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Layered Door Mats Under $40

With our front porch project fully underway, I just couldn't help myself from doing a little shopping for the new space! I'm beyond excited to start browsing porch swings and rocking chairs, but for now I have to focus on stain colors and railing balusters. At least I can add a personal touch with a fun new rug in the meantime--or rugs!

If you remember our old house, I had a buffalo plaid accent rug layered under my doormat and I just loved it! Unfortunately, the sun faded it to ruins (stay tuned for my tips for making this trend last at the bottom of the post!), so it's time to replace them! This time I went neutral and I couldn't be happier with the delicate combo pictured above. Just for fun, I thought I'd round up a whole bunch of combinations I love for you to mix and match for your own entrance! Shop them all below (affiliate links):

From top left to right:

(both pictured in my first photo)


Of course, door mats are getting a lot of traffic, but it's also important to take the weather into account as well! Even if your porch is covered, you'll want to keep an eye on your rugs during rain or snow and make sure they don't get too saturated. If they do get soaked, just make sure they get plenty of air to dry properly so they don't gather mold or mildew.

The sun is another enemy to pretty porch decor--to preserve the color of your rug, spray it with a clear coat of UV protectant spray like this one. You could also opt for a door mat with no writing or pattern on top to try and get around any fading.

When it comes to choosing your accent rug, you'll want something specifically made for the outdoors, especially if your porch is exposed to the elements. Since I have a covered porch now, I opted for a washable indoor rug and will report back how that works! I noticed many of the accent and area rugs at Target are being marketed as machine washable these days, so no need to splurge on any fancy washable brands out there! I've had great success washing our indoor rugs from Target so I have no doubt this one will hold up just as well.

Hopefully these tips help preserve the life of your beautiful front porch decor!

Do you like the layered rug trend? Which combo above is your favorite? Or did you mix them up? I'd love to hear how you'd decorate your space in the comment section below! Happy shopping!

Holiday Home Tour 2020

 Merry Christmas, friends!

I know I'm a little late to the holiday party, but I've been pretty busy snuggling a little newborn and we all know babies don't keep. Our home is far from finished (hence why I still haven't gotten around to sharing any real "before and after" room reveals here), but I hope you'll enjoy these small touches of festive decor as much as I do!

I love our giant tree in the living room! The fireplace mantle decor is all the same from last year, but I did switch things up a bit by going with the asymmetrical trend that's been going around. It actually works great by keeping my stockings out of the way of the heat from the electric fireplace. Eventually, we plan to cut into the chimney and create a "real" fireplace with a gas insert and nice mantle, but until then, this little electric one has served us well and makes me feel so cozy in here!

Our dining room won't be finished until we break into one of the walls and insert a staircase (!!), but for now I've decked it out with a few items I already had on hand: a table runner, an old lantern that used to live in my entry way, and a few battery operated candles that used to live on my mantle! I'm so glad I keep a tote full of decor items like this because it saves me a lot of money to decorate using what I have and forces me to be creative! All I added to this was a few decorative pinecones + some ribbon I tied into a bow! Total: under $10.

And finally, we have the kitchen! Possibly, my favorite room in the house (it's a hard tie between the kitchen and living room), and also the most finished! We still need to do a few small things like add crown molding to the cabinets and paint the window trim...but all in all, it's another cozy space I find joy spending time in and I love that I had a chance to decorate it for Christmas!

The wreath was just a cheap Hobby Lobby find, accompanied by the same ribbon you saw above (thankful for Walmart!). I found the nutcracker soap dispenser on post-Christmas clearance at Target last year and saved for the day when I'd finally have a finished kitchen to decorate!

I have so many memories of past holidays thinking things like, "one year, when I can do X"  and we are slowly making most of those dreams a reality. I am so grateful for every space in our home and the ability to welcome others into it. I never want to take for granted these sweet blessings and can't wait to spend another Christmas with my little family here.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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