Living within your means can be hard, especially for those of us that love to shop for and decorate our homes. I'm still trying to minimize my "stuff" but I'm positive that I'll never be a true minimalist because I need throw pillows and a few items here and there for my house to feel like home. And isn't that what we all want? For our house to feel like a home? It can be tough to be happy in a space that doesn't reflect your personality, but breaking the bank to get your home decorated isn't going to create a peace oasis either. You'll either be so stressed you can't enjoy your home or you'll never be there because you'll have to take on a second job to pay for it.
That's why I'm really excited to share with you three books that I've read this spring to help me get inspired to be able decorate on a smaller budget.
This first book is all about changing your attitude toward the home you live in currently. It may not be your dream house or your forever house, but too many times we postpone happiness until too much life has past. Michaels details her own struggle with constantly being discontent and how she slowly learned that she could be creative in her decor and find small ways to love what she already had in order to pursue financial freedom as well as a lovely home. There are no decor pictures in this book, so it really is just about helping you change your mindset. In the back of the book is a 30-day challenge with space for journaling. Each day you are given a task that is meant to help you start enjoying life and the home you have right now.
Henderson won HGTV Design Star a while back and I loved her even then. I went on to watch her show on HGTV, but just recently checked out her book at the library. Henderson's book is about styling your home, creating small vignettes, and even how to compose those great Instagram pictures. This book is FULL of pictures for inspiration along with a short quiz to help you determine what style you lean towards if you don't already know. I love that Henderson really wants you to use things you already have or suggests that you collect over time. She doesn't prompt you to run to Pottery Barn and order everything off of page 34. She simply gives you advice on how to take the pieces in your home that you love and put them together (style) in a way that is interesting and beautiful.
I'm a type-A, perfectionist, so this book really piqued my interest with the subtitle, "It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful." You can even see that on the cover, which was taken in Myquillen's home, that her wingback is even missing a leg! Myquillen really pushes you to try unconventional projects that save the budget, but can produce a big impact. She talks about fails that she had while doing this but also great successes, like the garland made from old book pages. In her book, she lets you see the "imperfections" in her home, but she discusses how we can't let these things interfere with our life and loving our home. Myquillen and her family were renting while she wrote this book, so she has a lot of advice for renters as well as homeowners.
Well, there you have it. Three incredible books to help you get through your decor slump when money may be tighter than your decor dreams. We can't all afford Joanna Gaines' furniture line, but we can try to make our decor dreams come true with a little creativity and patience.
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