BARNHOUSE | New Chair for Under $200! & Fall Pillow Roundup

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Fall decorated farmhouse living room from I Spy DIY

I am SO excited to be kicking off a monthly series with Better Home & Garden’s products!!! I  will be sharing some budget-friendly decorating ideas with home decor from their line exclusively sold at Walmart. Each month they give me a challenge, and August is the “10-Year-Challenge”, which was so fun because I dug back into my archives for some DIY projects from my apartment in Manhattan!

10 YEARS AGO!

Fun fact: after 7 years of having roommates in NYC, this was my first apartment by myself. And my first year after leaving my job at InStyle magazine to work full-time on I SPY DIY!

before and after of a DIY painted dresser from I Spy DIY

I was so excited to decorate my 350sf Manhattan apartment with home decor, and found this old, super heavy dresser at a flea market. I painted it and then bribed my friends with pizza to haul it up 5 flights of stairs to use as a TV stand!  This TV wall in my apartment was my pride and joy. That is a DIY plant stand, lamp, dip-dyed art, and dresser.  It’s funny to see how the fundamentals of my design have not changed too much. I love to start with a white base and layer in color. Back in the day I loved the pops of bright color, and now just pick more muted colors.

CURRENT DAY!

Today, I am decorating a corner in the living room of the house we renovated.  It’s SO fun to see how far my DIY skills have come!

minimalist farmhouse living room with fall home decor from I Spy DIY

CHAIRS

Now back to my current house! I actually have two chair options for this corner, because I found this Better Homes & Gardens Blake Lounge Chair, and it is SO GOOD and such a GREAT PRICE. I got one in Cognac and one in Black. We are always on the hunt for affordable side chairs, so I know we can find a place for both.

Also Mr. Yolo had requested a chair that was not so small and low to the ground, and this one got his stamp of approval. It’s a really great chair. It’s sturdy, the “leather” is really good, and if you have a larger room it has a good sized footprint. Two would look so good opposite a couch. The back also looks beautiful, so you could definitely float them in a room and have the back exposed. I need more of these chairs for our other houses! The question is: Which should go in the living room? The Cognac above or the Black below?  Let me know in the comments!

Farmhouse living room with black leather chair and fall home decor from I Spy DIY

PILLOWS

I also went a little crazy with pillows, because The Better Homes & Gardens line has so many good ones, and they all are under $17. They are great size, include the insert, and most of them are REVERSIBLE! I am surprised because my favorite pillow is the corduroy orange pillow (named Terra Cotta Dream), which is something I would have never considered. But BH&G challenged me to pick something I wouldn’t normally get, and not only do I love it, I ordered more because they are only $10!

fall pillows in a barn house living room filled with home decor from I Spy DIY
five different sets of fall pillows under $17 from I Spy DIY

1 Better Homes & Gardens Feather Filled Pieced Corduroy Throw Pillow, 18″x18″ $10
2 Reversible Stripe Pillow, 20”x20”, Tan $12.87
3 Reversible Stripe Pillow, White $14.88
4 Reversible Plaid Decorative Pillow, 20″ x 20″,Gray $12.87
5 Aztec Cream Decorative Pillow $16.87

BASKETS

The other awesome home decor finds are these beautiful Better Homes & Gardens Hyacinth Basket at $42 for BOTH! They are a great size and PERFECT for storing all of Baby Yolo’s toys. You could also put a tree or large plant in one for the corner of your livingroom.

farmhouse living room with fall home decor from I Spy DIY

Better Homes & Gardens Round Water Hyacinth Basket Set of 2 $42.11
Better Homes & Gardens Blake Lounge Chair, Black $179.00
Better Homes & Gardens Blake Lounge Chair, Cognac $199.00

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