Creating a characterful home on a budget

Having spent many years living and working in America, where she bought old properties, did them up and then sold them on, Margaret (Maggie) Brady has a flair for creating beautiful upcycled home interiors on a budget.

In this article Maggie talks about designing her home on a budget in Newry, including:

  • Details of her kitchen extension project
  • How she bought her second hand kitchen including appliances for £550
  • How she upgraded her entire kitchen for just £3k, including a brand new granite island
  • How to use DIY to save money, including painting
  • How to maximise kitchen storage
  • Matching the colour scheme throughout the open plan area
  • Furniture and fabric choices for maximum impact and minimal cost
  • How to make the eclectic style work with salvaged furniture
  • How to design and put together a statement wall
  • How to design a room from scratch
  • How to use upcycled items in a bathroom
  • Open plan design tips and flow
  • How to use black in interior design
  • What toile is and how to use it
  • How to choose lighting, including the perfect chandelier

Claire Savage

Written by Claire Savage

Claire is a copywriter, journalist and author based near the Giant's Causeway. With more than 10 years' experience in the media, Claire previously worked as a newspaper reported in Coleraine before taking up a sub-editing role in Belfast. Having written for various newspapers and magazines, including the Belfast Telegraph and Culture NI, Claire set up her own copywriting business, CS Editorial, in 2014. She is the author of three novels for 8-12 year-olds and hosts the Giant's Causeway Book Club for the National Trust.


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