homeware autumn winter new affordable tipsMaybe it’s the fact I now have my own flat to decorate, or maybe everyone has upped their game this year but I can’t be the only one who’s noticed this year’s Autumn homeware is SO on point. As in I NEED TO THROW OUT EVERYTHING AND START ALL OVER AGAIN on point.

Alas, I don’t think the bank would be a fan of that, so when Ocean Loans got in touch asking if I’d like to treat myself to some new homeware to update my home for Autumn, I jumped at the chance.

So here are my top tips for updating your space this A/W.


Buy more, but smaller things

Although there were tons of bigger purchases I loved and that would have looked amazing, I decided to spend on lots of smaller things to create the most impact overall. The Things I bought are all accessories that can be moved from room to room, and used throughout the flat to create a cosier space.


Go To Affordable Shops

George at Asda featured in my 6 Favourite Homeware Shops post, and it’s one of my all time favourite shops for homeware. From accessories to the bigger stuff, it’s all amazing quality and such good value. I bought all of our towels from George and they’re still as fluffy as new 7 months on.

From George I picked up this gorgeous gold speckled vase for £7 (similar here). It’s perfect for the flat, and especially for Autumn – I can just imagine some deep red and purple flowers sat in here. It’d be perfect to house a candle too, and I can imagine it being filled with peonies in spring already.

homeware george asda tealight holders candles autumn winter affordableAlso from George were these monogrammed tealight holders, £1.50 each. Although not available online at the moment, there were tons in store when I went so chances are they do still sell them. I thought these were perfect for burning little scented tealights, which I love as they let me try out different scents before committing to the bigger versions.

The last item from George is the bronze bowl. I’ve been after a bowl to go by the front door for a while to store keys in (I’m forever losing them!) so this was perfect. Again it’s not available online, but they do seem to have a lot more stock in store so it’s worth a trip.
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Choose items that will last beyond the season

Just because an item is festive doesn’t mean it has to be Christmassy, per se. I love deeper colours for this time of year, but they look great all year round and ensure you’re not having to constantly purchase new ornaments and accessories.

Ikea are just getting in their Christmas stock, but I figured coming home with this mini Christmas tree in october would be taking my love of all things festive a bit too far. Instead I picked up these lovely Vintage Tealight Holders which were £2.50 each. I love how festive they are, yet they won’t look out of place after Christmas.


Search out dupes

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard all about the Bath & Bodyworks candle dupes from B&M. By a brand called Essence, the candles are available in several different sizes and around 5 different autumnal fragrances… and the best bit, they’re only £2.99! I grabbed ‘Apple Orchard’, which is very spicy and festive. It’ll be perfect for Autumn evenings, and at £2.99 I won’t mind burning it every night.

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Get your money’s worth with versatile items

My favourite thing about this Object Style tray is that it’s actually three different trays in one. It looks gorgeous as one piece together, but could be split up and used in different rooms or for different purposes like makeup, breakfast, etc.

Object Style are a local brand, which first appeared at Altrincham Market but have since opened up a store in Chorlton. Definitely worth a visit if you’re local to Manchester – it’s the most Instagram worthy, beautiful shop I’ve probably ever been in. Plus the lady who owns it is so friendly and chatty. I’ve not decided yet what I’m going to use the trays for, or where I’ll put them. I’m thinking my dressing table because HI Instagram worthy, or maybe in my bedroom with my everyday face products on.

How are you updating your space this Autumn? What are your top tips for buying new homeware?

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This post was written in collaboration with Ocean Loans, who provide long and short term loans to home owners. To find out more info about Ocean Loans, visit their website here.


what I learnt from a week away to majorcaThere’s nothing like a week away to get you pondering on life eh? And while some people learn actual, real life, important reflective stuff, my list is a bit more, ahem, practical. But good life lessons nonetheless.

Autumn has set in now, but I’m still clinging onto the summer because ARGH I am not ready for boots and cold weather and a new date on the calendar. Nope.

So I’ll leave this list here, along with a lingering sadness and longing for more sea, sand and fruity cocktails. Until next year, summer…

1) Pom pom shorts look cute on the model. They look cute on you… when stood in front of the mirror. But you know what’s hell on earth? When the bloody pom poms get twisted together and you don’t realise until you go for a wee and suddenly you can’t get your shorts up and WHO INVENTED THIS SPAWN OF THE DEVIL that is impossible to untangle?!?! Oh look, now I’m walking like I just shat myself. Grand.


2) Flight delays are a living hell. Legit. On the way out you want to get out there, like FFS I paid for sun and sea and sand not to see the inside of a Thomson plane for 6 hours. NOPE NOPE NOPE. And on the way home I want my bed, not an airport floor and a poxy meal voucher that doesn’t even cover the price of an actual airport meal. Pffft.


3) But you know what make flight delays bareable? A good podcast, loads of water, and access to a phone charger, portable or otherwise.


4) Researching the place more than just via Instagram tagged locations would be a good idea. Because suddenly you arrive and oop turns out the old town is actually a taxi/bus away and the port is a 40 minute walk and the “lots to do on the doorstep of the hotel” is more brit abroad than Benidorm. sigh. (Read: Why I’ll Never Return To Alcudia here.)


5) Prickly heat is a thing. A really bleedin’ unpleasant thing that makes you look more like a lobster than the golden goddess you had in mind. Mine was helped by switching suncream and using the plain unscented shower gel that came with the hotel room. Note to self: Test drive sun cream before subjecting your skin to it for 12 hours a day.


6) UK life is stressful for no reason. We do everything at 100mph, as if the world’s going to stop because we had a Saturday lie in or didn’t plan every aspect of our week. Well I vow to be more selfish, take more time to myself, and chill the fuck out. Because what’s the point in life if you can’t enjoy it???


7) Learning basic phrases in other languages is SO important. We’re lucky that 90% of the places we’ll travel to will speak our language, but it’s nice to be able to ask for basic things in their language. You won’t go far wrong if you learn please, thank you, and ‘can I get the bill please’ before you jet off.


8) Don’t leave it until September to buy your sandals. The shops will be full of jumpers and boots, and maybe the odd dregs of the summer sale that you probably wouldn’t be seen dead in. Sigh.


9) Oh and try on said sandals before committing to a week in them. The espadrilles that looked great on the model *might* turn out to be a weird fit that make you walk like you’ve done a poo. (talking from experience so you don’t have to).


10) Not all cocktails are created equal. The two for €5 bad boys aren’t always what dreams are made of. Especially when made in an trashy British bar while you’re being forced to watch the City match by your boyfriend. NOT THE DREAM.