JUST because your budget’s small or shrinking doesn’t mean you’ve got to sacrifice on style for your home.
There’s now a whole range of deeply desirable goodies available on the high street by leading designers like John Rocha and TV design gurus like Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.
Simply choosing a couple of pieces from their covetable collections – a gorgeous cushion or a distinctive vase – could be an affordable way to inject rooms with quality and individuality.
Llewelyn-Bowen, who has just launched his new collection at Matalan, points out: “For too long we’ve been encouraged, wrongly in my view, not to put down roots in our homes and just to treat them as an investment that we would ultimately sell.
“So it was all about spaces decorated in Scandinavian neutrals and filled with anonymous Ikea flat pack furniture.”
Now, he says, we want to nest, enjoy our homes and view them as a haven where we can escape from the economic storms raging outside.
He reckons we should boot out booring minimalism and reinject some decorative, glamorous living into our homes.
For chic homeware without the designer price tag, try Matalan for big value quality homeware from Egyptian cotton bed linen through to bang-on trendy kitchenware.
Llewelyn-Bowen’s collection of bed linen, cushions and accessories is inspired by his travels and is a winning blend of decadence and practicality.
Try his exotic Paradise bedding, from £30 for a double duvet set.
At Debenhams there’s a bevy of big name designers vying for attention from John Rocha to celebrity florist Jane Packer who has got a great range of vases and faux flowers.
Meanwhile, in House of Fraser fans of the Jaegar clothing can now enjoy its couture style in the home with luxury bed linen, bedspreads, throws and cushions.
The range is inspired by the brand’s distinctive design and attention to detail and includes an Animal swirl cushion for £40.
TK Maxx is a treasure trove for designer brands at a fraction of the cost from glassware by Ralph Lauren to Vera Wang china and trying to stick to my budget.