Hi! I am Jack D. March, a creative guy from York with a passion for interiors and design.
I have a love for creating new looks for my home and often showcase these through Instagram whilst also blogging about my home makeovers on a budget.
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It’s this passion that led to me being approached to be part of a new BBC show Best House In Town where I’m set to feature in the Apartment category.
Now I am not naive to the fact that the property ladder is extremely tough to get onto for people my age, and I am aware that even once that big leap is made, money is tight which can make it challenging to create your ideal home.
I was, and still am, in that bracket – living alone and paying the bills hasn’t left me a lot of money to work with for decorating and home improvements.
That said, this is the exact reason why I decided to start blogging about my room makeovers on a budget and I’m thrilled that YorkMix has asked me to share some tips with you.
Interior design presents me with a creative outlet – something which I’ve battled with maintaining since graduating from my design degree in 2012.
But I am also a Yorkshireman and with that comes a bargain hunter mentality! Many of makeovers have been done at either my home or my partner’s home, and each time I take Instagram on the journey with me.
A total of £100 to redecorate a bathroom may seem expensive to some, but is it really much more than a night out, pizza and a taxi home? (And at least you don’t have a hangover at the end of it!)
Bedroom: Upcycling and selling!
When I moved into my apartment I couldn’t afford to furnish the spare bedroom, so instead I found an old table and chairs for £50 on an online selling site and created a dining room to fill what would have otherwise been an empty unused space.
However last September I decided to take the plunge and re-covert the room back into a bedroom. To do this I sold the table and chairs together with some other items which I had picked up either for free or cheap from local markets or online and upcycled.
This in itself raised over £250 towards my redecoration fund.
- Prioritise: Just like clothing, home accessories can come in and out of fashion so frequently. So before investing heavily in accessories, step back and question – do you need a £60 sheepskin cushion, and if so why? Is there a far cheaper alternative that will work just as well to achieve the same look
- Second hand: Don’t be afraid of a little upcycling project. Most of the furniture in my room was upcycled from low cost pieces I found on Facebook, eBay and local York places like Fully Furnished
- Pioneer: take a chance on the internet (just check the returns policy frst). When looking for headboards I found so many expensive ones, until I stumbled across an uncharacteristically cheap one on Amazon. I took a chance and it was perfect, but if it wasn’t – I was safe in the knowledge that I could return. (Just make sure you put pics on your amazon review to help others who may have the same doubts before they hit the buy button)
Bathroom on a budget
The bathroom was the first thing I changed when I moved in – painting it in some leftover paint from my parents’ house to at least freshen it up until I formulated my plan.
It was a nearly a year later I got round to it and it cost me a grand total of £83 to give it a new lease of life.
When it comes to styles everyone is different – my partner prefers more of a clean cut look. So when it came to decorating one of their spare rooms on a £150 budget (actually only spending £105) I kept it simple and fresh with a bold colour pop. Kitchens are notoriously expensive and unfortunately I don’t have a cheap alternative for this as we all need a kitchen. However here are my top tips…
Spare room – simple and savings friendly
Spare Room Tips
However the best piece of advice I was given regarding interiors was ‘if you love it, and it’s within your budget, buy it’.
When it comes to styles everyone is different – my partner prefers more of a clean cut look. So when it came to decorating one of their spare rooms on a £150 budget (actually only spending £105) I kept it simple and fresh with a bold colour pop.
Kitchens are notoriously expensive and unfortunately I don’t have a cheap alternative for this as we all need a kitchen. However here are my top tips…
Once you put it together it will work, because you love it!
In my opinion a home should evolve and be full of personality which is the beauty of being so hands on and getting creative with both your interiors and money – the end result is that it creates a loved home. So make sure you check out my blog for my latest room makeover.