Ok, I must admit, I pride myself on my ability to find a way to make unlike pieces (aka, my old broken down college furniture) work together with the sleeker Ameriwood Home pieces I put together last week.

I guess you can say, I’m a bit of a mix-matched extraordinaire when it comes to decorating my home. And, trust me, I have had A LOT of practice… with 3 moves in 4 years, you find a way to make it out!

Truth be told, when it comes to moving, the even parts taskmaster & budgetnista are triggered! And, before I knew it, mix matching different types of wood, furniture & decor became my JAM!

I figured a little before and after living room photoshoot was in order for those AMAZING Ameriwood pieces I added.

Before (our makeshift entertainment center, that specifically warned us not to put a TV on it) to our new Ameriwood Home Entertainment Center:


Before (a little chest) to this amazing Ameriwood Home accent table:


In full disclosure, the accent table has since been moved to our laundry room since the wall felt a bit furniture heavy! But, I love the versatility of this piece since it worked perfectly in both areas.

Now, on to what you’ve been waiting for… 

Here are my 5 steadfast rules when it comes putting a house together:

  • Determine your color palette – with each move, I decide what color throw pillows I want to use on my couch and go from there! This go round, I went with dark blue, teal and cream. All three colors work with different furniture pieces we had. I try to visualize each room, with what we have, before I begin the process!
  • Embrace what you already have – don’t be afraid to mix & match pieces, colors, and even different woods. Only add when you fall in love with pieces, like I did with the beauties above! Allow accents, the way the light hits the piece or even a knickknack to pull everything together. Trial and Error, people! Be open, you never know, that crazy idea might actually work!
  • Start with neutrals – I always make sure my furniture; wall color and décor can work several different ways. The trick is to stay with largely neutral colors adding a few pops here and there with the decor. It allows you to mix different woods (& patterns) without it getting too busy and feel overwhelming!
  • Wood finishes don’t need to match – they just need to complement each other. That means, similar grain and/or complementary undertones! If they don’t, try putting a barrier between the two such as a rug!
  • Kick the clutter – remember everything should have a place… and minimalism is the new black! Put things away while remembering the rule of the odds: keep useless (non-functional) décor to a minimum and always group in an odd number.

Following these 5 rules helped me not only decorate 3 houses but saved me a lot of money and grief in the process!

Next installment, how to make affordable NO SEW curtains and valances out of sheets and pillow cases! I am telling you, finding and applying this hack saved me LOTS of moolah in this new house!

Comment below with any questions, links, recommendations or anything you may want to see in future posts!