Moving to a new place can be so great. There are always new things to see, new people to meet, and of course the chance to give your new home a new look if you really want to! This move was especially exciting for Kyle and I for two reasons. Firstly, we were moving about 2000 miles away from family, so making our new place "feel" like a home was essential. Secondly, we moved from a studio-sized apartment into something that had actual rooms and social spaces, which basically made me feel like a kid on Christmas with all the extra space to decorate in. Since a lot of our friends and family across the country won't be able to join us in person for all of the fun, I figured I'd take a few snapshots of what you'd all see if you ever happened to come across the states for Sunday dinner. :D
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The majority of my towels and my cute living room chair came from Target, my amazing TV stand from Wayfair, and my smaller decor items were either purchased or made by myself with supplies from Hobby Lobby. Since Kyle and I are still living in a fairly small space (it is just the two of us so we don't need anything huge), I was able to learn a few important facts about house decorating in a smaller space (and on a smaller budget too)....
1. Use brighter or lighter color schemes in your rooms. Especially if those rooms don't have any natural light coming into them. I knew right off that I didn't want to do a big dark sectional in our living room or all dark grey towels in our bathroom because it would make the room appear a LOT smaller than it already is, and who wants that?! For me personally, lighter colors were the way to go, and the result is that my rooms fell much more spacious and homey.
2. You don't have to have all new furniture to make your house look really nice and classy! I feel like this is such an important tip to remember!! Especially as a young-ish couple in dental school with a handful (cough cough) of school debt! A ton of our furniture (i.e. couch, kitchen table/chairs, bookshelf, etc.) were bought second hand, then Kyle and I had the fun opportunity of either refinishing the furniture or slightly changing it to make it feel new! With our couch I simply bought some new material to redo the throw pillows on it, and ended up spending less than $100 on the couch rather than the $650 plus that we would've spent to buy new. That is definitely a savings that I'll take!
3. Make it your own! This can go along with redoing some of your older furniture, and/or with doing a lot of your decorations yourself. I made our wreath for our front door myself (spending about $20 total on supplies rather than about $80 on a pre-made wreath), and also did several little paintings (pictured in our living room picture) and other things to put around the house on the walls (Maybe spending about $10 on a single painting instead of $60). I personally think I'll always be more prone to do this type of thing because not only does it save a TON of money, but it'll make your living space completely unique to you! No one else will have your fabulous style because it is one of a kind!
Anyway, there are a few little muses on house decorating and I hope that you're able to all enjoy the pictures! Especially those loved ones that are far away!! Love and miss you all!
- Lots of Love! Chelsea & Kyle Pett -
I'm Chelsea. I'm a wife, mommy, photographer, and lover of life's little adventures. Join me here to celebrate the beautiful things in people and life.