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We furnished our apartment to make it look warm, colourful and cosy

Susan and Adam combined design classics with clever storage for a clean and uncluttered look to their apartment
The sofa came from SOUL in Arnotts, which Susan has dressed with a selection of cushions that she made from scarves and old fabric. The back wall features black and white photos that were taken by Adam and a vintage poster from Wolfgang’s Vault. The table is from Debenhams and the rug was bought at Ikea

Back in 2008 when Susan and Adam first viewed this recently built apartment, having rented for some time, they were excited at the prospect of buying their first home together. ‘We were keen to buy and this apartment was the perfect size for us. We loved the location, it’s close to the city centre and local amenities, and it’s a nice private oasis in a busy area. It’s also very bright with large glass doors that open up onto a balcony so we had the added bonus of an outside space, so although small it didn’t feel cramped,’ explains Susan.

The couple were on quite a tight budget so, as the apartment was already decorated and had a fitted kitchen and bathroom, it suited them that they wouldn’t have to spend any money initially, and could move in straight away. ‘The kitchen and bathroom weren’t really to our taste, but we decided to live with the fittings. Our main priority was to furnish the apartment, I wanted to take time and save to invest in some classic pieces that wouldn’t date and would give the apartment a stylish and contemporary look, and I knew if I teamed these with some Ikea pieces I could achieve the look we wanted for the flat,’ explains Susan.

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Now that all the festive fun is over and the decorations have come down your home can look a little sorry for itself, but not for long. In this issue we’ve got plenty of quick, easy and affordable ideas to give your home a fresh new look for the year ahead. While the sales are on, it’s a great time to bag a bargain, but rather than just buy an item because it’s cheap, we explain which homewares are really worth parting with your cash for in the sales (p.42). But before you go mad in the sales and bring back lots of bargain booty, now is the time to give your home a post-Christmas detox. On page 36 we show how to clear your clutter in style and discover space you never knew you had. If your bathroom and kitchen are looking past their best, turn to pages 46 and 52 to discover how easy it is to freshen them up with a few simple additions, from modern metallics to rustic touches, we’ve got lots of ideas to inspire you. If your New Year’s resolutions involve getting fitter and eating better, then turn to page 56 where we compare the latest wearable fitness trackers, while on page 12 we put personal smoothie makers to the test to see which give the best results. We’ve even given this month’s recipes a healthy spin, so you can eat well from breakfast through to supper. Finally, we’ve given our 12-page Make it Easy pull-out section a fresh new look for the New Year. Turn to page 59 for exciting craft, sewing and upcycling projects, plus the latest must haves for your craft stash.