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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…

Inspirations for a retro living room: Soft Furnishings

I've already blogged about finding vintage fabrics and making some unique retro cushions for my 60s-inspired living room design, but here's a post on the rest of the soft furnishings in ...
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Craft Project – Creating new cushions & artwork for my retro living room

I was lucky enough to find this set of vintage RSPB placemats and coasters in almost brand-new condition at the Shakespeare Hospice Furniture Shop in Stratford Upon Avon and although I loved the ...
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Interior design inspirations for a retro home: Office space

I've been working on a 'makeover' for my living room since moving in back in May (yes, I know... I'd never succeed on 60-Minute-Makeover!) and I've chosen a fairly garish ...
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Kirstie’s Vintage Home – interior design inspirations for a 60s look

Last night I watched the first episode of Kirstie Allsop's new channel 4 series 'Kirstie's Vintage Home' and, judging by the vast number of #kirstiesvintagehome tweets during and after the show, ...
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Retro lamps from thegoodolddayz blog

Check out these ultra funky retro lamps from one of my favourite blogs thegoodolddayz.wordpress.com. They're delicious lava-lamp globby shapes and colours mixed with space-age sputnik-like design. Probably the ideal accessories for ...
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Interior Design Inspirations – Finn Juhl

As many of you know, I have been researching design ideas for my living room and have already started collecting together furniture, art and soft furnishings for my new room ...
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Interior Design Inspiration – Going dotty for retro spots

One of artist Fabiana Di Mascio's pieces that I saw recently at the Never Ending Mural exhibition in Ipswich has given me inspiration for an interior design project. Her artwork consisted of a dark ...
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The Disappearing Building

I saw this fantastic design for industrial buildings recently when I was on my way back to Suffolk from Buckinghamshire and the faded blue coloured walls really caught my eye ...
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Interior design inspiration – Geometric wall mural

I simply adore this idea for a retro-style wall mural from Rosie & The Boys. This design is handpainted and its given me inspiration for my own living room decor ...
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My retro-inspired living room – Lego accessories

As you probably know by now, I am slowly but surely funking up my living room to create a kitsch 50s/60s/70s look and, as Lego was invented in 1958 and ...
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My retro-inspired living room – an old armchair rescued!

I am pleased to say that I've got another freebie for my retro living room design project - an armchair that was on its way from a vintage furniture shop to ...
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My Maneki Neko obsession – The ultimate must-have fabric…

Can you believe your eyes..? That's right... Maneki Neko print fabric! Have all my Christmases come at once?! I can tell you right now that I NEED this lucky cat fabric. The only ...
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My retro-inpired living room – a vintage sideboard

As many of you know, I'm collecting together a few pieces of furniture, amazing art and lovely soft furnishings to create a retro-inspired, if a little garish, living room interior ...
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Have you ever seen anything more retro than this? My new record case!

At a record fair that I went to recently, I was browsing the music when the record boxes caught my eye - there were a couple of wooden orange ones, that ...
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My little Maneki Neko obsession – a new addition to the family from @JoaniesGifts

You may remember that last month I had a lot of birthdays to buy for and I'd decided to get organised and buy online for all the birthdays and events ...
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A gorgeous piece of artwork for my retro living room – by artist Mable Tan

I saw this funky retro-inspired photograph when I was recently browsing on artist Mable Tan's website Happee Monkee and instantly knew it would be perfect for my 50s, 60s & 70s interior ...
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A new table for my retro living room – and it was free!

As you probably already know about me, I'm quite thrifty and I like to get a bargain but this one takes the biscuit - I got this lovely retro table ...
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My new favourite flowers – back to black

I've recently spotted a trend emerging in the world of plants and I want a piece of it! I love the idea of black flowers, and although its pretty impossible ...
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DIY Project – Orange cushions for my retro living room

I needed a couple of cushions to chuck on my sofa that would tie in the retro theme (here's the blog post) that I’m working on for the living ...
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My favourite photos – a pretty purple poppy

Look at this gorgeous wild poppy that I spotted growing outside an old garage recently. I’ve never seen a purple poppy before, so I quickly took a couple of ...
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Anyone fancy a bit of lamb? …and other art from Nicola Ellis

I don't own much artwork, in fact I don't really own many pictures at all, but when I hang something on my wall it's because I love it, and this ...
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The Olympics are coming – another chance to get the bunting out!

As you know, I really enjoyed the Diamond Jubilee weekend earlier this month and got into the full swing of the celebrations! And now, the Olympics are upon us and ...
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Interior design inspirations for my retro living room

When I moved in to my new home, the magnolia walls and featureless rooms meant that I had a blank canvas to create the comfortable home-of-my-dreams. The living room is ...
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DIY Project – Bathroom cabinet makeover

Due to our recent house move, we've been in need of a little more storage and when my husband picked up an old, scuffed, dark wood bathroom cabinet I couldn't ...
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In the best possible taste eh, Grayson Perry?

Last night I watched the Channel 4 programme by artist Grayson Perry 'In the Best Possible Taste' in which he researches the British class system for his recent artwork: 6 ...
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My Maneki Neko obsession – a new addition to the family!

I couldn't believe my luck when I was away on a short holiday last weekend and found a whole shop of lucky cats! I spent a lot of time gazing ...
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A DIY project – renovating an old dining chair

I desperately wanted a princess chair for my dressing table but the chairs I've seen in places like Laura Ashley and Dunelm are way out of my price range - ...
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My little Maneki Neko obsession…

I don't think it's too much of an overstatement when I say I love these lucky cats! My love of all things kitsch has been well documented over the years (I ...
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DIY project – renovating an old footstool

Here's a little DIY project that my husband and I did over the weekend (well, he did it and I 'helped' by saying yes to the fabric choice!). He ...
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Here’s one of my favourite pieces of furniture…

Do you remember this? Think back to your school days - was there one in your art classroom?? Did you have a drawer to yourself for your valuable prints and ...
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