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You Need to Know Your Design Style Before Shopping for Home Decor

I love home decor, but I always struggled to piece things together to give my home a cohesive feel. My home was filled with decor that was my taste, but didn’t really go together. I didn’t know what my style was until I took an Interior Design Style Quiz.

After taking the quiz and looking around my home, I realized that I had a four different decorating styles within my home. I had a mixture of modern, rustic, coastal, and Tuscan, I decided that I should narrow down my design style so it would have a better flow from room to room.

Rustic modern style made the most sense for my home because I prefer a cozy feel, but with clean lines. Tuscan can be nice, but it just felt outdated to me and obviously didn’t go with my other decor at all.

Before you start decorating it is important to know your interior design style! This quiz will save you so much time and money because you will have a better idea of what will work with your space. I wish I took this test before painting and decorating my first home.

Seasonal Home Decor From My Home

Below are a few of my favorite seasonal decor items from my home. Come back soon because I will be adding Christmas Decor ideas! I am one of those annoying people that decorates before Thanksgiving is over.

Shop My Fall Decor:

Two Tiered Tray

Farmhouse Beads

White Decorative Pumpkins

Pumpkin Signs

So, I will have my husband bring the Christmas decorations upstairs from the basement, while the Thanksgiving turkey is in the oven.

Most of my fall decor items were purchased, but I did an easy DIY project with the mason jar center piece. These mason jars needed a little texture and color, so I used Rust-Oleum Stone Spray Paint.

See the quick video below for the before and after using Stone Spray Paint!

Stone Spray Painted Mason Jars

Mistakes Wives Make When it Comes to – Home Décor, Home Improvement, and DIY Projects

Mistake # 1- Shopping for Home Decor

We ask our spouse to come with us to any of the following stores: Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, Pottery Barn, or Kirkland’s.

Don’t get me wrong I have an amazing husband and he is very patient when we are shopping. Even though he is a good sport while shopping, there is still a time limit on how long we can be in each isle of a store.

It’s kind of similar to a toddler. You know that a meltdown is in the works, if you take too long.

For instance, I can browse the bathmat isle for at least 20 minutes at Home Goods trying to carefully select the correct mat. I have a lot to consider in this isle and my husband doesn’t understand the thought process that goes into selecting such a simple item.

I must think about the paint color of the bathroom, the towel color, the color and pattern of the shower curtain, the existing décor, and then I have to consider if these mats will match the rest of the house.

Why am I making this amateur mistake?! I should have just left him at home, so I could carefully think in the store.

Mistake # 2 – Target Trips

Tricking your husband to go to Target for groceries.

This sounds like you won because you are in the store buying a few things that you do need. However, trying to get him to veer off course to the home section can be challenging.

Finally, you convinced your spouse to take a quick look in the throw pillow isle. You get there and you are instantly overwhelmed by the colors, patterns, textures, and the clearance at the end of the isle is catching your eye.

In your head you know that this is going to be a lot longer than you originally planned.

Your husband stands nearby taking heavy breaths looking at his phone, and you feel the pressure to hurry up. You are quickly approaching your time limit, and start to feeling flustered because the pillows just are coordinating.

Ugh then you have to consider the budget. How will you convince him that you need to add $100 in throw pillows to your over flowing grocery cart.

Mistake #3 – Forgetting to Combine Bags

You made it out the door alone to run some “errands” and to make a few other non-mentioned stops. I try to make errands sound boring, so my husband will not want to come if I have a serious shopping trip in mind.

Once I’m out the door, I handle my real errands in about half an hour then I end up at Hobby Lobby and the Christmas Tree Shop for hours.

After spending well over an hour carefully making my selections, I am feeling great about what I bought. I head home and I walk in the front door with arms ready to break off from all the bags.

My husband gives me a look and asks what I bought. I try to downplay it, but I have so many bags I can’t really pull this off. Then I start to doubt myself and feel guilty for buying all of these things that we probably don’t need.

Why didn’t I combine some of the bags?! Why didn’t I leave some in the trunk and sneak them in later?!

He really doesn’t care what I buy, but I always end up feeling so guilty about spending too much.

Mistake #4 – Home Improvement Store

My husband loves the home improvement store, which is great because I can convince (trick) him into starting a new project.

You are probably thinking that this is not a mistake.

Well, the mistake that I make is asking his opinion on paint color. Choosing the right paint color can be challenging when you are trying to coordinate existing colors in your home.

I try to narrow down paint chips to a few favorites then ask my husband for his opinion. For some reason I want him to feel involved in the process.

He then selects the ugliest color out of the three paint chips that I have selected. Now I start doubting all of the paint chips that I am holding in my hand.

I begin to over analyze everything and up leaving the store with nothing because I couldn’t decide.

Why do we make these mistakes?

We do this because we want our spouses to feel involved with some of the designing of the house. Which I am not sure why we do this because all they respond with is, “It looks fine.”

Just fine?! I spent over an hour carefully blending interior design styles, patterns, colors, textures, to create a cohesive feel. All he has to say is fine?!

Now that you read through my mistakes, save yourself some time and aggravation by taking this interior design style quiz. Also, do not take your spouse to the store with you.

Interior Design Style Quiz

Before you start decorating it is important to know your interior design style! This will save so much time and money because you will have a better idea of what to buy.

After taking the quiz, I feel confident that I can piece together throw pillows in under 15 minutes. So, next time I make the mistake of bringing my husband to help with home decor, I will be ready!

Below are Rustic Modern (Scandinavian) home decor items that I found online. These items are reasonable priced and received good reviews. I hope you like them!

Mirror Ideas

My Favorite Shelves

scrap wood shelves
Easy DIY shelves made from scrap wood!


Lighting Ideas

Coffee Tables and End Tables

Wall Decor & Clocks

Decorative Accents

My Favorite Sconces! These are hanging in my dining room. (look at the mirror above to see them). I removed the glass because I have small kids and they still look great!
Decorative Baskets
I made these decorative baskets for less than $25! The original baskets sell on Anthropologie for nearly $400!

Bedroom Ideas

Area Rugs

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