I have a rule of thumb I like to use when I start designing a room – it’s nothing professional, I’m sure you probably won’t find it in any design or decor books – but I REALLY believe it works, well – it has for me anyways. I shared these images on my IG this week – but wanted to go a bit more in depth here today. I choose ONE item that I absolutely cannot live without. Big or small. Couch or throw pillow. Rug or a small piece I want sitting on my entry way table. And I try to wrap everything else in the space around it – or coordinate everything to flow together with this one very special, very loved piece. From there – I wholeheartedly believe that just SIX other decor items can absolutely transform the entire vibe of a space – and these six items give you a great place to start as you incorporate more of what you love, or even – give you all you need. As I get older and have really “explored” my style (I use explored because I’ve gone from every single trend, color scheme, to sh*t tons of decor pieces on every available surface in my home .. haha, back to basics – a bit more minimal, really just pieces and colors I love – and that make me feel good – so yeah, that’s “exploring”, nicely put). It’s taken me almost 14 years of renting / owning my own home to really figure out what I like, what kind of feeling I want my space to have and the items I want to be surrounded by. This is an ever evolving process – and something I’m sure will continue to change – I’m okay with that. Be okay with that. When your designing and decorating your own home – it’s okay to try something, not love it and start over again. Aside from the more expensive things (flooring, cabinets, counter tops etc) – most things are inexpensively changed.
So – going with my theory, let’s call it the rule of SIXES – I wanted to share three boards I put together from H&M’s Home line (all the heart eyes). Readers, if you haven’t browsed their website – go do that now, some of the most gorgeous, stylish and inexpensive items for the home. Six items on each board that can completely transform, kick start or be everything you need. In creating these boards – I kept mostly the living room or bedroom in mind – they’d work for either, but I’d love to hear if you get creative and incorporate them into another room too. Here’s the best part – each of these boards cost UNDER $150 DOLLARS for EVERYTHING shown.
^^ Minimal, modern farmhouse, rustic – a good mix of all. I really, really love all six pieces here. I’m actually kinda tempted to add them all to my cart right now. ❤ My favorite thing about the black, white and natural wood tones are how easily they are incorporated into any color scheme. I shied away from black for a few years, but am happily incorporating little pieces here and there back into my home now. For the living room – I picture these pieces with either grey, brown or black leather, white / cream or navy furniture. I’d use the black round throw pillow on a chair, roll up the throw blanket – fringe side out and store it in the wire basket. Or another idea – grab some pieces of chopped wood for the basket and throw the blanket over the couch. I’d hang the wooden hooks in the entry way – and use the wooden tray either on an entry or coffee table, with the stone jug and a few of your favorite books stack on top. Maybe adding some fresh branches from your yard to the jug too.
^^ Light, fresh, airy. Blush is the new beige. This could be an absolutely gorgeous trend for a living room (in fact, we decorated my little sisters living room with these tones – blush accent wall included, and it’s unreal!), but in putting together this board I was thinking bedroom vibes. A clean cotton scented candle burning, blush throw thrown over white, grey or cream bedding or maybe even a printed floral, a basket at the foot for extra storage – and the gold frame and white vase for the nightstand vignette.
^^ Moody, deep color, a little bit modern. Again – living room in mind – maybe black leather, grey or white couches. I’d style the emerald blanket over a couch or chair with the throw pillow over that. I’d hang the round gold mirror in the entry – on an entry table underneath I’d place the tray with the botanical pot and candle on top. Or hang the mirror on a wall in your living space – wooden tray on a coffee or side table, with the pot and candle layered again.
I can’t say this enough – but your home should be a place you love. It doesn’t need to be your dream home or your forever home, or even be just exactly as you’d like. But it’s the NOW. Stay present there. It makes me sad when friends & family tell me they aren’t doing anything in their current homes because it’s not their forever home or because there’s still so much they want to change. I’m not talking knocking out a wall, panting the entire house or changing your counter tops friends – I’m talking something small. Bring a few pieces in – or take a few pieces out, something that makes you happy. Something that represents you – and the feeling you want inside your home. It doesn’t need to be expensive, it can be a thrift store find, a family heirloom – or that expensive piece of art you’ve been swooning for. Just make your present space YOURS. Xoxo.