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

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

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

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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Top Picks under £10: January

13-jan_mood_boardI think the New Year is a fabulous time for freshening up your décor and streamlining your look. Autumn is so rich and abundant and the following festive season so vividly overindulgent, that by January, a clean slate is necessary.

The Pantone Colour of the Year for 2017 could not be more perfect for this time of year. I think it’s a shade that suits the first half of the year more, though depending on what you pair it with will determine how long it can last in your home and wardrobe.

Greenery. I even love the name. As a nature lover, I’m thrilled to see this vibrant, Spring shade as the Colour of the Year. Over a year ago, we picked ‘green’ as the colour for our wedding, although admittedly more in terms of actual live greenery than just the colour, but there’s something about the freshness and lushness and vitality of the colour that is simply perfect.

pantone-color-of-the-year-2017-color-palette-6For the cooler months of January through to March, I would pair this shade with crisp whites and soft blue and purple toned greys, and from Spring through to mid-Summer, I adore the colour combination Pantone has put together with ‘Fathomless’. I heart every single shade.

Furthermore, seeing as the botanical trend is here to stay another year, what better background than a pure, unadulterated green to set off those darker leaf shades and really make those tropical prints pop.

But back to January, and as a single, stand out month that screams ‘new start’ I’ve paired the greenery shade with cool turquoise and contrasting cobalt touches to say Winter is here, but Spring is on it’s way. It’s fresh, it’s vibrant, it’s seasonally apt, but it’s certainly not boring or monotone. Without further ado then, my Top Picks Under £10 are:

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1. Rundlig Serving Bowl – IKEA – £8.00 
This bamboo bowl from Ikea contrasts the natural bamboo inside and the vibrant green outside for a modern, stylish piece that could be used in multiple ways around the house. As a serving bowl, it’s ideal for that purpose, but also the perfect size for a fruit bowl, as a decorative item for any room, or catch-all bowl for the hallway or bedroom etc.

2. Rasch Palm Leaves Wallpaper – The Range – £8.99
It has palm leaves. It’s turquoise and green. It’s pretty much perfect as far as wallpaper goes. And you can also get the same design with added tropical birds and flowers too! Love!

3. Printed Cushion Cover – H&M – £8.99
Yes, yes and yes again. I love H&M for their cushion designs! So good.

4. Photo Frame – H&M – £6.99
While we’re there, here’s another great item from H&M. This pretty pop of turquoise would look amazing with a black and white image in. Photos aren’t just for Instagram, guys!

5. Snowdrops Canvas 48cm x 48cm – Wilko – £5.00
Could they have got this any more right for January? The colours are perfect, the image is perfect, and for the price point, the quality is decent.

6. Dovecote Medium Trinket Box – M&S – £9.50
Keep your dresser tidy with this perfect little trinket box. The colour and shape are simply lovely together.

7. Green Tea & Lime Large Hourglass Wax Melt – WoodWick – £4.49
This is fresh yet comforting all in one go. Ideal for that fresh and clean feeling, but still keeps you feeling cozy despite the weather. And it’s also the perfect shade of green to compliment the overall look we’re going for.

8. Pack of 3 Glass Bottles – Wilko – £8.00
I love blue glass, but the mix of colours here works so well together. Once again, well done Wilko!

9. Swirl Glass Bowl – Wilko – £5.00
Well, I really am crushing on Wilko this season! If you want to stick with an out and out Pantone Greenery theme, then try this decorative bowl, you can’t beat the price point.

So there you have my Top Picks, and an idea you can build on to explore 2017’s Pantone Colour of the Year. What do you think of Greenery? And what would you pair it with? Let me know in the comment section.

For now, with love,
Ellen

 

 

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Top Picks Under £10: November

11-november_mood_boardWe’ve had Halloween, we’ve had Bonfire Night, and now it seems the whole country is in Christmas mode. You won’t be ready to put decorations up yet (at least, you shouldn’t be!) but it’s definitely a good time to start thinking about them. A lot happens at Christmas. The more you can prepare in advance, the easier the festive period becomes, and decorations start popping into shops mid-October, and as something you can buy and put away for a month or two, there’s no reason not to get home décor accessories ticked off the list.

Besides, it’s so much less stressful than present shopping.

There’s so many themes to pick from these days, Nordic, Traditional, Vintage, Luxe, Retro, Metallics, Red, White, Blue, Gold Green or Pink, there’s a Christmas theme to fit every single taste.

I have to say I prefer more traditional tastes and colours – they just feel the most Christmassy to me. I do vary from one year to another, but it’s usually on a similar note. I like outdoorsy, rustic, traditional colours. Red, green, lots of wicker and berries and pinecones. Sometimes I may go for a slightly more metallic red gold and green look, or maybe more woodland with lots of animals, but that general idea just suits my personal tastes.

And so, along that theme, I have my Top Picks for the month of rustic Christmas décor. Think hessian and tartan, wood and green firs with red berries. There’s plenty out there to pick for this theme, and here are a few favourites I’ve noticed:

1. George Home Stag’s Head Ornament – George – £10.00
I really like this wooden stag head. It could also work well within a Nordic or Ski Lodge theme, but the carved wood effect (it’s actually resin) looks super rustic and outdoorsy.

2. 10in Mini Red Berry Wreath – M&S – £10.00
There are wreaths available within budget for this Top Picks, but for a lovely large outdoor one, you may want to spend a little more. For the price though, this mini one is super cute, and would make a great indoor accessory.

3. Tartan Decoration Set- The Range – £1.99
This set of 9 tree decorations are so cute, and a total bargain. I love tartan for this Christmas theme as it adds red and green but again, in a more rustic way. I think I’m going to have to pick some of these up, although I already have something very similar, so will check first that they don’t clash!

4. Tartan Tree Garland Reel – Dunelm – £4.00
I’m not a fan of tinsel. It’s one childhood Christmas decoration that I feel hasn’t really made a comeback. Some people still love it, and good for them – always go with what you enjoy. Personally, I usually just got for baubles on my tree, but this tartan ribbon garland would look super cute, and at £4.00 for 4 metres, it’s also a bargain. And doesn’t have to be limited to the tree!

5. Hessian Stag Christmas Stocking – Matalan – £6.00
Hessian – check. Tartan – check. Stags – Check. This just screams rustic Christmas. I adore it.

6. 8m Hessian Jute Roll – B&Q – £6.00
This would also look great draped around the tree. Or to make your own bows from. Or to tie around your dining chairs, or twirl around fireplace garlands. If you’ve found the perfect green wreath, that just needs an extra touch, items like this are perfect to add that rustic charm.

7. 3 Pack Red Berry Tree Picks – M&S – £5.00
Along with the jute roll, these berry picks are perfect to add into plain wreaths and fireplace garlands, onto presents and other decorations to add a little colour and texture in a lovely natural (at least in style) way.

8. Rattan Noel Hanging Sign – Wilko – £6.00
Adding little signs and decorations around your home really adds to the atmosphere. This small Noel hanging sign would be perfect in the hallway or kitchen, to continue your chosen theme around the house.

9. Red Flocked Bell with Floristry Detail – B&Q – £3.00
There are so many baubles that fit this theme and come in under budget. Literally, hundreds. But I chose this one for my Top Picks because it ticks so many boxes – the colour, the flocked finish, the design, the little needles and pine cone detail. Perfect.

So there’s just a little taster of what’s available for this Outdoorsy Rustic theme. I can’t wait to share photos of our décor this Christmas. There haven’t been a lot of house updates as progress has been slow, but it should all come together for Christmas, and I can’t wait to share.

There will be more Christmas posts coming up, so stay tuned for those.

For now, with love,
Ellen

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

Top Picks under £10: September

9 september_mood_boardThe kids are going back to school, the sun is setting earlier, and the rain seems more of a probability than a possibility. Yes ladies and gentlemen, we’ve reached September.

I love September, however. I think it’s a very noticeable, change-in-the-season kind of month. Despite it still actually being late Summer. All those ahead-of-themselves shops have started stocking Halloween goods (so excited!) and you just have that sense that Autumn’s on it’s way. Whether you’ve been on your Summer holiday yet or not.

I also think, that similar to a walk in the woods after a good rainfall, September just has that fresh earthy smell about it. Probably due to the rain again though. Oh well, wellies at the ready.

With the school season starting again though, whether you have children or not, I always think September seems a great fresh start in the organizing stakes. The shops are rife with folders and organizers, buckets and totes and boxes galore. So what better theme for this month’s TPUT (That’s Top Picks Under Ten to new readers) than some affordable home organizing goods.

I’ve also grouped these because of the colour as well.  On browsing online over at House Beautiful last week, I came across the Sherwin Williams Colour Of The Year 2017 article. There, you can read about Poised Taupe, the it colour in wall paint for 2017.

But isn’t it so now?! Yes, neutrals and natural shades will always be en vogue, but again, after the brights and freshness of Summer, don’t we just love taupes and greiges and mushroom and beiges come the latter sector of the year? I do. I’m wearing taupe, I’m painting my nails with taupe. I’m enjoying being a comfy, cosy, relaxing taupe blank canvas. I blend in with my latte.

Back to the point, however, and here are my top ten picks at ten pounds and under for neutral toned home storage:

1. Home Love Heart Wooden Carved Drawers – George – £8.00
This could be ideal for jewellery in the bedroom, or for keys and bits in the hallway. And it doesn’t get much more neutral than wood!

2. Mesh Single in Tray Silver Effect – Wilko – £2.75
Another multi-room piece, obviously perfect for a desk or in the office, but again, could work in your hallway for letters and leaflets to keep them altogether. Plus, a bargain price!

3. Byholma Basket in Grey – IKEA – £6.00
This handwoven rattan basket comes in three different sizes, so you could go for an easy coordinated look for a room. Oh, and obviously, Ikea is pretty much the king of small storage shopping.

4. Marble Print Pop Up Storage Bin – Primark – £3.50
Whilst a pop up laundry or storage bin isn’t going to be everyone’s style, I can see these selling out fast for university students moving away for the first time, and for teens everywhere. They don’t have just be for laundry either, they could be for soft toys, clean clothing, and I’ve definitely seen them to store wool in craft rooms. Like the rest of the internet, I LOVE the marble print.

5. New Naturals Heart Storage Box – Wilko – £6.00
This is one from a whole new range called New Naturals at Wilko. Everyone is on trend with this for this Autumn. An alternative to the first item, I adore the colours in this one, and it’s one of my favourites of the nine pieces.

6. Felt Storage Basket – H&M – £9.99
This is one that is just as stylish as it is practical. Plus, the neutral grey would fit in with almost any existing colour scheme you might have.

7. Grey Rope Basket – Primark – £8.00
It’s back to Primark, and another of my favourites here. Just look at that chunky texture! Divine.

8. Svira, Box with Lid – IKEA – £10.00
I did say Ikea was the king of small storage. These would work perfectly in or on a wardrobe, and there’s also a matching shallow but wider box, ideal for under the bed or bottom of the wardrobe.

9. Chalkboard Crate – Dunelm Mill – £5.99 – £9.99
And to finish off, I’ve chosen this wooden crate with chalkboard panel. There’s something about chalkboards that makes me think of kitchens, so I imagine these lined up in a pantry. Of course, they could also be perfect for a child’s room, allowing you to label up the boxes and give them a helping hand when it comes to tidying.

So there you have it, nine affordable small storage solutions to help you get a little more organised around the house, while still having a fabulously stylish home. If you’ve got any storage solutions, hints or tips, please let me know below. If I get enough responses I’ll compile your suggestions into a blog post to share with everyone.

For now, with love,
Ellen

Top Picks under £10: August

I can’t believe it’s August already! This year is flying by. The wedding planning is in full swing, and as we’re getting married in August next year, it’s been really nice to embrace this time of year and embrace it whilst we’re planning, taking the weather and everything else into account.

In terms of décor however, most companies are already heading for Autumn. As with nearly all retailers, there’s a tendency to sell for the coming season, rather than the current one. I can see why, but sometimes think it’s a shame we’re not embracing the here and now, and always planning for what’s coming next rather than enjoying the present moment.

However, as your décor hangs around longer than a couple of weeks, transitional themes can really tide you over a season or two. Whilst late Summer could easily be full of nautical prints or those cozy warm shades like in July’s Top Picks, if you’re getting ready for Autumn too, cooler colours and more textures really start to work.

I’ve gone for a slightly 70s colour theme with rich teal and gold. Teal and slate blues have always reminded me of Autumn, perhaps it’s the colour of the sky before sunset? I’ve added in some velvet and velour for that sumptuous touch, which is always perfect for when the evenings begin to get a little cooler too.

1. Gold Laser Cut Tealight Holder – Marks and Spencer – £5.00
This cute little tealight holder has such a gorgeous laser cut design. It’s small, but fancy. I think it’s great.

2. Stoneware Soap Dispenser – H&M – £7.99
I really love the cool feel of this petrol toned stoneware pump bottle. Perfect for the bathroom or kitchen, the colour is simply gorgeous, and it’s functional too.

3. George Home Painterly Bee Cushion 43x43cm – George – £8.00
I’ve been seeing bee motifs a lot recently – which is great, I love them. And they definitely say ‘Summer!’ whilst the colour tones of the cushion will certainly see you through Autumn and Winter. I adore it.

4. 2 Teal Basket Weave Cushions – Primark – £6.00
You can’t beat Primark prices. Two cushions for £6.00, and they are in the softest finish. Perfect!

5. Bowtique Bee Ribbon – Dunelm – £3.15
An unusual choice on here, but Dunelm has a beautiful bee print fabric, and this utterly gorgeous ribbon. It comes in a five metre length and would be perfect for adding that little extra something to cushion covers, around the bottom edge of a plain lampshade etc. Sometimes small details can have a huge impact.

6. Jacquard-Weave Towel – H&M – £6.99
This perfect guest-size towel is ideal as a hand towel, or even in kitchen. I think the pattern and colour looks so luxurious.

7. George Home Small Bee Box – George – £8.00
Another from the range at George, this lovely little trinket box is so sweet, and would look great alongside the cushion in any living room or bedroom.

8. White Tea and Violet Glass Votive Candle – Primark – £2.00
I adore this little square candles in their glass holders from Primark. Not only do they smell lovely and burn surprisingly well for their incredibly low price, the containers are so useful afterwards.

9. Sequin Cushion (40cm x 30cm) – Matalan – £10.00
Lastly, we have another cushion, this time from Matalan. Whilst sequins aren’t the comfiest of finish to snuggle up again, this is the perfect dressing pillow. Add to the middle of your sofa or bed and it adds that bit of texture and shimmer that can otherwise be missing. It’s also a perfect compliment to those soft squishy velvet numbers.

And there you have my Top Picks at £10 and Under for August. Of course there’ll be a September bunch about four weeks from now, but plenty more in between, including some pictures of our finished temporary kitchen look.

If you have favorite seasonal shades, please share them below in the comments. I’d love to know what everyone else will be decorating with this Autumn.

For now, with love,
Ellen

Top Picks under £10: July

7_july_mood_boardFollowing on from my last post, here’s the Moroccan inspired bargains I’d promised. To be honest, there were lots of options online that fit into budget – for example, I’d already included an orange silk effect cushion from Wilko’s before switching it out for the Ikea one, as I wanted to include the paints from Wilko too.
There’s also a lot of options when it comes to lanterns at this time of year. There’s even a couple of different designs in Poundland if you want to make a very affordable, non-committed nod to the trend. Hot pinks and purples are usually available year round too, so you’ll have no trouble sourcing cushions covers, vases, and other decorative accessories. If this is a style you love, and you have money to spend, go all out – velvet boudoir chairs, leather poufs and luxurious rugs and chandeliers will add the luxury that this style oozes.

But if you’re like me, and you love a bargain, keep reading for my best buys at ten pounds and under.

1. Wilko Statement Matt Emulsion Paint Vamp 1.25 – Wilko – £9.00
If you’re loving this trend, go all out and give yourself some colourful walls. Whether it’s one in every shade, or just a single focal wall, this rich purple tone is simply divine.

2. Metal Lantern – H&M– £7.99
This small cut-out patterned metal lantern adds just enough contrast to all the soft velvets and silks that the trend commands.

3. Pink Patchwork Tassel Cushion – Primark– £7.00
You’d be forgiven for thinking this actually costed four times the price. Hot pink, check. Patchwork, check. Tapestry details, check. Tassels, check. What more could you need?!

4. HENRIKA Cushion Cover, Orange – Ikea– £5.00
I love the stripes on this. With other items, this could look very different. With some pinks, purples and golds, it looks opulent and just right for that eastern vibe.

5. Moroccan Argan Oil Small Jar – Yankee– £8.54
Set the mood with this exotic aroma of patchouli and sandalwood with Argan oil. And on the plus side, the colour of the wax is simply beautiful!

6. Wilko Matt Emulsion 2.5L, Warm Days – Wilko– £10.00
As I described in my Moroccan inspiration post, the Moroccan style suits summer time so well, so what better than the aptly named ‘Warm Days’ a sunny, gold orange emulsion.

7. Pink Bubble Jar Candle – Primark– £4.00
This is another one that just looks right. I’ve had a few scented candles from Primark and been pleasantly surprised. But it’s the containers that make them such bargains. Once you’ve burned the wax, you have a pretty jar you can clean out and use for anything from pens and pencils, makeup brushes, craft supplies or even your toothbrush. This pink glass jar candle is no exception.

8. Eastern Lantern – Wilko– £10.00 reduced from £15.00
Just fitting into the budget here, a beautiful,  colorful lantern. TK Maxx is also an excellent place to purchase these lanterns – they have them in an array of beautiful colours, and multi coloured ones too if you prefer. But if you prefer to buy online, this Wilko one fits the bill nicely.

9. Chartwell Plain Hot Pink Pillow Case, Pack of 2 – B&Q– £5.00
And lastly, something for the bedroom. The colour of these pillow cases is gorgeous, and if you don’t want to replace your whole bedding, adding a vibrant sheet & pillowcases, or bedspread and cushions o can update your existing linens.

So there you have a small selection of some of the fantastic items on offer at the moment for the Summer months. You can’t guarantee the weather, but you can guarantee yourself a great looking home. Add some colour, light a good-mood scent and imagine yourself somewhere warm. And if you do get the weather, get outside and start partying!

For now, with love,
Ellen

 

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