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…]


Favorite Farmhouse Benches

Hi, sweet friends! The last few weeks I’ve been talking about the changes I recently made in our entryway (here and here), and I’ve gotten a lot of questions and comments about the little wooden bench that sits next to my front door. Remember this little sweetie?

A cozy farmhouse entryway with the perfect balance of function, storage and style.

A cozy farmhouse entryway with the perfect balance of function, storage and style.

As you may or may not remember, I actually made this bench from an old door we found in the basement of our farmhouse, and it is probably one of my most treasured pieces of furniture I have. Not only is it a piece of our home turned into a beautiful piece of furniture, but I also just love the panel details and the little bits of chippy white paint that’s left and the sweet curves on the sides that give it the feel of an old church pew. You can see how I made this bench here!

But if you don’t happen to have an old door laying around or don’t feel like going the DIY route, I’ve rounded up a list of my favorite farmhouse-style benches that would be perfect in an entryway! I have actually used benches like these all over our house… at the foot of a bed, at the dining room table or underneath a window, for example. Some of the bench options are tufted, some have backs, some are wood, some are metal, some have beautiful curves and details, and some are simple and stunning.  I can’t wait to hear which ones are your favorites! Happy shopping, my loves…

Farmhouse decor inspiration - shop our favorite farmhouse style benches! Farmhouse decor inspiration - shop our favorite farmhouse style benches! [Read more…]


Cozy Neutral Winter Bedroom Design Board

Ideas for a warm and cozy bedroom in beautiful neutrals!
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