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…

Simple garden spruces to start planning for Autumn

Having a gorgeous garden is a huge blessing. During the summer months, you can often feel completely humbled by being able to sit out in the sunshine and enjoy the ...
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My money-saving home energy hacks

Ever since becoming a homeowner, I’ve taken much more interest in home maintenance and household utilities. I’m sure I’m becoming quite a money-saving bore when it comes to bills, but ...
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Need a new kitchen? Get the show home look for less

When it comes to renovating my home, the kitchen is the room I am most excited about tackling. The kitchen is traditionally the heart of the home; it's where you ...
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Fun decorating projects using your own photos

There are lots of quick and easy ways to give your home a unique and highly personalised look. One of the easiest, and often the most affordable ways, is using ...
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Guest post – 5 Steps to take if your appliance breaks down

Appliances make our lives easier as they help us to save precious time. We may take them for granted, but they play a key role in helping us enjoy life ...
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The 21st Century garden

I love having a garden - not that I've done much with it yet - but at least the potential is there. In my previous home, the garden became an ...
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Wooo I’ve been long-listed in the Interior Blog Awards!

Earlier this month I got the fantastic news that someone (I've no idea who - let me know if it was you so that I can thank you!) nominated my ...
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3 ways to create the most zen bedroom ever

Each night we do something important without even thinking about it. We go to sleep. Sleep is vital for optimal body and brain function. And when our sleep suffers, so ...
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Space-saving hacks for every room in the house

Even if you are blessed with acres of space in your home, storage can be a problem. In a smaller space, effective and accessible storage is simply a must. These ...
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How to re-purpose your shed for the 21st Century

Do you have an old shed in your garden? A tumble-down workshop, brick outbuilding or old garage perhaps? And what do you use it for? If you're stashing clutter and ...
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DIY picnic basket, lunch box & flask upcycling project

Have you seen this month's issue of Reloved Magazine yet? If not, quickly get yourself a copy from WH Smith, Sainsburys, Tesco or Costco, because my picnic project is in the ...
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Organising an outdoor summer party on a budget

Outdoor summer parties are often easier to host than indoor parties, and the casual atmosphere of entertaining al fresco means you can get away with being a lot less fancy ...
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My minimalist bedroom – the ‘finished’ room

After about 5 months of decorating on-and-off whenever we had the time (and, most importantly, whenever we had the money!) the bedroom is finally finished. Of course, I use the ...
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Household DIY – How to spot damp in your home

There are a number of different types of damp that can occur in the home. This includes condensation, rising damp, and penetrating damp. Having lived in my fair share of ...
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Are smart meters making bills better or worse?

Today's blog is is something that I've started to do some research on since moving into my new home. Sure, it might not be the most exciting subject but it ...
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5 Tips for healthy sleep

When it comes to sleep, there is no joking around. I'm what you'd call a 'good' sleeper now (although apparently, as a toddler, I was a right pain & wanted ...
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DIY guide to renovating your staircase (+ my ‘before’ photos!)

Staircases can easily be overlooked when you’re decorating your home, even though they are often one of the first things that you see when you come in through the front ...
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My Home Office Makeover – Shelving

I've made a bit more progress on my home office makeover last week so I thought I'd share a few more snaps with you today. After wallpapering the room last ...
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Budget friendly ideas for updating your kitchen

They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, don't they? I wholeheartedly agree because it's where I cook and eat with my husband, it's where we share ...
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Pieday Friday – How to dine al fresco this summer

Finally, summer is here and the evenings are warm enough to enjoy your meals outside in the fresh air. Whether you’re a BBQ queen, or prefer to simply take your ...
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Open plan or broken plan?

Multi-functional rooms have been a trend for a while now, and it doesn’t look as though they’re going away any time soon. As more and more of us open up ...
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My bathroom renovation project – The “Finished” room

When I was writing my blog post about ways to spruce up your bathroom for summer yesterday, I remembered that I haven't yet shared the "finished" photos of my bathroom renovation ...
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5 Ways to spruce up your bathroom for summer

The birds are chirping, the bees are buzzing, and the sun is out in full force.  That’s right – summer is well and truly here and now is the perfect ...
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How to keep your home-moving costs down

Moving home is a regular feature in the famous list of 'most stressful events' a person can ever endure, alongside divorce and having a baby. Part of the reason why ...
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Amazing architecture – the Sunlight house

When I read about this building earlier in the week, I knew I wanted to share this inspirational project with you all. The Sunlight House was built in January 2010 ...
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My minimalist bedroom makeover – DIY fitted wardrobes

Over the half term holiday I went on a bit of a DIY spree. First I finished grouting the bathroom (I'll post some pics of the end result soon), then ...
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My home office makeover – decorating & shopping for decor

What do most people do when they take some time off work? Go away on holiday? Take a day trip to the coast? Treat themselves to a lovely meal? Or ...
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My home renovation project: Tips for choosing a patio door

Hi folks, the lovey summery weather has got me thinking about my outdoors and in particular, I'm considering changing my kitchen door to a glazed patio door. Has anyone else ...
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Big space-saving ideas for small bathrooms

If you have a rather small bathroom in your home, then you’ll know just how tricky it can be to design it. Where do you start when there is hardly ...
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A smooth move – how to hire & load a van (and when to get the pros in!)

If you're moving house in the near future, today's blog post is for you! I'm sharing my experiences of my recent move to help you to choose what kind of ...
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