Want your home to have the wow factor? Maybe you want to impress guests, or perhaps you just want a stunning, opulent space to enjoy in your own time. Most of us would love to live in a huge mansion, kitted out with the most beautiful decor if we had the choice, but that’s not to say you can’t have a lovely home if you’re not a millionaire. You can bring a touch of luxury to any space, and if you go about it in the right way, you’ll spend far less than you might think. Even if you live in a small city apartment like me, it is possible to get the home you love without it costing the earth. Here are some ideas to consider:


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Shop Sales
One of the best ways to snag great quality items at discounted prices is wait until sales are being run. End of line furniture is often massively reduced meaning you can save hundreds if you buy at the right time. This chesterfield leather sofa sale for example has up to thirty percent off which can mean over £500 savings on some pieces. If you know you’re in the market for a new piece of furniture, don’t just run out and buy the first thing that catches your eye. Follow your favourite furniture shops on social media, so you’ll be the first to hear about any sales, and keep an eye out for discounts. This allows you to fill your home with beautiful things but spending a fraction of what they originally cost.


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Scour Second Hand Finds
Furniture tends to be sturdily built, and a lot of pieces can last many lifetimes especially those made from solid wood. But people of course replace them far sooner than this. For this reason, it means you can often get hold of fantastic second hand pieces for next to nothing. Sure, some might need updating with a coat of paint and some new handles, but up-cycling can be good fun! Charity shops and car boot fairs are amazing for finding furniture and household decor gems. You might even get lucky and find someone selling designer or high-end furniture that’s nearly new for reduced costs; perhaps due to moving house and no longer having the space, or just because they fancied a change. Either way, it’s far cheaper than buying new. Plus recycling like this is good for the environment, and you get a beautiful piece for your home without breaking the bank.


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Mix and Match High and Low End
You can still achieve a luxurious looking home without spending a fortune on every item. You could buy an expensive sofa and accessorise with inexpensive cushions and rugs- that way they could be replaced easily later down the line if you want to switch up your room. You could buy an expensive dining table but with inexpensive, on- trend chairs. You could save on your bed frame but invest in a great mattress and beautiful bedding. There is literally so much choice on the high street in terms of home accessories, decor and bedding. Don’t be afraid to search places like Etsy and eBay for unique yet inexpensive items. You will find that sometimes you can find pieces that look like they cost far more than they did if you search carefully. Price is not always a reflection of good quality.


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How would you go about adding a touch of luxury to your home without breaking the bank?

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I love updating my home interior now and again and I am 100% on board with this metallic trend right now! I love it. There is no such thing as too much metallic for me! I particularly like the copper and gold accents.  I am not really in a position to overhaul all my furniture at the moment, and also it’s mainly white and neutral so it goes with any soft furnishings I decide to throw at it! Here are some of the metallic homeware pieces I’ve been lusting over lately and just might have to purchase in 2017:

Brushed Copper Lined Lamp – £45 from QUIRK @ notonthehighstreet

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 Mixed Metallic Wine Glass Set – £32 from Oliver Bonas

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Antique Mantle Clock – £6 from Matalan

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Gold Honeycomb Vase – £28 from Oliver Bonas

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Copper Foil Poster – £13.50 from Sarah & Bendrix @ notonthehighstreet

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Glass Terranium – £15 from Home Essentials

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Copper Lantern – £12 from Wilko

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Grey & Copper Storage Trunk – £40 from Habitat

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‘Nottingham’ Copper Floor Lamp – £195 from Habitat

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What do you think of my choices? Can you see any of them in your living room? I’d love to know your thoughts.

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I would describe my interior design style as very eclectic. I like a lot of things in a lot of different colours and styles; not much really ‘matches’ or follows a theme. However, looking around the other day I noticed that without really realising it I have build up quite a collection of wildlife inspired decor. I love animals, so I suppose it is only right that they have began to invade my home. And since we are in rented and not able to have any pets really these little buddies are the best I can do for now.

I thought I’d introduce a few of my animal influences and how I came to own them:

Rubber Duck Collection – Various shops 

Bathroom

I really love these guys – they make me smile every time I catch sight of them when I’m brushing my teeth! I went through a phase of collecting them for a while. I love how colourful they are and they really jazz up our white bathroom. I can’t remember where I got all of them individually but the far right one is from Harrods! So he certainly wasn’t cheap! They are a really good fun decoration though.

Crystal Bird Bedside Lamp -Wilkinson

Bedroom 

Again, I bought this when I moved into my place for the first time. It’s sooo pretty,  the crystals are beautiful and it really goes with my vintage theme in the bedroom. Wilko are really good for home and interiors – I seem to remember I picked this up for about £20 and I’ve had it a good few years. It’s really lovely as a bedside lamp too because it gives out a really soft level of lighting, perfect for reading before bed.

Turtle Incense Stick Burner – Gift

Living Room

This was a gift from my mum and I’ve know idea where she got it from but I had to include it in this because it’s just gorgeous. Our living room is majority white and minimalistic (the joys of rented property) but I like to add pops of strong, bright colours to liven it up a bit – see my post on this here. This turtle is perfect because it’s a really nice bright turquoise colour which looks really striking on my white surfaces. I love the turtle too, I’ve been lucky enough to dive with giant sea turtles 3 times in the wild so they are very special to me.

Black and White Ornamental Elephant – Habitat

Living Room

Elephants are a big part of our lives and hold a special place in our hearts and our relationship. Elephants have always been my favourite animal – I spent time in an elephant sanctuary in Thailand with them and have always loved them. I also love what they represent; strength, wisdom and peacefulness. They are such amazing animals. A few years ago, long before we got engaged, Paul and I decided to get a matching tattoo as a symbol of our ‘forever’ commitment and we decided on a beautiful elephant design. So elephants have become an important symbol for us. We got this as a housewarming gift when we moved into our apartment and it’s gorgeous. I love the cream and grey colours, and it makes me smile everytime I look at it.

Elephant and Turtle Cuddly Toys! – Gifts

Living Room

Yes – I’m still a child inside and I still have cuddly toys on display! But these arnt worn out teddies they are ‘luxury’ toys which I have taken really good care of and are used for decorative purposes. They were both gifts – and are my favourite animals! I love the turtle particularly because it’s so colourful and my brother bought it back from Sri Lanka for me.

What kind of home decor style do you like? Do you have much wildlife influence in your home?

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To create a beautiful wedding – it’s all in the details! You may think that people won’t remember the little things from the day, but in fact it’s what they remember over everything else! I don’t really have an eye for detail, so I left it mostly in the capable hands of our wedding planners in Greece (Zante Weddings) to organise, however there were a few smaller things that my mum and me chose in the UK and took out with us for the big day.

Table Set Up

I was totally obsessed with Pinterest before my big day and I spent many hours searching and pinning ‘boho table set ups’. I think you can tell! I wanted something simple, boho and rustic looking with pastel colours and ivory and definately not matchy matchy.


The flowers, mason jars and table wear were provided by the planner but everything else was found by either me or my mum and brought from the UK or sources in Greece.

The male favours for example (pictured above) were different Olive Oil Fusions which be bought from a local Zakynthian gift shop. We then tied the twine and favour tags on ourselves. In this picture you can also see the corner of our ‘bonus’ favours which everyone got on their place setting. We bought 50 scratch cards from the UK and placed them in vintage brown mini envelopes which we sourced from eBay! 

I was so pleased with our place name cards which also came from EBay. They were really good value and looked really classy and elegant. My mum wrote the names as she has such lovely handwriting! You can see these place name cards here.

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The favours for the girls were Olive soaps which, again, we bought locally in Zakynthos. I liked the fact that we were supporting the local community. We purchased the favour bags in advanced and they came from The Last Detail; a great website with lots of cute wedding decor ideas.

The favour tags, which we tied into each favour individually, came from ArtCuts UK; a lovely company which we found at the National Wedding Show. We ordered these cute tags pictured above as well as some really unique table confetti which were wooden too – to make a change from the standard rose petals!

Lastly – but one of my favourite things about the table set up – were our personalised stickers which we used on the scratch card envelopes. The came from Zazzle, a brilliant site where you can literally personalise anything for your wedding! They really made the envelopes extra special. 

Personalised wooden ring box.

This was a surprise for us from my mum. How cute is it?! She got it online, I’m not sure of the exact supplier but there are many eBay stockists who do similarly beautiful ones.

Guest Book Table

The vintage suitcases were provided by the planners, and the lettering is from Art Cuts again. Touches like this really make the reception venue look super classy.

You can just about see another Art Cuts sign which reads ‘Mr & Mrs Erler’ in the corner. Also pictured here is the table plan which we wrote in a ‘chalk look pen’ on a peice of blackboard from eBay. My mum also came up with the idea of the coloured pens and those bits of paper which say ‘draw a picture of the Bride and Groom!’ This was brilliant as it gave the guests something to do while they were waiting for the dinner, and it’s also hilarious to look back on lots of ridiculous illustrations of us! My creative cousin made the signs.

I even brought my ‘happy signs’ from my walls at home! They were a lovely touch to the inside of the villa.

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A few photos of some extra thingswhich definitely  weren’t essential but really made a difference to the details. 


Vintage Just Married Bunting – EBay.

Self designed and customised card for my vows – Zazzle

Mr & Mrs Signs and Photo Booth – provided by the planner.

It’s true what they say – the devil is in the detail. You may not notice these small things on the day, but looking back at pictures I notice something different every time! I hope by sharing some of our choices it may give other couples some ideas for their day about what sort of thing is out there. Trust me – there is a lot of choice! 

Brides – have you made any decisions for your wedding day yet? 

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If, like me and most twenty-somethings trying to make it in this world, you are renting your current place of residence then you may be familiar with the term I have affectionate coined; The Magnolia Nightmare.

We live in a small (and by small I mean smaller than some 4-man tents) apartment in London and the bedroom kinda leads into the living room which leads into the kitchen so it’s all painted the same shade of lovely Magnolia. Which is not really an issue except for the fact that it’s so boring. And unfortunately when you don’t own the house it’s not your colour scheme to change.

So, a little tip to combat the cream, use accessories to add mad pops of colour to your home! I love bright colours, particularly pinks (can you tell?!) and pastel tones, so I have furnished and accessorized my flat within an inch of it’s life to give it some oomph. And I must say I think it looks fab.

Choosing really strong colours on an otherwise plain background is a really nice style choice for those who don’t want to invest too much time and money in a property which isn’t theirs – you can always take the soft furnishings with you It also means you can update your interior easily as styles and your tastes change. It’s not necessary to spend a fortunate on your place, a few well placed things can make all the difference and can say a lot about your personality. Plus, so many high street shops now do really good quality homewear at bargain prices.

A few pops of colour in my apartment:

Bright Cushions – Primark.

Tropical Fabric Birds – Gift.

Handmade pink Dreamcatchers – Etsy (read my post here).

Audrey Hepburn pop art canvas – charity shop!

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