I'll fully admit to being 101% obsessed with interior design. I mean, don't get me wrong - I know absolutely nothing about any of it. I can paint a few walls, position things nicely on a shelf, but that's about as far as my interior design skills get me. So when we moved from our ridiculously tiny house into this bigger place with (wait for it) white walls instead of pine (ya really) I decided to try and make it a bit more homely. We've been renting this place for around five months now, and for the first time in those five months I feel remotely okay about giving you nosey lot a little sneak peak into where I do my thang. And actually, I feel pretty proud that we managed to do all of this (even though it might not look like much) on a pretty modest budget.
Now you only have to go and look at my Pinterest to see that I'm into my nordic and scandinavian styles. But alas, I live in a place where IKEA is but a myth (and postage costs more than my electric bill each month), so finding anything affordable that isn't either crap quality flat pack or just plain gross is near impossible. Near impossible, my friends, near impossible. Anyway, enough of my blabbering. Today I'm going to be talking you through a few tricks I've come across to help Ollie and I get our house remotely presentable. Ish.
Trash = treasure, or at least something that looks cool
And by that no I don't want you to start pinning banana skins to your ceiling. Or apple cores. What I'm getting at here is that you should recycle your, er, recycling and turn them into things you can actually use - or at least look at. Unless you're some sort of DIY expert (side note: I am not) you won't be coming up with an extravagant sculpture any time soon. Instead, try spray painting old jars or shoving candle sticks into wine bottles. It may not be the most original idea in the world, but when you're living in an empty room with a few armchairs it'll at least add a little bit of colour to the place - and give you an extra thing to dust on the weekend. #FUN.
That being said, I did manage to DIY a marble table once upon a time. Go ahead, feast your eyes on the craftsmanship.
Decorate using your belongings
Alright look, I'm a 22 year old student that would rather buy takeaway than works of art. Sorry. Not. Sorry. But that doesn't mean I don't like things to look nice, so when decorating our c r i b I decided to utilise some of my prettier belongings to make the room look a little more full. I'm talking shoes, magazines, cheap candles. Only the best for my new living space. I like to pretend that I have magazines lying around as if they're for my guests. But seriously, if you move my magazine and don't put it back where it belongs..you're probably not going to be coming around again any time soon. I'm kidding. But really, don't disrupt the feng shiu.
Not everything has to match
Oh man I still struggle with this one. We have three different chairs in our lounge. Three. But you know what? Now I try to embrace it. I'm young, I spill food pretty much every time I consume anything and I have two spoilt cats that like to attack anything that's not their own. We picked up one sofa that was about to be thrown for £20, one brand new tub sofa from GumTree for £50 and we managed to get our hands on the arm chair for free through a friend. The cats have ripped them to shreds. C'est la vie.
Raid your local bargain stores
Poundland, B&M, Home Bargains. Three places I've learnt to absolutely adore for home bits. Okay, so you might have to spend a good hour or so rifling through a junk, and you'll probably end up coming home with far too many multi packs of biscuits you barely even like, but when they're good. They're good. See that little leather footstool in the first picture? Four pounds. You know you've become an adult when you start getting excited about faux leather foot stools.
Invest in a few statement pieces
Now whilst I haven't spent much money on the majority of our downstairs, I did decide to splurge a little on a few pieces I really fell in love with. Notably the dark brown side table in the second to last picture. Now this definitely isn't a flat pack IKEA jobby - instead it's a 150 year old butter churn combined with a milking stool. Yup. I found it a few months ago when scrolling through a local sell and swap site on Facebook. I originally found the mid century sideboard I had been looking for all my life / a few weeks, and then when I went to go take a look the guy selling it pretty much had an Aladdin's cave of all things old. That sounded a lot more magical in my head. But anyway, I came, I saw the sideboard, then I saw the side table, then I lived off of soup for a week. Girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do.
Then we have my newest household addition that comes in the form of my steel shoe rack from Ziito. It's practical, sturdy, and god damn does it look good. And it came fully assembled when I received it. So you know, bonus points.
Do you have any tips for decorating your house on a budget?
Sainsburys ampersand cushion
IKEA foot stool
Nicholas Vahe coasters
eBay geometric rug
Dunhelm Mill geometric bowl
Dunhelm Mill LED arrow light
Flamingo Gifts telephone *