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If I had to choose one of my top ways to change up your decor it would be to update your throw pillows. Throw pillows are to me like stuffed animals are to kids – you can never have enough. But buying new throw pillows every season can be expensive. Instead, swap out your throw pillow covers! I’ve rounded up some of the best throw pillow covers on Amazon below. Click the links or thumbnail photos to shop.
If you frequent the Target Dollar Bin, you’re familiar with the throw pillows they have every season. I keep those and just buy new throw pillow covers to update them. (I find the 18×18 cover to be best). Or you can also invest in a nice set of throw pillow inserts.
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I love the way our house looks in the fall. I personally don’t think you can ever have too many pumpkins or mums. Below I’m sharing some photos of our fall front porch and giving you some tips on how to make your pumpkins last longer.
As always, click the thumbnail photos or links at the bottom of the post to shop.
This year I chose to add lots of heirloom pumpkins in muted tones along the stairs. (Be sure to watch my video below showing you how to make these gems last longer!). I also got traditional cornstalks and placed them in some black urns. (Tip – put some rocks in the bottom of the urn to add weight so they don’t tip over).
Instead of doing a traditional fall wreath, I opted for this door basket from Lauren McBride’s QVC line. I added in some faux flowers and some of my own dried hydrangeas. I love that you can keep this up year ’round and just switch out the flowers with the change of the seasons. This basket is currently unavailable (I’m hoping it comes back soon!!!), but I’ve linked a similar one on Amazon at the end of the post.
Every year I get mums for our front porch and every year they’re dead in two weeks time. This year I switched up my game and got these faux mums from QVC. They are a little more on the expensive side but I look at them as an investment you can use year after year. They come in a variety of colors and are super easy to put together. They always sell out so be sure to get them now!
I had found these solar powered lanterns at Aldi in the beginning of summer. We had them on our back deck but I brought them out front to add a soft glow to our steps. I’m linking a similar set below.
Here is a quick video showing you how to make your pumpkins last longer
My first home decor project of the new year. My living room refresh is up on the blog. We spend a great deal of time in our living room. It’s the center of our home. But with two boys and a dog, it gets alot of wear and tear. As much as I want our home to be aesthetically pleasing, we also live in our space. So practicality, functionality and materials that can be easily washed are essential.
Here are some of my tips for giving your living room a refresh.
And as always, you can shop the post by clicking on the links throughout.
1.) Switch out your accent colors. It’s a known fact I love to decorate with neutrals. Whites, creams and grays never go out of style. We painted the walls in all of our common areas “Alabaster White” by Sherwin Williams. I like to keep my furniture and decor neutral so that you can then just switch out different color accent pieces when you want to change things up. I love pairing blues/greens with neutrals for a calming yet bright feel. Add some turquoise glass jars or vases and some greenery. Here are some of favorites below.
2.) Add or replace your curtains – changing your curtains can really change the look of your room.
This was our living room BEFORE with the original sheer white curtains that were leftover from our previous home.
This is our living room currently with new curtains. Rather than buying new curtains, I used two dropcloths. Look at what a difference it makes. Stay tuned for a tutorial coming soon!
3.) Switch out your pillows – You can never go wrong with too many throw pillows. It’s the easiest way to switch up your decor and change it for the seasons. I used to just buy a bunch of different throw pillows. But then I got smart and invested in a few nice pillows and now just switch out the pillow covers.
4.) Add or replace your rug – An area rug can really warm up a space. Our original rug was from Wayfair and I loved it! But being that it was in a high traffic area, I wanted one that I could clean easily. Enter Ruggable – rugs that are waterproof, machine washable, and easily interchangeable. On Black Friday, I purchased this one from Ruggable. It comes with a non-slip pad and a washable rug cover – life changing!
5.) Update your wall hangings or photos – Just changing a few of your wall hangings or switching out your photos can change the look of your space. I added this arched mirror above our end table. I linked a few of my favorites below.
If you’ve been on instagram (click here to follow me on intagram) or pinterest I’m sure you’ve seen those really big black and white photos you can do of your kids. They are also called “engineer prints” and I have been wanting to do them for my two boys for awhile now. I typically don’t decorate with many pictures throughout our home but I thought these were a fun way to add some personality to a room.
Here are my tips for DIY engineer prints of your kids:
1.) Start with a plain background. I chose a blank white wall in my house and used that as my backdrop. This will make your subject (in this case your child) pop.
2.) You’re gonna want to use a quality camera. Because these are engineered prints, if you were to use the camera on your phone, the picture is going to come out very pixelated. Using a camera will keep your image clear.
3.) Do some editing. I like to use the Lightroom App to brighten my photos. And then I made them black and white.
4.) Get them printed. I had these printed at Staples for like $3.50 each. (They are 24×36 inches)
5.) Frame them. I chose these white frames from Amazon. But if you’re hanging them on a lighter wall I think a dark brown or black frame would look good.
Now for my next project … convincing the hubs to whitewash this knotty pine to modernize it a bit. What do you think?