Brighter On a Budget

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Mother. Plus size model. Fat Activist. Diet Industry Dropout.
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Now Spring is out of the way (no more Spring cleaning for another year, woo hoo!), thoughts turn to Summer and if budget dictates we are having a staycation, how we can cheer up our living environments for less. Let’s face it, if we can’t afford a fancy foreign holiday, shelling out for some designer decoration is not going to be cost effective either.

Here are some ways you can ring the changes without having to first ring your bank manager to re-mortgage.


A couple of matching towels in bright colours will always bring a hint of Summer – how about some sunshine yellow ones or maybe some sky blue? Or one of each. Things don’t always have to match!

Living room

Well, flamingoes and pineapples are still bang on trend and plenty of the shops have cushions with these exotic designs, so you can Summer up  your sofa for only a couple of quid.  Alternatively take a look at my recent article about murals for some really cheap  ways to change the whole aspect of a room.



This is really the heart of any home, isn’t it? Ours is really a hive of activity – not only do we cook and eat in there, obviously, but recently it has been the revision hub and it has also been known to be a home hair salon on more than one occasion.

There are so many ways you can spruce up your kitchen without breaking the bank. I know we would all love a newly fitted kitchen, but have you ever considered replacement kitchen doors?  A whole new look for a fraction of the cost of a new kitchen.

Ikea has a brilliant kitchen section, where  you could invest in some new cutlery or crockery or  you could splash out at Kitchen Warehouse and order yourself your dream kitchen.


I  am always keen to treat all the senses, so for your bedroom, I ‘m going to suggest  some candles or wax melts in suitable Summery soothing smells – think sea breeze and line dried linen.  Again,  the supermarkets are a great source for bargains of this kind – Asda has a great budget friendly range of homewares.

What are your top tips for celebrating summer while sticking to a budget? Jump in the comments and let me know!



Daisy Hollands
Daisy Hollands

Mother. Plus size model. Fat Activist. Diet Industry Dropout.

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