I’m not someone who has a natural talent for home decor. I usually stick to neutrals, solids, and try to keep things pretty minimal (you know, except the 100 baby toys currently scattered across the living room).
You should know that my home decor budget is super minimal. I can justify spending a little more now that I work from home and am therefore around to appreciate my throw pillows more often but realistically, our decor budget is fairly small. Frankly, I’d rather wear my money than look at it on a mantle (ha!).
Most of these purchases were made in the last year (with a little wiggle room). These are the things I use regularly and love. Like really really love.
I wasn’t sure about how I’d feel about linen sheets and didn’t want to invest in expensive linen ones until we knew if we liked them. These are super reasonably priced and we’re obsessed with them. They were perfect in the summer. They have a weight to them without feeling hot. It’s strange, I don’t even know how it works.
Target re-releases these every year in different colors/patterns. We managed to snag them in a great heather grey that works long after Christmas is over. They’re super reasonably priced and extra cozy. We washed ours a ton last year and they’ve held up well. I highly recommend these for winter!
Since we had a pest issue when we first moved in to our current home, my Dad suggested we keep all dry goods completely sealed. The pests are gone but we’re still super careful about leaving any food out or open.
I wound up buying these Anchor jars to store rice, sugar, flour, quinoa, etc. on our open shelving (pictured above). Turns out, they have a very Joanna Gaines look and people always comment on them.
I originally bought a real fiddle leaf fig from the Rittenhouse farmers market. In what may be a world record, I killed it in three weeks. Those things are super temperamental and definitely not a good plant for someone who can’t even keep a succulent alive.
So I set out to find a good fake one. The Nearly Natural one that every blogger seems to have is over $100 and apparently very large and full. I like how they look in larger houses but in our house we needed something that took up less space.
This one from QVC is absolutely the best one I’ve found, especially for the price. It’s $58 and honestly looks pretty real. It takes up just the right amount of space (more up than out, if that makes sense). They constantly sell out but right now they’re preordering to ship out 12/9.
I get asked about this on Instagram a lot, since it’s where I take pictures of what I’m wearing. I originally bought it for our teeny row house in the hopes that a well-placed mirror would make it look a little wider than 11 feet. It kind of worked. Plus, it’s really great for those outfit pics (lol).
It’s pricy but after thinking about buying one for months, I finally just went for it. I’ve never regretted it. If you really need help justifying the purchase, just know that it worked really well for putting on different baby carriers and I still use it every time I put Ben in one.
I originally bought these to use for breastfeeding in bed. I wanted something that felt nicer than just a cheap filler pillow but didn’t want to spend the money for down. These are fantastic! They’re so good. They feel expensive and they’ve held up so well. I can’t even believe the price for two.
We didn’t have a nursery for Ben when we first brought him home. Here’s why we didn’t leave our one bedroom when Ben was born. We had a crib in the corner of our bedroom and really, we didn’t use it for months since he slept at my bedside (read more about our most used baby products for 0-6 months and what we got wrong on our registry).
When we moved in to our new house I finally got to set up a nursery and wanted a chair for nursing in his room. Practical to my core, I didn’t think investing in a rocker was a great move for us. We hadn’t had one for the first 6 months of his life so it’s not like he was used to the motion. So we bought this one from Ikea and we love it. The wings are good for catching your head when you inevitably nod off. The back is nice and straight so it’s great for reading books to Ben. Plus, N always says that with this chair, the navy blue wall, and the vintage persian rug, his nursery looks like a gentleman’s cigar lounge (ha).
Now tell me, what’s your best home purchase of the last year? I’m debating doing a little fall decorating but I can’t decide if it’s worth spending the money.