It's amazing to make a place your own and bring out your style. However, it's so common to make easy mistakes along the way. After living in four different locations in three years, I learned a few things along the way—made some mistakes, cursed Pinterest for the rest of my life and finally found a rhythm and solution for my mishaps.
Not Measuring Things
A huge downfall when you're buying decor and furniture occurs when you ignore the dimensions of things. You may be thinking, well, of course, you wouldn't buy a couch that doesn't fit. BUT I'm talking about the small things. You may buy new dining room chairs that sit too low for your dining room table. Or you may get a TV console that isn't as wide as the TV. Paying attention to dimensions and physically measuring your room will create a clean look. Don't ignore those dimensions when you're shopping, even if you have to be that girl that brings a measuring tape with you!
Not Paying Attention to the Fine Print
Each company handles shipment and delivery in a different way. Some will offer to unbox it for you and move it physically inside the house, some will leave it at the front door, and some will text you to schedule a delivery time so you can coordinate when you're home. When you ignore these details, you forfeit your ability to plan well and stay on track with your decor process. Your brand new couch could be delivered while you are away and left outside in the dead of winter. The possibilities are endless. Don't be the girl that leaves her couch in the wind.
Copying and Pasting Someone Else's Style
Pinterest truly is a blessing and a curse. It's great to get inspired, but it can be detrimental to your own aesthetic when you try to force a built-in breakfast nook situation in your teeny kitchen, or when you slap that blush pink paint on your front door that ends up clashing with your brick? Use Pinterest to find YOUR style, instead of using it to copy someone else's style. Been there, definitely done that.
Not Using What You Already Have
Getting new decor and furniture can be refreshing but don't forget about the items you already have. That weird old wooden dresser that you don't like anymore can be painted white and given new modern handles, the ugly brown chair can be reupholstered, the glass candle jar can be used as a vase. Use what you have and find ways to transform it in a way that works with your new look.
I don't think I need to go into depth here about how scary expensive furniture and decor can be. You walk into a store to "just browse" and you walk out with four throw pillows, a new bar cart accessory and BAM you just spent $120! Instead of buying everything brand new, make a list of items that you need to splurge on and items that you can thrift for. For us, the priority was buying our own brand new couch. And instead of getting a fancy new dining room table, we shopped for a thrifted one. Prioritize, prioritize, prioritize.
Being Too Matchy
This is a tricky one. In an effort to have a nice clean look you end up buying everything that looks exactly the same. To avoid this, buy things slowly. Don't rush into everything all at once. If you take your time you'll find ways to match things without looking like you're living in a perpetual store advertisement.
Like I mentioned before, money flies away FAST when you're decorating. Before you start looking, plan exactly how much you'll spend. Stay on track by putting together a spreadsheet with the list of items you start to buy and watch your budget slowly decrease. This will force you to be diligent in following along with your budget.
Decorating is fun, expensive, intimidating, thrilling, and relieving. Stay true to you, pay attention to the details, and don't forget your budget. Oh and be careful with those freaking throw pillows!
Style Me Pretty Contributor - Kylie Thompson is a freelance writer, blogger and marketing professional from Grand Rapids Michigan, where she resides with her husband and golden retriever. When she isn't working, you will find her exploring Grand Rapids' newest culinary establishments with her husband, or traveling up and down Lake Michigan's coast.