Anyone else ever wish they could have a wedding registry do over!? Like I look at some things in our house that I know were purchased off our registry and I think, what the what? My taste and style has evolved so much even in just 5 years. However, I’ve appreciated the journey. You cannot knock the design of your home out of the park on your first try. NO, No, no you have to try every DIY project on Pinterest, purchase too much chevron, paint and hang shit all over your walls before you get it. Once you’ve started collecting things you love, you’ll too begin your home decor inventory and will literally be able to “shop your home.” Then let the editing and tweaking of things in your home begin to get to the part of enjoying your home.
(Who am I kidding the editing and tweaking of your home never ends.)
With that said, I’ve compiled a list of things that I love because they are so versatile and have been used in multiple rooms and spaces in our home. This is also a great list if you are registering for your wedding.
Baskets. So I didn’t completely bomb our wedding registry. I did use some of our Target gift cards to buy 3 large square baskets and I still love them. Since then, they’ve been moved all over our house. Currently, one is in the living room holding folded blankets, one in the boys’ room for toys and the other in the kitchen to hold things we need to return and deal with. Baskets are such a great way to give everything a place.
Blankets. I did not register for ONE blanket when we got married. I told one of my best friends not to make that same mistake, otherwise you’ll be living with fleece tie blankets from junior high and your husband’s sports team blankets to keep you warm. I luckily had a grandma who loved crocheting afghans and we have a few sprinkled throughout the house that are much more sentimental.
Vases/Pitchers. I have 2 white ceramic pitchers from Target that are always housing a floral arrangement of some kind and have yet to actually dispense liquid. However, they would also come in handy for dinner parties and entertaining.
Mirrors. Having a few mirrors around to create little vignettes above dressers, buffets or in a corner with a chair are so helpful. My current favorite is this affordable round brass mirror from Target, it can literally be hung in any room of our home.
Picture frames. Consider parting with some of your picture frames from your grade school, high school and college years and invest in some decent ones. Decent doesn’t have to mean expensive. Mix materials. Thin frames in wood, black and brass are a perfect combination. Try to purchase the majority of your pictures frames with matting, it gives the look of art and a more professional style than pictures that are framed without.
Dressers/Furniture. Don’t fall down the rabbit hole of always buying new. Keep a running list of things you wish to have for your home and visit thrift and antique stores frequently. Most of the furniture in our house is hand me downs or vintage pieces. There is no comparison to the quality of vintage wood furniture to today’s pieces for the price. Keep your standards somewhat high when considering furniture, even to repaint. I always make sure the piece is sturdy, the drawers actually glide and it’s not dinged up laminate.
The biggest advice I can give for decorating your home and pulling things together is to be patient. Take your time and be choosy about the pieces you bring into your home. Really think hard about what YOU love and the pieces that speak to you. Bringing those kinds of pieces into your home will never steer you wrong. Check out a few of my current affordable favorites below!
I can’t wait to share another styling post with you all! XOXO