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Five Home Styling Tips Everyone Needs to Know

I love to style and decorate homes. Today I am sharing five home styling tips that I think all of you might want to know.

Styling Tips for Your Home

I often get asked where I learned how to decorate our home. I can’t wait to share my story and also share my favorite five home styling tips.

The first thing you need to know is that I am not professionally trained. Rather, I spent years combing through decor magazines, watching every DIY and fixer upper show I could find on TV, and studying the homes I saw everywhere, including in the movies.

Eventually we bought our first home, and I jumped in with both hands (and feet) and decorated my first home.

Did I make mistakes? Absolutely.

Did I pick some paint colors and fabrics that I would never use today? Of course.

Easter Brunch in the Dining Room

But every time I tackled a remodeling project, I stayed true to my heart and always styled my home with things I loved.

Now, I love to mix new with vintage. It’s what I call “my footprint”.

Over the years I have found there are five styling tips that I use over and over. I am excited to share them with you today.

Five Home Styling Tips

#1 – Have an Anchor Piece in Every Room

If you are familiar with my home, what would you say the anchor pieces are in our living room, dining room, and family room?

The Living Room

Living Room Accent Piece

Some of you might think our fireplace is the “anchor piece” but I honestly think it’s our vintage “general store counter”.

I bought this amazing vintage piece from a guy here in Los Angeles. He was introduced to me by Judy at Vintage Junktion LA, and once I saw this piece I knew that I had to have it. Fortunately, I got this for a steal!

Fall Decorating in the Living Room

I should also mention, that the seller told me this furniture piece used to be in Sharon Stone’s house. I am not sure what to believe but it sounds good to me.

The Family Room

Family Room Styling

I saw a DIY ladder chandelier many years ago on Liz Marie’s blog. I wanted to do something similar and ended up making one in our family room here in Southern California (the DIY is here). I loved it so much that I decided to make another one for our Waco, Texas home. (Click the link for the DIY for the Waco ladder chandelier.)

This is definitely the anchor piece in both of these rooms.


The Kitchen

Waco Home Paint Color

There is no doubt the anchor piece in our kitchen is the island. Anytime I post a photo of our kitchen in Southern California or Waco, I get tons of questions about our kitchen islands.

Our Waco kitchen island, pictured above, is a vintage piece I bought at the Round Top vintage sale in Texas. The color is original and I love it!

I found it so early on my shopping trip that I almost didn’t buy it. I am so thankful that my friend Debra Hall talked me into it!

Farmhouse Kitchen Decor Ideas

Our island in our kitchen in our home in Southern California was built twenty-one years ago by our contractor and cabinet maker.

One fun fact about our kitchen is that the counter tops and island are 2″ taller than the standard height. We are a very tall family and this was a very smart decision I made many years ago!

#2 – A Neutral Palette


My second home styling tip is to consider a neutral palette. Having a neutral palette in your home is more calming and easy to work with. A few years ago I sent all of my couches and chairs to my upholsterer and had slipcovers made in neutral tones.

Master Bedroom side view

Actually, every slipcover was either white or off-white.

I got rid of the patterned bedspreads and drapes and went neutral in the bedrooms too.

Why did I do this?

Because now I can add color anytime I want because I have a neutral palette to start with. Typically I add color every season. I just went through a huge pink phase and I am moving into a green phase next!

#3 – Styling Essentials

How to Add Color to Your Home

My third home styling tip is to narrow down your options. I think we all should have some styling essentials that we use in our homes for styling. My favorite essentials are cake plates, apothecary jars, wreaths, pillows, and vintage items.

Valentine's Day Breakfast in the Kitchen

Here a few examples where I have used my favorite styling essentials in our home.

I love to add pillows to my decor and I actually make most of them! Here are some of the ones I have made. You can click on any of the links to see the DIY.

#4 – Adding Color

Guest Bedroom Decor

I mentioned earlier that I love to add color every season to our home. My fourth home styling tip is to not be afraid of color.

It’s easy to add color with accessories (which I call styling essentials) and of course paint is an easy option too.

Just don’t be afraid to use color. Color not only adds style but it also adds warmth and personality to any room.

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#5 – Develop Good Resources

My last home styling tip is to develop good resources. It is important that you develop good sources where you can find wonderful, reasonably priced items for your home.

Shop Your Own Home

Whenever I am redecorating or redoing a room, I always shop my home first. If you look closely at my photos, you will always see something in a room that came from another room.

I love shopping our home!

Apples in a Crock

Small Businesses

I have some favorite retailers in town and I love to shop their stores every chance I get. We all need to support these businesses whenever we can.

Vintage Flea Markets

My favorite place to find items for our home is at a vintage sale. I love going to vintage flea markets. Most of the vintage pieces in our home are from flea markets.

I love the hunt, the fun, and discovering pieces that I know will fit perfectly in our home. You can find my favorite all-time flea market finds here.

On-line Sellers

I love the ease and convenience of shopping online. I usually shop on Amazon and I often link the items here. I love the reliability and free shipping when shopping with them.

I actually have an Amazon Store where I have singled out all of the items I have bought on Amazon, plus more. If you want to check it out you can find my store here.

Links to the Items Shown in This Post

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20 Responses

  1. All great tips! I used to hate adding color to my house but I think that’s because I had to live with ugly dark gold walls and nothing looks good with that except in the fall. Now I have neutral walls and love adding color. Now I need anchor pieces in a few other rooms. 🙂

  2. Anchor in every room…for years ours was a German schrank we purchased in Stuttgart, Germany as newlyweds. I built our many homes around that piece for years. Your list is one to learn from.

    1. Thank you so much Linda for your comment. What an amazing anchor piece, tied to such lovely memories. I am so happy that you enjoyed what I have to share!

  3. Your home and decorating style are gorgeous, so warm and welcoming. Where did you find your little white Dundee marmalade crocks? They are so cute! I’m starting to collect crocks and would love to know if I can purchase these somewhere. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your kind comment Kelli! I scoop up the marmalade crocks whenever I see them. I love them so much! I have found them at vintage flea markets, antique stores, at Round Top Antique Show and I have seen them on eBay. It is fun to have something to hunt for!

      1. Leslie,
        What color are the walls in your dining room? I’m getting ready to paint my living room and would love to find something similar. Also, I love the original color of your Waco home’s island.

          1. I love the decor in all of your homes! I just bought a home so I feel so overwhelmed with all of the decorating options but this article had great advice. Thank you! I have do have a question about the ladder chandelier. How high are your ceilings and what height do you recommend above the table?

  4. Today’s post was incredible. Seeing all your crafts together on one page hammered home how creative you are! You should have a show on HGTV. Not kidding. Your talent combined w your down to earth approach would guarantee success.

    1. Oh my gosh Ana, you are too kind 😊 I have made a lot of pillows! I have so many fun projects planned that I can’t wait to share! Have a wonderful evening!

  5. I just found your blog on Facebook and am so glad that I did. My husband and I are currently living abroad, in the country of Georgia. We are renovating an apartment in a historic building, here in Chiatura. Thanks for the great tips. I also love vintage style with a little added elegance.

  6. This is such a great post! I love your styling tips…neutral and color, vintage and new. It is all so do-able.
    And, you have gorgeous homes:)

    1. Oh my gosh Maria, thank you so much! I very much appreciate that you reached out to me and for your kind comments. Have a wonderful weekend!

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