LUCY’S SHOP & STYLE TIPS

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RE­MEM­BER TO BAR­GAIN

Whether shop­ping at an an­tiques store or on­line, don’t for­get to ask for a dis­count, es­pe­cially if buy­ing in bulk. We ne­go­ti­ated a dis­count and free de­liv­ery for our ap­pli­ances, all bought from Ap­pli­ances On­line.

KNOW WHEN TO SPEND MONEY

Cer­tain house­hold items should be qual­ity buys. For us, that was bed­ding and our sofa, as we re­lax on them for long pe­ri­ods of time.

FIND THE DIS­COUNTS

We bought through Face­book groups, Gumtree and eBay and tracked down great shop­ping sites as well. We paid $79.99 in­stead of $329 for queen size qual­ity bed linen from The Home.

PHONE A FRIEND

A lot of our good­ies (es­pe­cially unique and dec­o­ra­tive items) were sourced by ask­ing if friends had any­thing they were con­sid­er­ing throw­ing out or sell­ing. We col­lected things we would never have found oth­er­wise.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT PLANTS

Plants make any house feel like a home, es­pe­cially a holiday ren­tal. If you’re not able to wa­ter them of­ten choose plants that need min­i­mal main­te­nance. And in­stead of buy­ing flow­ers use what you have from the gar­den. Sprigs of herbs smell de­li­cious.

COVER ALL BASES

Equip your kitchen with enough match­ing crockery and uten­sils for pre­par­ing meals, but don’t fill every cup­board. Cater for all ages too, with board games, books and a few toys.

THE BIG PIC­TURE

Con­sider the over­all feel of the ren­tal and think of it as a “cu­rated” space. You might not love every item, but they work to­gether as a whole. In­sta­gram: @black­heathartist­cot­tage

Her­itage Rhythm porce­lain china 12-piece din­ner set, $149.95, from Myer. 2. Tai­lor pre­mium porce­lain mug in Su­per White, $15 for set of 4, from Myer. 3. Be­hag­full 24-piece cut­lery set, $49, from Ikea. 4. Salt & Pep­per cu­vee high ball tum­bler, $44.95 for set of 6, red wine glass, $59.95 for set of 6, and old-fash­ioned tum­bler, $44.95 for set of 6, all from Tem­ple & Web­ster. 5. Rose­napel queen quilt cover set with four pil­low­cases in White, $39.99, from Ikea. 6. Mad­dox acrylic throw in Nat­u­ral, $49.95, from Har­vey Nor­man. 7. Sony ICF-C1 FM/AM clock ra­dio in White, $48, from Har­vey Nor­man. 8. 1000 thread count cot­ton sateen queen sheet set in White, $89, from Tar­get. 9. Mor­gan & Finch Con­ran Bale towel set (two bath tow­els and two hand tow­els) in White, $89.95, from Bed Bath N’ Ta­ble.

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Don’t give up on old taps – they may just need a good clean.

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