Home improvement tips for savvy mums

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With the days getting longer, there’s no better time to inspire yourself with ideas when it comes to giving your home a makeover. Being your own interior designer will help you even more if you’re working with a smaller budget and deciding how best to transform your living space.

Kids love to get involved in the design process, especially if it means they get to update their own room. By asking them to pick out colours and themes and get involved in the creative process, it will be far more satisfying for everyone involved.

Storage solutions are going to be your best friend if you want to encourage children to keep their rooms tidy. Boxes don’t have to be just functional though – there are some great designs out there that don’t cost the earth and can brighten up any dingy room.

Smart buys and bargains

  1. Don’t buy expensive artwork or prints – all you need are some canvases or frames and an afternoon of messy play as the kids get creative with paint, glitter, dried pasta, photos, you name it. You can then hang their masterpieces on the wall or even the ceilings.
  2. Get the same look whatever your budget by looking for items in glossy homes magazines that are a bit out of your price range and then search online for something with a simpler design that costs half the price.
  3. Think about all the things you’ve got lying around your house that can be turned into new pieces of furniture. We love the recycled skateboard crafted by USA designer at Deck Stool and being showcased at the eco-exhibition at this year’s Grand Designs Live event.
L-green-heroes-skateboards, www.flubit.com

Trolley dash

Fireboard Storage Boxes, www.flubit.comFireboard storage boxes
If you’re looking for a fun alternative to plastic, these boxes come complete with a chalk kit so your kids can draw or write whatever they want on them (or you can just write the words ‘tidy up please!’).


Under sea adventure wall stickers, www.flubit.comUnder sea adventure wall stickers
Whether you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated playroom or you want to redecorate a bedroom, there are plenty of fun wall stickers you can buy to bring rooms to life, including these removable and re-stickable stickers.


traditional_painting_set, www.flubit.comTraditional paint and canvas set

Get your kids to help provide the artwork and keep them busy on a rainy day with this painting set made up of 1 canvas, 1 artists brush, 1 paint palette and 6 acrylic paints.


Win tickets to this year’s Grand Designs Live 4 to 11 May

This month we’ll be heading down to the Grand Designs Live at London’s ExCeL, sponsored by Miele and VELUX, to see all the latest trends for the home and bag ourselves some must-have products.

If you would like to go we’ve got five pairs of tickets to give away! All you need to do is leave a comment at the bottom of this blog and tell us your top tip for redecorating on a budget. We’ll pick the best ones and let you know by May 2nd.


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