Get Bouji on a budget: tips for the home

When you spend as much time at home as we all have this year, it’s natural to feel the urge to mix it up. If your patience is wearing thin but you’re on a tight budget, here’s how to bring a little bouji for minimal cost.

Words by: Anna Heaton

Heaven scent

Sometimes the smallest of updates can have the most transformative effect on a space – and that is certainly true of candles. Bringing ‘shelfie’ status to even the blankest of canvases, choose one with a luxurious looking holder, soft yet decadent scent, and a soy or vegetable wax for dreamy ambience.

Do it yourself

If you can’t find what you like or are tightening your purse strings, spend some of your newly found time breathing new life into an old favourite. Give an old Ikea mirror an expanding foam update (like we did at Hurr HQ), try your hand at a fluted side table like Jess from Gold is a Neutral or show your frames some love from a Farrow & Ball tester pot.

When in doubt, eBay

While your favourite charity shop might be closed, eBay lives on. Pre-loved treasures await and it’s the ultimate place to find a bargainous rug, lamp or mirror with space-changing power. Our top tip? Search ‘jobs lot’ followed by a certain product to find deals on different assortments (for example frames or candlesticks).

Go for gold

Brass accents can luxe up even the thriftiest find. Get yourself some gold spray paint, tape up the bits you want to remain as they are and try your hand at updating the likes of an old curtain pole, coffee table frame, chest of drawers handle – or whatever you fancy.

Wonder walls

Few things can make a room look chicer than some classic panelling. Not one for the faint-hearted or DIY novices, it is possible to achieve this without getting the decorators in – but patience and precision are key. Take a peek at blogger, India Sehmi’s Instagram stories to learn how.

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