10 Easy Ways to Style a Throw Blanket

Earlier this week I was catching up on “This is Us” – wait, have you seen it? If not, please go binge the whole thing right now (guaranteed tears). Anyway, in one scene Kate had family coming over and she was frantically trying to get her apartment ready. She repeatedly throws a blanket over the couch and says, “This THROW won’t THROW!!!” I laughed so hard because that was ME, just that morning!

Why does it seem so difficult to throw a blanket on a couch and make it look… good? Is it just me? I always see effortlessly thrown blankets on Pinterest, but when I do it, it NEVER looks like that. Well, this week I decided it was time to LEARN the art of throwing a blanket. Really, guys, it’s kind of an art. I learned 10 ways to style a throw blanket and I’m going to share the steps for each one! Let me tell you, it’s a lot more folding and primping than actual throwing! Those liars. LOL.

So, I grabbed two of my throw blankets and two matching throw pillows and got to work! Head’s up: You can find the canvas pillow with your custom state and either “home” or “roots” in my Etsy shop here! Without further adieu, here are 10 ways to throw a throw!

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The Fold & Throw

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Possibly the most “classic” of all the looks! Fold the throw blanket in half vertically, grab from the middle of the folded edge and throw to the corner of the couch. Play around with the edges of the blanket and create ripples in the top layer of the blanket to achieve the desired look. Inspired by Better Homes & Gardens.

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Knobs, Pulls, & Finishes: Choosing the Right Hardware

Have you ever thought about the impact that hardware can have on a room? By hardware, I mean knobs, pulls, handles, faucets, and other things that are usually metal. They’re often overlooked but can have a massive impact on how your room pulls together (pun intended). Heck, they can be statement pieces if you let them!

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Our Bathroom Hardware Inspiration

When it comes to choosing hardware, we tend to pick brushed nickel because it has a simple, clean feel (and it just goes with everything), like in our guest bathroom:

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Beautify Your Home with FREE Fall Printables!

This year I’ve really been missing fall colors and fall weather. Living in Arizona has its perks, but it’s severely lacking one thing I love: seasons.

We went to a pumpkin farm last weekend and it was literally 97°. It was miserable. And disgusting.

Because of this fall-weathered void, I’m doing pretty much anything and everything to manually bring more fall into my life. Over the past few weeks I’ve been learning Photoshop, so I put together a few pretty pictures to frame and place around our home! Better yet, I’m sharing them for free so you can print ’em out and add another ounce of fall to your home. ?

Hello Autumn Free Fall Printables

If you love a pretty house and quick and easy decor (but honestly, who doesn’t?), then give these a try! Download these designs by entering your email below. You’ll get an email to confirm you’re a real person, then the printables will be in your inbox before you can say, “pumpkin spice latte.” ☕


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A Massive Backyard Haircut

Guys. Over the past couple weekends, Andrew and I have been giving our backyard a massive haircut. Like, gigantic. Huge. Monstrous. I’m fairly certain that no yard work had been done at our house for 5+ years, if not longer (and our house is about 12 years old).

It was a long and tedious process, but we found this little guy who lovingly egged us on –

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I’m SO excited to show you the before and after pics and share a few things we learned along the way.

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August Crew Member Spotlight: Meet Kristi Kisler

This month’s Crew Member Spotlight is an absolute joy, and her name is Kristi Kisler! Kristi works with my dear husband at San Tan Charter School. She loves travel, photography, geneology, and all types of art.
Andrew and I are so excited to all be going on the same trip to Italy (through 10850163_788061197910072_1954687396384939147_ntheir school) next March!

I asked Kristi a few questions about her DIY style, and I absolutely love her sheer honesty on being a home improvement novice.  😆 She recently sold her house north of Phoenix, so she’s excited to get decorating once she’s settled in her new home.

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Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall…

Who’s the fairest of them all?


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It’s time for Home-Deco-History Post: Round 2! Ding, ding, ding! We’re taking a deep dive into mirrorhistory.com (who knew there was such a thing?), trusty Wikipedia, and an intriguing science journal to help us reflect on mirrors.  😆 #PunIntended

Mirrors are clearly an integral part of our lives. In fact, a recent study revealed that on average, women look in the mirror about 16 times per day while men look about 23 times per day.  😎

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July Crew Member Spotlight: Meghann Welch

Members of The Crew, Rise and Renovate’s VIP list, are entered into a gift card drawing every month. The winner receives a home improvement or home decor gift card of their choosing along with a spotlight in the blog!

I’m excited to announce July’s winner, Meghann Welch! Meghann has showed such passion for winning over the past month that I was shocked and had to laugh when my Excel spreadsheet picked her as the winner. She also happens to be my sister-in-law. Congratulations, Meg!

When I first moved to Arizona 2.5 years ago, I actually lived with my brother and Meghann for about 4 months! It was an exciting time as Meghann was pregnant and they were moving into their newly built house. We took more trips than I can remember to pick up new furniture, which usually resulted in me squeezing in the back of the car wherever I could fit.

Meghann’s Gift Card of Choice: Hobby Lobby

“I always find stuff there that I just can’t seem to live without.”

About Meghann…

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I was born in Busan, South Korea – the second largest metropolis in South Korea after Seoul. I adopted when I was 3 months old and was raised in Davenport/Bettendorf, Iowa as an only child by the best parents ever. In 2012, I was fortunate enough to return to South Korea to be reunited with my birth family which consists of my birth parents (divorced) and 10 total children (4 oldest passed away as babies/children from poor living conditions, four sisters, one brother, and me).

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What’s That Shape? It’s a Quatrefoil.

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Please tell me you’ve seen this shape. I am seeing it EVERYWHERE right now! Take a look:

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I didn’t realize the extent of its popularity until we began buying home décor. Now we have two rugs and several sets of sheers with this design! And this is probably definitely just the beginning…

My curiosity got the best of me and I began to wonder… Where did it come from? What does it mean? After looking for a good 30 minutes, I was only lead to dead ends. Leave it to my superhero husband to find its name in approximately 30 seconds. It’s called…

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A Catastro-Bee

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Bees. Bees everywhere. This was the first 3 weeks of living in our house.

Bees at our front door. Bees in the wall. Bees in the vents. Bees in the bathroom. Bees crawling on the floor.

Let me tell you a little story about how bee hives get out-of-control:

A couple years ago, there was a bee hive near our roof. The owners chose to have an exterminator come out and kill the bees. No bees, no problem! Right?

WRONG. 

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How We Saved $10,000 On Our House

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Andrew and I began looking at buying a house around February 2016. With our marriage on the horizon, we thought it was the perfect time to start looking for our first home. While the thought of a move-in ready home was appetizing, we knew we’d enjoy a house that needed a little love (or a lot) – so we kept our expectations low. Additionally, we wanted a way to get a deal on a house. Enter: Auctions.

Most people I’ve spoken with have been semi-freaked out by the idea of buying at auction – they have the idea of driving to the courthouse with $200k hard cash in your pocket and wading through a sea of people to place your bid. To many-a-surprise, this was NOTHING like our auction experience! Here’s what happened…

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