For me, having a home that I adore is so important. We spend a great deal of time here: it’s where we wake up and get ready for the day ahead, where we sleep for hours every night, where we eat meals and spend family time and, for some of us, it’s the base for our work.
It’s where we should be excited to return to every day, a sanctuary, a place to relax and enjoy.
This is why I’m all for investing money in making your home as fabulous as it can be. Sometimes though, when you get your first home or you’re saving up for something else, you need to be careful how much you spend on your home, I get it, and there are plenty of ways to make your house more luxe for less.
My favourite thing to do is to shop around for good quality items at affordable prices. Sometimes it pays to be patient and to take your time researching where to buy when you have a particular piece that you would like to buy.
There are so many shops that have sales on homeware and you can often make a great saving. Next have a nice variety of good quality furniture and accessories and their sales can produce wonderful finds. I’ve purchased several decorative pieces from them over the years, as well as more useful items like laundry baskets, and I find their sale prices can provide excellent value for money.
I happened to spot this canvas from B&M last week in a clearance section and loved the pretty flower detail and the colours. It’s only small but when I saw it had been reduced to just £1.99, I thought it was an amazing price for a lovely piece of artwork. The colours go so well in our spare room, but it’s a little small for the wall I’ve placed it on temporarily, so I need to think where it’s permanent home can be.
One of my recently discovered finds is Homesense, a sister company of TK Maxx. We don’t have a Homesense store nearby, but after seeing so many lovely items people find there, I made the trip to the closest one when on a day out. The items they stock changes regularly and they often only have 1 or 2 of many pieces, so it’s really pot luck as to what they have in store when you visit! I’ve found the prices to be such good value though. I also quite like to rummage a little – it’s like a treasure trove and you never know what you’re going to find.
I’ve been looking for a nice tray for my perfumes and Dan’s aftershave for quite some time and I recently found this mirrored tray with cream edging at Homesense, which is a perfect fit and looks lovely on my dressing table. I think it was less than £10 too.
Sometimes you don’t even have to shop for new items, which leads me onto my next point.
LIY (LUXE IT YOURSELF)
There are so many ways you can update furniture and other items you already own that are much cheaper than buying new, and the change can be just as dramatic.
A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to transform a piece of furniture. We had an old storage unit in our living room that was looking very tired and old. We painted it white, added some seagrass baskets that fit perfectly to store items out of sight and then accessorised with a glass table lamp, a cream clock, some fresh flowers and candles. It looks like a new piece of furniture and just for the price of a tin of paint.
Switching drawer knobs and handles from the ones they came with is another easy way to really glam up an old piece of furniture. When we built a cupboard in our spare room, we used the doors and drawers from an old desk and wardrobe and replaced the mismatched handles with a new set of matching good quality handles.
Spray paint is another great way to bring new life into something old. I’ve spray painted various items in my home, including my BBQ! I’ve also sprayed various decorative accessories gold and silver to glam them up a little. I’ve seen people spray paint all sorts of things from furniture and vases to lamp bases and even lamp shades!
There are little things you can do to make a home feel cosy and luxurious that cost very little.
Candles can be super cheap and they instantly add a touch of luxury when dotted around a room in the evening, bringing a warm glow. One of my favourite things to do on a cold Winter’s evening is to watch a film surrounded by candlelight with a mug of hot chocolate – bliss!
Something that I now regularly treat myself to is a bunch of fresh flowers. I used to feel they were a luxury item I shouldn’t really spend money on every week, but when you can find small bouquets for just a few pounds in the supermarket, it seems like a very small cost for something that brings me joy to look at every day. I now have flowers in my living room every week.
Choosing small things that bring you joy that you use every day can make a big impact to how luxurious your home feels. Using a mug for your tea or coffee every morning with a quote that speaks to your soul is going to be an amazing start to every day. I found this mug when I was browsing the home department at Next the other day and nearly bought it. Classy and fabulous – a perfect combination.
I picked up this gorgeous glass bowl on my last trip to Homesense for around £8 and I use it to store my cotton wool in the bathroom. Glass bowls and pretty trays are a great way of storing small items around the home that you can find quite cheaply and they also add a touch of glam to any room.
I love Molton Brown handwash, but it certainly isn’t cheap. I’ve found a great way to make washing your hands just as luxe without the price tag is to buy a handwash dispenser and use much cheaper handwash, that does just as good a job of cleaning your hands. I’ve seen many lovely dispensers for less than £10 and they can really finish off a bathroom well. I got mine for around £4 in a sale at B&Q a few years ago, but I would love to find a more glam one, so I’m definitely on the look out!
There are so many ways to bring a touch of luxe to your home for less that can make all the difference.