The Sunday post # 17 | Savvy Shopping

27 Apr 2014

When we moved into our new home, I hated how bare it looked. We (OK, I) have a lot of stuff so it's not like it was a completely empty house. It just didn't feel like home, it wasn't cosy and it wasn't 'me'. Living on a budget means I couldn't order all those perfect yet out of my price range home bits and bobs that I craved, and I had to find things on a smaller budget. It's actually been a lot easier than I thought it would and if you caught my Home Sweet Home collective haul post, you'll know that I love grabbing a bargain, especially if it's a lot more expensive elsewhere! I have a proper full room tour coming up soon, but in the mean time, here are some of my favourite picks from our bedroom, dressing a room on a budget. 

Supermarkets are probably somewhere you probably wouldn't think of for home stuff, but I think the supermarkets here in the UK have amazing home ranges which work for any budget, and the majority of our home bits, whether for our bedroom or anywhere else around the house, have been supermarket buys. Our bedding is all from ASDA, of which we have a couple of different sets and each is really well priced. The lovely Minty Birds set was just £14, as was my favourite set, the summer perfect Potting Shed duvet set (see this Instagram photo) Asda bedding is super cheap and there's so many other bedding sets I have my eye on! Like our bedding, all our little extras have been purse-friendly too, things which aren't necessary but which I find perfect for dressing a room and making it cosy. I adore our red heart and button cushion, which we picked up from Wilkinson's for just £5, unfortunately it no longer seems available! There are however some lovely alternatives from Asda and Tesco. I love cushions so of course, one isn't enough. A pair of faux silk duck egg blue cushions*, £10, make our bed much cosier and comfy, and perfectly match my slowly expanding duck egg blue obsession. I am a sucker for a good blanket and I had my eye on so many once we moved in, but all were well over £50 and well out of my price range. Our Asda George Home cream bubble knit throw*, a much more budget-friendly option at £20, is perfect and keeps me warm when I'm enjoying a good book, or sneaked down to the living room to get cosy on the sofa with Game of Thrones. 

Moving away from my favourite place (is there anyone who ever wants to get out of bed?), I love adding lots of little details to our room. I'm really not the glossy-magazine interior type girl. I like my home to feel cosy, I like nick-knacks and trinkets, I never follow a room scheme. Having fresh flowers in our home is one of my favourite things, but they are a luxury and not something I can always indulge in. Perfectly sweet and a great alternative, our Wilkinson's Lustre Flower Vase*, £12, gives our room a lovely feel, and a lovely addition to my dressing table. Living on a budget means every penny helps and we have different money boxes scattered around the house; one for coppers, one for silvers, and one for everything else. My favourite money box is our huge bright pink metallic ceramic skull*, £16.99, from Tesco which is oh so very me, I love it! Candles are always a necessity in our home and I love figgy scents, and have found a perfectly budget friendly offering from Wilkinson's, with the stunning Fig and Black Pepper candle, for only £4. I haven't lit mine yet - as I actually really love the simplistic design and the scent lingers slightly in the room. I may have to stock up on this scent range at Wilkos! What's a bedroom without something perfectly shabby chic? Our white shabby chic Tin Heart Jug* is just £10 from Sainsbury's, and will soon be home to more false flowers to keep our bedroom looking pretty.

What do you think to the little touches to our room? Of course there's no denying sometimes I'll see something high-end and wish I could add it to our home, but most of the time I actually prefer supermarket versions not only for being cheaper but often more practical, too. If it wasn't for supermarkets home ranges, we would still have a long list of 'things to get for the home'. Moving home isn't cheap, it costs a hell of a lot of money and for me, supermarkets offer just as much for the home as any high-end brand. If you'd like to see a post like this for other rooms around the house, let me know, and I'll be sure to pop a full room/house tour up soon! 

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*Some of the items featured in this post were provided on behalf of Debt Free Direct as part of the Savvy Shopping campaign; a campaign which shows how easy it is to make a home perfect on a budget with supermarket brands. All items were selected by me, and all opinions are entirely my own. For more information please see my disclaimer