I stress about entryway tabletop displays big time. It’s the first thing people see when they walk in your house, and in a way, it sets the tone and mood of the whole place. I want my space to feel clean, subtle, and uncluttered, so I need an entryway that reflects those things. My canvas is a simple chest I painted white that I found in my aunt and uncles storage unit. Gotta love hand me downs. And relatives. First priority for me was a good looking lamp that’s not too big or small for the chest (I got this at a consignment shop for $30, swear to god). And since I can’t resist displaying a book, I chose one with a very sleek and minimalist cover (also it helps that it’s called simplicity haha). A small painting offsets the lamp and adds some balance and symmetry. An absolute must is my favorite candle of course which is Nest in “Bamboo”. It’s the perfect scent. Not to flowery, not too musty, not too strong, but just right. There’s nothing worse than a strong candle in a scent that can easily offend…eww. The final touch is the flexible one – any object, depending on the season and my mood. The photos below are my entryway done three ways, swapping only one item. Minimal effort, achieveing three very different looks. How easy is that?
First I chose a succulent mix (duh) which gives things a little color splash and a lively vibe. Next I arranged a tall vase with long sticks. I love bringing the outdoors in, especially in this case – it feels big and rustic and natural, but it doesn’t take over, and isn’t too distracting. The most sleek and safest of all would probably be a good looking glass vase, this one is Juliska Berry & Thread. It’s timeless, simple, and elegant. Clean, classic, calm, vibes. That’s the impression I’d like to give. Probably because in reality I’m messy and full of anxiety….🤷🏼♀️.
Side note – I told you I have way too much bright white happening everywhere.
Throw pillows can instantly make even the most blah piece of furniture or room look stylish, fun, and more alive. I put them anywhere I can. I love mixing colors, textures, solids, and patterns. I’m admittedly more of a plain Jane so I tend to gravitate toward pillows that aren’t super bright or busy, even though I love them. I’m working on it though! I’m constantly rearranging my pillows, from the sofas, chairs, the bench, and anywhere else I can get away with it. It’s pretty much a constant rotation depending on my mood, and it’s one of my favorite things to do when I’m bored. So gather all your pillows in a pile and play around with different mixes and options. Have a super fugly pillow? Get a plain cover in a good neutral color and mix it in with some more detailed ones. Simple solids tend to ground and offset the chaos of differing patterns and textures, which instantly makes the room look a little calmer, in my opinion.
Side note – for cute pillows on the affordable side try the Nate Berkus line at Target. Lots of fun patterns and textures in neutral and natural palettes. Home Goods also has rows and rows of every variety and color. If you are feeling wild and want to splurge, try Furbish Studio or Biscuit Home. They are basically throw pillow heaven.
Stools are the greatest. They are so versatile. They can be the perfect small accent to a bigger piece of furniture or a room that’s missing a little something. Oh and I guess you can also sit on them. This stool pictured used to be in my bathroom so I could sit and blow dry my hair and read magazines (lazy girl tricks) and then push it under my sink when I’m not using it. I decided to convert it to a side table. It’s the perfect size to offset any furniture without being too overwhelming. Also the perfect size for a small vase of peonies! So next time you’re in the market for a small side table, don’t forget about these little guys – plus, often times they are cheaper than tables, which rules. The one pictured is from Target, my ride or die for everything in my life, and the ceramic vase is Pottery Barn.
Side note – this means I have to blow dry my hair standing up now, so we will see how long I will stand for that before taking it back to my bathroom…
I tend to be non-committal (hence my fear of color), so over the years I noticed I’ve accumulated a lot of plain white things. I love white. Absolutely love, don’t get me wrong. But after moving into a house with white walls that I’m too lazy and overwhelmed to even think about painting a different color, it dawned on me that there is such a thing as too much white. Not to mention, going all white is complicated. It requires the right shades and mixing of textures, and a lot of other things I clearly missed the mark on once I pooled my furniture and accessories together in my new place. It looked like I went mental and spray painted every surface and item I own flat white. It did not look calm and airy or modern, it looked unfinished, sterile and dingy. I was in desperate need of contrast. I impulsively decided to paint my coffee table, a pair of nesting tables, and two lamps black. I’m actually pleased with the results. Too much of anything is never a good thing right? Well I can think of a few things, but still….The table lamp you see comes from Pottery Barn. The TV remote holder on the coffee table is from Target. The small white and grey vase is World Market. The standing lamp and coffee table were great finds in Roundtop, TX. And the large serving bowl is Juliska Berry & Thread.
I have this inner hoarder that loves to collect unnecessary little items I think are cute. I must have gotten it from my mom, who has tiny little pairs of all kinds of shoes all over her house. Entryway table, by the kitchen sink, in the powder room, on top of a stack of books – all over the place. I always thought it was totally regular and almost unnoticeable until a friend of mine commented on it one day. So I have a thing for all things cute and tiny obviously, but in particular – little bowls and dishes, and small buddhas. I used to save all my issues of Vanity Fair – I like the way the black and white spines look on a book shelf, but then I saw this episode of Hoarders that scared the sh*t out of me and convinced me that’s where I was heading so I threw them all out. I sort of regret it. So the struggle is real for keeping things uncluttered and displaying collections, but it can be done. If you love an object I think you should display it. And if you’ve got a thing for something, build your collection. These items are happy makers. And homes need all the happy makers they can get.
Side Note – For accent bowls, trays, and dishes, Anthropologie is pretty much heaven. Other goldmines I frequent are World Market, Tuesday Morning (I swear they have amazing dishes), West Elm, and various boutiques around Houston. Definitely not into being pretentious with any decor, but particularly my knick knacks – that’s super lame.
So I’m a book lover – big, small, new, and old. I have amassed many over the years, and never plan on stopping. They make me happy, display my interests, and there are so many ways to incorporate them into home design. Not to mention, decorating with books is a super budget friendly way to amp up your decor. Most people probably think in order to be eye catching they must abide by certain rules such as size and color similarity. I disagree. I think they are eye catching no matter what. I do love visual symmetry, but there’s something charming about the imperfect look of all sizes and colors. As you’ll come to find out, I’m sort of afraid of color, so my books serve as that “pop of color” people talk about. I love the way book covers look, and sometimes I take off the paper cover to see if it looks even cooler uncovered. Whichever floats my boat more. From living room shelves, coffee tables, fireplaces, side tables, to brightening up your kitchen, books are the best way to add a personal and stylish touch to any room.
Side note – books can be expensive, I know. That’s why I heavily rely on hand me downs, book gifting, and Half Price Books. Half Price Books is the best unkept secret in the world. If you’ve never been, GO. Like, yesterday. I think I could spend 147 hours there just perusing. I swear I’d work there for free just to hang out if they’d let me.
Maggie. I’m obsessed with interior decorating, especially with things I already have and/or items that don’t break the bank – Let’s be real, I can’t go around buying expensive antiques or big, cool art so I have to get creative. Things I’m also obsessed with: books, impulsively rearranging things, estate sales, diy projects that aren’t too aggressive (power tools? No thank you.), browsing decor on the internet I don’t plan on actually buying, cactus plants, neutral palettes, mixing old and new, photographs, drawing and painting – especially tiny pictures of plants and furniture, peonies and ranunculus, lamps and light fixtures, cool front doors, things that are pretty and/or dainty, and of course tiny succulents. Oh and also my dog, Rory. It’s almost embarrassing. I draw my inspiration from everyday things, nature (and by that I mean my backyard or the local nursery – I do live in Houston after all), books, boutiques and restaurants, houses, and home decorating blogs, to name a few. But wait – disclaimer: I’m not cool enough to talk about decorating with any sort of authority, nor do I think I am. Trust me. But I love the idea of an outlet for my creativity and neurosis, and being able to share random things that make me happy along with decor ideas I love. I think I’m probably relatable to a few people out there in my ongoing struggle with budget and love of decorating (first world problems, I know). Also I’m tired of trying to talk to my poor husband about things like lamp shades, hallway benches, and nesting tables. It’s time to channel it elsewhere. Cheers!