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  • May 9, 2021
  • Monica Duggan

The kitchen, for me, is the heart of the home. When we were growing up, the kitchen was everything. It was the office, the dining room, the meeting room, the arguments, and the reconciliation space. To me it was and still is, the most important room in the house – I wanted to get it […]

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  • April 25, 2021
  • Monica Duggan

I don’t know why exactly but I’ve always had a love for real wood floors so I did feel this was the way we would eventually go even before we went looking. When we bought our cottage, the first things I invested in were teak parquet flooring and a cast iron bath! Both of which […]

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  • April 11, 2021
  • Monica Duggan

I never placed any importance on windows until it came time to start choosing my own – for a while there it was pretty much all I could think about! After spending so much time living in our dark, pokey cottage before beginning the design, we knew windows would be central to opening up the […]

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  • Home renovation, internorm, Monica Duggan, munster joinery, selfbuild, senator, Windows
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  • March 28, 2021
  • Monica Duggan

Building Blocks I might know about light, I might think I know about interiors, but I know I do not know about the structure of a new build! This element was definitely left to my dearest husband. He spent most of his formative years working summers on building sites with Sisk. His father was a […]

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  • March 14, 2021
  • Monica Duggan

When it came to our finances, we were novices. We got our original mortgage from BOI when we bought our home, not the easiest process as it was in 2014 but from anecdotal evidence, it was easier than it is now. I’ll never forget meeting BOI’s Life Assurance department and being sold a selection of […]

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  • February 28, 2021
  • Monica Duggan

In my previous newsletter, I mentioned that we lived in our home before we did our renovation. This is something that my parents used to always say, live in it, feel it, know your home before taking it apart. We lived in our house for about 4 years before we took the leap. This had […]

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  • Deconstructing, Monica Duggan, new build, Newsletter, Renovation, Self build
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