Pouf! Podcast Episode #2 – Home Design Goals To Hit By Age 30

Time Several Hours

Budget $ $$$

Skill Level

WORDS BY The Havenly Team

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Published on October 24, 2016

Futons and matching sets and Ikea addiction… The struggle is real, friends. Join Kylee and Jason as they discuss the process of growing into your home.

Listen to: Pouf! Episode One or Subscribe On iTunes 


Rooms We're Reminded Of

When we think of our twenty something design foibles, these indelible television characters and their rooms spring to mind.

Howard's room

Above, we see Howard from The Big Bang Theory exercising some poor decor choices (but excellent lightsaber skills).

[df_row][col-md-6]Shosh McGosh (that's her real name) in her NY apartment[/col-md-6][col-md-6_last]Abbi loves Oprah, and so do we.[/col-md-6_last][/df_row]

Shoshana from Girls in her cluttered, Apartment Therapy-esque studio, and Abbi from Broad City representing Oprah with some questionable artwork.

Design Tips From The Podcast

1. The purpose of a futon is to decorate a dorm room

Don’t let your budget trick you into thinking that a futon is your only option. There are so many affordable bed and sofa options that can fit into your style and budget.

2. Find the adult Ikea ratio

An Ikea life can be relatively stylish life. But once you hit 30, it’s time to start looking for the real value in Ikea. So while bookcases, shelves, rugs and tables from Ikea are a stylish steal, you’re better off sourcing a mattress or sofa elsewhere.

3. Get a headboard for your bed

Often overlooked (by Jason), headboards are a great way to set the foundation of your bedroom’s focal point.

4. Choose the right sized rug

Choosing a rug size can be daunting, but when in doubt, the bigger the better. An 8′ x 10′ or a 9′ x 12′ is great for most spaces because you can put all of your seating on the rug so that the rug grounds the whole space. If the only piece of furniture that is on the rug is the coffee table, it begins to look like an island in the room with furniture floating around it. You can find very affordable rugs at all sizes. It doesn’t have to be an investment, it just has to be right for the space. If there is a rug you love but is very expensive, you can always purchase the great rug in a 4′ x 6′ or a 5′ x 8′ and then layer a larger, inexpensive sisal or jute rug underneath to give the illusion of a bigger rug.

5. Hang out with art

From framed art to mirrors and macrame, art and wall hangings are a hallmark of adulthood. No more posters with booger tack! You can mix and match for a cool and collected gallery wall or keep it simple with streamlined shapes for a sleek and clean look. Either way, wall hangings essential for a sophisticated space.

6. Matching sets…

We’ve had a few, but they’re over! Move on!

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What else?

Say hello in the comments below and let us know what you’d like to hear us talk about on Pouf!