Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The Best Places To Shop For Pretty Homeware When You're On A Budget

Since moving into my flat with the boyf last March, I've become completely obsessed with homeware and attempting to make my place look all pretty and pinterest-able. However, I'm not made of money and have to be a bit savvy when it comes to choosing where to shop. No Diptique candles for me, unfortunately. Here's where I go to find chic yet cheap homeware finds...

1) The Range
Good for: Storage, decorations, fake flowers
The Range is quite a new discovery of mine as a store recently opened up nearby and boy do I wish I'd found it sooner. It's just so cheap. Their shelves are packed with pretty little decorations and their storage options are endless. They also have a huge range of fake flowers too which are ideal for blogging props!

2) Matalan
Good for: Canvases, storage, kitchenware
I haven't been to Matalan home in ages but I need to pay a visit ASAP because they nearly always have something that grabs my eye. They have a good range of canvases - something that I think are often hard to find for cheap. They also sell initial cushions and mugs for really cheap and just look at that copper basket bin (yes, I am getting excited over a bin.)
3) Lily Rose Co
Good for: Decorations
Formerly known as Gifts & Pieces, Lily Rose Co is run by fellow blogger Abby and, honestly, everything in this online store is seriously dreamy. Think cute little trinket boxes, monochrome mugs and a dashing of stationery too for all you stationery lovers out there!

4) Ikea
Good for: Furniture
I couldn't not include Ikea in here really as it's kind of the God of homeware. It is a bit of a minefield though as it's just SO big and it can be hard finding the real gems in and amongst other random bits and pieces. Ikea is my go-to for furniture because it's ridiculously well priced and just looks good. Literally all my furniture - bar my sofa - is from Ikea as it's cheap but doesn't look cheap, if ya get me. If you're obsessed with white interiors, like me, then you'll love it because they have so many minimalist furniture options that look really clean and fresh despite not costing much at all. My top picks are; the Malm dressing table, the Malm chest of drawers, the Kallax shelves and the Linnmon/Lerberg desk. Oh and they sell cute cacti, too, just FYI.

5) Dunelm Mill
Good for: Decorations, cushions, kitchenware
Dunelm Mill is quite similar to The Range apart from I'd say it's just a tad more expensive. However, they do have some really well priced pieces if you look around. I particularly like their cushion range as they have loooads to choose from and they're reasonable in price compared to other places. All the cushions on my bed below are from Dunelm Mill and all cost less than a tenner each. 

6) H&M home
Good for: Decorations
H&M home is like a bloggers dream when it comes to home decorations. Think marble trays, copper baskets and lots of monochrome. The only problem being, that there's no store near me so I have to buy everything online and end up going a bit cray cray when it comes to adding stuff to my basket, oops.

7) Home Bargains
Good for: Mugs, decorations, candles
Home Bargains are very hit and miss when it comes to homeware as they only have a small collection of things and they change their stock around constantly. But, occasionally, you'll find something special in there. And it'll probably only cost you a couple of pounds. They used to sell dupe Yankee candles for 99p and I'm seriously regretting only buying one. I so should have stocked up. And that super cute 'You're just my cup of tea' mug in the top photo for this post was another 99p bargain from HB too! It's defo worth popping in from time to time to see if they have anything that takes your fancy.

8) Primark Home
Good for: Decorations, throws, towels
Again, like Home Bargains, Primark can be hit and miss when it comes to homeware (or anything, really!) Some of their stuff is a bit flimsy and doesn't look great but they do have some bits and bobs that look a lot more expensive than their price tag. It's always worth having a quick browse if you're nearby to see if you can find any good buys. 

9) Etsy
Good for: Wall prints
After reading Hannah Gale's post on her favourite Etsy wall prints, I literally spent hours trawling through Etsy looking at ALL the prints to decorate my walls and shelves with. Just type in wall prints and you'll be amazed at how many there are! Lots of cheesy quotes, pineapples and black and white goodness. It's blogger heaven. Once you've bought a print you can just print it out, (or get it printed somewhere) pop in a cheap frame and dot them around all over the place. Some of the prints cost less than £2 and you can grab frames for about £3 in Wilkinson so, yeah, go wild.

Where do you shop for cheap homeware? Let me know in the comments below :)

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