Interior Design on a Budget

Interior design on a budget


Benvenuti Amici!


Interior design and stylish homes are for rich people only!! Isn’t that the case? Well not at all!  I can assure you that everyone can decorate a house beautifully on a tiny budget and here’s how.


High Street Chains

Nowadays more and more people are aware of interior design and want beautiful houses, because of that many high street chains and big retailers like Tesco and Sainsbury (!!) provide you with amazing furniture, soft furniture, curtains, lighting and so on. That you can easily decorate your house without going bankrupt.

And let’s not forget the terrific British charity shops!!!! You could find the most beautiful original decorative objects there.


Questions you should ask

When you choose a lamp for instance think about:
• if you really like it (if you like calm and relaxing environment do not go for red),
• it is suitable for your requirements (if you have young children go for robust lamp, that won’t fall over them as soon as they touch it and easy to clean lamp)
• it suits the furniture of your living room, the colour blends well, rather than I cannot afford.


Where to buy

My favourite shop is Sainsburys.  The TU collections has a huge range of choice for kitchenware and bedroom and it can be cheaper than Ikea. Tesco is an excellent supplier of soft furniture cutlery, bedding and much more as long as you like vibrant colours.

B&Q has a wide selection of lighting to go crazy.

I like Next too although is more expensive than the above mentioned chains.

And if you really want to have something more top end of market, have a wonder at John Lewis, I have many times found chairs and lamps cheaper than Ikea.


Charity begins at home

If you are a patient person or not in hurry to decorate your house; I would recommend to have a look at charity and second hand shops. You might have to visit them in few occasions, but you can find wonderful objects. Charity and second hand shops are ideal for people who like eclectic style. Below there are few photos of items bought from charity shops that I used to decorate some rooms.



At the end of the day if Colin and Justin buy items at Primark and charity shops to decorate their customers’ house, why not you?


Until next time, Ciao!

Sylvia x


Ashley Ann

Today I attended the open house at Ashley Ann’, a furniture shop for German kitchens, bathroom and bedrooms. In fact here’s a little video from their website!


Why German?

The word ‘German’ refers to the style of the kitchen (simple square lines) rather than the location where the furniture is manufactured. All suppliers of Ashley Ann are based in Scotland which allows you to have the furniture delivered within four weeks; few furniture makers will beat that.



In the Glasgow shop you will see several beautiful kitchen units on display, with a wide range of colours and materials used (laminate, concrete, glass and quartz).


Hidden treasure!

Don’t be fooled by the simple line style! There is a big selection of kitchen designs from traditional to ultra modern, with appliances on display or hidden within cabinets.

Timeless and robust!

But it is not just the style and variety of materials that caught my eye, also the good quality of the wood used to build the furniture, so strong that in 100 years the units will still be here. Also the technology used to build their units left me speechless and positively impressed with it.

Ashley Ann Furniture

Customer service

The team is their best asset, the Ashley Ann staff will not only show you their products, they take the measurements of the kitchen, design the whole kitchen and assemble it for you without any third party involvement.


Not just kitchens!

The Glasgow shop also has bathroom suites and a bedroom on display. A make-up room built into a wardrobe took my fancy! (see below)



Happy customer :)

I am very happy to have been invited to attend the open house and I am sure Ashley Ann will be become a household name in Glasgow.


Until next time, ciao!


Silvia x


If You Can’t Make it Bigger, Make it Beautiful

Kitchen Complete!


Benvenuti Amici!


I have decided to write this week’s post about a recent project I took on. This kitchen’s owner had become very bored of her dull and uninspiring kitchen which she found made cooking utterly unbearable.


Boring kitchen before (click photos to enlarge)


As you can see from these pictures below it was long, narrow and very uninspiring!  My client was looking for a room more welcoming, cosy and bright, but she didn’t know how. I couldn’t make the kitchen any bigger… so how could I make it prettier? This was going to take some thinking!



Beautiful new cupboard doors (click to enlarge)


We decided to keep the breakfast table and the two white and aluminium breakfast chairs, but made sure the drab brown cabinet doors were replaced with fresh, glistening white ones to harmonise the kitchen unit with the breakfast chairs.



We love a nice splashback!


Two gorgeous green domestic appliances and huge green clock got my attention and gave me the inspiration to include a bright and cheerful green splashback. The customer was very happy with the idea to have something bright in the kitchen and also the green suited the wooden kitchen items she had.



Pink to make the boys wink!


It was slightly more difficult to convince her to use gentle light pink, but I could see by the items she already had in the room that she really would like the colour so managed to convince her to try the pink on a wall, I’m sure you will agree what a beautiful result!!!


Blending in

When the walls, the kitchen unit and the splashback  were ready, the customer and I could enjoy working on the finishing touches.  Pretty green photo frames were hung on the baby pink walls and a cute pink microwave was placed near the green splashback  so that the  two main colours could be brought together, rather than looking like two separate block colours.


Finishing touches

A colourful cafetiere was bought for the breakfast table as an accent.


The outcome was a beautiful cosy bright cheerful and very feminine kitchen! (With a very proud interior designer to boot!).


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Until next time, ciao!

Silvia x