Rustic-Inspired Finds

I wouldn’t say my style is rustic by any means, but I find myself more and more drawn to pieces that have some wear, some texture, and a story (or at least look like they do. . .). I think almost any room can benefit from a little rustic being thrown in the mix—even if it’s as small as an accent table. Adding something that’s not perfect keeps everything from looking too fussy, too trendy, too shiny new.

neutral-living-room-1Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

I’ve always associated HauteLook with designer fashion, but I recently found that they have a whole home section devoted to bargains. The Rustic Vintage Décor sale is going on now and has some really great pieces for adding a little character to your home:

HauteLook

Your house can look like you scoured antique shops without ever leaving your computer :) This sale ends on Tuesday.

HauteLook offers free shipping on orders over $100 and easy online and in-store returns. To shop the Rustic Vintage Décor sale and more, you’ll need to sign up with your email address here.

 

Thanks to HauteLook for partnering with me on this post.

Happy Houseplants Under $10

topiaries

eugenia

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snake-plant

cactus

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Called a “desert gem cactus”. They remind me of Skittles :)

orchids

I saw all of these at my local Home Depot when I was there picking up paint for our front door. All were $10 or under (so I won’t be heartbroken when I inevitably kill them). I picked up a Eugenia topiary and a new succulent.

Speaking of the front door, it was installed last week and I’m working on putting the final coats of paint on it today. I like it so much better already.

new-door

Our Mantel Styled Two Ways

After my post last week on different approaches to decorating a mantel, I decided to play around with accessorizing ours. I needed a little change as I (impatiently) wait for Spring to get here. In both scenarios, I used most of the same accessories. For my first attempt, I went for a little more layering and color:

spring mantel

spring-flowers

mantel decorating

spring decorating

For the second look, I went more neutral, using my favorite combo of texture, glass and a little green:

simple mantel styling

I picked up the snake plant earlier this week. The tag said it was almost impossible to kill (well, not in those exact words).

brass planter

decorating the mantel

I’m leaning toward the cleaner, simpler look for now. What do you think?