It’s amazing what you can buy with a dollar, isn’t it? I don’t have dollar store close to me but when I go see my dermatologist, there are two things I do after my appointment. Go to Sonic, because they put NERDS in your drink, and go to the dollar store. Last time I was there I found rope in all kinds of pretty colors. So of course I bought a bunch. First thing I made with it were these rope planters. You can find the full tutorial over on Minted’s blog, Julep. You really should make some. I love the texture it gives the planter. Now if only I can remember to water these guys…
Marble is so hot right now. It’s totally classic and trendy at the same time and I want it on everything. But I don’t really have any money to spend on it. So I thought to myself, “Self. How can you get that look for less?” And I’m real smart. Plus I have a raging addiction to Amazon which lead me to the best marble product ever. And I figured out how to make this DIY tray with a faux marble look. You know you want one too.
I had so much fun making over my master bedroom and I totally didn’t break the bank. This space is 100% me and I was able to get a finished look that I loved without running all over town or stressing myself out. Here are my bedroom design resources in case you are looking to do a little refresh on your space.
My bed is truly my happy place. The rest of the room, however, was SO boring and dull! And since not many people, who enter your home, ever see this room, it’s often one that gets ignored. I finally decided that I needed to do a little makeover on the room to make it more inspiring and fit my personal style. I’m sharing the bedroom decorating ideas that I used to overcome some challenges in putting this room together and giving it a little more character.
For a really long time, I thought I had to choose just one style for my home decor. And I couldn’t! I would read magazines and tear out a page and think, “I’m totally Hollywood Regency.” Then I’d come across another look and be like, “I’m straight-up boho.” So I never decorated. Until I had a clear vision, I wasn’t going to spend any money on furniture or decor items. So our house was always very plain. And didn’t reflect my husband and I at all. But the older I get, I realize that I don’t fit in to one style. And that is awesome. I’m totally comfortable with who I am and my personal style doesn’t need to please anyone but my husband and I. And slowly our house has started to feel like a home.
Slowly my husband and I have started to decorate our living room. We are in a rental home so our hands are tied with really making it our own in terms of construction. Our decor all has to be done with furniture and decorative pieces. The last piece of furniture that I was dying to change was the TV stand. We got this one for our wedding. Nothing says romance like a TV stand, am I right? I loved it way back then. But when we had kids, we had to remove the handles since they were sharp and they, somehow, never made it back on. And thanks to having two boys, who love video games, the see-through doors make the mess totally visible. Fail.
But then this Sauder furniture piece came in to my life. And my heart and eyes are SO happy! At first I worried that the woods in my house wouldn’t match. Or that the style would be too different to go with my other pieces (note: the grey cabinet is also Sauder and you can see more ways that I have used it here and here). But then I reminded myself that not following “rules” is awesome. And I’m pretty in love with this credenza. It’s about the same size as our last credenza but just a touch higher. It fits in the space really well and the wood tone goes really well with all the color and wood in the room.
This credenza has SO much storage and is really well thought out. We (and by we I mean my kids) always lose the Apple TV remote so I’m grateful for this drawer that is hidden behind the center door. My kids know that it HAS to go back in this drawer or they won’t be getting the privilege of using it any more. It has worked great! And the Wii fits perfectly in here as well. I’m so glad that doesn’t sit out anymore. Our cable box will go in the bottom of this cupboard just as soon as we can find an infrared eye that works with our cable system. It’s time to hide that cable box. It’s SO not decorative.
Hiding the cable box let me actually add a little style to the top of the credenza. This is where my personal style really comes through. I think you should display things that make you happy. I’m trying really hard to add more plants to our house. It really makes a room feel finished. And I’m trying really hard to remember to water them. Same thing with fresh flowers. I used to always think that I had to go buy a bouquet of fresh flowers from the market. But then I realized that all of our flowers were blooming and I could easily just walk out my front or back door to grab a couple of stems. It’s a really quick way to add some color. And I like all of the colors. I also love to set out a few vintage pieces, like this fish ashtray. It was my grandmothers and I smile every time I see it. Vintage pieces have character and also add a little bit of story to your decorating. And by adding the agate coasters, and marble tray and vase, I was able to layer in more elements that I love.
This pink plant stands is one of my favorite finds ever. It adds that pop of color that I love without making the room feel too pink, which I don’t think would fly with my husband and two boys. I’m finding the more neon the pink is, the more I love it.
Seating in our living room is dumb. Until recently, we only had the couch. Which meant that unless you sit on the side of the chaise lounge part, everyone faces the same direction which makes chit chatting really awkward. And not that we made a huge change, but we did add a chair. And I freaking love the chair. My husband’s friend did a collaboration with a company to create this chair in his signature color. Not only does it help out our seating predicament, but it adds even more color in to the room. And you just can’t go wrong with that white shag carpet. I love the texture it adds.
I love that I can restyle this little vignette from time to time to use other pieces that I love. I can easily change out the plants and flowers and even the candles. The artwork can be swapped out and would be a great spot to hang a framed piece of my kid’s art. But I doubt I will tire from this Just Be Cool print (remember you can download it here!). It’s just perfect.
Even though the credenza is far from plain, it does not overwhelm the space. It is the prefect piece for our living room. It has its own style but works well with all the other styles in the room. Sauder furniture doesn’t break the bank but you’ll be super impressed by how cool the designs are and the quality of the materials. It has become my go-to for affordable, stylish modern furniture.
But really the perfect home accessory is your family. My living room could be void of any furniture and as long as my family is with me, the room would be complete. How do you show your personality in your home decor?
The Sauder website is organized in a really user friendly way where you can search by style, color, etc. They also recently put a lookbook together featuring different bloggers and how they styled several pieces of Sauder furniture. Check out the lookbook to see how they infused their personal style in to their home decorating. It’s such a great tool!
You know I love to share my favorite products and companies with you and Sauder is one of them. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow me to do what I do. Follow Sauder on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook. Search #PutTogether to see all the other great looks from this campaign.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.
I’m so excited to announce that I have another printable for you today!! This phrase, “Just be cool,” is something we say a lot in my family. This is what I tell the boys when they are getting crazy. It’s what I tell them when we talk about how you should treat people. It’s like a new school way of the “do unto others…” saying. And it is also what I’ve been feeling in regards to the blog lately. You remember my goal setting post from Monday? Well, when I start to get all overwhelmed by my to-do list or the gigantic task of figuring out a new name, I tell myself, “Just be cool.” And it totally calms me down. I thought it might be something that you needed in your life right now as well. It doesn’t really mean dress better, or like cooler things than everybody else (although if that is a goal of yours, that totally works!) It just means settle down.
I’ve been trying to work with more bloggers, who I’ve met over the years. So for this one, I reached out to Sarah of Sarah Hearts. I truly admire her graphic design skills and when I asked her to create this printable from me, I basically gave her no instruction. And she sent over this FANTASTICALLY DESIGNED gorgeousness and my heart skipped a beat. It was better than I ever imagined it being! And I am so grateful for her willingness to partner with me on this. Blogging can sometimes be very individual, especially when you think in terms of being cooped up in a house hunched over a computer. So the fact that two bloggers can pair up from one sunny coast (me in Cali) to the other sunny coast, (Sarah in Florida) is so awesome.
Right now I have the Just be Cool Printable my hallway where my family can see it when we come out of our bedrooms. It’s a great reminder as we start each day and head out in to the world. And yes, that is a giant photo of my husband hanging on the wall. Thanks for asking.
And these Bougainvillea! So good. I have a tiny little patch of them in my backyard that I can see when I work at my “desk” (kitchen counter). But I think I’m going to start cutting them up and putting them in every room. I know I can’t be the only one with a thing for these hot pink flowers!
But I digress. I know the detail is hard to see in the other photos, but for serious, this print might be my favorite of all time. Sarah is my favorite. From the colors, to the overall feel of this, I’m in love. So just be cool. And go download the print.
Now go follow Sarah Hearts.
Yes, I can be bossy. :)