I got a lot of inspiration for my house from Justina Blakeny’s book entitled the Urban Jungle. Maybe it’s because I actually hate being outdoors in Ohio, so I try to bring what I do like about it into the inside. Green also just so happens to be my favorite color. The easiest plants I have found to take care of are Pathos and any kind of cacti. I usually succeed with any plants from Lowe’s with the tag on it that says “Plants of Steel” aka: “This plant hard to kill, you should be good to go.”
I don’t like clutter, but I also don’t like the look of complete minimalism. I tend to find the perfect balance with incorporating plants. They can easily be moved from room to room or space to space without committing to putting a hole in the wall. Most of my decorations are from Target… I absolutely love the Opalhouse collection. Last Spring, Target released a round that nearly left me in a financial drought because I basically bought one of each item from that collection. Picture frames, planters, a panther statue (???), pillow cases, shelving units, vases, candle holders, pillows, blankets, a rug, some tassels, macrame weavings, dishes, cups, stools, and a few mirrors. Every single time for weeks on end I would feel my heart palpitate over the new items added. If you don’t like what the Opalhouse collection currently carries, just wait a month or so to see what new campaign they are brewing. Guaranteed you will find something (or in my case, everything) that you cannot live without.
Another place I like to shop but is much more expensive is Urban Outfitters. UO has my style nailed down to a T. I love their bedding, rugs, wall art, the works. When I purchase from UO, I only do it when they have a sale. If you find something that you just cannot stop thinking about though, make the investment and get it. They are notorious for having pieces that I have to tuck away in my memory and mourn over forever because when I have gone back to purchase it during a sale, evidently every other person felt the same way, and it was gone. (I’m sitting here now shaking my head, in a moment of silence.)
When decorating in small spaces, make the room look 2X bigger by using large mirrors. Not only does it trick the eye as to where the corners of the room come together but it allows more light to come in. Most of my mirrors are from, you guessed it, Target. But Hobby Lobby has great mirrors too and they are 50% off every other week!
If you are unsure of what your style is, find a piece you really like and revolve everything else around it. If you are still unsure, picture frames are my favorite filler space. Get creative and instead of using photos of people, print off those quotes you favored on Pinterest with the beautiful typography. I highly recommend using Shutterfly. Their quality of printing far exceeds Walgreens or Target. Plus you can always find additional savings on retailme.not.
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