Two Things to Consider When Buying Home Accessories

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Hello friends! I took a few days off to enjoy Thanksgiving with my family. It was so nice to slow down a bit, relax, and eat delicious food, of course. And just for the record, my 24 pound turkey turned out amazing if I do say so myself :). It was perfectly browned, juicy and delicious and it only took a few hours to cook to the perfect temp. Success!

But even though I enjoyed the break, I’ve missed being here and chatting with you! I’m SO excited December is HERE! Yay! Now that I’m back I’m ready to charge full steam ahead into Christmas decorating and all those fun December-y posts (PS. I didn’t finish the last three scheduled days of my Loving Fall series in November as I intended, but this weekend family came first so maybe we’ll just return to that series next year! You all know I love fall enough for all the days so I think we’ll just move on now to Christmas heheheh!).

Wood Candle Holders - Dayspring
Have I mentioned that you are all invited over for a virtual Christmas tour next Monday (SAY WHAT? I guess I need to get busy!). I’m looking forward to cranking up Charlie Brown and decking the halls! :)

But first…as all the Christmas sales are beginning, I wanted to share a few thoughts and tips about shopping for home accessories. When you have limited space for storage and are on a budget for decor, you obviously can’t buy everything you see or love. You have to make smart choices. But it can be overwhelming to know what is worth buying, because there are so many options and fun seasonal decor to choose from all the time!

Here are two questions I ask myself to help me determine what to buy or what to pass on when it comes to home decor:

1. Is this item season-less?

I absolutely always prefer to have decor that is season-less. I don’t have room (or patience) to pack up and store too much stuff, so if I can jazz it up to feel festive this time of year and then de-festive it (is de-festiving a thing?) for the summer months too, I’m more tempted to add that new accessory to my home.

These wood candlesticks are perfect in every season, simply changing the candles to different colors or styles makes them more festive or pretty for summer. CANDLESTICKS FOR THE WIN! Plus, you can buy them today at 30% off with the discount code listed at the bottom of the post!

Wood Starburst Mirror - The Inspired Room

2. Could this item go in more than one room or one place in my home?

When I got this fun rustic wood starburst mirror, I planned to hang it in my laundry room. But on its way there, I realized it would also look really cute as a part of my rustic Christmas decor!  Not only is the mirror season-less, but it is versatile too. Instant win. Note: you can order this starburst mirror at DaySpring for 30% off today with the code below!

I’ve talked myself into and out of many home accessories by pondering the answers to those two questions!

Now, with that said, sometimes it’s really fun to find special decor for the seasons or holidays that you switch out to enjoy certain months of the year. I certainly love seasonal things, too! I keep a shelf in my garage for seasonal decor and I’m always excited to bring out the old favorites every year and add them to my old tried and true home decor basics.

So are you doing any Christmas shopping this week?

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Also, DaySpring will be treating one reader of The Inspired Room to a fun $300 shopping spree! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post on what you think you’d want to buy on your shopping spree (start your shopping here, and check out their Cyber Monday sales while you are there)! One winner will be chosen on Wednesday night so if you enter, you could be heading off on an online shopping spree by the end of the week! :)

Dayspring giveawayStarburst mirror // Reversible Table Runner // Canvas Tote // Wooden Candlestick Set

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Happy December, friends! Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the $300 shopping spree!

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Looking for some Christmas decorating inspiration? Here are 25 ideas to inspire you!

Attitude of Gratitude {Loving Fall: Day 17}

Simple Christmas Decorating - Cozy Stacked Winter Blankets

I can’t believe this week is already half over, and TOMORROW is Thanksgiving! HOW? I had all these big aspirations for this week and basically none of them have been accomplished yet. I imagined my house all decorated for Christmas by this point since I am SO excited about it (and I dreamed of doing more than last year? Ha).

The reality is, for everything I’ve accomplished another thing has fallen apart! Picture this little gem: I was setting up some Christmas decor and trying to talk on the phone at the same time and BAM! a curtain rod fell down off the wall in our family room, bonking me on the head. One thing accomplished, another project added to the to do list.

Sometimes you just gotta laugh, give yourself a little grace in the busy seasons and keep your attitude of gratitude.

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To be fair with myself, as I’ve mentioned I have been working A LOT on the books (finishing edits on one, nearly done with the second book and starting the third already! EEK!), so I really don’t have as much time right now to decorate as I wish I did. I am always learning lessons about time management and how to keep life “balanced” if that is even possible.

The truth is, I can usually do more than I think I can if I put my mind to it and manage my time well, and yet I often end up accomplishing way LESS than I dream I can. If that makes sense :). Somewhere in the middle is where I like to be, where life isn’t all about DOING but more about just experiencing life to the full. It’s a happy balance.

Keeping that attitude of gratitude and enjoying life to the full even in busy or challenging seasons is often a matter of what things you say yes to and what things you just say no to. And when you feel like on any given day you are getting hit in the head with curtain rods more than you are accomplishing all the things you dream of around the holidays, you can just call it a night and go watch Sleepless in Seattle with your hubby. It all works out.

Simple Mantel - Metal Star Garland - The Inspired Room

We are having Thanksgiving dinner with new friends on Thursday and then hosting a few family members this weekend at our house, so in and around everything else, my daughter Courtney and I went grocery shopping and now have a 24 pound turkey in our fridge! YAY! We can’t wait to just slow down, cook a tasty meal and then relax and give thanks around the table. PS. My metal star garland is from Season in a Trunk (the Winter Trunk). I love it!

What are you doing this week to keep your attitude of gratitude?

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Related Post: 20 Little Attitudes of Gratitude

Only a few more posts left in my Loving Fall series! Catch up here:

IntroDay One: Getting In the RhythmDay Two: QuietDay Three: Cozy ImperfectionsDay Four: Rust, Coral, and Orange Fall Inspired Rooms, Day Five: Fall Nights by the Fire, Day Six: Candlelight, Day Seven: Turkish TowelsDay Eight: Fall Traditions with the Pups, Day Nine: Settling In, Day Ten: Displaying Small Trinkets and Treasures, Day Eleven: Christmas Dreaming, Day Twelve: Organization, Day Thirteen: Mulled Cranberry Apple Cider, Day Fourteen: Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining, Day Fifteen: Holiday Cooking, Baking, Bloggers and Cookbooks, Day Sixteen: Simplicity in the Laundry Room

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