Your home is beautiful! Did you recruit a designer, or decorate it on your own?
I wish I could say a designer-there would have been a lot less trial and error! haha. My husband is a great sport and has taken quite a few Ikea trips with me to attempt some hacks. With this being our first house, he let me have fun and design it for us. It’s still evolving all the time, so I’m constantly swapping things in and out. I always tell girls I style, that if you like something, it looks good. Nothing can back a look quite like confidence can, so I try to think that way in terms of home decor as well.
Your personal style is so fun & feminine, is your decor aesthetic similar?
Absolutely! I say that my personal and home style is Southern Eclectic. I love to mix Chinoiserie touches with different patterns and prints, while keeping true to our Texas roots. We’ve got neutral furniture, antlers on the wall and cacti art as a nod to our Southern state while incorporating modern, gold pieces. On my blog I love to layer jewelry and in my living room I like to layer coffee table books, it’s what I’m comfortable with!
Did you have any particular pieces that shaped the design?
When we got engaged I had a bridesmaids brunch asking my best friends to be part of our day. The theme was springtime chic and it was decorated with ginger jars and peonies everywhere- a total dream of mine. My wedding planner sourced so many ginger jars all over to incorporate on the tables, so I knew I wanted those to be a huge focal point in the house. We had put an offer on a house the day before my brunch, but I didn’t have my hopes up as we had had another offer fall through. Our realtor is my mom’s best friend and was actually at the brunch, so afterwards she told me the sellers accepted. We got to take all the ginger jars over to the house and they were the first thing that moved in. I love to design around them and keep them as a recurring theme in the house to remind us of when we first got engaged.
What's your favorite room in the house and why?
My favorite room in the house is definitely our living room. It’s the space I change up the most frequently-I’m mortified at how many throw pillows I buy on a monthly basis-but it’s also the most lived-in space. I’m sure there are wine stains on the rug and our dog has permanently indented the couch cushions from all her lazy afternoon naps. But it’s the room we host in and is always filled with friends and family, so it’s the most meaningful to me.
What are some things to keep in mind when picking out decor?
It’s either got to be sentimental, or I’ve got to be madly in love with it. If it’s not either, then it’s just clutter. I think that’s why I’m always rearranging and buying new pieces here and there. I want us to be obsessed with everything in our home, and while it would be much easier when decorating a dresser to buy a white vase and call it a day, I never love the final outcome.
You just recently got married - Congratulations! Did you have a hard time designing for you AND your husband?
When we got engaged I started selling my furniture in my old apartment left and right. I was preparing to toss it all and live in a neutral space if that is what he had wanted. But when I tell you I married a guy’s guy, I seriously did. He doesn’t even know what leopard print is, he just knows if a leopard print pillow is comfortable or not! He freaked out and was like, “What are you doing selling your stuff?! You like to decorate! I’m a guy. Why would I care? I don’t care what the couch looks like, I just want to sit on the couch with you.” I’m really lucky in that sense, so I decorate, but he seriously takes over the TV. I’m pretty sure we have 78 recordings of WWII documentaries on it, but I can’t complain! 😉
What are easy adjustments to make when transitioning from a bachelorette pad to a place that works for both of you?
My office and our guest bedroom were also great spaces to transition my old, girly items, without breaking the bank and starting new. When the budget is right, I’ll move those items out, but when we first moved in we just didn’t want to justify redo-ing an entire guest bedroom when we really wouldn’t have guests. If you can push those items in there, you can really start fresh in the living room and move the budget around to find pieces you both love!
Coffee Table: One Kings Lane
Art: Jenn Thatcher Art
Tulip Table: Overstock
TV Console: Pier 1
Cacti Prints: The Aestate
Accent Chair: Kathy Kuo Home
Chandelier: Pottery Barn Teen
Cow Print: Kirklands
Dorothy Draper Dresser: Pier 1
Peace Sign: Overstock
Leopard: Furbish Studio
Green: World Market