'Tis the season to put your feet up (whenever the opportunity arises). And we've found two gorgeous pink pouffes perfect for kicking back in style.
Ideal Home is now bringing you a daily dose of 'Ideal, Great Deal'. As we share new items every single day, we'll be giving you loads of ways to get the look for less. Expect lighting, furniture, accessories and things you didn't realise you needed.
Keep checking back to this page for a daily digital edition of our popular print magazine feature, which we hope will take the hard work out of shopping for your home. We are all about budget decorating ideas and making home design as accessible as possible, so let's get into it.
Today's Ideal vs Great Deal
Typical of Loaf's squishy and comforting designs, this pink pouffe has a lovely rounded shape and comes in this soft pink. Use it as a footstool, an extra seat or somewhere to pop a tray of festive tipples.
Yesterday's Ideal vs Great Deal
A mug of just the right size, weight and shape is a rare find. This lovely mug from Denby Pottery looks like a strong contender, with a nice height for a giant cup of tea. Morning cups of tea and hot chocolates on the sofa will be all the more cosy with this mug from John Lewis. It has a similar beachy look as the Denby mug but is a more compact design.
The ripple champagne saucers (left) come in clear and smoked glass and thanks to the Black Friday sales, they're 25% off! Perfect for serving up Christmas eve margaritas or pre-dinner prosecco, and £26 down from £35 at Naken. Or you can raise a glass with these cheaper coupes in soft pink with a retro-shaped glass. £30 at Five and Dime, they're great for bringing some pastel pink tones to your dining room decor.
This pineapple ice bucket (left) is a statement party piece and will look great among your festive tablescape or home bar. Make sure to light candles so they make the reflective surface of the pineapple ice bucket glisten. It's £74 at Ashton & Barrow
Or you could opt for this gold pineapple ice bucket from Graham and Green, which is £45. Handy for parties and picnics, it brings a maximalist flavour of which Laurence Llewelyn Bowen would approve.
This chunky statement sofa in teal (above, left) brings snuggly comfort and plenty of style to your living room. It's £1,329, at Danetti for we're loving the plump cushions and tapered wooden legs. Or, there's this swoon-worthy teal sofa from DFS, which is under £1,000. It has slender gold legs elevating it off the ground and is available in 10 colours (although we're big fans of the teal).
Previous Ideal vs Great Deal buys
This set of two glamorous gold Art Deco tables have a weathered gold leaf finish and a circular glass top. They make a statement without feeling heavy, and the pattern reminds us of Moroccan tiles. Or we also found some more affordable alternatives from Homescapes have a removable tray lid and will look great with both traditional and modern decor. We're loving the hourglass shape and think they'd work well in bedrooms or living rooms.
These Padstow Sky Wall Tiles, evoke a coastal vibe which adds a relaxing and calming feel to a space. The tile has a slight rippled and crackled surface, which partnered with the blue hue of the sky and sea provides instant character. They measure 5 x 25 cm and cost £79.20 per m². Alternatively, these Luken Marine Pre-Scored Wall Tiles, £25.99 per m² is a cheaper option, art deco inspired and made from durable ceramic, which promises to be both hard wearing and eye catching. With a gloss finish the varying shades of blue marry together for a seamless finish.
The MPRO Basin Monobloc black tap, £269 at Crosswater has a lovely matt black finish which adds instant contrast to a space that usually has more shiny finishes. The tap adds instant style to space and paired with a white porcelain sink would be a match made in heaven. For a similar look at a more budget friendly price, there’s the Mono Basin Mixer black tap at £129 from Big Bathroom Shop.
This black and rattan bedside table, £199 at Swoon invite a mid-century feel to your bedside if that's a look you are drawn towards. For a similar look at a more purse-friendly price, there's the Vonhaus Dalton side table for £64.99. This has a chevron pattern and very similar overall style. Some black furniture is great for grounding a space.
The lovely sleeping lion cushion, £49 at Naken Interiors (left) is made of natural linen and has a loose tasselled mane. It will add a cute, playful touch to small kids' bedroom ideas, tucked up in bed or resting on a chair. Alternatively, there's the lion cushion from Smallable, £30 , which has a similar look at a cheaper price point. The velvet material makes it extra stroke-able and it has cute velvet ears.
How sweet are these happy prints? The bright and motivational art print that says 'Choose happy' is £36.99 at Very and is currently discounted. If you're on a tight budget, the 'It's a good day to be happy' print, £12.62 at Poster Store is less saturated in colour and has a lovely italicised font.
We’re loving this Parquet Brushed & Glazed Solid Oak console table, £294.99 at Oak Furnitureland which has good looks and handy drawers for storing away hallway paraphernalia, from dog leads to junk mail. For a more contemporary style, you might prefer the Ottawa Console Table, £169 at Dunelm.
The Hadano Natural Brass with Olive Green Shade Wall Light by Dar Lighting, at The Online Lighting Store is a traditional style with a dash of country farmhouse. The Dasni Wall Light at Habitat is a touch more modern and a great way to achieve a similar look.
Laura Ashley Clemence Beaded Round Mirror, £155 at Next is a gorgeous, classic design – we love the detailing around the edge. The Round Gold Wire Mirror, £39.99 at Homescapes is the same size and a brilliant way to achieve a similar look.
Ideal Home's top tips for sourcing great value homeware
'If you have your heart set on a particular piece of homeware but it's out of your budget then patience can pay off,' says Ideal Home Decor Editor Amy Lockwood. 'Most retailers offer discounts at key times of the year, such as around the summer Bank Holidays, Black Friday in November, and January and the New Year.
'Snapping up your dream item in the sales makes for some big savings. It also pays to shop out of season – so stock up on cosy winter throws as the weather is getting warmer and retailers are looking to discount winter stock to clear space for summer lines or buy garden furniture as the outdoor season is coming to an end. This way you'll likely pay far less than the original RRP,' says Amy.
Ideal Home Deputy Editor (digital) Rebecca Knight says, 'Pay attention to the material and other product specs when comparing products, as a higher price tag doesn't always mean higher quality. Some more budget products might surprise that they're not that different to more expensive versions.'
Many supermarkets now offer some great on-trend pieces in their own-brand homeware collections – everything from dinner sets to accent cushions – and because they can buy stock in such bulk quantities that tends to mean the prices are really affordable. Shopping online? Make a habit of searching for products 'Price - Low - High' – sometimes you can find cheap candles, mugs and smaller decor pieces once you've filtered out the higher-end items.
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Millie Hurst was Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home from 2020-2022, and is now Section Editor at Homes & Gardens. Before stepping into the world of interiors, she worked as a Senior SEO Editor for News UK in both London and New York. You can usually find her looking up trending terms and finding real-life budget makeovers our readers love. Millie came up with the website's daily dupes article which gives readers ways to curate a stylish home for less.
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