So with a full lockdown looming on the horizon, I like many other people are starting to make plans for cosying up our homes as we will be definitely spending more time in them with our immediate family. There is still time to make those changes and I wanted to give you three budget-friendly ideas to do just that.
First up is soft furnishings and finishing touches. Unless you can buy a sofa off the peg, there is usually quite a long lead time and they are a real investment. However, you can make a big difference with a relatively small budget by adding luxurious cushions with lots of texture and colour to a sofa and chair in your home. Whatever your colour scheme, cushions can add drama in the way of texture. Try varying the size, but keeping to the same colour palette. Adding a layer of luxury and interest can really add to the cosiness of the room. Think silks, plush velvet or linens, with details like contrast piping, feathers, braiding or fringing. Don’t forget to try supermarkets to buy them in. Some home sections this year are absolutely smashing luxury at the fraction of a price to high street stores.
If there is one way to cosy up a home, its to look at the flooring. I actually wanted to draw your attention to a company that is based in my home town of Ilkeston, Derbyshire. What I love about them is they are a family run business that specialises in high-quality carpet remnants. If you spot something that you like it can have up to 90% off the retail price. So if you are looking to save money then a remnant can be a perfect way. I have had an experience of this, and I would definitely buy a carpet this way again. We not only saved money, but we found something that ordinarily would have been out of our budget.
Not wanting to have carpet in your home? Then a rug can make all the difference in winter. Designer Carpet actually make bespoke rugs too, using the remnants. I love the idea of having something individually made to your exact measurements, whether you’d like something to add warmth to a cold floor, or in front of that fireplace this winter, it sounds just the ticket! Also as they already have the stock they can generally deliver them much quicker.
As I sit and write this on a cold dark November evening, I have a candle flickering near me. I don’t think there is anything that makes me feel cosier on a budget than a scented candle. I have tried many in the past and have some favourite brands. I now tend to buy them from discounted places such as TK Maxx and Homesense. I love that I can buy something that is a premium product at a fraction of the price. Go for warming scents which remind you of the season, think berries, woody notes or another idea would be to go for a wintersweet treat, that is bound to evoke warm memories.