Best of 2018 : Reflecting on the Pretty Squares

Reflecting back on 2018 I am so proud of the growth this little brand has accomplished. I feel comfort in the direction the business is going and foundation I’ve built to continue on this home loving journey.

Best of home decor trends

The biggest change was and is breaking through the box of just being “modern farmhouse” to “all things home”. My style as well as yours is always evolving. I like to pull from many design inspirations to make my home feel gathered rather than picked out of a catalog styled by someone else.

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Sometimes I like boho colorful styles and other days I want more of a neutral modern vibe. I am currently very infatuated with Scandinavian design but I am mixing it with my farmhouse pieces.

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The point is our homes are a reflection of us and we don’t just fit into one design style box. There are no rules except you should always love what you have in your home. If you don’t love it get rid of it!

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I have been so lucky to work with an amazing group of influential women through instagram. Seeing how they style the dotted bow products is pure joy.

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Photo by: Kristen @REVIVAL.FARMHOUSE

Featuring: Gray Buffalo Check Pillow

Photo by: Jessica @IDREAMOFHOMEMAKING

Featuring: I Dream of Fall Wood Sign

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Photo by: Tiffany @MYGREYSKYEHOME

Featuring: Painted Farmhouse Pillows

Photo by: Jenny @BIGFAMILYLITTLEFARMHOUSE

Featuring: I Dream of Fall Wood Sign

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Photo by: Fawn @ALWAYSCHASINGLIFE

Featuring: Striped Farmhouse Pumpkin

Photo by: Sonya @BUILDINGTHEFARM

Featuring: Farmhouse pumpkins

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Photo by: Emily @THEMIDKIFFHOUSE

Featuring: Black and White Buffalo Check Pillow

Photo by: Amanda @ARK.110

Featuring: I Dream of Shiplap Farmhouse Pillow

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Photo by: Cynthia @CYNTHIA_HARPER_

Featuring: Several Pillows

Photo by: Suri @ROOZEN.ABODE

Featuring: Farmer’s Market Wood Sign

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I also partnered with several companies to incorporate their products into my home. Being on this side of the business was challenging with the pressure to get the perfect picture. These experiences pushed me to be creative in my own home styling while learning more about the unbelievable photo editing tools available in free apps!

I am so thankful for everyone who has visited this blog, the Etsy shop and who follows along through social media. Your likes and comments make the tough days better and the good days great because running a small business is far from easy.

2018 has had some pretty squares. I’d love to hear what your favorites are. Please leave me a comment or question below.

Goodbye 2018!

XOXO

Jen

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Halloween Home Decor Trends Haunting your Feeds

Halloween is one of those holidays we can all get super creative with decor but there are some major trends happening that are hard to resist not giving in to. I’ve rounded up my favorite Halloween decor trends that are updated, modern takes on the sometimes very cookie cutter traditional mass produced decorations. Don’t worry no inflatables are included! And now let the dotted bow home haunt commence (insert spooky laugh)

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The basic starter kit needed for an instagram photo frenzy are listed below:

✔️ Flying paper bats

✔️ Full size skeleton

✔️ XL spider

✔️ cobwebs

First impressions of your Halloween decor style starts at the front door. Creepy Halloween doormats, a river of pumpkins on the stairs or a ginormous spider are the details that will make your haunted Halloween home stand out from the crowd!

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Alright now don’t think you’re even close to being done we haven’t even walked in the door yet! The Halloween decor must haves inside your home are flying bats, full size skeletons that have their own names and personalities and spiders!

I’m obsessed with the flying bat trend. It’s so simple you can even DIY the paper bats or order a pack super cheap from Amazon. They make a huge statement even if you keep all your everyday decor in place.

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If you haven’t found yourself a Mr. Bones you need to. Placing a full size Skelton in various positions around your house is not just Halloween commitment it will make for insta famous comedic relief! Get your newest family member here!

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The final Halloween decor necessity are creepy crawlies small or BIG! Nothing gets more Halloween than spiders on the walls and hiding around corners to scare you. Find your hairy critter here.

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Halloween decor is everywhere from floor to ceiling… kitchen, dining room and living room mantles. A little spook here and some boo there!

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The wickedness continues out to the back hard for some of these Halloween aficionados. From playhouses to cozy outdoor lounging these homes left no space untouched.

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I hope you found this post to be super inspiring and motivating to make Halloween a big hairy spider deal and create those memories that last a lifetime with friends and family! All photos are linked please go give those talented decor aficionados some love on their IG’s and see what else they are decorating! Pin your favorite photos and comment below how you will decorate for Halloween this year.

Happy Haunting!

XOXO

Jen

P.S. Tag @thedottedbow with your Halloween IG photos and use the hashtag #thedottedbowhomehaunt to be featured!

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3 Must Haves for the Perfect Fall Mantle

Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall mantlescape

Whether you’re a vintage girl or modern girl or somewhere in between we all can agree that a perfectly styled fall mantle is the key to transforming your space from summer to oh so cozy!

I’ve researched (aka insta-stalked) the feeds of my favorite designers to share with you my absolute favorite fall mantles. My thorough study of all things fall concluded that only three items are needed to create the perfect fall mantlescape no matter your style or budget. Not only have I gathered the mantle decor inspirations I have included links to re-create the look (some affiliate links included but don’t worry it costs you nothing but helps me turn this blog into a paycheck). Lastly, before the big fall mantle reveal each interior stylists’ account is linked so that you can discover all of the other lovely things they design beyond the mantle.

Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall mantlescape

Nothing says it’s cozy like candles so of course the first fall mantle must have is a bunch of candle sticks.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse mantlescape

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Now, there are so many style to choose from when it comes to candle sticks. It’s important to match the candlesticks to your home style, the other decor elements on and around your mantle and always always work with odd number groupings.

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The beauty of candlesticks on mantles is the simplicity they can offer as well as the height variation.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall mantlescape

I love how these are super ornate and mixed together with a cohesive colored candle to tie it all together.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect modern fall mantlescapeRound mirrors are always a great addition to any mantlescape design. They add a focal point and anchor to the rest of the decor elements. Adding a touch of greenery will give your mantle a more natural and organic touch.

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In these images the candlesticks can be used alone or in combination with other decor elements. They can be evenly spread across the mantle for symmetry or clumped to one side for an asymmetrical design balance.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect modern farmhouse fall mantlescapeTobacco baskets are another farmhouse mantle staple kind of like the round mirror mentioned above.

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Mantlescape design is a process. I like to first decide on a design direction. Then I will shop my house for possible items that I already have that will work for the design. Next, I will go hunting for the remaining pieces I need either on Amazon, local decor stores, small shops or vintage markets depending on the items I need. Many times I end up on Pinterest for DIY tutorials and take a trip to Hobby Lobby for supplies.

Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall mantlescape

Must have number 2 is of course the pumpkin! It isn’t fall until you see pumpkins! Load up because the more the better as far as fall decor goes. Pumpkins are showing up EV-ER-Y- where! In regards to mantles, pumpkins are on the mantle, next to the mantle, under the mantle and even pouring out from the fireplace!

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Using warm, medium woods with traditional pumpkins gives your room a more rustic, country touch.

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Adding in blues and creams over traditional fall colors keeps a space contemporary and relaxed.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect modern farmhouse fall mantlescape

I love how Jessica layered pumpkins on pumpkins with the greenery across her fall mantlescape. The large fall sign and two glass vases anchor the wall space giving it oh so much drama!

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse faux mantlescape

There is so much goodness happening here! I love the faux fireplace and the use of the scroll in the middle. I don’t think it’s possible to over do the pumpkins after seeing this mantle. The silver pewter candlestick dance between the pumpkins and greens with that gorgeous wood sign above.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect modern fall farmhouse mantlescape

Besides being way too obsessed with the faux exposed brick and gorgeous floors I love the tall black candlesticks she mixed in with the traditional orange pumpkins.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse faux mantle mantlescape

Another beautiful faux mantle just goes to show you do not need a real fireplace to enjoy styling a mantle.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall blue pumpkin mantlescapePumpkins offer an organic natural feel to the other design elements. They can be used to add color or texture among the backdrop of your mantle wall.

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This dining plays on contrasts. Dark and light. Relaxed and traditional. I enjoy seeing spaces like this that really speak to a person’s authentic style.

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Proof that everything really is bigger in a Texas! The contrast of the black mantle with all the whites and creams is genius and it also takes the attention away from the tv. This space is perfect for gathering with family and friends.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect vintage fall mantlescape

If thrifting, junking or vintage shopping is your middle name you will be so inspired by this account. She effortlessly blends old and new to create a unique fall mantle every guest will talk about.

A perfect fall mantle can be an understated whisper that fall has arrived or a loud colorful punch in the face that FALL IS HERE! Prepare yourself for a punch of autumn color.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse mantlescape

The ambers, oranges and creams of autumn bring an ease of comfort and coziness.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall colorful boho mantlescape

Dont be afraid to break out your own fall color scheme like these accounts! Hot pink, turquoise… why not?!

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall colorful boho mantlescape

And the last fall mantle must have is T E X T U R E. You can add texture with vintage books, woven baskets or leafy foliage. Texture makes the eyes bounce around and creates more visually interesting vignettes.

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Fall mantle styling guide by the dotted bow how to decorate the perfect fall farmhouse mantlescape

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I hope you feel as inspired as I was by all of these beautiful fall mantles. For more mantle decor inspiration make sure to follow me on Instagram  and follow the hashtag #anothermantlemonday and also check out my mantlescape Pinterest board. Please like, share, pin and comment to let me know what you think about this post.

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