Hey chickies! I hope everyone is having a five star week. Hayes and I have been busy busy busy! On top of working on some stellar content for y'all, Hayes and I are taking my sweet parents out dinner tonight as a small thank you for hosting our incredible wedding, and then we are hosting friends for a ~dinner party~ tomorrow night, and Saturday morning, we leave for L.A. for a little staycation at the Standard, followed by what should be a lowkey Dad's day with my daddio! Talk about a killer weekend!
So for those of you who know Hayes and I know that we are pretty dang different (in the best way!) and it definitely shows in our style. He likes rustic, dark wood, edgy patterns, and vintage prints. I go for color, airy, mid-century modern, and big bright gallery walls. So when we started to decorate our first place together, we just couldn't figure out a solution. I actually got so stressed out in Ikea that I had a damn near mental breakdown. Of course, Hayes was too sweet and appeased me but when we got home, we had to sit down, talk through what it is that each of us wanted and what we could agree on. From there, we planned our bedroom. And here is the final product:
Isn't it so cute? The best part? 99% of this stuff was all purchased on a major budget! The headboard is from Walmart (yes, you read that correctly. FREAKIN' WALMART!), the banana leaf pillows, striped lumbar pillow, matching throw, mercury glass lamps, and the striped curtains are all from Target. And the crown jewel of our room is our gorgeous Framebridge piece. How killer is that mirrored frame? We absolutely love this piece because it really ties in the bits of turquoise in the banana leaf and lumbar pillow. It was all too navy and white.... and then we added this for punch of color!
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So you and your S.O. have decided to move in together?! WOOHOO! Y'all are going to have a blast! Here are the decorating tips Hayes and I came up with for new couples:
1- Like anything in a relationship, decorating with another person takes patience, conversation, and sacrifice. We both agree that sitting down and having a conversation about what you both want out of your shared space is so important and a vital first step. Without it, you may just have a nervous breakdown in Ikea (it happens to the best of us- HA!).
2- Look around and find inspiration. Hayes hates when I pull up Pinterest to show him photos but he just doesn't get that that is the holy grail of inspo. But hello!!! That is how we came up with our navy and white bright and airy bedroom look. Check out home magazines, decor stores, Pinterest, Instagram, and decide on something you both like and stick with it!
3- Take inventory of what you already have. If you already have great stuff, why toss it out (unless you can totally afford to, but instead of throwing it out donate it to awesome charities like Furnishing Hope which furnishes veteran's homes!)? Gather up the stuff you both have, decide what you want to keep, and figure out how that will work with your "look" y'all are going for. Can't find anything that goes with the look you love? Kick start your DIY! Nothing like a fresh coat of paint to spruce up an old table or an easy slip cover over a tired couch can't fix!
4- Come up with a color palette, theme, and budget that you both agree on. This totally goes back to number 2. I like to say our bedroom has a grown-up beachy vibe to it with our nautical stripes, mercury glass, banana leaf accents, and of course the Framebridge piece that brings up all the vacation vibes! It was so easy finding great navy and white essentials that were under the $100 range but I kept finding banana leaf pillows that were just too much for a trend piece. I just wouldn't spend more than $30 a trend piece (like I said, VERY budget friendly!) so when I found these banana leaf pillows AND the stripe lumbar and matching throw (the stripes are ombre. They go from turquoise, to navy, lime green, to emerald) it all went together perfectly. We walked out of Target with a completed bed for under $100.
5- But here is the catch, Hayes isn't crazy about banana leaf. But he knows how much I love it. So when he came home and saw it, he agreed to keep it. This is where the conversation and sacrifice came in! He sweetly let me keep my banana leaf because it was a killer price and made me happy (happy wife, happy life. #themotto).
Decorating isn't easy. And if you're like me, you think it all has to be done right away. Good decorating takes time and patience and your decor may always be changing (and can always be changing if you go for budget picks!). So if you're a new couple, how have you figured out how to decorate together? What were the hard parts for you? The easy parts? Let me know in the comments below!
This post was sponsored by Framebridge in a post for product exchange.