Go op-shopping

Yes, walking into a thrift store looks daunting, and you do have to sift through some pretty random, worn-out junk to get to the good stuff, but once you do you won’t be sorry. Things I’ve picked up for my own house include artworks, photo frames, vases, lamps and clothes, clothes, clothes – though I do draw the line at buying bedding or underwear.

Go crazy on blankets and cushions

There’s no better way to make a space more cozy and relaxing! Along with some scented candles and a few plants, you’ll have yourself a sanctuary. You can pick all these things up from the likes of The Warehouse, Kmart, Farmers – anywhere really!

Use refurbished vases

All that Pic’s Peanut butter you ate has finally paid off! Turn your old jars into vases – this costs absolutely nothing and flowers can brighten an entire room – and your mood. No need to buy an expensive bouquet of fresh flowers each week – pick up a faux bunch from The $2 Shop. They have the same effect as real ones, only they don’t die.

Get creative with your wall art

I have framed the stories of Snow White, Cinderella, and Beauty and the Beast. Not that we all need fairytales on our walls; children’s books are just an example. Found a fabric or print you love? Frame it. Have a special item of clothing, something from your childhood, or an achievement certificate? FRAME IT.

Hang some mirrors

Reflect light and make a room look bigger. If you have a tiny space, grab some mirrors from a second-hand store and you’ll be amazed how much bigger your room will look.

Buy matching stationery

This is the most satisfying thing ever. You can get everything from The Warehouse or The $2 Shop. You’ll know exactly what’s yours in the flat and you’ll know who’s borrowed your camouflage pencil sharpener!


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