So You’re Looking for Dining Chairs 28 Affordable Dining Chairs

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I’m always keeping my eyes open for good (and affordable!) dining chairs. We currently have a mish-mash of chairs from thrift stores and Ikea around our dining table, and while it was definitely the most affordable option a couple years ago, I do yearn for the day when we have a bona-fide dining chair set.

Dining chairs are tricky things to shop for. You have to take into account the style, color, and material of your table. You have to decide if you want a hard or soft surface. Whether or not you have children will definitely impact what kind of dining chair you look at, as well as factors like your space and budget. All of these things make dining chair shopping rather tedious, so I’m hoping I can help you with that first step of sourcing some good options.

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So today I’ve created a round-up of some of my favorite (and as always, affordable) dining chair options! There are seriously so many styles in here that I love, and I know I’ll be coming back to this post for myself when we finally decide to pull the trigger on getting a set of chairs of our own.

I hope this round-up is helpful for you, and remember, I use affiliate links, which means that you get the benefit of my hard work scouring the internet for the best of the best, while I get a small kick-back. Happy shopping!

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Why My Home is (More Than) Enough And Yours Probably is Too

Why My Home is (More Than) Enough | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

My home is enough.

It may seem small, or old, or outdated to some. Yeah sure, the floors need refinishing, the bathrooms and kitchen could use some updating, and we don’t have air conditioning. The bedrooms are tiny, there’s only one shower/tub, I don’t have an island in my kitchen, and the sidewalk outside is cracking. The trim isn’t white, half of the basement is unfinished, the appliances are on the old side, and the windows aren’t air-tight. We could use a new front door, a new garage door, new light fixtures in the bedrooms, and a carpet runner down the stairs.

But my home is enough.

Why My Home is (More Than) Enough | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

It’s the biggest home we’ve lived in. There are two more bedrooms than we currently need and use. It has new tile in the kitchen, new carpet in the basement, newly painted walls, new light fixtures in all the living spaces, and new shelves in the kitchen. We have a dining room large enough for a giant table. There’s a bathroom attached to the master bedroom. We enjoy a walk-in pantry, a covered porch, a huge shed out back, and tons of built-in storage.

My home is more than enough, because, materially speaking, it’s far more than what most have. It’s warm and dry and spacious and beautiful, and those are all things to be so incredibly grateful for.

But even if it didn’t have all of that, my home would still be enough.

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That tiny bedroom is where I get a good’s night sleep, and the outdated kitchen is where I nourish my body with food. The scratched up floors are where I sit when I’m beating my husband in card games. The non-white trim surrounds us as we laugh around the table with old and new friends. That half-finished basement is where I binge watch Downton Abbey and Stranger Things.

This imperfect space is where I return after a long day of work and where I prefer to spend any evening. This home of ours, it’s where I read and journal and pray and connect with God. It’s where I learn and grow and discover. It’s where I become more of who I’m created to be.

My home is more than enough, because it’s where my one precious life is lived. Is yours?

My 5 Favorite Places to Shop for Home Goods The Best Spots to Find Affordable Furniture & Decor for Your Home

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I’m often asked what my favorite stores to shop for home goods are. So I thought I would share my top five stores to purchase home goods from, whether I’m looking for rugs or furniture, candles or photo frames. And keep in mind, I’m not sharing my top five stores for daydreaming or inspiration; these are the real-life places that I buy 99% of my home goods from (because let’s be real, Anthro & Room & Board would definitely be on this list if it was the former). 😉

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Target

Ahhh, good ol’ Target. I really can’t resist their home section, especially when things are on clearance. With their recent releases of Project 62 and Hearth & Hand, they’ve been hitting it out of the ballpark with their home goods lately. Target is probably my favorite spot for throw pillows and other random odds and ends since many of my purchases there end up being impulse buys. 🙂

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Ikea

We’ve gotten quite a few larger pieces from Ikea, such as our two sofas, an armchair, a couple dining chairs, shelves, and a rug. You really can’t beat their price to quality ratio. Since we live about 30 minutes away from Ikea, it’s usually a special trip, so I make sure I’ve perused online and have an idea of what I want to get. Ikea is great for some of your more basic pieces.

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Home Goods

Home Goods is an incredible source for all the decor accessories you could ever want! I often shop their frames, candles, faux plants, and accessories for the kitchen. They also have some great furniture if you’re looking for something that’s cheap and trendy (but might not necessarily last for years).

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Thrift Shops

A large percentage of my furniture and accessories have come from thrift shops. I love purchasing art, mirrors, styling accessories, lighting, and hard furniture like end tables from thrift shops, since those things can be expensive. If you live in the Twin Cities area, one of my favorite thrift shops is the Salvation Army on 4th St in the North Loop. The basement has mainly new Target products, and has a whole room of new furniture, rugs, lighting, and more! It’s a gold mine. You can read more of my best thrifting tips here.

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Online

When all else fails, look to the internet! I have gotten a few really great things from online stores that I wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else, including our two large area rugs and our extra-long curtain rod. Amazon, Rugs USA, and Overstock are all great places to check for home decor.

I hope that’s this is helpful to you! You don’t have to have a huge budget to have a beautiful home. By mixing high and low pieces, new and vintage, and what you have with a few new things, you can create a space that you love and works well for your family. Happy shopping!

5 Unique Christmas Gift Ideas Thoughtful Gifts for Every Person on Your List

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With Thanksgiving being TOMORROW (yayyy turkey day!), Christmas is right around the corner! And although there are those of us who love the challenge of coming up with gift ideas for all our friends and family, there are others of us whose hands get sweaty just thinking about it. This post is for the latter group.

I happen to be in the group who gets giddy about present-giving, so I wanted to share with you five unique ideas for Christmas gifts this year. Some of them are more conventional than others, but they’re all thoughtful and would work well for different people on your list.

Give Homemade

There are tons of awesome DIYs out there that range from super basic-beginner to expert crafter. Why not choose one that suits your level of expertise and give some homemade gifts this year? I love these 13 ideas for hand printing… most of them are right around my DIY level—low skill, low patience! 😉

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Give Education

For the constant learner and discover-er in your life, why not get them the gift of education? Whether it’s a class from Groupon, a subscription to a magazine that interests them or a how-to book (may I suggest How to Discover Your Style & Create a Cohesive Home*?), they will thank you for helping them learn and grow. (*My guidebook is 25% today through next Monday for Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday, so grab your copy now for just $8.95!)

Give Cozy Home Goods

Cozy home goods may not be exactly the most unique gift idea, but they’ll definitely be a winner! Whether the recipient is cuddled under a throw, making a pot of soup in the kitchen, or smelling a candle, they will certainly think of you with fondness as they get to enjoy their practical (and beautiful!) gift!

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Give Experiences

Giving experiences is a great way to fight consumerism and clutter while making memories instead! The experience could be tickets to a concert, museum or zoo, a coupon for a meal or date with you, enjoying an activity together (like a shopping trip or puzzle room, or gifting a service. Consider purchasing an hour or two of consulting or home styling for your wife, mother, sister, or friend this holiday season! I had multiple people purchase my services last year, and their recipients really appreciated their gifts! Check out what one wife said about her Christmas present:

“Heather from Mysa Home Styling was so fun to work with in my home! My husband took advantage of a promotion she did over the holiday season and bought me a styling package. I loved receiving it– home styling with Mysa is like a spa day for your home! 🙂 Heather came in and helped me put up and rearrange decor in our new house and involved me and my style in the process. She was very flexible and modified her service to fit my wants and needs. I would gladly recommend her to anyone, of any budget, who wants help making their home comfortable, beautiful, and welcoming!”—Laura

Keep your eyes peeled for a few Christmas deals I’ll be rolling out around the first week of December! I’ll be giving a discount on some of my consulting and styling services, as well as introducing a brand new service perfect for gifting for the holidays!

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Give Words

If you’ve decided not to exchange gifts with monetary value this year, then giving your words this Christmas season may be the way to go. Write a letter sharing how you feel about someone, what you appreciate about them, and how you see them growing and succeeding. Or create a piece of art or a homemade card that shares your sentiments. Words can carry a lot of weight and power, and will last longer than any material gift.

How do you plan to give this Holiday season?

Minimal Advent Calendar DIYs That Double as Decor 3 Ideas for Celebrating the Advent Season in Style

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With Advent right around the corner (only 2.5 weeks away!), I’ve been on the look-out for some Advent Calendar DIYs that can double as decor… because killing two birds with one stone is totally my jam. I’ve found three that are especially cute, and would work in pretty much any aesthetic, with just some switching out of colors and materials (although I think they’re all so lovely as is!).

The above paper bag idea from Rue Magazine is so simple, yet would definitely make a statement and would be hard to forget to actually use. (I’m often guilty of forgetting to utilize our smaller Advent calendar!) This one would be so customizable, as you could use different colored bags or fonts and colors for the numbers, and could dress it up as you like with greenery and garlands.

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I love this adorable craft stick advent calendar from The Merry Thought! Again, the simplicity is striking, and this one does take up quite a bit less space if you don’t have a large wall to fill. You can write activities, scripture, or whatever you want on the other side of the stick, so it’s still interactive. The bit of greenery that this option will add to your space is juuuust right for more minimalist or smaller spaces.

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This gorgeous embroidery hoop wreath from Lapinblu might be my favorite of the three. Not only do you get a fun Advent calendar out of the deal, but you also end up with a beautiful wreath! I’ve been interested in making an embroidery loop wreath anyway, so this may be the winner for this year! I do prefer Advent calendars that have scripture reading or activities rather than gifts though, so I may try to figure out a way to create a hybrid.

Do you have an Advent calendar? Any fun DIY ideas?

Interior Inspiration: Garlands Examples, DIYS, and 21 Beautiful Garlands for Your Home

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If you’ve noticed garlands popping up everywhere, you aren’t the only one! From wood beads, greenery and macrame, to tissue paper, felt balls, and fabric, garlands of all kinds are showing up in homes. And I’m not mad about it! (In fact I’m very, very happy about it!)

If you’re not as convinced, let me make a case for garlands. They can:

  • add color, texture, and pattern
  • help you celebrate events (hellloooo the easiest party decor ever!)
  • add an extra layer so your home feels collected
  • highlight something in your home (a mantel, piece of art, or window)
  • be draped, hung, wrapped, set—so versatile!
  • help you bring a new material into a room
  • add a feeling of whimsy and can help a space feel more care-free

Convinced? Good. Now feast your eyes.

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How stunning is this macrame beauty?? Imagine this fireplace without it. This space would have far less impact and would be far less cozy.

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And this colorful number definitely brings a whimsy touch to this otherwise very regal room. It also ties together the colors in the room… a great little trick when decorating with garlands!

Then there’s the giant rabbit hole of DIY garlands that you can find on the internet. I especially love this wood bead garland and this paper leaf garland.

But if you’re crunched for time, or just don’t have the patience for or interest in making your own, I’ve got you covered. There are some seriously good choices, guys! They’re affiliate links, which mean we both win, so click away! 😉

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Creating a Christ-Centered Home 3 Ideas for Infusing Faith into Decor

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If you’re a follower of Jesus, then you may wonder what decorating and a faith-filled life have to do with each other. Well, I’m here to tell you, A LOT!

There’s a way you can create your home to be Christ-centered, and there’s a way you can create it to be you-centered. There’s a way you can design it to cultivate contentment, joy, and life, and there’s a way that you can design it to cultivate exactly the opposite.

So if you desire for your home to be Christ-centered, here are three ideas to consider as you’re creating your home.

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Display Truth Throughout Your Home

Whether it’s scripture, lines from a favorite hymn, or bits of truth that you want to remember about who God is or who He has created you to be, displaying truth throughout your home is a powerful way to keep things centered on Christ.

There are tons of beautiful pieces that you can buy to display in your home. I especially love Lindsay Letters’ stuff (pictured above) and French Press Mornings has some lovely art as well. You can also create art to display around your home, or find free downloads online to print, frame, and hang.

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Make Space for Ministry to Happen

When creating your home, keep in mind the kinds of ministry that you want to take place there, and design accordingly.

Both our living and dining rooms are specifically designed for ministry—we have a table that seats 8 for large meals and enough seats in our living room to comfortably hold our small group. Keeping ministry in mind when designing our home has helped me be more intentional, as I am constantly reminded that our spaces aren’t just made for my husband and me.

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Steward Well & Check Your Motives

Creating a beautiful home is a good and wonderful endeavor to undertake, but we must remember to check our motives and steward what God has given us well.

This means not spending outside our means on things for our homes, not dwelling in envy and comparison, and not being prideful about our homes. Asking the Spirit to keep our motives in check as we design will ensure that we aren’t making an idol out of our homes.

We steward God’s gifts well when we make use of the home He has given us, with the budget He has given us. When we use our God-given creativity to create a beautiful space within the limits we have, we bring glory to Him!

Why not choose one of these ideas to work on implementing into your home today? 

Reader Question: How to Arrange Rooms with Lots of Furniture 3 Tips for Arranging When Space is Tight

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I’m back at it again answering another reader question! Today’s question is all about maximizing space!

Question:

I am wondering how to set up a room that has SO much furniture. I have two large dressers, my desk, a full size bed, and a wooden headboard that takes up quite a bit of room. How do you arrange it so it’s not so furniture heavy without removing anything (if that’s even possible!?)?

Answer:

I think that this is a question that many of us struggle with in our homes! Too much furniture, too little space. The overarching answer is this: can you get rid of any of your stuff? The #1 best thing you can do for a room is to edit! Take out what you don’t like, what isn’t functioning well, and what doesn’t help the room serve its purpose. But if you’ve already done that, or feel you must keep everything you have, then I have three suggestions.

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1. Think vertical with your storage

My first suggestion, assuming that you’ve done all the purging you can, is to think vertical! Just look around you… there is loads of space to be gained on your walls! You can add storage through hanging shelves, swapping out larger dressers for ones that are tall and narrow, or hanging baskets.

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2. Put a dresser in a closet

While you’re thinking vertical, why not higher your bar in your closet to make room for a dresser? Putting a dresser in your closet is one of the best ways to gain a ton of space in your room! If you have a tall and narrow chest of drawers, it can even go beside your hanging clothes, rather than underneath. Consider if moving a dresser into your closet could be a solution for your space!

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3. Choose pieces with a small footprint

Lastly, if you have a smaller room, I would recommend choosing pieces that have a smaller footprint… or no footprint at all, like a wall-hung desk! Picking furniture that is less bulky will make your room feel much less cramped.

But I get it! Buying all new furniture isn’t always an option! But perhaps look around and see if there are one or two pieces that you could either use elsewhere in your home or sell on Craigslist and replace with something smaller in scale—even if it’s from a thrift shop or another room in your home! Swapping out furniture between rooms is the most affordable way to decorate your home! 🙂

I hope those suggestions help! Happy arranging!

6 Affordable Large Area Rugs (All Under $400!) Fill Your Space Without Emptying Your Wallet

6 Affordable Large Area Rugs (All Under $400!) | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

We recently purchased a new area rug for our living room, and the hunt for a large, affordable area rug can be grueling! It seems that once you get into the 8×10 or 9×12 range rugs get real expensive, real fast. But the one that we ordered was a 10×14, and is crazy affordable! So I figured there have to be some other great ones out there in a similar size in price range, so today I’ve rounded up 6 affordable large area rugs for under $400.

Whether you’re looking for something neutral or colorful, patterned or solid, I’ve got a few really great options for you. And I made sure that each of these had at least an 8×10, if not a 9×12, available for less than $400.

You may notice that all the Rugs are from Rugs USA. I love them for their prices, selection, and free quick shipping! The also have an amazing Rugs 101 page that is so helpful when purchasing a rug. And no, this is not a sponsored post, it’s just how I feel and I like sharing great sources with you all! So enjoy!

Natura Handspun Jute Rug

6 Affordable Large Area Rugs (All Under $400!) | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

Soltera Printed Floret Emblem Rug

6 Affordable Large Area Rugs (All Under $400!) | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

Sierra Paddle Rug

6 Affordable Large Area Rugs (All Under $400!) | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

Shielded Alcazar Rug

6 Affordable Large Area Rugs (All Under $400!) | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

 

Tallahassee Barbed Diamond Tiles Rug

6 Affordable Large Area Rugs (All Under $400!) | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

Flatweave Cotton Kilim Tassel Rug

6 Affordable Large Area Rugs (All Under $400!) | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

Which one’s your favorite?

All images via Rugs USA

3 Ways to Enjoy the Most Wonderful Time of the Year A Guide to Embracing the Fall Season

3 WAYS TO ENJOY THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

Sorry if the title is misleading, but I’m not talking about Christmas today (phew!), I’m talking about FALL! I really do love this season so much… the crunch of the leaves underfoot, the crisp air, the change in wardrobe. Everything about Fall is so wonderful, except for how quickly it seems to pass every year. I often feel like I blink and then it’s over! So this year I intend to soak in every moment, and really embrace this season. Here are three things I intend to do to help me do so… I’d love to hear some of your ideas!

Fall-Themed Treats & Drinks

‘Tis the season of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING! And for good reason! Fall is a great time to embrace flavors such as pumpkin, cinnamon, apple, squash, and other cozier flavors (is that a thing? Sure, why not?!). I fully intend on drinking way too much hot apple cider and hot cocoa in the coming months, and I hope that we can make it to an apple orchard as well!

Appreciate the Great Outdoors

Speaking of apple orchards, Fall is the perfect time to sneak in some last minute nice-weather activities. Going on walks, visiting orchards, and going on a Sunday afternoon drive to admire the changing leaves are great ways to soak in all that Autumn has to offer. And all this outdoor time is a great excuse to break out some of the favorite Fall wardrobe staples—hello boots, scarves, sweaters, and puffy vests! How I’ve missed you all!

Change Out Your Decor

The changing of seasons is a great time to switch up things in your home! And with Fall comes the need for cozier textiles, warmer colors, and more layers! This is also a great time to change up the type of nature you bring into your home. Think pumpkins, gourds, and fall leaves rather than summer bouquets and plants.

I like to move from a brighter, airier aesthetic to something a bit moodier and more cozy. Adding in some darker colors, a few extra comfy throws, and some ambient lighting all help achieve this. Candles are a MUST (and bonus points if they’re pumpkin spice scented!).

Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorite things for Fall… take a look if you’d like.

These are affiliate links, which means that when you click or purchase I get a very small amount, but you don’t pay any extra… so it’s a win-win! I only include things that I would personally buy (or would buy if I had a slightly different, but still good, style) and that are on the budget-friendly side. I know that shopping is not some people’s love, so I hope to serve you well in selecting things that are both stylish and affordable. 🙂

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