Thrifty interiors – how to DIY your home

 

 

Do you need inspiration for your making your house a home, but have a budget to stick to? I’ve recently moved into my new home so I’m still researching trends, decorating and putting my stamp on the place. I too want to be as frugal as possible with the money I invest in my home so here you’ll find lots of low-cost, DIY ideas to decorate your ‘castle’!

TRENDS, DIYs, MAKEOVERS & MORE…

Leather v fabric, traditional v Scandi – finding the perfect sofa

I’ve finally started to plan out my living room. To tell you the truth, I’ve been avoiding decorating it for a few months now. Even though I stripped off the ...
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Vote for my blog & you could win £100 gift voucher!

Fantastic news! I've been shortlisted in the DotComGiftShop Blog Awards 2017! Please could you spare a minute to vote for me in the "Best Interior Design Blog" category?? The voting ...
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3 simple ways to update your home for autumn

If you’re looking for some creative ways to get your home ready for autumn/winter, today is your lucky day! I'm sharing some simple seasonal updates that can transform any room ...
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A peek inside Prue Leith’s garden

Ever wanted to nose around the gardens of the stars? Have you wondered what Sting's back garden looked like? Or wished you could peep into Richard Branson's Or poke around ...
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How to care for your mattress this autumn

While a mattress may seem like nothing more than a comfy place to lay your head at the end of a long day, for some people it can be a ...
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Upcycling shipping containers into a garden offices – is it do-able?

I was reading an article in this month's Reloved magazine about container homes and boy has that put a cat amongst the kitchens in our household. Let me explain... image ...
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4 Things you forgot to clean this year…

That feeling of satisfaction after vacuuming the living room, wiping the bathroom mirror or changing the bed sheets is lovely. I don't know about you, but I tend to put ...
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5 Tips for building a shed in your garden

A shed can be used for a multitude of things, which is why people like to build them in their gardens. Aside from the functionality and the extra space it ...
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My hallway makeover – Creating a scandi look for less

Buoyed by finishing off our art nouveau guest room makeover, I'm now getting ready to tackle another space: the hallway. The wheels are in motion; I've picked out paint and ...
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Taking on a Project: Power Tools for Renovating a House

The British obsession with buying and selling property is just as engrained today as it’s ever been. Taking on a project, whether it’s to eventually live in or to sell ...
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4 Easy DIY home cleaning hacks that will make your life better

Having a clean and well-organised home is a great way to impress your guests and neighbours. Moreover, removing clutter is also considered an effective way of reducing your stress levels ...
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How to a design a modern kitchen in 2017

The latest trend in kitchen design is a focus on simplicity and sophistication. A streamlined, contemporary style combined with integrated appliances, thoughtful lighting and a mix of levels helps to keep ...
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5 DIY projects where renting equipment may help (+ save you money!)

Some DIY projects can be completed with minimal equipment, time, and effort. However, there are other projects that can take more time, effort, money, and equipment to do it right ...
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10 of the best house selling secrets

Did you know there's such a thing as 'home buying season'? There are times of the year when people are more likely to be house hunting  (the spring is popular, ...
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Pusheen: Why do we love this cat so much?

Pusheen the cat started life as an internet sensation, and has quickly become the head of a soft toy empire in her own right. As one of the world’s most ...
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Parquet flooring: The comeback story

Parquet flooring is the new vinyl records. Making a surprising comeback, parquet has exploded back into the flooring scene and is ever increasingly becoming one of the most popular flooring ...
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Room tour – My Art Nouveau style guest room makeover

So here's the latest photos of my guest room makeover. We've made a little more progress since my last guest room makeover post (where you can see all the 'before' ...
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How to make moving as a family easier

Moving home is a difficult process to go through, and when you’ve got children to take into consideration too, the process is made that little bit harder. Here’s how you ...
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5 decor changes that’ll completely transform your bathroom

With the amount of time that we spend in our bathrooms on a weekly basis, it is a wonder that we don’t put more effort into its appearance. Everyone dreams ...
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Low-cost ways to add period features back into your home

I love a house with period features. Picture rails, sash windows, working fireplaces and coving; I just can't get enough of those decorative touches that make a house look a ...
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Top 5 dining room trends in 2017

Although some may say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, many would say that the true holder of that title should be the dining room. The perfect place ...
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5 Household items that need your attention this autumn

Heading into autumn, there are are few household tasks that you might want to check over before the cold weather comes. Home buyers sometimes only consider the financial burden they'll ...
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The Secret Gardens of East Anglia

Today I wanted to bring you some impressive photos of little-known East Anglian gardens. As a novice gardener (an someone who has no idea what to do with their empty ...
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Making progress in the garden & a new place to relax

Remember I said that we've put our house DIYing efforts on hold during August (apart from decorating our guest room, of course) so that we could enjoy the summer? Well, ...
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7 Easy ways to make your home more eco-friendly

With colder weather drawing near and the price of our energy bills about to shoot up, being eco-friendly can not only contribute a huge deal to the environment, but reduce ...
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Going up – DIY-ing the loft to create extra space

With the cost of moving increasing, and the price of houses skyrocketing, it's harder than ever to hop onto the next rung of the property ladder. So, it kind of ...
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You know the drill – Top DIY projects to improve your home

If you're a DIY enthusiast and have become more confident (and competent!) when it comes to tackling jobs around the home it could be a good time to up your ...
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Getting started on my guest room makeover

Well, it's been a while since I shared some snaps of my home renovation so I thought it was about time I posted some more horrid 'before' pics and gorgeous ...
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My latest interior design features PLUS I’m in an eBook!

I'm super excited to let you know that I've contributed to an ebook and, after a few months in the making, it has finally launched! This completely FREE ebook is ...
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Why carpet tiles are the thrifty choice for a designer look in your home

What do you think of when I say 'carpet tiles'? Grey office buildings? School hallways? The budget option that your mum made you have in your bedroom as a teen? ...
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