How to Make your House a Home this Christmas Without Breaking the Bank!

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My Top Tips! How Make your House a Home this Christmas on a Budget!

I absolutely love this time of year and I love nothing more than making my home super cosy. Cushions, homemade wreaths and DIY bunting! You can’t have enough cushions in my opinion. We just decorated our new lounge and I thought I’d share with you a few things that you can do to make your home cosy, without blowing the budget.

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There are so many lovely things out there these days and you don’t need to go mad to make your home all snuggly.

Bits and bobs I’m loving this winter:

Candles – I know it’s predictable but I love candles. I do really love Yankee Candle but if you only have a few quid, I really recommend the candles from Home Bargains. Check out these beautiful ones I picked up recently for a few quid. And they actually smell lovely and leave the room smelling like Christmas too. A lot of the cheapy candles don’t often give off any scent but I love these ones because they really do!

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Fake candles – If you have little ones running around or you don’t trust yourself to blow out the real candles then fake it all the way ey. There are so many LED candles available now and they seem to last a lot longer too in terms of battery life. I picked up this in B&M for £9.99 and it looks lovely when lit up.

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Can’t resist a fairy light!

Fairy lights – I love fairy lights so much that I tend to keep them up all year. When I was younger, I used to find them really calming. There’s something about the dim light that I really like. I particularly like these warm white bulb lights from B&M again. They were under a tenner and they’ve been in the lounge since September!

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I’ve had my eye on this Star in ASDA for a few weeks now and decided to treat myself this week. I popped the batteries in and to my disappointment the light is cool white and almost bluey. Not my cup of tea at all. I was nattering to the sister-in-law and it turns out she purchased the exact same light and thought the exact same re the cool white. She’s found some sort of glass paint online that “apparently” gives you a warm white light…update coming soon! It will either be a massive mum win or an epic bloody fail.

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Image taken from Pinterest – Cari Bishop-Smith

Snuggle up this Winter!

Throws and blankets – another favourite of mine – throws and blankets. Before I started blogging, I used to while away my hours crocheting blankets. In fact I have so many bloody crocheted blankets that I can’t even give them away. And sods law, I never bothered to crochet a lovely red and cream. Instead I’ve been buying blankets up left, right and centre this week to suit the new lounge colour scheme of red and cream. I picked up this red fleece in the kid’s section at The Range. Perfect for snuggling while enjoying my advent calendar daily wine!

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Neutral tones and a splash of something rich – You can’t go wrong with sticking to neutral colour schemes that you can add to all year round. Our lounge was already decorated in a stone colour which we liked.

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Our fireplace was built by our brother-in-law. He is super talented isn’t he! We used some stones we picked up in a local builders yard and I purchased the floating shelf from eBay. The fake log burner was also an eBay purchase.

We decorated the inside of the fireplace using the Homebase Home of Colour paint in Flame. I felt the red really added warmth to the room and makes it feel really Christmassy.

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We wallpapered either side of the chimney breast. The wallpaper we went for was from B&Q. I was going to add the name of the paper but the B&Q website is being completely rubbish and I’ve given up. You can see it in the top photo pretty well. I also picked up this cute cushion in B&Q too. I wouldn’t usually look in there just for cushions but they had some really nice ones.

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Our sofas are from DFS – The Hartley range. I love them because they are not the scatter cushion style. I find they don’t support my back so well. They are super comfy and I love watching a Netflix on an evening with a glass of wine – white!

So there you have it, a little round up of the things I love that really make our new house our home.

Disclaimer: All the brands and shops I mention in this post are purely because that’s where I shopped and that’s what I bought. Nothing is sponsored or gifted. I love everything I feature.

If you enjoyed reading and nosing at my new lounge, be sure to pin the pics for later!

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9 comments

  1. […] Next up is a post shared by The Mum Reviews – Taking a Holiday from Parenting. This post really resonated with me because I am a working mum. And as much as I love being a “mum” mum, I do really love work and having that “adult” time that being at work brings. I was recently away for ten days and this post reminded me to enjoy the “regular” times. I’ve been guilty in the past of not feeling content and moaning about the same old. Actually the same old is just fine for me most days. Especially when it means relaxing in our new lounge! […]

  2. I agree with you there were some lovely things in these shops this year. Just wondering if the Christmas decor you picked up from a carboot sale worked wonderfully too.

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