I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a sucker for easy, trendy, fast home decor pieces that hail from Target, Home Goods, and on the special occasion Anthropologie. While I still love these places as go to’s for new pieces or inspiration, I’m slowly trying to adopt a few new mindsets when it comes to furnishing our home.
First, I’m trying just not to buy things. We already have so many, and even more seem to surface after a massive purge to our local donation center. While I tend to not change much often, when the feeling to decorate arises, I’m trying to “shop my house”. Sometimes all it takes to refresh a space is simply swapping out items you already own, change their position on a shelf, or create a simple small moment with them somewhere else in your house.
My second mantra for decor in our home in 2020 is to tap into the unexpected. Whether this is a brass object such as an old shoe horn placed just so on a stack of hardcover books, a random collection of my daughters heart shaped rocks in an olive wood bowl, or even a jar of a sea glass. These items are plentiful in our home and create a more organic style story than something I picked up on a whim.
My third self inflicted decor rule that I’m trying to abide by in 2020, is to shop small and ideally – local. Etsy is slowly becoming my go to for pieces that I feel like I want to add to our home. I realize that Etsy isn’t a new concept to most. I have utilized the app over the last seven years or so, but never seek it out as my go to for home pieces. Usually it was my place for bows and moccasins for the littles, and inspiration for gifts for loved ones. Lately, when I feel inspired to decorate I’ve been turning to the app more and more to see what unique versions exist that revival their main stream look alikes.
I’m not claiming to give up on shopping all together. Instead, I’m trying to seriously limit what comes in versus what goes out. I feel like these subtle changes to my shopping habits will lend themselves to a more sustainable style, not to mention one that is unique and true to us. If you’re interested in trying to do more of the same, I’ve rounded up a few pieces that support small businesses and will provide you a more unique take on current trends.