Interior Design Essentials For Your Home

Everyone hits a point in their life where they look around their apartment or home and think to themselves they should probably get an actual bed frame or start having a place for your keys so you stop spending 15 minutes every morning looking for them and trying to retrace your steps. There are a few items in a home that we consider to be essentials. Here’s our list of what think to be investment pieces:

A Styled Bookshelf



We included this on our list of essentials, because having a styled bookshelf in your apartment or home automatically gives a very adult and grown up vibe. You can make it cute, glam, and girly, or you can give it an industrial style with stained wood and metal piping. Customize it to your personality, and if you need any guidance, check out our post all about styled bookshelves here.

A Stocked Mini-Bar



You want to always be prepared to invite friends over on a whim. It can also fill an empty corner or hallway of the house that you don’t know what to do with, and it will be an item of the home that will actually get used and not just take up space. Also, don’t you think it would be nice to have if you are working on something from home, and you can enjoy a glass of wine or whiskey on the rocks while continuing your work? (This is one of the essentials that will actually save you many as well by staying in for a drink instead of spending money out.)

An Organized Work Station



There should be a place in your home where you keep all your important paper items and where you can take care of all those items as well, actions such as paying bills, doing taxes, working extra from home, or applying for jobs. It just makes life easier when you have all your important papers in one place and organized neatly.

Matching Dishes



People have a habit of collecting dishes from here or there because they were gifts and such and have just accumulated over time. Well, it’s about time you exchange them for matching dishes. Don’t be afraid to keep them if they have sentimental value, but for every day use, it will make you feel more organized and less stressed all together as a person. Matching dishes will purely just make your cabinets look cuter when opened up as well.

Get Everything Framed



This just makes you feel like an actual adult. Having pictures still pinned or hung with clothespins in your home will make you feel “forever young” definitely, but the same time you get your bed off the floor and on a real bed frame is the same day you should get your pictures framed. Plus, frames can really add to your design. They can easily complete a minimalist’s simple vibe or a glamorous diva look.


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Bookcase Styling Tips From A Designer

We all want to know how bloggers, artists, and designers get their home decor so stylish and on point without going over the top. Well, we have the secrets for you and are willing to share! It all starts with a bookcase. If you can style a bookcase, you can style anything! There is one basic guideline we follow. Keep it simple. What we mean by that is, add whatever you would like, just don’t overthink it.



Now, the items you should be using will include your favorite books, accent pieces, additive boxes, plants, objects of interest, and picture frames. We’re going to be using these items to create an appealing bookcase for your home. Just make sure you’re using items you love and will supply inspiration and good vibes.




First, start with choosing your favorite books and grouping the together keeping their size in mind. Put together the books that look best side by side keeping in mind there genres. Make sure the stacks range from 3 to 6 books depending on their thickness. Place them in rows and columns spaced out throughout the bookcase. Use your artistic eye to feel out how many stacks you need since it will vary depending on how many shelves there are and how wide and tall the bookcase is.

Accent Pieces



Accent pieces come in all shapes and sizes! We love them all, but keep in mind; you have objects of interest coming too. Use tall pieces if there is space. This is the best way to add height to your display. Try out vases, candleholders, long-stemmed glasses, or even a lamp (if it fits).

Additive Boxes



Use decorative boxes here and there to make it look less busy. They can add so much style too. If you’re going for a rustic look, place some wooden panel boxes or woven baskets. If you’re looking for something a little more chic, use a glass box or white office boxes. They’re great for storage as well!




Some greenery is always nice no matter where you put it! Plants tend to have a calming, relaxing, and tranquil effect. If you don’t quite have that green thumb, check out our Best Indoor Plants for Your Home post. It provides knowledge of the best plants for the anti-gardeners out there. These plants include succulents, cacti, aloe vera, Fiji palms, and a couple more. Put them in a cute and stylish pot; they’re good to be placed on the shelf! Use as many plants as you want, but try to use that artistic eye to know when enough is enough. We suggest using only one plant that makes an impact just to be safe not to overdue it.

Objects of Interest



These will be the items that…interest you! You want to decorate with items that will keep you inspired, encouraged, and excited for each day. This also includes objects that have a lot of meaning and sentimental value to you. Use these important pieces throughout the shelves as bookends, paperweights, or just little décor to fill a small space. Again, don’t over-do it with these though. You don’t want it to look cluttered!

Picture Frames



Last but not least, the family aspect comes in. Pick up some cute frames from Target and HomeGoods. Print out your favorite pictures with friends, family, or just creative pieces of artwork. Place sporadically down the bookcase.



We have a couple key rules we go by when decorating a bookcase. Use the items you love. Books are essential for a bookcase, and should be arranged in both rows AND columns. Use a variety of items and objects that range in both height and width on each shelf to create balance. Distribute color and weight evenly. Our last rule: group items in odd numbers, preferably threes.

Hopefully, this has helped! Feel free to comment and send us pictures of your new and improved bookcase.


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