This week, I’m finishing diving into some questions that Jaclyn and I originally answered during Season 1 of The Millennial Homemaker about interior design trends. If you missed Part 1, you can check it out here!
What is your favorite store for home decor?
I love Home Goods. I could (and sometimes do) go there every week and not get tired of it. Home Goods is constantly changing out its inventory, so you never know what you’re going to find. When I go to Home Goods, I might go in thinking, “I want to find a comfy navy throw blanket,” but I don’t expect to find the exact thing I want. I mostly go in with an open mind and end up finding way too much stuff. When you’re shopping at Home Goods, it’s important to know your style. If you haven’t completely figured out your style, you might end up with buyer’s remorse. If you do know your style, however, anything you buy at Home Goods will go wonderfully in your house.
I also love Etsy for home decor. I’m a huge fan of supporting small businesses, and Etsy helps me do that. A lot of times, I have an idea in my head of what I want, but I can’t find it in more traditional decor stores, but I can usually find exactly what I envisioned on Etsy. When I buy something on Etsy, I know I’m getting something unique and completely customized. With Etsy, I can also look for specific antiques, instead of just hoping for the best in an antique mall.
Speaking of antique malls, I don’t think enough people utilize them to decorate their homes. Like Home Goods, you can’t go into an antique mall with something specific in mind. I am surprised by what I find every time I go to an antique mall. It always amazes me just how well the shop owners have curated their collections (it makes me a little envious, too)! I love antiques because they’ve stood the test of time, and I know that they have rich histories.
Amazon is also a great resource for home decor. Amazon has so much that you can usually find what you’re looking for, you just have to be really specific in your searches.
What’s your favorite room? Why?
I love our dining room. Part of that is because our dining room is the first room in our house that I feel is finished, and it feels completely like us. Of course, a room is never 100% decorated, but with our dining room, I don’t feel the need to change anything anytime soon.
More than that, though, our dining room is already so full of memories. All of the furniture is from Drew’s family. The table and sideboard were in Drew’s parent’s house for years, and the China cabinet came from Drew’s aunt and uncle’s dining room. I love that our dining room is a physical reminder of how much our families love and support us.
Even though we’ve only been in our home for a year and a half, we’ve made plenty of memories in our dining room. The night Drew and I closed on the house, our dining room was set up enough that we were able to eat dinner at our dining room table. Drew’s mom brought us Zaxby’s, so we were able to take a break from cleaning and unpacking to sit and enjoy our new home. It’s also the place where we ate our first anniversary dinner (Drew grilled steak and shrimp, one of the few things he can make!!). We’ve shared so many laughs with our friends between “Friendmas” dinner and game nights.
When Drew and I bought this house, we knew it was only our starter house. When it’s time to move into something bigger, the dining room is going to be hard to say goodbye to.
What are your favorite design trends?
I really like matte finishes on hardware. Door knobs and cabinet pulls are necessities, but I don’t want those to be the first thing people notice. Matte finishes are clean, sophisticated, and subtle.
I also love the idea of hygge. Hygge is a Danish concept meaning the feeling of coziness. It’s a lifestyle and something I try to create in my home. I want friends and family to be comfortable and cozy and feel at home anytime they come to visit. I just love that there’s a word for that! A sweet friend who lives in Copenhagen shared this video with me to explain hygge:
What are your least favorite design trends?
I don’t like mismatched kitchen cabinets. I’ve mostly seen them in newly built houses so far, and I personally hope they don’t spread too much. I’ve seen a few different variations – either the top cabinets are white and the bottom cabinets are a darker color, or the wall cabinets are white and the island is a different color. If you like that look, go for it! I really have no real reason to dislike it, but I guess I just prefer uniformity in cabinets.
What one item should you invest in?
I cheated a little bit on this question because I think there are two things you should invest in – sofas and beds.
Chances are you’ll spend a lot of time on your sofa, and it will get a lot of wear-and-tear – friends, family, pets, and kids. So, it’s important to get something that will withstand all that and last awhile, so you don’t have to buy a new couch every few years. Who has the money for that!? It’s also a good idea to get a couch in a good neutral color so you don’t have to get a new one just because you want to redecorate.
I also think it’s a good idea to invest in beds because they’re the focal point of your bedrooms. You want something that not only looks good, but also lasts.
Investing doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money. You can shop around to get a good deal. Just look for furniture with good bones and read online reviews about the manufacturing company.
What would you tell someone who doesn’t have a large budget for home decor?
I don’t have a large decorating budget either! Creating the home you want doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, and it definitely doesn’t have to happen overnight. Take your time and be picky about what you buy.
Choose one room at a time and start there – I learned this the hard way. Shop yard sales. Look at what you already have and figure out what can be re-purposed.
DIY is my best friend. It takes more time to decorate, but it’s way cheaper, and I get exactly what I want. That’s how I ended up with my dining room shelves, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get a lot of inspiration from HGTV shows (Fixer Upper, of course!), and Chip and Joanna’s magazine “Magnolia Journal.”
I also spend way too much time on Pinterest. With Pinterest, I’ll usually search for pictures based on an image I have in my head already, like “Farmhouse Sofa Table Decor.” I’ll also use Pinterest to look at wedding photos – not for the wedding planning anymore, but for the color palettes.
I really love Shanty 2 Chic. Shanty 2 Chic are two sisters who build gorgeous furniture, then share the plans for that furniture on their website. I love looking at their Instagram to see how other people styled their furniture.
I also love Erin at Cotton Stem. Her house is absolutely stunning, and she regularly shares her DIYs on her blog. She also regularly hosts “creeps” on Instagram, where she encourages her followers to use a particular hashtag to showcase their homes. She’s hosted “creeps” on coffee stations, ‘she sheds,’ and more. It’s always so fun to pour through those hashtags and see how other people are styling their homes.
Trick or Treat Yourself Fall Giveaway
October is my favorite month, but more than that it’s National Bake and Decorate Month!! To celebrate, Jaclyn and I are hosting our very first giveaway. We’re giving away a $100 Home Goods gift card!!
- Join The Millennial Homemakers on Facebook.
- Post a picture on Instagram of your favorite fall decor between October 1 and October 31.
- For an additional entry, post a picture of a tasty fall treat you’ve made.
- Make sure to tag @themillennialhomemakers, #themillennialhomemakers, and #FallTrickorTreatYourself.
The winner will be announced in the Facebook group at 6PM EST on November 1, 2017.
The Millennial Homemakers group on Facebook is a really fun way to meet other Millennials and talk decorating, baking, and just about everything else. If you haven’t joined yet, now’s the perfect time!
What would you spend a $100 Home Goods gift card on? Tell me in the comments.