free printable {good enough is the new perfect}

Today’s free printable is also the title of a I-can’t-wait-to-read book by Becky Gillespie, and reminds us that perfection is over-rated, and, to paraphrase one of my favorite mantras-”don’t let perfect be the enemy of good.” Sometimes, good enough is more than enough, and this printable is a good reminder of that…enjoy!
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7 simple fall mantles

My thoughts lately have been turning to my (much neglected) mantle, and I’ve been on the lookout for inspiration for gussying it up for Fall. Personally, I’m over over-decorated, complex mantle decor….that’s just not going to work for me at this stage of life (read: young kids and little free time). Instead, I’m leaning towards simple, layered mantles that aren’t too fussy. I’ve gathered a few of my favorite simple mantles that have inspired me lately (hopefully they’ll inspire you, too).

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5 ways to add warmth to your home

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It’s almost Fall, which means warm sweaters, boots, pumpkin-spice everything and, for all of us home decor fans, time to add some warmth and coziness to our surroundings. Today, I’m sharing 5 inexpensive ways to add warmth to your home, just in time for the changing seasons…

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1. Think about your lighting.
Bright overhead lights can be harsh; using lamps instead can create a softer effect and add a warm glow to your space. Also, think about adding (and using!) candles to cozy up your space.

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2. Add items that tell a story.
Cozy and warm homes have a story to tell. They’re collected over time and contain items that have meaning to the people who live in them. Letters and postcards, cherished collections, souvenirs from travels, all of these things add charm and personality to a home.

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3. Bring the outdoors in.
Adding natural elements to your home is a simple way to add coziness to your surroundings. Plants, terrariums, branches, leaves and pinecones can add organic texture and an earthy feel without breaking the bank.

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4. Bring in Autumnal patterns.
Herringbone, tweed, plaid…bringing in small doses of these “warmer” patterns can help add a cozy feel to your home. Pillows, blankets, picture frames and small rugs are easy ways to add pattern and warmth.

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5. Add vintage or upcycled pieces.
Whether it’s antique mason jars, vintage crockery, or an upcycled treasure, pieces with a past are inherently more character-filled and warm than pieces you picked up brand new. Consider thrift stores, antique fairs and estate sales to find these weathered gems.

Want more? Read this post on 5 Inexpensive Ways to Add Charm to Your Home for more great ideas.

What are YOUR tips for adding warmth to your home? Please leave a comment-I’d love to hear!

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