Maybe 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.
Also 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.
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.
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?
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.