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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Hey lovelies! I don't know about you but my home is my sanctuary, particularly my bedroom! For me, it has to be a place where I can relax and forget about the day. Bedrooms are supposed to be relaxing sanctuaries where one goes to rest and revitalize oneself, and there are few things more relaxing than nature, so why not combine the two to create a bedroom that is truly a sanctuary for you?

Here are some natural bedroom ideas that will help you relax and regain balance:

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Natural Colours

If you do nothing else, taking out the overwhelming colours from your bedroom and replacing them with the colours, you’ll find in nature, like browns, greens, tans, rich reds and warm greys will have an instant calming effect that will help you wind down at the end of a busy day.

 

Natural Fabrics

Natural fabrics like cotton and bamboo not only look closer to nature than their man-made fabrics, but they also feel a lot more natural too. This is especially important when you’re choosing bed sheets because they will be in contact with your skin for at least 8 hours every night. However, you should also look at purchasing a mattress which has been made from natural materials. Vi-spring beds, for example, are stuffed with horsehair and wool, and that makes them a lot more comfortable. Combined with a natural wood or bamboo bed frame, they will give you a naturally comfy place to rest your head.

 

Plants and Flowers

What could be more natural than plants and flowers? Bringing some greenery into the bedroom will not only calm you down and put you at ease but if you choose the right plants, they will also filter the air, so that you aren’t breathing in so many pollutants. Having plants in my bedroom is one of my favourite ways to feel truly surrounded by nature – even in London!

As well as bringing live plants and flowers into the bedroom, choosing fabrics, bedding and wallpapers which feature botanical motifs is a  great way to get the natural look indoors.

 

Wool Rugs

Everyone hates that moment when they step onto a stone cold floor in the morning. It’s a real shock to the system, but it’s one that’s easily avoided by investing in a couple of natural rugs and placing them on either side of the bed.

 

Face the Window

If privacy isn’t an issue and you have a nice view, moving your bed so that it faces the window is the best way to bring nature into your bedroom. Waking up seeing the sun rising or the birds in the trees will give you a real boost, as will gazing at the stars as you drift off into slumber.

 

Natural Accessories

No bedroom is complete without a few choice accessories to add interest, but instead of heading to Ikea and picking up a few manmade pieces, why not head to the beach and collect rocks and shells instead? Arrange them on your dressing table for a taste of the beach in your bedroom.

If you can’t get to the beach, start collecting sticks, acorns and moss, which when delicately arranged and wrapped with fairy lights can make a unique centrepiece for the dressing table that will immediately trigger your relaxation response.


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Once you’ve brought nature to the bedroom, I think you’ll notice that you feel a whole lot calmer at home. I hope you find these tips useful!

How do you make your bedroom a relaxing sanctuary?

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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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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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Paul and I live in a ground floor flat in Greenwich. Its’s compact; one bedroom with a small open plan kitchen/ living area, but it’s all the space we need for just the two of us and our little lives.

We’ve lived here for a year and a half and although we still love it I have felt a bit itchy to change things recently. When we moved in we filled the flat with furniture which was mostly kindly donated by my parents who were also downsizing at the time. Although it was lovely not to have to buy loads of stuff when we first moved in, now that we are settled I felt that some of the furniture was a big big for our little house and didn’t make the most of our space. So we decided to go to IKEA today and get some new things to freshen up the flat and hopefully make it feel a bit bigger too.

I love trips to IKEA! Like most people, we make a day of it, look around, have lunch, look around some more. Sad, but true. I really like IKEA furniture because everyone knows it’s good value and fairly run of the mill stuff, but it really works. The pieces are really robust for flat pack furniture and I’ve never had any problems when putting the things together. With a bit of patience, and YES you definately need to manual, it’s easy.

We spent less that £200 today and got a few really nice bits which I hope will make a real difference.

    
This is the MALM chest which is a veteran IKEA piece! A lot of people have this and I think it’s because it’s really versatile and has got a really modern and clean finish which can go in any room. Although it’s probably technically bedroom furniture, we have put this in our living room to replace a much bigger clumsier table which we weren’t using anyway and we taking up a lot of space. This unit looks much fresher and makes the room look bigger as well as giving us extra storage space with the drawers. MALM is great value at £39 and is pretty straight forward to put up! Highly recommend.

 

These spice racks went up easily in our little kitchen and as we don’t have much cupboard space clearing all the herbs and spices out and putting them in these has been very handy! They also look pretty cute and at £3 each you can’t go wrong!

My favourite purchase today. The lovely, leaf shaped coffee table called LOVBACKEN.  We didn’t actually go with buying a coffee table in mind, the way our living room is set up there isn’t much space, but this one is tiny and looks really stylish in the space. Love it! This spontaneous buy was £40.

A successful day! We also got some shelving for the kitchen to clear up some counter space and a new bathroom unit, but they haven’t quite gone up yet! All in good time 🙂

Has anyone else had any good IKEA buys recently?

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