I use to describe my home decor style between ‘traditional’ and ‘wood-cabin’. I loved the deep woods and comfy leather couches. But, lately, I also started to love the gold and white of modern design. Then I discovered Ballard Designs, which is described as ‘European-style’, but to me it’s the epitome of classic southern style. Every time I go to their website I want to buy absolutely everything. Of course, I don’t quite have the budget to shop there, yet. I like to consider this my ‘forever home’ store. Meaning that when I move into my forever home, I’ll furnish it completely with Ballard (can you tell, I also plan on being super rich when I grow up??). So, in the meantime I found a way to have a Ballard-inspired living room at a fraction of the cost. Keep reading to see how and where you can find the dups!
I was originally going to start this post by saying “my favorite part of Christmas, is the food”…. but then I realized that it’s absolutely impossible to pick just one thing to like about Christmas. But I do love the food and the family getting together, which usually involves the dining room table. This year, I decided to officially decorate the dining room table, it’s a little simple for now but I’m in love with how everything plays off and compliments each other.
FINALLY! I think my living decor is finally at a semi-finalized state, at least for this year. I have such a good time decorating for any kind of holiday, and Christmas is easily my favorite. This year I did things a little untraditionally in my living room because I now have pops of blue that I didn’t want to pack up. I tried to stick to mostly neutrals and didn’t try to add any pops of color.
I absolutely love my little loft area, it’s small and neutral and provides the perfect opportunity to add in holiday pops of color. Which is exactly what I did for Christmas! I do my best work when I have a small area to work with and focus on one little part at a time. Luckily, the entire loft is small. Keep reading for how I made a couple small updates to turn this from a cute, girly space to a traditional, Christmas wonderland… for only $50!
On a normal day, I’m not a DIY person; I’d much rather buy something than make it. However, there are times, and they happen frequently, that I’m looking for something so specific that I have to accept the fact that I have to make something for myself. And the white books that you see in every home decor Instagram is the look that I’m going for and it’s been impossible to find!!! Seriously, I don’t know where they find these white spine books, so we’re making them ourselves.
When we moved into our town home I was so excited to finally have an entry way. I had my heart set on getting a really long and thin table and decorating it with mirrors and vases. But that dream slowly died when I found out that my entry way was incredibly narrow! I couldn’t find anything that would fit so I just decided to decorate the wall. When it comes to large paintings, and really colors in general, it’s too hard to pick something that I can commit to. But mirrors I can do! They are such a great way to bring in gold, silver, or wood accents that can add in a modern flare. Also, it’s possible that I have a ‘small’ mirror obsession so having a mirror wall sounded like the perfect amount of structured chaos.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day (I’m not Irish but I think everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day) my March door is inspired by the Luck of the Irish. This is one of my more inexpensive doors because I found this awesome bow at Pier1 and could recycle one of the wreaths that I used over Christmas! Checkout more links below.
I absolutely love decorating for the holidays, who doesn’t. But I have to live with my everyday decor year round, so I can be pretty picky. This is also why it’s taken me over a year to decorate the dining room, there are just too many decisions. But it’s FINALLY DONE… for now…. until I change my mind.
Aside form my fireplace, the loft has become one of my favorite places in the house. It has the perfect amount of light during the day and is perfectly small, so decorating it should be a breeze. It’s also the one room in the house that I could start from scratch, so I need a good plan. Unfortunately, that plan required new furniture, which is always expensive. So this will really just be something that I can look forward to until I get the urge to buy. But I have a plan this time so I’m not just out randomly buying everything in site.
Ah February, the time for Valentine’s Day and love, and the month besides October where it’s acceptable to eat boat loads of chocolate! For my February door, wanted to do something different besides a red and pink wreath because the official shape of Valentine’s Day is the heart. I had seen a couple of decorations on Pinterest that included hanging hearts on the mantle or stairwell and I thought it was the perfect idea to incorporate those hearts into my door.