Revitalise your home for £25 and under
Quick win interiors to ace your space
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from reams and reams of Instagram interiors content, it’s that homes are all about the little touches. A well-placed plant, curated shelf, or one-off cushion can do as much to add personality to a space as any big piece of statement furniture. And besides, furniture is expensive, and coming into summer we want as much money left as possible for fun. So we’ve put together our pick of the home updates that, at £25 or under, won’t break the bank. From mini-lamps, to off-kilter ceramics, to the scented candles and hand washes you haven’t heard of yet, just call us Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on a budget.
Smiley Bundle Of Light Lamp
Take a piece of the rave spirit home with you with this lamp from Netherlands design house Mr Maria. Available in three sizes, we love this mini one for adding a cosy bedside glow or a playful touch to any shelf. Like a raver’s version of an SAD lamp, it’s near guaranteed to bring a smile to your face – its energy is infectious.
Apartamento Magazine Issue #28
An artfully curated selection of magazines is a must for any chic home, whether you’re spending a lazy Sunday leafing through an issue, or just enjoying the coffee table effect that only a good stack of mags can bring. One of our top regular-home-update-on-a-budget tips would be to treat yourself to a new magazine every month. In keeping with the home theme, this time round we’re opting for interiors bible Apartamento’s latest issue.
We can’t fully explain why, but our morning coffee just tastes better from our favourite mug. This one, by Carhartt’s WIP arm, headed straight to the top of our list for its bold black and white whisper print. An added bonus of any good mug is that you can display it along a shelf or a little hanging hook to brighten up your kitchen. This one’s like a wall print and mug all in one.
Ghost - Earth
Ceramics are definitely having a moment. But where shelling out on plates can be a touch risky when it comes to clumsy dinner guests, Studio Arhoj’s Ghost will live safely on a shelf out of harm’s way. Drawing on ideas from Japan’s Shinto religion, and handcrafted in Copenhagen, these little ghosts fuse the different ethoses of two undisputed capitals of home aesthetics.
Plants can spruce up a home immediately. If you’re lazy like us you’ll opt for low maintenance, maximum impact, and they don’t come much easier than the Snake plant. Less Instagram-aesthetic than the Monstera or Fiddle Leaf Fig, these plants can thrive in any kind of light and need minimal watering; as little as once a month. So you can stick them in dark corners that need a touch of green and leave them to thrive.
Bai San Candle
It wouldn’t be a home updates list without a scented candle. Maybe the quickest and easiest way to add a sense of ambience to any space, there’s a reason the past few years have seen so much candle hype. Quality candles do tend to run on the pricier side though, so we did a double take at Homework’s range coming in at under £25. Made from a blend of coconut and soy wax, and drawing on knowledge from traditional Chinese medicine, these are luxury scents for a fraction of the usual price. A burn time of 45 hours means you’ll get plenty of use from them too.
Cora Tapered Candle Holder
While we’re on candles, who else has noticed sculptural, weird candles of all shapes and sizes all over their Instagram feed this past year? We love them, the only issue is that fancy candles burn themselves out! For a budget-friendly option that’s just as impressive, opt for a candle holder you can use time and time again instead. Even cheap, plain candles will look striking in this silver Cora one. Definitely the necessary finishing touch for any dinner table.
Over the last five years it seems to have become obligatory for every stylish restaurant, bar and shop bathroom to stock a boutique hand wash. And we’re here for it! They serve the dual use of keeping hands scented and moisturised; the last one being especially vital since drying hand sanitiser became so ubiquitous in the pandemic. Kan Kan’s vegan-friendly washes pair impressive eco credentials – they use can-style refill bottles to minimise plastic waste – with beautiful, long-lasting scents. The mandarin in this one is gorgeously offset by the sage.
Multi Trippy Cushion Cover
Love colour but not sure you want to commit to a loud sofa? These aptly named Trippy cushion covers from Wavey Casa are a brilliant, low-budget opportunity to play around with colour in a room. One of the best ways to rejuvenate a tired sofa too, it’s amazing what a few carefully placed cushions can do for a space. Use this one solo, or pair with another of Wavey’s acid-bright offerings for full hallucinatory effect.
Earl of East
We’re big candle fans, don’t get us wrong, but there’s something about the physical action of saging a room that no candle can quite compete with. Whether you believe in evil spirits or not, there’s a lot to be said for the cleansing power of sage. Earl of East have been honing their expertise in fragrance for nearly a decade now, and it shows in these long-lasting, but not overpowering sage incense sticks. Each stick burns for up to an hour, so you can cleanse evil spirits to your heart’s content and then pop them in a plant pot to keep scenting.