Sometimes it only takes something teeny weeny to make us happy. Could be a big beaming smile from a friend. The uplifting fragrance of a bunch of spring flowers. Winning a free lucky dip on the Lottery. Or treating ourselves to something new that won’t break the bank. As a bit of a home bird, I find that a few new things for the house often make a welcome difference. By that I mean it is easy to take your furnishings for granted – we see them every day and yet don’t see them at all (if you know what I mean!) So a few simple, inexpensive changes to your decor will make you and your family see familiar rooms in a completely new light.
If the idea of adding a touch of newness to your home appeals, read on. Don’t worry, not going to suggest an expensive makeover – just a few things I’ve spotted on the internet recently that won’t break the bank.
Mirrors Cheer up a hallway by popping a new mirror on the wall. Mirrors make a space look bigger by their reflective nature – so often a good solution where you want to make an area look less cramped. These antiqued glass mirrors are from £75 from Graham & Green. MORE INFO.
Oversized clocks I popped a large clock like this one from M&S (£35) onto a wall in my utility room – it is not only useful for telling the time, it makes a statement in what can be (dare I say it) a boring utilitarian space. MORE INFO
Knobs! Swap boring knobs for something like these eclectic ceramic knobs from Anthropologie £10 each. They will transform a chest of drawers, for example, in a nanosecond. MORE INFO
A change is as good as a rest – and replacing boring door furniture with something like these elegant fluted cut glass doorknobs will do the trick. MORE INFO
Loving my new grey speckled mug from Denby (£15). OK, not a cushion or doorknob but mugs are something we use every single day and accordingly they are an important part of any kitchen decor. Every Denby piece is handcrafted (so unique) and made from the strongest Derbyshire clay – so they ooze quality and durability.
A new lampshade I often pop on the OKA website – everything seems so tasteful, elegant and slightly unusual. Take this table lamp for example – it beats a boring stick and shade any day! MORE INFO
Oh yes. One last thought from me on the home decor front. You don’t even have to buy anything to refresh your home. Simply move your pictures to different walls, change the photos in your frames and try your furniture in different arrangements. Surprising how you suddenly notice and appreciate it all so much more.
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