5 Entryway Decor Must-Haves

The entryway is the first thing guests see when walking into your home, so it is important we make a good first impression. You should spend some time decorating your entryway just as you would any other room in your house. You want it to look pretty and inviting, but functional, too. Here is a list of 5 entryway decor must-haves:

  1. Rug – A rug is a must in an entryway, especially if you have hardwoods or tile. Depending on the size of your space, this may just be a small doormat and that’s ok!

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  2. Table or Bench – This is your entryway decor foundation and the focal point of the room (most likely). Luckily, there are no rules! I’ve seen everything from a media console to a small chest of drawers morphed into an entryway table. Benches are also an option, especially if your entryway is doubling as your mudroom.
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  3. Lighting – You can never have too much lighting, in my opinion. A table lamp or floor lamp will provide a welcoming ambiance to your entryway. Feel free to make it symmetrical by adding a pair of lamps instead of just one.

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  4. Flowers – This is where your “pretty” part comes into play. Flowers, whether real or artificial, are the easiest way to add a pop of color and freshen up the area.

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  5. Wall art – Just like any other room, you want to top off the space with a personal touch. Create a gallery wall or hang a large mirror. Your options are endless!
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     I’ve made some recent changes to our entryway by purchasing a new console table and adding fresh accents. I’m still looking for that “perfect” piece to hang between the tobacco baskets. I’m thinking either a large mirror or a painted canvas with some color. What do y’all think??
A table, flowers, lighting, and wall art are all you need to have the perfect entryway
You can get my blue stone console table here

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I had a little helper during my entryway photo shoot [rug – similar]
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So, what’s the verdict? Canvas painting or large mirror? Would love to hear your opinion in the comments! Have a great weekend, y’all:)

 

 

The 5 Best Home Décor Magazines

Five home decor magazines you need to be reading!

Pinterest has taken over the world, y’all. I wish I had invented it because it is just pure genius, but let’s not forget where that name came from. Remember when we used to tear out pages of magazines and “pin” them on our bulletin board or circle things we loved in bright red marker? I miss that. There’s something about the glossy pages and clean smell that make thumbing through a magazine or catalog more enjoyable than just clicking “save” or “like.” Don’t get me wrong, I love Pinterest [hey, you can even pin the pictures on this page!], but today I’m going back in time to tell you about some of my favorite home decor magazines that are worth reading.

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Southern Living

I probably don’t have to explain this one to you. Southern Living’s pages are filled with beautiful pictures of  home décor, gardening tips, and DIY tutorials. I have an ongoing subscription to this magazine because I’m obsessed. I do a little happy dance every month when it arrives. 1 year subscription (13 issues) – $13.95

Garden and Gun

This is a my new favorite. Garden and Gun appreciates sporting culture [did y’all know I like to hunt?], while also offering articles on southern cuisine, home, garden, and travel of the South. This is a great read for men or women. Win! 1 year subscription (6 issues) – $19.98

Elle Décor

You heard right, Elle has a home décor magazine! Their issues focus on design, renovation, and culture. They even touch on celebrity style—very cool! 1 year subscription (10 issues) – $12

Dwell

If you prefer modern or contemporary design then this magazine is for you. Dwell keeps its reader up to date with the latest trends through gorgeous photography and progressive articles. 1 year subscription (6 issues) – $19.95

The Magnolia Journal

Mann, she did it again. Joanna Gaines has a magazine!! The only downer is that it only publishes four times a year. I missed out on the premiere issue, but I signed up for a subscription and am anxiously awaiting the spring issue! I’ll get back to you when it finally arrives. 1 year subscription (4 issues) – $20


Catalogs and Look Books
Catalogs and look books worth reading

Catalogs and Look-Books

Am I the only one that has catalogs flooding my mailbox every week?? I used to toss them all in the trash, but lately I’ve found myself flipping through and tearing out pages for inspiration. Remember the entryway table I loved from Crate and Barrel, but ended up buying a similar one at a better price? That is just one example of the countless ideas I’ve gathered from catalogs alone. See, Pinterest isn’t the only way to get those creative juices flowing!

Other noteworthy magazines

  • InStyle Home and Design
  • House Beautiful
  • Market Décor
  • Better Homes and Gardens
  • Veranda
  • Country Living

What is your favorite home décor magazine? Where do you gather most of your inspiration?

Thank you for reading!

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Romantic Valentine’s Day Home Décor

Chic and romantic home decor that can be utilized in your home all year long

Valentine’s Day is upon us! I hope you all have special plans whether it be catching dinner and movie with your special someone or going out for drinks with friends. I felt like I should incorporate Valentine’s Day décor into a blog post, but when I was shopping around at Michael’s (always there, whoops) I was disappointed with all the cheesey Valentine’s Day décor…garland with paper red hearts, XOXO blocks, and cupid cut-outs. Sure, great party decorations, but nothing you want to keep up in your home for the entire month of February. Instead, I decided to round-up some adorable home accents that are cute and chic, yet appropriate for all year-long! Use the links below to shop:)

Chic and romantic home decor that can be utilized in your home all year long

Artificial Peonies 

What is Valentine’s Day without flowers? Of course, fresh flowers are always pleasant, but sometimes they aren’t realistic (they die, duh). I’m a big proponent of artificial florals. Don’t let anyone tell you that they are tacky! These peonies come pre-arranged in a glass vase, so no work on your end. How adorable would they look on your desk?

Heart Ring Dishes

Trinket trays are my new favorite thing. They are the perfect landing spot for your everyday jewelry or other odds and ends.Heart Ring Dish with Gold Rim

Faux Fur Pillow and Stripe Accent Pillow

While writing this post I realized that I haven’t bought new pillow covers in months. I’m so deprived! Pillows are the easiest way to transform a space and you can never have too many! Make sure to check out my previous post about mixing and matching pillows to get more ideas!

Wishbone Accent Chair

This furry chair is so chic! Need I say more?

Blush Pinch Pleat Duvet Cover

Threshold bedding from Target is bae. Not only is it affordable, but the quality is on point. This bedding is on sale right now, so don’t miss out!

Ivory Ceramic Stacked Table Lamp

There is no such thing as too many lamps! Overhead lights can get harsh especially when you are trying to wind down for the evening. Lamps give the perfect ambiance.

Voluspa Candles (or this one)

You might remember from my home decorator gift guide, that Voluspa candles are my FAVE. They smell fantastic, but aren’t overwhelming. I love the packaging, too!

Kitchenaid Mixer Artisan Series

If you enjoying baking, even just a little, you need a Kitchenaid mixer. You just do. It will change your life, y’all! Expensive? Yes, but I found it for only $266 on Amazon (hallelujah) versus the standard $350 at most retailers. Functional, yet beautiful. Sigh.

Thank y’all for reading! I hope you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day. What are your plans??

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*Contemporary Charm participates in several affiliate advertising programs. Clicks and/or purchases made through links on this blog may provide me with a small commission at no additional cost to you. As always, all opinions on this blog are my own.*

My Favorite Jewelry Armoire and Other Jewelry Storage Ideas

How to organize and store jewelry

Jewelry is one of my favorite things to shop for. Why? Because it always fits!!;) Until Kevin got me this Chelsea Armoire from Hives and Honey, I had a problem figuring out how to store all my jewelry. My traditional jewelry box was only big enough to hold my “everyday” jewelry, while my other special pieces were stashed away and forgotten about. I’m so glad Kevin thought to get me this beautiful jewelry armoire for Christmas! It would make the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day, too…hint, hint;)

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The top opens like a traditional jewelry box with a mirror. There is plenty of space to hold rings, bracelets, and earrings in this space alone. I put the pieces I wear most often here!

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The mirrored cabinets open to reveal several drawers and hooks for necklaces. The drawers provide more than enough space for ALL of my jewelry and some other keepsakes.

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Here are some other creative ways to store your jewelry:

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Fresh American Style

Dedicate the top dresser drawer to your jewelry. Use drawer organizers to keep everything separate.

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Lemonade Makin’ Mama

Keep your necklaces untangled with a simple set of wall hooks or try to make this DIY arrow hanger by Lemonade Makin’ Mama!

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Bless’er House

Simply staple chicken wire to the back of a frame to create this adorable earring hanger or buy a similar wall mount here.

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Paper & Lace

Utilize trinket trays on your bedside table or bathroom counter to hold your wedding band or other jewelry you frequently wear. Check out these similar feather trinket trays.

Do y’all have any jewelry storage/organization tips? Thank you for reading!

-Summer

*Contemporary Charm participates in several affiliate advertising programs. Clicks and/or purchases made through links on this blog may provide me with a small commission at no additional cost to you. As always, all opinions on this blog are my own.*

How to Shop for Furniture Online

We live in a world where there are never enough hours in the day. Dedicating an entire Saturday to furniture shopping just isn’t reasonable. Thank the lawd for the World Wide Web! [praise hands] I talked about the beauty of buying home décor from Amazon in a previous post, but have you ever considered buying furniture online? These days, you can literally buy your new sofa during your lunch break and free up your Saturday for more important things (cocktails, anyone?). If you are looking to order furniture online, here are some tips to get you started!

  • Looks are deceiving. It is hard to tell the true size, color, and quality of furniture from a computer screen. There is always a risk involved with ordering online, so keep that in mind!
  • Know dimensions. You may love something, but if it doesn’t fit correctly in your space then you are wasting your time and money. I keep a list of room dimensions and ideal furniture sizes in my phone for reference!
  • Know materials. There is a big difference between solid wood and wood laminate. Deciding on your material will also help you set your budget. As far as couches and other upholstered items go, you may be able to request a swatch of the material to get an idea of the true color and texture.
  • Read reviews. Don’t trust every review you read, but do trust trends. If the majority of reviewers are saying the same things then it’s worth believing.
  • Shipping and handling charges. Furniture is heavy, so it’s no surprise that shipping can get pricey. I’m sure you’ve seen the Wayfair commercials that advertise their free shipping program. Be on the look out for free shipping promotions because it can save you a pretty penny!
  • Is pick up available? This may be your best option! Some stores allow you to order/reserve and pay online and then pick up at the store or warehouse within a certain time frame. This way, you avoid any shipping and handling fees.
  • Is assembly required? I don’t know about y’all, but there are just some things I don’t want to assemble. I got a new office chair the other day that was a cakewalk to put together, but a home entertainment center or a large shelving unit may not be worth the hassle, in my opinion. If you want to tackle it on your own, make sure you are equipped with the right tools, of course. (Today, I’m thankful for my power drill, amen)
  • Does my coupon apply? Woohoo 15% off Crate and Barrel! I’m going to use it on that headboard I’ve been waiting to buy. Hold your horses. Unfortunately, many coupons do not apply to furniture (sad day). Make sure you read the fine print, y’all.
  • Ask questions. Most websites have FAQs for specific products or give the option of submitting a question to a customer service representative. Get all your questions answered before you jump to purchase! Remember the surcharges, shipping fees, and hassle that will all be lost in the end if you aren’t satisfied.
  • Know your return policy. Ok, so you took a shot at ordering furniture online and you just don’t like it. Let’s make sure your item is returnable and if so, know how much time you have.

Shop for furniture online:

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Dwell Studio – Modern, yet chic style. Free shipping over $49

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Horchow – More upscale, but worth a look!

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WayfairFree shipping on everything [photo credit: Love on Sunday]

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World MarketIn store pick-up available  [photo credit: houseologie]

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ZGallerie – Unique finds

Overstock – Wide selection; great for basics

Where have y’all had success ordering furniture online? Post in the comments below! Thanks for reading:)

-Summer