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Affordable Ways to Update Your Home Decor – The Shopping Edit

With coronavirus sweeping the country and many self-isolating or social distancing we’re going to be spending much more time at home in the coming weeks and months. This makes it really important to have nice things to look so it’s more enjoyable and comfortable.

Following on from the blog on how to make your home look expensive on a budget, the shopping edit includes items to keep your house updated and refreshed for Spring – without having to spend too much money. I’m frequently impressed at how little you need to spend to make your home look expensive.

Creating a beautiful home is for me, almost like therapy. I feel happier and calmer when everything is clean, organised and harmonious. Add some fresh flowers (or even faux), refresh tired, worn out cushions for something that makes you smile. Open your windows and let the fresh air and Spring sunshine in!

Hopefully you will love this selection as much as I do. I either own or have gifted all of these. Just like the hotel and restaurant reviews I write, I don’t think you can recommend something if you’ve never used it.

Let me know in the comments below which items you love from my affordable home shopping edit. I will be adding to the list over the coming weeks so check back again soon.



Embroided Curtain Trim

This navy blue geometric trim is priced from £1.73 a yard and is available to buy from Etsy.

Image courtesy of Etsy.

The Tidy Home

Glass Storage Jars

Lots of shops sell their version of the classic glass kilner storage jars. I use the Ikea ones that start from £1.25. They’re really reasonable and they sell replacement seals if needed.

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Coffee Table Books

The House that Pinterest Built – Diane Keaton

Pinterest – every Interior Designer’s worst nightmare! As well as being a great book to get ideas from this book is the perfect coffee table book.

Eat, Drink, Nap – Soho House

Inspiration for interior design, hosting friends and cooking. A stylish lifestyle guide that gives you a glance behind the doors of this celebrated private member’s club.

Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style

At over £100 this is definitely tipping the scales of affordable luxury but with it’s beautiful linen finish and pictures it is a book to cherish and admire.

City Guide: Paris 

It’s going to be a while until we all get to travel again. Why not plan the perfect trip to Paris with this city guide. Alternatively just enjoy the beautiful pictures and leave it on your coffee table.

City Guide: London

Same as the above book on Paris but dedicated to London. A beautiful city guide that is the perfect coffee table addition.

Spa like Bathroom Accessories

Fluffy White Towels

The Tesco Fox & Ivy Egyptian Cotton towels are super absorbent. At 650gsm they are great quality for the price. They start at £4 for a facecloth and it’s £15 for a bath sheet.

Gorgeous Home Accessories

Black and White Inlay Box

Beautiful imitation bone box that can be used to store anything from keys to jewellery. Available in two sizes from £23.

Grey Stoneware Bobble Vase

Great with or without flowers and less than £20.

Grey and White Glazed Ceramic Pot

Available in two sizes – the large shown here is £10.

Blue Glazed Bobble Vase

This dark blue ceramic vase with bobbles would be perfect with some white flowers and green foliage.

Statement Lighting

Brushed Brass and Grey Stone Table Lamp

An elegant multi finish lamp complemented by a natural linen shade. Perfect for bedside tables or a side table. Available for £95 from John Lewis.