How to Incorporate Green into your Home Decor

Decorate your home with green by incorporating indoor plants and flowers

Decorate your home with green by incorporating indoor plants and flowers
Hey y’all! It is March and I’m in the mood to think green. So, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day approaching, I thought it would be fun to dedicate a few posts to incorporating green into your home decor. Let’s start with the obvious: plants.

Green may not be a “neutral color,” but plants go with everything. They just do. You didn’t uproot that tree in your front yard because it didn’t match your house, right? If you are intimidated by live plants, you can opt for a pretty vase of fresh flowers or even an artificial arrangement–your options are endless!

These boxwoods come in different shapes and sizes. Click the picture to see more!

Faux boxwood plants are my go-to right now. They are perfect for accenting on shelves or end tables. Plus, no watering required! I love this one by Smith & Hawken from Target. P.S. There is a wreath version, too!

Not sure where to start adding plants around your home? Snatch some ideas from some of the pictures I’ve rounded up below!

Add pops of green with plants on a shelving unit
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Put a tall house plant in the corner to add green to the room
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Add live plants to your space for a pop of color
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Indoor plants look great on a desk or in an office area
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I’m so excited to head to Lowe’s this weekend and pick up some new house plants! [nerd] Now that you have an idea how plants are easily incorporated into home decor, stay tuned for a post on which house plants you should invest in. Thank you for reading!

 

 

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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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

DIY Chalk Paint Furniture for Beginners

When we moved to Charlotte last spring, I was in a bit of a limbo. I had graduated pharmacy school, but I didn’t have a job yet. Most of my job applications got deferred until I got licensed to work as a pharmacist, which meant I had to pass my board exams first. I got bored with studying fast, so that’s when I got the idea to repaint my old, beat up desk. It would be my first furniture paint project, so I taught myself along the way. There are several tutorials out there on how to paint furniture, but based on my research and through my experience with this project, I came up with my own quick and easy “how to paint furniture with chalk paint” lesson.

I was surprised at how easy it was, y’all! I recommend starting out with a small piece of furniture that you are ok “messing up.” You don’t want to paint your $1000 Pottery Barn dresser just because you are tired of the color. If you don’t have an old piece of furniture, run by Good Will or Habitat for Humanity to get one for cheap.

I chose my black desk (originally from Target – similar) because I figured if it turned out horrible then it wouldn’t be a loss. I’m sure glad it turned out the way it did because now I have a pretty mint green desk to sit at while I write my blog posts! Plus, it ended up being the foundation for my office space that I recently spruced up (read more here).

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What you need:

  • Furniture
  • Chalk paint (or Latex paint)
  • Clear wax
  • Paint brush or foam roller
  • Wax brush
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*Side note about paint brushes: I used a wax brush to paint and wax. You aren’t really supposed to do that, but it worked fine for me! Just be sure to rinse well with warm water between using the paint and wax.*

Step 1: Clean

Remove all hardware and clean your piece of furniture with window cleaner (Windex). This removes any oil or gunk that may prevent the paint from sticking.

Step 2: Paint

*I chose not to sand or prime my desk before painting it even though many tutorials instruct you do to so. If your piece has an old layer of paint or has a rough surface, go ahead and sand it first.*

Paint your first coat with the paint color of choice. I chose Martha Stewart Vintage Décor Paint because I’ve had good luck using her acrylic paint for mason jars (another DIY to try). You can also use a latex paint. Do not glob the paint; it is ok if it does not fully cover the first coat.

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Martha Stewart Vintage Decor Paint in Antique Sky
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First coat

Lightly sand between each coat (allowing at least 3 hours to dry first). This helps create a smoother finish. The last coat needs to dry for at least 24 hours.

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Second coat

Step 3: Distress

Use fine sand paper to gently distress the piece to your liking. Sanding blocks are really useful for using over large flat surfaces. I used more pressure sanding over the corners and edges to achieve a distressed look (Skip this if you prefer a matte look).

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Step 4: Wax

Once you are satisfied with how the piece looks, it is time to wax. Waxing seals the paint and prevents further chipping and peeling. Do this in the same manner as the paint. Wait 15 minutes before buffing and shining with a soft cloth. One coat should suffice, but I opted to wax two coats on the surface of the desk where I anticipated the most wear. I like ArtMinds clear wax from Michael’s, but Martha Stewart also has a clear wax if you wish to pair it with the chalk paint.

Step 5: Enjoy!

Allow the finished product to dry for 24-48 hours before moving indoors for use.

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I would love to hear about some pieces that you’ve repainted! I’m on the hunt for another project myself:)

Thanks for reading! I hope y’all have an awesome weekend!

-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. All opinions on this blog are always my own.*

Willow, Our New English Springer Puppy

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I felt the need to deviate from my typical home décor theme to share this “milestone” with y’all. We picked up our new puppy, Willow, last Saturday (an 8 week old English springer spaniel) and she has straight up worn me out, y’all. In light of that, I want to take a quick minute to praise all my mommy friends out there. Y’all seriously ROCK! [And speaking of mommies, one of my besties from college, Lindsey, has an amazing blog that y’all ought to check out! She shares some heartfelt (and some hilarious) stories about mommyhood.]  This pup plays, barks, and jumps for hours on end and then puppy snoozes for a measly 10 minutes — ON REPEAT. This new puppy mom can barely keep up. When she is not attempting to chew the furniture, eat my toes, launch off the porch, or terrorize her big brother Drake (our 110 pound yellow lab), she is whining at the bag of puppy food on the counter as if she didn’t just eat moments before. She’s too smart for her own good! I’ve been sleeping with one eye open this past week and I’m one tired girl. I can only imagine what it must be like to have an infant or toddler, so props to you mommies out there! I commend you for your services. Lawwwwd knows I can barely handle being a puppy mom right now.

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On the other hand, she is the sweetest little cuddle bug. She suckles in her sleep and I about die of preciousness every time. She runs full speed across the yard and tumbles while trying to stop because she’s still working on her motor skills. She is so stinkin’ cute! But, she is also the reason I’m so behind on the blog. It is just too difficult to get anything done with her around. (Picture this: I’m speed typing while she naps on my feet. I’m trying not to move or make much noise because she will be up and at ‘em again in the blink of an eye. Does this sound familiar to any of y’all? Haha) I’ve been trying my best to get some better pictures of her, but she is constantly nose-to-the-ground and running all over the place (I know y’all know what I mean)!

Thanks for reading! Back to the usual blog content tomorrow;)

-Summer

Stylish Desk Accessories and Accents for Your Home Office or Work Space

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[ Desk (similar) // Chair // Lamp ]

For me, doing work at home seems a little more enjoyable when you have a pretty office space. Last summer when I was studying for pharmacy boards, I decided to repaint my black desk a mint green in an attempt to get more excited about studying (it kind of worked). After I passed boards I had no desire to sit at that desk anymore, but now that I’m blogging, I really needed a place to “do work” other than the couch. So, here I am back at the mint desk, but this time I added some adorable accessories and accents to complete my workspace retreat.

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[ Trinket Trays // Scissors ]

Trinket trays. Instead of fumbling through drawers for a paperclip, sticky note, or earphones I’m utilizing a stylish “catch all” for convenience and organization. These diamond trinket trays from Plum and Post are absolutely adorable. I love the different colors and the crisscross pattern on the bottom. Since they come as a set of three you can use them all over your home! I’m thinking bedside table for jewelry, bathroom counter for lip gloss, or entryway table for car keys. The best part…they are on sale now for only $7.80!! Be sure to check out the other trinket tray shapes/styles they have here.

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Inspirational Quote. We all need that pick me up from time to time and there’s no perfect place than right on your desk. Remind yourself why you are awesome; you deserve it! You can get free printable quotes and other pretty pictures from Fab ‘N Free or download my “Follow Your Arrow” creation by clicking here. Be sure you top it off with a chic frame like this one! It’s only $15 and I love the Aztec print! Plum and Post has several frames on sale right now, so pick the one that best suits your style. You can never have too many frames, right?

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Clock // Owl ]

Functional Décor. I’m all for [what I like to call] functional décor. Wall clocks are great statement pieces and, what do you know, they tell time, too! This whimsical clock was just what I needed to hang above my desk. It would look great in a bedroom or dining room also.

Ok, how cute is this owl?? I thought he looked perfect next to the clock. Since he is made of wire, you can use him as a “pinning board” so to speak. Use paperclips or clothespins to attach reminder notes, business cards, or even pictures. You know where else he would look great? A nursery! Did I mention he is only $4.40?

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Pretty pencils and gold scissors. Basically, it is all you need to conquer the world. That’s all I’m going to say about that. Oh, and chocolate. A lot of chocolate.

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Most of the items mentioned above can be found at www.plumandpost.com or use the links provided. Plum and Post is a home and garden company that carries the cutest pieces of furniture, bedroom décor, and other interior accents all at a very affordable price! If you love this stuff, be sure to check out my Instagram and Facebook page to see how you can enter to win $25 off your purchase! 

What are your must-have desk accessories? Comment below!

Thank you, Plum and Post, for sponsoring today’s post!

-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. All opinions on this blog are my own.*

Amazon Fixer Upper Look-a-Likes

I may be a little late on this one, but y’all, Amazon has saved my life. They have anything you could ever want or need and for the best price out there! I even started ordering dog food from there to save myself the trip to PetsMart. My point? Amazon also carries a TON of home décor items and furniture, which got me thinking: why am I not utilizing this more for decorating?? Since I’m on a big Fixer Upper kick (read more here and here), I thought it would be fun to round up some Fixer Upper look-a-likes from Amazon. Most of the items were inspired from the Magnolia Line and various Fixer Upper episodes which, of course, reflect a farmhouse decor style.

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1. Measuring cups // 2. Candlestick // 3.Clock // 4. Boxwood plant // 5. Wire basket // 6. Scale // 7. Decorative ladder // 8. 3-tier tray // 9. Kitchen canisters
  1. Colorful measuring cups. Joanna loves to use colorful bowls and dishes to display on open shelving or behind glass cabinets. How cute are these measuring cups?
  2. Candlesticks. Candlesticks are a complete no-brainer. Put them on a dining room table, shelves, entryway table, or anywhere.
  3. Wall clock. Clocks are something I like to call functional décor. They make a great statement piece and they also tell time. Win, win! 😉
  4. Boxwood plant. No matter what style your home is, it can always use some greenery. Boxwoods are simple, clean, and pretty. Succulents are another great option!
  5. Wire basket. Joanna is all about making a space functional, so why not organize your pantry, craft room, or playroom with stylish baskets? If you aren’t a fan of the wire, go with a wicker basket or a galvanized metal bin.
  6. Kitchen scale. This adds the perfect rustic touch to your kitchen décor!
  7. Decorative ladder. The ladder from the Magnolia line is metal, but I love this one because it is made out of reclaimed wood! Organize your throw blankets or use it in the entryway or mud room for jackets and scarves.
  8. 3-tier tray. A tiered tray is perfect for displaying beautiful cupcakes or keeping fresh fruit within a hand’s reach (ok, but I prefer the cupcakes).
  9. Kitchen canisters. Personally, I like having my baking essentials and coffee (ain’t nobody got time to fumble through cabinets for that!) easily accessible on the kitchen counter.

If you really want to step up your Amazon game, consider purchasing Amazon Prime. It is totally worth the $99 annual fee to get FREE 2-day shipping (sometimes free same-day shipping…say what?) and get the bonus movie/tv show library (similar to Netflix). Get a free 30 day trial using this Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial” target=”_blank”>link.

What are your favorite things to buy on Amazon? Who loves their Prime account? Thanks for reading! Come back tomorrow to see how I finished off my office space with some adorable desk accessories and accents.

-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. All opinions on this blog are my own.*