It’s the most wonderful time of the year, readers! Its Christmas time! So, grab a cup of coffee and allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Austin May. I am a proud momma to four adorable children and a wife to an amazing man for almost 9 years. I grew up in Germantown, Tenn.; love dainty gold jewelry; and would much rather wear yoga pants and a cute graphic tee than dress up any day! Coffee and donuts are my love language and I almost always have a candle or two lit throughout our home.
If I had to explain my style in just a few words, I would say it is simplistic, homey, farmhouse-inspired with a modern twist and very budget-friendly. Now, let’s dive right in and talk all things decor!
1. What is your style?
Before you even begin decorating any space, come up with at least three words that describe your personal style. When you can articulate what your personal style is, you will be able to better articulate how to decorate a specific space.
2. If you do not love it, do not decorate with it.
I always tell people this. Do not use it just because it will fill a space. Even if that means a space or wall might possibly be empty for a time, be okay with it. Wait and save for that one thing you’ve had your eye on or plan to build or create that project that you know you can do yourself even if it takes a little time and elbow grease.
3. Use greenery.
Whether it’s living greenery or fake greenery, use all things greenery! Do not be afraid to bring the outdoors inside. A live indoor plant near a window with the bottom potted portion inside a wicker basket is a no fail way to decorate with greenery inside your home (just don’t forget to water it!). You can also go the fake no-fail route (my personal favorite) and find adorable smaller-scale greenery at HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls. Some of my favorite places to use smaller greenery is in the restroom, throughout shelving or built-ins and in the middle of a kitchen table or a kitchen island. Using greenery adds color, adds texture and brings the outside indoors, which is key when decorating a space.
4. On the big stuff, go neutral.
It is always better on bigger items (i.e. walls, area rugs, furniture) to err on the side of neutral than it is to go bold. When you go bold with large items like a busy area rug or decide to paint a large portion of your walls a bright color, oftentimes it is very unforgiving throughout the space and on your budget. It’s much easier and oftentimes less expensive to change out bold smaller decor items such as throw pillows or a gallery wall. When you go more neutral, it makes it much easier when you do decide to change out decor or move your current decor around.
5. Don’t be scared, choose Goodwill.
Goodwill is one of my VERY FAVORITE places to find farmhouse-inspired decor. We are lucky enough to have a Goodwill Outlet about fifteen minutes from our home, and y’all, it is cheap–like clothes are $1.45 per lb. cheap! The decor is super cheap as well. When shopping at Goodwill, here are a few staples that I always keep my eyes open for:
- Old books: Old books are pivotal when creating farmhouse style throughout your home. When decorating built-ins or shelving, they are my go-to first “layer” of decor to build off of.
- Wicker baskets/anything wicker or twig like: Baskets can be expensive so always look through the wicker section at Goodwill. I also love to find antique rolling pins and twig wreaths to decorate with throughout our home.
- Lamps: Big, little, round or skinny–lamps are key when trying to achieve a homey feel throughout your home.
- Beds: I have scored several awesome chippy antique headboards and footboards at our local Goodwill that are perfect, especially in children’s bedrooms. Finding these at Goodwill saves you a lot of money!
- Chippy ladders or old doors: Both of these ooze farmhouse style. When you find one, buy it. In most antique stores currently, either one of these can break the bank, so if you ever find one at a Goodwill, consider it a lucky find.
6. Have decor that tells a story.
Each family has a story. Use decor that shares that story. It might be an heirloom piece from your great grandmother or a gallery wall of family photos from different places your family has traveled together. For me, it’s the number six. I love having the number six in different places throughout our home to represent the number of people that make up our family. Whatever decor it might be that tells a story, use it. It will make your space incredibly special and inviting for your family and for your guests.
Thanks so much for reading and I sure hope this information is helpful and encouraging as you begin your decorating adventure or as you continue decorating and striving to achieve making your house your home.
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