Thursday, January 9, 2014

Accessorizing for Less

I am obsessed with decorating and accessorizing my house. I am not obsessed with going broke doing it. It is amazing what you can do with a little bit of research and diligence. I swear by Homegoods. Take, for example, this adorable basket from Serena & Lily. It retails for $148. Puh-lease.

Or this one below, also from Serena and Lily. This one is actually on sale right now for $69.99! I had this style in mind for storing toys in B's play area but refused to pay such a price.

So I ventured into Homegoods one day, and voila...found this for $49.99! Pretty close, right? And it's made by Tahari so it's of great quality.

I'm not one for lots of knick knacks, but I needed something for the back of the commode in our downstairs bath - I've got my mom's owl sketches in here and wanted to continue the owl theme. This looks precious with some potpourri in it. I think the owl deal below was $15. 

I've always been a fan of boxwood anything. I splurged on some boxwood topiaries from Ballard for my mantel but couldn't bring myself to do the same for something outdoors. Right before Christmas, I found these little cuties for $49.99 each. They are nearly as good of quality as those from Ballards, for a third of the price! I just stuck them down in some urns I already had. These looked cute with Christmas lights and them, and next, they will be adorned with bumble bees for a 1st birthday party. 

Also for the front porch, I found these beautiful lanterns! I think they were maybe $20 and $40 each. I found these after I had splurged on all 3 Park Hill lanterns from Pottery Barn, oops!

Pretty similar, right?

Finally, my dining room. Which is a major work in progress. I'm currently in search of wooden drapery hardware that won't break the bank (Restoration Hardware, you are absurd), so if anyone has any suggestions, I'd love 'em! I envisioned mercury glass lamps on my antique sideboard table to modern it up a bit, but didn't want to pay $200 per lamp base from Pottery Barn, below. $200 for just the base, no shade included. Again, puh-lease.

So, hunting at Homegoods one day, I found these below for $59.99 each, shades and all. I must say, they really look great. During Christmas, I had mercury glass Christmas trees (also from Homegoods) on the dining room table and I liked them so much that I went in search of mercury glass candlesticks to replace the holiday decor. They were on clearance (!!!) and ranged from $8-$15 per candlestick. Yes, still need candles.

So there's my plug for shopping smart (and for Homegoods). Decorating and accessorizing should be fun, not depleting!


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