Wednesday, 4 November 2015

'From House To Home' Part One - Soft Furnishings!

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'From House To Home' is a series which follows my attempt to make our new house more of a 'home' for me and my family. It's a rented house, so everything will be done without making any changes to the house itself. We are working on a budget, as we don't want to spend a huge amount on fixing somewhere up which isn't a permanent home for us, but we still want to make it as comfortable as possible in the meantime. I will feature things we have bought or made, and anything I'm lusting after for the home in the hope of providing you with some inspiration!

There is no easier way to spruce up a home than to spend a few pennies on some new soft furnishings to make it a little more 'you'. For me, this includes bedding, throws, blankets and curtains.

For bedding, nothing beats Ikea for me, and I picked up a few lovely sets of bedding recently, including this 'Alvine Kvist' set for £30, which feels like SUCH high quality and the 'Skorpil' set which was a total bargain as £15 (both for King Size, may I add!)

The 'Alvine Kvist' IKEA Bedding!

As far as throws and blankets are concerned, Primark has been smashing it recently with their home department. They have some really cool blankets in there which are priced around £4-£5 for the mid sized ones and around the £10 for large throws - such bargains! I picked up these few recently...

Now curtains are something we have struggled with. We didn't own any as, to be honest, we had only ever used blinds in our previous places! The house did have a few sets of questionable curtains when we arrived with a purple and floral print which we really did NOT love.. so they had to go immediately. Curtains are pretty pricey, so my first bit of advice would be to measure up and have a look around your local charity shops as I managed to pick up a great set for Archer's bedroom for about £10!

A shorter drape so my little man can't try and pull them off and a total bargain!
Since we have moved, we have our living room window looking straight on to the pavement, so voile curtains are a must to provide some privacy. If you aren't familiar with voile curtains they are basically a second layer of curtain which can dress up your window area. They are usually very sheer, so keeping these shut will allow plenty of daylight in, whilst giving you a little bit of privacy. There are many places you can buy voile curtains, such as Ikea or Dunelm, but if you're after a really wide selection at affordable prices then Yorkshire Linen's voile curtains are your best bet. If you have a house like mine where all your curtains length requirements are different then they also have a wide variety of sizes, so you're bound to find something suitable!

Have you seen anything more adorable than these star embellished voile curtain?!

I'd love to know if you all have any other recommendations for great places to buy soft furnishings!




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