Spring is well and truly on its way and it’s time to clear out the cobwebs and embrace some changes! The new season brings with it a sense of promise that can be easily reflected in your home and garden with a few of my affordable ideas.
- Introduce fresh flowers
My failsafe way to add a fresh twist to any room is with a glorious bunch of flowers. You can pick up a beautiful fresh bunch of your favourite blooms from most supermarkets now for less than £10. Trim stems diagonally and add a little sugar to their water to ensure they last as long as possible. Alternatively, why not plant some bulbs in your garden now, and by this time next year they’ll be ready to pick! Your own pretty petals – what could be more lovely?
- Frame your favourite photos
An inexpensive way to add character to any room is by displaying favourite photos in some affordable frames. I love these hanging frames from Oliver Bonas – perfect for adding a modern twist, they show off special memories in a hanging glass design that makes a change from standard stand-up styles.
- Make a homemade bird feeder
Got some broken crockery that you never find the time to superglue back together? I know I have, and one charming idea I saw the other day was to use an old cup and saucer to create a bird feeder for the garden. Simply glue the cup to the saucer then tie it to a tree or place it on a bird table, fill with crumbs or seeds leftover from breakfast and voila! A free and friendly way to encourage feathered friends to visit your garden.
- If in doubt, add fairy lights!
Christmas might be well and truly over for another year (sob!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the frivolity of fairy lights all year around. With options for both indoor and outdoor use, it’s never been easier to create your own little lit-up den in the garden or even one corner of the living room. Try these indoor lights from habitat – now reduced in the sale.
- Time to reflect
Small garden? No problem – create the illusion of more space and make your area a more pleasant place to spend balmy spring days by adding an outdoor mirror to one wall or even suspending it with string. I love this arched version from Greenfingers.
- Add a little colour
One way to make the house more inviting from the outside is by painting your front door a snazzy new shade. Whether you like traditional hues such as post box red or navy blue, or want to go for something a little more eccentric like daffodil yellow, it only takes a can or two of paint to transform your front door just in time for the sunshine!
- Don’t forget to accessorise
Adding some luxurious living room accessories to your lounge or bedroom makes a perfect and inexpensive way to update drab décor and instantly enliven a space. Pretty piped velvet cushions like this or a plush new throw add joy and character for a snip of the price of buying a brand-new sofa or curtains.