I need to apologize for the lack of interior decor posts around here. It’s shameful, seeing as how it’s a constant obsession of mine! And I know I keep alluding and promising more photos of our apartment…. but the truth is: it hasn’t been very photograph worthy as of late. Why? Well, there have been quite a few changes happening in the world of ABC and I haven’t been certain if I should tidy up, spruce, and photograph our little home OR start cleaning out and packing it up into cardboard boxes…
And there’s another cliff hanger for you. I will share more here on that topic soon, but for now… I can say that sprucing will be happening right where we are! So, of course my mind is racing! Because when changes are happening in my world, my home needs to follow suit. Duh!
Which leads me to today’s post! I’m going to let you get inside my head in terms of going from initial ideas, to collecting inspiration, to searching for products, to actually putting it all together. Ready? Set, go!
Initial Idea Phase: For me, these blurps of inspiration can stem from just about anywhere. As I see or experience things throughout my daily life, I try to take note of them and let my mind wander a bit and begin translating those ideas into possible ways to spruce up our space. Examples: seeing all the Longhorns on our Texas trip made me downright obsessed and I decided I needed to incorporate them in our home in some capacity; I love bright colors, animal prints (especially leopard!), pattern mixing, and layering in my wardrobe and have been feeling like our home has been lacking in matching my closet; the color orange seems to be on my radar like crazy as of late, especially in the form of anything Hermès (what can I say… my eyes have expensive taste!)
Head to Pinterest: After I take all of those ideas (that I’ve either written down or made a note with in my iPhone), I begin to pin. I use a surplus of search terms to begin to collect photos that incorporate everything I’m wanting to add, change, mix up, etc. Think of a Pinterest search like a Google search. It doesn’t need to be too complicated or specific for you to find what you’re looking for. Minimal key words are best! Example: I’m still obsessed with acrylic/ghost dining chairs, but typing all of that in narrows what I’ll see. So, I just type in ‘ghost chairs’. If I’m not getting what I want with that, I type in ‘acrylic chairs’. Pinterest curates your feed just like any other social media, so after you continue to search for similar looks, styles, products, etc… it will begin to suggest similar pins. And when you’re curating a specific look, this can be quite helpful! Save what you find on a board, or even just ‘like’ them. Just find a way where you can view them all together.
Begin to (window) shop: This is likely the most overwhelming portion of home decor for most. For me? It’s my absolute favorite! I love scouting and finding the best deals and items that are the perfect fit for the space. I absolutely do not believe in one stop shopping…. even though the convenience factor is tempting. A well-curated home is one that requires a lot of time and patience! Here’s a breakdown of my shopping (before I commit to purchase!) process:
- Scout big items first. For me, this applies to rugs and furniture. Both will anchor and define a space immediately and the remainder of the decor will layer on top, so you want to make sure you love what you choose. It’s also the most expensive part of home decor, so you want to really take your time to search for the best deals! For rugs, I love RugsUSA.com and Overstock.com. Both have a huge selection and amazing prices! For furniture, I’m all about IKEA.com, Target, Amazon.com, and World Market for the best deals on new items, Craigslist.com for the ‘thrifted find’, and Pottery Barn, West Elm, and One Kings Lane for more investment pieces. Of course there are so many others out there! But those are all my top picks right now.
- Be picky with pillows: Pillows can absolutely transform and elevate a room for a fairly reasonable price, so they’re often one of the first things I go for when I need a change. My favorite spot for pillows is via Etsy because you can get extremely specific with what you want and even do custom orders (this shop and this shop are my top picks!). If you’re concerned about ordering before seeing in person, I totally get it. Contact the seller directly and see if he/she will send you more pictures of the fabrics OR inquire about fabric samples! Because Etsy is like shopping at individual boutiques, most sellers happily do this because they want their customers to be satisfied with their pillow purchases.
- Hunt down unique specifics: This is where you have to get creative and patient! Home Goods and TJ Maxx are amazing places to hunt for unique and budget-friendly finds. But sometimes, you don’t have the patience to browse. Don’t worry! You can still find unique items online for cheap! As I mentioned above, Hermès orange currently has me all heart-eye emoji-ed. Slight problem: I don’t actually own anything Hermès (maybe someday!). So, uh, how does one decorate with their boxes? Hello, eBay. That’s right, I typed in ’empty Hermès box’, found a few that were really reasonable, bid, and won! I plan on styling them on a bookshelf while using them for storage. A cost effective way to be glamorous! No shame in my game. Swap out Hermès box for whatever random items you’re on the hunt for and you’ll be surprised what you’ll find out there. Same technique applies for Craigslist and Amazon!
Gather your finds in an organized fashion: Whether it be a Photoshop collage like the one above, a document with all the links of products, a folder on your desktop, a Pinterest board…. just find a way to organize what you’re ready to purchase. I highly recommend your organizational method to include photos so you can see it all together. If all looks well to you, it’s time to treat yo self!
Once you receive all your new goodies, it’s time to style! Which really, is a separate post all on its own. So, expect a follow-up post at some point!
I’m hoping these tips helped! I’m also hoping to get the above collage in purchase and style mode soon to share with y’all, but…. there’s that whole Nordstrom Sale thing (early access ends today!) happening…. so be patient with me. My husband and our bank account thank you in advance 😉
Until then, happy home decor planning, dreaming, and scheming!
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