Home is where your heart barcart is. 😉
We are coming up on the one year anniversary of living in our townhouse and I thought it would be the perfect time for a little home tour. Over the past 12 months, my roomies and I have spent, splurge, repurposed and rearranged to our hearts content. Thanks to Stacey’s time working in the interior design industry and my inability to say “no, I shouldn’t buy that pillow,” we have developed quite the obsession, albeit unhealthy, with home décor.
Our style is slightly eclectic with poppy colors, a bit southern with blue and white accents, and all comfortable with cushy furniture and lots of pillows.
| tray: Target |
| xo pillow: Target |
| rabbits: Goodwill + box: Home Goods |
As much as I would like to furnish our townhome via Restoration Hardware, it’s absolutely not practical and so not affordable. So in hopes of inspiring you to tackle your next deco renovation, I’m sharing my two cents on where to splurge, where to save and when to repurpose.
Splurge on the pieces that you will get the most use out of. We spend a lot of time in our living room and love entertaining, so we knew those spaces would include our biggest spends. Stacey found her farmhouse table at Scott’s a few years back and even though at the time it was a pretty substantial purchase for a 23 year old, she hasn’t ever regretted it. It’s sturdy, fits 8 (sometimes 10!) and will probably follow her to first home when she’s married.
Our coffee table/ottoman was a great Overstock find and ended up being a “smaller” splurge thanks to a surprise sale. It serves as a comfy foot rest, a catch all for blankets and mags and with an added tray, a safe spot for drinks.
Rugs are like tires for your car. They’re expensive, you don’t really want to spend your paycheck on them but they are totally necessary. A large rug can change the entire mood of a room. It may not be at the top of your list, but it’s one of those things that people notice (without actually noticing). You know when you walk into a room and feel right at home but you can’t quite pin point what it is that you love? Look down, you’re probably standing on a fabulous rug.
Save on pillows, knick knacks, and coffee table books. Hit up Good Will (their book section is surprisingly great!), Home Goods, and the sale section at Anthro for those bookshelf fillers and ornamental pieces. Accessorizing is a process you can’t rush. Sometimes I’ll walk in Home Goods and not buy a thing, other times I walk in, fall in love with a lion with a gold crown and twenty other trinkets. Make small purchases over time and before you know it your home is stocked with unnecessary eclectic pieces that add character.
Throw pillows can be outrageously expensive or very affordable. Stay on the affordable side for this one, because they’re also the first piece to switch out when you want to refresh a space. Target is my jam when it comes to pillows. They are almost always under $25 and I never fill guilty about replacing them when the seasons change.
Repurpose hand-me-down furniture with some new upholstery or reuse old plates for wall décor. Take stock of what you have (and what your family has) and see where you can fit those items into your current space.
Ikea hacks are a twenty-something’s best friend. Their pieces are modern but comfortable, affordable but sleek and most of all plain enough for you to add a special touch.
Though our current place is a total upgrade from my previous one-bedroom Buckhead apartment, I still like to look back at my first Atlanta home every now and then.