I believe incorporating statement pieces in our homes is practically essential. They offer us a chance to express ourselves and our unique tastes. Even if you’re someone who’s home style is to commit to one particular trend or vibe, you can always add in a statement piece that shows off personality. My personal home style is an eclectic mix of 2-3 vibes, so to be honest, I’d make every piece in my home a statement piece…that’s just my particular style. In fact, as I write this I’m looking around my place and noticing every piece of furniture and most decor items pack quite the punch. Pretty cool!
Although I tend to spend a little more on my wall art when it comes to paintings and canvas prints, I still like to budget myself. I do this especially since I like to change things up every so often with my decor and I think a great way of doing that is by interchanging wall art. However, if a piece really resonates with me I do end up switching it up throughout my place instead of just taking it down all together. And for those pieces I do take down, I don’t get rid of them-at least not most of them. Since I tend to purchase pieces that are less trendy and more for the reason that it truly echoes my style, I am usually able to decorate again with it, brining on a brand new perspective and aesthetic.
Below are online shops that I’ve used to find art throughout the years that won’t break the bank, while each piece remains unique and not cookie-cutter.
Here’s Where to Buy Beautiful and Affordable Art for Your Home
ONE KINGS LANE
LULU & GEORGIA
Any specific online places you love to shop for wall art?
Most weeks usually fly by for me and I usually don’t know what day it is until it’s Thursday and I realize the week is almost over. However, I think we all have those weeks where they just drag on. For this exact reason I’ve tried to make the middle of those weeks, which would be Wednesday, a day to switch things up.
How to Get Over That Midweek Hump
- Wake up 30 minutes to an hour earlier-wait what? How does this make the day go by faster?! Well, it doesn’t. But give yourself something special Wednesday mornings. Maybe it’s an indulging breakfast, or a trip to Starbucks to grab a White Chocolate Mocha (my personal favorite!). Make Wednesdays special with just a little change that you’ll actually look forward to in the morning.
- When you get home from work, grab whatever hobby you’re into and dedicate some relaxing time to it. The whole point of hobbies is to make us happy and feel good, so if you make sure you’re dedicating a little time to it on Wednesdays, then every Wednesdays you’re directly giving yourself more “you” time and relaxing time.
- Make Wednesdays your yummy take-out night. I love cooking and having a home-cooked meal for my hubs and I. But if you tell me Wednesday are our sushi takeout night, I promise I will be thinking about that all day long-excited for dinner! And of course, excited to not have to spend 30 minutes making dinner. (Which means I can use that time for #2 in this list!)
- Spend your lunch-hour outside. Maybe this is something you do everyday already, but in the case that it isn’t and you’re like me and end up most days eating lunch alongside working, then this little change on Wednesdays will liven up the day and give you a mid-week a breath of fresh air.
- Wednesday = new movie night! Whether you live alone, with a roomie, bf/gf or your spouse-making Wednesday nights your weekly night to watch the newest movie release is fun. My husband and I love movies, him even more so. So, it’s fun to talk about every week which new movie we’re going to watch and research what’s coming out, what has great reviews etc. Plus, we always make sure and have yummy movie theater snacks that just add to the fun!
Which ways do you make your mid-week more special and fun?
The hubby and I have spent 10 Valentine’s Days together, celebrating the day in countless ways. Thinking back on them, I remember each was so special, even if we did nothing out of the ordinary. Nathan and I started dating in high school, with little to no money to actually spend on each other. We actually used birthday and allowance money to buy any gifts for each other, but most times we liked silly and inexpensive gifts anyways.
Fast-foward 10 years and we still love to hang back and chill on Valentine’s Day. There are so many fun, romantic and even inexpensive ways to celebrate the day in the comfort of your home. If you’re like Nathan and I, check them out below!
Fun Options for a Valentine’s Day Date Night In
- Spend the night on the living room floor. Set up the air mattress or lay out a comforter. Have a fireplace? Roast some marshmallows and make s’mores. Or have a home-cooked or take-out picnic on the floor. (Nathan and I used to do this all of the time in our early years of dating).
- Want the fancy restaurant mood, without the crowd or price-tag? Bring out the candles, flowers and romantic music. Maybe multiple-courses, via take-out from your favorite restaurant or at-home fondue. Try to recreate that romantic atmosphere at your own dining table.
- Make dinner together. Choose the menu and get the ingredients ahead of time, so you can have fun cooking and eating together that evening.
- Have a rom-com movie marathon. Maybe include one that leans more on the comedy side, for your beau 😉 Laughing together is romantic too!
- Turn your living room into a ballroom. Move the furniture out of the way and turn on your favorite music. Even if it’s not lovey-dovey music, whatever music is your music. It’s the dancing and goofing off that will be fun and romantic. (Nathan and I do this all the time. So fun!)
- Celebrate your wedding day memories. Look through your wedding albums or watch your wedding video. Is there anything more romantic than reliving the most romantic day of your lives?
- Choose your drink of choice whether it’s wine, hot cocoa or tea and sit on your balcony or porch together. There’s nothing like breathing in fresh air, under a night sky and taking in the peacefulness with your love.
- Go back and read your journals, letters and notes from when you were dating or the early years of your relationship. (Nathan and I love doing this too! Since we dated for so long, we’re always finding old love notes and cards we wrote to each other. Sometimes with silly sketches in them. I cry every.single.time.)
- Have a champagne and pizza or junk food of your choice night. A little high-low mixing for your palette is fun and delicious!
- Read a bit of Song of Solomon together. A beautifully romantic book of the Bible.
- Write your lifelong bucket list together, include places you’re dreaming of visiting and goals you want to achieve together.
- Create a blueprint of your dream house. You don’t have to be an architect, an amateur sketch will do 😉
- Write a gratitude list together. Make a list of everything you are thankful for as a couple.
- Have dinner on your roof, should you #1 have a roof and #2 a roof that’s not too steep.
- Have the ultimate Netflix and Chill night. Netflix Originals are gold right now. Below are the new releases from February 1- February 14, perfect timing for Valentine’s Day.
Are you as big of a fan of coffee table books as I am? I just love something that looks pretty and adds character to a room. Not to mention, great coffee table books are wonderfully interesting and inspiring. It’s all about choosing a topic you love. I think the concept of a coffee table book is pretty cool too, as it’s a small little decor token that also tells your guests a little about yourself.
Currently on my coffee table are two books: Domino’s Your Guide to a Stylish Home and National Geographic’s Greatest Landscapes. This combination could not describe Nathan and I any better. Both of us have a constant case of wanderlust and we love the beauty and satisfaction in styling our home. So there’s a little piece of both of us on our coffee table 🙂
Below you’ll find my current favorite that are just as good-lookin’ on the outside as they are inside, categorized based on topics of interest.
Here Are The Prettiest Coffee Table Books
FOR THE FOODIE
FOR THE OUTDOOR & TRAVEL ENTHUSIAST
FOR THE STYLE LOVER
FOR THE FUNKY FEMININE CULTURALIST
Some use their phones only for leisurely reasons. Others rely on their phones for a good amount of their job workload. And for the rest of us (myself included) our phones are literally our livelihood.
The more success and growth I receive, the more I seem to be intertwined with my phone…wondering where my hand stops and my phone begins. I’m sure those of you in the same or similar field as me feel that there is no doubt if it wasn’t for our consistency and strive for constant engagement on numerous fronts (which means constant engagement on our phone), we wouldn’t be growing and moving forward at all. But today I’m sharing with you how I’m over my excuse that “it’s my job”, even if it is. And whether you find yourself in exactly the same position, or one similar…