25 Affordable Homeware Pieces Under £25

During lockdown I feel like everyone is spending their extra time updating their homes. Whether that’s painting a wall, changing up some accessories or going the whole way and doing a full room transformation. This is the perfect time to spend time on your home, making it a more personal and comfortable space to spend lockdown in. I honestly think you can’t beat having a space you love and want to spend time in. So, if you’re looking to change up a full room or just buy some new bits for your home, I thought I would share 25 homeware pieces that won’t break the bank…

As you can probably tell about these choices, I love a good gold accent. This could be on the chain of a mirror, like this hexagonal one from M&S. This has a real vintage vibe with the gold chain and shape of the mirror, but would make a great contrast to a modern home. There’s also this gorgeous, round gold lamp from George at Asda. Their homeware is really affordable, on trend and these lamps would be a perfect way to add in a metallic element to your room. This style of lamp is usually expensive, but these are a great pick up item at just £18. Or if you’re looking to add a bit of gold into every meal or for a special occasion, then this set of gold cutlery would be perfect. They are super affordable, great to add a bit of opulence to your dining room and I just love the 1920’s vibe. Or if you’re just looking for a few smaller accessories to add to a room, then this shell jewellery dish or this alphabet candle would be perfect. I’m just obsessed with anything with my initial on, it gives a really personal vibe to a room, perfect for a living room or bedside table. 

I’m also such a sucker for a beautiful cushion and so I had to include some in this post. Let’s start with this tropical leaf printed one from George at Asda. Not only do I love the green background and the beautiful gold detailing, picking one up will also cost you under £10. Cushions can be super expensive and I just think there’s really no need when you can them so affordably, you just need to shop in the right places. If you’re looking for something a bit more toned down, then I also love this navy bee cushion, from M&S. I’m really into this deep navy blue colour, and this would be the perfect way to add in a darker and more cosy tone without committing to a full wall or room. The embroidery is also super cute and the bee is bang on trend. 

5 Things I’ve Learnt From My Online Interior Design Courses

In my last post I mentioned that I’ve been spending my time in lockdown learning a new skill and taking some online Interior Design courses. This is something I’ve been interested in for years and having my own house to renovate last year, really was the fuel to light the fire again. I just loved being able to plan out the design of room exactly what I wanted and I was obsessed with finding ideas on Pinterest. Ever since then I’ve been thinking about doing an online course or even going into the home side of buying, in my future career. So, I thought you might all be interested in it too and some of the things I’ve learnt so far, about my own style and how to start planning the design for a room.

I know you will all thinking where did she find these courses and what is the situation with paying for them. Basically I googled free online course for Interior Design and there’s so many different ones. I wasn’t bothered about getting a qualification or doing any assignments, I just wanted to have fun and learn some proper techniques to help me with my own home. So, eventually I found a styling and a decorating course through a website called skill share. You do have to pay after a month or so, but I’m just doing a few trial at the minute and making the most of it whilst I can. The one’s I’ve been doing are quick and easy videos to watch and I just go through them in my spare time. You can find them HERE  and HERE if you’re interested. 

A massive thing I used to struggle with was actually defining my design style. I use to pin so many different styles on my Pinterest boards and just felt confused on what I truly loved versus what I just liked the look of in the picture. So, one of the first things I did on the course was a quiz. This was a quick and easy way to find out what my style was based on the design of different products. I just had to pick the one I was most drawn to straight away, and it came out that my style is modern glam. 

So, I’m sure you’re all wondering how do you know what is classed as modern glam.  Well to start off with this is an actual design style and can be put into Pinterest or Google. Then you can see thousands of examples of the style, with different fabrics and colours. It’s defined as modern design, but has influences from old Hollywood and the Art Deco period. Essentially that’s where the opulent fabrics, metallic colours and curved designs come from. All the pictures above are examples of modern glam I found on Pinterest and just give you a little flavour of some of the looks I love. 

I’ve always known I liked modern design, but not the minimalistic and Scandinavian look. So as soon as I found out this was my design style, it instantly made sense. I love metallics, Art Deco patterns and colours, and to have a real warmth in a room. 

This is always the hardest part of designing a room for me, because I do love colour but I also don’t want to fill my home with it. On the other hand I don’t want cream or white walls everywhere. So when the course instructor mentioned the different types of colours and how to use them this was music to my ears, and one of the reasons I wanted to do an actual course, to properly learn how to use colour. 

So basically there is warm colours, such as red, pinks and oranges, which are energising and vibrant. There is also cooler colours that are calming and peaceful, such as white’s, blue’s and grey’s. This can help you determine how you want the room to feel overall as well as your own personal taste with colour. She basically suggested that you should pair a few cool colours and one or two warmer colours together. This way the room will feel balanced. For me I want to make sure my bedrooms feel calming, and so will be focusing more cool tones in there. But you can add warm through metallics, such as brass or gold, if you don’t want to add a bright colour to the room. 

I feel like this is always the hardest bit when you come to designing a room from scratch, so you need a super exciting piece to base the rest of your room decor around. This could be something big like a bed, or sofa, or something smaller like a table or even a piece of art work. This is a starting point and then you can reference everything else in the room around that. This piece is usually the function of the room, but it depends on the items you like and already own. 

You can then pick out colours, design styles and shapes from this piece. For example, if you have a piece of art work thats black and white with a pop of gold, then you make this your colour palette and choose items that reflect the feel of the artwork. this could be feminine, warm, abstract, whatever you want really, as long as it feels in the same theme to the original piece. 

When you start planning a room you will have loads of accessories to help style the room and finish it off. When you are at this stage of designing and finishing a  room, just clear the room of accessories and bring together items from across your home, and new pieces that you could potentially put in the room. Then play around and choose different sections to style in the room. Think about the size of the item, texture, fabric and how you want the whole look of the room to feel. If you feel like you want to change up your room, you can always do this, sometimes a change of accessories can completely change up a room. 

Now I’ve started doing these course I’ve realised just how much I love interior design, I’m even looking into buying roles where I would work in the homeware industry. I just think it would be a role totally different from clothing but still be so much fun. I’ve always loved design as a whole and making things looks aesthetically pleasing and so I’ve always known I would love styling my home, when I eventually got the chance. Now I’m obsessed with Pinterest, searching for inspiration and creating moods boards online. I love the website and app Room Styler, you can make online mood boards, with colours, fabrics, textures and pieces you’ve found online, and also even plan out the layout of your rooms. I know you might think this is extra, but I just love doing it all. 

6 Quick Ways To Refresh Your Home This Spring

As everyone is in the house and a lot of us are no longer working, we’re finally starting to get round to all the jobs that have been on our to-do lists for years. Whether it’s making that piece of Ikea furniture, getting the garden to look presentable ready for many at home quarantine drinks parties or just waiting that room you’ve always been wanting to re-design. Being at home so much also makes us want to change up the spaces around our homes and make sure they really work for you. That may be setting up the perfect work space or just a really cosy living room to binge your favourite Netflix series in. So, if you’re feeling the interior design bug and want to change things up a little bit, I thought I would share 6 quick ways to change up your home. 

  1. Shop Your Home 

This is something that’s so easy and a pend free way to update areas of your home. Sometimes all you need to do is change up the cushions you have ink a room, or a piece of artwork and it can completely change the feel of a room. Changing items to another room that you never originally planned to put them can just create such a different dimension. I would recommend that you pick a room and remove all the accessories, then shop your home and see what you can find to replace them and then add any of the original items back in afterwards. This can take a good few hours, is super fun and doesn’t need to cost you anything at all. 

2. Create A Feature Wall

This can be done in so many different ways. Of course you can wallpaper one wall, if you have some spare lying around or you can paint it. Painting it is a really quick and easy way and you can get paint from your local walk’s or d.i.y shops that are still open. 

If you don’t want to get messy and paint a wall you could create a gallery wall with artwork and quotes. This focuses attention on one wall and also looks really cute. You can busy some lovely prints online, Desenio is a great one, and you can create whatever theme you want. 

3. Add Texture To A Room

Adding texture to a room really helps to give it another dimension and also gives it extra warmth. The best way to do this really quickly and easily is to add in a throw or carpet. I love a good cosy room and a throw is also great to put around you when watching a film. 

The texture doesn’t have to be either of these, it can be a fluffy cushion, a quilted bed sheet or a textured piece of furniture.

4. Use A Mirror Or Two

Mirrors are a great way to make a small room look bigger and to add more light. If you add a big mirror to a bare wall then it reflects the rest of the room in it and instantly makes the room look bigger. If you place it near or opposite a window then the mirror can reflect the light across the room. You could even add multiple mirrors to elongate the light down a room or mirrored furniture too. 

5. Upcycle A Piece Of Furniture

We all know that over time our personal style changes and so do trends. We can get bored of furniture items easily however new ones can get really expensive and take a long time to get delivered. So, why don’t you spend your time in quarantine by up-cycling a piece. You can get some amazon g furniture paint, and all you need is a roller/paint brush, sanding paper and some time on your hands. 

6. Change Round Your Layout

A super easy way to change your room is to re-do your layout. Think about moving your bed into a different direction, put your sofa in different part of the room or change up your work space. This can transform the look but also the feel or a room and can only take a few hours and some strong arms. 

Interior Design Snippets: Bedroom Edition

Interior design is something that I’ve really grown to love over the last year with having a house of my own and also moving into this flat in London. No matter whether you own your house or rent it, its so important to be able to make your mark on it and truly make it your home. Not just a house or flat that you live in. When I moved into this flat, back in August, even though I’m only here for a year, my key focus was making it feel lived in. I didn’t want just the basic furniture the flat came with and not anything cute on our window sills. I wanted it to feel loved, lived in and make it so much easier for us to settle in. 

So, as I share the flat with one of my best friends, my bedroom was my space to fully design how I wanted it. I bought all my white furniture from home and paired it with the black desk and shelves that were already here. I’ve never been so happy to have shelves that I could design and be able to have all my fashion books on display. My bed actually faces this area and I always look at the canvas on the top every night, as it reminds me of amazing memories in New York. I also love this light up ‘R’ as it’s the first time I’ve really displayed it and made it a feature in a room, since I got it for Christmas a few years ago. It has a real industrial vibe and it looks great with all the feminine pinks and whites in the room. 

When it comes to my window sills, there’s not an amazing amount I can do with them as I’ve got shutters which take up a lot of room around the window. So, this little space is one of my favourite styled area’s. It has a memory of my 18th birthday, a sign that my mum bought me which always reminds me of her and then something to just keep my room smelling nice. I always think a good sent can really make a place feel homely, as it creates a bit of an identity and also makes you feel relaxed as soon as you walk in the door.

As a lot of you might know or have already worked out from seeing snippets of my flat and my house, is that I love quotes. No where is ever complete without a quote. I love being able to just come across one and it reminds me of a certain memory or just a bit of encouragement to keep on smashing the day. The two ceramic signs are from East Of India, and we also have two really cute coasters from them too. I love how they are really simple and would tie in with any design style. 

Finally, lets talk about my two side tables. I actually never had proper ones in my house and never had time to re-design my old bedroom. So, when I knew I was coming to the flat I straight away wanted to have a space to style and keep my books and magazines. I love how each one kind of has its own identity, but still has a silver theme running through. You can tell that the one with the orchid is my side of the bed, and I love having a few products to hand as well as some cute photos to look at before I go to bed. The other side is not quite as cute, but is my boyfriend’s when he comes to stay. of course the pink  jewellery tray wouldn’t be his choice, but it’s my room so there has to be glimmers of pink everywhere. Then I’ve just got a picture of both us of us in Amsterdam and one of me and my dad. I like to have memories of both my parents around, as it reminds me of happy memories and just them both all the time.