Home Improvement Hero

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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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  1. 31st July 2013 / 1:59 pm

    Such gorgeous pictures – £50 well spent! xo

  2. 31st July 2013 / 2:11 pm

    well done on getting all these lovely things for under £50!! 🙂 I love Home Sense, its such a treasure trove of beautiful goodies 😉 xx

  3. 31st July 2013 / 2:17 pm

    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! 🙂

  4. 31st July 2013 / 3:00 pm

    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

  5. 31st July 2013 / 3:01 pm

    These are such good picks! I love the candles and the little treasure chest is beutiful 🙂 xxx

  6. 31st July 2013 / 3:08 pm

    You got some lovely items – the little chest is gorgeous, and I love the reed diffuser bottle too! Great buys 🙂

    Jess xo

  7. 31st July 2013 / 3:49 pm

    Aw how cute is the cat cushion! It's sits perfectly with your little cushion collection!

    L x

  8. 31st July 2013 / 3:51 pm

    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

  9. Anonymous
    31st July 2013 / 4:02 pm

    Looks like you had a good spend 🙂 it must have been a lot of fun! I love TK Maxx for home stuff. Their frames are always gorgeous and I like the different printed storage boxes
    Abi xx


  10. 31st July 2013 / 4:09 pm

    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

  11. 31st July 2013 / 4:24 pm

    Your room is so cute and perfect, jealous!

  12. 31st July 2013 / 5:06 pm

    Love the idea of this challenge. Especially if you have just moved into a new place, it really makes you think about what your spending and what your buying. I will have to try this soon.


  13. 31st July 2013 / 5:42 pm

    Everything looks lovely! The large square candle is my fave, isn't Home Sense just the best? I could honestly furnish my whole house with that store! x

    The Little Things

  14. 31st July 2013 / 6:42 pm

    very pretty! everything 🙂

  15. 31st July 2013 / 6:43 pm

    I love every single thing you bought, seriously! So amazing! By the way I just wanted to say that I really love your blog! xx

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  16. 31st July 2013 / 7:49 pm

    Oh wow, I love all the accessories that you purchased. It's surprising what £50 can do to a room (:



  17. 31st July 2013 / 8:26 pm

    Oh this is just wonderful. I'm in rented accommodation too, and it just goes to show exactly what you can do with little bits and bobs to decorate. The treasure chest is absolutely gorgeous! xx


  18. 31st July 2013 / 9:11 pm

    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

  19. 1st August 2013 / 8:32 am

    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

  20. Anonymous
    1st August 2013 / 2:33 pm

    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

  21. 2nd August 2013 / 4:25 pm

    Such lovely accessories here, I love that treasure chest!

    Maria xxx

  22. 2nd August 2013 / 4:58 pm

    I love your home improvement buys! Yankee Candles are always a good purchase 🙂 xx

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