Product + Inspiration: Sling Ottoman {aka: folding stool}

It’s the first day of SPRING and I couldn’t be happier.  Here in Atlanta we’re going to get a real dose of spring weather when temps reach near 80 degrees tomorrow.

To kick off the spring season, I’ve got a new Product + Inspiration post for you today. I hope you’re inspired.

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Product + Inspiration: Blue & White Garden Stools


One of my favorite accent furniture pieces is a garden stool.  Specifically blue and white garden stools.

As the popularity of chinoiserie and blue and white decor has gained steam over the last few years, so has the use of garden stools as a decorative accent.

If you’ve never considered a garden stool as part of your decor, let me tell you why they are a great design option.

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Shopping AT HOME–the good, the bad and the messy!

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Over the weekend I made a shopping trip to a new to me store, At Home.  If you’re not familiar with At Home, it’s the old Garden Ridge brand that has been completely revamped and rebranded.  Garden Ridge carried a small offering of home decor items  but the main offering was mostly a craft, seasonal and faux floral items.  When the store rebranded to At Home, the product mix changed to all home decor including outdoor furniture and garden decor.

Before I get into what I liked about At Home, let me tell you about some of the drawbacks…

♦  If you’re looking for investment pieces, you won’t find them At Home.  What you’ll find are decorative pieces that are will last years but not a lifetime.  Take for instant rugs.  The store carries hundreds of styles and sizes but the quality isn’t the best on the market, meaning mostly synthetic fibers.  And they have a massive selection counter and bar stools but if they’d be used on a daily basis, I don’t think most of the styles have a lifespan beyond 5 to 6 years.

 They don’t offer the best prices in town.  Many of the items in the store you can also find in HomeGoods/TJMaxx, Target, Wal-Mart and other big box stores and in many cases the big box stores have better prices.

Selections are limited in some categories of product. The dinnerware and tabletop category was one of the weakest areas of the store.  There wasn’t a lot of variety and when you did come across a style you liked, they didn’t have quantity on hand that would allow for multiple place setting.

 The store is a bit messy.  I’m going to give them the benefit of doubt and blame it on post-Christmas business or a busy shopping weekend but some areas of the store were a total disaster.  Pillows were all over the floor in the pillow aisle and in the bath department things were a hot mess.



Here’s the things I liked about ‘At Home’…

♦  They carry a huge selection of items and At Home is a great source of basic pieces.  If you’re needing decor like baskets and containers, decorative accessories or mirrors you should definitely check out At Home.  The mirror department was impressive with a wide range of styles and sizes (lots of oversized mirrors).  I spotted several (0k, many) mirrors I wanted for myself or for clients.  And I thought the prices were good, especially for the larger mirrors.

♦  You’ll see the latest product trends and colors.  At Home is definitely up to date on the latest product and style trends so if something is HOT, you’re likely to see it (or a version of the trend) in the store.

♦  They have a great lampshade selection.  One of the reasons I made the trip to At Home was to look for a black lampshade.  I haven’t been to Scott Antique market in months to hit up my usual source and when HomeGoods has them, they sell out pretty quick so I’ve been on the hunt for one.  At Home has hundreds of lampshades in every sizes, color and shape you can imagine.  Their prices are pretty good with a basic black drum shade prices between $14.99 and $29.99.

 Lots of fun, whimsical and themed seasonal decor.  If you like to decorate for each season you’re sure to find some cute stuff like these adorable bunnies with gold ears.  These bunnies were about 12″ to 14″ tall and I think these were either $12.99 or $14.99.  Also, if you have a need for faux flowers or greenery they have a selection that rival Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or JoAnn.

♦  Lots and lots and lots and lots of wall decor and artwork.  When it comes to artwork, think HomeGoods on steroid.  There must have been 15 or more aisles of wall decor and artwork so if you need inexpensive wall decor this is your place.

I think that’s enough about what I liked about At Home so let’s take a look at a few items that caught my eye when I was shopping.

The cutest darn ceramic bunnies.  I think there were $12.99 or $14.99.


Great wood crates for flowers, a kitchen caddy or for organizing magazines and such.



Loved these ceramic horse head bookends.  They had lots of styles to choose from but many are some separately which resulted in lots of solo pieces on the shelf.



Here’s just one row of their mirror offering–I think there were about 9 or 10 rows in total.


Here’s a classic starburst mirror that could be used in a gallery wall arrangement or layered on top of a larger mirror.  Notice the price.


I feel in love with this mirror below, both the style and the $129.99 price.


This Pagoda style mirror below was another fave and priced at $199.99 which was good given its size.


Here’s some Pagoda inspiration for you…

Pagoda Mirror

  Laura Tutun via La Dolce Vita

A pretty scalloped edge mirror.


Sunflower mirror below…$99.99



Quatrefoil Mirror below…$199.99


There are lots of oversized (and regular sized) clocks.


The store carries baskets in all shapes and sizes but I think you can find better prices at HomeGoods/TJMaxx.


I didn’t love this open end basket but if was the only one and it didn’t have a price on it.

p.s.  At Home is the size of warehouse so going to ask for a price is like walking the length of a football field (not really, but almost)


Here’s an on trend gold fretwork table with a glass top.  $49.99 if I remember correctly.


Cute and colorful accent tables.


Ok, let’s talk chairs and bar stools.  At Home has a large selection of accent/side chairs and overall the styling and fabrics are nice.  The only thing I didn’t  like was the construction details of the legs.  A lot of the legs were wobbly and just didn’t seem solid.  The hubs and I did tighten a few legs and it made the chairs better but I question how long these chairs would really last.  As a side chair that doesn’t get used often, I do think there were some good options.


I loved the design of this wood and chrome chair.


And these bar stools were very Ballard Design without the price (or the quality).


Great oversized ottomans–a nice size for a coffee table or at the end of a bed.


Bench with acrylic legs. I think this was priced at $129.99.


The lucite ghost chair priced at $99.00.


and also available in black.








You’ll also find upholstered headboards.


I did run across this tartan plaid dinnerware and almost bought it.  There were dinner plates, salad plates, bowls and cups.


This table runner was pretty and would make a great backdrop of a summer tablescape.


At Home has a ton of different typography letters to choose from but all of the really common letters like S, L , M were sold out.  This rope design was pretty cute.


Probably my favorite items in all of the store were their garden stools.  Prices similar to what you can find at HomeGoods but with more variety to choose from.

I loved this elephant stool.


And really, really loved these blue and white stools.  They were all $49.99.



What else I’d buy At Home?

♦  Outdoor umbrella–great prices and great selection

♦  Garden planters–definitely something for everyone

♦  Picture Frames–From large to small and I spotted some lots of uncommon sizes which I’m often on the hunt for

♦  Glassware–great selection of glassware and at great prices.

So there you have it, a mini tour and scoop on At Home.  Despite some of my drawbacks, I will definitely be shopping at the store again and look forward to checking them out around Christmas.

If you’ve shopped at At Home, what do you like most about what the store has to offer?  I’d love to know.



Spotted At HomeGoods for Spring


It’s been a while since I’ve been to HomeGoods.  It usually takes them a good month + to restock their stores after Christmas so I usually wait until mid February or March to see what’s new for spring.  I’m fortunate that there are four HomeGoods within a 10-15 minute drive from my house. Having been to all of the store many times, I’ve learned which ones get the most stock and have the best inventory.

A couple of days ago I popped into two HomeGoods stores.  The first store was lean on merchandise but they did  one great piece that stopped me in my tracks.

This small acrylic table was just gorgeous and I imagined how great it would look as a side table, or bar cart.  I was surprised to see it in the store but at $99.00 I think the price stopped a lot of people in their tracks.  (update:  I posted this table on Instagram and like me it was a hit.  I went back to get the style number for someone and unfortunately it sold the evening that I saw it)


The other HomeGoods I went to is my favorite.  The shelves are usually filled to the max and they always have a great selection of furniture.  Here’s a look at what I spotted…

These marble top nesting tables were stunning.  I love the two-tone marble combined with the chrome base.  I’d pair these with a pair of leather chairs to create a stylish seating area.


This rustic wood media console was well made and the wood tone was really nice.  This would be an easy piece to mix with modern or eclectic decor.


The color of the year, Marsala is well represented in HomeGoods and I spotted it in this sleek desk/console table.  The gold x-legs and crystal knobs just add to the style of this piece.



There were lots of fret work pieces in the store.  I’ve seen this mirrored chest of drawers before and still love it.  It would make the perfect night stand.


Finding oversized coffee table can be a challenge sometimes.  This wood beauty had great lines and a nice finish.  The glass top and bottom would add an airy feel to a living space.


HomeGoods must be predicting this metal cross leg table a winner because there were about 6 of them in the store.  The height is ideal if someone is looking for a nightstand with minimal details.  I think it would also look great in a bathroom holding towels and personal care items.


There were lots of small side tables to choose from in varying styles, shapes and finishes.


This round brass and marble table was my favorite.



Spring is garden stool season at HomeGoods and they continue to bring in updated styles in great colors.  Blue is definitely a trending color for spring and they has several styles to choose from.


I loved this green stool and really considered buying it.


This orange table/stool was so cute and would make a fun accent table on a sun porch or in a kids room.


There were lots of chairs in the store but this is the only one that really caught my attention.  I love the detail of plaid on the back.


HomeGoods has been carrying more and more headboards and this twin headboard was a winner.  The orange piping was the perfect detail to dress up the neutral fabric.  How cute would this be paired with that orange stool above.


If you’re in the market for an ottoman to put at the foot of the bed or use as a coffee table, now is the time to shop.  Most of the ottomans were storage ottoman too which gives you more bang for your buck.



The pillow shelves were overflowing.

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If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again…you can’t beat the lamps at HomeGoods.

The store I was in had a great selection of bold brass lamps


and some really great decorative styles in ceramic and metal.  These striped lamps were killer!



And if you’ve gotta entertaining on the calendar for spring, be sure to check out the housewares section for beautiful plates, bowls and serving pieces like the lemon plate at the top.

So, have you spotted anything great at HomeGoods for spring? #homegoodshappy


A Lighting Company that’s so much more!

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On a daily basis my mailbox is filled with catalogs.  I try my best to flip through each one but often times they get laid to the side and then in a moment of de-cluttering they get thrown in the trash.

The other day I received the Rejuvenation Lighting & House Parts catalog in the mail and immediately stopped, dropped and looked at every page.  The cover image is what caught my attention and I couldn’t wait to learn more about this lighting and home line.


Butte Faceted Pendant / Butte Cone Pendant / Butte Dome Pendant /  Galaxy Wide Chandelier / Carson Rod Pendant / Haleigh Pendant

Rejuvenation House Parts was founded in 1977, but the story really begins in 1975 – when Jim Kelly purchased a condemned saloon in a rough-hewn Portland, Oregon neighborhood for $1,000. During two years of extensive renovations, Kelly had a difficult time finding the lighting and house parts he needed to preserve the historic character and details of his small building.

Recognizing an opportunity, he decided to use his small storefront to serve the needs of like-minded old-house renovators. After borrowing $2,500, he opened what was essentially a specialized junk store selling architectural salvage – things like doors, windows, light fixtures, clawfoot tubs. Using antique fixtures as models, he hired his first “manufacturing” employee to start making basic reproduction Victorian and early 20th-century ceiling fixtures and wall brackets.

By 1982, strong demand encouraged Kelly to create a mail-order catalogue. In 2011, Rejuvenation joined the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands. Today we offer a wide range of products, including furniture and home décor, and have four retail stores.

At first glance Rejuvenation is a lighting company but boy-oh-boy do they have so much more to offer.

Momo Single Sconce

Momo Single Sconce (gorgeous)

Wire Chair

Wire Chair  (love this chair)

Vintage Rotating Bin

Vintage Rotating Bin (functional and funky)

Please Ring Doorbell Button

Please Ring Doorbell Button (classic)

Aurora Utility Stool

Aurora Utility Stool (available in multiple colors)

 Tolson Faucet

Tolson Faucet 

Rejuvenation Registers and Light Covers

Beautiful register colors and switch plate covers

Lg Steel Canvas Laundry Bin

Steel and Canvas Laundry Bin

Kanota Hardware

Kanota Cabinet Hardware

From chic bathroom lighting and hardware to restored vintage antiques and furniture, Rejuvenation is a great source for unique home accents.

You can order your own copy of the Rejuvenation catalog and view the entire product line at!


Inspiration {plus a design tip}




Most of the time when we leave the house, we make sure to present ourselves in a way that just in case we run into someone or meet someone new, we make a good first impression.  That same thinking should go into the design of your home, especially your entrance area.  The space doesn’t have to be big to make an impact, it just has to have a point of view and a personality.

Design tip:  Paint the piece of furniture you place in your foyer to create energy and set the tone for what the rest of the house feels like.  Add a natural element to give the space a personal touch and a starburst mirror is always good because the spokes draw your eye around the space and into the connecting rooms.


The Power of Accessories and Accent Furniture

I’m working on a design project that will involve some new pieces of furniture but the real changes that will take place in the home will come from the accessories and accent furniture we’ll be adding.  These two elements alone play a big role in giving a room its personality and building a strong design theme for a space.

When I’m creating a design plan for a client, there are several key questions I ask that help me in picking the accessories and accent furniture to be used in their home.

1)  What is your favorite color?

2)  Do you have a favorite pattern…flowers, stripes, geometries etc?

3)  If you had to choose between linen and velvet which would you choose?

4)  What at the favorite things you and your family like to do in this space?

5)  What things don’t you like when it comes to décor?  This is a question  I think many designers assume their clients know the answer to.  But when forced to really think about it there the answers might even amaze the homeowner themselves.

If you’re decorating or re-decorating a space in your home, answering these questions will help you understand your likes and dislikes and how  you want to the space to feel.



Accessories and accent furniture pieces can help create a feeling of calm and relaxation if the lines of the furniture are simple and clean and if the fabrics and natural and subdued in color.



You can use accessories and accent furniture to create an eclectic and vintage feel by incorporating pieces from different eras along with aged finishes.



Furniture and accessories can communicate a whimsical feel if painted in bold colors or if they have curvy and geometric details.



Even in a fairly neutral room, accessories can communicate your love of color.  A colorful lampshade if a great way to introduce a pop of color in a small way.

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The way you place your accessories and accent furniture can convey your need and comfort with order and balance.


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And accessories and accent furniture are a great way of creating a fun and vibrant personality within your home.

When it comes to creating a home you love, the things you put into your home central to the way it makes you feel so choose what you love and love what you choose.

Next week I’ll share a design plan I’m working on so you can see the power of accessories and accent furniture.


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