Three Decorating Essentials Every Home Needs

Three Decorating Essentials Every Home NeedsThis post was sponsored by Ross Dress for Less

As we are decorating our new house, I always keep in mind the basics for what I feel creates a warm and comfortable home. Whether you are in your first home or your seventh, I believe there are three decorating essentials every home needs: authenticity, personality and flexibility.

Three Decorating Essentials Every Home Needs

First and foremost, your home should be authentic to you and your family.

By that I mean it’s essential that your home reflects what matters to you in this season of your life. When you start from a place of authenticity, you have a good compass or gauge for what to spend your hard earned money on. The good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice your sense of style to be authentic, even when you are on a modest budget!

Do you have a family? Perhaps you have young kids? Pets? Do you work from home? We have two dogs, so part of my authentic style in this season of our life is creating a very pet-friendly home. We’ve put comfy beds for our dogs in several rooms. Instead of risking that our home might end up looking like a dog kennel, we incorporate budget and pet-friendly items that fit right into the style of our space.

When I spotted this adorable dog bed at Ross, I knew that the pretty fabric pattern would not only would look amazing in our home, but our pups would LOVE IT, too! It was a decorating win-win. It was also a great price ($22). You can save 20%-60% at Ross on the same brands carried in department stores, so it makes it easier for home decor lovers like us to stay on budget.

Authenticity is always in style, so I believe you can definitely create a beautiful home layer by layer without breaking the bank.

Secondly, your home should show off your personality.

You’ll love your home the most when it reflects your personality. What colors inspire you? Which patterns make you happy? What is your story and what do you love to do? Sure, hand me downs save on the budget. But as you start to decorate your home, always incorporate some items you love even when you mix them with things you aren’t as in love with.

Three Decorating Essentials Every Home Needs

Find accessories that tell your story and show off everything that makes you YOU. These three pretty glass floats (also found at a great price at Ross) are not only on-trend, but they remind me of my childhood every time I see them. We had a similar set growing up. We’ve always lived on or near the water and our house now is overlooking Puget Sound so coastal influences always make me happy.

Ask yourself what really sparks joy and shows off your personality so you can always feel inspired in your home.

Three Decorating Essentials Every Home Needs

Lastly, incorporate items that offer flexibility.

Invest in items for your home that offer flexibility so you’ll save money (and space!) in the long run. The fact is, you might move at least few times in your lifetime. You’ll go through various seasons in every home where you’ll have different needs. Especially if you live in a small space, you need pieces that can serve more than one purpose.

Three Decorating Essentials Every Home Needs

You all know I’m a big fan of hooks. Not only do they add style to a space, but they are easy to install, are affordable and offer so much flexibility on a budget. We don’t always have enough closets or room for cabinets in our home, but a few hooks can make any space more comfortable and easy to live in.

Three Decorating Essentials Every Home Needs

We put a row of six cute hooks in our super tiny guest room. Friends or family can hang a purse, an overnight bag, a cosmetic bag, their coat or a robe! Hooks keep their belongings out of the reach of our pups and make guests feel more organized while they visit.

Three Decorating Essentials Every Home Needs

Aim to invest in classic staple pieces you’ll be able to use in several different ways. These new little bamboo-style nesting tables are some of my most flexible pieces! They can fit together as nesting tables to save space. Small tables or stools can be tucked in anywhere, perhaps to be used for anything from a plant stand or a spot to set coffee, a book or a meal when entertaining. These tables will be classic pieces in our home for years to come.

My home is still evolving and I can’t wait to share more of the progress with you! Thanks for following along on our adventure to create a home.

Tell me about your authentic style in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

The items I featured today (the nesting tables, the glass floats, the dog bed and the hooks) were all found at my local Ross store last week! Check out all the latest items and budget-friendly decor at your local Ross store (find a Ross store near you at RossStores.com) as well as check out their latest styles on Facebook and Instagram.

Find more decorating help in my book, The Inspired Room!

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Hello! Kylee here today to show you my tiny balcony makeover! When we first bought the townhouse 2 years ago, I was especially excited to have outdoor spaces to grow plants. I have a super tiny backyard and a very small balcony off the main living area on the second floor.

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

When my husband Lance and I moved in, I immediately bought the table and chairs for the balcony with high hopes of spending lots of time out there, but the truth is we never really sat outside. The deck just felt so “blah” that I guess we just never felt inspired to be out there.

The deck doesn’t have a great view, so it needed to be inviting enough on its own to beckon us out. This spring I decided that I would try to find ways to make this tiny space a more worthy destination.

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Flowers were a must for making sure I enjoyed this space. I found some cute but affordable pots and planted a variety of flowers. Because I can see them all from inside, I usually remember to water them. To water the plants I have to go outside, so having plants to take care of helps a lot in my enjoyment of this space.

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

But once I got the plants, I realized I wanted to do something to disguise our red railings around the deck. Not only are my floors cherry hardwood and my couches are red (see the post about our red couches here!) but the exterior of the townhouse (and the deck railing) is also red, so I was tired of seeing so much RED! I needed something a bit more neutral to look at from the inside.

This bamboo fencing not only minimized the red railing, it added a nice tropical vibe to the space (so we can even pretend we’re on vacation, too!). The fencing would also be a great way to add privacy if you have a balcony with open siding. Although, for privacy or covering something unsightly, I would recommend double layering the fencing as the bamboo spacing varies and there are definitely some gaps (as you can see below!).

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Pretty outdoor pillows and a patterned rug went a long way to give the space a little bit more personality. Even with outdoor spaces, it helps to add some personal touches!

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

You may recognize this wine stand as my previous coffee stand (seen in this post). When we got the cart that I’m currently using as our coffee station, we set this rack aside with hope of repurposing it. It fits just perfectly out on the balcony and has been the perfect place to grow the herbs I use in my favorite recipes.

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

Ever since our little makeover was completed, I have spent quite a few mornings outside savoring my coffee before work. Lance and I have shared a couple of meals and glasses of wine on warm nights. We love looking at it every day and it’s become an extension of our living space.Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover

My effort was minimal and budget was low, but it didn’t take much to transform this tiny space. Just because a space is small doesn’t mean that it can’t have a big impact on your home and life.

Thanks for letting me share! Do you have a tiny outdoor space that could use a little update?

Sources:

Outdoor pillows

Bamboo fencing

Table and chairs

See more of my past posts of my townhouse here!

Townhouse Update: Small Balcony Makeover
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