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Furnishing from scratch

Feature Abbi Henderson

You’ve got a blank canvas to make your mark on, and while you’re yet to muster the motivation to get cracking with the nitty gritty, you’re itching to deck it out with candles, wall art and all the trim in between. Sound familiar? We, too, have been guilty of skipping past the planning process to the part where we get to style shelving units and plump scatter cushions to within an inch of their lives. But before embarking on such a project there’s a small herd of elephants in the room that need addressing. Let us first mention that, whether we like it or not, budget is a big deal – there’s no getting around it. So set yourself a realistic limit, and stick to it as best you can – it’s best to have an emergency fund, too. As for the rest? Read on...

It’s unlikely you’ll settle for the first scheme you style, so keep it easy to update with plain walls and floors like this lovely Maisons Du Monde look


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