Top Picks under £10: October

Are you simply loving Autumn? It was tempting to go all out black and orange Hallowe’en themed for my October Top Picks under £10, but I managed to resist. As soon as October hits, I’m all about Hallowe’en, and whilst I might not decorate as such for it, I do thoroughly enjoy the festivities, and have been known to create unnecessarily elaborate costumes in years previous.

For something a little longer lasting, however, I have gone with a woodland theme. It’s the perfect time of year to be introducing rustic, natural touches, and can so easily be an ongoing theme then for the Winter months. I’m a huge animal fan – so much so, I nearly didn’t include the faux horn decoration in my top picks, as I prefer my animals more alive looking, but for the price point and style, it was worth noting, as it is such a popular trend. And of course, it’s fake.

So create your own woodland cabin or country lodge vibe, with animal themes, natural wood, cozy knits and faux fur. I can almost smell the campfire now!

1. Faux Fur Oblong Cushion – Primark – £7.00
Faux fur has definitely become a thing in it’s own right. I don’t even really sense the connotation to it being a real fur substitute, it’s just become a fabulously textured, autumn/winter looking fabric to use. This cushion from Primark is excellent, a great price, and in a lovely tone for this time of year.

2. Ebony and Oak Small Jar – Yankee Candle – £8.54
Available from many retailers, and online at yankee.co.uk, this is one of the 2016 Autumn fragrances. The notes read: Woody oak, pine and ebony make an elegant forest fragrance with subtle touches of eucalyptus and patchouli. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea (what is?) but it’s great to create that outdoors aroma.

3. Woodland Creatures Framed Art – The Range – £2.99 reduced from £4.99
This cute framed piece comes in a couple of varieties – an owl and a hare – and is such an affordable piece to add a little woodland vibe to your decor. I dare say it’s probably also very easy to recreate something very similar, with a wooden frame, some kraft paper and some decoupage images.

4. Standing Brown Bear – Wilko – £6.00
What’s not to love about this quirky little ornament? If you’re not shy about your themes, go all out with this little guy. He’s a good size for the price at approx. 23cm long, and I think he’s just adorable!

5. Stag Wall Art – George – £8.00
This large, square, canvas print will also add some colour and impact. It’s the perfect Autumn image and will add a touch of warmth in a neutral room.

6. Printed Cushion Cover – H&M – £6.99
Oh look, another cushion cover from H&M! I seem to add one of these every month, but I can’t help myself. I don’t usually go for prints on cushions – I prefer plain textures, or patterns, but again, something about the bear, and the season, just appealed.

7. Wood Effect Photo Frame – Dunelm – £3.99 – £6.99
Yes, you probably can find real wood frames within budget, and you could certainly thrift them, but I liked the tone of this wood effect frame from Dunelm. It’s called grey, but it has that lovely rustic feel to it. But of course, you could always stain/paint your existing wooden frames to create a similar finish.

8. Antelope Horns Wall Art – George – £9.00 reduced from £15.00
This resin piece resembles antelope horns, though isn’t too realistic. It adds that touch of woodland décor, but hopefully won’t scare away the children! It has great reviews online, and will no doubt sell out quickly.

9. Dompen Basket – IKEA – £7.00
This 32cm x 32cm square basket from Ikea is lovely. The texture, the colour, the size – it’s the perfect storage basket. It’s designed to fit their storage units, but of course be used in or on the wardrobe, on a sideboard or next to the sofa for magazines etc. The material is actual coconut palm leaf, but in this wonderful brown colour it just looks very outdoorsy and woody.

So there are my Top Picks for October. Do you love to bring the outdoors in for Autumn? If so, let me know your ideas and share your décor tips for everyone in the comments below!

For now, with love,
Ellen

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