Top Picks under £10: May

Wowzers, where have I been?! Yet another month that’s just flying by… I really need to get my organizing act together! But, seeing as we’re here, let’s get on with my Top Picks for May.

So far, May here has seen a variety of Springtime weather. Yesterday was beautiful blue skies and warm sunshine. Today I woke up to grey, drizzly skies, and it hasn’t improved. Oh well! Summer’s on it’s way and I’ll take the  grey days now rather than risk them later into the year.

Knowing that the weather will perk up again, and that Summer is the perfect season for entertaining, I’ve put together a selection of outdoor entertaining items to help you host a perfect, casual party.

1. Flamingo Dinner Plate – Dunelm – £3.00
Flamingos – check. Melamine – check. Price – check. For everyone still loving flamingos, I.e. about half of us!, this is the perfect, summery colourful print, and melamine is perfect for the outdoors picnics and bbq’s.

2. Sommar 2017 Picnic Hamper – IKEA – £8.00
This adorable basket is just too cute. It’s the perfect size for a picnic, and the colours and design are gorgeous! Love it! And it would be great for the beach too.

3. Sommar 2017 Rug – IKEA – £10.00
And staying with Ikea for the moment, this rug! Oooh! Look at that beautiful orange and pink combo! This is an outdoor rug, and is easy to clean/hose down, and will stand up to the elements too. But the impact this colourful little number will have on your patio will be huge!

4. Barcraft Cocktail Kit 5pcs – Wilko – £10.00
These cute little mason jar glasses have been everywhere for a couple of years now, but they’re still a must have item. These ones are actually dinky mini versions, complete with mason jar cocktail shaker to get your party in full swing!

5. 5 Section Removable Sharing Platter – B&M – £3.99
B&M can be a little wonder for bargain seasonal items. You get a lot for what you pay, but at these prices, you won’t mind if they only last a couple of summers. This super sharing platter looks great with it’s colourful, removable sections, and there’s also a range of other coordinating outdoor items to match.

6. Palm Tree LED Light – Primark – £10.00
I can’t get enough of the cute lighting at Primark at the moment, and everyone else seems to be loving it too. I’ve featured other versions of this light in my previous top picks posts, and this palm tree one would be just perfect to add to your outdoor décor for parties. Just remember to bring it in again at the end of the night.

7. 10 Pack Paper Plates – H&M – £2.99
Are you impressed I haven’t included a H&M cushion this month?!! I was tempted. But these paper plates won me over, and I just had to include them! For fuss free dining, the ease of not washing up, and no risk of kiddies breaking plates on the patio, paper is the perfect option for bbq’s and garden parties. And when they look this cute, your guests will love them too!

8. Printed Picnic Tumblers 4pk – B&M – £2.99
Flamingo, watermelon, palm tree and pineapple – yep, they’ve ticked all the boxes again! This set of four picnic tumblers are perfect for outdoor use, and cute to boot.

9. Pineapple Mason Jar with Straw  Primark – £3.00
And for the grown up kiddies, these pineapple mason jars are adorable! A nice modern twist on the traditional mason jar, that will make your summer punch look oh-so more special.

So there we have it, just a taste of some of the fabulous outdoor essentials on offer at the moment. There’s also some super cute platters, plates, string lights and lanterns, seating and cushion pads, tablecloths and more, so if you’re planning any bbq’s or garden parties, up your entertaining game and see what new things you can (literally) bring to the table.

For now, with love,
Ellen

COTM: April – DW Home Sun Bleached Denim

I am loving this Springtime weather! A lot of candle lovers favour Autumn and the Christmas holidays for candle scents, and if you love those rich, cozy, gourmands scents, I can agree. But Springtime scents are just so delightful! Fresh, sometimes fruity, clean and just downright pretty scents are in abundance this time of year.

My favourite this month comes from DW Home Candles again. I love the name of this one, it’s so unusual, but so perfect for the scent. It is that perfect summertime, men’s cologne scent. The notes are: Fresh hints of brushed cotton with bright bergamot, zesty lemon, and herbaceous greens over silver sage leaf, earthy patchouli, and cool woody musk.

Such a fantastic array of scent notes, and quite complex. The green and woodsy notes are very present, but not dominating, and the hint of citrus and musk really rounds it out, but it’s the cotton scent that really lends itself to the sunbleached denim name. It’s clean, fresh and cool, yet hot and sunny at the same time. Absolutely delightful.

It burned like a dream, though I tend to find these small 4oz candles from DW Home always do. And the colour! So darn pretty. It’s a pretty mid blue wax in a perfect bright blue glass jar that I will absolutely be saving and repurposing.

I would definitely repurchase, and go for a larger jar next time, so if I work through my stash quick enough I may just be grabbing more of this one. But oh, what a stash I have to work through first! Check out www.dwhome.com for all the current scents.

I’ll be back very soon with a Top Picks post for May, featuring some amazing garden products, so check back soon for that!

For now, with love,
Ellen

Friday Style: Primark Jazzy Brights Home Decor

In my last post, I thought I’d create a new category for the blog (Dealing With Grime One Day At A Time), and thinking about it, I realised I wanted to do another, so here we have Friday Style. A short and sweet post about something that’s either caught my eye, something I’m loving at the moment, or an idea or trend I want to explore more.

This one was prompted by a recent trip to Primark, and also an article I read about current fashion trends. I’ve mentioned it a couple of times before, but a lot of retailers that are predominantly fashion, but also have homewares (think Primark, Next, M&S, Matalan, George etc.) will often showcase products that reflect current clothing trends.

One thing I was reading about with clothing for Spring/Summer is bold, bright colours. And I think it’s no surprise that we’re seeing some bolder home accessories out there. But what I especially loved were these two faux plant holders, the blue rhino, and pink elephant, with their little faux succulents. And why do I love them so much? Well, a little while back I painted these:

I just did these two. A pink elephant and a blue rhino. Can you believe it?! I love it when things like this happen. I saw the two faux planters online and was like, yes! I’m so ahead of the trends! Haha. I did try and find them when I went into Primark recently, but alas, they were nowhere to be seen :( I’ll keep my eyes out next time I’m in there though. They’re £6.00 each, and hopefully if  you like them, you’ll find them easier to get hold of than me!

So that’s it for the first Friday Style post! Hope you enjoyed. As ever, I would really appreciated it took the time to let me know what you did or didn’t like, and leave any suggestions for me in a comment below, and I’ll be back with another post soon.

For now, with love,
Ellen

Top Picks under £10: April

Hello sunshine lovers! Here in the UK, we’re having a pretty great start to April. Sure, there’s the odd shower and it’s not glorious every single hour of the day, but our corner of the world is warming up and I love it! The clocks going forward has made me feel like singing every evening, now that I can finish work and walk home in the daylight, and maybe have time for an evening stroll too. So excited for summer as well!

And so I think it’s no surprise that one colour on people’s minds is YELLOW. From mellow to eye-poppingly neon, there’s a shade out there to tone with almost every home, and with all those daffodils and tulips out and about, you can stretch your theme into the garden too. Plus, I saw this inspiration picture on H&M, and had yellow on the brain ever since!

So, for my bargain hunters, I’ve picked out another selection of my Top Picks unde £10 – here they are:

1. Desk Lamp in Bold Yellow – Wilko – £4.00
Yes, it’s cheap and cheerful, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish. I love simple pieces like this – the practicality and affordability makes them great for kids rooms, but the bright primary colour works well on a simple design, and when placed in and amongst your pricier posessions, looks more like a style choice than a budget option.

2. Patterned Cushion Cover – H&M – £3.99
You all know by now that I love a H&M cushion. They’re affordable, there’s a million and one designs, and they look amazing. I especially like this one, because palm and tropical prints are still HUGE, and will be all year, and if that’s a theme you’re working on at home, although in a warm, mustard hue, the pattern of this cushion will work fantastically. If you’re working on a budget, always think about how you can fit new pieces and ideas into what you already have. That way you keep your core pieces and idea, but change it up easily for the seasons.

3. SMYCKA Sunflower – IKEA – £2.50
Ikea’s artificial flowers and foliage are usually fantastic. This is one of them. Yes, there are cheaper alternatives out there for faux sunflowers, but I personally think these ones are worth more than the price. Some of their artificial flowers are on a par with expensive, designer brands, but you have the luxury of choosing individual stems and putting a display together yourself.

4. Dylon Machine Dye Sunflower Yellow 350g – Wilko – £4.50
Another great way to easily add some colour to your existing items is to dye them. Of course, this will always work best on white, especially white cotton, but you can also get some interesting effects on patterned or coloured fabrics. Perfect for white bed sheets or towels though, these machine dyes are so simple to use, and I can’t recommend Dylon enough. This shade is also available in hand dye, and I have a full tutorial here on dip dying fabric for an ombre effect.

5. LACK Side Table – IKEA – £6.00
A side table. For £6. In beautiful, bright sunshine yellow. Perfection! For bold pieces that really add some impact, you can’t go wrong with IKEA. This, some cushions, a new piece of art and some flowers or so, and you can bring a whole room together with a new sunny vibe for pocket money. Alternatively, if you’re into upcycling, painting an old coffee table is another great way to add colour. My coffee table was £10 from a carboot, and is solid pine. It’s been white, it’s been turquoise and currently it’s cobalt blue. I love it!

6. Yellow Supersoft Throw – Primark – £4.00
I’ve mentioned this before on the blog, how throws may not seem perfect purchases for summer décor. But they are. You can buy them for the colour as much as for the warmth. Want to change up your bedroom? One of these super affordable throws over the bottom of the bed will inject that colour without changing your crisp white or soft grey or navy blue sheets. Themes can often be tied together with the most affordable pieces. Primark has some amazing homeware items in at the moment, so if you happen to be heading there, I recommend you check out their home section.

7. Pineapple Plate – George – £5.00
Do you find you entertain more in the Summer? I do. I think it’s probably those long, light evenings and sunshiney good moods that make want to put on a party. Whether it’s a Summer BBQ or just a little gathering with friends or family, I like to entertain and feed people! Upping your dining table game is just a little way to add some party spirit, so whether it’s something fun like this pineapple plate, or colourful pitchers and glasses, and simple coloured napkins, that extra little effort will have a huge impact for you and your guests.

8. Made in England Lemon Verbena Boxed Candle Glass – Wax Lyrical – £7.00
If you didn’t gather from my last Candle of the Month post, I heart Wax Lyrical. They’re an amazing English company, and their candles are fabulous. This perfect Spring/Summer scent of freshly cut lemons and zesty limes is gorgeous. I’ve never had a Wax Lyrical candle that hasn’t burned fabulously, and will always return to them.

9. Gold Standing Flamingo Light – Primark – £10.00
Still loving flamingos? I think everyone is. This light is such a fun accessory. Yes, it’s gold rather than yellow, but depending on your shade of choice, this works wonderfully with those warmer mustards and honey shades. And if you don’t like flamingos? This light also comes in an elephant design for the same price. If you are loving this distinct bird, check out my Top Picks post from February here.

So there’s your lot for this month. How do you feel about yellow? Do you have another Spring shade you prefer? And if you have a favourite place to shop for your bargain pieces, please do share in the comments below!

For now, with love,
Ellen

Dealing With Grime One Day At A Time – Descaling An Iron

It’s been a while since I posted any home maintenance and cleaning tips on the blog but it’s something that I would like to share more of. When I chose the At Home With Ellen title, I wanted to encompass a variety of aspects of home living, from decor and enjoying the space you’re in, to looking after it, sharing opinions and reviews on products, meal ideas and recipes and more.

I have confessed many times that I am not the cleanest and tidiest person. I work, I’m planning a wedding and trying my best to keep on top of the blog too, and see myself as an ordinary kind of woman. Sometimes I cannot be bothered to wash up after dinner! Shock! Horror!

That doesn’t mean I’m not houseproud. I love my home, and I hate for people to see it when it’s messy. That’s why I my posts about home maintenance will never tell you to be more like me. Rather, I want to show you that I’m also on the journey of day to day life, and hope to create a place where we can share tips and ideas, and maybe give you a little inspiration and motivation along the way – I know having the blog certainly motivates me!

So with all that said, I thought I’d create a new little series – Dealing With Grime One Day At A Time. I’ve created a new category for it, so you’ll be able to search all posts in the future by the tag, and over the coming months I’ll be adding little posts like this one about those little jobs that you might not otherwise get around to.

So, descaling an iron. Yep, that’s what we’re talking about today. If you don’t already know, it’s an important bit of maintenance to maintain the lifespan of your iron, and save your lovely white shirts from the telltale signs of a scummy iron. If you’ve ever ruined a shirt with jets of brown steam, and little pieces of debris from the bottom of your iron, then you probably haven’t been descaling it often enough. I probably don’t do mine enough. Some companies recommend every 10 uses, but it will depend on your usage, and it’s always best to follow the recommendations of the manufacturer.

I’m going to try and do mine around once a month. I won’t always use a descaling product – if you clean your iron regularly (a lot of irons have a self clean button) then there shouldn’t be a need to, but I do live in a hard water area and that can make it worse.

I love the Oust sachets (not sponsored – it’s just the brand and type I’ve always used), and buy the ones that usually come as a pack of three and can be used in the kettle too. In fact, I bought this box to descale my kettle, and then decided it was definitely time I did the iron too.

I’m naughty and don’t bother to empty to water out after ironing (it’s recommended to) and I also use plain ol’ tap water (definitely not recommended) and the telltale white deposits end up presenting themselves around the steam holes.

It’s a simple case of heating up the iron, then unplugging, adding the Oust sachet and topping up with water, and using the self clean button or pressing the steam button a few times over the sink. If you’ve let it get really bad, you may have to do it more than once, but for regular maintenance, once will be just fine. I’ve also read you can get fantastic results with vinegar, so I may have to give that a go too, as I already use it for many other tasks around the home and get great results.

I like to flush out my iron with some fresh, clean water afterwards, and with a quick wipe of the soleplate, it’s as good as new. The descaler is so inexpensive (around £1-£1.50 for a box of three sachets), and it really will lengthen the life of your iron. So if the next time you’re ironing and you think yours is underperforming, give it a little tlc and enjoy the benefits!

I have another bargainous Top Picks under £10 post coming up next, so don’t forget to bookmark the blog and come back for that. If you’ve any tips to share, or anything you’d like to hear about from me, please do share in the comments section.

For now, with love,
Ellen

COTM: March – Wax Lyrical Amaryllis

Spring isn’t quite in full swing yet, but the weather has warmed up a little and the daffodils are popping up to say hello.

I noticed these fragranced tea lights in TK Maxx, and as a discontinued fragrance from the Wax Lyrical Royal Horticultural Society line, I knew I had to snap them up. I love Wax Lyrical candles – they are some of my favourite, and the beautifully floral and fruit scents from the RHS range are just as beautiful.

With top notes of citrus, heart notes of jasmine and base notes of musk, these are just what they say they are. Delicate, floral, slightly sweet with a hint of something else… a sharp, zesty green note. The sweetness and floral notes also make me think of sweet peas, or violets and lavender. They’re soft, garden blooms, and as per usual with Wax Lyrical, the smell is just as beautiful when burned as on cold sniff.

The pack claims up to 6 hours burn time from these tea lights – I got around 4, but I was more than happy with that and still think they’re fantastic value. Burn time can depend a lot on the holder, your room and atmosphere, so there will always be some variances there.

I have been burning three at a time, so got three uses from this pack of nine. I found that was a great amount to have in the centre of the coffee table, and offered a subtle, pretty scent. Sadly, dear Fiance wasn’t so keen – probably the sweet Jasmine note was a little too floral for him, but I have to say I really enjoyed them.

For another Wax Lyrical review, check out one of my favourite ever candle scents here, and do check www.wax-lyrical.com for their beautifully British candles. I feel like I’m spoilt for choice with candles at the moment – there are so many beautiful floral, fruity and calming clean scents out there at the moment, so don’t forget to come back to find out what will be my choice of the month for April!

For now, with love,
Ellen

Top Picks Under £10: March

Wafting in like a gentle breeze on a fresh Spring day, aquamarine is the order of the day this time around. It’s both the gemstone and colour associated with March, and seeing as the weather here in the UK can’t really make it’s mind up, I think this pretty aqua hue is the perfect option to put a little Spring in your home whether the weather is playing or not.

Sure, the Sun will catch up eventually, but as Easter themed décor is in abundance in stores, you’re probably more than ready to freshen up your home a little and inject a little colour in a pretty, subtle way.

As far as pastel blues go, aquamarine is my kind of shade. It’s not as vintagey as duck egg, or as green as mint, but it’s certainly got that coastal feel that true sky blues don’t. It also works wonderfully with greys and whites, or tan and ivory, and minks and creams, so whatever your neutral pieces and most likely your sofa, this is a colour that will work with what you already have.

So here are my Top Picks at £10 and under for March 2017:

1. Riviera Escape Wax Tart – YankeeCandle.co.uk – £1.43 Currently on Offer

A fresh scent is the perfect way to add a little Springtime to your home. If the colour aquamarine had a scent, it would be this seasidey wonder. I mean, it has marine in the name… no wonder it seems just right.

2. Yankee Candle Sanremo Votive Holder – House of Harris Gifts – £4.99

No longer available at yankeecandle.co.uk, this votive holder is part of the same collection that the Riviera Escape tarts and candles came from. It’s still available at many other retailers however, including the one linked ablove.

3. Jacquard-Weave Hand Towel – H&M – £4.99

As traditionally one of the smallest rooms in a house, a bathroom can be the most affordable to give a mini-makeover. You don’t have to replace all your towels either, just adding fresh, colourful hand towels which are the ones most regularly on display, are an easy way to begin to coordinate a theme or colour.

4. Drona Box (Blue) – IKEA – £2.50

A perfect fit for the Kallax shelving units, but also ideal in or on the wardrobe, or any other furniture, colourful storage solutions can be as pretty as they are practical, and these ones are a great size and value.

5. Dorma Hydrangea Stem – Dunelm – £7.99

I love hydrangeas, but fresh cut blooms can wilt quickly, and dried don’t always retain their beautiful colours, so artificial options can be a huge success when it comes to hydrangeas. These pretty blue ones from Dunelm are great quality for the price, and the colouring is so realistic. Love!
6. Decoart Americana Chalky Finish Paint (Escape) – The Range – £6.99

If you like upcycling, or are tempted to try it, chalk paint can be ideal. Perfect for that rustic look, but in a distressed, sea-weathered way, the shade ‘Escape’ looks perfect to tie in a coastal theme.

7. Supersoft Throw – George at Asda – Was £6.00, Now £5.00

Ideal size for an armchair, or to centre over the sofa, it’s nice to have a soft, lightweight blanket for when the weather is really grotty outside, and just the pretty pop of colour for when the sun starts shining. And for the price, it’s a very affordable way to add plenty of that pretty shade.

8. 2 Pack Knobs – H&M – £4.99

Whether you decide to go for painting your upcycled furniture or not, simply changing over the handles can really lift and modernize a piece. Whether for a sideboard or chest of drawers, these gorgeous shaped and colour door knobs are a quick and easy update you can do yourself in no time.

9. Mint Velvet Living Cushion – Primark – £5.00

Well, this wouldn’t be complete without a cushion, now, would it? Off to Primark for this beauty. Gorgeous colour, perfect price, what more could you want?

And there you have it, my Top Picks for this month. A post that’s come a little later than intended but that’s just how things go sometimes! Stay tuned though for another post coming shortly, and my Candle of the Month post which will be up at the end of the month.

For now, with love,
Ellen

Kelly Hoppen’s 8 Interior Design Trends for 2017 – My Views

I was reading this article over on House Beautiful, in which Kelly Hoppen discusses her 8 Interior Design Trends for 2017. I thought I’d recap them here, and take you through them with my own thoughts and views on how you can incorporate them into your own home.

I love her initial piece of advice to “Use trends as a guide rather than a rule as they can be very dating to an interior.” Which I think it great. Our homes are for us to live in and love, not to photograph solely to wow strangers on Instagram. It’s not just about how something looks but how it makes you feel, and a lot of that will come down to practicality in terms of day to day living, so having a hint of this and a nod to that can be much more livable than a statement so large it overshadows your whole home.

1 Colours

First up are colours. “Splashes of burgundy, dark grey, pastel pink, emerald green, and burnt orange will be the shades of next season” the article states. Now each to their own when it comes to colours. I could certainly embrace emerald green, and I think pastel pink can work wonderfully in many ways, also alongside either dark grey or burgundy, if used right. I have to say, burnt orange isn’t a colour I immediately draw towards. I think it depends on what it is paired with and the overall vibe. As a stand alone shade, I’m not a fan, but I do like rich tan leathers and metallic copper which share the shame hue, so with the right contrasts, it could definitely work.
As ever, I like to play safe with trends, and tend to go for easily updateable pieces rather than whole room themes, so this pastel pink table would be a perfect nod to the season, and could easily tie in with some textiles and art in the same hues.

2 Wall Coverings

Now the article mentions a few options here, but the thing that stood out for me was the mention of geometric wallpaper. Especially with the younger crowd, I’m seeing more and more geometric patterns, and companies are now embracing this on everything from cushions to duvet covers to, of course, wallpaper. It’s a modern and funky vibe and there’s countless pattern and colour combinations out there. I like this one from B&Q.

3 Accessorizing

Kelly states that for 2017 “Retro plants, palm trees and rubber plants are huge, very 60s” and I couldn’t agree more. We’ve seen such a huge revival of real life greenery recently and it’s time to get green fingers and be ready and willing with the watering can. The tropical types are my favourite of the moment (and probably yours, everyone is loving palms and the like) but easy care options like Spider plants are also back in vogue. I also love this rubber plant from Waitrose.

4 Art

The article mentions fantasy-like art, such as that of artist Tim Walker. If you’re not quite so keen on the surreal scenes he creates, you can still have a hint of the madness with delightfully bow-tied zebra, from Graham & Brown at Debenhams.

5 Space

Now this is something you may not be able to change. Open plan versus cozy and intimate can be very limited by your house and rooms, and whilst open plan areas can be divided up, if you have cozier rooms, then that’s what you have to work with. Choose lighter colours for the walls, (and in my opinion, almost everything) to increase the bright and lightness of the room, and add mirrors wherever possible to really get the light reflecting around the room. Ikea always has a fabulous, varied selection of mirrors and I love the large, round Stockholm mirror.

6 Concrete

Another one for the modern, urban fans. Again, concrete can sound like a big commitment. It can be fantastic as a polished floor (my partner’s favourite), but can also come in smaller formats such as candles and candle holders, and plant pots such as these from notonthehighstreet.com.

7 Flooring

Texture and contrast, though not carpet, seem to be the order of the day. Mixing tiles and wooden flooring is set to be big, and this wood effect ceramic tile literally mixes the two, for a fabulous parquet style floor, without the maintenance and upkeep. I really love this look!

8 The Old vs. The New

And lastly, we have the old, versus the new. I feel this is perfect for me. I love to take old furniture and upcycle to give it a new lease of life. And also contrasting old and new is a great option. Take great priced basics from Ikea and mix them up with one off finds from Antiques shops and Charity stores. Literally go for your favourites without worrying if all the styles match perfectly. They’re not supposed to.

So there you have it. Some tips and ideas to try out if you’re updating or decorating this coming year. What’s your favourite point? I’d love to hear and discuss with you what décor plans you have if you’d like to leave a comment below.

For now, with love,
Ellen

COTM: February – DW Home Candles Peony Petals

It may still be Winter, but as soon as Valentine’s Day hits, there’s a sense that Spring is on it’s way. The daffodil and tulip bulbs I planted have started peeking out of the dirt (a little late due to the lack of sunshine on these chilly cold days) and there’s that noticeable delay in the sun setting each evening.

A short month anyway, February hasn’t seen much candle action from me. I’ve purchased a few (do I need more?!) but I have enjoyed a little of this beautiful, delicate, floral yet clean scent.

It’s Peony Petals from DW Home Candles. I purchased this one, as well as others, from TK Maxx. These small (and oh so cute) glass jars are a bargain at £2.99, and a lot of the medium jars are just £5.99, when you can get hold of them.

I love the pretty pink coating to the glass, and it coincidentally matches perfectly to my calendar this month! The scent is delicate, yet powerful enough. It’s noticeable but not overwhelming, and I find that the scent stays exactly the same throughout the whole of these smaller candles.

I haven’t even burned the whole thing… it’s been one of those months, but what I have burned has been very clean and I can’t fault it at all.

The scent is pretty – a rosy, clean flower scent, not overpowering or old fashioned but fresh and reminiscent of real blooms.

I’d definitely recommend it, and I will (and already have) purchase more from DW Home. Beautiful!

Do you like to match your scents to the time of year? Do you save particular scents for certain holidays and occasions? Or are you more of a ‘whatever I’m in the mood for’ type? Please share your thoughts in a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

For now, with love,
Ellen

Top Picks Under £10: February

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Fabulous and frilly, fun and flirty, it’s time for my February Top Picks featuring flamingos!

Flamingos seem to be everywhere right now. At any price point, it’s an image that seems to be around every corner. So instead of an out and out sweet and lovey Valentine’s theme this month, I’ve put together a selction of fab, affordable flamingo themed products, all at £10 or less.

They can be cute and kitsch, really embrace a pastel pink or coral colour scheme, be wacky and retro, or tasteful and demure, or all out Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. But there’s a style to suit almost everyone, so it’s time to embrace the current trend!

1. Sass & Belle Flamingo Mug – Asos – £7.50
Available at various retailers, including Sass & Belle and Asos, this super cute chevron printed mug with flamingo handle will be sure to make you smile in the mornings. Coffee at the ready!

2. Printed Porcelain Plate – H&M – £6.99
There are cups and side plates alongside this kitsch little plate. Get tea-party ready and pop your scones and finger sandwiches on this fine bit of porcelain.

3. Flamingo Hiball Glasses (Set of 6) – George – £3.90
A total bargain at just £3.90 for a set of 6, these glasses are so sweet. The white stripe design works really well with the pink birds and they have a fun, tropical feel to them.

4. Light Pink Voile Curtain Panel – Primark – £.3.00
While we’re dreaming of warmer Spring days, we can at least get our homes ready for the coming months. Voile panels are great to add a little interest to your window décor, and this pretty pastel pink will tie in any flamingo theme you’ve got going on.

5. Fresco Wallpaper Flamingo Hot Pink – Wilko – £10.00 per roll
If you like feature walls, you can really commit to Flamingo Fever with this fun wallpaper. It would really add some interest in an otherwise neutral room, and would work perfectly with pale greys.

6. Hemsta Lamp Shade in Pink – Ikea – £9.00
Also available in White, again this pretty pastel pink is perfect to compliment the flamingo pieces. Perfect for the bedroom, this would work perfectly on a silver lamp base for a glam look, or on a white or lgiht turquoise base for a sweet and soft look.

7. Flamingo Cushion Cover – Dunelm – £8.00
If you prefer bolder pinks, the details and reverse of this cushion are hot pink. Alongside the natural linen of the front, this would work beautiful with stark black and cream. A few more hot pink and linen accents and you could really jazz up an otherwise monochrome look.

8. Peony Bouquet – The Range – £3.49
For the price, these peonies are fantastic. Five full blooms for just £3.49, and the colour of them is just perfect.

9. Flamingo String Lights – Matalan – £8.00
Perfect for a little one’s bedroom, these string lights add a little colour and a lot of fun.

That’s just a little selection of what’s out there in those pretty pink hues and fabulous flamingo imagery. Sometimes it’s nice to not take your décor too seriously. At the end of the day your home is somewhere to relax and to enjoy, it doesn’t hurt to add some funkier details now and again, and with so much of offer out there, it’s never been so easy and affordable to achieve.

For now, with love,
Ellen

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