Chris and I go to Home Depot every weekend now. Literally, every single weekend. If we're feeling crazy we'll stop at Lowes after. We'll say things like, "man, that's a nice washer." Or, "check out that backsplash," and, "I'd kill to have that fridge!" Or our favorite, "Let's get wild and buy a Nest for the house."
A Nest. What luxury! If you don't know what that is, well get with it already!
*To be honest I'm not exactly sure what it is either, but it looks very fancy in the store and there's always people gathered around the product.
We say these things as we walk around the store carrying our coffee tumblers WE BROUGHT from home. I know. Who are we? New home owners, that's who.
We've really embraced this new role and are suddenly obsessed with making our house exactly as we want it. I've always cared about having a nice home, but not to this extent.
I used to browse the aisles at Tj Maxx and buy whatever I found for under $20, bring it home, and slap it on the wall.
"Does that really go with our style?" Chris would ask. (He's very picky.)
"It does now," I'd say.
Because I didn't quite know our style. But if I had to guess I'd call it hodge-podge. We had a mix of hand-me-downs from my parents, Chris's parents, some new pieces, and a lot of items I found on sale at Target, Tj, or HomeGoods that really had no business going together. But I didn't care, because they were ON SALE!
I still shop at all of the above stores, the only difference is that now I shop there with intention, seeking out specific items, rather than buying any shiny object that caught my eye.
I've also had to force myself to break my urge to be lazy and just "call it good" even if it didn't in fact look good. For example: I have redone the wall in our living room SIX times. Do you know how annoying that is? Very. Old-me would have said screw it after try #2 and just let it be. New-me won't settle until I love it.
And so I keep looking, hanging, rearranging, and re-hanging. As I said before, it's extremely annoying. Home decor isn't something that comes easy for me, I know when something doesn't look right, but I have no idea why... Thus it's all about trial and error.
We bought and returned three different area rugs until we found the one that fit just right.
We've had four duvet covers. Two bedroom rugs. Three different armchairs in the living room. Two kitchen tables. The list goes on and on.
It's a pain in the ass, but once you find the piece that fits, it's totally worth it. That said, below is a list of my some of my favorite stores as of late. We mix a few high end pieces (like the Hemming swivel chair next to Harlow) with more affordable pieces.
That chair was a total splurge for me, but it was well worth it. The quality is great and I know we'll have it forever. *Or until Harlow realizes how cozy it is...
Stores I Love:
*West Elm (swivel chair)
*Cb2 (stainless steel kitchen island.)
*Crate & Barrel (a lot of our kitchen pieces)
*Minted (this photo.)
*Homegoods (odds and ends)
*Tj Maxx (fur rugs... lol)
*Hayneedle (kitchen and outdoor... their outdoor decor is UNREAL.)
*Overstock (area rug you see above!)
Typewriter Print. Chair from Hobby Lobby. (Don't buy it, it falls apart all the time.)
Turntable. (Rug from Homegoods.) Other stuff, I don't remember...
The bedroom is a work in progress. What do I hang behind our bed? WHAT? I have tried so many things. Frames. Mirrors. Art. None of it works.
Also, we purchased our bed from Overstock... Best Overstock purchase to date. Slightly annoying to put together (however we did it during the World Series after several beers and still managed to have it done within an hour.) I would highly suggest it!
And a few more pics...
And that's a wrap for today.
Hang in there with me and I swear I'll give a proper home tour post soon. It will be a post with real-camera photos, not all crap shot on my iphone. And it will actually flow from room to room, I promise! I'll do that thing the fancy bloggers do where I take 100 photos of the same thing/room. There's still a mysterious guest room/tshirt room I'm yet to share ...
In conclusion, we still feel so lucky we were able to purchase this place. In case I haven't mentioned it lately, we each have our OWN nightstand. And a fridge with an ice machine. And washer/dryer in unit. We feel like royalty every single day. What a life!
What decor sites do you love? If I missed a good one please tell me below!