4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

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Hello! It’s Courtney here. I can’t believe it’s been about 3 months since I moved into my very first apartment!

When I first planned to move here, my design-loving heart got started right away dreaming up decorating plans. I started out with the basics and some accessories I had collected over the years and I was happy about how homey this place felt from the get-go.

But if I’ve learned anything from following along with my mom’s home transformations, it’s that creating a home is a process. Slowly but surely I’ve been making this home more personal. And of course, now that it’s fall nesting time, I’m all about bringing in the cozy vibes.

The last time I shared my space here on the blog, one of you commented that it looks like a ‘happy place.’ I love that! It got me thinking about ways to make your home spark joy. Who doesn’t want that?

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

Here are 4 Ways Make Your Home Spark Joy:

1) Sprinkle in memories

There’s something so special about looking around your home and seeing things that remind you of family, friends, pets, travels, etc. These items can tell the story of the people in your life and the good times you have experienced together.

Personal mementos are what set your home apart from a showroom display or a cookie cutter design. The things in our home aren’t what matters most to us, of course, but when the things we are surrounded with are chosen with intention and purpose, they can definitely bring joy.

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

I’m excited to have my own kitchen and dining space. One of my goals in my own apartment is to invite people over as often as possible. My cheese board is personalized with the word ‘feast’ as a gentle reminder to gather people around my little table to make new memories.

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

Calendars and custom art with the smiling faces and memories of the people I love is a sure way to spark joy. A customized memo board inspires me! Personally designed items make the most thoughtful gifts, too.

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

Ornaments

I have many good friends in my life and several of them have been with me since I was in first grade! At Shutterfly I found so many adorable ways to honor those memories and friendships.

2) Decorate with positivity

Filling my home with joy every day is an intentional choice. I love to see motivational words and life quotes that inspire me to keep positive, even when circumstances threaten to weigh me down.

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

Here are a few customized accessories I have that reflect some of my positive life mottos and encouragements. I was able to easily create these at Shutterfly, and you can, too!

  • My ‘Cozy Vibes Only’ blanket was created with this sherpa throw blanket. Add your own photos or positive message (I made mine in Photoshop).
  • My ‘No Bad Days’ dish was customized from this catch all tray.
  • My ‘Feast’ cutting board can be customized for a gift or a life motto!
  • My Treat Yourself biscotti jar was personalized from this glass canister.

What are your own life mottos? How could you incorporate them into your home? Personalize your space so it can tell your story.

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

3) Set the right mood

A home that ‘sparks joy’ to you doesn’t have to look like the expected ‘joyful’ space (vibrant, fun, cheery decor). Maybe a cozy or moody space sparks joy for you. Or maybe you’re happiest in an eclectic home inspired by your travels or experiences. Or maybe a more minimal style puts your mind at ease! What’s your decorating mood?

Decorating a home should be personal, so it helps to consider what mood brings YOU joy. Embrace it. Make a list of words that describe the mood you’d like to create to get your design wheels turning.

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

4) Create stress-free zones

Whether you’re a naturally tidy person or feel like a ‘hot mess’ most of the time (no judgement here!), I think we can all agree that having at least some things organized brings us joy. I mean, when you’re trying to get out the door and frantically looking for your phone or your keys and you can’t find them, do you feel joy sparking from your heart? Nope! You feel stress.

There’s more joy in your life when your necessities are right where you expected them to be.

Making organization personal and pretty might seem like a little thing in the grand scheme of life’s demands, but it makes a big impact.

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!
Shutterfly offers many lovely customizable organizational accessories, such as trinket trays and memo boards.

I personalized a sweet little dish with one of my daily mottos “No Bad Days.” It’s a perfect reminder of where to set my phone or keys so I won’t start out the day feeling disorganized.

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

So when you’re looking for a unique gift or you’re inspired to treat yourself to something special for your home, Shutterfly has customizable products that can bring your heart and vision together.

When I’m ordering a gift, I love it when the products come in special gift boxes or packaging. See a few of examples of Shutterfly’s special packaging below.

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

4 Ways to Make Your Home Spark Joy!

This post is sponsored by Shutterfly. Awaken your space with your vision.
Shop Shutterfly Home Decor for personalized home accents that are uniquely you.

See the direct source links below:

Framed photo collage (modern 8×10 frame in rustic with white mat)

Framed Magnetic Board (modern 11×14 frame)

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Welcome, welcome!

Come in, everyone! Today I’m so excited to joining in as a special guest for a Farmhouse Holiday Fall Dining Room tour. You can find all the tour participants linked below. The invitation was perfect timing to inspire me to set up my dining room for fall. I’m all about fall nesting right now (I just started my annual fall nesting series, you can catch up here).

So, come on in, friends! We’ve got room for you all to gather around the table. Well, obviously it’s kind of a small space, but as I said about our kitchen, we can all squeeze in real cozy-like.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday TourSources are listed at the bottom of this post or here

When it comes to decorating for the seasons or for a holiday, as you might already know I tend keep things pretty simple most of the time. Not because I don’t love an all-out festive table or room, not at all! I really do! I love the creativity, but simple just seems to work the best for me.

But isn’t that how decorating should be? Do whatever brings you joy.

Simple decor brings me joy for many reasons, but for one it’s because I like to change my home often. I enjoy the process of puttering around the house, evolving each space as I’m inspired through the season.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

If you are a regular around here, you know I started my evolution to fall in the kitchen with my new rug.

(Whenever I say that I started my evolution to fall in the kitchen it sounds to me like I said I started to FALL in my kitchen. Just to be clear, I didn’t start to fall in my kitchen. Hahahaha. Hahah. I crack myself up sometimes. Okay, haha.).

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

This is our first fall with our remodeled kitchen, so I couldn’t wait to get started with fall touches. My kitchen and dining room are small but connected spaces, so it made sense to me to make the “fall vibe” flow through both spaces.

You can see the whole fall kitchen and sources here and here.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

As the kitchen began to be more “fall-like,” I started to get more inspired with what I wanted the dining room to feel like. You can see how the two spaces connect visually and physically through this archway.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Adding a cozy layer in the dining room can start as simply as adding a tablecloth (from HomeGoods). So that’s what I did. Easy peasy, right?

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

A few weeks ago I really went wild and grabbed this woven pumpkin at HomeGoods. Ha! So unlike me to be ahead of the game!

This early in the season we don’t have many real pumpkins or pretty gourds available at the stores near me (at least anywhere I wanted to drive to!) so it was actually a good thing I brought that woven pumpkin home. Bonus, this guy won’t rot, so I’ll be able to use this “pumpkin” all season long. Super thrifty of me, if I do say so myself.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Other than adding my new pumpkin and tablecloth, I just set my table with what I already had. Sometimes when I’m going to shop in my own house, I will give myself a ten-minute limit to “decorate.” It’s a good motivator for me to just get going, and mix and match whatever I can find in a short period of time.

I often find that once the timer goes off, I’m quite content with small changes I made!

It doesn’t take much to get me in a fall mood.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

As I set the table, I decided to pair the same pretty blue and white dishes I used in spring, but added pretty plum napkins for a fall twist. The wood chargers warmed it all up nicely and they looked great with my new punkin’. You can find the sources all linked at the bottom of the page.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

But when I added the gold flatware, it all felt too disconnected so I set a little brass tabletop under the pumpkin. That made him feel a little fancier and elevated his presence as a unique centerpiece.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Then to bring warmth around the room, I brought out these pretty brass lanterns for the buffet.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

A few perennials in a basket (that I need to plant outside) brought in a pop of fall color.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Other than that, we’ve got some added cozy with fuzzy sweater pillows on the banquette, velvet pillows and a knit throw on a chair. Layering in textural details is my favorite way to decorate for fall.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

In fact, speaking of fuzzy fall textures, if you look real close …

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

We have a photo bomber.

But since he adds a nice cozy layer to the mix I think we’ll keep him.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Oh, and speaking of keeping it simple while gathering around the table, I’ve got a brand new book coming out October 3rd called Simple Gatherings! You can get the book and the amazing preorder freebies here.

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Thanks for stopping by today, friends!

Enjoy the rest of the tour, be sure to find the tour links below and visit everyone. I know you’ll be really inspired!

All my room sources are linked at the bottom of the post! 

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Ella Claire | Craftberry Bush | Love Grows Wild | Shades of Blue Interiors

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

City Farmhouse | Dear Lillie | French Country Cottage | Miss Mustard Seed

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Liz Marie Blog | Rooms for Rent | Julie Blanner | Kindred Vintage

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

My Sweet Savannah | The Inspired Room

Sources:

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour

Simple Gatherings Book (preorder now and get all four of my books as e-books for FREE!) >> Amazon / Barnes and Noble

Blue and white pattern dishes

Wood charger

Dark purple napkins

Striped Banquette Bench

Wicker dining chairs (similar)

Chandelier – RH Teen // Similar Option (great price!)

Hammered gold flatware

Napkin Rings (gold and silver)

Tablecloth – HomeGoods

Rattan Pumpkin – HomeGoods – similar options one and two

Chalkboard and Dry Erase Place Cards (similar options) > dry erase, chalkboard

Gray ceramic lamps and lampshade

Jute rug

Glass door cabinet – RH Hampton Glass Casement in Taupe

Round white and rattan mirror

Gray velvet pillows

Linen parsons dining chairs (sources and roundup in this post)

Woven blinds

Curtains

Brass lanterns – Mary and Martha

Hammered copper planter

Kitchen sources

My House Tour

Fall Dining Room: Farmhouse Holiday Tour
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