Sharing your #ootd (outfit of the day) on social media is old hat. Now, it’s all about showing off your #bathroomshelfie or #cornerofmyhome. Yes – increasingly, fashionable interiors are all over Instagram, and the pressure is on to keep your front room looking fresh. Luckily, the high street is wise to the growing desire for gorgeous, on-trend home décor, and is working harder than ever to produce stylish-yet-affordable pieces and save the day. So meet my high street interior heroes, which will look just as good in your home as they will on social media. Cape and mask optional…
The Incredible Cactus!
You must have noticed the cacophony of cactuses in the interior world. To my mind, the perfect cactus home accessory is one that allows for a floral addition (ideally pink), to complement the green. Which is why a cactus vase is the very best way to explore this trend. And because cactuses are a little like flamingoes and pineapples, they might not be cool forever*, so keeping your cactus budget from getting too prickly is perhaps wise – this Graham & Green version (see above) is a proper high street hero if ever I saw one: handsome and unlikely to break the bank at £55. AND you don’t need to water it.
*ignore me; the pineapple will be cool forever
The mid-century sofa style is insanely popular right now with designer versions costing many thousands of pounds. However, if your home is anything like the soggy Cheerio-infested battle ground mine is, it’s probably best that Darth and his Stormtrooper sidekick are given something less spendy to sit on. This Kennington sofa in Knebworth Light Grey with multi-coloured buttons from Sofas & Stuff looks like it came from a snooty, overpriced store, but in fact costs a mere £779 (£701 if you’re quick and snap it up in their spring sale).
You’re not allowed to go through 2017 without adding a splash of greenery to your home, according to the interior police. So it’s H&M to the rescue, with this vibrantly verdant cushion costing a mere £8.99, which will instantly make your home a hundred times cooler. Day: saved.
The predecessor to this La Redoute beaut is such a social media hit, thanks to the likes of bloggers @erica_davies and @iamalisonperry, that it actually has its own Instagram account (@the_la_redoute_rug). But while the original non-wool Afaw rug kept things monochrome, this new one, dubbed the Ourika, adds a splash of colour while staying with the never-not-on-trend Moroccan vibe. And this time it’s 100% wool, but still starts at a purse-friendly £199 for the 120x170cm version. Get clicking quick before it sells out (and see more pics of this rug in The Pink House HERE).
Nothing says Insta cool like a well-styled table, and for many (well, me), the dream is a mismatched vintage flowery tea service. Problem is, I just don’t have time to go trawling the antique shops for that perfect floral side plate. And now I don’t have to, because good old M&S have come up trumps with their Frida tableware range, which includes this super-sweet cake stand for only £15. And guess what? It’s all made of melamine, meaning it’s perfect for al fresco dining too. Stylish summer picnics: sorted. For more pics of the M&S al fresco range in The Pink House click HERE.
Who are your High Street Heroes? I'd love to know - please share your fabulous finds in the comments below. To interior heaven...and beyond!