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Holland & Green / Homify

Holland & Green / Homify

I think it’s safe to say that us internet folk have developed a bit of an obsession with all things home-related. I mean hell, if I’m not out buying another useless piece of home decor on the high street, I’m sat at my desk bookmarking practically everything I see on Pinterest in preparation for the scandinavian mansion I’m 100% going to have one day (trust me, it’ll happen..maybe).

Since coming back from Sweden I’ve had so many ideas about how I’m going to style up our next home (did I mention we might be moving again soon!?) so I’ve decided to share a few of my favourite pictures and a few of my favourite sites that make me want to spend way too much money on updating our living spaces. Don’t blame me if you start spending all of your life savings on floor tiles and coffee tables..

Homify

Homify is probably one of my most recent discoveries but it’s quickly become one of my faves. It covers everything from architecture to interior design, but lately I’ve been loving it mostly because of the amount of bathroom ideas it’s been giving me. It has pretty much every style imaginable from minimalistic to seriously futuristic. Who knew there were so many different ways to dress up a bathroom? Goodbye money.

My Scandinavian Home

I've been following this blog for years now, but it's still my number one source for pretty much anything Scandinavian. If I could physically move every single image from my laptop and into my house, I'd be a happy girl. Someone invent an app that does that please?

Bella Mumma

If there's one website that makes me want to press 'pin it' every five seconds it's Bella Mumma. The team cover everything from interiors to food, and beauty to travel, and the photography is always amazing. Same goes for the interior design choices!

Bambula Blog

Naku's blog is my go-to source for all of the finer details in home decor. Her blog makes me want things I never even knew existed (hello, DIY hanging moss balls!?) and better yet, she actually tells you how to make them too. Genius.

The Design Chaser

The Design Chaser covers practically everything and anything to do with homeware and design, and man, does it look good. Literally every post makes me want to live in a white box, and I mean that in the best possible way.

What are your favourite websites to find inspiration from?

How to decorate your home on a budget

How to decorate your home on a budget
How to decorate your home on a budget
How to decorate your home on a budget
How to decorate your home on a budget

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?

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Sainsburys ampersand cushion

IKEA foot stool

Nicholas Vahe coasters

eBay geometric rug

Dunhelm Mill geometric bowl

Dunhelm Mill LED arrow light

Flamingo Gifts telephone *

Ziito stainless steel shoe rack *

DIY: Make your own (crazy cheap) marble top table

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So, this table cost me around five pounds. Just let that sink in for a second. Okay. So. I had been scouring the internet for months trying to find the most perfect side table for my living room. Had to have a marble top (soooo on trend right now), had to be mid-century style, because again, trendy, but it had to cost me less than a months rent. Houston we have a problem. Had, I mean had.

I was doing my usual rounds in Wilkinsons the other day (you can find me in aisle four touching up the fluffy blankets) when I came across the most horrendous looking kid's stool for £4. Don't even ask me why I took note of it - maybe it was down to all of that bulk watching of DIY shows in my youth - but I did, and I'm pretty sure I'm going back to get more.

For £4, you'd expect some sort of awful fake wood material, right? Well on close inspection (seriously, I spent a good ten minutes making sure it was real wood grain I was feeling) it turns out that under all that awful blue paint was solid tree. Utter bliss. So anyway..

Wait, am I boring you? What do you mean you only came here to see how to make the table, and not here the life story behind it!? Ugh, okay. But I promise you're missing out. Onto how it's done.

 

YOU WILL NEED:

Child's stool (exact Wilko table only available in-store)
Coarse sandpaper
Paint brush

Small tub of matte white furniture paint
Fine sandpaper (or cheap nail file)
Marble contact paper (via Amazon)

 

STEP 1:

Buy a really ugly blue/pink children's stool from Wilkinsons (or similar).

STEP 2:

Sand the hell out of ugly stool using coarse sandpaper and big handful of elbow grease.

STEP 3:

Brush off leftover paint residue and apply paint primer if you're fancy (I'm not fancy so I didn't).

STEP 4:

Apply one coat of matte white furniture paint and leave to dry (I'm impatient, so didn't).

STEP 5:

Apply another coat of paint to ensure all wood/coloured paint is covered. I actually did leave it to dry this time - possibly because I had a nap. Should only take a few hours!

STEP 6:

Once dry, cut contact paper roughly to size and place onto the table top as neatly as possible. Don't worry too much about a few air bubbles, as they can either be pushed out or popped with a tiny needle. A little bit of heat tends to help with making it really flat too. So full of wisdom, right?

STEP 7:

Using some really fine sandpaper (or a cheap nail file, like I did), file the edges of the table top to make the contact paper weak at the bends. It's a weird trick Ollie taught me from his skateboarding days, but it works so so well. 

STEP 8:

Keep on filing until excess paper comes away from the table. Sand off any extra bits.

STEP 9:

Gaze at your new creation, pretend you're a super savvy DIY person like me and high five yourself. Boom.

 

So..what do you think of the table?! Be nice.
 

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