Have you ever visited a friend’s house and wondered where on earth they collect all their weird and wonderful accessories? Do you often spot amazing interiors on television and think how you could recreate the look at home? If so, look no further. If you’re on the hunt for unique gems or you’re looking for advice or design inspiration, here are some tips and tricks.

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Where to look for inspiration

If you’re not blessed with creativity, there’s no need to worry. If a blank canvas is nothing more than a design mind blank to you, help is at hand. Even if you have the wildest, most vivid imagination, it’s likely that you’ll still be inspired by other people’s ideas.

Magazines and online blogs and social media are a great place to start. Flick through some interior design and lifestyle publications and note down the details of items or styles you like. Most magazines have a list of stockists available, so if you notice that you’re drawn to a particular shop or brand, take a look at their website. Sites such as Pinterest and Instagram are fantastic for learning about current trends and seeing how other people design their homes.

Showrooms can be inspirational, but you can also find ideas where you least expect them. Have you ever thought of trailing around charity shops, or visiting street markets? Are you game for a trip to a car boot sale? Often, you can find unique pieces and trash to turn into treasure at rock-bottom prices. Upcycling is all the rage at the moment, and if you have got a bit of creative flair, you could save a lot of money. Use colours, prints, stencils and a bit of old-fashioned elbow grease to come up with an eye-catching new piece of furniture. Interior trends tend to go around in circles, so investing in retro and vintage accessories will also pay dividends. Don’t be put off by shabby looking shop fronts, or over-enthusiastic market sellers.

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Shopping online

The Internet has changed the way we shop, and it’s now easier and faster to buy new clothing, furniture, and appliances than ever before. Shopping online opens up a whole world of outlets, and there is so much choice on offer at sites like LoveTheSign. The web has also made it much easier to access independent retailers, which produce one-off designs. If you’re in the market for some new cushions, statement wallpaper or a bed like no other, get surfing.

Another advantage of the Internet is the ability to source things that you may have seen in magazines, on TV or in shops or restaurants. You can also usually save money by buying online. Type in the brand or product name and you can compare prices instantly.

Shopping for your home should be fun, not stressful. Think outside the box and if you see ideas you like, use the Internet to find stockists or imitations. Look out for bargains at markets and car boot sales. Scan online auction sites for second-hand treasures. Before you know it, you’ll have a beautiful, unique home.

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