Five Real-Life Styling Tips for Creating Personal Style in Your Home. This post is sponsored by Sauder. I received the Carson Forge Gourmet Stand and compensation for this post. All opinions are, as always, 100% mine. This post does not contain affiliate links.
When the UPS man pulled up with this Carson Forge Gourmet Stand I couldn’t wait to get it out of the box and put it together. In the interest of full disclosure, I mostly supervised and read directions while my handy hubby put it together. We were surprised by how heavy and solid the piece is and we just love it in our kitchen. (Bonus: The marble-looking top also makes a great spot for taking recipe photos for the blog!)
This is how it looked after we put it together.
I love that the Sauder pieces make it easy to personalize your home with stylish furniture that’s affordable. One really great piece helps you to create personal style so your home is a unique reflection of you.
Styling in real life is a bit different than it is for pure photography purposes. In real life we have clutter, kids and messes, and the need to actually use the furniture in our home!
These are the five main things I do when I style a piece in our home…
1. Keep it functional.
There’s an architectural saying you’ve probably heard: Form follows function. It means that the look of something should be based upon it’s intended purpose or function. Think about what you intend to use a piece or area for. Make sure that it will be both pretty and functional. You don’t want to have to move things off a piece you use often in order to actually use it.
Case in point, I used to keep a big gorgeous wood trough full of flowers in the center of our kitchen table. Gorgeous, yes, but I got so tired of moving it 3 times a day. I had to move it every time we sat down to a meal just so we had room to eat (and see each other). I’ve since replaced it with a simple but stylish wire basket that holds produce and two wood candlesticks.
For this piece, we decided it would make a great Coffee & Wine Bar. I wanted it to hold my beloved espresso machine, dishes, bottles of fizzy water, wine, and bins of potatoes in wire baskets. The left drawer is perfect for holding all my coffee pods.
2. Add Personality.
Add a few knick-knacks or family photos that represent things you love. I love to mix vintage finds with new things. The tea towel on the side hook is SO my style! Keepsakes from beach trips look so pretty displayed in a glass apothecary jar. For some things, like a Gallery Wall, I’ll pick a theme (like travel) which instantly gives me direction for picking out all the elements of the space.
3. Create Cheerfulness.
When I style something in our home, I like to add things that make me happy to look at. One really easy way to create cheerfulness is to add pops of color like I did with the bowl of lemons and bright cutting board. You could also frame a favorite inspirational saying, quote, or verse.
4. Make a Junk Drawer.
Yeah, I said it. I realized not too long ago that in my valiant effort to avoid a junk drawer, we had a constant pile of crap on the counter. So we dedicated one drawer to that pile. I go through it once a week so nothing important gets overlooked (bills and super important things go in a “To Do” folder in our command center). Certain clutter is necessary but it’s nice to keep it confined and out of sight!
See that drawer on the right? Junk drawer.
5. Keep it Simple.
When in doubt, you can rarely go wrong with keeping it simple. Books always look classy on shelves and a pretty vase of fresh flowers instantly makes anything look stylish and put together!
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