A Simple Style | Shopping For Home Decor.

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I dragged Kyle into the bookstore the other day to “get books for our bookshelf”. 

We have a bookshelf in our living room that I’ve recently gained the opportunity to re-decorate. And when I say “recently gained the opportunity”, I mean “one of my plants died and it’s thrown the entire shelf out of whack and now I have all of this space to fill where my dead plant used to be.”

I guess if you gain nothing else from this post – there’s a lesson in what happens when you don’t water your plants.

“What kind of books are you looking for?” he asked as we walked into Barnes & Noble.

The answer was “ones with a cute cover”, but I knew that answer would make him question why he agreed to move in with me in the first place- so instead I responded “Uh… just like, coffee table books. You know? For that shelf in the living room.” (That sounds more normal, right?)

We’ve had the “crazy lady home decor” discussion before. I mean, not directly – but every now and then, my inner Genevieve Gorder comes out and I start going on and on about throw pillows and silk floral arrangements and “I just think we need something in that corner, you know? By the kitchen. It looks so empty.” 

We haven’t had anything in ‘that corner by the kitchen’ for the entire year and a half we’ve lived in the apartment. Now all of a sudden we need a giant fiddle-leaf fig because I saw one in Target.

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“Why do you want to spend money on books that you’ll never read?” Kyle asked. “They’re just going to sit on the shelf.” As is their purpose. “Why don’t you just buy a new plant?” 

Because while some people see the chore of “replacing a dead plant”, I see an opportunity to completely revamp our apartment.

Well, maybe not completely. There’s only so much I can do with an apartment. No matter how many throw pillows I buy, I’ll still have to work around the pale, tan color on the walls, and the sprinkler system on the ceiling, and the vent over “that door that we can’t open” where the HVAC system lives.

But still. It’s worth it to keep trying to make it cute, right? I mean, we have to LIVE here. It’s kind of like decorating your locker in junior high. Sure, it’s a LOCKER, but your books have to live in it all year long. What’s the harm in adding a magnetic mirror and an N*sync poster, huh?

WHERE I SHOP: (For home decor, not for N*sync posters) 

  • Home Goods, Marshalls & TJ Maxx 
    • I lumped the three of these together because they’re all owned by the same company and – for the most part – carry all of the same stuff. Home Goods is obviously the mother of all of these when it comes to home decor, but you can still find your fair share at Marshalls and TJ Maxx.
    • What I’ve bought: Baskets, blankets, throw pillows, my desk chair, picture frames, four giant full-length mirrors, and other random things that I didn’t know I needed until they were right in the front of me.
      • My most recent purchase: The Kate Spade nesting boxes for $12.99 each (originally $60 on Amazon). I searched three different TJ Maxx stores and two Home Goods in order to track down the ones that I needed for my bookshelf in the living room. Note how I said “needed” even though I totally did not need them.
  • Target 
    • I can’t walk into this store without passing through their home decor section. “Let’s just look around,” I say. “Just for fun.” Even if I’ve already been through it and they haven’t added anything new. What do I think I’m going to find in there? Who knows! It could be anything! A gold elephant shaped bookend, a fake cactus, some knock-off Anthropology bowls? The possibilities are endless!
    • What I’ve bought: Baskets, blankets, throw pillows… picture frames… candles.. pretty much the same kind of stuff I’ve bought at Home Goods. Just, you know, at Target.
      • My most recent purchase: Some fake fruit for our “fake fruit bowl” in the kitchen. Not to be confused with our real fruit bowl… also known as the crisper drawer in our refrigerator.
        • Also – yes, let’s get past the fact that I bought fake fruit. It seemed like a good idea at the time.
  • Hobby Lobby
    • Never underestimate the power of a good old fashioned trip to Hobby Lobby. They’re big on the farmhouse trend (which is super popular right now thanks to Joanna Gaines) and have – in my opinion – the BEST fake flowers. Many of them look real and Hobby Lobby offers the best assortment. Bonus! You can usually catch them on sales – and when they aren’t, you can use a 40% off coupon that they have all of the time. Google “Hobby Lobby 40% coupon” while you’re standing in line and have the cashier scan it directly from your phone!
    • What I’ve bought: Fake flowers. So many fake flowers.
      • My most recent purchase: Some fake sunflowers for our vase in the kitchen. 
  • Pier One
    • I don’t ALWAYS find something in here, but when I do, it’s usually a good find. Some of their stuff can be a little pricier, but if you can catch them when they’re running a sale, you can usually snag a pretty good deal.
    • What I’ve bought: Candles and various “knick-knack-y” types of things.
      • My most recent purchase: candles. They were running a sale of 2 for $20 on 3-wick candles. 
  • IKEA
    • Oh, IKEA. You’re so overwhelming, and yet so wonderful. Every time I find something I want in there, I can usually convince myself to buy it because “Oh my gosh! This is only seven dollars? I have to buy it.” I HAVE to buy it. HAVE to. It’s only seven dollars.
    • What I’ve bought: artificial plants, book shelves, desks, our dresser, chairs – basically 1/3 of the furniture in our apartment.
      • My most recent purchase: a desk drawer organizer for $12. I  “had” to buy it. It was only $12. 
  • At Home | The Home Decor Superstore 
    • This can be a hit or miss. They’ve got just about everything – from holiday decorations to art work to every-day knick-knacks, but if you don’t know what you’re looking for, the store can be a little overwhelming. However – I’ve found some excellent purchases in here for a bargain!
    • What I’ve bought: Throw pillows and various knick-knack-y items.
      • My most recent purchase: A wicker basket. 
  • Kirklands 
    • These remind me of Pier One and are comparable in price. Typically I walk in saying “I want to buy EVERYTHING in here” and walk out with nothing because if I can’t have it all, what’s the point?
    • What I’ve bought: Holiday decor and random pieces of furniture
      • My most recent purchase: our new farmhouse inspired media stand. 

Where are some of your favorite places to shop for home decor? Please enable my bad habits and let me know in the comment section!

Jennifer1

 

 

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