Home Decor

Fling, Marry, Kill – Cassie Bustamante

Since I’m snuggling my newborn baby girl,  I wanted to arrange for a little blog “maternity leave” of sorts. I’ve asked several fellow bloggers to play a little game having to do with home decor and design. The game is called Fling, Marry, Kill. It’s exactly like F*ck, Marry, Kill, but with home design trends. Each guest will be sharing what design trend they’d have a Fling with but couldn’t stand to keep permanently, what trend they could Marry and keep around forever, and the trend they think needs to die. Today’s guest is my longtime blogging friend Cassie Bustamante!

Hey guys! I am Cassie Bustamante and I am popping in today while Ashley tends to her new baby. I actually have (at the time I am writing this) a 5 week old so things are a little slow moving on my own blog at the moment, but I always have time to help a friend when I can. I’m sitting here writing this in little chunks at a time as I listen for any sound on the monitor… and when I hear a peep I cross my fingers it doesn’t turn into a flare up so I can continue to write for a bit. Plus, I thought that Ashley’s idea for Fling, Marry, Kill sounded like fun and and I wanted to play along and think about how I use trends in my own home. Since time is limited around here, I’ll cut right to the chase.


A design trend that you’d have a fling with, but wouldn’t want to commit to having it in your house long-term.

Black walls. I adore black walls and love the contrast of white and wood on a black wall, and I also love how colors seem to jump off a black background. However, in the end, I prefer white and light walls which can make a space feel brighter and more open.

I’ve already had a fling with black walls when I painted our guest room a few years back. I was in love with this room, but I think because I didn’t actually live in it, I could handle the black moody walls well. 

In my own bedroom, I tried navy walls and loved them for maybe a year, and then it was on to, you guessed it, white walls. 


A trend that you won’t ever tire of. It’s part of who you are.

Houseplants! I have always loved houseplants but felt I had a rather black thumb. A few years ago, I decided it was time to try my hand at them again, and I’ve had much success, even propagating some of them. Now when I look at a space in my home and think, “It’s missing something… but what?” The answer is always a plant. They automatically add life and fresh color to a space, and they have great air-purifying qualities. In the summer, I bring a lot of the plants onto my porch where they thrive, but for most of the year, they’re inside in the main living spaces of our home and in my bedroom. The living room gets the best daylight in the winter, so it also houses most of the plants as you can see here. 


A trend you are OVER and never want to come back.

Alright, I think I will be alone in this one, but I am going with Kilim pillows, even though I have one on my own bed at the moment. I love the look of them, but honestly…. they’re made of old rugs that have been under feet forever, and those rugs are made of the scratchiest wool. They just are NOT comfortable. I like my pillow fabrics to be soft to the touch and I don’t want it to irritate my skin. Of course, as I mentioned, I’ve got one on my own bed right now you can see below, but I throw it on the floor every night when I go to bed and don’t actually use it. The pillow is right behind my kids; and sorry, but I didn’t have any other recent photos of this space so I have to subject you to photos of my family. You can tell my kids don’t even want to put their feet on it. 😉 

Thank you so much for having me today, Ashley and friends! Again, apologies for my brevity, but I hear a baby ready to get up from his nap on the monitor….

A big shout out and thank you to Cassie for playing! Be sure to check out her blog and follow her on Instagram and Facebook!

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