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! ♥️

DIY: Spray Painted Light Fixtures

We’ve saved hundreds of dollars.  Not by switching to Geico. lol.  (Sorry, I had to.) But by spray painting the light fixtures that came with our home!  Today, I want to share with you the before and afters of our 90s brass fixtures.

I can’t stress enough the power of paint! It can transform almost anything.  Our 90s home had some faded brass light fixtures.  They dated our house.  But instead of buying all new light fixtures, we bought a can of spray paint and made them more classic.  I’m all about design that can stand the test of time.

Here’s what some of the light fixtures looked like before. ( I didn’t get a before picture of all of them, but you get the idea.)

You can see how the brass finish has faded.  They also needed a good cleaning from all the renovation dust. We taped up any pieces of glass to prevent them from getting painted on, and we removed the glass domes on the chandelier for good.

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I believe it took about 3 or 4 coats of black spray paint to achieve a solid finish.  I can’t even begin to describe how NEW the lights look now.  Shiny and classic. For the chandelier, I had the idea to buy Edison bulbs for a vintage look.  It honestly looks like something you’d buy at a store brand new!

Here are the light fixtures now!

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The moral of the story here is: work with what you have.  For $6, we updated 5 light fixtures! Often times, a little paint and creativity can go a long way.  See the beauty in what God has given you.  Get a little crafty.  It’s so gratifying to look up at our light fixtures and see how we used our resources and creativity to save money.  These light fixtures give me joy when I look up at them.

So tell me, what projects have you transformed with a little paint?

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At Home Photoshoot with Zulie Rego Photography

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|Photos in this blog post are courtesy of  Zulie Rego Photography.|

So I’ve got my laptop here with me in the kitchen.  Billy’s baking Magnolia chocolate chip cookies and I like to watch him. Quality time is one of my love languages haha.

I wanted to share with you all the fun photo session Billy and I had in our home.  It all started with Instagram.  I had connected with a photographer named Zulie awhile back.  Maybe like a year ago? Anyways, she reached out recently and wanted to photograph Billy and I and our dog.  Well, Zulie is a very talented photographer, so that was an easy “YES.”

So the plan was to do a whimsical shoot in a local preserve, but Florida decided it wanted to rain literally non stop all day.  But Zulie had the brilliant idea to do an in home session.  Really chill and cozy.  So that’s exactly what we did!

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Zulie and her assistant, Elizabeth, came by and were the absolute sweetest.  So fun and warm.  They had us laughing the whole time and made us feel so at ease.  And they are both insanely talented.

Our dog Lady was very much involved and wanted to be in every picture.  But she’s adorable so we let her.

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We made some green tea…had some ’40s music playing.  A good time was had by all.

There was a particularly cool moment where they asked us to grab our Bible and read a passage out loud together.  So precious.

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Zulie is based in Miami, Florida.  But, she is always up for traveling!  So, Brides, you need to reach out to Zulie.  Her work is positively stunning and professional.  She is excellent at capturing authentic moments and she has a great eye. You can check out her website here and her Instagram here.

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Interested in having an in home photoshoot?  Here’s some food for thought:

  1. Dress comfortably.  You want your photos to look cozy and true to your daily life.
  2. Make your favorite beverage or snack.  Try to emulate activities you do in your home.
  3. Open all your window coverings to let in as much natural light as possible.
  4. When it comes to posing, if it feels weird, it probably will look good.  haha. I know that sounds backwards, but sometimes you have to tilt your head a certain way, but just trust the process.
  5. Have fun.  This isn’t a yearbook photo. Be silly.  Laugh a lot.  Enjoy the moment!

Well, this was so much fun.  Enjoy the pictures and check out Zulie Rego Photography if you want to book a session of your own.

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Faux Fireplace + Vintage Mantle

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I’d say 2018 was one of the fastest years of my life.  It literally flew.  I attribute this to the whole home buying process.  The pre-approval process, the house search, countless hours on Zillow, and then of course the renovation.  It really was a great year.  It had some rough points.  But nothing God couldn’t heal.  It’s funny, because if we were to sit down and chat about the worst thing that happened to me in 2018, it would directly lead me to tell you about the BEST thing that happened to me in 2018.  Isn’t that just classic Jesus?  He has this beautiful way of taking a painful mess, and turning it into something beautiful.

2019. Is it really you? I know we haven’t known each other long, but I like you already. 🙂 So far, 2019 has been the year of organizing and goal planning.  Go watch Tidying Up on Netflix. Don’t question it, just do it.  You’ll want to have Marie Kondo as a friend.  She makes cleaning a joy-filled thing and I love that!

God has already provided in so many little ways this month.  It’s cool how He provides even for my insignificant, unnecessary wants.  Like two free mid century dressers from my Grandma-that are both special and my style.  Like, wow! God loves us in ways that are so personal.  He gets us.

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This vintage painting gives me all the Prince Edward Island vibes!

Okay, so now let’s talk about that faux fireplace that I mentioned in the title of this post.  We found this beautiful wood mantle at a vintage store.  It’s from the 1800s, ya’ll.  It was one of those pieces that I knew we would regret it if we passed it by. (Thanks Mom and Dad!)

I’ve always dreamed of having a fireplace!  And this mantle made that a reality in a way. It really adds such a cozy ambiance.

I wish I had a lot to say about HOW we did it, but it was pretty simple to install.  (Other than the fact that it was so heavy!) We just used L shaped brackets to attach it to the wall in the studs, then hid the brackets with some bead board.  The bead board also adds a different texture than just drywall.  So it makes it look like its own structure.

And that was it! Now the fun part–I get to decorate a mantle each season! I think it’ll be a fun little space for me to change and refresh throughout the year.  Eventually, I want to get a larger vessel for the firewood, so that it fills the space better. But for now, I’m just using what I have! We also plan on getting some white cord covers to conceal the tv cords.

Got a dream for your space? Chances are it’s achievable with a little imagination and creativity.  Don’t be afraid to do something different. Your home isn’t about achieving Pinterest perfection.  It’s a dwelling you create to bring YOU and your family joy—and that looks a little different for everyone.

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Renovation Progress

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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

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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.

Floors

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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!

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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.

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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 Bedroom

A few months ago we moved about an hour away due to my husband’s job.  Although relocating has been hard in some ways, there has been so much joy in it. So much blessing. And so much to look forward to. We’ve actually come to fall in love with our new city. It’s quite beautiful and scenic. A refreshing change of pace.

We were very excited to make our new apartment home. And I must say: we were seriously stoked about finally having white walls. lol. We are very minimal in that way! Needless to say, I am so excited to share with you our home.  This is the first blog post of the series. Today I’m sharing our bedroom, because it has completely transformed from our old apartment.  Below are pictures featuring details, links to products, and our design tips and inspiration.

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Nightstand Details

I knew I wanted mid century nightstands for our bedroom update. However, everywhere we looked they were all so expensive! Starting at $150. No, thanks.  I found these at Target and fell in love! Exactly what I was looking for and only $80 a piece. You can shop them here. The drawers slide nicely and they look so classic. The “Mr.” and “Mrs.” chalkboards are from our wedding. A special little reminder of our day.  The box on my nightstand is a vintage Lane cedar chest. Dried eucalyptus in an old bottle adds just the right touch of greenery and character.

Let’s talk these lamps. I love them because they don’t take up room on our nightstands and they give that “hotel” vibe. The picture frame is from Marshalls and houses a special picture from our dating days. The faux fiddle leaf fig tree looks shockingly real and completely transforms the space. I can’t stress the importance of greenery enough!

I wanted some sort of candle holder on one of our nightstands. This one comes in a set of 3, of varying heights. Looks expensive, but the set was just under $10. I like the subtle vintage vibe it gives, and it ties the headboard in nicely.

The Space

I’ve been getting lots of questions about this mirror lately.  It is our latest addition to our bedroom. Mirrors are an excellent way to open up a space and bounce light. I like the rounded edges of this one and the matte gold finish. It quite nicely complements the gold accents we have throughout our home. For an affordable price, this mirror looks much more expensive and the quality is very pleasing.

Our wedding shelf is a darling memento to our big day. It houses our toasting flutes, communion cup, a jar from our centerpieces, our wedding invitation, and our homemade candle favors.

The Vanity

I love this little space. It allows me to get ready for the day, without hogging up the bathroom. This vanity was purchased from Target but is no longer available. Here is a similar option. This oval vintage mirror is a favorite of mine. It has so much character.  Billy got it for free awhile back, and painted the wood frame a muted gold. Love.

Garden Vibes

This butterfly wall hanging is not only classic and stunning, but also near and dear to my heart. It was our guestbook at our wedding. I love walking by it each day and catching a glimpse of a sweet message someone wrote. Puts a smile on my face. Every. Time. 🙂

These succulents are, yet again, fake. But so lifelike! We purchased these and the twine at Michael’s a few years back. A whimsical touch indeed!

The Bed

This quilt gives me all the cozy feels. I love its old fashioned look and its soft material.  We bought it at Target a few years ago.  I’ve gotten some questions on our new headboard! It is from Wayfair and is an excellent price! Again, it has such a vintage flair. The painting above our bed is from a local vintage market. I saw it across the room when we were checking out. I said, “Billy! That painting! Over there! It’s perfect.” And it truly is. I love its rugged wood frame, its character, and the woodsy feel it brings.  It makes me think of all our fun adventures in Georgia.

Life Update

If you haven’t already heard–we got a puppy! This is Lady Darling Brown and she is the cutest little sweet potato.  She loves squeaky toys, stealing daddy’s socks, the dog park, long naps on the balcony, and staring at herself in the mirror. A constant joy, this one.


With our bedroom, we really tried to give it character. It reminds me of a cute little bed and breakfast and I love that! We stuck with a very neutral color palette of white, black, brown, and greenery. Gold accents give it a little something extra. When decorating, I always try to stick with classic pieces. Because classic never goes out of style. I hope you’ve enjoyed the first installment of our apartment reveal! Decorating is such a passion of mine. I enjoy it ever so much.

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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.

Xoxo

~Julia