Monday, 23 June 2014

Cheap homeware: Cut price doesn't have to look it

It's no secret to those around me that I've just moved out of the folks' house and into a flat with the boyfriend. We're both less than a year out of uni (though have been together nearly 5 years *gasps*), so are doing everything on a fairly small budget. We've moved to Cambridge, and while it's just 20 minutes drive from my home town, it's a pretty pricey postcode.

Luckily however, there are a few budget home ranges out there that are making things a little easier and a lot prettier. Whether you're moving to a new pad or just looking to update your dwelling, you can't knock Primark for its majorly affordable home department.

primark-home

I recently picked up the following (see above, L-R):
Owl doorstop, £2 (sale, was £7) - I always look for sale items in Primark. They often have to get rid of overstock or slightly damaged items so will slash their already low prices drastically. This push owl doorstop is pretty weighty and dead cute, but many of his buddies had small marks or problems with the stitching. I found this guy in amongst them with no faults or damage on him whatsoever!
Aztec Elephant double duvet cover, £12 - I absolutely love print duvets, and while I have also invested in this Hallrot duvet cover by Ikea , I couldn't resist. I'm really liking rich, warm neutrals at the moment and the Asian/Eastern looking print gives a relaxed bohemian vibe. While most duvet sets will set you back £20-£40, this was a steal at just £12.
Woven branch heart, £2.50 - I've always liked these little trinkets, but more expensive stores really overcharge considering they're just woven or painted bits of wood. I'd like to make my own but I'm short on time these days, so I snapped this one up. I'm hoping to hang it from a door or mirror.

But there isn't a Primark near me?
Unfortunately Primark have yet to make any drastic ventures overseas, and don't have an online store. There are however plenty of other places out there offering low price home ware and trinkets. H&M home are rolling out a lovely, minimalist range that truly reflects the rest of the brand, with the website and London stores up and running and more to come. They've got some gorgeous materials going on and some wonderful vases. Another favourite of mine is Evolution, whose website and stores across the UK provide ethical home-ware starting at just £1.50.

So there you have it. Hopefully I've shown that anyone can create themselves an abode that reflects their personality, without breaking the bank to do it!
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