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 *

Home Wishlist #1

Home+Wishlist+Copper+Homeware

It's no secret that I'm a bit of a home ware addict. I mean, pretty much everything I post on Pinterest is home related, and I'm almost certain that every time I go into a supermarket I come out with more decorative items than actual food. But obviously, a girl can never have enough, especially when we're talking about cork coasters and copper lamp shades. I mean seriously, who needs porn websites when you've got places like H&M Home and Zurleys at your finger tips? Talk dirty to me, oh industrial fan.

Where's your favourite place to buy home accessories from?

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Dunhelm Mill Copper Pendant Lamp - £14.99
H&M Jacquard-weave Rug - £24.99
H&M Candles - £2.99
Zurleys Vintage Fan Shaped Table Lamp - £286.88
Zurleys Nest Tables - £97.88
ASDA Ampersand Cushion - £5.00
Watching Clocks Copper Wall Clock - £34.99
Nicolas Vahe Cork Coasters - £4.99
Zurleys Film Style Floor Lamp - £64.69
 

[This post is sponsored by Zurleys]


Mid Town Deli & Cafe

Cocochic+Mid+Town+Cafe+Coffee+Shop
Cocochic+Mid+Town+Cafe+Coffee+Shop
Cocochic+Mid+Town+Cafe+Coffee+Shop
Cocochic+Mid+Town+Cafe+Coffee+Shop

Working from home definitely has its perks, but spending four hundred hours sat in front of a bright computer screen is enough to turn any one crazy - just ask my boyfriend. When I first moved to the area I spent the majority of my time tapping away in Starbucks, chugging an impressive amount of Caramel Macchiatos whilst simultaneously draining my bank account. And even though I still love Starbucks for their sweet treats (don't even get me started on Egg Nog Lattes..) I've found a brand new gem in the centre of town that keeps me caffeinated and does wonders for an interior snob like yours truly. 

Good coffee shops in Cornwall are few and far between, so when I came across Mid Town Deli & Cafe I practically put a down-payment on my favourite seat there. In fact, that's probably the best idea I've had all day. 

Recently I've found myself marking my territory (metaphorically speaking) in my new creative hub once a week, just so that I can get out of the house and experience actual human contact every once in a while. The coffee is beyond good, especially the Vanilla Spiced Latte, but it's the general atmosphere that keeps me coming back. Despite it being right in the middle of town (hence the name) it never seems to be over-crowded, making it the place for essay writing and blog posting. Wouldn't it be perfect if I was writing this blog post whilst sitting on one of those industrial stools, looking out at the world, latte in hand? Let's pretend that's exactly how it is. I mean, I'm not at all sitting in Ollie's tee with a green face mask on. Not a chance..

3 King Street, TR1 2RA, Truro, Cornwall


A home haul / updated desk space

Homeware haul
Homeware haul
Homeware haul

So today's post was supposed to be some sort of LFW packing guide, but due to a few crappy circumstances it looks like I won't be shooting over to London this weekend, so instead a more at-home post seems more appropriate. I know it hasn't been too long since my last interiors/desk update, but in the past few weeks I've picked up a lot of new bits and pieces that I just know some of you will drool over as much as I did. Homeware geeks unite? Something like that..

With Uni starting up on Monday (how has time gone so fast!?) I'm about to start having to get my head down even more than usual, so I've been hoping a few new accessories will help provide me with a bit more inspiration. Does it work? I'm not sure, but it definitely looks good if I do say so myself.

During my last trip to London I headed to the dream that is Tiger - AKA interior design crack for anyone on a budget. One of my favourite things that I picked up was the white ceramic pot with a wooden lid. Completely pointless, but the happiness it brings me is endless (or at least, until something new catches my eye). As you also may be able to notice in the top right of the first picture, my marble board decided to crack. At first I was devastated (those things are damn pricey) but then I realised my marble board turn from one board into about six, which almost makes the small fortune I spent on it seem more reasonable. Almost. And yes, they are the new Zoeva Rose Gold brushes, and yes, I'm completely obsessed with them.

Next up is the main focal point of this here post - the chair. I've had this fella for a little while but I've only now decided to show it in it's full glory. It's literally what Pinterest dreams are made of, don't you think. You can pick them up from Out There Interiors for a pretty reasonable price considering the quality. In fact, it's built so well I've actually managed to nap in it on a few occassions. Ever tried napping sat upright? Difficult, very difficult (but also very possible in this here seat).

I also picked up a special something from H&M Home - my first ever purchase from there despite falling in love with pretty much everything on the website. This chopping board is for picture purposes only - no onions are going near this thing! On top you can see a tiny little tray that makes me so much happier than it probably should. I grabbed this (along with 3 others and one large tray) from Dot Com Gift Shop, which is probably my favourite place to pick up inexpensive house bits. More about them soon! 

What's your favourite piece from my mini-haul?

Ceramic Wooden pot from Tiger (also love this one)
Marble board from John Lewis (or here)
Eames style chair from Out There Interiors (love French pieces)
Wooden board from H&M Home (similar here)
White tray from Dot Com Gift Shop (or here)

A sneak peak into my work space

Minimal work desk space
Work space desk minimal
Minimal work space

I feel like the majority of my social-media time is spent pinning, reblogging or double-tapping pictures of office spaces, but I've never really had my own. The closest thing I've ever had to a desk is my lap or dining/kitchen table, which is often surrounded by a whole lot of food that is (needless to say) the most distracting thing on earth. Finally I decided to make an effort with my room and turn a corner of it into my own little babestation of a work-place. Consider it a work in progress.

With the right desk comes motivation, and whilst I'm still not 100% happy with the outcome I've noticed that I'm a lot more interested in getting out of bed in the morning when I have a fancy jar to drink out of and pretty notebooks to write in. Check and check. If you've been following me for a few months you may remember when I started an online course in social media marketing. Just a few months later and I'm already nearing the end of my studies with a brand new qualification in site. Oh, and I learnt a few things too of course - coming soon in future posts.

In case any of you are interested in working from home or starting an online course I've decided to put together a few tips, tricks and general facts about what it's like.

- Think hard about the course you're choosing! You're not obliged to study online so make sure you spend your money on something that you'll either really enjoy or learn a lot from.

- Motivation is key with self-studying. Although you can complete your studies in your own time you don't want to fall out of a working routine, so make some space in your diary for a few solid hours in front of the computer.

- The online tutors really are there to help you, so make sure you use them as much as possible. Realistically you're paying for the help and support you get alongside any paperwork and booklets, so it's best to get your moneys-worth.

Any questions? Leave them in the comments below!

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