Beauty and the Budget

Beauty and the Budget: ‘Pick-Me-Ups’ for 3 Everyday Items

I’ve always appreciated the quote by the French architect Le Corbusier,

“Space, light and order.  Those are the things that men need just as much as they need bread or a place to sleep.”

I don’t think we realize on a daily basis just how much the space around us affects the way we feel, think, and act.  As a graduate wife on a budget, I know that finding a harmonious balance of space and light and order in a rented flat or pre-furnished married student dormatory is not always that easy.  I also know that sometimes the task of trying to tackle those things can be daunting and thus the effort to harmonious one’s space is often times neglected.  I decided to throw in 3 super easy and quick pick-me-up ideas to give your home (or your heart) a little boost without much effort.  You might just have the items laying around the house. If I work with my hands, even on little projects like these, I feel immensely satisfied at the simple act of getting to ‘create’.  I hope you enjoy and please share some of your own!

Beauty and the Budget

Beauty and the Budget: Project Pillows II

I wasn’t planning to do a second post on pillows, but I couldn’t help but want to share what I did last week with our ‘not so hot’ seat cushions at our breakfast table.  (Haha…I just really wanted to write ‘breakfast table’ because one day I dream of having a smaller nook in my kitchen to have one..but to be real, I live in a tiny flat in Oxford and clearly only have one table to work with.)  :) We inherited some rather outdated and heavily worn seat cushions from our landlord and have been just ‘living with them’ for about a year now.  I don’t even particularly like the idea of seat cushions on chairs, but with our wooden Ikea table, we don’t really have a choice.  I have seen quite a few cushion options at shops and have been tempted to buy them.  However, with them averaging around £12 each, I just couldn’t bare to spend £50 on something that I don’t even really like to begin with.  So, I finally thought of a solution (shared below) and hopefully it will inspire you as well!