The Interior designer and popular TV presenter took time out at the recent Homebuilding and Renovating Show to give us her top tips for those looking at a home makeover.

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  • “One of the simplest things that anybody who wants to give their home a quick makeover - but is on a budget - can do, is let more natural daylight in and help reduce the feeling of being closed in,” Julia says.

    “Replace curtains with blinds, wood-slat blinds, or shutters, if you can afford them. When on a budget, wood-slat blinds are fantastic.

    "Any sort of any fabric at the windows and carpet on the floor absorbs natural daylight, so if you can take that away, you will also find the room suddenly feels much bigger and brighter.”

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