Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Interior Inspiration: 5 Buys To Prettify Your Home For Under £25

We're knee deep in bathroom renovations at the moment and I could not be more excited for these transformations. In fact, I turned to John today and said, "I'm SO glad it's Sunday, because it means the builders will be back tomorrow and they can get on with the rest of the tiling!" He smiled, but also looked at me like I'd grown two heads. I feel like all I have room for in my brain right now is the name of our bathroom fans (the Airflow Icon15, if you're interested) and the delivery date of my Fired Earth tiles (St. Ives Frost for the floor and Boho Soho for the walls, FYI).

Still, it hasn't stopped me from picking up a few bits and pieces to prettify the rest of our home in the run-up to the builders' arrival last week, so I thought I'd do a little round-up on the blog, since these purchases were all under £25!

First, I found this amazing bracelet bar at Target when I went home to the US two weeks ago. The gold hardware and linen bar give it a luxe feel, and it works beautifully well on top of my dresser.

And before you go complaining "but there's no Target here!", I found a similar one for you for £6.97 here. You're welcome.

I'd also been scoping out eBay for some pretty, vintage ice cream bowls and struck gold when I found these rose-colored Depression-era glass bowls on the eBay US site:

You can find very similar ones here on the eBay UK site (I just liked these because they have a sweet little handle on the side) for less than £15. I filled them with vanilla ice cream topped with Washington state strawberries, bought at the local fruit stand near my parents' house. They look beautiful - imagine serving your guests ice cream in these bowls!

I'm always combing Etsy for great wall art. I recently discovered this artist, Erisha of AThingCreated, who happens to live in Seattle, and instantly fell in love with her fashion and travel-inspired watercolors. I bought two tiny 5 x 7 prints and framed them in these brushed gold frames that I found at Target (again - for $11.99!) but sadly, one of the frames didn't survive the journey in my suitcase, so I'll need to get it repaired at my local frame shop. I'm planning to buy another print for our first floor bathroom, and I've got a larger print of hers to frame as well for our gallery wall (which is still not quite there yet). These print start at only £13.82!

I stopped into West Elm a few weeks ago to pick up a gift card for my brother-in-law and his partner, who moved to Walthamstow recently with my adorable little niece and nephew. While staff scrambled to find an envelope for the gift card, I browsed the clearance section (no shame in my game) and found this beautiful knit cushion cover for just £19.99. It looks great with our Secret Linen Store linen and White Company XXL decorative pillows.

Speaking of The White Company, between the builders' arrival and the heat wave we'd experienced a few weeks back, our house seemed to develop a ... summer stinky smell. I don't know how else to describe it. Musty, stale, and unpleasant, when throwing open the windows didn't seem to help, I marched over to The White Company during my lunch hour and splurged on a three-wick candle and this diffuser. At £27, it's a little over £25, but worth it for the lovely scent that wafts over when I'm typing up a blog post in front of Netflix.

So. What do you think of my recent purchases? Have you made any great (bargain) home-buys lately? Tell me!

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