The Quaint Sanctuary

The Quaint Sanctuary

Sunday, July 16, 2017

{ Top 5 Decor Mistakes New Homeowners Make..}

Hey everyone welcome back to another week with TQS! I hope you all had an amazing summer weekend..I didn't do much but I'll be sharing very soon why etc..So I was searching through old pictures on my phone trying to clean out stuff & came across some from our first home...I thought I would share some of my biggest mistakes decor wise as a first time homeowner for those of you just purchasing a home, condo,apartment etc..I gathered 5 simple decor mistakes to try & avoid while decorating your first place! I'm no professional, but these 5 tips could save you from having to redecorate, waste money & or time! I wish I would have known these before decorating our first place..Keep reading below for details!


1. Spread Pillows Out on the Sofa!



This is one of those decorating tips I learned after moving from our first home! I see it a lot in new homeowners wanting to group the pillows in both corners of the sofa or sectional. They're stacked so closely you can't enjoy their uniqueness & they just look bulky instead of cozy! 

2. Don't Use Small Scale Items..



Ahh I was the queen of doing this in our first home { condo }! Our master bedroom is the first that comes to mind actually! Placing items that are to small for the scale of the space can make the area look cluttered with trinkets instead of a cozy well established space! The bigger the decor items the more of an impact! Smaller items can get lost in the space & appear not styled! 







3. Don't Overdo Family / Wedding Gallery Walls!


Okay, so I have to admit this was one of my biggest obstacles decorating!!! We were freshly married, young & embarking on our first place as a couple & well I went a bit crazy sharing our "love story" in pictures, wedding mementos & family pictures haha! Although I'm not into gallery walls I know they are super trendy right now. With that being said don't go overboard with wedding pictures, wedding treasures, etc.. I even had a shadow box displayed with our wedding goods out..Yeah...way too much "couple overload " ha! People will get you're in love, but overdoing can look like a love-fest instead of a nicely decorated home with some simple pictures displaying your love & who you are as a couple. 

4. Don't Match Everything..


This is another thing I see with new homeowners that are just starting to decorate..making everything match !! I was also guilty of this in so many ways!! I can remember a picture of our condo dining room & thinking it was a black & white photo because everything was black, white & grey!!! I would only purchase thing that were in that color scheme because they matched the other decor! Not even thinking do I like these items, but just because they matched it was okay...Remember if you like  neutral & not a lot of color that's fine, but throw some greenery in or pick a color. Not everything has to match..Pick items you LOVE for your style,not because they go with other items!! 

5. Don't Showcase Everything!


This is probably one of my biggest pet peeves when I see someone else decorating or showing their home etc.. They show EVERYTHING!! Nobody wants to see your expensive vacuum, piled shoes, hair products or every appliance you own on your kitchen counter! Pick one or none & keep it simple,clean & styled not showcased! A more styled rather piled of showcased items looks for attractive!


I hope these tips helped you if you're a first time homeowner struggling with decorating or you just needed some quick tips!

Happy Monday!

As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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Paige.Rose

Sunday, July 9, 2017

{ Summer Cottage Dining Room + New HomeGoods Plate Decor }

Happy Monday everyone! I mentioned a few days ago I was blogging this but didn't get to it over the weekend because of technical issues & because I was relaxing to be quite frank hahaha..So today I'm so excited to share our summery dining room with you guys! I was randomly browsing HomeGoods the other day not even looking for anything & spotted these awesome plates I knew I had to grab!! They reminded me of an old fashioned country diner & I liked that there weren't a ton of them!!! You all know I'm not into Rae Dunn like everyone else is..not because I don't like the items, but because it's so popular! I have one Rae Dunn piece { the planter in this post } & that is it...So see I needed some plates to top off our little cottage cabinet since it was looking a little bland.. Come see more below!

I love the classic like 60"s cozy diner feel they give with the black & white simple detail! They match just about any decor, large enough to use as platters & were only $20 for 3!!


I kept with the greens, creams & bunches of hydrangeas because after taking down our flag decor for the 4th, I decided I wanted to keep up our Kathryn White hydrangea print because I love it & it screams summer! I just added some grey ticking stripe cloth napkins, vintage masons & some wood accents..& boom our summer dining room is complete- for now ha!



I love the sun setting in our little dining room! I wish we could pick this little cottage up & move it sometimes hehe


I was worried they wouldn't fit because they are pretty large,but they just fit!


I love this clean looking cabinet..The bottom is filled though with all sorts of dishes etc.. Fun fact about me, I love dishes!! The ones that are on the sides of the new plates are vintage from my grams & I'm obsessed with the gold detailing. I use them every Christmas & have about 60 of them!!




I hope you guys liked this short little decor update!! Sometimes when you're not searching for something you find the cutest goods..life meme too LOL?! What do you think about these plates added to our summer cabinet?

Happy M o n d a y!

As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
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Paige.Rose


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

{ Flea Market Style Summer Porch }

Whoa what an awesome fourth weekend y'all! I'm lagging today from vacation, but it was soo nice to get away from home for a few days...even though we love everything home obviously it's still nice to take time away from our businesses , projects, marketing etc.. you should try it asap! I swear it's like soul rejuvenating haha! So when we got back home our porch was still half decorated for the fourth, weeds were taking over & it definitely needed some new { old } things for summer! I picked up some things while we were up north & decided to add them to the front for something simple & on the cheap! Truth be told I also picked up some things while junkin at our cottage this weekend that are fall..I know don't hate me, but I can't wait to decorate for fall haha SORRY! Anyways I might have been lagging & slacking on things that n e e d e d to be done today, but instead I'm sharing this little flea market goodie filled space! Come see more below!!!



This sign was a free find & today I just gave it a fresh coat of black paint & used my Dremel to add some holes & burlap string to hang it!  Easy peasy & super summery!


I was telling my sister while styling this that one thing that kinda is a "pet peeve" of mine is not having the front porch area nice..I mean the inside isn't always in the best staged shape but I mean I have been known to clean & style a space at 2am ha. The porch however I can't so long story short it needed some work today!






The wood crate & galvanized buckets were both flea market finds as well as the milk cans, lantern & wire baskets! I love these items because they can be used anywhere & of course are durable!





The pillow covers are from @ikea & the table cloth is actually an old pillow cover that *cough #ourpup* someone ripped the zipper off of..Repurpose right?!




I hope you guys liked this post on our summery porch! This space basically cost me nothing & it's neutral enough to change little things out throughout the rest of our short Michigan summer! Let me know what you like to use in the summertime on your porch/ patio decor wise below!!

H A P P Y  Thursday! 

Wishing you all a happy & healthy Friday & weekend!
As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
***You can find me here for updates & more ,or SUBSCRIBE on the left side of my blog for FREE & direct updates right to your mail...
Paige.Rose

Thursday, June 29, 2017

{ Fresh & Summery 4th of July Tablescape Decor }

Whoa you guys what a week it's been for Mark & I!!! So if you guys follow my INSTAGRAM you would know that I've been sick with tonsillitis for almost a month & this last week Mark developed gerd! It started about 5 days ago & wasn't improving to the point in which he couldn't eat or drink anything..We decided on Tuesday night to quickly get him to the emergency for an EKG, check his ulcer & rule out pancreatitis. He's on the mend now thankfully, but unfortunately our annual summer vacay to our northern Michigan cottage for the 4th has been cut..I'm super bummed, but I'm glad he's improving. With that being said I wanted to pop on here today & share a cute/ simple 4th table since I won't be blogging up north as far as right now goes.. I also wanted to blog this table because I mentioned via my FACEBOOK that I had bought some things while I was in Maine HERE & was going to blog some of the things I picked up, and one being an authentic Maine blueberry crate!


So I'm kind of doing this backwards because I do plan on blogging a post on the best shopping/ antiques in Kennebunk, Maine, but I had to share this crate first..typical me ha! So we were out junkin one day & I spotted a stack of these authentic vintage wood crates stacked in the corner not even knowing if they were for sale..I grabbed one & headed up front & started talking to the owner & she said they were $45, but since I was a blogger/ would be blogging she'd knock $5 off..SOLD! I love the front & back imprint & the old smashed blueberry juice on the inside! BTW how did I not know Maine was known for EVERYTHING blueberry??


My ultimate theme for this 4th dining room was cozy/ picnic celebration style with that summery vibe... I pretty much love the simplicity & I may have devoured all those perfect strawberries after photographing ha whoops!


I hung this flag on a whim over the current artwork & I blogged about it HERE




Fresh summer berries, flowers & masons...Everything summer entails. P.S. the atlas masons are from Maine too & for only $5 each!!! I wish Michigan had the junkin like Maine does..if you ever get the chance go visit Kennebunkport, Maine..it's absolutely STUNNING!

What do you guys think of this summer 4th table? Let me know what you all decorate with for summer / the 4th below!

*See our Festive Summer Porch HERE

Happy Thursday!! 

Wishing you all a happy & healthy Friday & weekend!
As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
***You can find me here for updates & more ,or SUBSCRIBE on the left side of my blog for FREE & direct updates right to your mail...
Paige.Rose

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

{ 5 Practical Steps to Figure out Your Style & Decorate }

So something dawned on me today as I was restyling our kitchen for an upcoming post...I've had many styles since 2008 when we bought our first home! I went through  many "phases" to get to where I'm at today & that's a cottage/garden/farmhouse style I love & evoke throughout our little suburban cottage. This however was not always the case & I feel like if I share some of my simple tips maybe I could save you a few dollars on wasted items that you don't love, but rather bought because you might be having a difficult time decorating your new home etc.. I know when we got our first place I thought I liked modern because that's what was in & so I went crazy & bought everything that was black, white or grey..even if I didn't like it, but because it "matched" hahah eek! I soon realized that I actually liked a more vintage cozy style..BIG change right?! I learned the hard way before blogging/Pinterest was a big thing, but hopefully I can help you today!


1. PICK A COLOR PALETTE




 I chose our master bedroom color because it's the brightest in our home { everything else is neutral }. I always say common areas should remain more neutral... You can add more color depending on the mood you're trying to achieve in your bedrooms, while still sticking with a similar pallet. Although this color is bright it pairs nicely with many options & flows nicely too. Go with colors you can switch decor out with easily & you won't tire of quickly!



2. CHOOSE YOUR STYLE BY THINGS YOU LOVE

This summery dining post is the perfect example of choosing things you love to decorate your home with! I spotted this @homegoods painting & knew I HAD to have it because I loved every inch of it! It not only showcased everything I love in my home { greenery & cottage style } ,but it also had my favorite flowers! I didn't just buy it because it " matched" other items,but because I LOVED it! Try not to purchase items you don't love or are just buying because they match or you want to fill a spot!



3. START WITH 1 ROOM AT A TIME
This tip I'm sharing with you will be kind of controversial in the decor/ blog world, but for me starting out in one room helps me center what I want to do with the rest of the house. Getting one room set just the way you like, then building from that room so everything flows nicely is so much easier than randomly decorating different spots all at once! I always start with the living room in our homes.. It's the heart or center of most homes & sets the bar on what you want to achieve with your style!


4.  ADD RUGS+ FURNITURE & LARGER ITEMS FIRST THEN DECOR
Adding  the larger items like rugs & furniture can center your room & help you navigate what you want to fill your spaces with! Do you like more color? or more neutral? Once you have these items you can build your style up from there!


5. ACCENT ROOMS WITH COLORED CURTAINS, PILLOWS ETC..
The easiest way to bring a room or space together is to add accents! Accents in the way of curtains, pillows, throws etc.. I personally like to bring a lot of my style in with all of these! Right now I have a floral slipcover, so all my pillows are neutral along with my curtains! When my slipcover was white I added a few different colored pillows & patterned curtains! 



Did these tips help you at all? What tips have you learned from decorating spaces? I'd love to hear what you think below!!

Happy Tuesday!!

Wishing you all a happy & healthy Friday & weekend!
As always THANK YOU for stopping in on my little growing blog. I know everyone says it, but I honestly appreciate each of you for sharing my posts, commenting etc....I'm not the biggest or most popular blogger, but I am humble, real & practical and  hopefully helpful or inspiring in someway :). 
***You can find me here for updates & more ,or SUBSCRIBE on the left side of my blog for FREE & direct updates right to your mail...
Paige.Rose

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