It’s Sara’s Favorite Things… of 2020!
It’s taken me several weeks to finalize these collages because I didn’t want to overload you with a ton of things. Instead, I hand-selected my very favorite items from each category that got a ton of use this year! If you decide to grab anything, my hope is that you’ll love it as much as I have!
BEST OF: HOME
I think it goes without saying that our Timber Charme Tan Sofa is my very favorite purchase of all. It’s absolutely stunning in person and it’s holding up beautifully with two toddler boys!
I scored the Carlo Mid-Century West Elm chair on Facebook Marketplace for a reduced price, but did splurge on a faux fur throw from West Elm definitely close to the top of my “best of 2020” list! The blanket is pricey but it’s crazy soft, it’s like curling up with a mink coat; cozy, and amazing! I got one for my mother-in-law for Christmas and she was using it the same night. This was also the year of Bath & Body Works candles; I bought a ton! We burn right through them (literally!). Also highly recommend the beautiful candle holders they sell; they’re gorgeous and really add a nice touch to any countertop or table. All these things have made our den a pretty cozy place to chill!
SHARED BOYS ROOM
Painting the mountain mural in the boy’s shared bedroom was so fun! It was one of those projects I jumped into unsure of whether it would come out as expected, but lucky me, it came out even better! I researched mural wall papers but they were all really expensive! I ended up using just two cans of paints to accomplish this (using this tutorial). The IKEA bunk beds are perfect for such a small room because they save on space and the braided rug from Target is inexpensive but durable and appealing!
I should have started with this section because these are the items I use almost every, single, day! I’m in and out of take a lot working from home full-time and these purchases really came in handy!
Our deck has been such a treasure! When we bought this house I had no idea how much we’d use this space but once we got furniture, it became like an extension to our living room. The string lights really set the mood and make it a cool place to hangout on summer nights.
Outdoor Three-Piece Rocking Chair Set, $149 | World Market Loveseat (Similar, $949) | String Lights, $40 | Toddler Swing, $40 | Black & White Outdoor Rug & Tropical Leaf Rug $140 | Green Umbrella (Similar, $80)
I swapped a thick-rim rectangular mirror for this round one from Target in our bedroom and it made such a difference! The distressed persian rug is so much more beautiful in person than online, too and made for the perfect ‘runway’ for all the mirror selfies I’d take in 2020! The inexpensive rug grippers from Amazon make it so the rug doesn’t slip/budge.
I also love our wall of oversized photos — I got the frames from A.C. Moore when it was closing down but linked similar.
A year ago if someone would have told me JR would do kindergarten 100% virtually from our basement – I probably would have spit out my water; no way! Yet, here we are almost six months in and JR’s work space is setup just adjacent to mine. His classroom nook was one of my favorite projects of the year. I went a little overboard but didn’t want to skimp on what was ultimately his first year of ‘real’ school!
I had to throw in a holiday decor category because I’ve had such a ball decorating for Christmas and when I say our house is decked out, I mean it! We have garland and lights galore and an abundance of bottle brush trees and wreaths and ribbon and #allthethings! Our new 9 foot flocked Christmas tree is definitely takes the cake for best holiday decor purchase. I snagged it from Big Lots at the beginning of the season for just $200! A steal considering most flocked trees cost upwards of $500.
It goes without saying that we poured into our home this year, which I suppose is fitting in a pandemic and you’re stuck at home all the time anyway! While it may seem like a lot of new purchases, I do believe they’re ones that will last: the couch, the tree, and deck furniture.
I love that blogging has been there at every stage of my life from when I was planning a wedding to getting into shape to having a baby to now — as a homeowner! I’d love to hear what purchases you’ve been loving in 2020.