Decorating Essentials- Candles, Throws & Books & Magazines

I had a baby girl on January 16th and some awesome guest posters are filling in for me while I get some baby snuggle time!

Katie and I are friends in real life.  Haha, by real life I mean we did not meet online through blogging- we met when we both lived in Hawaii and now commiserate on how much we miss it.

She is so amazingly talented and I wish she could decorate my whole house.  She was recently featured on The Everygirl– be sure to check out her feature to see her beautiful apartment and read her inspirational story and check out her blog, Life With a Dash of Whimsy!  Thank you Katie!!

Essential #3– Candles!  Candles are pretty and help create the mood, even if romance isn’t the goal.  Plus, the subtle scent is always a nice touch.  I am loving my gold dot Kate Spade candle right now, but Woodwick or the candles from Bath and Body Works are always a great choice too.

Essential #4– Throws (cozy blanket)!  Remember that time you went to a friend’s house and watched a movie while you were shivering there on the couch?  I have memories like that too, which is why I always have one or two throws draped on a chair or the sofa.  They encourage your guests to relax and get comfortable, and they also add a little softness and color to your room.

Candles, throws and books to add some fun to your living room.

Essential #5– Books and Magazines!  A coffee table is not a proper coffee table if there isn’t anything to read!  Books say something about you, and are great for a guest to browse if you’re busy preparing drinks or an appetizer.  I love to choose books with great content that also have beautiful covers so that I can decorate with them as well.  Books and magazines are also a great way to give something a little extra height.  Think your lamp should be a little bit taller?  Add some magazines under it, and then add a little dish or candle next to the lamp to complete the vignette.

Now that you know the essentials, get decorating and then throw a cocktail party!  Your guests are sure to feel at home and comfortable. 

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