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…

Excited to share my Christmas magazine articles and thrifty blog posts

It's been a while since I shared any of my article writing updates with you so I thought I'd pop on a few photos so you can see what I've ...
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3 Ways to make your own no-sew handmade Christmas stockings

If you don't have any sewing skills and the last time you stitched anything was during a textiles lesson at school, don't worry - it IS still possible to DIY ...
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Autumnal interiors inspiration from Kim Jones of Salvaged Living blog

Beautifully layered neutrals, furniture with warmth and patina, and rooms dressed for the seasons. That’s what you’ll find inside Kim Jones’ family home and on her blog Salvaged Living. Today, ...
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How to decorate with mid-century colours for a cosy autumnal home

With the changing seasons, I always feel a desire to look around my house and adapt the space to suit the time of year. Now that autumn has arrived, there's ...
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3 Ways to stay warm all winter without racking up a huge heating bill

The clocks have gone back, the days are darker and the weather is colder. But that doesn't mean we have to feel chilly all winter long. I'm not suggesting whacking ...
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3 Home and garden maintenance tasks to tackle in the autumn

After a long summer in the garden and even more time spent at home than usual, there will no doubt be some maintenance tasks that need to be done around ...
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How to recreate the autumn styling tips of top interior design bloggers

At this time of year, I love browsing Pinterest and seeing how designers and interiors bloggers dress their homes for autumn. It's almost become a second Christmas in terms of ...
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How to clean & refurbish a Picquot Ware teapot + original price list

The wonderful thing about blogging is that writing a blog post about a topic can lead to interesting discussions in the comments and lovely emails from readers who want to ...
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Ergonomic work & sleep tips for Backcare Awareness Week

It's Backcare Awareness Week so I thought I would share my own experiences of pain, posture and preventative measures in today's blog post, including the ways I've set up my ...
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Recipe Video: Autumn spiced tomato chutney using a glut from the garden!

If you've got a glut of tomatoes all ripening at once (yes, this is me!) here's a delicious recipe to turn them into an autumnal spiced chutney. I'm already excited ...
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10 Easy upcycling ideas for national Recycle Week

Seeing as the majority of items in my home and wardrobe are second-hand (or rescued from a skip), Recycle Week is one of the highlights of my year. It gives ...
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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 – 3 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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Tips for eating seasonally + brunch quiche recipe with 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

Guest post

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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Thrifty DIY: How to build a garden deck using upcycled 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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