Thrifty Home Comforts

Recycled Chic painted furniture staged to sell

Recycled Chic – painted coffee table

Once you have your new home comes the excitement of filling it with the furniture, soft furnishings and accessories of your choice. But How can you afford to get all the home comforts you need without sacrificing style and choice.

The answer is to have an open mind, a willingness to look beyond the battered and scratched to see the potential of an item that can be recycled or upcycled .  Auctions, Charity Shops, Garage Sales, internet sites such as www.freecycle.org and www.preloved.co.uk all provide plenty of scope for snapping up bargain furnishing pieces that will bring comfort to your new home at a fraction of the cost of new.

One of my favourite bloggs is by Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick although over the pond as they say – she has some great ideas and interior style inspiration for those on a tight budget. A look at bloggs like this will inspire you to look further than brand new and consider recycling in a new light.

Upcycling, a term invented by William McDonough and Michael Braungart in their book Cradle to Cradle:Remaking the Way WeMake Things, simply means transforming an item to be trashed into an item of better use and value. Anything can be upcycled into useful and stylish items for use in our home interiors from table forks to bricks and metal frames. It’s another money saving method to give your home individual style without (sometimes) spending a penny.

www.rd-homestaging.co.uk interior style

Upcycled music stand topped with glass top from the broken base of a coffee table

Finally never underestimate your skill in making your own soft furnishings and accessories such as cushions, window dressings, throws – all the things that go to make your interior space a homely, cosy space to relax in. Simple cushions covers involve a back and front, a zip or envelope opening, check out youTube How To videos to see how easy they are to make. An easy bed runner for a child’s single bed is made by cutting different fabrics into same size squares and sewing them together to form patterned blocks that are then sandwiched with wadding (batting) and backing fabric.

childrens bedding

Pretty fabric cut into same size squares and sewn to backing.

The secret to grabbing a bargain this way is to carry a little book with details of every measurement of your windows, floors and walls, that way when you find a sale of discounted fabrics, wallpapers or carpets you won’t miss a bargain by having to go home to measure first. If you have any thrify, money saving ideas or projects you have completed on a tight budget and would like to share I’d love to hear from you.

 

Rhonda’s Tip for Today is brought to you direct from the desk of Rhonda Deal – Interior ReDesigner and Home Stager. Rhonda is available as a speaker, teaches (including recycling/upcycling techniques) and provides consulting services for home lovers who want to improve their space.

You can find out more about what Rhonda has to offer at www.rd-homestaging.co.uk

Please feel free to reprint Rhonda’s Tips. All I ask is that you reproduce the whole article including the by-line with all contact details. All photographs in this article are copyright of Rhonda Deal

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