Pretty & affordable shelf additions {Some of which are from my recent travels!}

Well hello there! It’s certainly been a while and I just don’t know where to start!

Our trip to Australia was amazing. It was so lovely to spend quality time with my family who live out there and generally soak up the sheer beauty of the country. I very much enjoyed mooching around the Australian homeware shops. The trends in interiors are very much in keeping with current trends in the UK. Lots of metallic accessories, faux greenery and geometric shapes. I was in my element!

Via Bed Bath N’ Table

I bought some gorgeous printed cork placemats from Wheel & Barrow, some faux succulent stems and a cute rabbit motif vase from Pillow Talk which yes, you’ve guessed it, will house a succulent plant at some point in the near future!


In other news, Adam and I got engaged whilst in Australia which is super exciting (and totally unexpected!) so I’m itching to put my colour know-how to good use and create some beautiful colour scheme ideas. (My Pinterest fingers are always on stand-by!) I’ve already bought a load of brass candle sticks, which after some TLC, will scrub up nicely to form part of the reception table centerpieces. 

When I got home, I had a major case of the holiday blues. Returning to work after spending 10% of the year in paradise is all kinds of depressing, so I needed a little pick me up. I felt the radiator cover shelf in our hallway needed a bit of a refresh (have a nosey at our complete hallway here) and I wanted to show off my new Aussie home purchases!

I always have a jug of fresh flowers on the shelf and whilst in Tesco this week I noticed these beautiful Gladioli stems for only £1.50! That’s easily a third of the cost of other bunches of flowers like roses or lilies.


Gladioli are part of the iris family of flowers. I’ve always had a soft spot for irises. They grew in my childhood home’s garden and I can remember admiring their vivid colours and sweet scents.

I found a home for the faux succulent stems in this pink vase and they really liven up the space and make it feel fresh and colourful.


I spotted this little sausage dog in a charity shop in Stafford.


I’m a sucker for a cute piece of porcelain. I just couldn’t resist him, especially when he only cost £3!

So for a grand total of £10, I’ve added some life, colour and cuteness!



Which of these new additions do you like the most? Will you be heading down to your nearest Tesco to snap up a bunch of Gladioli?

Why not leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

2 thoughts on “Pretty & affordable shelf additions {Some of which are from my recent travels!}

  1. Generous display without looking cluttered, nice reminder of old home Irises sitting pretty by our front door along with the colourful Snap Dragons ( Antirrhinum )

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