When it comes to home decor, I’m quick to say that it’s not my favorite thing to do. My mom and sister are both really talented at arranging or decorating a room and they have both helped me a lot over the years of moving and setting up different houses.
What I can do, though, is try to glean what I can from a beautiful image I see on Pinterest and re-create it in my own house. The furniture and decorations may not be from the same retailer, but I can kind of match the vibe once I know what I’m going for.
But the hardest part of all of it is figuring out what I’m going for in a certain room.
For the new house, I’m trying to make it feel like you are stepping into a home that could easily fit in at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina. I have so many sweet memories of that place. Justin and I got married there, and we’ve had a few family vacations at a few different homes that we’ve rented over the years as well.
I think because my memories are so happy from my time there that I want to recreate that in my home.
I wouldn’t call the decoration style fully southern as there are some design choices that I don’t necessarily like for my home (like a very patterned chair like this!) but in general I like the cozy soft tones, wood elements, slightly oversized furniture, and greenery that I tend to see in homes at Palmetto Bluff.
I may not have gotten the full decorating ability from my Mom, but I did learn how to mix and match with pieces from a variety of stores to create what I am looking for. There are a lot of pieces of furniture, rugs, and artwork from my current home that I’m excited to reconfigure into the new place.
The kids will have a playroom on the second floor, just like they have in my current home, and I’m sort of at a loss for how to decorate that. I know it’ll help to get in and live there for a few weeks before I make any decisions. We decorated the previous playroom in a very child-like way, and while I think the boys enjoyed it when they were little, I’m already feeling like they have outgrown it. I’d like the playroom to be a comfortable place for them to play and be wild (aka no breakables!) but also be a place where Justin and I can spend time watching a movie after the kids go to bed. We’re considering not having a tv on the first floor in the family room, which would be quite different than our last place, so it would be nice to have a space that all members of the family feel comfortable in!
I’m feeling a mix of excitement and overwhelmedness about decorating the new place. I’m sure it will be a long process since I’m trying to make mindful decisions about pieces that best fit into the design–but I think that will be best in the long run instead of hastily setting it up just for the sake of setting it up.