This post is sponsored by RewardStyle & Etsy.
So this past weekend while we were on our little road trip, I was doing one of my favorites things during our drive: I was listening to podcasts! Do you guys listen to podcasts? I’ve just discovered them about six months ago and I’m pretty much hooked. Especially for things like long car rides or even while I’m cleaning the house. They’re AWESOME. Anyway, I was listening to one of my favorites and the hosts were talking with Genevieve Gorder, that home decor expert from HGTV. She was talking about some common decorating dilemmas and she mentioned the importance of filling your home with the right accessories. She went on to say that accessories are often regarded as “fluff”, but they’re actually one of the most powerful elements in any room. Isn’t that so true? And the more I thought about what she said the more I realized accessories, and the things we often think of as “extras”, are very budget-friendly in comparison to big home renovations. Yet we often overlook how important they are in our homes. So today I have three reasons why accessories really matter when you’re on a budget, and I’ll show you one of my favorites ways to accessorize my home.
1. Accessories set the tone for your style.
If you don’t have a lot of money in your budget to make big or dramatic changes in your home, adding the right accessories will definitely give you the most impact for the least cost. Plus they are responsible for determining the overall vibe and feel of any space. If you’re more on the modern side you’ll reach for items with metallics or glass decor. But if you’re more into the farmhouse look, or if you’re transitioning to that look, you’ll go with things like vintage books. Without those key accessories, the room has no personality.
2. They distract from things that aren’t perfect.
Accessories have the incredible power to distract from things that aren’t perfect. And here’s how: say you have an old piece of furniture that you hate, but you can’t afford to replace right now. Covering it with a beautiful throw blanket and a pile of gorgeous pillows is going to dramatically change the look of that piece and distract from the fact that it’s maybe not perfect. Or say your dining room table is outdated or maybe doesn’t suit your style anymore, you could easily cover it with a new tablecloth and beautiful centerpiece. Not only will you instantly have a different feel to your dining room, but you hardly spent any money!
3. Accessories make all the difference when you’re renting or in a home you don’t love.
Ok, this one is HUGE for me and it’s not something I fully realized until about two years ago. If you’ve been around for a while now you probably know that before moving into this home we lived in two foreclosures. Yep, two. The first one was a big challenge for me. Not only was it our very first home, but I just didn’t love it by any stretch of the imagination. The rooms were tiny, we had almost no money to do any big renovations, and I just felt kind of stuck. And I didn’t put much effort into decorating because I knew it wasn’t our “forever home”. Looking back now I wish I hadn’t been so focused on the fact that we didn’t have money to do the big things and instead focused my attention on doing the small things well–like accessories. So if you’re renting or in a home that you’ don’t love but can’t change, focus your attention on doing the little things right and fill your home with accessories that speak to who you are and the home you want to create.
Ok, now I want to show you one of my favorites ways to accessorize my home: throw pillows! I’ve talked a lot about my obsession with throw pillows in the past, so it’s probably not much of a surprise to hear that I think they’re the number one way you can accessorize your home on a budget. Not only are they budget-friendly and super easy, but they truly do set the tone for your style. It’s not hard to see that bright and flashy throw pillows make an entirely different statement than soft and neutral pillows.
You all know how much I love Etsy–it’s my go-to place for farmhouse style decor these days, especially when it comes to finding throw pillows. I just recently stumbled on the most adorable shop, With Lavender and Grace, which is full of beautiful grain sack pillows. These pillows have a natural, vintage vibe and they’re covered in little patches that add texture and rugged charm. So stinkin’ cute and unique. And best of all, they’re hand painted. HAND PAINTED, people. How amazing is that?!
I know they don’t seem like much, but accessories are the icing on the cake when it comes to styling your home. I mean, without the icing what good is the cake, right? You gotta have it. And it’s especially important when you’re working on a budget, in a home you might not love, or when you’re transitioning to a new decor style. There are soooooo many ways you can add personality and charm with the right “extras” and it won’t break the bank. Throw pillows are of course my favorite, but some other examples of accessories with big impact would include things like lamps, rugs, accent pieces, and blankets.
Well that’s all for me today guys. Hopefully today’s post got you looking at accessories in a whole new way. A chocolate icing or maybe even a buttercream kinda of way.
Here are a few of my favorite pillows from With Lavender and Grace: