The Bedroom

Give the centrepiece of the room – your bed – a face-lift with a new quilt, pillows and throw. Hit manchester outlets for some new sheet sets as well as some funky, mismatched pillowcases for a touch of contemporary quirkiness.

Put in a new lamp or wall sconces about your bed, dresser or on either side of a mirror. Pink light bulbs cast a soothing, romantic glow.

Hit the op shops (or your grandma’s drawers) for scarves and tablecloths to dress up your bedside table or dresser.

If you prefer not to have family and friends watching over you from picture frames on the wall, find some alternative wall-hangings. Why not have a map or landscape scene printed on canvas and stretched on a frame?

Indulge all your senses, with the help of pretty scent. During the winter months, place potpourri in an open bowl and in summer, bring the outdoors in with fresh flowers beside your bed.

The Great Outdoors

Give your outdoor furniture a regular clean, if not a lick of paint or an oil and polish. If it really is beyond salvation, pick up a new set – Mitre 10 and Kmart both offer great deals.

Enliven your outdoor chairs with brightly coloured cushions made from all-weather fabrics to ensure longevity.

Invest in a water tank so you can keep your garden looking fresh without breaking water restrictions.

Pick up some bamboo fire sticks and garden lanterns for summer barbecues or alfresco entertaining. Strings of fairy lights create a magical ambience while Chinese lanterns will add an exotic touch.

To maximise backyard privacy, use a trellis as an extra wall and plant fast-growing vines at its base.

When purchasing big items, such as furniture, don’t be afraid to ask shop assistants for their best price; in times like these, they want to sell their product just as much as you want to buy it!