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Decorating my home has become my hobby

Rebecca and Barry Kavanagh injected character into their home by filling it with a combination of bargain finds and upcycled second-hand pieces

Buying their first home, back in the 2005 boom, meant Rebecca and Barry Kavanagh were on a very tight budget when it came to decorating and furnishing. ‘We had been renting for some time and were keen to get onto the property ladder,’ she recalls. ‘I had grown up in the village of Arklow and this development of houses was in a pretty location on the edge of the town with a lovely forest to one side of it, which really drew me to the house.’

Removing a partition wall to one side of the kitchen created space for the central island and opened up the room, while new base and wall cabinets, supplied by Cottage Kitchens, have made the room lighter and brighter

As the house was newly-built it was in good decorative order, with a fitted kitchen and bathroom, so the couple knew they wouldn’t have to do any work initially. They’d been stretched financially with the purchase of the property, so decided to wait before putting their own stamp on the place. ‘We loved the fact that the house was a new-build so it would be low maintenance,’ says Rebecca. ‘It had four bedrooms and was the perfect size for the family, however it lacked character so we knew we needed to do something creative to inject our style into the house and give it a more colourful and decorative interior.’ They ended up living in the house for two years before they embarked on any work at all. ‘It actually worked well as it meant we could really settle in and be sure about our style and what we wanted and really needed,’ she adds.

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I don’t know about you, but I always feel like we’ve turned a corner in April. The clocks have gone forward, so we’ve got longer, lighter days; the weather is getting warmer, so we can fling open the windows and let the fresh air in and the garden is bursting with colourful flowers beckoning us outside. And not forgetting, it’s Easter this month, which means we get a lovely long bank holiday weekend to look forward to (which is perfect for getting stuck into a spot of decorating)! So with all this on the horizon we’ve filled this issue with lots of exciting spring features. It’s time to ditch those furry throws and heavy winter curtains and lighten up your home’s look for the months ahead. On page 36 we take a look at the latest fabric trends and show how you can use them to give your home the ‘wow’ factor. While on page 42 we discover lots of great new products to take away your wash day blues. If you haven’t already noticed, green is the big colour trend for this year, so on page 20 we show how to give your home a gorgeous leafy green makeover with purse-friendly accessories. To celebrate Easter our Craft Editor, Sophie, has designed some adorable projects to brighten up your home – you’re going to love the cute little lambs (p.60)! And make sure you check out our quick and easy recipes on page 100, perfect for making your Easter family gettogether really special. Have a great month and a very happy Easter!