Achica – Budget Winter Interior Inspiration

I am on a mission! Not only do I intend to completely transform my new home to a style I love and which works for the family, I plan to do it within a budget. Budgets aren’t just for those who are on lower incomes nowadays as most people are being more careful. I have a “pot” that I can use for interior design projects and purchases which gets topped up every month as planned however if I want to see my new home look the way I want it to I’ll have to continue stretching the budget otherwise there will be big gaps between purchases and it will be next winter before I get finished.

I’ve mentioned Achica, the online luxury lifestyle store before as part of a series of posts I did in the old house as I managed to get some fabulous looking bargains. I’m back on Achica now looking for inspiration and am finding new deals daily. My brief is for myself is to look for what I consider “Winter” items, strong, character filled and which add warmth to the house (and look fab all year round).

My current list of Achica loves includes several items from the Elegant Oak range. I love oak, I have had pine, I have had mahogany and neither seems to sit well as a good quality high grade natural looking oak piece. For this house, with it’s high ceilings and sympathetically refurbished features I need solid furniture to continue with the same feel. Flat pack from Argos is not going to cut it for me I’m afraid.

Achica – Hampton Nest of Tables. Originally £179.00 they are on offer for a limited time period at Achica for just £89.

Onto the bedroom….
Nothing is nicer on a cool evening than getting out of the bath or shower, getting your PJs on and climbing into a bed made with fabulous quality linens. I think bedding is so important in terms of how well you sleep and I have my eye on some of the bedding from the White Essentials range, specifically the Amalia White King-size duvet set. I adore white and our bedroom is a haven of of white (the only room in which we have a fighting chance of anything staying properly white with two young boys!). The clever leaf design on this bedding is what clinches it for me.

Achica Bedding
Amalia White Kingsize duvet set – RRP £80, Achica price £49.00

Scent and Light

I love candlelight, it is soft, warm and just makes me feel good! Certain scents have much the same effect so scented candles are a must in my house (and are much more pleasant and healthier than spraying air-freshener around). I have my eye on some gorgeous vintage tea-light holders on another site which will work perfectly with these Kenneth Turner (loved by celebs the world over apparently) set of 12 tea-lights which are “White Flower” scented. Jasmine is one of key tones for this candle which I adore and I imagine the overall blend of floral perfumes is delicate yet powerful enough to create a fantastic atmosphere.

Achica home
Kenneth Turner White Flower Tealights (12). RRp £18, Achica price £8.50. Location: Currently in Nicki’s Achica basket.

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Living room makeover results

You may remember that I posted a while ago about using prepaid debit cards for budgeting? Basically I was given £100 on a prepaid card by Moneysupermarket to makeover my living room, test out the card, its functions and have a bit of fun. I just had to make sure that anything I bought was under RRP.

And here is the result…..
(Excusing rubbish photography!)

Before the makeover I had a pink print on the wall over the armchair, and white (or not so white) cushions. It looked tired and boring.

My first purchase was this set of cushions from TerrysFabrics. I went for a mix and match effect as I didn’t want a block of colour, but some variety.

Next up were these lovely curtains. To be fair the pictures don’t do them justice. Again these were on sale from a local shop, CB furnishings in Thirsk.

The new wall art was from an Ebay shop, Unique Home Frames Design and to be honest I was hard-pushed to choose as they had some lovely things to choose from. As this was won with a “make an offer” bid it could also be considered under RPP.

A £100 later and a three key bits and pieces have made a big difference.
After the challenge I went on to add a few more things to what has become a labour of love.
This rug was just £36.00 from Achica which is an online site where you can get items at ridiculously low prices. It should have been twice that.


This personalised toy storage bag came from Precious Parcels and was also a bit of a bargain as it had 20% in their Sunday Sale which runs every week. It’s great for putting away toys!

Little changes have made a big difference and the room looks much better already. Clearly there is still a lot to do..

The aim for this room is to mount a flat screen on the chimney breast and better utilise the right-side alcove, any ideas on how would be much appreciated, and I am currently stalking pinterest for inspiration. The fireplace needs a tart up and something needs doing with Roy’s computer desk, but the room looks much better and I am grateful to Moneysupermarket for getting me started. The project started on a budget and I plan to continue the same way.

So, what do you think? Any ideas for sorting that far wall? And what do you think of my colour scheme?




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