When Zoe and Dan moved into their 3 bed semi in Nottinghamshire, they had grand plans without the grand designs budget. So there was only one place to come….
“From the outset, we had really big plans for the house,” says Zoe. “It’s our first home, and although it wasn’t necessarily a doer-upper, it wasn’t ‘us’ either. So we started updating every room from the day we got the keys.
“We knew we wanted to rip the kitchen and bathroom out, but the bones of the dining room were all still intact. It was just the design that needed some work.
“With so many things we wanted to do, it was important to us that we kept things on a budget. In the dining room, we sprayed the inside of 3 IKEA pendant lights with copper paint for a look that feels lots more expensive that it really was. We’ve seen similar ones for five times the price!
“We also made a piece of wall art from postcards of book covers, picking out titles that meant something to us. It was a great way to add interest without breaking the bank.”
And of course, when it came to the window, Zoe and Dan needed a budget solution too. They already had plain grey curtains – but with the shade blending very closely to their walls, they craved something else with a pop of colour.
“We saw an advert for Web-Blinds on the TV,” says Zoe. “Not only did it make it look so easy, but we spotted a fabric we fell in love with! The Bauble Orange Roman blind had all the colours that we knew would be the finishing touch on our dining room.
“We ordered a sample just to be sure, and when it came it was perfect. The wall art, the copper accents, the paint and curtains all matched brilliantly.”
With quite a lot of DIY already under his belt, Dan felt confident with a quick look at the instructions, he’d be able to measure and fit easily.
“Dan jokes that he’s learnt all the new DIY skills he needed for the house from watching YouTube videos,” says Zoe. “Luckily, Web-Blinds had some too, so our new blind fits perfectly and was up quickly and easily.
“We’re delighted with the finished look. It gives the whole room a focal point, and ties together our copper and grey theme nicely!”