17.8.11

Home sweet home

Woo, the internet is finally back! 

So, we're settling into the new house nicely now and I've been browsing around the web to find some pretty things to buy with the proceeds of my House of Horrors blog sale

I wanted to share some of the nice things I've found on my search, as I know it's coming up to uni time for some of you, and you'll be thinking of how to make your halls look more awesome than everyone else's! Plus, everyone loves looking at pretty home stuff. 

So, firstly, not that exciting but the main thing on my list are these Ikea curtains for the lounge, which are £25.99. I want red, because lots of our cushions and pictures have red in them, so I want to make red even more of a statement colour in the lounge. 
I spied this gorgeous bedding in Debenhams the other day. It has coloured swallows on one side, and is minty-teal with white swallows on the other side - I'd totally have that side up! It's sold out online, sadly, but it is instore for about £30 for a double bed set.


Next are next (ho ho) on my want list, with this spotty, stripey reversible duvet cover set. How cute? I'm all about the reversible bedding, so you can have a change of scenery day to day without having to strip the bed. Isn't changing bedding just the most arduous job ever? I have to bribe Alex to do it all. Anyway, this set is £40 which is a tad hefty for me, but I guess it is a 2-in-1 affair. 


Next also sell these really cheap matching sheets and pillow case sets! You can guess which is my favourite, right? The one with turquoise dots! Only £16 for a double, and I like the idea of the pillowcases matching the sheet instead of the duvet. 


Cuteness overload in Kirsty Allsop's Next range. Pricey as hell (£65 for the duvet cover!), but a girl can dream. I wish my bed looked like this, just piled with all sorts of cushions and bedspreads etc. But you know that as soon as bed time arrives it all gets chucked on the floor, so it's all a bit of a beautiful lie, really! 


Lovely polka-heart kitchenware... Drool! 
 
Gorgeous canisters!
Genuinely think I'll be purchasing this chalkboard, it's only a tenner!


 Beaut tins from Debenhams.. It's always so hard to choose just one set!

 

YES, IT'S A CAT OVEN GLOVE. Can I bring myself to singe a cat's face though? I can't work out whether this glove is cute or cruel, but I've bookmarked it anyway.


Debenhams are literally a haven for pet-themed home-ware at the moment! I am loving it! 


That's a dog lamp by Ben De Lisi. Where can I possibly go after a dog lamp? Time to wrap it up! 

So, Next and Debenhams are very much floating my boat with their pretty home stuff at the moment. Do you recommend anywhere else that's good for affordable home stuff? Jen just did an amazing post on her car boot and charity shop finds. It goes without saying I shall be keeping my peepers peeled for second hand things for the house, too. Any tips on forcing your driver boyfriend out of bed early on a Sunday for some car boot shopping..? I'm stumped! 

xo

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44 comments:

  1. There was a doughnut stand at the carboot I dragged my boy to, so there was a lot of sugary bribery involved!
    I really need that dog lamp, too cute!
    xx

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  2. just buy the boot fair stuff you like, take it home and if he hates it just be like oh sorry i cant take it back ;) hahaa.. anything kirtsy allsopp would make a lovely house too surely! i loved her homemade home programme... especially the christmas one

    laura xx

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  3. Wilkinsons is actually pretty good for home stuff and also check out Store Twenty One for cute things! xx

    half the world away.

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  4. haha this is amazing! I'm looking for flats at the moment with my boyfriend and while he's concerned with the rent and the bills etc, I can't stop looking for furnishings! Auctions are a great place for quaint little vintage pieces and are quite a bargain at the moment! Also good if you like vintage furniture! Dunno if you've checked any out in your area :) Anyway, I love the swallow bed set and the bull dog lamp!!!

    Nikki xxx

    Styletwigs.blogspot.com

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  5. Ooh I like the Next stuff! Mind you, anything that Next does in their homeware section is always lovely. Have you looked on the H*M site? They always have some cute things. They used to do heart print or leopard print sheets that I was pretty taken with!

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  6. If you haven't been already here down to Ronnie Scotts in Margate. It's the most amazing secondhand shop. I bought a stack of things in there when I moved into my flat. x

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  7. In Morrisons at the moment they have some tins, plates, etc. in the style of the tins from Debenhams. You should take a look! I'm not sure about quality/price but they looked pretty cute last time I walked past them at work!
    All of the bedding is cute, I can't wait for my student loan to come through so I can buy some new bedding - my boyfriend says it's not allowed to be to girly but once it's been bought I'm pretty sure he can't say no!

    http://ilovelulamae.blogspot.com/

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  8. i really like the first duvet set and the cutlery. not too keen on cat oven glove, somehow seems a bit sinister to me, don't know why!

    i just started my blog up, take a looksie if you'd like to check it out :)
    lifeofrosalie.blogspot
    thanks!

    x

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  9. LOVE the pet-themed furnishings, and the dog lamp is KILLING me! So ugly-cute!

    Thanks for the link love, my friend. I can never convince Rob to come car booting with me so don't have any tips on that front... could you recruit a similarly-thrifty friend with a car to come along? If I was closer you know I'd be there in a shot! x

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  10. That's so funny as Gem just told me about the spotty Next bedding after my post about decorating my nautical themed spare room. It says it will take three weeks to be back in stock though so I'm going to see if they have it in stock in my local one. Definitely checking out Debenhams too, love those storage tins! H&M do have some nice homewares too but their online delivery service is so shocking you'll probably have moved house two or three times by the time you ever receive it!
    xxx

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  11. Awww I love these! How do you always find these things! ^^
    <3

    London Last Night

    xxx

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  12. I absolutely love home wear things, almost more than clothes. You've got some amazing things on your blog and I bet your place is going to look amazing :)

    x

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  13. I was going to say try Store Twenty One but someone already beat me to it- http://www.storetwentyone.co.uk/homewares/icat/homeware/
    xx

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  14. glad to hear you're getting settled in. love the items you've got your eye on which have given me a few ideas for when i move to my new house for university. <3

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  15. Loving the swallow print bedding and all of the pet themed things!
    xx
    http://homemadefashionista.blogspot.com/

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  16. those bed sets are so sweet! really want the reversible one now:) xo
    strawberrylacemoustache.blogspot.com

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  17. I did a post about my room over on my blog if you want some more inspiration :)

    Love homey stuff!

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  18. love kirsty's bedding!! (even though she is super annoying imo!) my bed never looks good because i can't be bothered to iron the sheets when they come out of the wash. does anyone do that?! i just got a load of girly kiddie things from wilkinsons but they also have bargain crockery and little things that are cheap and cheerful!xx

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  19. Great finds! If you can't bribe Alex into car booting with you- lemme know! My bf works on Sundays so I never have anyone to go with. I've only been to the cruddy Wincheap one since I've moved to Canterbury tho. Itching to try some different ones!x

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  20. I love that first bedding set!
    If your boyfriend's a gamer, I find the possibility of cheap games/geek stuff to be a fantastic bribe...

    xo

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  21. gah i need the cat over glove. it is the best thing ever. actually everything here is good. im a sucker for bedding. on the birthday list it goes xx

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  22. That swallow duvet set is adorable. I am definately adding that to my wish list xx

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  23. Love this post, I would have doubts about burning the oven glove cat too. Hand puppet instead?
    x

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  24. just about to move into my uni flat and want the exact same decor!
    thanks for all the great links!

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  25. Why not get chalkboard paint instead of the chalkboard, and put the rest of that tenner into your expensive duvet fund?!

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  26. I require the cutlery in my life.

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  27. Oooh that dog lamp.


    If there is no way you can get your gentleman out of bed, I suggest you head here: http://www.thrift-ola.com/

    x x

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  28. Oh my god, the cat oven glove!!! I need it!

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  29. O DEARRR GEM! This post is quite literally like porn to me! I have £200 of NEXT home goodies in my attic! Including a tea pot shaped as a house and a cupcake egg timer!!!!

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  30. I love homeware so looking at this is making me drool!

    Maria xxx

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  31. This is all amazing. That dog lamp! <3 x

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  32. Oooh I love Debs and Next homeware! May be worth checking out TK Maxx too, they have gorge bedcovers and random house bits - especially good if they're in sale! :)

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  33. This is such a great idea for a post - I'm moving into halls soon and thinking about making red my colour!! I especially love the matching spotty sheet and pillow - so cute - I love spots!
    x

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  34. Oh my gosh, I love that swallow bed set! Seriously, the most beautiful bedding I've seen in ages.

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  35. LOVING the animal themed furnishings! We need that Ben de Lisi lamp here at Puppy Love HQ... Stat! x x

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  36. SO MUCH fab stuff in one post! I want it all!

    What is it about really nice bedding that just makes a room look so much better? I love love love the swallow print and the stripey set from next - so pretty! x

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  37. Swallow bed and cat glove, swallow bed and cat glove, swallow bed and cat glove, swallow bed and cat glove, swallow bed and cat glove, swallow bed and cat glove, swallow bed and cat glove, swallow bed and cat glove, swallow bed and cat glove!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Burn the Blonde XX

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  38. so beautiful! I love kirsty's collection xx

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  39. Wilkos has some lovely things among the cheap bling...and BHS can be surprisingly good too. Good luck persuading your dirver! x

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  40. Gem,

    It's all about achica.com. Definitely check it out. You won't look back.

    Lucie x

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  41. H&M has some lovely cheap bedding, they have a set just like the striped and spotted set you're after!

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  42. The Next bed set has 2 duvets! One has dots and stripes and the other has 2 stripey sides so 40 squids is pretty reasonable.

    I love Sass and Belle for cutesy accessories for the home - nice and affordable too!

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  43. Ah love this post, I work at Debs part time and it takes all my self-restraint to not buy half the animal themed stock lol. P.s. theres a mega day sale coming up at the start of september (6th-ish i think) so a lot of this stuff will be cheaper ;) x

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