There is nothing I like better than searching for a bargain. Be it fashion related, homeware related, or even food related. (I think this is part of the reason Rich and I are so well suited. He still talks to this day about the Asda food shop he did twelve years ago where he came across a load of baguettes reduced to the princely sum of 1p each. He bought FIFTEEN). Anyway. Back to interiors. You know when you stumble across a cushion/rug/table you love but whose price you hate? But then manage to hunt down a more frugal option or spot it in the sales a month later? That.
So I thought I’d share with you some of the big-budget homeware pieces that have caught my eye and also their purse friendly alternatives. As you may have noticed, I’m a sucker for all things Scandi so hold tight for a whole lot of hygge.
You see the little concrete star in the header above? It’s a mere £2 from B&Q at the moment. Alternatively, if you’ve got a hefty budget and want a more sizeable star then this one from notonthehighstreet.com is a stunner.
The Side Table
You can never have enough side tables. If you love the ‘Lina’ range at Cox and Cox but are eeking out your pennies until payday then check out this tray table from Jysk which is a dead ringer for the ‘putty’ Lina side table. I’ve just bought the coffee table version and the quality is excellent.
I know it’s a cliché but I really do have a thing about maps, be they vintage or contemporary. The Tokyo map in the header is by David Ehrenstrahle but at Mapiful you can customize your own for twenty quid less.
This industrial-style mirror from Rose and Grey would bring a touch of edginess to the plainest of bathrooms/bedrooms/hallways. I am trying very hard to resist this budget version which is just £25 from H&M. Pop a couple of mini cacti onto the shelf to create a super easy and stylish vignette.
To create a fresh Nordic feel it’s all about maximising the light, so a neutral or natural lampshade is essential. The Ikea Sinnerlig has popped up on my insta feed on numerous occasions … at just £40 you get a lot of bang for your buck as it’s a real statement piece. Or for twenty quid more you could get this slightly more understated bamboo lampshade.
In my Scandi-style nursery inspiration post I talked about this bookshelf being top of my interiors wish list. I know, I know, I know it’s technically kids’ furniture but I still love it. And the Maisons Du Monde version is almost as pretty.
Hopefully this post has given you a bit of food for thought and maybe introduced you to a new interiors store or two.
Are you a bargain hunter? What was your best bargain? Can anyone beat a 1p baguette?