Fab Finds at HomeGoods (Budget Friendly Decor)

I’ve spent a lot of time in my local HomeGoods stores lately looking for accessories for several clients.  HomeGoods is such a great source for shelf fillers, tabletop decor and general accent decor.  HomeGoods is usually picked over when I go shopping but on a my most recent trip I hit the timing just right.  The shelves and aisles were over-flowing and I spotted so many great items.

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Let’s start with the furniture….

I loved this garden stool/side table.  At first glance it looks like its made of concrete but it’s actually a resin materials so it’s not too heavy.  If you’re into neutral decor, this would look great between a pair or chairs or next to a sofa.

I’ve seen the cube ottomans at several stores and thought they would look cute in a play room or nursery.


HomeGoods has some super cute chairs but they aren’t always comfortable.  This animal print chair would be a great accent chair in a bedroom or kitchen desk.

The acrylic trend is alive a well at HomeGoods and this tiered side table was fun.  The only down side about buying acrylic from HomeGoods is finding a piece that isn’t all scratched up.

I really liked this tufted bench.  It was actually really comfortable and would be perfect at the foot of a bed.

tip:  don’t overlook upholstered furniture pieces at HomeGoods.  Their prices are so go you could have a piece re-upholstered and still spend less than buy a higher end piece.

This brass and marble-look side table was really cute.  The top is made of a composite material that looks like a piece of marble.  This table would be perfect between two club chairs.

This dining table caught my eye mostly because of the legs.  This mid-century style would look great in a loft and because it’s so big, it could even be used as conference table in an office.

tip:  if you see surface scratches or dings in a piece you like, ask for a discount.  

This chest of drawers had a really great texture to it and I loved the clean lines of the design.

tip:  if you’re considering a large furniture piece from HomeGoods, make sure to look it over.  I often see scratches and missing pieces (note the missing drawer pull below).

Now let’s check out the accessories and other decor I spotted…

You can find spheres like these at several big box stores but they are usually in a gold finish.  I love these in black with a touch of gold on the end of each prong.  You can use these a tabletop decor or hang them on the wall.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

The faux boxwood topiary at HomeGoods look pretty realistic and the ceramic containers make them look more expensive than they are.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

This acrylic and gold-rimmed tray almost came home with me (tray hoarder)!  If I remember correctly, it was less than $20 and it came in several colors including the champagne below.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

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This copper mailbox was really chic and a great size.

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This metal stool is perfect to tuck away in a closet or kitchen to reach those high shelves.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

These glass lanterns were really pretty and would look great on a covered porch, sunroom or indoors.

tip:  unless glass is tempered, you don’t want to expose it to prolonged periods of hot sun or changing temperatures.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

This artwork would have been perfect for a clients powder room but the frame was busted up.  Hopefully I’ll run across it at another store.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

HomeGoods has started to sell more abstract art.  This piece had lots of texture and looked more expensive than it was.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

Decorative and patterned lampshades seem to be a trend and there were plenty the day I was shopping.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

It’s always challenging to find small lamps that can work on a bathroom vanity or on the kitchen counter.  HomeGoods has lots including this pierced ceramic lamp.

tip:  don’t pass up a lamp you like because of the lampshade.  Changing the shade is an easy and inexpensive fix.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

My collection of teacups from Anthropologie is growing.  But now I have a new source because I saw several Anthropologie inspired styles at HomeGoods for a lot less.

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The pillow section looked like a tornado had gone through it so I didn’t spend much time looking .  I did see this beautiful needlework lumbar pillow which would look great on a bed or sofa.

Decor Finds from HomeGoods

One other thing you should keep your eye out for at HomeGoods–design books.  I needed 9 coffee table books for a client and found some great titles for less than $20 each.Decor finds from HomeGoods

I follow lots of folks on Instagram so I know I’m not the only one spending time at HomeGoods.

 Have you found any great items there lately?

 

Fab Finds From Pier 1–(budget friendly decor)

Budget Friendly Accessories from Pier 1

I received an email the other day from Pier 1 and it prompted me to head over to their website to see what was new.  Pier 1 is one of those stores that has lots of hidden gems amongst the array of pillows, plates and decorative objects.  While surfing their site I discovered quite a few items that hit on all cylinders–style & price.  Check out my favorites pieces available from Pier 1 right now.

Budget Friendly Accessories from Pier1

 

 

No. 1 — I don’t often look to Pier 1 for rugs but I love the pattern and colors in this Diamond Scroll Blue Rug.  I can envision it in a living room with a linen sofa and leather chair. Or in a bedroom along side a linen headboard and sleek ceramic lamps.  This rug ranges in price from $110 to $679 and is available in 6 sizes.
No. 2  — I have to tell you this Bayan Ottoman stopped me in my track.  I of course love the faux bamboo frame and the price of $79.98. #yesplease A pair of these at the foot of a bed or nestled under a console table would be great.
No. 3  — Quatrefoil patterns are a classic design element and this Mother of Pearl Quatrefoil Mirror is a beauty.  It would look great in a powder room or over a nightstand in a bedroom. $239.20.
No. 4 — When it comes to Christmas pillows, Pier 1 has a one of the best selections I seen so far.  If you decorate in non-traditional colors or want a subtle Christmas statement, this PomPom Merry Christmas Pillow is perfect. And it’s only $29.95. ***through Nov. 1st you can save an additional 20% on Christmas decor with the code HOLDIT
No. 5 — Copper is a big design trend right now and I think were going to see it being used in holiday decor too.  This Copper Hammered Charger Plate ($14.95) would look really pretty mixed with fall colors as part of a Thanksgiving tablescape.
No. 6 — It’s hard to pass up a Monogram Letter Tray especially when it has a gold rim and it’s only $9.95. 

 

Can you believe that it’s almost November and the unofficial start of the holiday season?  If you’re looking to refresh your home for the holidays now’s the time to jump on these great finds and the extra savings on Christmas decor. Plus there’s free shipping on order over $49!

Happy Shopping!

p.s.  this is not a sponsored post.  I’m just sharing the things I love and the places I shop.

 

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How To Get A High-End Look On A Budget

Hello friends.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day and a great weekend.  My Valentine’s Day was super casual and instead of taking me to Jared :), the hubs took me somewhere he knew I’d like even better…antique shopping.  I found some great goodies which I’ll show you tomorrow, but today I wanted  to address a question I get asked a lot–how to add high-end design style, on a budget?

When it comes to design, one thing I know for sure is that most people desire to have a high-end look for their home but want save money doing it. Of course to get a high-style look you can go out and buy expensive furniture, lighting and accessories but when that’s not an option, there are ways to get the look without breaking the bank.

 If you’ve ever wondered what design tricks designers use to achieve high-style, today is your day because I’m sharing NINE Ways To Get A High-End Look On Budget!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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Here’s some Pagoda inspiration for you…

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  Laura Tutun via La Dolce Vita

A pretty scalloped edge mirror.

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Sunflower mirror below…$99.99

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Quatrefoil Mirror below…$199.99

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

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

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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)

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

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Cute and colorful accent tables.

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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.

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I loved the design of this wood and chrome chair.

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

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

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

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The lucite ghost chair priced at $99.00.

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and also available in black.

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You’ll also find upholstered headboards.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

Shelly

 

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