When it comes to interiors, my absolute favourite thing has to be accessories. To me, a house without accessories is like a garden without foliage or flowers. As far as I’m concerned, accessories are a must when it comes interior design and decorating. They are that finishing touch that add life and personality to your home. Accessories are also small and inexpensive enough to move around and change up to refresh a look, without much cost or upheaval. Now, a great way to style your home on a budget is with charity shop finds as they are cheap (usually a fraction of the price they are worth) and often unusual.
I love a good root around in a charity shop. You won’t find something every time, but now and again you may come across a gem. I have various accessories in my home that I have bought from charity shops. My advice is, if you see something you love, but are not sure where it would live in your home, buy it anyway (hopefully it will only cost a few pounds). You can then try it in different places until it feels right. Having said that, try to ensure what you are buying is in keeping with the rest of your house and you’re not shoehorning something in. The idea of styling your home on a budget is to make sure it looks high end and has ‘style’, so only you’ll know you achieved the look on the cheap.
My Charity Shop Finds
This wooden carving of a couple in an embrace was a great addition to my hall console table, and in my opinion it’s quirky and unique. You can see more of our hallway, and how it looked before and after we renovated it here.
It’s good to not take yourself too seriously when styling your interior. This cheeky elephant head was just the thing to hang my ‘When Life Gives you Lemons’ plaque from.
Trays are great for pulling a group of items together. This stylish glass tray with gold edging was from my local Animal Rescue Charity Shop and it was ideal for my bathroom nik-naks.
I absolutely love this vase that was perfect to show off my Abigail Ahern Faux Botanical, and it only cost me a couple of pounds. It had the same vibe as the vases that were part of her range at the time (in my opinion), but were unfortunately out of my budget. Using items you buy from charity shops is a great way to get the look for less. So if you see something in the shops or online that you love but can’t afford, keep your eyes peeled for a similar item in your local charity shop.
This unusual mosaic cocktail shaker was a welcome addition to display on my retro cocktail cabinet. Mojito anyone?
I saw these two French Bulldogs, and thought they would make great book ends for my office. So they not only look pretty, but serve a purpose too!
Artificial flowers are quite expensive, so always look out for them in charity shops. I found these Chrysanthemums in my local Compton Hospice shop, and paid pennies for them.
When I saw this vintage glass swan, I immediately envisaged using it as a sweet dish in my office, to offer to any visitors.
This green and gold elephant lives in my porch, adorning my coat rack. Be careful not to neglect porches and hallways. They are rooms too and deserve a bit of love and attention. Styling them will ensure your guests are greeted with a warm welcome upon arrival.
The unusual shape of this plant pot caught my eye, so I snapped it up for my Aloe Vera plant in my bathroom.
Look out for items to dress guest rooms, as I have done with this vintage dressing table set that only cost me £3. It also came with a matching hand mirror that I keep on my master bedroom dressing table.
And that’s all of my budget accessories for now. So if you want to style your home for less, next time you’re passing a charity shop, don’t forget to pop in and have a mooch. You never know what you may find to glam up hour home!