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'Shop around for appliances,
kitchens and bathrooms and,
remember, you can pick up
some great second-hand pieces, too,
that will save you a fortune.'
'Creating mood boards will give
you inspiration and a vision
of what you want to achieve.
Sticking to your ideas will help you
to save money, too.'
'Scout online estate agent sites
for properties that are similar to
your own and collect great ideas
from renovations that have already
been completed. Keep a note of what
works and what doesn't.'
'Watch people like Sarah Beeny
and the way they go about
tackling projects. I always used
to watch her show with my mum and I
loved the way she's so hands-on. I like
to think I'm a Jack-of-all-trades, too!'
'When I have a tiler or plumber
round, I try to take a half day off
work and ask them if they can
show me how to do a few things. They
don't usually mind, although it helps if
I give them nice cake and cups of tea.'
kitchens, bathrooms or furniture.
'People probably thought I was a bit
strange, but having that vision with me
all the time meant I didn't stray into
buying things I didn't need,' she says.
Being strict on budgets was secondnature to Carly. 'I love a bargain and
like to cut costs, but not quality,
whenever I can.'
he splashed out on new ooring
a er realising she'd never be able to
match the e tension's new oor with
the original boards.
I was pleased with the new oor,
because it gave the at a very sleek,
finished look,' she says.
thinking of buying, she designed and
made one herself, from sca olding
and reclaimed wood.
'Friends started asking me to make
them clothes rails, and this was closely
followed by benches and tables,' she
says. 'Then I began making interiors
for shops and took part in events such
as Clerkenwell Design Week.'
The experience inspired her design
for the at's new look, along with
the in uence of her mother, who is
a orist and interior designer.
'I love Scandinavian style and the
minimalist look. I started collecting
ideas and made up big mood boards
for each area of the at,' she says.
Carly took her mood boards with
her every time she went hunting for
Initially, her dream of bi-fold doors
into the garden looked as if it would
bankrupt the project.
'I kept looking at grey aluminium
doors, but everything was coming
up at around £5,000,' she says.
'Eventually, I found a small company
in west London who charged by the
glass size, so I managed to acquire
doors for £1,500, which makes them
my best buy ever.'
The next big purchase was new
windows for her bedroom. 'The
original windows had louvre
openings at the top, with horrible
levers to open them,' she explains.
'They looked dreadful, so I
installed proper windows and then
had plantation shutters made for the
inside. They weren't especially cheap,
but they do mean I can have privacy
as well as light because you can open
the higher ones while leaving the
lower ones closed.'
Next, Carly sourced a slimline
bathroom and kept the look simple by
having a space built into the shower
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