As i am buying and preparing for eventually moving out. I have noticed how much of a perfectionist i am.
Of course when it came to fashion i knew i was super picky about clothes and fashion but when it comes to home decor, i am just as precise and particular maybe even more so. Alex could not care less as long as the appliance or decor works and is practical but for me i look at durability, colour and style.I have colour coordinated each room of the house to ensure everything flows beautifully within.
The best places i have found for buying home ware is Next, Wilkos, Cath Kidston, Asda, Argos and Primark. I have found loads of lovely pieces that connect with each other but in all honestly 80% of my home ware has came from Next. The pieces are beautifully tailored and have a modern chic to each item that fits with my aesthetic so well. I have found that for electrical appliances curry’s is a great place to start with constant deals and offers i have got most of my key kitchen and living room appliances for under £200. Moving out is slightly over whelming when you realise you have a full house to furnish and lots of things needed to fill the home ready for living in. It was not until i started getting utensils, a toaster and cutlery that i realised truly HOW much is needed and if you have never moved out and this is your first time brace yourself. Here are my tips and tricks that have got me half way there….
1- I recommend starting a stock pile. Buying a couple of items each month and getting set up for your move. Buying a little each month has proved really beneficial by spreading out the cost and it has allowed me to edit each room exactly how i want it.
2- Look out for deals and sales as sometimes you can grab designer or better made items at a similar cost.
3- Use Pintrest, Instagram and google to look for home inspiration, if you can afford nice things then save up if not you can always find similar items for a cheaper price. I planned my rooms based on research and specific aesthetics i saw online. Instagram was a great tool to see what other people were up to and to feel inspired.
4- Think outside the box,you don’t always have to use certain items for specific things and of course you can DIY and upscale items to save money. Especially on things like dinning room tables and chairs. I found a metal tin that was copper with bath goodies inside and i am reusing it as a biscuit tin for the kitchen. Be Creative its your home.
5- Don’t be afraid of flat pack stores such as IKEA offer great chic furniture and accessories that can really transform your room. This is a great idea if you are on a tight budget or have a slightly smaller space to work with.
6- Look at discount stores such as outlets for quirky decorations and storage. I have found some really great photo frames, ornaments and candles reduced and of course they are the remaining stock so they are more quirky and unique.
7- Save save save.. believe me when you start you struggle to stop buying for your home. it is uber ADDICTIVE so make sure you have some cash spare to put towards it. Trust me the world of home decor is so much fun and i will not know what to do with myself once i am done but for now i am going all out.
8- If you are moving out with a partner, friend or husband/wife make sure the house represents both of you and that it reflects both your personalities. a house is just a house but whats in it truly makes it your home. Lots of arguments, disagreements and some strong wording will be used during your planning and moving out process so make sure you value each others opinion and style remember it is the two of you and therefore should involve and reflect both of you.
9- Commit.. hard as it is moving out and buying for your home is shockingly expensive and sacrifices will be made you might not get date night as often or cocktails when you need them but at least you have nice cushions and bed sheets to go. The commitment is hard but worth it for the final outcome.
10- RELAX its going to be over soon and in the end no matter what your home will be beautiful. Sometimes you will buy and build your home over the years or you will have it set out instantly. Either way you will make it your own in the end. It takes passion, commitment and drive to move out. its tough to move and everyone is struggling and trying to make it but we will all get there, with hard work comes amazing pay off… so stay strong my fellow first time movers or first time buyers, your awesome and will get there in no time.
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