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 Layla Al-Ani

Layla Al-Ani

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About Layla

I’m Layla, the home and garden editor, and I started working at MyVoucherCodes in November 2022. I have always loved to write, especially after getting my degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, and since getting my own place, I’ve gotten stuck into all things home and garden.

When I’m not writing about saving money on homely purchases, I’m either sitting with my head in a new book, painting a piece of art for my walls, or binge-watching an interior design programme on Netflix. I love to get inspiration and transform my space, usually with the help of a few Pinterest boards and a couple of tins of paint.

Why am I the Home and Garden editor?

Home improvement and interior design have always been a passion of mine. As a teenager, you could find me on Sims 4 spending an embarrassing amount of time designing homes rather than playing the game. I’m also mad about home improvement TV shows and simply cannot resist jumping on new trends like painting arches and abstract shapes on my walls to create a bold focal point.

I’ve been a homeowner for almost two years now, which means I’ve learnt a lot about creating a space you’ll love and saving yourself some extra cash in the process. Moving out can be a bit of a shock to the system (and your bank account), so that’s why I love to share what I’ve learned about being smart with your money. Whether it’s scouting out the best deals, buying second-hand, or giving an old piece of furniture a lick of paint for a new lease of life, you don’t need to break the bank for your dream home.

My Top Saving Tip

My top tip for saving on home and garden goods is to buy second-hand. While a brand-new cream sofa sounds delightful, you’ll have to break the bank to get one. Buying second-hand furniture might mean a few nicks and scratches, but it’s nothing you can’t fix with a light bit of sanding or soft furnishings and accessories. That way, you’ll save yourself both money and energy spent trying to assemble a flat pack with irritatingly vague instructions.

What’s the best saving I’ve made?

When I first moved into my new place, I was on the hunt for a decent sofa, but soon realised that they were way out of my price range. So, I took to the good old Facebook marketplace. With a bit of scrolling, I found a second-hand, 3-seater sofa from John Lewis for only £150. I was gobsmacked and incredibly smug when I picked it up to find it was typically brand new.

My Favourite Retailers

Wayfair is a firm favourite of mine. You can often find me mindlessly scrolling on the Wayfair site in case there’s something that catches my eye. They have deals which are updated daily which means you could save on every purchase. Their rug section is my personal favourite where you can find high-quality rugs for that ultimate cosy feeling at prices you’ll love.

There’s nothing quite like a trip to IKEA. It’s a great day out if you’re feeling like transforming your space or freshening things up with a new console table. You’ll be able to find inspiration left, right, and centre. IKEA is also great for finding affordable furniture that you can upcycle into something that looks far more expensive. You’d be surprised what a coat of paint and some new handles can do.

I can’t forget to mention B&Q - my favourite place for all of my DIY needs. B&Q is great for all things home and garden. Whether you’ve decided your bedroom would look ten times better with panelling, your lounge would look nicer with bright pink walls, or that it’s probably time to weed your garden and get some flowers out there, they’ll have everything you need, and at fantastic prices.

Articles by Layla

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12 Affordable Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean & Tidy

Make sure your home feels as fresh as a daisy with our top tips on how to clean your home without spending a penny.

By layla al-ani - Feb 20, 2024

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Decorating your Lounge on a Budget

If you're moving into a new home or fancy changing things up in your living space, sometimes it can be hard to know where to start. Check out these simple and affordable ways that you can enhance your lounge space on a budget.

By layla al-ani - Feb 15, 2024

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Mother's Day on a Budget - The Ultimate Guide

Save money this Mother's Day while giving mum the special day she deserves.

By layla al-ani - Feb 14, 2024

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How to Cut Costs When Buying Flowers

Make sure you get the most out of your flowers, whatever the occasion. From how to make them last, to making your own arrangements, read on to find out how to save.

By layla al-ani - Feb 09, 2024

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Level Up Your At-Home Pamper Nights on a Budget

Find out how you can level up your at-home pamper nights without spending a fortune.

By layla al-ani - Feb 06, 2024

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Non-Romantic Valentine's Day Activities on a Budget

Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day or Galentine's Day this year, read on for some affordable, alternative ideas that are just as fun minus the mush.

By layla al-ani - Feb 05, 2024

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Cutting Costs on Jewellery

The cost of buying jewellery, whatever the occasion, can quickly add up. Check out our handy ideas on how you can still give someone the perfect gift without costing a fortune.

By layla al-ani - Jan 29, 2024

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The Ultimate Guide for Valentine’s Gifts on a Budget - gifts under £20

Wanting to show someone you love them without spending a fortune on Valentine's gifts? Read on!

By layla al-ani - Jan 09, 2024

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Alcohol Free Activities on a Budget

Whether you're taking part in Dry January or looking to lower your alcohol consumption for a healthier version of you, check out our article for fun and affordable activities that don't involve drinking.

By layla al-ani - Jan 05, 2024

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Self Care Activities on a Budget

It's important to take the time for yourself, whether it's having a bubble bath, going for a walk, or making a scrapbook. Read on to find out some affordable self-care activities that you are sure to love.

By layla al-ani - Dec 31, 2023

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Affordable Ways to Stay Warm This Winter

Don't let plummeting temperatures get you or your bank account down. Check out our handy tips and tricks on how you can stay warm this winter for a fraction of the cost.

By layla al-ani - Dec 20, 2023

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Last-Minute Christmas Activities on a Budget

The festive period is a busy time so if you've left things a little last minute, we've got you covered. Check out our inexpensive Christmas activities that you can enjoy with the whole family from the comfort of your home.

By layla al-ani - Dec 18, 2023

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Layla's favourite brands

 Jones Bootmaker  Serenata Flowers  Sephora UK  JD Williams  The Body Shop
 JoJo Maman Bebe  IKEA  Vitabiotics  Bensons for Beds  Radley
 The Range  Emma Bridgewater  Penhaligon's  Guess  Converse
 Boux Avenue  I Saw It First  MAC  Skin + Me  The House of Bruar

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