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How To Style A Bedroom

How to style a bedroom.

I love looking at gorgeous houses on tv or on Pinterest but a lot of times it seems so unattainable to have such a beautiful home! However, lately I’ve been learning how to style my home in a way that I like, and I want to share with you what I know!

How To Style A Bedroom

Keep It Simple

The first thing I did was go through the house and take down all the decorations. I have lots of decorations in several different styles or themes. Lots of it is special or sentimental! But I took everything down, and reevaluated. I put back only what looked great together and didn’t give the house a cluttered look. The other items, I packed away in the closet. I may pull them out and re-decorate sometime, and I’m not ready to get rid of them yet! But having everything out at once gives my home a cluttered, uncohesive feel.

Does It Match?

As I said above, my decor was in a few different styles! Some rustic, some sleek, some beachy. Try to choose one theme and stick to it – if not for the whole house, choose only one theme for each room.

Switch It Out!

Seasonal decor? Go for it! At Christmastime, I took down all my decorations… I took our photos out of their frames… and I went all-out for Christmas! Do you have decor that is best suited to a specific season or holiday? If it’s a versatile item, use it some other way. If not, pack it away and pull it out when you want to feel festive!

How I Styled My Bedroom

When we moved into our current house, our bed frame didn’t fit through the hallway and doorway into our room! We had to get a new one. We chose one from the Warehouse and a matching set of bedside drawers. I love having the matching bedroom furniture! It really pulls it together. When we got married we were given some bedding, and I love that the pattern is modern and fun but simple. We have matching pillowcases, and all the sheets and spare pillowcases are in colors that coordinate with the duvet cover. This makes it easy to always have coordinated bedding!

We purchased a set of lamps (similar linked here) and my favorite thing is that they turn on by touch. They also have three light settings. We keep these on our bedside tables, along with a few other things. On mine is a candle and essential oil diffuser. Jared’s has his alarm clock.

On the other side of the room, there’s a bit of a nook where our dresser (which does not match the other furniture) fits perfectly. There are a few decorations on top of the dresser including some wedding photos, a photo album, and a candle. Beside the dresser is a small closet. Our room doesn’t have a lot of storage — or maybe we just have too much clothing — so we keep some clothing hanging in the closet, Jared uses the dresser, and I keep my clothes in the hallway closet just outside our bedroom.

Our bedside tables have two drawers, which I love because it’s actually a lot of storage! To be honest I need to sort through them because they have a lot of random stuff right now. One thing I love to keep in mine is my journal, a pen, and chargers and headphones.

Our bed has space underneath and we keep our extra blankets there. At the foot of our bed is our laundry basket, a sheepskin, and in the summertime, a fan.

I have found that our room is the perfect size, and I love the way it’s set up! I think it would look even better with a large photo or art-piece above the bed, but at the moment this small photo is all I can do. We rent our house and cannot put new holes in the walls, or use command strips.

You’ll notice the curtains don’t really match anything! As I said, we are renting, and these are the curtains that came with the house. In my dream home, the curtains would coordinate as well. However, we’re really happy with our place right now and I’m working around the things I can’t change, such as the curtains!

To Sum It Up!

  • Keep it simple. Less is more. A few well chosen decorations can have a much larger impact than many items together.
  • Coordinate furniture and bedding, as much as possible.
  • Little touches can bring a room together. Our duvet cover has dark blue, aqua, and bright yellow-green, and most of the decorations in our room are black/white and a calm blue that goes great with these colors.
  • Use special decor for holidays, if that’s your thing! Look for festive items that go well with many of the things you already have.
  • I love finding printables to fill photo frames at certain times of the year! Do a Pinterest search and you can find dozens of free printables. Click here for my free Christmas printables and here for my free Valentines themed printables!

What would you add if this was your room? Some cute throw pillows would be a nice touch! Also, can somebody please tell me what to do with a throw blanket? I have a few but I can’t figure out how to make them look casual in a purposeful way…

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Christmas Decorations on a Budget

Christmastime can be pricy enough between buying gifts, travelling, and planning Christmas dinner. Because of this, I’ve done the work for you to find Christmas decorations on a budget. I’m bringing you a list of ALL you need to decorate for Christmas for under $130 – yes, tree included! Granted you aren’t going to get the biggest and fullest tree for this price, but you can get in the Christmas spirit while saving money. Dave Ramsey would approve.

Likewise, if you’re planning to host any Christmas parties this year, let me show you how to decorate for your party for only $35! (including plates/cups/etc)

Rustic Christmas Decorations on a budget

Rustic Christmas Decorations on a Budget
  1. Burlap Stockings (4-pack)
    I love the simple but classy look of these!
  2. Gold ornaments (1.57-inch)
    I love these small ornaments! They add that pop without being too gaudy.
  3. Twine
    I used this twine to hang the stockings, and to tie the twine with stockings to the burlap flag banner.
  4. 4′ Christmas Tree
    It may not be the fullest or tallest tree but it’s perfect if you have tight space or a tight budget! Tastefully decorated it can still be classy and fun!
  5. Burlap ribbon
    This is great for a mantlepiece, ledge, or as a table runner. I hung some along the top of our kitchen window and put some on the ledge by our piano.
  6. Burlap flag bunting
    I love this! It can be used for any occasion, but in this case it ties in perfectly with the other burlap decorations and adds a festive look!
  7. Burlap tree skirt
    To hide the tree stand and give you a designated area for presents.
  8. Burlap bows
    I decorated my tree with these! You can use the twine to tie them around your tree branches.
  9. Gold star tree topper
    What Christmas tree doesn’t have a star on top?! Glittery and gold, these coordinates with your gold ornaments!
  10. Miniature Trees (8 inch)
    These add that festive look to an area of your home where you can’t fit a full-sized tree!
  11. Christmas Lights
    Honestly these lights turn a ‘trying my best’ tree into a ‘wonderfully cozy’ tree. I’m serious. They’re worth it, and once you buy them they should last for years to come!
  12. Bottle Brush Trees (4.25 inch)
    I love the look of these! Another way to bring that Christmas feel to more corners of your home.

The best part? ALL of this is on Amazon. Add it to your cart, hit ‘proceed to checkout’, and move on to finding gifts, planning a party, or whatever the next thing on your Christmastime to-do list is.

Hosting a Party: Christmas Decorations On a Budget

If you want to throw an amazing Christmas party for an amazing price, keep reading! Head to Target, Walmart, or the Dollar Store and pick up some cheap party supplies. I’ve linked all these items at Target.com which adds to a total of under $35.

Christmas Party Decorations on a Budget

What do I need?

  1. Green dessert plates
  2. Black cutlery
  3. Gold straws
  4. Peppermint candies
  5. Red napkins
  6. Red cups
  7. Gold tinsel garland
  8. Gold tablecloth
  9. Black tablecloth

Setting up for your party

This is a simple but fun idea for decorating for your Christmas themed party. If you can’t find these exact items, just use this list for inspiration!

The first step is to choose a color scheme. Here I chose black, gold, red, and green.

Simplicity and contrast are key, so I would set the table with the gold table cloth and use the black tablecloth, folded or crumpled, as a table runner. Add the gold garland and peppermint candies to the table runner.

Instead of choosing all red or all green for the place settings, I chose a few different colors to add contrast. Green plates add an extra pop of color while the red cups, napkins, and peppermint candies tie everything together. The gold straws, tinsel, and tablecloth coordinate, and the black cutlery and black tablecloth add some extra contrast as well.

Tips for effortless Christmas decorating

First of all, less is more. It’s a wise saying! Pack away all your normal decor. Yes. Do it. It’s only for a month! If your Christmas decor isn’t competing with ‘regular’ decor, it’s easier to coordinate everything and pull off an amazing look for less money.

Look for decor that can be used for other occasions. I love the rustic theme I chose this year, and the burlap flag bunting can be used for any party or occasion! Jared and I had lots of burlap and rustic elements in our wedding.

Free printables are your friend! There are dozens of fun, festive, and free printables that you can download to decorate your home with. I created these ones (pictured) and these and these are nice as well. If you have Pinterest, do a quick search on there and you’ll find so many options!

Hopefully you’re finally feeling a little more excited and a little less stressed now! If you found this post helpful, save it to Pinterest for next Christmas. And if you live in the land of the long white cloud, check out this post where I linked my exact Christmas decorations on a budget in NZ!

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Free Christmas Printables!

Free Christmas Printables

Merry Christmas. It’s December, I’m allowed to say it! My husband Jared is normally a December 1st guy. But this year he let me decorate a little early and I’m sooo excited!

Two years ago Jared and I had our first Christmas together, and put up our first tree (my first tree ever!). It was a scraggly little thing from the Warehouse and it cost $12 but truly I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a tree. Last year I searched for it and couldn’t find part of the stand and, well, a Christmas tree isn’t any good if it can’t stand up straight, and since it cost $12, I just gave it up. I didn’t want to get a new tree because we were visiting America for Christmas so why bother if we would barely be here to enjoy it…

So that is the reason why I bought a new tree this year. This time I found the one at Kmart for only $10. (It’s also a scraggly little tree… but slightly nicer than the one from the Warehouse) Someday we’ll probably invest in a nicer one, but for now, well a $10 tree can still bring a lot of joy. I got a few other decorations as well and then I took all the photos out of our photo frames. And replaced them with cute printables because Christmas only comes once a year!

Abel’s First Christmas

There’s something special about Christmas this year. I feel like the older I get, the less wonderful Christmas is. I’m not really sure why but I think it just comes with growing up. However! Last year it was really exciting to share all my family’s Christmas traditions with Jared while we visited them. But this year is even better. We have a baby to share Christmas with.

I am so excited for Abel to experience his first Christmas! I think it will just be extra fun to share this Christmas season not only with Jared, but with our little boy as well. I’m looking forward to teaching him about what we are celebrating at Christmastime – the birth of Jesus Christ. Having a son, I want to make life as fun as possible for my little boy, and that makes it fun for me as well!

I love decorating the house to make it feel like Christmastime – I mean Christmas itself is just one day so let’s celebrate it as long as we can! I got some cute decorations from the Warehouse and Kmart which I’ll link below, along with the links for the free printables!

I’ve also created some printable gift tags for you!

Click the links below to donwload the pdf files.

Free Christmas Printables: Gift Tags (8 per sheet)

Green Tiger ‘Hey, this is for you’
My Heart Is Yours
Retro Blue Rainbow
Retro Pink Rainbow

Free Christmas Printables: Quotes

Joy to the World 8×10
Merry Christmas 5×7
Merry Christmas 4×6
O Come Let Us Adore Him 4×6

Decorations

Below I’ve linked the decorations that I bought from Kmart and the Warehouse.

6ft Christmas Tree from Kmart $10
Warm white lights from the Warehouse $15
Baubles (red, green, gold) from Kmart $2
Baubles (white, gold) from the Warehouse $3
Star tree topper from Kmart $2
Burlap bows from Kmart $2
Burlap flag bunting from Kmart $5
Burlap ribbon from the Warehouse $3
Two pack of mini trees from Kmart $8
Stockings from Kmart $3 each
Pointsetta and berry pick from the Warehouse $3

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Free Printable Scripture and Quotes

Last year I shared some printables I made for Valentine’s Day, and today I want to share them with you again, plus a few more that I’ve created recently!

Just click the titles below to download the PDFs!

If I Know What Love Is, It Is Because Of You

Proverbs 17:17

Colossians 3:14

Proverbs 3:5-6 A4 and Proverbs 3:5-6 US Letter

Psalm 23:6 A4 and Psalm 23:6 US Letter

Psalm 46:10 A4 and Psalm 46:10 US Letter

While you can download these printables anytime, I have more for you as well. I’m so excited to tell you that I’ve started an email list and every month I’ll be sending out two new printables! I’d love for you to sign up, and if you have a specific quote or verse you’d like to see, let me know and I’ll do my best to include it!

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