INTERIORS// Pretty Little Details

Anyone else love stacking their favorite little knick-knacks on bookshleves – both new and old?! SAME GUYS! Sharing my pretty little home decor details below and rounding up details you can buy from the Anthropologie sale (hello 25% off sale and 20% off home) happening now to add more character to your home! Links below to shop!






(other options: here and here)



(other options: here and here)




Home Decor // Mantle

As most of you know – my husband and I just bought a house in Philadelphia and are LOVING our new hood! I always tell my friends + family that interior design is one of my favorite past times. You can say I enjoy long romantic walks down the aisles of HomeGoods ūüôā Sharing my my most recent home decor project – our living room!

When we were looking at houses I had two non-negotiables: a washer and dryer (adulting….am I right?!) and a mantle. A mantle is my FAVORITE things to shop for and decorate. I truly believe it adds so much personality to a home and can be changed out throughout the year for a fresh look based on the season. I really wanted an old row home with creaky floors and tons of old school character.

Guess what – life (and marriage as I’m learning) is about compromise and we bought a brand new construction place that didn’t have a mantle but it just didn’t feel like home without one. So I searched for how to add one with some old charm and character into a new home. This search led me to Facebook Marketplace where I found THE COOLEST, one-of-a-kind mantles…new homeowners this is for you: do NOT knock Facebook Marketplace until you try it!

Anyway, we nailed the mantle to the wall and added some finishing touches and TA-DA, instant cozy home. Even my husband was commenting on how home-y it felt! Moral of the blog post: don’t give up on your mission (even when they’re as small as having a mantle in your home)!

Shop ALL my decor + tips at the links below: 


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Mantle – found on FB Marketplace (highly recommend!)

Bookshelves Рloved the sleek use of these plus the added room they give for more knick-knacks

Mirror – makes the room look bigger and adds a little glam

Candlesticks – get varying heights to add dimension

(more candlestick options here, here and here)

Pillar Candles – my go-to scent is vanilla; I order in bulk because I go burn them so fast

Candelabra in front of mirror – bought this because it gives off the fireplace vibe that I wanted

Knick-Knacks – the rest are pretty little things I have collected over time and that are near and dear to my heart; a decanter from my grandmother, favorite books, pictures of my family, etc.

Read more about my decor throughout the house here! 

3 Ways to Prep for a Productive Week

If you’re like me – you probably sit through Sunday stressing, scrolling through Instagram to distract yourself, stressing again, drinking mimosas to distract yourself, stressing some more, shopping to distract yourself, stressing again…well, you get the picture.

You’re not alone! Without fail I wake up with Sunday Scaries to the point where I wouldn’t even consider Sunday part of the weekend, it was like pre-Monday for me. Through the past couple of months I’ve formed some habits that help me to actually *relax* on a Sunday so I wanted to share them with you in the case they help you do the same! XO


Prepping meals, creating to-do lists, scheduling dog school, booking appointments, planning outfits – whatever it is that feels tedious to do throughout the week, do it on Sunday right when you wake up. For me, it’s planning what I’m going to blog about that makes me feel the most at ease. So Sunday mornings always consist of hot, freshly brewed coffee, The Lumineers playlist on repeat and content/outfit planning.



After I plan I ALWAYS catch up on things I missed last week – whether that’s emails, posts, calendar invites, WHATEVER. I try to get my email back to zero before I jump into a new week so that things don’t get lost. Inevitably, they still do and inevitably, I’m only human so I can’t do it all. <- ACCEPT THAT


For me, that means a sweat sesh at OrangeTheory, followed by a venti caramel iced coffee and a mani, and then a therapeutic stroll down the aisles of Whole Foods (does anyone else find grocery shopping along relaxing?!). But it can be different for everyone – figure out what makes you feel less anxious and DO IT!

I hope this helps make for a great week! Share your tips with me in the comments and follow my Instagram for more tips like this!


Labor Day Sales Picks

The end of summer is near and while I’m sad to see the warm temps go, I can’t wait to layer chunky knits and bring out fall booties. But as one last summer celebration I’m rounding up the best of the best labor day sales for both fashion AND home. Check out the SHOP links + tips below because TREAT YO’SELF!

PRO TIP: Use summer sales to find picks that you can wear for the transition from summer to fall!


URBAN OUTFITTERS: 30% Off Sale Items 

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SHOP: This jumpsuit NAILS the fall color palette – add a black cardi for cooler days and you’re set through Fall!

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SHOP: The hem on this pair of denim makes me VVVV happy because they’ll look so good with ankle booties!

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SHOP: this vintage pullover is perfect for light layering for a sporty casual look.

ASOS: 20% off everything with code “DAYOFF”¬†¬†

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SHOP: This flow-y plaid dress is a fall staple in my book!

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SHOP: Obsessed with these sneaks for workout AND play!

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SHOP: If it’s oversized + blush + on sale – run, don’t walk. SO many different ways to wear this knit with jeans, leggings or joggers!


TARGET: 30% off HOME items


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SHOP: minimal simple and on sale – I’ve been looking for a new coffee table, this is IT.

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SHOP: I have these in my dining room and LOVE them. Add a throw pillow for extra comfort and detail.

WAYFAIR: Up to 70% off 


SHOP: My exact rug is on sale for up to 75% off – so soft too!

BLOOMINGDALES: 20-55% off home 

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SHOP: THIS IS THE BEST DEAL I’VE SEEN. Usually over $400, but on sale for $119 – plus unlimited at home lattes so there’s that.

That’s all I’ve got! Happy Shopping + Happy Friday peeps!




Making a House Feel Like Home

GUYS! WE BOUGHT A HOUSE in our favorite city, Philadelphia- and it was stressful and terrifying and hard and exactly the opposite of everything I thought it would be ūüôā BUT in the end, it was totally worth it and while I’m still adjusting, I’m happy to say that the new place is starting to feel like home.

I’m a firm believer that a new place doesn’t feel like your own until there are pictures on the walls and a big pretty carpet on the floor. That’s why when we moved in I knew I had to go interior shopping ASAP, so I hit up the usual suspects – HomeGoods, Pier 1, West Elm, and my two personal favorites, Facebook Marketplace and local thrift stores. I’m not even kidding – Facebook marketplace has some GEMS that have real character you can’t find in a store. Don’t knock it till ya try it.

Anyway, my personal interior style is distressed chic. I like bright whites combined with dark accent colors and lots of vintage pieces. While our house is still a work in progress, I think we finished my favorite room – the living room! Product details linked below – happy decorating.

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Click below for links to my outfit: 

Blush Wedges

Distressed Denim

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Click below for links to home decor: 

Throw Pillows (from HomeGoods as of recent, but I linked similar ones here)

Teal Pillow 

Navy Pillow 

Beaded Pillow

Studded Brown Leather Couches 

Personalized Throw 

Area Rug 

Marble Serving Tray 


Large Wall Clock 

Picture Frames (I found these at a flea market in Cape May, NJ but linking similar)

Copper Brackets 

Bar Cart


Follow me on Instagram to stay updated on all my home projects at @kaylievarela!