Updating your home for the new year | affordable accessories from H&M

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Happy new year!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. We’ve finally finished off the last of the cheese and got rid of the decorations and it feels good to be back in the office after a couple of weeks off.

I have to confess that I fall into the camp of people who can’t wait to take the tree down as soon as Boxing Day is done and dusted. There’s no getting away from the fact that the house can sometimes look a little bare once everything is taken down and packed away though, so now is the perfect time for a quick refresh and a few carefully chosen new accessories to fill in the gaps.

When I’m looking for quick and easy updates H&M home is often one of the first places I turn to. I keep a regular eye on their new arrivals as you can occasionally find real gems there. The most popular pieces always sell out very quickly though and are rarely restocked so if you spot something you like it’s worth pouncing on it. I’ve picked up a few of their pieces recently and am always impressed with the quality and affordability of their products (especially the premium quality collection).

For Spring 2019 they’ve focused on light colours, natural materials like wood and linen, textiles with bold graphic patterns and ceramic pieces with simple figurative illustrations. The sofa pictured above is similar in style to the one in our living room and I’m now wondering whether I could give ours a new year update with some cream linen slip covers. Maybe not such a smart move mid way through a renovation with the house full of dust, muddy paw prints everywhere an extension build about to start but who wants to be constrained by practical considerations like that?

Here are a few pieces from their new season collection.

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Images via H&M with art direction by Therese Sennerholt, styling by Pernille Vest & photography by Renée Kemps.