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I’m no expert on how to decorate a home, it’s something I have never done before. When MoneySupermarket asked me to take part in the latest project, Home Improvement Hero and I wanted to take up the challenge. We were given £50 to spend on things that would improve a room. As expressed in my beauty storage post, I live in a rented property so I can’t do anything to my room apart from add accessories to it, so this is exactly what I did. 
Usually when I want new things for my room, my first stop would be IKEA or Primark and if I’m feeling a little flush, I’ll check out Debenhams! I didn’t want to go to any of these places for this challenge because IKEA and Primark seemed to obvious, and Debenhams is out of my price range for this challenge. I made a beeline for Home Sense (/TK Maxx) where I know that everything is discounted. I manage to spend a good hour in there picking things out and calculating the prices to make sure I stuck to the budget. In total, I spent £46.93 and here’s how I got on:
To brighten up my room, I got two pink candles. The small one is a Yankee Candle and smells of guava, and I don’t know what the scent of the large square one is but it smells like chinese medicine/streets of Hong Kong. Not a pleasant smell and I won’t be lighting it, but it’s a very pretty candle, I really like the pattern on it. The photo frame cost £7.99, something that goes with my shabby chic drawers. The picture inside is from a notecard with robots on it, I cut it up and placed it inside the frame and I quite like the contrast between elegant frame and quirky image. The glass bottle is a reed diffuser oil, I thought the bottle made a nice accessory, it is something I can keep afterwards.
I got a “treasure chest” which has a nice Parisian print on it – this cost £7.99 and will be used to store more beauty products. Finally, the most expensive thing I bought was the cushion (£9.99) which sits nicely on my bed, it has a cat on it and it’s floral – two of my favourite things! It couldn’t be more perfect! 
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36 thoughts on “Home Improvement Hero

  1. So much prettiness in one post. I absolutely love the candle. You picked up some really lovely stuff and did well to stay within the budget! 🙂

  2. So many lovely things! TK Maxx is one of my favourites for buying home stuff, you can find so many great one-offs.
    Love the frame and print together it looks really good xx

  3. beautiful! I love that you found unique pieces rather than the typical uniform IKEA bits and bobs (I do love IKEA but a room entirely kitted out in their stuff tends to lack personality) I live in rented accommodation as well and it's so frustrating to not be able to really get my room the way I want it!

    Bella | BELLAETC

  4. Wow, you did well with your budget! Love the pretty candle. I have a huge Parisian style chest from Homesense which I also use to store lots of beauty bits.

    Tara xo

  5. There's nothing quite like buying some pretty scented candles to do up a room. It was probably the first thing I did!
    This room looks so fresh too Sarah! Hope you're well pretty lady xx

  6. Love your take on this challenge 🙂 your home must be so pretty if these snaps are anything to go by! The cat cushion is so sweet!! Love the treasure chest too, it's amazing what bargains you can pick up in TK Maxx 🙂 (I don't know if we have Home Sense!) xx

  7. This stuff is so cute!!!! I had no idea there was a "TK Maxx!" You probably know we have "TJ Maxx in the US. I always buy my housewares at TJ Maxx and this TJ Maxx-esque store called Ross. It's wayyyy cheaper than Ikea. It' so fun to decorate one's home 🙂

    Life of Mabel

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