The other day I was admiring a friend’s floor on Instagram. Was it Fired Earth? Nope, she replied triumphantly, Topps Tiles. (As are the tiles in the pictures above.) We also love Walls & Floors. Another sneaky idea I love: go cheap when covering large areas, and then spend on details e.g. a friend has handmade tiles she picked up on holiday in Italy as the splashback for her sink (but the rest of the room was decorated with budget in mind).
I love H&M Home. So much so that I find myself unable to walk past one without dipping in. Recently, I picked up the most adorable bowls, plates and cups for my little ones. I’ve found excellent cushion covers in there. Cups and saucers (did you see the set in our Valentine’s gifts post?) – I have my eye on this set but the other eye is on the space in my kitchen – or lack thereof. Vases. This pineapple jar, which warms the very cockles of my heart – also see the very lovely Alex aka the Frugality’s bathroom for some H&M credits. It’s a one-stop shop for an instant home update.
Be clever with final flourishes
Believe it or not, this desk is Ikea. It’s via the gorgeous Lark & Linen and it’s proof that, with a coat of paint and some well-chosen handles, you can make even the cheapest furniture sing. (She also updated her Ikea bedside cabinets with lovely little brass hardware.) We have Ikea furniture dotted around our house: an excellent, assertive black side table which works brilliantly with the aforementioned pineapple and a ritzy gold-base-black-shaded lamp. Which brings me on to…
Now, everyone has different opinions on where you should spend/save. I think it very much depends on where your priorities lie. For instance, if you’re a cook, you’ll want the best oven you can afford, but if your idea of cooking involves picking up the phone to order a takeaway/making cheese on toast, then maybe you can skip the state-of-the-art dual range. However, what does hold as truth is that you should spend the money on what makes you happy – and what makes your interiors shine – and budget on the rest. For instance, my bathrooms are a mix of cheap metro tiles (Topps!) and Fired Earth floor (the space is so small it’s not budget-busting). We splashed out on gold(ish) taps and a huge shower head. The mirror [above] is Oliver Bonas. Hi-low, see? I’m also a big fan of Pooky lampshades – they effortlessly turn a meh, so-so base into something fabulous.
Oh La Redoute, how do I love thee? I can’t even being to count the ways. Alex and I both have variations on its berber rug (so good it has it’s own Insta account. It’s on back order, I believe, but in the meantime, this is very similar.) I bought a brilliant old-skool style locker to hide my files and printer in my home office. They sell terrific desks, side tables, and bed linen (see the Liberty-print bedding my daughter has on her bed right now). And it’s still something of a secret. Alex also rates Swoon Editions (although not the customer service!) – have you seen her gaw-jus emerald sofa on Instagram?)