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My new-build house is brimming with character

With colour, pattern and unique touches, Lauren Nesbitt turned a nondescript interior into an inviting home full of personality
Matching the dresser, Lauren’s chunky wooden dining table from M&S is extendable and can seat eight guests for special occasions. The oak-finished top adds a touch of warmth and echoes the practical, wood-effect vinyl flooring

After several years of renting, first in London and then in Bath, Lauren Nesbitt and her husband Andrew felt ready to put down some roots, but as firsttime buyers their options were limited. Then, travelling home one afternoon, they spotted an attractive new housing development. ‘We’d only just started thinking about buying, but we really liked the look of the area,’ says Lauren. ‘The location was very handy for Andrew’s work in Bath, and it had a park nearby which would be ideal for our two dogs.’

Investigating further, Lauren discovered that by choosing a new-build they would qualify for the government’s Help to Buy scheme which meant they could get on the property ladder sooner. ‘I’d probably have preferred something older, with more character, but this was a great opportunity to buy our first home,’ she says. ‘We weren’t going to turn it down.’ There were various styles and sizes of homes available, but Lauren and Andrew decided to stretch their finances as far as they could to secure a four-bedroom house. ‘We both work from home, and it meant we could each have an office,’ explains Lauren. ‘We’d still have room for guests, and plenty of space for the dogs too.’

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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.