Brilliant ideas for revamping and restyling your home on a budget and without waste.
"'Resourceful Living feels like reading a recipe book of delicious interiors.. Melanie Sykes "
It's often thought that restyling your space comes with a hefty price tag and unavoidable waste. But in Resourceful Living, award-winning interiors blogger Lisa Dawson shows how, with a little creativity, you can revamp your home with existing pieces, vintage finds and key purchases.
The clever ideas in this beautiful book cover:
- The most important ways we use our homes, from eating to sleeping, living and working.
- The Basics of steering clear of interiors 'fast fashion', multi-purposing furniture and making the most of what you have.
- Styling Your Home with simple solutions for re-imagining each room, from gallery walls to home bars, repainted storage to retro accessories.
Including her top ten key vintage buys and tips for in-store and online thrifting, Lisa's inspiring advice shares the fun of creative sourcing as a more sustainable way to keep your home feeling fresh.
'Resourceful Living feels like reading a recipe book, not only because of the delicious interiors images, but because of the simple ingredients and easy methods that are shared to achieve beautiful living spaces for yourself.' Melanie Sykes
'I've been a long-time fan and follower of Lisa's interiors tips. This book really is super practical as well as beautiful - perfect for anyone looking to be more interiors savvy.' Rachel Khoo
For all my readers who now have puzzled faces! yes this is not a crime book or suspenseful read!
Because while the genre I love will always be at the heart of this Blog, At other times real life has to be too!
And right now the biggest suspense I have in my life is what colour will I end up painting my kitchen!
In 2019 we were lucky enough to finally move out of rented and move into our own home, and while the joy remains the nightmare has started! As finally I can be let lose with design elements but like many I constantly feel overwhelmed!So when the chance to read Resourceful Living can around I had to jump at it!
The book is a delightful thick hardback a real coffee table read that contains a myriad of colorful inspired images that bring the ideas of the author to life.
It sings to my soul and my husbands wallet! (typical Yorkshire man!) that many of the elements used and discussed involve vintage finds from charity shops, ebay and alike and using what you have upgrading changing and making use of things you would be thinking of getting rid of to create you new spaces!
I found my self not only inspired but enthralled the easy read style the explanations and the fascinating ideas! like shopping in your own home for your new space! absolutely brilliant!
Especially for us our home is a mishmash of furniture and items that once fit in another home but not so much here.
The idea of not treating a space like everything has to be brand new! using and changing items we have is actually so much fun and it been great seeing what some spray paint and tile paint can do to a space!
For In a first for me I am not going to just tell you to by and read this book I wanted to show you how I used ideas from this book to change my downstairs toilet into a utility room for our family! Below is our before picture (classy finger in the shot too!)
Our first thought had been the whole thing need ripping out and re doing from top to bottom but we just do not have the funds to do that! so using Resourceful Living I set about looking for items we could use in our own home, and scoured ebay for auction bargains!
The 1 new thing I bought at full price was the toilet £40 everything else was from our home already and re used and upcycled or bought 2nd hand from ebay!
The sink was bought from ebay auctions £5 and the tap too £7.99! The vine was from our old home, the mirror as well as well ad the rug and picture board, All things I might have gotten rid of! and the unit top was the £10 bargain in the B&Q OFFCUTS BIN!
I took this picture after and since then we have had the new electric sockets put in and I have used some black tile paint round the splash back area of the unit top to hide the picture tiles, so for under £150 (including electrics & plumbing cost!) and reusing some items and a day of the husbands DIY skills and we have a whole new room! and saved ourselves over £3000 for a whole new retile and fitting!
So here I am no designer but I am pretty chuffed with what we managed to do! So if you looking to make changes to your home this is the book for you! or if you have friends or family what to do the same or are moving this is the perfect gift!
Lisa Dawson is a multi-award-winning interiors blogger, writer, workshop presenter and social media influencer.
She writes a popular weekly blog, is a regular contributor to Frank magazine and creates professional social media content for brands such as John Lewis and Loaf Home.
She is co-founder of the popular Instagram hashtag #myhomevibe which has over 1.5 million posts and was the first UK-based interiors community hashtag when it was launched in 2016.
She lives in York with her husband, three children and a badly behaved Lhasa Apso called Buddy.
Lisa shares her home inspiration on her Instagram @_lisa_dawson_. www.lisadawsonstyling.com
Thank you to the Publisher and Author for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this novel and for the opportunity to review these works.
All reviews are my own unbiased opinion.