How to Style Your Entryway

The entryway.

It’s the “hello” and “goodbye” to your home.

It sends you off to start your day and it greets you when you put down your keys at night. The same goes for when you have guests in your abode—this is their first impression.

Yet, the entryway is often that one spot in our homes that becomes an afterthought. Perhaps, the space feels awkward and you don’t know where to begin.

I’ve compiled a list of practical tips that you can implement in your entryway, ensuring you and your guests feel cozy from the moment the front door opens.

1. Wall Hooks

Before we can get all fancy with decor, we need a space that actually functions for your everyday life. Start with some simple hooks to hang a hat, purse, keys, Bruno’s leash, etc. Creating designated spaces for belongings prevents clutter.

2. Shoe Basket or Boot Tray

Let’s be honest with ourselves. We don’t always put our shoes back in the closet when we get home. So, let’s run with that. Give your shoes a tidy place to hang out right where you want to leave them anyways. A basket is great because they completely conceal your shoes.

3. Console Table

If your space allows, a console table serves as a beautiful greeting to you and your guests. A place to set your coffee on while you tie your shoes. I recommend a console table with drawers. This will allow you to tuck things away and out of sight. Drawers are perfect for hiding keys, wallets, sunglasses, and chapstick.

4. Mirror

A mirror will not only bounce light and make a space look larger, but it will allow you to fix your hair or your hat as you head out the door.

5. Books

Now for the fun part! Styling. Start with some books. I like to choose books that have a similar color palette. Place them in a neat stack. This allows for some of your favorite books to be displayed.

6. Greenery

There is nothing quite like greenery to beautify a room! Whether faux or freshly clipped from a field, greenery breathes life into your entryway.

7. Candle or Wall Plug-In

A sweet smelling home is a cozy home! Greet all who enter with either a candle or a scented wall plug-in.

8. Bowl or Tray

If your entryway table doesn’t have drawers, opt for a wood bowl or tray to house keys and sunglasses.

9. Wood Bead Garland

This is definitely not a necessity for an entryway, but it is a really playful styling tool! You can place it in a bowl, drape it over books, wrap it around the neck of a vase, etc. A wood bead garland just adds something unique that elevates the style of a space.

10. Rug

A rug always ties a space together. I find a rug to be particularly helpful in an entryway. It will prevent you from tracking in dirt. Jute rugs are durable, yet earthy and inviting. Choose a rug that isn’t too light in color, otherwise it’ll show dirt fairly quickly.

11. Lamp

If your entryway doesn’t have an overhead light, or you simply want more lighting, place a small table lamp on your console table. This gives off a warm, inviting glow.

I hope these styling tips are useful and inspiring! What part of your entryway do you love most? Take what you love and run with it! ♥️

Renovation Progress


Okay! So this whole “design blogging ” thing has me so excited! So let’s get to my official first blog post as The Youthful Home!

Since purchasing our home, we’ve tackled a handful of projects. And assuredly, will continue to do so. The list never seems to end haha. But, I wanted to share with you all the initial updates we made to the house before we moved in!!

For starters, huge thank you to my dad and Billy’s dad, and his brother for all their help! We couldn’t have done it without them.

Popcorn Ceiling Removal

Literally the day after we bought the house, Billy started removing the popcorn ceiling. He simply sprayed the ceiling with water and then scraped away! (Note: Some homes have asbestos in their popcorn ceilings and must be removed by professionals.) I was so impressed he knew how to do that! Removing the popcorn ceiling really brightened the rooms.

Ceiling Texture

We hired someone to texture the ceilings and it turned out so nicely! Really updated the home.

Interior Paint



Okay, if you’ve ever tried to choose a white paint color, you know how confusing this can be. There are SO MANY WHITES. Like, what?! Each shade has a slightly different hue. My greatest concern was choosing a white that would come off cold. Well, somehow I picked the most beautiful warm, milky white on the first try! It’s called “Whisper White” by Behr. Amazing you guys. We had Sherwin Williams color match it because we have a connection there thanks to a kind friend. 🙂

For the ceiling, we just did the standard ceiling white and it turned out great! Love the subtle contrast between the ceiling and the walls

Billy and his dad used a paint sprayer to paint everything. This made the process so much faster.



Billy ripped up all the nasty, stained carpet. It was in terrible condition. Like, you wouldn’t want to walk on it barefoot. lol.  Which is kind of important in a home.

Then, we hired someone to install our Coretec Luxury Vinyl Planks.  They are 100% waterproof, which is really important for Florida humidity. We chose medium, warm brown with neutral undertones.  I really like how wide the planks are and how much it looks like real wood!



Now, all the hard labor is complete and we’re moved in and making it home!  We are taking it one project at at time.  I can’t wait to take ya’ll along for the ride.


Introducing The Youthful Home

I’ve been on quite the journey with blogging.   I’ve been at it for a few years now, and it’s become a happy little hobby of mine.  You see, I love writing. I love taking pictures.  I love creating.  And if I can do all that, and maybe inspire someone at the same time, then mission accomplished.

With all that said, I’m excited to announce a little change happening around here. This blog is now titled The Youthful Home.

To some of you, you may have already seen this coming. Because honestly, decorating and making a home have become my greatest passions.

I’ve mulled this idea over for awhile now. When my husband and I bought our first home a few months back, the timing seemed right to focus in on a topic more.  My favorite place. The home.

So what does this change mean for the blog? Here’s the type of content you’ll be seeing:

  • Our Home Renovation Journey
  • Budget Friendly Home Decor Tips
  • DIYs
  • Seasonal Decor Tips
  • Interior Inspiration
  • Vintage and Thrift Shopping Hauls
  • Recipes
  • Faith Inspired Content

The Youthful Home is where I hope to inspire you to love your abode.  To create spaces that tell your story.

You can read more about the heartbeat behind The Youthful Home in the About Me page!

I passionately believe the home should be a peaceful sanctuary in which you can be your utmost, childlike self.  A place where your faith grows.  A place where your love is shared. My goal is to never lose my young, joyful spirit and I’m inviting you to join me.

Welcome to THE Y O U T H F U L HOME

Ahhhh this little homemaker is so very excited and joyful about this! Love to you all!

Apt. Reveal :: The Living Room

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Curled up with a blanket atop my lap and a cup of tea in hand (well, actually its resting on a coaster, but tea in hand sounds much more poetic),  I am thrilled to be composing the second installment of our apartment reveal: the living room. If you haven’t already, check out the bedroom reveal here.

It wasn’t until I had my first apartment with my hubby that I realized a talent and passion of mine: interior decorating. Prior to being married, I was actually a little messy. My room always had a chair with a pile of clothes on it. (Sorry Mom and Dad.)  I didn’t always make my bed. After having my own space, to my own surprise, I’ve become somewhat of a neat-nick.  I think it has to do with all the heart and attention to detail I’ve put in, that I strive to maintain a home that best displays my handiwork.

img_7595 One of my favorite parts of my new-found hobby is the hunt. I try to be very intentional and particular in my purchases.  If I don’t love it, I will pass and continue the quest for that just-right piece. I think that’s why I enjoy vintage markets so much–you invest time and exploration into a well-loved treasure.  (Also, it’s cliche but true: They just don’t make things like they used to. Shop vintage when looking for quality, made well pieces.)

When creating a living space, it is of great importance.  This is a co-space.  A space where not only you will dwell, but your friends and loved ones too.  It must be inviting, cozy, and story-telling.  Don’t just slap some stuff on a wall.  Find pieces that mean something to you. What speaks to you? What represents you as a person? Your family. Culture. Upbringing. Hobbies. Colors. Your home is a giant painting of who you are and I think that is absolutely beautiful.

Let me give you a couple of examples:

  • I am Italian and so very proud of it. Therefore, the framed map of Italy is not only beautiful and special but represents something very unique and specific about me and my family.
  • I like nature. Being outdoors refreshes the soul.  So, I like to bring the outside–in, with lots of (faux) plants, wood, and natural textures.


Without further ado, kick off your shoes, and have a seat on our sofa. Welcome to our living room.


Let’s start with this space pictured above. When choosing pillows for your sofa, think: cozy, soft, and texture. Target never fails me when it comes to pillows. All my living room pillows are from Target. Shocker. The blanket on the back of the sofa adds visual interest with a homey-feel.  It was hand-knit by my Grandma Nancy as a wedding gift. This Lane cedar chest is one of my favorite pieces in our entire home.  My Grandma gave it to me. It was given to her when she was 13 years old.  Not only is is it stunning, but it also serves as a great storage solution.  It houses all my fall/winter clothes!


Let’s talk about this rug, shall we? Now, its quite clear I am a neutral-loving girl. But when choosing a rug, I wanted something that wouldn’t show dirt, would add a pop of color and a sense of warmth, and would play up the vintage vibe I got going on.  This Magnolia rug checked all the boxes.  It is seriously the star of the room.  When decorating, choose one item to be the focal point.  This prevents a room from looking cluttered or too loud.


We purchased this loveseat to serve as additional seating for when guests come over.  It is quite comfortable, and is where I teach all my online classes.  I appreciate its slim design.  It doesn’t overwhelm the space.  As for the pillow: I searched for a blush pillow for months. I kid you not. Just ask Billy.  When Target released this velvet blushing beauty, I knew it was the one.  I’m telling you–wait for the pieces that you love…not like. What I love about this pillow, is its still a neutral.  But it subtly introduces a hint of color and pulls from the colors in my area rug. Win.

Here are some more details from our living room. Remember: greenery transforms a space. Add some life. It will take your home to a whole new level.

We’ve had a lot of luck at yard sales.  Historic neighborhoods often have community yard sales, and typically people with historic homes own vintage things. Yard sale gold!  The wood end table pictured above was only $20 at a yard sale. I love its raw beauty. The kerosene lamp was a yard sale gem as well! Only $5! And the table housing our record player was another $20 yard sale find. Using vintage items gives your home instant character and prevents a space from looking too “sterile.”


Well, that’s all for now, folks! If you’d like links to any of the products discussed in this post, simply comment below or contact via the contact page. Remember to create a home that you enjoy. That brings you peace and admiration. That envelopes your loved ones with comfort from the moment they enter. Happy decorating, friends! Stay tuned for the bathroom and kitchen reveal.


Christmas Decor Ideas

I’m quite the homebody. I love a quiet day spent at home, tea in hand. This season, I’ve enjoyed decking the halls in our new apartment home. 🎄

My philosophy when it comes to decorating for the seasons, is bringing the outside in. I try to implement this strategy in as many ways as I creatively can. It’s certainly a budget friendly motto to live by!

Here’s some festive Christmas decor ideas that’ll warm your heart just as much as a cup of hot cocoa.

1. Homemade Potpourri

My, does this make for a pretty display! And the smell? Ah! Delightful! All I did here was dry some oranges in the oven, arrange them in a bowl with some fresh cranberries, a cinnamon stick, and a sprig of our fresh Christmas tree! Some fresh cloves would be a fragrant addition as well. I think I’ve made myself a new tradition right here!

2. Set the Scene

Display your favorite Christmas reads! This gives off that lived-in Christmasy home. I always like to take off the paper sleeves on my books. More often than not, there is a gorgeous book underneath!

3. Christmas in a Jar

Perhaps the easiest Christmas decor to accomplish! All you need is a large mason jar, some red ribbon, and some Christmas tree branches! I don’t put the branches in water, but let them dry instead. This prevents mold from building up in there.

4. Orange Slice Ornaments

I dried some extra orange slices to make ornaments! Simply string them with some twine, and hang them on a branch with a light behind it. Natural stained glass! I can see myself making these with my future kiddos one day.

5. Mantle Arrangements

Okay, so this isn’t exactly a mantle. More like an IKEA tv shelf, but let’s pretend, shall we? Here I took more Christmas tree branches, added some pine cones, a few berries, and some battery operated fairy lights! Magical.

6. Remember the Reason

Don’t forget to add some Christmas cheer to your kitchen! How lovely is this nativity? It was my grandma’s years ago. (Thanks, Grandma!) I love its simplicity. A beautiful reminder of what Christmas is all about–the birth of our Savior!

I hope you feel inspired to think outside the box when you decorate this season! Wishing you and yours a very, merry Christmas!

Fall Decor Ideas

What a fun occasion it is to unearth your fall decor items from the closet, and warm up your home with autumnal delight. Fall decorating is all about bringing the outside in. I like to incorporate as many natural, real elements as possible. To mention a few: acorns, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, apples, and if you live up north: real leaves.

Here are a few of my very favorite ways to spice up my home for the fall season!

1. Mini Pumpkins

While they serve little culinary purpose, mini pumpkins are my favorite fall decorative piece. Each one is uniquely cute. Once the season is over, you can toss them out, so you needn’t store them. An apartment must.

2. Leaf Garland

A classic. It does wonders to brighten a room. An added bonus: intertwine them with some twinkle lights!

3. Wreath

I made this lovely wreath a few years ago, and it’s still going strong! Wreaths look lovely over your bed, hung from your mantle, or of course on your front door. Smaller faux florals look more real. Try to find ones that look “wild” and “freshly picked.”

4. Faux Leaf Arrangements

These were the leftovers from my wreath. The bottle used to contain some sort of lemonade or green tea. I love repurposed glass jars/bottles. Free decor, y’all.

5. Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus. Give it to me all year round. Smells good. Looks good. And it’s real. Want it to last longer? Don’t put it in water and let it dry. It won’t get moldy this way. Also, how cute is this eucalyptus/apple arrangement I created for my sister’s bridal shower last fall?! 😍

6. Dried Babysbreath

While babysbreath is in season in the spring, it can look very appropriate for fall if you let it dry. Leave it out of water, and it will turn a light brown. Looks very earthy and whimsical. Cost effective and also another real decor item.

Wishing you a very happy fall! May your home be cozy and your coffee be pumpkin-y. Stay tuned for more Fall content on The Youthful. 🌻

Shaking the Post Christmas Blues

No more Halmark Christmas movie marathons. Christmas decor is being stripped down. The energy in the air has dissipated.  Strangers walking by me are no longer humming “Jingle Bells.”

While some people rejoice when the holidays are over, I am among those who simply don’t know what to do with themselves. My home looks sad without all of its trimmings. And don’t even get me started on how DEPRESSING it is to take down the Christmas tree.

I find myself utterly bummed that the magic of the holidays is over.

For the hot cocoa sipping, “Elf” watching, Christmas sweater fanatics, I’ve crafted 3 tips to shake the post Christmas blues. This one’s for you, my fellow Christmas carol lovers.

  1. Make plans. Plan a trip to some place new. Plan a dinner party with your closest friends. Schedule a fancy date night. Go to a local event. Give yourself something to look forward to. I think that’s the key.  Christmas time, there’s so much to do. However, once the holidays are over, we tend to go back to our daily grind. Plan something that’ll give you motivation to get through the hectic work day!
  2. Redecorate. It’s a fresh new year. Perhaps your home needs a little pick-me-up. Redecorating doesn’t have to cost a lot, nor does it mean you need to gut your kitchen, put in a pool, add another room, and undergo a complete renovation. Instead, maybe switch out the photos in your picture frames. Rearrange your furniture if your space permits. Buy some new throw pillows to liven your place up. After taking down all of my Christmas decorations, my apartment looked empty. I wanted to freshen it up! We hung a few pictures we had lying around frameless and added lots of green! A faux fiddle leaf fig tree (that tree you see everywhere on Pinterest) and a new potted plant on our coffee table completely transformed our living room. It’s amazing what some minor tweaks (and a whole lot of green) can do!
  3. Go outside more. Get some fresh air. Have a picnic. Go to the beach. Go hiking. Heck, just go for a walk. True, there’s no Christmas lights to admire. But there’s a whole lot more. And it is beautiful. And it is good.

Well, there you have it. We’re in this holiday hangover together. Grab your calendar, take a trip to Target, and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.



Meet My Apartment Part 2: Living


Welcome, back friends! If you haven’t read Meet My Apartment: Part 1, be sure to check that out before you continue reading. Today, I’d like to highlight the living room of my apartment.  This is my favorite room. There is such a tranquil vibe in here, and nothing relaxes me more than sitting on that sofa with some green tea and Gilmore Girls.

When you first get an apartment or a home, you have this blank canvas. An empty space. And it can be shaped and molded into anything you can imagine.  It’s rather exciting, taking an empty room, and making it something beautiful. In last week’s Meet My Apartment, you saw what this room looked like virtually empty. But looking at the picture above, it now has a theme, a vibe, an atmosphere.

Taking a blank slate and making it all your own can be intimidating.  How do you make a space flow? How do you make it make sense? How do you create a room that is inviting and functional at the same time?

First, you need a theme. Are you going for a modern look? A minimalistic look? Perhaps upscale? Or maybe cozy and warm? When creating the theme for this space, I wanted a cozy atmosphere, with vintage touches to compliment the natural charm of the apartment.

Second, you need a color pallet.  The color pallet gives you something to go off of when selecting decor and furnishings.  We’ve chosen mint and gold as the color pallet for pretty much our entire apartment.  This gives a flow to our home.

If you have a solid theme and color pallet for your space, you have the beginnings of a beautiful room/home.

Let’s talk about the lovely details, shall we?


Pictured above is my favorite piece in the entire apartment: my Grandma’s cedar chest that she had since she was 13 years old.  I had been wanting a trunk for a coffee table for a really long time.  When we first got the apartment, my Grandma called my mom and asked her if I’d be interested in having her cedar chest.  She had no clue that I had been wanting one.  I was so excited to receive this special beauty.  It will no doubt be a part of our home forever.  It is truly a gorgeous piece and a perfect nod to our vintage theme.

The rug adds some nice texture and defines the space.  I like how it’s not floral or too distracting.  The TV stand is your classic Ikea shelf.  Functional, but looks nice and clean.


So, how do you style a coffee table? Well, there are no rules.  However, a great place to start is with a tray.  This red tray with gold flowers was given to me by my parents.  Place some pretty/decorative books in a stack and place a small plant on top.  Then, have a nice catalog or coffee table book for guests to flip through.

Display “special things” on a high shelf to make them stand out.  This solid oak clock has our names and anniversary on it.  It was handmade by one of my husband’s best friends.  The Willow Tree figurine was a gift from my hubby to me on our first married Christmas together. 🙂

Remember, not everything has to be hung in a frame on the wall.  Hang some succulents from the ceiling.  These were super inexpensive from Michaels.  Hanging string lights from the windows gives a cozy ambiance to the room. Coffee, string lights, and a book- I’m in my happy place.


The picture above just says “sanctuary.” Soft colors, warm accents, and cozy textures. Again, the mint striped pillows and gold pillows (from Target) tie in the color pallet.  The gallery wall has lots of gold touches as well.  I love how metallics add a sort of richness to a look.  In a future post, I will give my tips to creating the perfect, balanced gallery wall!

I’m a lover of all things cream and sweater-like.  I wish I could tell you where I bought this gorgeous blanket, but it’s not store-bought! My Grandma Nancy made this for me as a bridal shower gift.  Stunning! So many intricacies in its pattern. Another favorite of mine.


They say “home is where the heart is.” I think our heart is stamped all over this beautiful space. Love is sprinkled on every detail.

My greatest advice for aspiring decorators, is to be intentional with every detail. Don’t just throw a bunch of nicknacks on a shelf. Select them intentionally. May your apartment/home share your story and speak your heart. “The Brown Abode” is a painting of our love.


Meet My Apartment: Part 1

Today I’d like to introduce you to my apartment, my home, my sanctuary, “The Brown Abode” as my husband and I call it.

We browsed Zillow excitedly for months prior to settling on the vintage gem we now reside. Our place is clad with old fashioned radiators, original hardwood floors, hexagon bathroom tile, and just that charming vibe that I absolutely adore. As far as first apartments go, I couldn’t be happier or more blessed.

When we first got the apartment, it was empty and brimming with potential. However, 675 square feet has its challenges when it comes to storage. I’ve learned how to love “small living” and have embraced storage challenges with a creative mindset. Pictured below is our apartment when we first got it. All we had was our new couch and a vintage lamp refurbished by my father in law. But that natural light has me like 😍.

Over the course of a few blog posts, I want to share different spaces of our home and show you how we utilized even the smallest of spaces.

Today I’d like to show you our miniature “office.”

I find that this space is a welcoming work environment. Every item is very intentional to the theme. When creating any interior look, a theme and color pallet must be chosen. Here the theme is bright and elegant, and the color pallet is mint and gold. (We have carried the mint and gold color pallet throughout the apartment to give a sense of flow and continuity. You want each room to make sense together as a whole.)

Many of the gold items pictured are from Target. (I usually have to be restrained whenever I enter Target. Too much cute. Too much trendy. Ahhh!) I now have gold scissors as well, which are not pictured. As you see different rooms in my apartment, you will almost always find a plant in some corner, whether real or fake. Greenery/florals are a must. The desk lamp is from Ikea and the bulletin boards are simply embellished with scrapbook paper and various Pinterest pins.

Now about that desk and chair. The desk was an old gray desk Billy had for years and the chair was just your standard wood chair. So with the help of some mint and gold paint, this desk and chair went from drab to fab. The gold knobs added a hint of character and class.

The moral of the story is, almost anything can be transformed into something pretty and unique. An old, tired desk can be made beautiful. See the potential in things you already own, or perhaps go thrifting for a unique piece.

I hope you enjoyed the first glimpse into my little home. I’m off to make some green tea and curl up with a good book.