Upgrade these five things to instantly improve your home

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You don’t have to break the bank to give your home a positive refresh and improve your lifestyle. Invest in these small but important homewares items to create a visual and experiential upgrade.


If you can’t afford to buy a brand-new mattress and bed frame, then invest in some high-quality sheets. The key to good sheets is a high thread count and the right material.

Many linen connoisseurs speak highly of Egyptian cotton, but there are other kinds out there which rival it in texture. These bamboo lyocell sheets from ettitude are breathable, thermoregulating and hypoallergenic — as well as supremely soft.


There is nothing better than stepping out of a refreshing shower and into a delightfully soft bath sheet. Towels made from rayon are usually very soft, while Pima or Egyptian cotton towels are smooth and silky and less prone to pilling.

Keep your towels in good condition by using dryer sheets in lieu of fabric softeners, as these can leave a film that decreases the towel’s absorbency.


Owning beautiful things can enhance the way you feel about your home, and given that you eat several times a day you can enhance your home life simply by upgrading what you eat from.

If you only ever host small dinner parties, then you don’t need to go all out. A twelve-piece dinner set will do the trick. Try to match your crockery to the colour themes in your home. We’re loving this provincial Parisian-inspired Maxwell and Williams set.


Throws and cushions

Rejuvenate an older couch by adding throws and cushions. The size of the cushions should be determined by the size of the sofa. Standard square pillows will look good on most small-to-medium sized couches, while larger cushions like this Aztec cushion from Provincial Home Living work best for larger lounge suites. Pair one brightly coloured cushion with two neutral coloured ones to add a pop of colour to your living room.

A cashmere throw can double as a blanket in the colder months, while faux mink — a lustrous fur-like material — is a low-cost option for adding a hint of sophisticated luxury to your living room.

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