My latest interiors pick-me-up was the cutest little rustic terracotta planter from Burford Garden Centre. I’d been wanting to go to Burford ever since a couple of you readers recommended it following one of Lauren’s posts last year, and Lyra and I managed to have a girly day there together over half term. It did not disappoint! The café and our respective lunches were an instagrammer’s dream, the stationery section was ace, the food section got me all inspired for Christmas hampers (too early?) and Lyra was utterly entranced by the toy shop. I didn’t even get to look at the plants: by the time we’d had a nosy around the shop Lyra was dragging me back out to the adventure playground.
But I digress. Back to the planter. It was under a fiver and I’ve potted a little cactus in there (my first ever Mother’s Day present from Jenson) and propped it on my Cox and Cox shelf in the kitchen. It makes me happy every time I see it.
Here are a couple more places to check out if you fancy treating yourself to a cheeky little interiors pick-me-up.
I found out recently that Debenhams have started to stock Maisons du Monde stuff. This may be the most exciting thing that has happened to me since Jenson was born. There was a huuuuge range in the Birmingham store and I could have shopped for hours. Their globe game was particularly strong.
Urban Outfitters always do fab bathroom accessories (for example. This Get Naked bathmat is just £15 in the sale), so if you’re looking for an easy and super-cheap way to update your bathroom then Urban Outfitters is your man. And talking of men, how sweet is this little guy?
Most of my picture frames are from either Wilko or Hobbycraft: they’re so affordable and usually come with a simple, expensive-looking picture mount. I have two of these grey Wilko frames either side of the window in our bedroom and they make the space so homely. Also, Wilko are excellent for BASKETS. Three of these £8 hampers hide all manner of sins in our bathroom.
I honestly feel like I’m missing out by not living near an Aldi and being able to pop in to stock up on Mamia nappies and Jo-Malone-inspired candles. However their online home and garden selection is usually pretty good: that’s how I managed to get my mitts on the £20 Instagram-made-me-do-it lamp, and this ladder rail would be perfect for hanging towels on in a bathroom or draping blankets over in a bedroom.
Next is one of those websites/real-life-shops where you can get lost down a rabbithole. One minute you’re swooning over lighting and laundry baskets, the next you’re ahhing over baby socks. This Hudson shelf is a brilliant price and tres trendy, and these ceramic vases are a similar style to the White Company stoneware ones, but at a fraction of the price.
Guys. How amazing is Sainsbos for home stuff? This faux plant and mid-century style planter is just the best thing since sliced bread and I am itching to go and check it out in real life in the big Sainsbury’s near me.
Lyra and I could spend all day in Tiger. It’s a veritable Aladdin’s Cave of trinkets, toys and treasures. The last time we popped in I picked up a wooden tray (£6) for the bathroom which is perfect for corralling together candles. Three mini White Company candles fit perfectly on the top. I also spotted some string lights similar to the ones I’ve draped around the shelves in Jenson’s room (in the header above), and they were under a tenner, so it’s well worth a mooch.
Anyone else desperate to hear more about Lauren’s nursery plans after seeing her blooming gorgeous bump yesterday? Well here’s a spoiler. It involves this beaut of a rug which was just £20 from Jysk. I can vouch for the quality of Jysk wares: my coffee table is still going strong even though it is used daily as a den/desk/thing to launch plastic toys at. I’m tempted to treat myself these shelves as they are SUCH A GOOD PRICE. They wouldn’t look out of place in my friend Nat’s house.
Primark is the kind of place which stocks all kind of tat but then on the odd occasion will sell a real gem. Such as the grey wooden peg board and monochrome stripy vase I spotted on the Ideal Home website recently. I’ve been into Primark in search of both of these several times but have I been able to find them? Have I heck. If you managed to bag one, I’m well jel.
It wouldn’t be an RMS bargain interiors post without mentioning H&M. This rose-gold mirror looks oh-so Oliver Bonas and tres expensive but has a price tag of only £19.99.
Which is your favourite of the lot? Where do you head to when you’re after a bargain? Have you treated yourself to any nice bits and bobs for your home recently?