Interior Styling

6 Tips for Buying Decorative Items for Your Home

Do you ever feel stumped or overwhelmed when confronting the home decor aisles at places like TJ Maxx and Home Goods or when you're at a flea market, thrift store, or antique shop. Or do you ever look at your shelves or table tops and see some pretty things, but they just don't seem to make a cohesive unit? I know I do on both accounts.

It's easy to get overwhelmed with all the beautiful options facing you in the aisles and walk out of the store with too much stuff or nothing at all.

Here are 6 tips that I use when I'm out shopping for home items to help keep me focused and not overwhelmed


Have a color scheme in mind

When it comes to styling the shelves in our bedroom, which is still a work in progress, I keep a certain color scheme in mind. I know that I want to keep our bedroom very neutral and white for the most part but I want small punches of color and warmth added in to make the space cozy. For accessories in this room I look for warm wood tones like the goblet, bowl, and wood prints. I also look for white things and either black or muted gold and brass. If you keep your color scheme tight, not only does it narrow your options, but it also helps your space look more purposeful and cohesive.

6 Tips for Buying Decorative Items for Your Home


Keep a running list of objects you're looking for

I tend to keep a pretty short list so that I'll keep an open mind but I do have a few things that I keep my eyes peeled for. I'm always on the lookout for antlers, and I'm currently on the hunt for wooden candlesticks and a hand sculpture. I've seen both at Goodwill and an antique shop in the last few months and didn't get them and have been kicking myself ever since. 

6 Tips for Buying Decorative Items for Your Home


Keep your style in mind 

I'm pretty eclectic in my style but I also know that I tend to gravitate towards traditional colonial and modern midcentury styles so I keep that in mind when considering purchasing any kind of decor items or furniture to make sure they will complement those styles. 

6 Tips for Buying Decorative Items for Your Home


Know the general or exact size you need

Most of the time you can just have a general idea of a size you need, but if you want to measure the height between yours shelves that can be helpful when trying to figure out if something will be too tall for your space. Just be sure to keep a tape measure in your purse. When it comes to furniture, you'll definitely want to be more specific with the size you're looking for.

6 Tips for Buying Decorative Items for Your Home


Keep your eyes open for classic or interesting shapes

I found these jars at a Goodwill and intend to paint them white eventually. Their shapes are just so classic and pretty that I couldn't pass them up. 

6 Tips for Buying Decorative Items for Your Home


Keep an open mind

Even though, most of the points above are geared towards narrowing your focus, it's helpful to keep an open mind so that you don't miss a good find or deal that will work for your style. And like I mentioned, though I do keep a list of specific things I'm looking for, I keep it short, and focus more on the color and style of the pieces that I add to my collection.

6 Tips for Buying Decorative Items for Your Home

I hope this helps you when you're out shopping for your home. If you have any other helpful tips, leave them in the comments below! I love hearing from you guys!

Decorating with Fruit

Christmas is over! Can you believe it? I'm leaving our decorations up until after New Year's because I like to stretch the holidays and plus, me and the hubs are actually doing our Christmas on Friday. We'd planned not to swap gifts this year because we're super close to having all of our debt gone and saving for a house, but we changed our minds last minute. We didn't swap gifts last year, and we wanted to do something special for each other and start some traditions of our own. So, I'm super excited about this Friday! We're going to sleep in, eat cinnamon rolls, open gifts and probably settle in for a Parenthood marathon, which strangely enough is making my husband want kids , and I'm just like "I'm not sure if we're ready for that yet, but I like that you're thinking about it." 

Anyways, have you ever felt like your house feels kind of naked and lonely after you take down your Christmas decorations. I used to always feel that way as a kid. I don't go all out with the decorations like we did back when I was walking to school uphill both ways in barefoot in two feet of snow, but it can still be a little sad to go from "yay, Christmas time!!" to nothing. So, if you want to add a little color and dress up your space a little bit, I've got an easy solution for you! Fruit!

I love placing it around the apartment. I mean, it has to sit out and ripen anyways and it makes grabbing a quick, healthy snack easy as well as looking pretty! Also, did I mention that it's affordable and you can change it out pretty much every time you go grocery shopping?

Now, your husband might laugh at you when he sees avocados placed next to your couch and your apartment looks kind of like a fruit stand, but boys, what do they know, right? ;) 

I love the pop of color these clementines add to an otherwise gray space, and the greenery is some I cut from the ditch across the street. 

Decorate with Fruit-Oranges in a Wooden Bowl
Decorate with Fruit-Oranges in a Wooden Bowl
Decorate with Fruit-Bowl of Oranges

A bowl of apples and a mango adds a pop of color to the entry way. It's simple, but pretty.

Decorate with Fruit-Bowl of Apples
Decorate with Fruit-Bowl of Apples

Here it is decorated for Christmas. I'm thinking I'll leave this "O come let us adore Him" sign I made up for awhile. I like the height it adds to the space, plus it's something I need to be reminded of daily and not just at Christmas time. You can see how I made the sign here.

Decorate with Fruit-Bowl of Apples

The lamps are too small for our couch and the bowl is too big for the lamps, but that's okay! The avocados look good next to the blue-gray of the couch and the painting above it which you can just catch a glimpse of in the right hand corner of the image below. I loooove avocados!

Decorate with Fruit-Bowl of Avocados
Decorate with Fruit-Bowl of Avocados

And lastly, I love the pop of color the bananas add to the dining area! 

Decorate with fruit-Bananas
Decorate with Fruit-Bananas

What is your favorite fruit or way to eat it? I'm not sure I have a favorite, but I usually just like to eat it plain or maybe in cobbler. I love fruit on it's own, but I've never really liked it mixed with stuff. Something about the combination of textures bothers me. I know, I'm a weirdo. 

You might also like to view:

Our Christmas Apartment Tour where we decorated on the simple and cheap

The Darragh Family - a fun family Christmas session I got to photograph which included the grocery store and donuts!

Pursuing Evergreen Hope - God's reminder to me this season that if it's His will for you to do something, He will make a way.