Your Best Home Decor Investment

One of the highlights for any wedding-planning couple is definitely the task of registering! All Emily Post-ish etiquette aside-- it's pretty fun to walk around with that little registry gun (well, I don't think my husband actually ever gave me a turn with the gun) and zap anything and everything your heart desires. Vivid dreams and elaborate images of what you hope your soon-to-be home will look like fill your brain as you envision yourself snuggling with your new hubby watching a movie in a room that looks like it was snatched straight from the latest Pottery Barn catalog.   But for many couples,  once the dust settles, the wedding is over, gifts unwrapped and incorporated into your new home-- they find themselves falling short of their grandiose visions.  While some thoroughly enjoy every stage and facet of decorating, I know many others find the task daunting and aren't quite sure why their ideas never translate well from their minds to their mantle.  While I can't solve all of your decorating dilemmas in this once single post, I want to offer you an idea that I consider to be one of the best home decor investments.  We're not talking furniture or window treatments, but more about the extra special things that fill your shelves, side tables and mantles-- the things that make your house feel like a home. 

In our first home, I re-incorporated many of our wedding and reception decorations into our decor.  What I found I used more than anything were my glass pieces.  They are so versatile and by changing their contents they adapt to any season, room or occasion. They instantly change the look and vibe of your space.  Yet, because they are glass-- they tend to not compete with your room or make your space look too busy. So any time I find a really good deal on beautiful glass pieces, I'm sure to to get them into my cart before any other wise woman comes down the aisle behind me.  (Or maybe I'm the only person who feels liked I'm in the Indy 500 as soon as I get my hands on my shopping cart in case there's something fabulous someone else might get to before me!)  I personally really look for larger pieces over a lot of smaller ones-- size and quality over quantity. I do have a few mason jars here and there, but they just don't have as much potential and bang for your buck as a beautiful large apothecary jar.  While you can find beautiful vintage pieces, the majority of my glassware has come from Hobby Lobby-- all purchased when glassware is 50% off (which happens every few weeks).  I've also gotten several pieces at Ikea, Target. HomeGoods and even at the grocery store.   I've never paid more than $20 a piece for-- even for the largest, prettiest jars I have.  I have hardly begun to scratch the surface of all the ways you can utilize these pieces, but without further ado-- four seasons of beautiful glass decor ideas!  

 

Glass lanterns can also be fantastic, year round decor pieces.  I picked this one up at Marshall's for $25 and filled with stacks of books wrapped with twine

Glass lanterns can also be fantastic, year round decor pieces.  I picked this one up at Marshall's for $25 and filled with stacks of books wrapped with twine

This is a glass piece with a cloche over top set on an antique silver tray 

This is a glass piece with a cloche over top set on an antique silver tray 

A pair of bunnies under cloches, easy spring and Easter decor-- pretty, rustic and simple! 

A pair of bunnies under cloches, easy spring and Easter decor-- pretty, rustic and simple! 

Cake are a great way to elevate a piece underneath a cloche! 

Cake are a great way to elevate a piece underneath a cloche! 

Jars filled with Epsom salts and votives make a beautiful snowy and Christmasy entrance 

Jars filled with Epsom salts and votives make a beautiful snowy and Christmasy entrance 

Cookie Table at my wedding 

Cookie Table at my wedding 

Simple glass vases I bought on clearance at Crate and Barrel for $20 with a simple gold pillar candle.  It looked a little too plain on its own until I sent it in a $3 grapevine wreath-- available at any home decor store 

Simple glass vases I bought on clearance at Crate and Barrel for $20 with a simple gold pillar candle.  It looked a little too plain on its own until I sent it in a $3 grapevine wreath-- available at any home decor store 

Beautiful glass pieces can work in any room!  This rubber ducky filled apothecary jars was one of my most favorite elements in baby Holiday's nursery!  The other glass straw container has rolled cloth wipes

Beautiful glass pieces can work in any room!  This rubber ducky filled apothecary jars was one of my most favorite elements in baby Holiday's nursery!  The other glass straw container has rolled cloth wipes

Beautiful bar soaps purchased at Marshall's (and other discount stores) are beautiful decor in the guest bathroom

Beautiful bar soaps purchased at Marshall's (and other discount stores) are beautiful decor in the guest bathroom

Practical and beautiful! 

Practical and beautiful!