British Heart Foundation tasks designers with £500 charity shop makeover challenge

Interior design experts were challenged to create an entire room using only items from the charity stores

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British Heart Foundation tasked four pairs of leading interior designers and upcyclers to create a whole room scheme for under £500, in just 10 hours, and only using products found in their local store. 

The experts were challenged to create a living room, bedroom, children’s bedroom and dining room in a bid to show how easy and inexpensive it can be to give your home a seasonal overhaul.  

So why not be inspired by these beautiful, bargain transformations and give your home a quick and low-budget refresh this autumn? Not only will you be saving a fortune (with sofas from just £95!) and creating a truly unique look, but you'll also be helping to raise money for life-saving research into heart disease, stroke, vascular dementia and diabetes. 

We think the results are pretty impressive...

1. Cosy living room

Celebrity interior designer and upcycler Max McMurdo and assistant Phillip Ely transformed this bare brick-effect wall into a rustic living room with wooden furniture, a statement inky blue wall and on-trend geometric and animal prints.

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cosy living room with blue wall, a rocking chair, animal print rug and geometric cushions

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2. Stylish master bedroom

Forward Features duo David White and Mark Russell turned these bare walls into a cosy main bedroom. We especially love the rattan chair, fabric wall hanging and classic dressing table, brightened with an abundance of indoor plants. 

Interior design experts before pic

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bedroom with indoor plants, a rattan chair, traditional rug and wooden furniture

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3. Playful children's room

Sharp & Simpson’s Micaela Sharp and design partner Beth Clancy created a pretty and playful child's bedroom, complete with a cloud-shaped headboard, cosy rugs and even a teepee.

before pic of a plain blue painted wall

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children's bedroom with teepee, cloud bed, patterned rug and full length mirror

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4. Traditional dining room

Interior Style Hunter’s Grant Pierrus and design friend Girl About House (aka Sarah Mailer) transformed this empty space into grand dining room with solid wood furniture, emerald greens and stand-out artwork to become a focal point. 

before pic of white plain walls

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dining room with wooden furniture and statement artwork

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Linda Barker, interior design expert and TV presenter says, 'British Heart Foundation stores are a real treasure trove of hidden gems and a great place to get inspired when giving your home a fresh new look.'

So head to you local store, think creatively, and share your British Heart Foundation style using #BoughtatBHF to spread the joy of upcycling!