This May bank holiday weekend is the perfect time to refresh your home for spring, and I’ve joined Nectar in their Home & Living Bank Holiday Restoration Challenge – decluttering my home and giving it a new, fresh look!
Have you considered what you might be able to achieve on a budget? Redecorating an area of your home needn’t cost the earth. In fact, you might even be able to transform a room using just your Nectar points! Like many of us, I’ve been collecting Nectar points but haven’t quite figured out how to spend them. But it turns out you can spend your points at Dulux, eBay, Argos, Sainsbury’s Home and Photobox – oh, and you’ll earn even more points in the process!
So, how many points have you got sitting and doing nothing on you Nectar card? And when was the last time you went online to see what you could get for your points? Maybe you have enough points to treat yourself to a new vase? Or what about some lovely new bedding? Or perhaps even a coffee table or other item of furniture? You could even do a little DIY project – and whatever you buy through Nectar, you’ll still get the Nectar points for shopping!
To spend your points, pop over to Nectar Home & Living and get your Nectar card in front of you (you’ll need that long card number in a minute). Pick the brand you’d like to spend you points and you’ll be redirected to the brand page on the Nectar website, for example eBay’s page. Then just click on “get voucher” and it’ll ask to link you eBay to your Nectar card, then swap your points into eBay credit!
And aside from spending points, you can also collect more points from other shops – for example, collect 2 points for every £1 spent at Wayfair and Debenhams, and collect 4 points for every £1 spent at House of Fraser or Laura Ashley.
Right, with the nitty gritty bit out of the way, now for the fun stuff! Ready to see my transformation?
For the Bank Holiday Renovation Challenge I picked my living room as it’s the area of my home that we spend the most time, but I feel that it has slowly been piling up with ‘stuff’. On top of general clutter, we also had a large ottoman / footstool which was much too big for the space and made the room looked cramped and dark. See what I mean?
It barely gives you room to walk!
Using my Nectar points, I bought a glass coffee table on eBay that I knew would help make the room look lighter and brighter.
To start my spring clean I took a picture of every angle of the room – I find that this is a really helpful way of showing you what doesn’t look right, as we can often become blind to our own mess! I then pretty much emptied the room and only put back 70% of the items one by one (giving each one a good clean). The 30% that didn’t make the cut either went into other rooms, or the local charity shop, or on a pile to put up on eBay!
I also budgeted £50 for accessories for the coffee table – including two coffee table books, a candle holder, a vase of faux flowers and some modelling clay for a DIY project!
Already the room was looking a lot lighter and brighter and spring-like, with more light flowing through and with the pretty pink flowers. All that was left to do was a little DIY project to inject a little bit of fun and personality! As I love Kelly Wearstler’s home accessories (but can’t quite afford them), I attempted making my own pair of gold legs from the modelling clay, and painted them with a marker pen!
With plenty of modelling clay left, I also made a little vase with frill edging.
What do you think?
What could you buy with your Nectar points?
Enter the #HomeWithNectar competition by uploading your DIY drama or home improvement photo here for the chance to win up to 100k points (equivalent to £500) and a home partner prize.
This post is sponsored by Nectar but all words, views, opinions and pictures are my own.