As rent prices continue to grow and the property ladder becomes ever more unreachable, it can feel as if money is tight more than ever before. But that doesn't stop us wanting to spruce up our living space with a beautiful lampshade or crockery set.
From unusual cushions to vintage frames, here's a selection of beautiful homeware brands and websites with products that are both affordable and gorgeous.
Rose and Grey
If you love exposed brick, natural wood and combining vintage with modern pieces, this is your one stop shop. Husband and wife duo Guy and Lyndsey Goodger think about the unique character and charm of Borough Market, Brick Lane and Columbia Road when choosing their products. They run the website from South Manchester, where they live.
An Angel at my Table
The family behind this beautiful interiors website began painting vintage French furniture and selling it alongside bits and pieces that matched the look. A shop was duly opened in Saffron Walden in Essex in 1997, followed by the second shop in London in 2000. However tough times meant they had to close, retreat to the countryside and take to the web. Each listed product is accompanied by a description that's more like a handy design tip. From £4 for accessories.
Graham & Green
Growing up, Antonia Graham's family house was full of Persian rugs, beautiful furniture and exotic ceramics brought back from Morocco and the Far East, where a grandparent and great uncle lived. In 1974, she opened a shop inspired by this and now the brand has grown to two stores, four catalogues each year and an online store. It's a great place to browse if you don't know what you're looking for and there's something here for every budget. From £9 for home accessories.
Sass & Belle
We're big fans of the colourful animal cushions at Sass & Belle but they offer a wide range of quirky, warm and charming products for the home and garden. Their main motivation is to make products that are easily accessible and add a little colour to people's rooms and lives. Cushions from £13.
The Science Museum
Now we don't deny your knowledge of London's Science Museum, but their online store is filled with lab-inspired products and gadgets for every room in the home. Their salt and pepper shakers and these carafes that look like chemistry flasks are our favourites.
This modern and contemporary furniture website sells original and mid-century designer recreations based on the originals of the time. You'll find products that are practical and artistic such as these flip-down coat hooks (£30 each) which double up as a graphic and sculptural wall-piece.
Zurleys offers good quality home furnishings for a spectrum of prices, but the affordable range is remarkably just that. A vintage two-drawer table can be bought for £15 and the lamp (pictured) is priced at £22.14.
Lush Lamp Shades
Marie Rodgers and Maria Livings studied painting and printmaking at Maidstone Art College. Together they design a range of homewares in distinct colours and quirk prints. Many are made at their studio in Deptford where they have twice yearly open studio events.
The French House
Many of the suppliers at The French House are artisans or small family-run firms, which means you can expect truly unique and varying products. They sell cushions made from French vintage fabric from 1908 and storage jars found in brocante and antique shops during travels through the French countryside. Shop online or at their shop at 50 Lambs Conduit St, London, WC1.
Since it opened its first store in the UK, the well-established and stylish brand from Copenhagen has become increasingly popular, but it's still relatively niche. Find minimal utensils, woven baskets and picture frames on the cheap, from as little as £1 a pop.
Main images: grahamandgreen.co.uk
(Words: Sejal Kapadia)