The best part of doing your weekly food shop is by far spending more time mooching about the home section. Am I right?Read More
Can you believe Christmas day is almost upon us?
I've spent the weekend wrapping presents listening to cheesy Christmas tunes and drinking red wine way too early in the day. Feeling very festive indeed :)
Our front room looks a bit like Santa's grotto at the mo; we've gone all out on decorations, logs in the fireplace, bauble filled vases, the lot. It's looking really special, so I decided to keep the rest of my place looking less festive but still cosy with splashes of bright colours here and there so as not to take away from the christmas-chic room.
I thought I'd share our new bedding from Argos' range with you. I try to freshen up the look of our room quite regularly by changing the cushions, blankets and duvet covers, and over the past few weeks I just haven't been able to get enough of the colour mustard, so when I saw these cushions and knew they had to be mine.
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As jealous as I am that all you student folks are on your long summer holidays at the mo, I'm not so jealous about you having to up sticks from your cushy, the-fridge-is-always-full-of-nice-food, family home to student accommodation at the start of the academic year.
I suppose student homes don't have to be bare walls and mouldy curtains, though. With the right high street finds, it's really easy to pimp out your shared space or halls on a budget. HomeSense (possibly my favourite home store on the high street) challenged me to put together ideas for sprucing up a student house with just £20 to spend and here's how I got on.
Jesus, there was a heap load of nice stuff to buy at cheap prices. I thought this was going to be difficult but I ended up having to leave loads of stuff I wanted behind!
Make it cosy with cushions
Cable knit duck feather cushion, £11.00, HomeSense
Get sophisticated with candle stick holders
Silver plated candle stick holder, £5, HomeSense Sale
If you're doing an evening soirée and would rather avoid strongbow-fuelled house parties, opt for more sophisticated homely look with cheap candle stick holders. They look great as a centrepiece at dinner or for jazzing up console/bedside tables. This one was just £5 in the HomeSense sale... one of those purchases where you palpitate with joy when you see the price, and dart to the till point.
Be creative with storage
Pastel orange bowl, £3.99, HomeSense
Reckon I did well? Quite a lot of stuff for £20 I think. And if you have a whole house to fill, you could always keep £20 aside every month to go wild and add to your interior collections. It's always a slow process making a house look like a home, especially if you're on a tight budget, but I definitely recommend starting at HomeSense when you're on the market for unique finds.
Disclaimer: HomeSense gave me a gift voucher for this post but I wasn't obliged to write about them nor the topic. All my own creations :)
Did you see last Sunday's bargain of the week? It's official. I'm obsessed with glassware, pyrex and see-through interior bits.
I picked up 2 of these 'cappuccino' cups & saucers from a delightful, and on of my all time favourite shops in Brighton - Bert's Homestore. I can't step foot into this retro palace without walking out with an arm load of vintage baking utensils, pretty cups or handy kitchen gadgets, and unlucky for the purse strings I now live about a 3 minute walk away from their Hove store.
These sets were priced at £2.50 for the pair but since heading back in, they're now £2.50 each. Think I must have picked 'em up when they were priced wrong, but still they're worth every penny, I'm about to buy 2 more. Happy to say that my long search for pyrex cups is now completo!
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This weeks bargain was a total whim purchase on my break from work t'other day. I popped in to stock up on soup and milky ways, took a detour down the home aisle in Sainsburys and saw these little babies that I know will make a regular appearance in my recipes featured on here for a long time to come!
Aren't they cute? And an absolute steal. I've been using them for all sorts - yogurt and granola breakfasts, small portion crumble & custard, and this fruit salad and natural yogurt concoction I whipped together before Neil & I sat down to Game of Thrones last Monday.