DINING ON A BUDGET

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With the weather starting to warm up and the entertaining season now in full swing, I thought it was time to freshen up our dining ware at home. After renovating our kitchen, I decided it was the perfect time to have a clean out (easier said than done!) but I’ve managed to consolidate endless cupboards of ‘stuff’ into a well organised and efficient kitchen! My system was based on only keeping the things we (a) loved, (b) used frequently and then (c) throwing  anything out which had been busy collecting dust for the last 5 years!

So with a fresh new interior to work with, I decided to head to the shops with an empty trolley and leave with some goodies I’d be proud to show off. One step inside the new Target store at Chadstone and I knew I wasn’t going to leave empty handed. It felt like I was shopping in a department store, with aisles filled with beautifully merchandised products that I just wanted to take home. So I headed straight for the dining section and filled my trolley with some heavenly shades of aqua (because I’m slightly obsessed at the moment)!

If you’ve been following the blog for a little while, you’ll know just how much I love styling a home without spending a fortune to do so. I love finding a bargain and layering them in with good investment pieces. Whilst you might spend a little more on your dining table and chairs, decorating and setting the table can be done with a few affordable goodies. I picked up some great pieces from Target, including the cutest blue tumblers for $12 (for a set of 4), placemats for $2 each, plates and bowls from $3 and the list goes on. I left with an overflowing trolley and a happy bank balance at the end of it.

Just add some delicious food, great wine and a bunch of good friends and this is one happy little setting for dinner.

Have you visited the new Target store at Chadstone? x

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The Shopping List-

Ocean Blue Tumblers $12 (set of 4)

Tropical print cushion $25

– Aqua placemats $2 each (instore)

– Lisa T pink stripe cannister (instore)

Canteen Aqua cereal bowl $5

– Aqua side plate $3 (instore)

Ice cream cups $15 (set of 4)

Aqua teatowels $10 (set of 3)

– Aqua & white bowls (set of 3) $15 (instore)

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