Laura Rennie


My home // Decorating goals for 2016

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I am itching to make headway on the many decorating updates and projects I have planned for our home! I haven’t given much thought to New Year’s resolutions, but decorating is always on my brain! :)

I tend to take a long time to put a room together. I come up with a vision for a space and then take my time locating items that go along with my vision. I used to purchase an item simply based on cuteness factor, but then I ended up with a closet full of small accent rugs and decorative pillows (none of which really go with my home’s decor). I always try to sell or get rid of something in our home before bringing something new in. Andy calls me his “Craigslist queen.” :) We space out our big purchases, and in the meantime I often make small updates, such as updating our guest bath towels or hanging a new print in our bedroom. Some of the notable changes to our home are:

2012: moved in / 2013: purchased new living room sofa, recliner and end table, purchased used credenza and desk / 2014: hired my uncle to paint our kitchen cabinets white, purchased two accent chairs and two end tables / 2015: installed shelving unit in the den, purchased an antique sideboard for the dining room, a living room rug and a desk

I’m hoping to make some of the following changes in 2016:

  • new lighting in the entryway, kitchen and dining room
  • complete our upstairs guest bathroom by changing out the shower curtain and hanging a piece of art
  • complete our queen-bed guest room by adding new floor-length curtains, a new side table and new placement of existing art
  • install privacy shutters on our kitchen windows
  • complete my office by adding ONE MORE COAT of paint (ugh), finding a comfortable and affordable office chair and finalizing placement of wall decor
  • replace curtains, bedding and wall decor in the master bedroom (my vision so far: soft, natural, simple)
  • replace living room curtains
  • somehow re-upholster and repair the dining room chairs that have been in my family for generations
  • strike it rich and hire someone to paint our stairwells, main floor and master bedroom and bathroom
Amy Berry Design

Amy Berry Design

I think I’m most excited to replace the lighting on our main floor! Stay tuned for a round-up of lighting options.

What are some of the updates you’d like to make in your home? It’s not too late to purchase a specially-priced design service (or to put a service on your Christmas list)!

Admiring // Decorating books on my Christmas list

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Over the summer I borrowed a tall (and heavy!) stack of decorating books from the library. I spent lazy weekends poring over the pages and trying to soak in as much information and advice as I could. With my birthday and Christmas coming up, I decided to put a few decorating books on my wish list. It doesn’t hurt that they’re all beautiful to look at!

photo via Coeur d’Coeurs

photo via Coeur d’Coeurs

Domino: The Book of Decorating by Deborah Needleman, Sara Ruffin Costello and Dara Caponigro

Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves by my girl Emily Henderson (all the heart-eyed emojis for Emily!)

Habitat: The Field Guide to Decorating by Lauren Liess (a fellow JMU Duke!)

Modern Mix: Curating Personal Style with Chic & Accessible Finds by Eddie Ross

The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes by Justina Blakeney


I’ve read Domino, but I haven’t gotten my hands on the other four books. It’s killing me to not go out and buy them! I have my mother’s voice in my head saying, “Don’t buy things for yourself this time of year!” Have you read any of the books mentioned above?

p.s. I’m also requesting a subscription to “House Beautiful.” :)