You may have forgotten what it's like to feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, or the lightest of breezes in your hair as you listen to the soft murmur of conversation and clinking glasses. Obviously, that feels like a world away from the constant drizzle, grey skies and soaring heating bills of the moment. But don't despair – spring really is just around the corner and, with it, the promise of a social life that doesn't require an umbrella.
With the cost of living ever-increasing, however, it's difficult to imagine how you might ready your home for a new, sunny season of entertaining, without spending everything you earn. Hosting can be expensive enough, let alone having to consider whether or not certain rooms in your house need a facelift.
Thankfully, there exists a place where you can find some of the loveliest homewares which don't carry an extortionate price tag.
While you might think of eBay as the perfect place to find that vintage designer bag you've had your eye on, or even to pick up some of the world's most in-demand trainers for less, you can also find some home treasures on its Home and Garden Outlet.
Banish all thoughts of worn furniture you'll have to upcycle yourself, however, as this is the place to find your favourite homeware brands at much more favourable prices. From glorious Swoon sofas to soft furnishings from The White Company to some of the most stylish furniture MADE has to offer, there are incredible savings to be found as you curate your dream home.
Whether or not you're a natural host, come spring you'll be desperate to show off your new space. And just think – with all that money you saved, you can afford to really push the boat out.