When you want to upgrade the look of your backyard, but you don’t have enough money to spend on expensive services, you hold back. Creativity can never be sacrificed for the sake of money and upgrading your backyard as per your choice doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to spend big bucks and neither it is time-consuming. Little tweaks in your home backyard can make a big difference to the overall look of your backyard. When you look at the makeover tv shows, you envy the look of your backyard and really want it in your house. Here are a few projects you can take on to upgrade your backyard even on a small budget.

1. Install an Espaliered Tree

Espaliered trees are very common and a cheap mean to decorate your backyard with the greens. It’s a cheap plant that makes up a good fence. Espaliered trees take time to grow into the pattern. Then you can train it to grow into the shape you want it to grow. It can give beauty to a blank wall to create different shapes.


2. Install a Feet Washing Frame

Your feet get dirty with all the soil and dirt after enjoying in your backyard. You don’t want those dirty feet in your house. Adding a feet washer with a waterproof frame can add beauty to your backyard. Pipe or a shower to make all the muck and mud go away is helpful. For décor, you can add flat stones which will feel good under your feet. Don’t forget to place a doormat to rub the wet feet off and into the house.


3. Vertical Gardening

Vertical gardening is considered by many people when they don’t have much space in their backyard and really want to upgrade their garden. Vertical gardening is cost-effective and easy-to-maintain. They make most of the small space and you can use recycled material to build it as well.


4. Repainting the Yard

You can make your yard to look modern by painting it with vibrant colors. Walls, chairs, tables and other stuff in your backyard might need some touchup. Painting is the most cost-effective way of making changes to your backyard. Make use of old paints that may have been left and use them to your advantage to keep yourself in the budget even more.

5. Repair Instead of Replacing

Replacing your outdoor supplies can cost you a lot. You may not even consider it when you are on a budget. Simple fixes for your furniture can help you revive them in a way that is as good as new. DIY techniques sure do a lot of help.


6. Artificial Grass

Artificial grass has been debated on whether it is the most cost-effective product for your backyard. It would seem that although, artificial turf is quite expensive, it is a long term investment for your backyard. It doesn’t need any watering or gardening maintenance cost, neither will it get withered nor get rooted out. The recent development has included polymers and nylons which make this artificial turf look very close to the real grass.

Sarah x

I love coming across cute home ware websites, this one also does clothes and they have the cutest cat items!

Kittens cushion


I love this design and I love how it is two cats as we have two cats that are best friends and are inseparable so it reminds me of them. I think the bow feature is so cute. The cushion is a good size and a neutral colour scheme so would go with any colour scheme.

  • Dark grey base fabric
  • 40% wool felt
  • Applique embellishment
  • Velcro back
  • Comes with cushion pad / inner (polyester filler)
  • Measures approx 35cm in diameter


Claudette cat t-shirt


This t shirt is so so comfy and a great oversized fit. I love light grey clothing and it looks great with leggings. It is so cute but not too in your face. The bow is super cute too. I went for a M so it would be longer.

  • Grey marl T-shirt
  • Loose fitting silhouette
  • Round neck with rib trim
  • Short, rolled up sleeves
  • Cat embroidery / applique
  • Light green bow detail
  • Machine washable
  • 100% cotton


  • Small = UK 8-10
  • Medium = UK 12-14
  • Large = UK 16-18
  • X Large = 18-20
  • XX Large = UK 20-22

Bright side cushion


This cushion is so bright and cheerful. I love the contrast of the bright colours on the black cushion. It will certainly brighten up any room!

  • Black base fabric
  • 40% wool felt
  • Applique embellishment
  • Velcro back
  • Comes with cushion pad / inner (polyester filler)
  • Measures approx 40cm x 40cm

Have you heard of this website before?

They have such a great range of home ware, gifts, clothing and also bags! Really worth checking out 🙂

Sarah x

This wooden photo holder from Harty’s is so cute and would make a great gift, especially with Mother’s Day coming up. They have a great range of wooden gifts, suitable for everyone and for any occasion.

The photo holder I have is the Solid Mercanti Wood one. It is great for only £12 or you can choose to have it personlised for a couple of extra £s. The one I have is the “Happy Times” engraved one.

The quality is fab and the engraving is so neat. It is finished nicely and is smooth to hold so you don’t have to worry about it scratching the surface of wherever you put it.

I am impressed on the size of it as it will hold multiple photos. I am using it to hold photos I have taken on my Polaroid camera at Christmas. If you gave it someone as a gift you could also give them some photos to use with it 🙂

Sarah x

Its that time of year where it is perfectly acceptable to have candles burning all the time and all over the house! I find with candles they can often be hit or miss, they can smell nice the whole time they burn or they can smell good when you first light them and then they lose the scent. I find it important to try and find a good quality candle that will smell good right until the very end! My favourite one right now is this grapefruit and Seville orange from visibly vegan.

I love the simple packaging as I am not keep on coloured candles, this way you can have it in any room in the house and not have to worry if it matches your colour scheme if you have one. It smelt great when I initially got it out the box and it is so lovely once you start burning it. I have been burning it every day and it is about a third of the way down now and still smells as great as when I first opened the box so I am really impressed. It fills the room with the beautiful scent and I love how long it is lasting.

If you buy one through www.visiblyvegan.co.uk and use code tradem18 you can get £5 off 🙂

What is your favorite candle?

Sarah x

I love AnuUK products, I have had a couple of their candles before and the scents were so beautiful and the candles such great quality. I have been trying out the essential oil burner which I think is so beautiful and was only £22. They have such a great range of oil blends to use in the oil burner too which you can pick up from £5.

I am really into meditating recently and trying to create a calm atmosphere in our bedroom to relax before going to sleep. I have found that burning candles or using an oil burner has really helped. You can get so many great oil blends that help to calm you as the scent is released into the air.

It is as simple as lighting a tealight underneath and then placing water and dropping the oil into the top bowl. If you find that you fall in love with a scent then you can also get the ceramic diffuser to put in your car or hang up in another room or somewhere. I think this is a super cool idea and have never seen anything like it before.

The scents:


The scent: Fresh lavender fields, herbal

The energy: calming, relaxing, connecting


The scent: forest walks, fresh air, connection to nature

The energy: grounding, supporting


The scent: Fresh, herbal

Consistency: Light


The scent: Sharp, herbal, fresh

Consistency: Light

You can of course mix the scents together, my favourite one has to be opulence with a bit  of lavender added.

Have you used an oil burner before? Do you have a favourite scent?

This would make a great Christmas gift 🙂

Sarah x