My name is Abi and I am a Pinterest addict. But much as I love pinning photos of enviable living and workspaces I often feel a bit ashamed about my own space. Lack of time, money and loft apartments im Bristol mean that I have been guilty of not making the best of what I have.
A year ago, when I moved in to this flat I had a bed and some kitchen stuff. That was it. A friend lent me a spare TV and an airbed and for the first 6 weeks, I lived in an empty room until I found a suitable secondhand sofa on gumtree that barely fitted through the doorways but that I was so determined to have I made it. The sofa cost me £150 and still remains the most expensive thing in the room. The rug was passed on to me by a friend who was moving house and the two units £5 bargains from the junk shop down the road, who even delivered them for me. The coffee table I found in my local emmaus charity shop for £5 and my boyfriend helped me carry it back to the flat. My cheapest find was a great wicker basket I store magazines in which was left outside by a neighbour with “take me” written on a piece of paper- one of the best things about this Neighbourhood. Everything else, all those little bits that make a house a home were extremely cheap. Sourced from vintage stores ( like the wooden shoe lasts) Homesense/TK Maxx, ASDA, Matalan or Primark. Yes… you read that correctly. I am a big believer that a nice place to live need not cost the earth and I am proud of what I have achieved with so little.
My next project is a great workspace! If you have any ideas then let me know.