I’m delighted to be on the blog tour today for Resourceful Living by Lisa Dawson. Many thanks to Anne Cater for the blog tour invite and organising a review copy of the book for me.
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.
As soon as I finished this book, my daughter was over at mine whisking it away to her house! She’s just bought a house that is stuck in the 1980s and is looking for ideas to bring it up to date for not too much expense either. And Lisa Dawson has given her so many ideas and for not much expenditure either! I loved how she set out this book with advice for each room, setting out themes with mood boards and using what you have. There is a whole section on thrifting and looking for pieces that will work in your home for little or no outlay and detailing the things you can buy that won’t ever go out of date. I got so much out of the tips and hints here but one of the main things that I realised was that my house was missing greenery so I was straight down to B&M for 2 monsteras (cheese plants I used to call them!) which at £18 each I found a cheap way to add a special touch to my rooms.
I also decided to redecorate my bedroom to match in with the other neutral rooms in my house as I found out that just having the same tone around the home means that it’s easier to source things for your rooms by just moving things around from different parts of the home. I looked at the colours I had and then looked at websites to try and get neutral colours to coordinate. So out went the yellow and flowery Laura Ashley wallpaper and in came neutral paints and coordinated bedding with a mix of textures. And I probably wouldn’t have had the confidence or ideas without having read Resourceful Living first.
There was a lot in this book that already reflected my own home so maybe that’s why it worked so well for me. I already use IKEA trolleys beside my guest beds as they are brilliant for books, nightlights and all the other little things you need beside you at night. And we have an amazing Facebook book in my village which is a Freebies/recycle site and it’s well used by the community. I have given away loads so things are given a second lease of life by someone else and haven’t ended up in landfill. And I’ve had old furniture for free that I’ve been able to upcycle and give a new lease of life to. Sticking to neutrals and natural fabrics and fibres mean that things are able to fit into my decor easily-another top tip from Lisa! One of my favourite freebies is this tray-I’ve used it under plants and with candles as it’s so versatile!
I really can’t recommend this book highly enough! If you fancy updating your decor or are just looking for ways to source new, stylish and inexpensive home accessories then this beautifully designed coffee table book will leave you full of enthusiasm and ideas for new home projects.
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 almost two 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