking the bank. If you’re planning on tackling some bigger home improvements this year, then take a look at page 106, where we give you the low-down on how to cut the cost of your projects. Even our craft projects have a moneysaving spin to them this month. From using up fabric scraps to re-purposing old magazines, you’ll love our creative upcycling ideas. If you just can’t resist a cheeky takeaway on a Friday night, then check out our fab cost-effective fakeaways on page 100. They’re delish! Finally, don’t forget to look out for our shopping bag logos throughout the magazine to discover our favourite bargain buys and money-saving tricks.