As we move from city to city, (and foreign country!) we are forced to continuously evolve the style of our home decor to fit our new home. When we moved to Germany we had pictured a timber framed rustic house, with light wood and traditional German style. What we ended up with, was a flat built in 1912 that had been recently rehabed in all-white with very modern touches.
I was forced to rethink the design I had envisioned, and thankfully with countless trips to IKEA, Amazon Prime Target shipping to APO’s, and the pieces I’d collected before the move-I had so much fun decorating our new space.
So today, I’m sharing some of my favorite things that have made our new house a home…until the next move 😉
Coffee Table Books with A Pop of Color // A coffee table book can be a decor item, a conversation starter, and a pop of color in a white-walled house (like mine!) My favorite places to shop for discounted hardcovers are TJ Maxx and Amazon.com. TJ Maxx is great for stumbling upon some great books at great prices, but if I’m looking for something specific, Amazon is my go-to.
Shop: Kate Spade : Places to Go, People to See // The Year of Cozy// Kate Spade : All in Good Taste // Living with Pattern: Color, Texture, and Print at Home // The Magic of Motherhood // 36 Hours Europe
Gallery Wall Frames // I knew I wanted to fit a gallery wall into our new place, and was so happy when we found our flat had high ceilings and great canvases for my little project. After searching everywhere for the perfect frames, I found exactly what I was looking for (and bonus, they shipped APO!) My gallery wall is still a work in progress, but I love that the focal point of our living room is filled with wonderful memories and adventures, and everytime I look at it I can’t help but smile.
Candles // Having candles in every room of our house is my jam. I truly believe a smell can improve your mood, and set the tone for any occasion. I love matching seasons with scents, and having our whole house emit my favorite smells. TJ Maxx is (again!) one of my favorite spots to pick up great candles (their SIREN line smells beyond fabulous, and I love Eternal Jasmine for Spring and Summer). I also love Capri Blue’s Volcano candle with it’s citrus and floral notes, perfect for Summer. Year round, and especially on cool evenings, I love lighting White Patchouli by Makers of Wax Good (M of W.G.). I always associate this musky smell with cozy blankets and cuddling 🙂 I am always on the lookout to add delicious scents to my candle collection. Tell me your favorites in the comments below!
Photo: The Sister Studio
Ikea VITTSJÖ // I love a good Ikea hack, and this one is by far my favorite! I bought one of the single column units, spray painted in gold, fell in love and bought two more (the two column units the second time around). I also bought the side tables, which I also painted gold and fell in love with. These are so simple, and whether you paint them or choose to leave them as is (we left the other two units white and they now live in my office and give me SO much space!). If you’re looking for a great bookshelf, storage shelf, etc., do yourself a favor and get a few of these.
Cozy Cuddle Throw // On the advice of one of my favorite lifestyle + home + mama blogger’s, I purchased the Bliss Throw during this last Nordstrom Semi-Annual Sale. This is the softest throw we own, and I love the tassel detail. I’m totally a sucker for a good cuddle blanket, and this one is definitely a favorite. When we moved we did a major purge, and I’ll definitely be stocking up on more like these!