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!
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.