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Unbelievably Simple Home Decor Tips You Need to Know Now

Hi there!! For anyone who is new to my blog, let me introduce the whole crew here. I’m Carson Presley, and I write the content behind Girls & Dogs, Oh My. I’m graduating college this May (err--sort-of, just not traditionally because of the Coronavirus).

The luckiest person in the world, I have two adorable Labradoodles! Scout, who is two-years-old, and Ryder, who is just 9-weeks-old. My better half, Spencer, is the most amazing dog mom who helps me keep a handle on our two wild fur babies.

Together, we love traveling. We love packing up our Jeep and exploring new places. We’re also (until recently) first-time dog owners. In other words, we’re young and make a lot of mistakes--which is where the inspiration for this blog came from!

I want to be able to share all of our journeys and dog mom lessons with you all--especially our mistakes--so that you all can have the best possible experiences.

Every Monday I post new content with our latest adventure, traveling advice, and dog mom tips and tricks. Sometimes I post more than just Mondays, so make sure to look out for the bonus content ;)

My feed is always live on Pinterest, so feel free to follow along there and never miss another Monday with Carson again!

Before we dive into some awesome hacks, let’s touch on a couple of important things.


Some people don’t have a budget—that’s awesome! That also means you probably aren’t reading this article.

So, for the rest of us peasants, let’s make a budget for our home makeover! Take your normal budget and make a couple of assessments.

If you're doing very basic decorations, such as rearranging and simply adding a coffee table and some art, then you will have to account for less spending than if you were to redo your entire home.

Pro Tip: Don't go into debt trying to redecorate your house! Living in a beautiful home and being sad because you're now broke isn't worth it. Save up, budget properly, and only spend what you can afford.

Wish List & Prioritize.

If you’re moving into a new place or simply redoing your current place, make a list of everything that you want to do.

For example, Shelbie and I are moving into a townhome in the upcoming months (yay!!) and we have a lot that we want to do with the place. So, we made a wish list of these things:




Okay, I’ll stop. But really, we love plants and basically want to live in a greenhouse.




-office space

After making a list of everything we envision for the space, we prioritized them.

  1. Couch ~ We need a couch because we don’t currently have one.

  2. Office space ~ We’re both starting new jobs and with my blogging schedule, we need to set up an actual workspace for us.

  3. PLANTS ~ If we're being real, I don't think Shelbie actually cares about how many plants we have. She just cares about my happiness and knows that plants make me happy so she enables me.

  4. Lamps and artwork ~ I love light and so do my plants.

Yay! Now we know where to direct our spending in order. Without prioritizing your spending, you might end up spending too much of your budget on something you want instead of things that you actually need.

You can organize these lists by room so that when you make your shopping list, you know which items you're purchasing for the kitchen, living room, etc.

Before we start buying specific things, let’s get a little more specific with the tone and mood we naturally prefer. What I would suggest is this: go on Pinterest, look at different styles of home decor, and make a board of it.

If you need some inspiration, feel free to check out my home decor board here! My style is very rustic and farmhouse-y, if that interests you at all.

When you feel as though you have zeroed in on what you want, go back through the board and see what the theme is. Are you pinning all vintage styles? Modern? Traditional?

Use this as your reference when creating styles for your home. Doing this will help you stay focused on one style instead of buying random things and not being able to put them together later.

Now that we have a list of how much we can spend and what we plan on spending our money on, let’s start looking at some awesome designing hacks.

Hack #1: Basics.

You've probably heard this when people are explaining how to create a more well-rounded wardrobe. Well, the same concept applies here as well!

When you’re purchasing home furnishings, you want to focus on building your home with the basics. Resist the urge to purchase furniture and decorations that are trendy and seasonal and instead opt for the basic pieces.

“But Carson, I want to decorate for Christmas!”

And you can!

You want your main pieces, such as your couches, rugs, and other major furniture to be your basics and to coordinate with each other. Then, around holidays or the season changes, you can add in your seasonal pieces.

Pro tip: buy an 8x8 or 11x11 throw pillow then buy different pillowcases for each season!

Here are the ones we bought for Halloween, Christmas, and the one that we use every other non-holiday day of the year.

Don’t: Waste money switching out furniture for every season and/or holiday!

Do: Build up your home with basic pieces and add in seasonal decorations.

Hack #2: Match—But Don’t.

I am so guilty of this! I go on Ikea and I search by collection and I will limit myself to only items that are from this series.

This makes furniture shopping super easy, but also limits the beauty of your home. Instead of buying only in the same collection, try to switch up your furniture.

An awesome way to add depth and texture to your home is by using throw blankets, rugs, and some paintings.

Don’t: Focus on buying everything to match perfectly.

Do: Match the color/theme but change up the furniture shape and texture.

Hack #3: Mirror Placement.

Yes, angels, we’ve all been doing this wrong.

Okay maybe it’s just me.

Probably just me…

BUT, if you are like me and have your mirrors on the wall adjacent/connected to the wall with the mirror, you are doing it wrong.

Hanging your mirror or putting your mirror on the wall across from the windows allows for the mirror to reflect the natural light into the room.

(This might also up your selfie game)

When putting a mirror in your bedroom, consider the cardinal direction the mirror is facing. In other words, you probably don't want a mirror facing East or West in your bedroom because the sunrise and sunset will reflect into the room!

It really just depends on what the room is used for and, most importantly, what you prefer!

Another thought here is the specific placement of your mirrors throughout your house. Consider adding a mirror to the following places:

- Mudroom/entryway ~ Placing a mirror here allows for you to check that you still look like an angel before you leave the house!

- Small and/or dark rooms ~ A mirror in these rooms helps to open up the space and bring light into the area!

I’m in love with this one and plan on putting it in our townhome!!

Don't: Hang up mirrors without planning the layout of the room and windows first.

Do: Decide what is most important to you then style your room.

Hack #4: Focal Point & Art.

Focal points can be anything you want, really. It’s simply something in the room that is emphasized more than anything else in the room.

It can be a wall that is painted a different color than others, a fireplace, or even a large window. Use this focal point to decorate the room.

Whenever I decorate a room, I always end up pushing all of my furniture against the walls...this is a huge mistake! Instead of lining your walls with your furniture, use a focal point and arrange the furniture based off of that.

For example, if you want a room to be comfy and cozy, then try creating conversation areas with furniture facing each other.

Putting a chair across from another chair or the sofa with a coffee table in the middle is a great way to do this. It creates more of a comfortable and welcoming setting.

After you have your furniture arranged, it’s time to hang up some art! Without art, your space can and will look very dry and incomplete.

Pro tip: Make sure your art is hanging 56” to 60” off of the floor! The goal here is to keep the center of the painting at eye level.

Regardless of your style, whether minimalist or vintage, you can find art for your walls! Etsy offers a wide variety of digital prints that you can download and print off to hang up!

If you can’t print the art, there are always other options such as Target, Wal Mart, or any other shopping center.

Don't: Push all of your furniture to the walls and call it good.

Do: Create a focal point and decorate the room around it.

Hack #5: Avoid clutter.

Clutter is taking up so much space and making your room seem so much smaller. If you need a little guide on how to declutter, check this one out.

Other than the blatant advantage of decluttering your home, there are a ton of health benefits as well:

~ better sleep

~ less anxiety and stress

~ increased productivity and creativity

~ more mental space

If you struggle to declutter, just try to take it one step at a time. No worries, you got this.

Don't: Let all of your junk pile up.

Do: Go through your material goods, decide what to donate, and how to organize the rest of it.

So there we have it, the top 5 hacks to redecorating and reorganizing your home. I’m not an interior designer by any means, but these tips and tricks have helped me in a lot of ways!

These ideas have helped me save money by narrowing down what I actually need and they have helped me put together my space in a lot more organized and welcoming way! I hope that these ideas help you redecorate your living room, bedroom, and every other room.

Let me know in the comments if you have any other stellar tips, tricks, hacks, or general suggestions that I didn’t mention!

xoxo, carson

About Carson Presley

I'm a dog mom of two and travel enthusiast! I graduated from college this year and am running this blog part-time while I start my new career.

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