How to Decorate Your Dining Room for Fall
I love decorating for Fall because that means the best time of year is just right around the corner! Last year, I showed y’all my dining room and Thanksgiving tablescape in this blog post. I kept a lot of the main elements from last year the same but made a few small changes to freshen things up.
I love finding small ways to change up a room that won’t break the bank. Easy ways to do that is adding or changing throw pillows. You can do that by buying new pillows or by simply changing the pillow covers. I change my throw pillows out all the time for a quick room facelift throughout my house. I found these black and white plaid pillows at my local Homegoods and fell in love. I really liked the way they tied in the light fixture above my table, but I needed to find a way to bring black into my tablescape as well. That’s when I found these matte black chargers at Pier 1 and they did just the trick.
About my dining room furniture, my dining table is from Wayfair. It’s no longer available but this table is basically identical in a darker wash. My chairs and light fixture are from Restoration Hardware. These chairs from World Market are dupes for my chairs. These slipcovered chairs from PB are also dupes for my end chairs. This is my rug and it’s so soft for a jute, love it! My drapes (96″ so they’ll lay gathered on the floor), curtain rods/hardware and bar (sold out) are all from Pottery Barn.
My mirror on my bar is from Kirkland’s, but I had Matt repaint it because it was way more yellow in person than it looked online. After Matt whitewashed it, it matched my PB bar perfectly.
My centerpiece is made up of a beautiful ivory chunky knit runner I found at Homegoods (similar here) and various pumpkins, greenery and pinecones. My pumpkins were all purchased from Homegoods or TJ Maxx and my greenery I snagged at Hobby Lobby and Michael’s.
I hope you enjoyed this video tour of my dining room and Fall tablescape! Should I film a video of my Christmas decor? If so, what would you like to see specifically?
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Top 10 Nursery Do’s and Don’ts
Thank you to Just Born for partnering with me to create this post.
When it comes to home decor, I’m not a pro. I’m indecisive. I’m unable to visualize pieces in a room unless they’re physically in that space. When it came to our nursery, it was as if I became a different person. I knew exactly what I wanted… Which colors, furniture style, overall look, etc.
Through trial and error, we were able to create the perfect nursery for our home and our baby girl. Below, I’m sharing our top do’s and don’ts that we’ve learned along the way for designing your little one’s special space.
10 Nursery Do’s and Don’ts
- DO keep safety in mind. There are so many things that we would normally decorate with that are no-no’s for babies. Check out this blog post for more info.
- DON’T get too many opinions. This goes for pretty much every area of life… Keep your circle of your advisers very small. Too much noise only creates confusion, and confusion only creates crazy. Ain’t nobody got time for crazy!
- DO make it pretty. Choose pieces that help to create a peaceful, calm and happy space. You and baby will be spending a lot of time in this room, so make it somewhere you want to be. Just Born offers a variety of pieces to create a beautiful nursery. We love their Keepsake Collection Classic Vintage pieces for our nursery, as well as their Dream Collection Love blanket. I can’t forget the new Just Born layette collection made with organic cotton, which will be available for purchase on Amazon in September.
- DON’T forget to keep it functional. Selecting pieces that are pretty, but also functional like our Just Born changing table cover, is essential.
- DO organize. An organized nursery makes your life so much easier. When everything has a place and everything is in it’s place (when did I turn into my mom?!) life just flows better. Create an organization system early on then organize as you decorate and receive/buy new pieces.
- DON’T forget blackouts. Nap time will be so much easier on mama if the room is darker. Invest in blackout curtains and/or shades to keep the room as dark as possible for better baby sleep.
- DO invest in a glider. The only piece of furniture used more in the nursery than our crib and changing table is our glider. Make sure it’s comfy because you’ll be spending a ton of time in it.
- DON’T be afraid to make returns. Just because it was a gift doesn’t mean that you have to keep it. If you don’t love it, return it for something you’ll actually use.
- DO select a soft rug. Baby will be rolling around, crawling and eventually taking tumbles from those unsteady early steps. Choose an area rug or carpeting that will be help cushion baby’s knees, hands and falls.
- DON’T go overly themed. Choose decor that will grow with baby so you don’t have to shell out a ton of cash too soon for another design.
Leave a comment below with any of your nursery design tips and tricks for other new mamas!
9 Ways to Save Money on Baby Gear
One thing I’ve learned since becoming a parent is that babies need stuff. A whole lotta stuff. These little ones ain’t cheap! If you’re on a budget and about to become a new parent, it’s a time to be creative. I wanted to share a few tips and tricks about how to save money while prepping your life an home for your new bundle of joy.
Ways to Save Money on Baby Gear
- Baby Registry. Chances are, your close family and friends are planning to throw you a shower since this is your first baby. Be sure to register for gifts, so you will receive gifts that you really want. When registering, be smart and do your research. Choose items that you know you’ll get good use out of and can use down the road should you wish to have another kid. Hold off buying baby gear until your showers are over. Be sure to return the products you won’t use and exchange them for things you really do need.
- Shop Smart. Compare prices and always check eBay. Did you know that 81% of all merchandise sold on eBay is new and available with the “Buy It Now” option (no bidding necessary)? So many products are available new in box and have free shipping. There are so many great baby deals like this Fisher-Price BeatBo (which MacKenlee loves, even though she’s young!) You can snag awesome things like my Medela Breast Pump for 30% off, our Owlet Smart Sock for 28% off or even our 4Moms Mamaroo. Did you know that eBay offers a Money Back Guarantee, Guaranteed Delivery and Price Match Guarantee? All the more reason to shop their baby deals first!
- Stock Up Early. While you’re pregnant, when you see a great deal on items like diapers, stock up! Did you know the average newborn goes through ten diapers a day? TEN. Those diapers stack up quick, so getting a head start on buying them in various sizes will be seriously appreciated by your future self. Tip: Don’t buy a ton of newborn products, you never know how big your little one will be at birth.
- Don’t Be Above Secondhand. If you have a friend who is offering to pass down some gently used baby gear, take them up on it! Chances are that their babe didn’t wear the clothes but a handful of times, if that, so why not at least check them out?
- Buy A Convertible Crib. We chose a crib that converts to a toddler bed which is one less piece of furniture that we have to buy.
- Skip The Changing Table. We also chose a dresser that will grow with MacKenlee and just added a removable topper to turn the dresser top into a changing table.
- Save clothes and gear for future kids.
- Donate Items You Won’t Reuse/Don’t Love. And get a receipt for your donation! That’s a great write-off come tax time. Try selling the bigger ticket items at local consignment stores or even on Facebook Marketplace.
- Breastfeed. Not every woman has the ability, but if you do, breastfeed as long as possible to cut out the costs of formula (not to mention all the other awesome benefits of breastfeeding.) When it comes time for solids, consider making your own baby food.
What tips do you have for financially prepping for baby? Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you to eBay for partnering with me to create this post.