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

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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

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Soltera Printed Floret Emblem Rug

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Sierra Paddle Rug

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Shielded Alcazar Rug

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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

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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

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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. 🙂

We’re a Match Made In Heaven If… How to Know if I'm the One!

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I get it. Hiring someone to come into your home can feel daunting. It can feel risky, especially if you don’t know me. But today I want to take the “daunting” out of booking me to style your home. Today I want to make it WAY less risky to work with me. Today I’m going to outline exactly the kind of people I get excited about working with… and who knows?! Maybe that person is you!

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We’re a match made in heaven if…

  • You value your home being both beautiful and functional
  • You know that I will steward your money well & will stick within your budget
  • You are open and honest with me
  • You value good communication and efficiency
  • You want to stop wasting money on things that don’t work for your home
  • You have a space that you aren’t happy with or doesn’t meet your needs
  • You want your home to function well for you & your family
  • You know that I have your best in mind
  • You have questions about your space that keep nagging you
  • You desire to create a space that is cozy and reflects your style
  • You know the value of bringing in a professional
  • You are invested in creating a home that you love
  • You want a second set of eyes to help bring your vision to life OR You don’t have any idea where to start and need someone to guide you

I love serving homeowners by helping them create functional and cozy spaces that cultivate contentment and joy. That’s the whole heart behind Mysa Home Styling—people loving the home they’re in! It is my absolute joy to watch someone go from feeling discontent, confused, or apathetic about their home, to feeling excited, joy-filled, and intentional about their space.

So if you match the description above, check out my services, testimonials, and portfolio, then drop me a line if you’d like to explore more about what it could look like to work with me (of if you’re ready to book!). I can’t wait to help you create a home that is functional and cozy!

How Gratitude Changes Everything About Your Home The Results of a Grateful Heart

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Gratitude is one of those tricky things that I can so often forget about, but that is actually of utmost importance. I Thessalonians 5:16–18 says “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” The will of God?? Really? People are always wanting to know the will of God, and here it is! Plain as day! To rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances. So if rejoicing and giving thanks—gratitude—is the will of God for us, then I’d say it’s pretty important and is worth a deeper look.

I believe that fostering gratitude in the home is a huge part of cultivating gratitude in your life. If you can foster gratitude at home, then it will impact your family and all else who enter. It will overflow from your home, reaching into your neighborhood, your job, and all other areas of your life.

As I thought about cultivating gratitude in the home, there are two results that gratitude has on our home and heart that stood out to me.

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Gratitude Drives Out Discontentment

Gratitude makes what you have enough. It opens your eyes to the many gifts God has given you. Writing down and speaking aloud what you’re grateful for makes you realize that you are blessed with all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1:3) and that God can and will completely satisfy you (Psalm 145:16).

These realizations will drive out discontentment in your home. When you see that what you have is enough, you won’t be coveting your neighbor’s new kitchen, the couch you can’t afford in the catalogue, or the clearance aisle at Target. When you allow Jesus to fulfill all your longings, you’ll feel far more content and fulfilled than after any shopping trip or remodel.

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Gratitude Moves You to Generosity

Once you’ve seen that what you have is enough and Jesus alone will truly satisfy, you’ll be moved to generosity. When you view your home as something that God has given you to steward, you’ll be far more hospitable. You’ll be able to have open hands with the things that God has given you.

A grateful heart leads to a generous heart. Think about the most generous people you know… aren’t they the ones that are also the most grateful? Cultivating gratitude in our homes will result in more generous living, and ultimately, more Christ-like living. I don’t know about you, but that’s definitely something I long for!

What are some results that you have seen as you’ve fostered gratitude in your life and home?

5 Fall Decorating Trends You Need to Know How to Cozy Up Your Home & My Favorite Fall Finds

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Fall is RIGHT around the corner, and I have to say that as much as I hate that it signals the coming of Winter, I do truly love Fall. I’m not one of those people who completely redecorates their home for every season, but it can definitely be fun to switch things up a bit and do a little refresh as the weather changes. And with the change from hot, long summer days to cooler, shorter Fall ones, it’s the perfect time to add some coziness to your home.

So today I wanted to share with you five Fall decorating trends that I’ve noticed, along with ways to incorporate them into your home and some of my favorites from each trend.

Plaid & Buffalo Check

The beginning of Fall always makes me think of plaid. There’s just something so cozy about throwing on an oversized men’s flannel, and incorporating plaid and buffalo check patterns into your decor is like doing that to your home!

Touches of Nature

One of the easiest (and most affordable!) ways to add a touch of Fall to your home is to bring in some nature! Whether it be from your yard (pinecones, branches, leaves, etc.), or from the store (pumpkins, floral arrangements, wreaths, etc.), nature will help to bring that Fall vibe to your home.

Rustic Accessories

Adding in some accessories with a rustic flair will bring some of that farmhouse charm to your home, and definitely helps to usher in those cozy Fall feel. Think reclaimed wood, tin, rattan, woven materials, and the like!

Cozy Textiles

Cozy textiles add warmth and comfort to your space. Look for pillows, throws, and rugs made of soft materials. Bonus points if they have extra texture!

Deep, Warm Colors

Using deep, warm colors throughout your home is a great way to keep away the chill at this time of year. Bringing in accents, accessories, and decor in dark blues, reds, oranges, and greens will help your space to feel more natural and cozy.

Which trend is your favorite? I personally love touches of nature! Share in the comments below!

Organizing for Your Lifestyle: Bathroom Organization Ideas for Organizing makeup, toiletries, and other bathroom products

Organizing for Your Lifestyle: Bathroom Organization | Mysa Home Styling | Interior Design & Styling | Minneapolis Minnesota

Today I have a special treat for you… an excerpt on bathroom organization from Organizing for Your Lifestyle, the book that I’m giving away for the second week of Home*School!

In Organizing for Your Lifestyle, you’ll learn the science behind organization and not only how to get organized, but how to stay organized. The book is arranged (very meticulously, of course!) into common themes to help you organize your home.

So without further ado, here it is! (And if you’re inspired to start organizing your bathroom, check out the my three ideas for an organized bathroom!)

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Purge the Old

Toiletries are a necessity, and as we get older, we seem to need more and more lotions, creams, and miracle serums. These added products often cause a disorganized mess. When it comes to bathrooms, I am 100% sure that you’ll find items that have expired, or that you simply don’t use. And you need to get rid of this stuff asap. When you’re cleaning out your bathroom, keep only the items that you actually use and that aren’t expired.

Once you toss your old cosmetics, skin care products, and other medicines and toiletries, it’s time to sort the rest. You can start to organize these items by preparing labelled boxes.

Sort Into 5 Categories

1. Everyday use

Items such as toothpaste, contact solution, deodorant, night and day cream, face wash and serums are the key products that I reach for every day. These belong in your medicine cabinet. If you don’t have a medicine cabinet, then the top drawer or even a basket on the sink will do. These products need to be easily accessible and should be stored with the label facing you. You can get creative in your medicine cabinet and store items in vases, small antique boxes, soap dishes, and even shot glasses, which are great for holding small elastic hair bands.

If you take medication daily, you also want to store that with your other daily essentials. On the topic of medications, a word of warning: just because it’s called a medicine cabinet, doesn’t mean all medicine should be stored there. Always be conscious of what you store in clear view, in your medicine cabinet or outside of it, as curious friends, dates, or dinner guests will always take a peek.

2. Hair care products

If you’re like most women, you have a lot of hair products. If there are products that you use on a daily basis, I would keep those in the everyday section, and if your everyday hair products don’t fit in your medicine cabinet, try finding smaller spray bottles or containers at your local department or drug store (always remember to label them). Hair care products that you don’t use every day can be stored alongside blow dryers, round brushes, curling irons and straighteners.

If you have a spot to hang your blow dryers and other electrical tools, do so, as this will ensure the cable isn’t damaged by continual wrapping and unwrapping. I’ve used the same Command brand hooks for my closet, and in several places in my bathroom, including for hanging my blow dryer. Just make sure that the hook can handle the weight of the hair dryer before installing.

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3. Weekly use

These items could include things like exfoliators, special perfumed lotions, and conditioning hair masks. Because you only use these products on a weekly basis, they do not need to be as immediately accessible as your everyday items.

4. Spare products

Being organized means having a back-up product ready so that you don’t have to run to the pharmacy at 11 pm, or, worse, wait frantically by the door for the pharmacy to open in the morning before you go to work. This doesn’t mean that you have to go to Costco and buy ten deodorants at once. I would actually discourage from buying in bulk to save a few dollars, as this often leads to having too much stuff, and products could even expire before you get to use them. But having one backup for each of your key items will save you time and stress. When you replace one item, simply buy a spare at the same time.

Unfortunately, there are some cosmetic products where it doesn’t really make sense to buy two at a time. Stuff like mascara, for instance, can dry out even if you don’t open it, so it doesn’t make much sense to have extras sitting on your shelf. But most of your everyday items are going to be things that you go through pretty quickly, so a single spare shouldn’t be in too much danger of expiring.

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5. Makeup

How you store your makeup very much depends on your lifestyle. First of all, do you ever need to take makeup with you? For instance, do you travel a lot, or go to the gym and need to get ready for work or dinner afterwards? Do you carry makeup with you for parties and events? If you take your makeup with you anywhere, then you should definitely store it in a makeup case. This is really the only way to both travel with makeup and stay organized, short of buying double of everything so that you can leave one set at home and keep another in your purse, gym bag or travel bag. A second set of products can work for some people.

CEO of Crystal Cruises, Edie Rodriguez said in an interview with Conde Naste Traveler that her packing secret is to always keep a duplicate set of makeup in a travel bag; that way, she doesn’t have to think about bringing it. I only keep one makeup bag; it’s by Marc Jacobs, and it fully opens to make sure I can see all the contents properly.

Store By Category

Once you’ve sorted out your sections, evaluate the space you have, and get creative. New modern bathrooms such as mine tend to have very limited storage space. I only have a medicine cabinet, and no other shelving. On the upside, this forces me to minimize my products as much as possible, and also to create unique storage ideas. I store my everyday items in the medicine cabinet. Then I have a leather box where I store my makeup and weekly products. Next, find a place to store your spare products. Underneath the sink would be ideal, but if you don’t have this space (or don’t have it to spare), you might store them in a pantry or cabinet.

Sorting your bathroom products based on how often you use them can help you declutter and save time. You’ll be surprised how much more space you have once you get rid of all the products you don’t use or are expired.

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