My Decorating Essentials: Throw Blankets

Every time I work on a room makeover or style a space for a photo shoot or even when I’m just tidying up the house before having company over, I’ve noticed lately that there are a handful of items that I almost always use to decorate with. Sort of a decorating “formula” I’ve played with and fine tuned over the last five years of writing this blog, and I thought the other day that I should start sharing my tried and true decorating essentials here on the blog. Whether you’re just getting started and need some design inspiration or you’re looking for those little finishing touches to make it finally feel like home, I hope this look inside my decorating process will give you the tools you need to pull a room together perfectly. In this decorating essentials series, I’ll show you how I use these go-to items in my own home and also give you a bunch of examples that you can shop for right from this blog post!

Today I thought I’d start with an easy and mostly inexpensive item that is both pretty and practical… throw blankets!

A beautiful farmhouse living room decorated for the holidays!

I have a mountain of throw blankets (probably way more than I need) that I keep all around the house. When the boys and I are curled up in the living room watching a movie, everyone wants their own blanket (even the dog does), and I like to have extra blankets in the bedrooms too for chilly nights. The practical purpose of a throw blanket is pretty obvious, but when you want to make your home feel more cozy and welcoming, adding blankets around the house is a great way to do that. Visually they add softness and a casual, inviting atmosphere and make you want to curl up and relax for awhile. [Read more…]


Decorating Lessons I’ve Learned – Curtains

Over the last four years of writing this blog, I have given our little farmhouse a complete makeover from top to bottom… everything from major kitchen and bathroom renovations, to painting every last wall (at least twice), to replacing all the light fixtures, and more. Now that the sawdust has settled around here, I finally have had a chance lately to look back on all that we’ve done and all the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

I am a self-taught interior decorator, and I’ve had to learn a lot of lessons the hard (and sometimes expensive) way. As I was hanging new curtains in my office a few months ago, I thought to myself, “Boy, I’ve come a long way from the first set of curtains I hung in here! Maybe people would enjoy seeing some of the decorating mistakes I’ve made in the past and the lessons I learned from them…”

So today, I’m starting a new decorating series! Every month or so, I’ll share a new “Decorating Lessons I’ve Learned” post that shows changes we’ve made to our house over the years and lessons you can apply in your own home! Basically, I’ve already made the mistakes so that you don’t have to. : )

Decorating 101 - In this lesson, you'll learn all about curtains and the best way to hang them! Great tips from a self-taught interior decorator!
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