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How to Make Your House a Home on a Budget *

*Collaborative post.

Do you feel that your home doesn’t represent you or your personality? If you have recently moved into a new house, it probably still feels a little plain. With these simple tips and tricks, you will be able to make your house feel like a home without breaking the bank.

Decorate Using Photos

Photos of family and friends can instantly make your house feel like it is yours. With custom made frames, you can design the portraits to fit the aesthetic of your home, even down to the gloss finish. You can also choose any size you would like. So, if you have a favourite photo that you would love to be a statement piece, you can order a large sized frame to fill the wall if you so wish! You could even create a photo wall with lots of smaller frames, which is another great way to make a statement wall. If you want to keep things simple and ensure the frame suits the design of each room, you can’t go wrong with a classic black picture frame.

Upcycle Old Furniture

If any of your furniture doesn’t fit your style of home décor, or if it has become dull and tired looking, you’ve got a couple of options. One easy way to breathe life back into your tired old sofa is to revitalise it with a made-to-measure sofa cover from a company like Cover My Furniture.

Alternatively, you can upcycle it yourself. Designing and making your own piece of furniture (granted, not from scratch) will give you such a huge sense of accomplishment. The fact that you can choose however you’d like the piece to look yourself will make you feel more connected to the room as it is more personal than buying furniture from a chain store. It is also a lot more inexpensive than buying new furniture.


Scent is such a huge part of feeling at home and also feeling cosy. Choose your favourite scents to dot around the house so you are welcomed with a beautiful aroma as soon as you walk into any room. Think about what time of day you use the room; for example, it may be nice to have a lavender scented candle/diffuser in the bedroom for when you are winding down before sleep. In the kitchen you could have a fresh, clean smell like lemon. In the living room, you could have a deep, woody smell for cosy evenings on the sofa. Simple things like candles and diffusers can make such a difference to a room, and they can be really inexpensive depending on where you shop.

Display Your Kitchenware

Having your kitchenware on display will not only make cooking a lot easier and seamless, but it will also add so much personality into the kitchen. You may think that this will make the kitchen cluttered and messy, but there are some great space saving tips you can try. For example, you can hang pots and pans on a rail by using hooks, which not only looks rustic and trendy, but will save a lot of space in the cupboards. Any big bowls you have, such as beautiful decorative salad bowls, can be used as fruit bowls to inject some colour into the kitchen. Pinch pots for salt and pepper next to the hobs can also look great and can save time when cooking.

Try some of these tips and tricks in your house to make it feel like a home.

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