I was invited to enter a competition hosted by Look Again, to see if I could create a look to refresh a room on a £750 budget. Of course I was up for it, interior styling on a modest budget is my speciality!

Here's the moodboard I put together for a living room makeover using only Look Again home products and coming in at just shy of the £750. The look was inspired by London, with a colour palette influenced by rainy grey days. I call this one 'London Grey'. You can see my signature metallics, mixed with some period influenced pieces and a colour palette based around the London skies and the murky greens of the Thames! It's simple city chic with a little bit of English heritage thrown in too. 

Here are the items I used:

Sirus Sofa, £410

Parisienne Footstool, £50

Black Hat Framed Print, £30

Philippa Framed Print, £30

Set of 5 Candle Holders, £25

Cirque Cushion, £15

Lincoln Curtains, from £90

Chrome Ball Lamp, £40

Earl White wallpaper, £35 a roll (one roll would do a small feature wall)

Coming to a grand total of : £725! 


Looking to refresh one of your own rooms? Here are my 5 top tips for decorating and styling on a budget. 

1. Choose a theme and stick to it. Knowing what will or won't work in your theme will stop you making silly purchases that end up not having a place. As you can see here, even 5/6 items with a strong theme or colour scheme can pull a room together

2. Scour eBay, antiques markets, boot sales and charity shops for quirky decorative items that give your room personality

3. Check out catalogue sites for affordable furniture - I can't believe this sofa is only £410!

4. Set a budget before you start! I've started so many rooms without a budget and halfway in realise I've really overspent but the room still isn't finished

5. Use art to liven up bare walls without needing to paint or wallpaper. These prints are great and a collection of two or three makes a real statement with classic style

What do you think of my 'London Grey' look? Have you ever refreshed a room on a modest budget? Would love to hear from you in the comments below. 

Sarah x

P.S. The lovely folks over at have nominated me for a Home Design Blog Award! It takes just 30 seconds to vote for me... hint hint!