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…

5 Working-from-home expenses that your employer can help you with

With many of us back in working-from-home-mode (and many of us never stopped) now's the perfect time to think about the ways your employer can still help you achieve your ...
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7 Easy ways to make your living room cosy for autumn (on a budget)

The size of our living spaces seems to get smaller during the cooler months, don't they? I think it's because we're indoors more and we can't make as much use ...
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My DIY home improvements that have added value (in more ways than one)

Let's face it: almost anything you to improve your home will probably increase the value of your property. Well, maybe painting a room in neon green isn't going to add ...
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My hallway makeover – Three practical flooring options for high-traffic areas

Hallways can be tricky spaces to decorate. Even though you only pass through them, they link all the other rooms together and set the decor tone for the rest of ...
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How to lino print your own patterned fabric for sewing projects

Planning a sewing project to make your own soft furnishings? Fancy upcycling a t-shirt with a design of your own? It's easy to create a pretty pattern with lino printing ...
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How to plant a mini garden or ‘fairy allotment’ in a wheelbarrow

If you haven't got much space but want to create a summery display in your garden, why not plant up a wheelbarrow? Seasonal bedding plants can add a pop of ...
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House tour of stylist Tamsyn Morgans’ fairytale vintage home

All photos copyright of Tamsyn Morgans

When I first discovered stylist and photographer Tamsyn Morgans' website, I was blown away by her beautiful images and fairy-tale-esque interiors ...
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Step-by-step upcycling project: Easy ways to revamp old plastic chairs

I've had these plastic chairs in my shed for years. I bought them at a car boot sale with the intention of giving them a good scrub and using them ...
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I’ve been nominated for a Best Creative Skill Blog Award – please vote for me!

Eeeee it's so exciting! After many years of admiring the work of other Interior Blog Award winners - and even writing about some of their homes for Reclaim magazine - ...
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Hot weather hacks for surviving the summer – day and night

Blimey it's been hot, hasn't it? With more scorching days predicted throughout the summer, I thought it would be a good idea to share some tips on how to survive ...
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House tour of pattern designer Rachael Taylor’s vibrant home

All photos copyright of Rachael Taylor and Struth Photography A while ago I had the pleasure of interviewing surface pattern designer and illustrator Rachael Taylor. After oggling her colourful home ...
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Seven tips for restoring and renovating a period home

Restoring a Victorian, Edwardian or Georgian house has to be one of the most daunting building renovations to undertake. The age of these structures, often well over one hundred years ...
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The importance of eating seasonally + brunch quiche recipe using Suffolk New potatoes

Ever since I began growing my own fruit and vegetables in my garden, I’ve been so much more aware of the seasonality of produce. I say that as if I’ve ...
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5 Ideas for using the iconic Artichoke lamp in your home

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The artichoke lamp has been around for quite a few decades now, and its popularity is not waning. It has been garnering praise for ...
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Why I love using vintage record players and radios in my home

There's something really soothing about listening to an LP on a vintage record player. Likewise, I quite like the occasional crackle of an analogue radio when it's tuned into my ...
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How to DIY a garden deck using pallet wood

If you fancy saving money on decking but still want to get a good result in your garden, head over to the Safestore blog where I've shared the full step-by-step ...
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Top 3 outdoor activities for children this summer (+ rainy day ideas!)

In the summer, it's all about getting kids excited about being outdoors. If you can encourage them into the garden they can learn about nature, be more active and get ...
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My little vintage caravan project – renovating the crumbling door

It's been a while since I posted any updates on my little vintage caravan makeover but that doesn't mean it's been put on hold. While a lot of work has ...
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Upcycling a rusty old bicycle into a planter for your cottage garden

If you've got an old bicycle that has seen better days, don't chuck it out just yet - you can upcycle it into the bike of your dreams. Or, if ...
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Quick and easy lap tray makeover with wood-effect adhesive vinyl

Lap trays can get pretty disgusting, can't they? I mean, they're probably okay if you're just using a lap tray for working on your laptop of an evening, or streaming ...
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Step-by-step upcycling DIY: Turn broken drawers into bedside tables

I've been DIYing again and this time I've made some nightstands for the bedroom. It's a simple project that makes use of old drawers from a broken chest to help ...
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4 Buyer’s gripes you can solve with simple DIY tasks when selling your home

If you're planning to move house in the future, why not use this time to get your home into the best possible condition and ready for sale? A quick spruce ...
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Creating multi-functional spaces for kids to learn, play and relax

While some children may have gone back to school, many are still at home. This means they'll be learning in the same spaces where they usually play and sleep plus, ...
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4 Ways I’ve personalised my gallery wall with custom artwork

While it's incredibly cool to have a gallery wall in your home, it's also great when the images mean something to you. There are plenty of ways to include customised ...
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DIY Video: How to revamp melamine kitchen cabinets with spray paint

If you've got an outdated kitchen and fancy a new look, there's no need to splash out on an entirely new design and installation. If the units still have perfectly ...
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My ‘quick tidy up’ outbuilding makeover on a budget

We have a brick outbuilding attached the back of our home. It hasn't been converted into part of the house (although hopefully, this'll happen in the future) and it's still ...
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Renovation inspiration – Vintage ‘loaf of bread’ caravan

If you're planning a vintage caravan restoration or simply want to dribble over some original details from a retro trailer, today's blog post features photos of a stunning 'loaf of ...
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EndOfTheRow’s Edwardian home tour + how to decorate with dark hues

All photos copyright of EndOfTheRow.co.uk I'll be honest with you, an Edwardian property would be my ideal home. Many years ago I lived in an Edwardian apartment in a building ...
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Why your bedroom should feel like the safest place on earth + how to achieve this

If you simply can't wait to crawl into bed at the end of the day, your desire might be about more than just being tired. For many people, their bedrooms ...
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