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…

3 Things to consider now if you’re planning building work in 2020

I don't know about you but as soon as December hits, I start thinking about the following year. I can't help skipping past Christmas in my head (although I'm still ...
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Upcycling a writing bureau into a cocktail cabinet for festive parties

No festive party should be without a cocktail cabinet, which is precisely why I've DIY'd one this month! Turning this writing bureau into a drinks bar is a relatively easy ...
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3 Ways to DIY a Scandinavian style star wreath for Christmas

If you want to add some festive touches to your walls but don't want to go all-out with tinsel and garlands, today's DIY star wreathes could be the solution. They're ...
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How to add colour & interest to a hallway with a gallery feature wall

You won’t believe it but, after months (okay, years) of complaining to you about my horrible hallway, the space has finally been decorated! We really knuckled-down this month and pulled-on ...
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Planning the right furniture layout for my living room (it’s taken years!)

Have you ever had a room where you just don't know how to lay out the furniture? One with an unusual L-shape, or alcoves, or windows on two or more ...
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Three tips for taking care of wooden furniture & accessories

Wood furniture and accessories - such as trays, cutting boards and side tables, have long since been a staple in many peoples’ homes. Not only can they be beautiful, intricate, ...
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4 Thrifty ways to pull off moving house (without spending a small fortune)

Moving to a new house can be an expensive and stressful time. If you have just bought a property, you will be tied up in actually paying for it, not ...
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3 Ways to cut the ongoing costs of your kitchen appliances

When planning a kitchen makeover, it's surprisingly easy to make aesthetic decisions that might actually be less cost-effective in the long run. So, if you're researching a renovation project and ...
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How to upcycle a pallet & charity shop trunk into a storage coffee table

Another day, another DIY! This time, it's a classy coffee table that doubles up as handy storage. And would it even be a Cassie Fairy DIY if it didn't include ...
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3 Nuggets of wisdom (or words of warning!) for your next DIY project

As you might be able to tell from my previous blog post, I've been DIYing this week. In fact, it's the final push to complete the renovation of our 50s ...
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DIY Video – How to paint a ‘runner’ on your staircase, the easy way!

Actually, it's kind-of the reverse of a runner because we've left the centre of the steps in wood and have painted the sides. But you know what I mean..! This ...
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3 Scandi-style Christmas decor projects to DIY with second-hand finds

Do you enjoy making things? Do you love to save money? Do you want unique decorations that no-one else has? Then it's time to make your own! I'm getting a ...
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6 Hacks for sleeping well (even when you’ve got little ones!)

How did you sleep last night? Do you feel rested? Are you enjoying your day today? Getting a good night’s sleep is so important for your mood, productivity and health, ...
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Step-by-step upcycling project video – How to paint glass cabinet doors

I've given my old teak display cabinet a bit of a makeover. Previously, all the messy items I was storing inside the unit were there for all to see - ...
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How to bag a bargain at auction houses – your guide to online bidding

Do you like unique interior decor? Love the classic style of vintage clothing and accessories? Are you forever pinning Mid-Century Modern furniture on your ‘dream home’ Pinterest board? Enjoy hunting ...
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Life lately – My (international!) interiors articles & DIY projects

It's been a busy couple of months and I've been lucky enough to write a couple of interiors feature for issue 42 and issue 43 of Reclaim magazine. I say ...
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How to cut the cost of buying kids clothing – yes, it CAN be done!

If you've got kids, you'll probably agree that they can cost a small fortune to bring up. Your savings have probably taken a hit since they arrived - and do ...
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4 Simple steps to a greener and more environmentally-friendly kitchen

As a society, we are more conscious than ever before about our own carbon footprint and the collective damage that we are doing to our planet. Therefore, many of us ...
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3 Ways to merge your summer living room decor style into autumn

Ahh it's September. No sooner had the 1st of the month hit than my Pinterest and Instagram feeds became awash with autumnal colours and pumpkins. It's like the whole online ...
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Step-by-step video to revamp a PVC door with a pop of summery colour

Old and stained double-glazed doors can make your entire home look tired, and no amount of cleaning can get them back to their box-fresh whiteness. PVC doors can be costly ...
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How to find a genuine Ercol Design Icon (via Reclaim magazine!)

The latest issue of Reclaim magazine is in stores now so I thought I'd share some snaps from the Design Icon article I wrote for this month's issue ...
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Decorating inspiration & tips from Ju from Interior Design Masters

All photos of Ju's home by Alexandra Joseph If you've been hooked on the new BBC TV show Interior Design Masters since it started in August, you won't have been ...
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Why timeless furniture choices can save you money time & again

Decorating your property is important in making your house really feel like a home. But as your tastes change over time you may very well find yourself, a few years ...
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Step-by-step video to restore & reupholster vintage kitchen chairs

Last week I mentioned that I'm currently working on renovating my kitchen and that I've already revamped a few retro kitchen chairs. I've since been asked how I restored these ...
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5 Tips for selling your home easily (despite the messy kids!)

So your family is expanding (congratulations!) and you need to upsize from your current home. Moving house is an exciting time, but it can also be a complicated and stressful ...
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How to find unique interior decor pieces from the Etsy Design Awards

Have you heard about the Etsy Design Awards? If not, I would urge you to check it out today. The list of finalists has been announced and the winners will ...
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Step-by-step guide to turn an old hostess trolley into a colourful bar cart

It's the ideal summer day, isn't it? A BBQ sizzling away. Kids playing on the grass. Friends clinking bottles of beer and glasses of sangria together. The evening sun still ...
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How to help children decorate their room with personality & colour

It's back-to-school time again and, as such, my thoughts have turned to kids' rooms, and how to design the space so that it suits them and their studying needs. Research ...
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4 Easy, low-cost and DIY ways to help reduce noise in your home

Home is a place to rest, and after a long day at work, it is our best refuge. However, sometimes that well-deserved rest becomes elusive and the most common hindrance ...
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Add warmth to your interior with these thrifty wood decor ideas

Turning your house into a home can make a real difference to how you feel about your property and it can be as easy as adding a few unique, personal ...
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