DIY with forward2me

Many of us feel the need for change at this time of year. Rather than scurrying about picking up twigs and fluff though, this manifests as a bit of spring cleaning for some of us, and completely redecorating for others. The latest magazines are studied for inspiration and paintbrushes, wallpaper stripper and odd bits of fabric begin to clutter the hallway. Mysterious splotches appear on the wall to be puzzled over and any sensible family pets run for cover...DIY disaster is impending!

Thankfully, you don’t need to spend hours trolling around DIY superstores anymore. There are many ways to get ideas and there are some great bargains to be had online. We’ve been shipping items from Laura Ashley, M&S and John Lewis recently to customers taking advantage of our UK forwarding address.

Are you a ‘choose colour first’ or a ‘find accessories first’ kind of person? Quite often, I fall in love with a cushion or a throw then realise nothing I have goes with it. Nonetheless, changing the curtains and cushions can be a good way to freshen up a room without major upheaval and it needn’t cost the earth. If you’re on a budget, have a look at the ranges from BHS and Argos. If you’re after something a little special, check out the luxury and designer styling available at Achica and Fashion for Home. There are some beautiful curtain fabrics and styles available from Hillary's . Dunelm Mill is also popular here in the UK.

Redecorating? If you’re a wallpaper enthusiast, this year’s themes fall into several categories including: botanical with delicate prints of flora and fauna, fifties with bold geometric designs, and classical featuring faded prints of landscapes and delicate chinoiserie flower motifs. Large, bold, floral prints are still popular too. Check out Graham and Brown and Wallpapers Direct for inspiration and if you’re looking for ideas for children’s rooms, Wilkinsons have a great selection including murals of most of the kid’s favourite characters - Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam among them. The bonus is that they are so reasonably priced that even if the little darlings fall out of love with their 'favourite' within a week of the paste drying, you won't have spent a fortune.

Are you tooled up and ready for action? If you’re doing it yourself, you’ll need a few bits and pieces. Overalls, brushes, spirit level, paint strippers and the latest DIY gadgets are available from most online retailers including argos and B&Q as well as MTS. Patience and determination are a bit harder to deliver, I’m afraid!

If the furniture you have no longer fits within the new scheme of things, remember that we can ship even really bulky items using our secure, tracked service. Take a look at Made for luxury, IKEA (if you haven’t already got one near you...) or furniture village for a range of contemporary ideas. Contact our customer services department if you have any questions.

If you’re content with a bit of a spring clean, check out our recent blog all about it. Good luck with the decorating – even if it’s only a cake!