Sarah Bowen - Spruce UpWelcome to Spruce Up!

I’m Sarah, a professional interior designer and the founder of the site!

I studied at the London School of Design and currently live just outside of London with my husband and 2 children. 

With over 10 years now spent in this industry, I’ve seen first hand how a beautifully designed space can bring joy and happiness to families. And let’s face it, 2020 only amplified the importance of a lovely home! 

I was thrown in at the deep end for my first few years as an interior designer, with 2008’s financial crash meaning homeowners had less money to spend on redecorating. I chose to adapt much of what I’d learned almost instantly, and started looking at budget-friendly ways to create a lovely space. Coupled with a cultural shift towards eco-friendly design, the idea for Spruce Up was born.

A tight budget is the first hurdle many homeowners and renters face when it comes to redecorating. It’s incredible how many people settle for below-par decor because they’re under the impression that a beautiful home is only for those with large amounts of cash to spare. I am determined to show people that this isn’t the case, and help them realise that they don’t need to settle for less than their dream interior!

I created Spruce Up with the aim of showing people that the perfect home on a budget is more than possible. This site is filled with DIY tips, budget-friendly solutions and eco-friendly picks to help you create a home you’re proud of. 

Over the years, I’ve only become more passionate about eco-friendly design. Reusing, recycling and upcycling can totally transform the space you live in. While purchasing expensive catalogue-worthy products certainly give us a rush, there’s nothing like the charm and charisma of an upcycled vintage piece – something you’ve sourced and made your own!

Fast forward a few years, and Spruce Up is a go-to for homeowners across the country looking to ‘spruce up’ their homes on a budget and without harming the planet. And as for me? I (try to!) balance my time between being a mother, running my interior design business and blogging about my passion. 

Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about me and the history of Spruce Up! Please take a look around, and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

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