Five Tips for Decorating New Spaces

Five tips for decorating new spaces- great ideas that are easy, affordable and apply to nearly any space.

Decorating new spaces is a total thrill for me because it’s exciting to source new furnishings, decor and storage. We’re in the midst of a busy season where people move to new homes, students move into dorms or when people change up things in their current home to feel “new” again.

I’m so honored to be part of the BHG Live Better Network, and I’ll be blogging every other month about the fabulously affordable Better Homes & Gardens line available at your local Walmart or online. I bought all of the items featured in today’s post online, and I received them at my door step about 5-7 business days later.

I decided to tackle my office because it still didn’t quite feel finished after the reveal I posted two weeks ago. The reason it felt so incomplete is because it was missing the five key components to make a new space function and feel great.

This home office is curated entirely with up cycled, Walmart and other inexpensive furniture/accessories. Functional, beautiful and attainable.

The five components are: rugs, lighting, storage, comfort and accessories. With those five things you cannot fail when decorating a new space, I promise.

I opted for the amazing Serape Shag Rug from the BHG line. It’s so funky and unexpected (especially for this traditional girl), plus it helps anchor the space. Rugs can really make a huge impact in a room, especially when you choose to go bold like I did. Plus, they feel great under bare feet. 

The Serape shag rug from the Better Homes & Gardens line at Walmart is so bold and would love amazing in almost any space.

Lighting is paramount to good design, and I know that installing hardwired fixtures isn’t possible in places like dorms or apartments, so lamps are your besties. For my purposes I chose this gorgeous desk lamp to give me ample light at night when I am blogging or online shopping. Floor lamps are perfect for reading chairs and table lamps are wonderful for living rooms. 

The color didn’t quite do it for me, so I opted to whip out my trusty gold spray paint to make it jive with my office color scheme. Doesn’t it look like a super high end lamp now? I love the BHG line, especially since so much is available online– seriously the selection is so much larger than the in-store offerings and shipping is free if you spend $50.

Make store bought lamps look like their expensive counterparts with some spray paint. This lamp could easily sell for 3 times its price!

Make store bought lamps look like their expensive counterparts with some spray paint. This lamp could easily sell for 3 times its price!

Storage is always a top concern of mine when thinking about a space. Personally, I love functional storage that is out of sight. This rolling cart from the BHG line was the perfect solution to my quandary– I can wheel it out into the office when I need extra workspace, or I can simply leave it tucked in the closet out of sight. This cart in a kitchen/dorm could serve as a small island/pantry, and it could work in a living room to hide kid’s toys and board games. The baskets are generously sized and hold a lot of stuff, plus the canvas liners are washable. 

This portable rolling cart gives you extra storage AND extra workspace. Would work well in kitchens, craft rooms, offices and kid's rooms.

What I love most about the cart is the amount of workspace I get. I can easily work on crafts, plus the  height of the cart is a lifesaver for my back!

This portable rolling cart gives you extra storage AND extra workspace. Would work well in kitchens, craft rooms, offices and kid's rooms.

When I do use it in the office, it’s tucked under the window so I can look outside as I work. I love seeing the squirrels chase each other in the yard. 

This portable rolling cart gives you extra storage AND extra workspace. Would work well in kitchens, craft rooms, offices and kid's rooms.

Comfort is the ultimate goal of any space, isn’t it? I love feeling at home no matter what the space is, so I’m a huge fan of throw pillows and blankets. I’ve been eyeing one of these glam furry pillows for awhile, and I was able to snag the arctic fur pillow for about $16. The color is true white, it doesn’t shed, and it’s a perfect fit for my ghost chair.

The arctic fur pillow from the BHG line at Walmart is perfect for any space that needs a dash of girly glam. Only $15.97 at Walmart.

And finally, accessories. Personal touches and punches of colors are what make our spaces uniquely ours, so I chose to go all out with a bold color on an ornate frame. Pee Wee’s little face stares down at me as I work, and the color makes me happy. Choosing the right accessories can help make a home, dorm, or rental feel more curated and polished. 

Bring in bold pops of color on accessories such as picture frames. They really stand out, plus they're inexpensive and take about 10-15 minutes to spray paint.

I always know I’ve succeeded in making a space feel comfy and finished when Pee Wee doesn’t want to leave the room:

Pee Wee the pooch always makes a cameo in Monica's posts- he is so cute! Plus, that rug is phenomenal.

I hope my five commandments for decorating new spaces help you tackle your design and decor dilemmas. What new or old space do you hope to spruce up this summer? 

This post was brought to you by the BHG Live Better Network where, as a blogger, I’ve received compensation by BHG at Walmart to share my ideas and reviews with you. The opinions stated here are my own. For more updates on their products and decor ideas, you can always follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.



  1. reFresh reStyle
    July 8, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    Loving all the gold! Great tips and Pee Wee approved!Debbie

    • Monica @
      July 9, 2015 / 10:54 pm

      Thanks so much, Debbie!

  2. Shannon Fox
    July 8, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    Adore everything you added to the already super cute room! Now I need a glam gold accented craft room too 🙂 And that lamp!!

    • Monica @
      July 9, 2015 / 10:55 pm

      The lamp is one of my fave accents in the room. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    July 8, 2015 / 4:23 pm

    Love it, your room looks amazing. Love all the gold and that rug too. Pee Wee is perfect also.

    • Monica @
      July 9, 2015 / 10:55 pm

      Pee Wee adores being in photos. Thanks for the kind words, Marty!

  4. Chris @ Celebrations At Home
    July 8, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    This is a beautiful space. Love the black and white and gold!

  5. Ursula Carmona
    July 8, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    Oooo girl, you had me at gold. 🙂 Gorgeous space! Welcome to the BHG group.

    • Monica @
      July 15, 2015 / 12:49 am

      Thanks so much, Ursula! Happy to be in such good company.

  6. Rocio Chavez
    July 9, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    You have such an eye for stuff – I know you're a PR girl, but I'd hire you to help me redecorate – just saying 😉 love it!

    • Monica @
      July 15, 2015 / 12:50 am

      I would LOVE to make decor my career. You should do what you love, right? 🙂 Thanks for the kind comment.

  7. A.M.
    July 9, 2015 / 4:07 pm

    I LOVE everything!!! I can't wait to have a house so that I can actually get into the "nitty gritty" of decorating each room. I want to have my own office and hopefully it will be filled with mint, pink, and gold accents.Love all this office decor inspo!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Monica @
      July 15, 2015 / 12:51 am

      I love the mint, pink and gold combo! I hope you have your own space to decorate soon. It's so fulfilling and fun. You'll have to promise to share pics! Xoxo.