Congratulations to Tuesday, http://agirlandherlife.blogspot.com/ -Winner of the HomeGoods Gift Card with her entry #210.
This is a compensated review from BlogHer and HomeGoods
I need to tell you about HomeGoods today, because really this story is bubbling out of me. Stay tuned to the end for more info on how you can find your style and win a shopping spree to HomeGoods yourself.
About nine months ago, we learned there would be a new member to our family. Despite the time since, no new baby joined our house. Instead, just a couple of weeks later, my mother moved in for what was supposed to be a temporary stay until she found suitable housing for her and my sister. She moved into our bedroom. Instead of camping out on the couch for a few weeks-we decided to take over what we called “the art room” but really served as the home for the kids’ computer, the dollhouse, the armoire with board games and china inside.
We soon learned that instead of a temporary stay, my mother would be here long-term and with us as caregivers. A few TV trays went into the room to serve as bedside table and alarm clock/plug-in place for pocket items to live at the end of the day. My youngest child’s high chair served as the other bedside table. Yes. High chair. Two gray Rubbermaid bins took over from our suitcases hastily packed in one room and moved into the other. Finally, a quilt hung over the window to block the morning sun.
That was the extent of it. We looked like we were camping out in our bedroom and we were. I would head there when the days were long, and caregiving hard…but our room felt more hideout than retreat. Instead, the mess just reminded me that temporary turned into long-term and we weren’t settled with it. It met our basic needs-sleep (the futon robbed from the living room), a light to read by, a clock, a place to keep our clothes, but not well and not in a way that made us happy. But what to do? It is a very small room and we are on a tight budget.
These are the before pictures:
When asked what room I would redecorate if chosen by HomeGoods and BlogHer, I rambled. I talked about the living room that has a few issues-no chair for my mother to easily stand from for example. Then I started talking about the bedroom. I realized all the things wrapped in that bedroom. No time soon would I be moving my mother out of our old bedroom and into a hospital bed in that bedroom. I wouldn’t be moving her to her own apartment or assisted living. The bedroom was the place.
Even once chosen for the program, I considered the living room or kitchen. The bedroom needed the change though. Today I am glad we persisted!
How did we get from that picture-to a new and much improved bedroom?
First we took the StyleScope Quiz. I took it. My partner took it. We took it together. I read the HomeGoods blog-Open House. (Check out Open House – HomeGoods’ blog “for anyone that loves their home.”)
The StyleScope quiz seemed silly at first but since neither of us had really thought about “our style” before-it really did help us make better decisions at the store. We had a chance to talk out our style and what we wanted, as well as identify the true trouble spots in our home.
We made a scoping out trip to each of the two HomeGoods stores nearby. The surprises each store had were different and the same. It wasn’t a home organization store or the housewares department at a department store. Some of the items were really cool and look at the prices-we can do a lot. We went home.
We talked about the things we needed to change. We needed a place to: keep loose change, plug in the phones, real bedside tables, a place to store our clothes and my medicine, to take the tiger quilt off the window. We wanted something that looked like us. That meant no replacing the quilt I made or the Leg Lamp. We thought about other things in our home that could serve us in our room. The grandma furniture that lived in what is now my mother’s room? We could move that into our room…if we moved the armoire out. Now that the plan was set, time to head back to HomeGoods.
Bedside tables were top priority. The rest would revolve around that. The first HomeGoods store had a couple paired bedside tables, but the one we wanted, there was only one. It was nearly the same red orange as the Grandma furniture soon to be our dressers again. We decided to brave it and pick it up.
Then we wandered through the art department, discussing this and that piece of art. We never really have purposely bought art for a specific room. We considered poppies, landscapes, abstract paintings but we kept returning to two rather large graffiti prints of women. Odd! Quirky. The fact that we kept considering them must have meant something. We picked them up!
Next-a curtain. HomeGoods didn’t have any curtains! Well, there were a few panels, but nothing right. Perhaps we should go somewhere else for a curtain. Still wandering through the treasure hunt that is HomeGoods, we found shower curtains. Not just shower curtains, but a really pretty green that would go with the prints we had chosen and with the quilt. It is slightly sheer and felt like a silk broomstick skirt. We can use that!
After poking around a bit more, we decided we were done. We checked out and headed to the other HomeGoods in search of the match to our bedside table choice at the first. We found it, but a bit scratched. Part of us thought, ok, we scratch our furniture up all the time. No big deal. Part of our head was disappointed. We loaded it into the cart. We found a Rocker Mom tattoo plaque,a wooden, very bright “Java nice day!” picture that I am sure was meant for a kitchen but lives in our bedroom now. I also got a Sparkle picture for our bathroom (I couldn’t resist-Sparkle is an important word in this house).
Speaking of bathroom, we also got a 12 pack of washcloths
Still not done with the great gift card I received-it went way further than we dreamed-we picked out four brand new pillows. HomeGoods has a great selection of pillows from ordinary to organic to hypo-allergenic. We bought new pillow cases. We picked out a charging station for our phones and a retro-hip red canister to hold our change. We found a nifty rolled paper vase that was similar to one we saw and wanted at a favorite gift shop—but it had cost WAY too much at that gift shop-not at HomeGoods. We totalled up in our heads and realized there was a bit more to spend.
One of the first things we noticed when making our first trip were the large statues of elephants, dogs, roosters. We made a Wheel of Fortune comment then. As we left, we decided we must have a giant dog statue. So we found one, he lives in our bedroom. His name is Homer.
We checked out. We mentioned the scratches and dent on the bedside table. The cashier called the manager who came right away and reduced the price even further. In fact, staff at HomeGoods seemed genuinely helpful, if you asked them. I saw floor clerk helping a woman choose items for her living room-including moving tables and chairs so she could get a better view. I didn’t notice them at first because they don’t come running up to you with that uncomfortable “Do you need help?” and none of the staff seemed troubled by browsing at all.
At last we were done—for now—but in our hunt for our bedroom, we found all sorts of gift ideas for our young adults rooms, our mothers, our siblings, even our younger teens. The selection was varied and interesting. What we found on our first trip-not entirely the same things we found on the next. If you see something there, but aren’t quite sure-grab it. We missed out on the pink leapord spotted broom we saw on the first trip that way. Again, HomeGoods is like a treasure hunt.
Now, our bedroom makes me laugh. It makes us smile. It looks altogether like a bedroom, but has not become stuffy. Instead it feels like us. A few changes made a big difference.
Check out what the rest of the BlogHer Reviewers found at HomeGoods – you’ve got 8 chances to win a $100 HomeGoods gift card.
Now, here is a chance to enjoy your own treasure hunt at HomeGoods and bring something home to make you happy.
To enter to win a $100 HomeGoods gift card – take the StyleScope Quiz and tell me what your style is in the comments below – or you may leave a link to your post on your own blog in the comments below. The contest will begin at September 14th and will end October 14th. Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct.
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