Lifestyle Top Tips on Refreshing Your Home on a Budget This Spring

By Katie Mallalieu, founder of Delph luxury wool home furnishings brand, Bailey Laine

Spring is a time of birth, growth and transformation so it’s not surprising that many of us will be looking around our homes thinking about what improvements or changes can be made. The longer days mean that weekends become the ideal opportunity to refresh the home ahead of hopefully a long, warm summer,

Since founding Bailey Laine, I’m always looking for new ways to make the most of accessories for the home that can transform a space from stark and cold into lush and inviting. I’ve put together my top tips for refreshing your home on a budget this Spring and you’ll be pleased to see that many of the items are available from independent local retailers.

A good old fashioned spring clean

It’s with good reason that there’s a such a thing as a spring clean; after a winter of closed windows and central heating, our homes need to breathe. Working from the top floor of your house downwards, be as ruthless as you can when deciding what should stay or go. Decluttered rooms will instantly feel larger and after a deep clean, your home will sparkle, feeling lighter and brighter. Once you’ve decluttered and cleaned you’ll then be in a better position to judge what needs some TLC or a total change. If the task ahead of you seems too big, do a room each weekend or, if you can spare the money, call in the professionals. Fairy Sparkle Cleaning is a local cleaning company that can give you a helping hand.

Accessorize - The perfect compromise

Tired of your current décor? Redecoration not an option? Don’t worry, accessorize! The simplest and most cost-effective way to refresh your décor is by updating your accessories. Cushions, throws, light fittings and curtains can easily introduce new accent colours that will add an extra dimension to a room and can even make a traditional home feel more contemporary, or vice versa. Bailey Laine’s range of luxury woollen throws and cushions include solid colours, herringbone patterns and abstract designs. All of the cloth is manufactured in Delph and you can find items at Mi Abode at St. Marys Gate in Uppermill. It’s the perfect shop to find something for the home. Mia, the shop’s owner is Swedish born and has a great eye for beautiful pieces that will make a statement in your home.

Picture this

If you’re walls are empty, then this is the ideal opportunity to put a stamp on your home. Whether you decide to fill them with private photographs, a print or a painting, the right frame can transform a piece from OK to wow. The Millyard Gallery on Uppermill High Street will be able to help you pick out the right mount and frame to bring out the colours in your artwork and breathe life into your room.

Flower power

Whether you prefer to fake it or buy fresh, seasonal flowers are an easy way to add a splash of colour to your home. Consider the size of your room and where you’ll place your arrangement. It shouldn’t overwhelm the space nor be lost at the side of ornaments. The ladies at Eden in Uppermill will be able to guide you to help you make the right decision so that you leave with a bouquet that you’ll enjoy and visitors to your home will admire.

First impressions count

Why should kerb appeal be something only considered when trying to sell a home? If you don’t feel good when you look at your front door, then it’s time to change it or the colour. Blue, green, black, red and brown are among the most common colours but think about what works for your

property. Consider whether yours is stone or brick, your window frames and the colours in your garden or surrounding your home. Once you’ve decided, take a trip to the DIY Centre on Uppermill High Street to see what your options are for a new door knocker or letterbox to finish the look.

All Bailey Laine products are also available to purchase online via the website at: around SADDLEWORTH 39 TREAT


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