5. Green Party
No outdoor space? No problem – surround yourself with greenery indoors instead. Potted palms, cacti, succulents, terrariums and even mini trees are having a moment in interiors, but aside from hipster-fying your home, they’ll hide any flaws you can’t fix and make for a revitalised and happier home for now.
Get creative with your indoor planting and sow the seed of inspiration with The House Gardener, a bible of house planting from the founder of The Balcony Gardener, Isabelle Palmer (Pictured, £22.95, Amazon). If the idea of a terrarium is growing on you, check out our favourite from West Elm.
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Ikea – The mothership for all renters, first-time buyers, students and growing families, Ikea has everything you could possibly need for quick home updates and solutions, from stackable storage to plant pots, textiles and of course, Daim bars and tealights.
Habitat – The original champion of affordable design, you can now find mini Habitat stores in Homebases all over the UK as well as online. Best buys include rugs, affordable upholstery and dining furniture for small spaces.
H&M Home – Just like its apparel, H&M Home is cheap, cheerful and at the forefront of the latest trends. It doesn’t do furniture, but you can stock up on all sorts of home accessories from shower curtains to wooden serving boards. Make a beeline for its pretty glass vases and tealight holders.
Sainsbury’s – Don’t dismiss the humble supermarket when it comes to interior design and decoration. Sainsbury’s has upped its game with its latest homeware collections, which feature style savvy accessories such as monochrome woven storage baskets and elegant stoneware serving platters.
BHS – This high street wonder has made a name for itself in recent years thanks to its range of directional yet pocket-friendly lighting. From industrial floor lamps to quirky statement light boxes, all styles are catered for.
The Balcony Gardener – Everything you’ll need to make your home an oasis of green, including indoor planters, vases and vessels, terrariums, garden tools and stacks of inspiring ideas.
For more shopping and scheme inspiration check out our Pinterest boards.