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The house has such a welcoming aura

Judith Hedges transformed her period home with splashes of vibrant colour and an eclectic mix of antiques and one-off finds


‘I thought this was the most amazing house,’ reflects Judith on the first time she stepped inside the cottage she now calls home. She was in her twenties at the time, and visiting the studio of a couple of artists local to her village of Midlem in the Scottish borders. It was a double twist of fate which saw her husband buy the property 25 years ago, and then for Judith to meet and move in with him a decade after that. Fast forward to today and the house is every bit as interesting as its history. On first glance it actually looks much smaller than it is because it forms two parts with a traditional cottage to the front and a converted barn to the rear. The two buildings are linked by a new entrance hallway, which also opens onto the courtyard between them. The original owners had started the renovation process in the cottage, which had just two bedrooms, and when David moved in he installed a staircase and converted the upper level of the barn to transform it into a five-bedroom family home. With all the structural changes already done by the time Judith moved in, she set to work making her mark on the style of the interior. ‘I love design,’ she enthuses. ‘I have a bit of an artistic flair and I love mixing and matching colours.’ And, since the couple have seven now-adult children between them – Katherine, Emma, David, Andrew, Ben, Rebecca and Donald – it was really important the house was ready for family living.

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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.