Please welcome Anna from A Newfound Treasure!

I’m in AWE of Anna! Her blog is beautiful and her taste is just what the style doctor ordered. And to top it all off, I can’t get over what she created for us today! Is she not fabulous??

Hi! I’m Anna from A Newfound Treasure, a blog covering predominantly fashion and interior decorating. I was so honored when Erika asked me to guest post. She is seriously one of my very favorites, EVER. I love everything about her and her blog, and once I saw her beautiful home tour a few months back, my girl crush was confirmed. SO needless to say, I am ecstatic to have this opportunity.

Today, I am sharing a couple of (what I find to be) necessities for every home. No matter what your style may be, I believe that these elements aid in creating a well-balanced home:

1. Plants. Bring the outdoors into your home with a beautiful live plant. Now, I have what I would consider to be the black thumb of death, but I am currently in want of a giant fig tree for my living room. I just think they are so beautiful. How hard can it be to keep those things alive? If a tree seems intimidating, snip some fresh blooms from your yard and throw them in a vase. It’s amazing how much some “life” can change a space.

2. Art. I love abstract art and believe that every home needs at least 1 large canvas of original artwork on display. A plain canvas can be found at a very reasonable price and is a great DIY opportunity. After all, if it’s abstract art you’re doing, can you really mess up? I recently painted a canvas inspired by a Cocoa & Hearts piece, and I think it turned out great!

3. Rugs. They change everything! Having at least 1 incredible rug is an essential item in every home, in my opinion. Simply layering rugs can be a total game changer in a room. I’m currently swooning over the colorful rugs in Amber’s Shoppe.

4. Books. You can never have too many design focused coffee table books. Having a few stacks on tables throughout your home is a must! There is something so inviting about having a few books out… they’re sure to inspire and make your guests feel at home. My favorites are Domino, Design*Sponge at Home, and Black & White.

5. Candles. They can set the mood and make a home smell incredible — what’s not to love? Plus, they are a wonderful gift idea for hosts, so if you don’t already do so, buy 2: keep 1, give 1.

6. Storage. Baskets have been key in creating additional storage in well-lived in spaces throughout our home. Whether filled with firewood, blankets, or toys, a basket can be the perfect remedy to a storage issue without being a total eyesore….

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Anna, you’re adorable — girl crush is mutual!


  • May 17, 2012 Reply

    Sadie + Stella

    I love Anna and I love Erika! Girl crushes all around. Love what you have selected here Anna. I actually have the painting in the last image and will be showcasing it VERY soon!

  • May 17, 2012 Reply

    {The Design Daredevil} Jessie D. Miller

    I have been spying the rugs at Furbish as well. I LOVE them! I love the ones you selected!

  • May 17, 2012 Reply


    You know I love EVERYTHING! Great post Anna :-)

  • May 17, 2012 Reply

    Jacquelyn | lark & linen

    I couldn’t agree more! These are just a few key pieces that turn your house into a home

  • May 17, 2012 Reply

    Becca | Lowlife Couture

    Love anna, Love erika! What a perfect matchup! And I agree about the simple change of bringing some life inside, it makes a HUGE difference! Anna, try out that fig tree and let me know how it goes, because I am currently on orchid number two!

  • May 17, 2012 Reply

    Amanda {eclectic snapshots}

    Couldn’t agree more! Perfect picks!

  • May 17, 2012 Reply

    Miranda {onestylishdayatatime}

    Seriously swooning over this post! Really has my decorating wheels spinning. Love it!

  • May 17, 2012 Reply


    Beautiful picks from Anna! I especially love that piece of art!

  • May 17, 2012 Reply


    is that her entryway?! gorgeous!

  • May 17, 2012 Reply

    Chrissi Holt

    I love love that hallway everything about it. This September we are about to embark upon our biggest project yet and that is transforming our 1970s style hallway 3 floors of it … it’s hideous but I am 100% certain it’ll look truly fabulous afterwards. I am so digging this black and white stairwell it is sensational.

    I will be sure to check Anna’s blog out.

    Love Chrissi xx

  • May 17, 2012 Reply

    Lonely Wife Project

    I’m happy to announce that I have all of the above in my house! Rugs, plants and candles are absolute musts for me. Great post!

  • May 17, 2012 Reply

    Erin | Holtwood Hipster

    Anna is a new found treasure! Thanks for the introduction. Love all the picks she featured here…

  • May 17, 2012 Reply


    Love this. The striped runner from Amber Interiors is my obsession!! xoxo Elizabeth

  • May 17, 2012 Reply

    Kristina Gulino

    LOOOOVE! I’m such a sucker for baskets 😉 Thanks for sharing! You know I’m excited to check out Anna’s blog!

    Nook & Sea

  • May 17, 2012 Reply


    What a great post!

    I have it all, except art. I don’t have enough pieces and my walls feel a little naked! I love the one you included in the set.

  • May 17, 2012 Reply

    erin | houseofearnest

    So beautiful! I love Anna’s picks and think they’re just the perfect fit for a home and for Small Shop Studio :)

  • May 17, 2012 Reply

    Sara Mueller

    These are seriously every home’s necessities! love them all.

  • May 17, 2012 Reply

    Gaby [The Vault Files]

    I adore Anna so I’m so happy to see her here! And I loved this post so so much, wonderful and gorgeous picks and tips!

  • May 18, 2012 Reply

    Anna (A Newfound Treasure)

    Thanks for all of the sweet comments! And thank you Erika for having me!!

  • May 18, 2012 Reply

    Erica Cook

    Love this round up. I’m new to your blog and cannot wait to go back through some previous posts… so much prettiness here. :)

  • May 18, 2012 Reply

    Lindsay Kauffman

    Love the painting! rugs and plants are definitely essentials in my home!

  • May 21, 2012 Reply

    Maria at inredningsvis.se

    AMAZING POST:) Your blog is so wonderful and Im following…I hope you will follow me back:)

    If you want some swedish balcony inspiration…check out my new post:)

    Have an awesome week.

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis.se

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