Decorating Mistakes First-Time Homeowners Make and How to Avoid Them

As many of you know, in addition this blog I’m also a contributor to Ashley Muir Bruhn’s incredible lifestyle blog, Hither and Thither.  Ashley writes about all things parenthood, travel, food, and style and I love sharing my tips and great finds with her readers!  Recently I’ve posted about how to approach a kitchen remodel, tips for finding steals on Craigslist, and the best sources for modern lighting on Etsy.

First-time Homeowners' Decorating Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

When we found our first home, I remember wanting it to be warm and welcoming right away. Living in an empty white box for months while we figured out what to do next was just not appealing to me. BUT I learned that if you jump in before you’re ready, not only will you end up creating more work for yourself to fix the mistakes you’ve made—you’ll waste a heck of a lot of money, too.  So today I’m sharing what I believe are the top ten mistakes that first-time homeowners make, and how you can avoid them!

Read the full article and tell me what you think!

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Comments (7 )
  • Victoria
    | 25 March 2016

    I can definitely relate to #5. When buying a desk and bookshelves for our office we wanted it all to be the same color and wood. I was not expecting it to look so lifeless and just Blah, but I didn’t know why- until now. Great article!! I will definitely be referring back to this when I buy my first home.

    • annabode
      | 25 March 2016

      Thanks Vic! 🙂

  • Melissa
    | 28 November 2016

    I think this is the best decorating article I’ve ever read! Thanks for sharing your info. I’m in contract for my second home, which is a 1900 cottage with original moldings, and high ceilings. I’m leaving a tiny 1940’s ranch, where small everything was my goal. so a big change. The factor of keeping period appropriate really stuck with me, and i agree, but what type of peices are early 1900 but still livable?

  • CArly
    | 14 February 2017

    I’m so guilty of number 7! Haha. i always feel like there should be something up on them – whether it be shelves, picture frames, mirrors, clocks, or whatever i feel will make use of the space. i didn’t really realize that it was a home decor no-no.

  • Kathryn
    | 3 March 2017

    Question- where did you scoop up your rug? Currently looking for one similar. I live in los angeles and know i need to just search the market scene.

  • Jodi trasen
    | 5 November 2017

    I lOVE the dining room table. Can you tell me where you found it? Great ARTICLE in Sunset this month!

    • annabode
      | 17 January 2018

      Thanks Jodi! The dining table is vintage, we found it on Craigslist. We added the marble leaf with leftover countertop material from our kitchen reno!

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