Today, I’m treating you to a selection of glamorous and cool home accessories where the style quotient way exceeds the price tag.
We all love a big ticket budget for our homes, but if you’re anything like me the cold, wet Easter holidays will have cleared out your bank balance faster than you can say family cinema pass and Pizza Express dinner please. So how do we interior addicts satisfy our cravings for keeping our homes looking fresh and lovely when we’ve only got modest cash for self-gifting?
1. The Alluring Paperweight
In the digital age we are less likely to have stashes of paper around the house, but in my gaff we’re far from paper free yet. The plus side of this is a reason to own a paperweight. Very grown up, with a practical purpose, but potentially very beautiful too. And this little John Lewis gem ticks all the luxury boxes and is a ridiculous steal at £20.
2. The Funky Cushion
If you’re looking for something that strikes the right balance between edgy and sophisticated, this cushion from Maison Du Monde could be exactly the ticket.
3. The Sweet Bird Collection
This dinky trio of verdigris birds from Cox and Cox is my absolute favourite. Excellent styling props for Insta addicts but perfect for a spring table setting too – indoor or out – at just £15.50 for the set, how could you not?
4. The Classy Magnifying Glass
It’s a sad but inescapable fact that beyond a certain age eyesight starts to deteriorate. We could choose to feel dismayed. But much better to rejoice in the excuse to indulge in accessorising with a gorgeous, but very useful, magnifying glass. At just £8, you can afford to have these anywhere in your house you might find yourself sitting inconveniently remote from your glasses.
5. The Scandic-Chic Lampshade
The Range is my go-to for well-designed bargain lighting. This one has a Scandi designer feel but remarkably comes in under £10.
6. The Timeless Vase
A pretty vase filled with fresh spring blooms is the ultimate feel-good gift. A versatile and stylish vase will make this a gift (or self-gift) that keeps on giving. I love this M&S choice – its wide neck making it a great choice for larger stemmed blooms like on-trend Hydrangeas.
7. The Trendy Bookends
Pineapple accessories are everywhere this season, but this bookend option from B&Q is an excellent styling choice whose luxury looks defy the £15 price tag.
8. The Luxe Dressing Table Mirror
I chose this mirror from Maisons Du Monde when I took part in Revamp Restyle Reveal last season, and I adore its simple glamorous styling. It lends sophistication to my guest room dressing table as well as being a functional make-up tool for visitors.
9. The Handsome Hourglass
Hourglasses are on trend this season too, and while their curves make them an interesting styling objet d’art, they are also incredibly useful in all sorts of way: mindful application to a task that needs focus for example, cooking pasta, or a count down for coming off the X-box (for the kids but if it helps you to avoid a melt down too, all good). This one from Maisons Du Monde offers a lot of bang for buck.
If you’re serious about interiors you’ve probably got lots of interior-loving friends too. I’m always on the hunt for fabulous host or birthday gifts that look expensive but come in on budget. When I find something I love, and know my friends will too, I often take the chance to stock up and stash away in my presents drawer for future gifting emergencies.
It was just this exercise that led me to discover the beauties in this post. They were simply too good not to share. It’s amazing how far you can stretch your cash when you have time to hunt about. I hope I might have saved you some leg work!
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