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10 Home Decor Staples I Keep Out Year Round

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Having sold our last home furnished and decorated, I mentioned on Instagram stories I am looking to restock my home decor staples. The items I move from room to room throughout the year that create the backdrop for my seasonal decorating. While most of these aren’t too pricy, these are things I would happily invest in because they bring me so much joy throughout the year. In case you are trying to build up some year round home decor you love, I thought I would share some of my recommendations.

Below each home decor staple I have linked a few of my favorite recommendations!

modern traditional living room interior design
Floor Mirror | Save Mirror | Wooden Vases | Lounge Chair | Coffee Table | Chain Link | Frame TV with Bezel Frame | Faux Olive Tree | Dried Grass Stems | Rug (9′ x 12′) | Stoneware Vases | Similar Woven Tray
  • Trays – For holdings items on a coffee table, kitchen counter, console table or bathroom counter layering decor or containing soap dispensers and other items to a tray makes them look super chic.
target round rattan accent side table
Accent Table // Decorative Bowl // Wooden Vases // Faux Stems // Book Stack
  • Bowls – I love to add decor beads, fruit, and filler like shells or acorns (depending on the season) to pretty bowls on side tables and counters. In the kitchen you can use fruit or other food items just like decor.
  • Vases – Have you noticed I use the word LAYER a lot? I like to layer a few vases of different heights to add depth to the look of my home decor. I have vases on my mantle, console tables, nightstands, and coffee table. Below you can find a few of my favorites. If you aren’t good at keeping things alive I find great faux stems at Target and Crate and Barrel and also love dried grass as an option that doesn’t need watering.
modern traditional console table entryway decor idea
Console Table // Lamp // Faux Plant // Beads // Wooden Bowl // Bowl Filler // Artwork
  • Decor Objects – Decor objects add interest and are easy to move around from room to room as needed. I love decor beads and wood chains layered over books or draped from inside a bowl. Geometrically interesting pieces add some flare to a book stack or empty shelf space.
neutral woven basket home decor to store throw blankets and pillows
Basket (sold out – more options linked below) // Pillow // Faux Fur Throw
  • Baskets – Whether the basket is hiding toys, holding a faux plant, or storing extra throw blankets I always like to have pretty baskets on hand in most rooms in my home. I use smaller storage baskets in my bathroom and pantry to store like items together.
  • Vase and Bowl Filler – In the kitchen I often fill bowls with seasonal produce but in the living room I add seasonal decor like shells in the summer, acorns in the fall, and maybe pine cones in the winter. Making subtle seasonal shifts to the everyday staple decor you love makes for less physical and mental clutter in my opinion.
  • Books – I stack books around the house as decor. In bedrooms I sometimes use old photo albums as well. I try to find books that I may occasionally flip through. Side note, I’ve had this idea for years of a coffee table book called “Monday Mantra” with a collection of life tips from some of my favorite people. Sometimes I am thumbing through books just looking for a message I need to hear, so that seems like something I would pick up in those moments. A few I like are linked below:
crate and barrel lounge ii sectional review
Sofa | Coffee Table | Faux Fur Throw | Tassel Area Rug | Throw Pillows | Ladder | Curtain Rod & Panels | Lounge Chair | Mirror | Table Lamps
  • Neutral Throw Pillows – I keep a few basic neutral pillows to layer with pillows of more seasonal colors and textures. I like to use a down pillow insert 2″ bigger than the pillow cover to get a full pillow that holds a good karate chop. My preference is for blues in the spring and summer and muted greens and rust colors in the fall and winter. I also love a chunky knit pillow when the weather cools down. I also vary the size and shapes of the pillows I bundle together in each area of the sofa.
best picks from nordstrom anniversary sale 2020 public access - barefoot dream in the wild blanket and cardigan and ugg slippers
Barefoot Dreams In the Wild Throw Blanket // Bliss Plush Throw Blanket
  • Neutral Throw Blankets – Throw blankets are practical decor pieces not only for keeping you cozy on chilly nights but to protect your furniture. If you have sofa arms that get worn down by kids who jump over them a lot or worry about dirty summer feet staining your sofa, using a throw blanket in these areas will help the longevity of something that isn’t machine washable like your blanket is! I have throw blankets at the end of our beds, in baskets in the living room, as well as on our living room furniture. I have found some great options at Target that are linked below:
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  • Faux (or live) Tall Tree/Plant – I love how a tree brings a little life and color to the room. They’re a great way to fill a corner space that feels a little empty. My hat is off to you if you can keep real plants alive, I’m going to try that soon, but in the meantime here are some great faux tree options:

I also like to “collect” large mirrors and wall art. Would you be interested in seeing a blog post with some of my favorite wall art and mirrors, soon? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Amanda Crask
    July 18, 2021 at 6:59 am

    I’m shopping for mirrors and wall art. Love your space!

    • Rachel
      July 19, 2021 at 7:39 am

      Great!! I will get a blog post up soon! Thanks Amanda!

  • Reba Petersen
    July 19, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    I love the neutral style! I’d be interested in a post about your large art and mirrors.

    • Rachel
      July 22, 2021 at 9:01 pm

      working on it!! thank you!!

  • theresa schneider
    July 22, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    I was truly surprised that you sold the home in Connecticut furnished with all of your decorating “goodies.” I’m hopeful you are okay with starting over again, and that your life in Florida is all you hoped it would be. I was a bit worried when I saw your post, and adding to that, you only had 2 responses. I hope you’re okay, and that your family is, too. Wishing all the best, always…

    • Rachel
      July 22, 2021 at 9:04 pm

      Thanks Theresa!!
      We absolutely LOVE Florida! Since we are building down here it didn’t make sense financially to pay to to move our stuff and then store it for 6 months or more. We weren’t quite sure where we’d be living during all of the in between time so having less stuff has been very helpful. We are all doing well, thriving in the sunshine and sea water.
      Hope you are having a great summer!