Interior Bargains #8: The perfect Herringbone blanket

Grey/White Herringbone throw £10, Primark

Hallelujah. It's a miracle. I've knabbed myself a herringbone blanket that looks the part and didn't cost the best part of £90 like all the others I want online.

Not sure if you know of Bronte throws? Non? Well I've had my eye on their soft, pastel grey blankets since forever. There's something very traditional and 'farmer-chic' about them that I've fallen head over heels for. 

Whilst I save up for a much better quality, thick Bronte version to call my own and keep me warm on wintery nights, I picked up this rather bargainous stand-in for only a tenner. It certainly looks the part, although there's about as much heat in it as a cat in an igloo. 

I love the delicate grey print, the white tassels and the way it effortlessly tosses over the new love of my life (Chesterfield sofa) giving it a wintery feel. Shame it's very thin, but in this case, I don't mind channelling style over substance. 

What do you think? The blanket comes in lilac and green too (at least if I remember correctly).... Let me at 'em!

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Interior bargains #7: More love for supermarket home buys

Aldi Vintage bed spread £24.99

Another one of Aldi's finest. Last week I featured Aldi's vintage cushion covers (one seen right there on me bed) and this week I've gone even more floral mad with this vintage bed spread from their new collection. Ok it's £25. Some wouldn't really call that a high street 'bargain' - but when you compare this to the price of say Holly Willoughby's scalloped edge bedding (which I ADORE, by the way) it seems like a damn good compromise. Scalloped blankets are beautiful, aren't they?

And I'll have you know this is a sensible buy too! Perfect for all those times you have friends drunkenly fall asleep on your sofa, perfect for rolling up as an added layer when you go camping, and even more perfect for making your room look as feminine as physically poss without your other half complaining. It's one of those 'will never go out of fashion' finds and I've seen similar stuff in the £50 mark, so BARGAIN IT IS!

Now all I need is a little cat to curl up with on it.... 

Happy shopping :)

Disclaimer: I was gifted this duvet spread from the Aldi press team but all opinions are my own and I was under no obligation to write a post about 'em. 

FYI - striped duvet cover is from M&S (Similar to this) Bed frame is from Dunelm Mill a loooong time ago, and everything else is probably picked up from Kemptown Flea Market. 

Interior bargains #2: The perfect jar for stashing cotton pads

Bathroom storage ideas ›› Storing Cotton Pads

Vintage Glass Barrel Jar, £3.99, Dunelm Mill

It's that time of week again! :) In case you didn't see last week's post, I've started a new Sunday feature showing you my weird and wonderful interior buys I've scoured the shops for to bring a homely touch to my new place, but for dirt cheap prices. Hopefully if you're looking for some items to spruce up your houses you might find some bargainous inspiration ;)

This week I have yet more bathroom storage, and even more Dunelm adoration lined up! 

Since first setting eyes on the Zara Home glass jars, I instantly swooned. Such an elegant addition to a bedroom or bathroom, and perfect for storing Q-tips, I told myself. Then I clocked the price tag and had palpitations. Who in their right mind would spend £16 on a glass jar when Dunelm Mill do an almost exact replica for a quarter of the price? This bad boy is the perfect addition to my bathroom storage, housing all my cotton pads - free from the dangers of spillages.

Bathroom storage ideas ›› Storing Cotton Pads

Bathroom storage ideas ›› Storing Cotton Pads

What do you reck? Do you stash your cotton pads in a pretty place too?

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Interior bargains #1: Storage for the bathroom

Storage ideas for the bathroom

Larger cotton crochet basket, £6.99 Dunelm Mill
Smaller cotton crochet basket, £2.99, Dunelm Mill

Well friends, it's been almost 2 weeks since I wrote my last post on here and it feels pretty good to be finally typing from Neil & I's headquarters in Hove.

We moved on the 15th May, to an empty shell of a flat and have since thrown all our energy into making it feel more like a home - in the uproar of cardboard boxes (cameras were in the bathroom, computers in the hallway) blogging has taken a massive back seat while we get ourselves sorted.

I thought I'd start a new series showcasing all the interior high street bargains I've been collecting before the move and thereafter. Hopefully if you're looking to move into a new place, or jazz up your current homes these posts might give you something to work on - for pennies a pop. We all love a bargain of the home interior variety.

Storage ideas for the bathroom

First up are these gorge crochet baskets I picked up from Dunelm Mill (my all time fave interior store in Sussex don't ya know). They're perfect for collecting the heaps of beauty products us bloggers seem to accumulate tonnes of.

Although I've steered away from blogging reviews of beauty products simply because I never have the time nor dedication to stick to trial skincare for any longer than 3 days - I'm just too faithful to my select favourites -  these baskets work really well if you have an excess of products to choose from and look lush in any bathroom. Open baskets allow you to root around and find the exact things you need, bypassing other products that might tickle your fancy too ;)

Storage ideas for the bathroom

Isn't the pattern just lovely? Hope you like my first in the series of home interior bargains. Lots more where this came from to come :)

Now go enter my giveaway! Not long left! 

Win this stunning tripod floor lamp from Alison at Home worth £175.

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Insanely good news! (one of those life lately posts)

Insanely good news! Finally bought a home! Read more:

It hasn't quite sunk in yet, that yesterday we finally exchanged contracts and purchased a home. We actually bought a property. How crazy is that. Something I thought would be at least another 5 or 6 years away, happened yesterday.

I'm officially about to become one of those 'umm, Hove, actually' ladies, and aside from having my own blank canvas to decorate, I think I'm most excited about trying a whole new array of takeaways. Life. Is. Good. Yippeeee!

I've set a few new-home resolutions I wanna share, in the hope that if I write them down here, I'll have to commit. 

Here's a few things I wanna do more of once we move in on Thursday:

  • Check out all Hove's tea & cake offerings and share more on this blog. Small batch, Ethels Kitchen, Maroccos, I gigi, V & H Café, the list goes on... I'm comin' your way.
  • Runs along la promenade. Let's be realistic, will probs turn into strolls with a stop off for ice cream, but still, spending more time at the beach is a must :)
  • Trial some home DIYs. I've bought my first can of spray paint for my first project - blates inspired by A Fab Life.
  • Learn some tips and tricks in photography. Now that Neil & I are living together, what's his is mine (lols) and therefore all his camera gear is mine for playing around with (he'll be shaking his head if he reads this). Early June, me and a few Brighton bloggers are heading to a photography masterclass to experiment more with our DSLRs and interior photography is on my radar. Can't wait to learn more.
  • Begin the Blog Life e-course by Elsie & Emma of A Beautiful Mess. It sounds like the perfect opportunity to learn more about brand identity, optimising traffic and building readership. Not just for this blog, but my marketing career too.

Wish me luck! 

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How to enhance your home with simple lighting

How to enhance your home with simple lighting (and WIN a tripod floorlamp worth £175!) ››

I've gone and dedicated a whole pinterest board solely to lighting ideas around the home. For me, lighting is such a crucial aspect in interior design to get right. It instantly sets the mood of your home and it can give you a creative outlet to experiment with different looks, knowing that if you do anything wrong it's easily fixed.

Experimenting with lighting can drastically change a room from calm, cosy and romantic, to energising and vibrant. And that's just from opening the curtains. 

I've come up with a few tips to accentuate light in all different spaces. These are just a few things I'll be thinking about when I come to move in a few weeks time. Oh and there's an absolutely FANTASTIC giveaway courtesy of the beautiful Alison at Home online interior shop. I've honestly never been so jealous. I want to keep it all for myself.

First up here's some tips for lighting your space....

How to enhance your home with simple lighting (and WIN a tripod floorlamp worth £175!) ››

Hang mirrors to introduce an illusion of natural light - Great tip for those living in darker houses or basement flats. Focus on hanging mirrors opposite windows so that they let the natural light bounce both sides of the room. If you're living in rented accommodation and are a little reluctant to drilling walls, go for smaller dressing table mirrors resting against walls. I adore this Alison at Home Hartnell Bevelled Edge Mirror on this trestle table. It's really nice to play around with various heights if you're going for more than one in the room. 

How to enhance your home with simple lighting (and WIN a tripod floorlamp worth £175!) ››

For smaller windows, opt for sheer materials - If you aren't blessed with humongous windows the length and width of walls, make the most of the light you do have by hanging sheer curtains. Go for fabrics like voile or muslin, that will naturally let the light flood through and depending on what colour you choose, reds/oranges will add more warmth to the room.

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Quirky candle holders are a win when you're entertaining - Apart from the obvious 'oh LOVE the candle holder, where's this from?' chat you're sure to conjure up (everyone loves a bit of candlestick compliments), lighting candles are a nice way to let guests know you've gone to a tiny bit of effort and sets a really welcoming tone. This fabulous owl candle stand is such a great focal point on a large table or mantelpiece. 

How to enhance your home with simple lighting (and WIN a tripod floorlamp worth £175!) ››

Dot 'task lighting' accents around the home - Task lighting is the light you need to do a specific job, bedside lamps for reading, desk lights etc. Dotting all sorts of lamps, uplights, downlights, candles and lanterns across your house, gives a really nice insight into how you use the space, adding lots of character and texture to your home. A personal fave of mine are 'reading corners'. I love armchairs placed next to floor lamps with lots of blankets to provide the perfect spot to read or sit on your laptop.

This leads me on very nicely to what you've all been waiting for...

Win your very own Colonial Tripod Lamp (worth £175!)

How to enhance your home with simple lighting (and WIN a tripod floorlamp worth £175!) ››

Alison at Home have been insanely generous and are offering my readers the chance to win one of their eclectic Colonial Tripod Floor Lamps from the Heritage collection, worth £175! 

The giveaway is open to UK residents only. The very lucky winner will be announced on the 31st May 2014 12am and the prize will be delivered to your door a week after. Just in time for sprucing your home up after a spring clean :)

To enter, all you have to do is follow my blog on bloglovin and like my page on facebook, filling in the rafflecopter below.

A winner will be drawn and I will check for proof of entry. If that person has entered without following or tweeting I will choose another winner.

There's lots of bonus entries on there too, so fill your boots and good luck! I'll just go crawl into my envious cave.....

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If you're based in or around London, be sure to check out Alison at Home's pop up concession at House of Fraser on Oxford Street from May 12th! 

Spring pastel interior ideas for the bedroom

Pastel interior ideas for the bedroom ››

I mentioned in my last interior post '10 reasonably priced home interior sites' that when I move into my new place, I'll be decorating Neil & I's bedroom with a pastel scheme. Not too feminine but still pulling off the hotel-chic, crisp white bedlinen look I love. Like every other over-excited homebuyer I've been pinning all hell out of inspiration for bedroom decor and have since tried finding items to create the look without breaking the bank. 

Check out what I found. Turns out Tesco and George at Asda are an absolute haven for cheap and cheerful pastel looks.
Pastel interior ideas for the bedroom ››

I have one of those nu-vintage white frame beds that's looking a bit too basic at the mo and think something like this chevron print duvet adds a fun focal point for the room. Not 100% on buying these or just crisp white/embroidered, but might pick some up for spares.

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Wood and wicker laundry baskets, from £29.99, Zara home

Did I ever share my serious OBSESSION with all things wicker? I think it's the country bumpkin in me. I'm expecting at lease two or three wicker accents in every room. These are roomy enough for two people's dirty laundry so I'm snapping them up!

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Pastel pink flannelette bed sheets, from £8.99, Dunelm Mill

Pink bedsheets are so 90s it hurts my eyes, but how cute eh? I've already bought the brushed cotton/flannelette set from Dunelm and they're great quality. Might go all out and stock up on blue too.

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This will fit beautifully layered at the end of the bed, and makes a handy quilt to have around on those drunken nights when your bezzy passes out on the sofa ;) I actually saw the exact same quilt from Next retailing at £50... the George one might not be as great quality but screw it. Bargain.

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Decorated knob (Pack of 2) £7.99, Zara Home

We're buying the biggest wardrobe you've ever seen for our bedroom, and while part of me wishes I could find a second hand, more solid piece of oak furniture rather than brand new MDF-type furniture, there's just nothing else out there. To take the modern edge off I plan to switch the wardrobe door handles so they look a little less contemporary. A great way to cheer up dull furniture for dirt cheap.

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Teal Toile Cushion, £12, Next

Watercolour-esque cushions like these would look beauts on plain white bed sheets with 4 different complementing blankets in all sorts of textures. I love how these are also pin-striped on the reverse side so you can switch it up.

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Teal Knit Cushion, £14, Next

I'd pair the above cushions with these waffle knit bad boys. The colours are perfect together and similarly with wicker baskets (above) waffle knit makes me go weak at the knees. Pah.

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Aimee Bed Linen, starts from £20, Cologne & Cotton

I realise even by just buying the pillowcase I would blow the budget in one sitting, but bedsheets couldn't get any more perfect than this Aimee range from Cologne & Cotton. Simple, excellent quality and delicate detail. Gimme! 

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Lolita lamps, too-expensive-to-advertise?, Nika Zupanc

It never sits well when products are left unpriced on posh sites but these lamps/lightshades are so adorable I wanna cry. If you see any similar. Hit me up asap.

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Anything that's designed to wake me up with an alarm that resembles a foghorn doesn't constitute any more cash than around £3. This little thing looks deceivingly cute, but I bet it's at risk of being thrown across the room at 7am. 

Join me over on pinterest to have a nosey of all the interior stuff I'm pinning. It's pretty addictive. I could easily get lost for a whole day on doing this....

What colour shall I paint our new front door?

I took another trip to our new place to measure up last weekend, and kinda fell in love with it all over again. We should be *keep all your fingers and toes crossed* exchanging contracts some time in early May, ready for a spring move around the 15th. I'm unbelievably excited. So excited that it periodically dawns on me how I'm soon moving out into my own flat, which cues me running around current home doing the Beyoncé booty shake. 

The front door currently is white, so I'm dying to get my paws on it and give it a good boot of colour once we're in. It's the first thing people will be welcomed with when they come to visit, so I want it to have a bright, eccentric edge. Swaying towards cherry tomato/canary yellow for pure wow factor. 

What do you reckon?

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10 reasonably priced home interior sites

10 reasonably priced home interior sites

With Neil and I all penciled in for moving house in late May, it's just dawned on us how much basic furniture and appliances we need to buy... and that's before we even begin to plan those finishing touches that make a house a home. If there's one thing buying a home has taught me (bar the definition of LTV) it's that interior is my new found passion. I've always wistfully roamed the aisles of Home Sense, dreaming of owning my own home and how I'd decorate it all, but now I've found myself reading books about it and yep, forking out £4 a pop on Elle Decoration. That's dedication right there.

Here are a bunch of home interior shops we've got our beady eyes on for the new place. And some not too pricey either.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites


Contemporary pieces at a cut of the price. cut out the middle men and buy directly from the designers and makers, allowing them to keep prices low and the offerings excellent quality. Particularly reasonable for quirky chairs, sofas and lighting, I've seen a few floor lamps that will definitely be going in my basket.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites

Home Sense

A high street favourite of mine. We have a fairly big outlet in Brighton that stock tonnes of vases, kitchenware, photo frames, rugs etc, but I've heard amazing things about the Chichester store - they stock furniture?! (one day, one day) Home Sense is incredible for unique, low cost buys. I have big plans to make my own gallery wall and with the range of frames on offer at Home Sense, I know exactly where to go for a spend up.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites

Alexander & Pearl

I found this place as I was having a flick through Style at Home (fave mag ever at the mo). It's THE place to shop for that coveted 'industrial chic' we see in almost every new coffee shop that hits the town. I love the mix of iron and wood furniture, and the eclectic trunks. Not quite so appealing on the purse strings, but we're saving up for a sturdy chest coffee table that might come from here.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites

We searched high up, low down on our internet travels for a chesterfield sofa bed. Our new place is just a one-bedder so if we ever want our family to stay, a sofa bed is a must. Trouble is, I absolutely despise the look of them - they're so boxy with no character. I was considering sacking it off and having our ma's sleep on an air bed - until we found this gem. Chesterfields are the one thing I've long pined after, so we're doing it, and thank God Oldboot Sofas stock this beaut. Doesn't look like a sofa bed at all does it? 

For similar leather creations, you should have a look at Newman and Bright's Italian leather sofa range. Some stunning great quality pieces of furniture to be had.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites


This one's a local haunt, so apologies for all you non-Brightonians. I LOVE Edited. They sell a mix of retro soft furnishings and stools, and the most beautiful tapered candles that will make you never want to light them. Whenever I'm stuck for interior ideas or colour schemes I just click on their site and weep at their unusual home accessories, I want it all that bad. Fingers crossed they start selling more and more bits on their inspiring site - their shop is stocked with stunning bits and bobs!

10 reasonably priced home interior sites

Laura Ashley stock dreamy soft furnishings. This very photo pinched from their site will form the very replica of how I see our new room looking once I'm done with it. We'll be channeling the distressed white 'vintage look' furniture, with minty pastels and heaps of textured blankets and cushions. Maybe even some 'Grow your own lavender' that I was gifted for my birthday. Laura Ashley is my first port of call for the country look, thick knit blankets and fluffy cushions. 

10 reasonably priced home interior sites


Another high street fave. Of all 10 home interior places I recommend in this post, I think 80% of the stuff I buy for the new place will be from Next. I just got back from their mahoosive branch in Holmbush after spending an hour looking around for a sofa (but to no avail, boo) and a further hour choosing between all the reams of rugs, lighting, curtains, blinds they have, at such reasonable prices. Once we measure up the new place, we're hiring a car and driving out for a big spend up.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites

Urban Outfitters

One not many of us would think about for decorating the home, more decorating our wardrobes! But UO have a really trendy selection of colourful furniture and bedding that would add serious levels of photogenic-ness to a room. I'll be picking up home accessories like door mats, magazine racks and key holders from here - it's great for those little bits that add character to a space.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites

Emmie Home Interiors

Found Emmie mentioned in a magazine too. There are some really beautiful planters on offer here, perfect for brightening up a shady patio. I also particularly love the patio lighting available to buy. Lanterns can make a garden look much more welcoming in the summer nights with the odd candle here and there. For now, we'll be focussing more on decorating the inside of the place, but as soon as weather starts warming up I can't wait to feature garden projects.

10 reasonably priced home interior sites

Just wow at everything on this site. The patterned blankets, the 'Alice in Wonderland'-esque furniture and the stunning girly console tables. I've had my eye on a few hallway furnishings I can't choose between. People think I'm mad looking to spend £300 on a hallway table, just so I have somewhere to put my keys and letters, but I don't care. When they're as nice as this they're worth every penny! I'll just add that to my to save for list... eeek.

Can you recommend anywhere else to shop? I'm on the hunt!

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