London - Britain’s Holly Becker is the queen of interiors blogs, and her website Decor8 (decor8blog.com), has spawned a bestselling book.
Now she has a second out: Decorate Workshop, a step-by-step guide to grappling with your own interiors project, beautifully illustrated with inspiring pictures.
Becker shares her best tips for small budgets:
“Shop around your own home before heading to the shops. Go from room to room and list what may work better in another space. Often, swopping round curtains, throws, a lamp, some pillows and a few decorative objects can make a huge difference. You may not need to buy anything new at all.
“If you are bored, embellish: stitch some trim to your plain linen curtains or paint your curtain rod a fun colour – hot pink, say. If your bathroom doesn’t excite you, create a focal point through a beautifully patterned shower curtain, rugs and towels.
“Turn things you already have - books, magazines, vintage cutlery - into something decorative with some thought to their arrangement. Perhaps your teas could go into glass jars arranged on a shelf above your counter. Maybe those bath products would look nicer poured into dispensers or see-through bottles to create a spa-at-home vibe.”
“Perhaps your linens are too pretty to keep in a closet - stack them in a cabinet with glass doors instead.”
“Embrace happy accidents… maybe you’ll hang the wallpaper upside-down (I did this once). Stepping back, you may prefer the pattern upside-down and even find it a great conversation piece. Often the wonky bits bring personality and charm into a home.
* Find Kate’s blog on affordable interiors at yourhomeislovely.com -The Independent on Sunday