Hosting gatherings during the holidays can be a scary thought – you’ve got food, drinks, décor and guests to think about. And if you scroll through Pinterest for fall table inspiration like I’ve been doing, it can seem impossible to pull ALL that off, even for a simple dinner party. Luckily, simplicity can be beautiful this time of year, and you can actually get creative with what you already have to make your Thanksgiving or other fall tables come alive.
This DIY place setting looks elegant but is so easy to throw together right before an event – even while dinner’s in the oven.
You just need a place mat, the dishware you’ll be using, and your supplies: ribbon, a metallic pen, kraft paper or card stock, and whatever twine or ribbons you already have stashed away. Navy and cream make a rustic fall combo if you ask me :)
Punch a hole in the card stock (or use ready made tags) and write out your message. I like the idea of writing words like “thankful”, “blessed”, etc., but you can also write guests’ names down if you have a lot of friends and fam gathering around the table.
Tie the tag to a piece of twine or string and then tie it and a few ribbons around your cutlery.
It’s such a simple design that really goes a long way in setting a gorgeous fall table.
Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Tell me about your plans!
Do you guys switch up your home décor based on the seasons? I don’t go too crazy but I absolutely love this time of year and I’m a firm believer in keeping a house a welcoming space that you feel truly excited to come home to. And if you want to think outside the box with unique fall home decor ideas, why not try something new inside and save the red, orange and yellows for the leaves?
This look is definitely not as bright as your normal harvest décor, but it’s not lacking in warmth. The cozy candles and silvery grays it a romantic vibe that can easily be paired with nice glassware for elegant entertaining. This style looks so pretty with white pumpkins too! And you can decorate with black and white accents like spiders and spooky bats for Halloween.
While that was a more modern look, this screams cozy and welcoming – perfect for intimate nights in with the fam! Since I recently talked about my love of rustic neutrals in another post, I decided to create a guide with a few accents to show how easy it is to give your year-round décor a seasonal upgrade. Here all you need are some candles, faux pumpkins and a hint of plaid. So cozy.
How do you decorate for fall? And, what other home décor topics would you like me to blog about next?
There’s nothing like a finding your perfect neutral shade when it comes to interior design. It anchors the whole space and from there you can build a color palette and design you love. Over the summer I shared my obsession with aqua accents, a tranquil color that looks great in splashes throughout a space. Next up, how to find the perfect neutral to inspire the rest of your décor.
For this edition of Home Look I Love, I decided to go with rustic neutrals. These would be light ‘n bright tones that have a natural feel to them—think woodgrain, driftwood, jute, distressed paint, etc. They also have a coastal twist to them, with blue-grays and minty greens, which, if light enough, can definitely double as a neutral.
3 Tips for Choosing Neutrals
Choose 2-3 shades. You don’t need to stick to one neutral, like white or gray, but you don’t want to get too crazy. For example, if you love the rustic look, try a couple complementary neutrals like gray, ivory, and a pretty lightwood. Give them enough contrast so they don’t clash.
Consider the theme. Think of words that you will want to describe your home with, like rustic, modern, coastal, or even feelings like warm, cozy, chic. The shades you choose will need to evoke those feelings.
Pair with what your own. Unless you are starting from scratch, you probably already have furniture or décor that you plan to keep… Make sure the new color scheme you choose highlights what’s so great about those pieces.
Anyone in the midst of redecorating? Share your progress below!
One of the biggest questions I get asked when it comes to interior design isn’t just how to design a space, but how to do it on a budget. No matter what that budget is, everyone has one – that amount set aside specifically for home projects – and it’s usually important to stick to it. So I wanted to address some of the things you can do when you don’t have a large budget, or you are just trying to save money in this area. Here are 10 ways to refresh and renew your home on a major budget:
1. Add greenery. Fresh flowers/greenery add more to a space than you’d imagine. Instead of spending big bucks at the grocery store on bouquets that aren’t your fave, shop at local farmers markets. There’s more variety and you can get bigger bundles that can be divided among the shelves and tabletops in your home to create an inviting (and beautifully scented) space.
2. Deep clean fabrics and furniture to give it new life. This goes especially for those who have white or light colors throughout your home. Even if a fabric, rug, or surface doesn’t appear dirty to the naked eye, once you give it a deep clean it can actually look brand new again. It’s surprising simple yet effective this is.
3. Add curb appeal. Landscaping and paint projects can be spendy and time consuming, so if it’s curb appeal you’re going for, just focus on something small like the front door. Give it a fresh coat of paint in a new accent color or simply hang a DIY wreath on it to give it that welcoming feel.
4. Rearrange the furniture you already have. An old trick that never ceases to give a space new life, whether it’s your college dorm or first ever house! Let this be one of the first things you try. Often it seems like there aren’t other solutions, when in fact there are tons of ways to switch up a single room. Ask a friend who isn’t there too often for their opinion – you’re probably just too familiar with the current setup to imagine a new layout.
5. Shop around. Fave shops out of budget? No problem – you can still gather inspiration for the style you love, and try to recreate the look with something in your price range. Like I’ve shared in my High & Low Home Décor series, you can usually find inspiration in one shop, and find a more affordable version in the next.
6. Start small. Accents like knobs, door pulls, and handles are all going to be much more affordable than replacing an entire dresser or cabinetry, and it will give them a whole new look.
7. Craft the décor. Read my post on finding unique artwork for the home to see how we have made or found our own custom décor from photographs and antique finds.
8. Make your space look bigger with a mirror. When it comes to expanding space without actually knocking down walls, here’s a trick: Add a big mirror rather than artwork to a central wall to expand the depth of the room.
9. Add color and texture. Swap out towels and smaller linens in order to give a space a clean, fresh look without having to replace major items. When it comes to things we wash frequently, colors can fade and fabric can get worn, so swapping them out will actually make a huge difference.
10. Decorate with your kids’ art. Last but not least, find cute ways to display the art your little ones have made for you. Think outside the box – frame those pieces that have just been hanging on the fridge or get prints made in order to make it easier to display.
What do you do when your home décor needs a refresh?
When it comes to making a house a home, it’s often all about the little things – those pieces that provide a much needed pop of color or have special meaning, or just tie your whole theme (in our case – beach chic) together. We love playing up the neutrals in our home’s design by strategically choosing beautiful hues here and there that make the whites and natural tones really stand out.
Right now I’m loving this aqua color. To pull off this beachy tone you can choose shades ranging from deep turquoises to subtle mint and sea foam to sea and sky blues too. Considering that blue is historically known as a calming color, I find it evokes a serene, tranquil vibe that is SO welcome in a busy, energetic home like ours. Blues and greens are also said to reduce stress compared to some of those louder color. If the tones above channel refreshing feelings of calm and happiness when you look at them, they might also be a stress reducer for you too.
Color shy decorators – don’t worry – when you choose an accent color, it’s just that, an accent. You don’t have to go all out with blue furniture and rugs and walls, of course. But one thing to keep in mind is that what sometimes feels overpowering is actually fairly minimal when placed in the grand scheme of your entire home. Don’t be afraid to play up the theme a bit!
Which color are you currently crushing on? What other home looks do you love?
Summer is flying by, but there are still some home décor projects and crafts I’ve been trying out when I get a few extra minutes. This trivet DIY is surprisingly simple, and you end up with something cute to set your pots and bowls on when entertaining.
All you need are a couple blocks of Sculpey clay. This will vary depending on the size of your trivet, but if you like the marbled look, you’ll want to have an accent color.
Using the main color, roll the clay like above. Then, take small rounds of the accent color and stick them to the piece.
Twist to distribute the color.
Roll out the clay with a rolling pin until it’s the size you want and the rough shape. Before baking, cut it into a circle and smooth out the edges.
Bake at 275 for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to let it cool completely, which is when it will harden. You can sand down the edges a bit to make it more smooth if needed. Lastly, adhere some felt to the bottom.
That’s it! An easy marbled trivet for cooking and entertaining.