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New Lamps for the Master Bedroom

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I’m chugging along with our master bedroom decorating plan. Last time we chatted about the space, I showed you guys the oh-so-comfy Moroccan rug we added to the room. I’m still obsessed with it, and luckily there hasn’t been much shedding at all (which is great with a new rug!)

Pouf-ShoesWith the rug crossed off my list, it was time to move onto lighting. Lamps are important in this room, because we have absolutely no overhead lighting. Before we moved in our furniture, we painted the master bedroom walls and I remember frantically calling my mom to bring over a lamp because there were zero lights in the room, and no lights = no painting. (Lucky for us, she came to the rescue!)

So since we moved in, we’ve had 2 table lamps in here that were doing a fine job…but they weren’t winning any awards in the looks department.

IMG_97241Here’s one of the lamps atop our large dresser. I remember buying the lamps right out of college, and they had a black base. I eventually spray painted the lamps to get a brighter look in our bedroom. But wear and tear started to take its toll on the metal base, and the white paint started to flake off. Not cute.

So, I knew it was time to find something new and fabulous for our master bedroom.

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I ended up finding 2 glamorous white lamps from HomeGoods. They were only $40 a piece, and I absolutely loved the shiny white base, with silver detailing.

NightstandOne sits on our dresser, the other on this nightstand. When I saw them at HomeGoods, they had 2 entirely different lamp shades. One was gray, and the other blue. But I loved the lamp base so much that I decided to bring them home, and just worry about the shades later on.

Turns out the old lamp shades fit perfectly, so now they’re matching. (Now I’m stuck with 2 random lamp shades…I just may have to come up with a creative craft for those…hmmmm)

Silver-Lamp-BaseI think they add a little glam to the room, without being too overwhelmingly feminine. At least that’s what I tell Finn. He says they look like snowmen…

White-Bedroom-LampDresser-Top-New-LampI suppose if they’re snowmen, then they’re some damn good lookin’ snowmen. I’m just happy that they’re functional and fashionable. That’s always a win-win in our playbook!

Next on the master bedroom list? No more naked bed for us….this bad boy is getting a headboard! All the deets and eye candy coming next week…

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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    We have a lot of things on the master bedroom list… not quite there to checking them off yet, though! Gotta finish our painting first!

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  2. craftivitydesigns

    I was just admiring some very similar lamps on Amazon (the $40 price you got is better!!). I love the white bases and they look great of your side tables!

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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    We have a lot of things on the master bedroom list… not quite there to checking them off yet, though! Gotta finish our painting first!

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  2. craftivitydesigns

    I was just admiring some very similar lamps on Amazon (the $40 price you got is better!!). I love the white bases and they look great of your side tables!

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Use it like THIS or use it like THAT

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It’s definitely no secret around here that these rookies love saving money & living comfortably and proudly within our rookie budgets. Beyond the unique pieces we score at thrift shops, garage sales, estate sales, or even in the trash (#sorrywerenotsorry), we have racked up quite the collection of frequent flyer miles at some stores that align with our budget-friendly philosophy. At the very, tippy-top of this list….. HomeGoods (again, not so much of a secret).

We can’t help but LOVE that they too believe that creating a home you can be proud of does NOT have to break the bank, and we’re not afraid to gush all about it. So today, that’s exactly what we’re doing…. gushing all about the trendy treasures we recently scored at HomeGoods. But wait, wait, wait…. there’s more! We also challenged ourselves to get even MORE bang for our bucks by showing that these treasures can live in more than one place in your home, making their affordable price tags even more attractive. So what do you say, shall we play a game of, “Use it like THIS or Use it like THAT?”

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First Contestant: A Tray
Stats: Industrial, Functional, weighing in at $15.00 on Clearance

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dining room trayUse this adorable tray as a portable bar, a coffee table drop zone, or even as a functional statement in the middle of your kitchen table. This tray offers a ton of purpose & a lot of character that both him & her can compromise on. PLUS it can corral some serious clutter and then be easily picked up before dinner/drinks. Definitely a win, win combination!

Next up: Traditional Cake Stand & Tea Cup
Stats: Dainty, glamorous, and oh-so-affordable at $6.99 & $2.99

Coffee-Table Jewelry-on-cakestandTea-CupCaptain Obvious says these items can only be used in the kitchen, to serve up your favorite cakes, muffins, and pastries and to hold your warm cup of tea. But when we see these white ceramic items, we see their potential! Why not up the glam factor, and use these kitchen essentials to corral your gems and jewels? Add some height to your vanity or dresser, with the cake stand and showcase your favorite dangly earrings around the rim of the tea-cup. Heck, I don’t think I’ve ever baked a cake before, so this cake stand will surely get more use in the bedroom than the kitchen.


Printed Bowl
Stats: For $3.99 how could you even say no?! Hand painted, can be used for nearly anything, comes in a variety of fun colors/patterns to fit your favorite space.

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Nail polish bowl

IMG_0559We are all about organization in our homes and making sure EVERYTHING (and yes, we literally mean EVERYTHING) has a place to call home and politely return to when it’s time to “clean up”. We utilized this bowl to do just that in two very different arenas. First up, you can use this bowl by your front door as a convenient drop zone for your keys. It can dress up any mudroom and solve that ever-looming question, “where are my keys?!”. This bowl can also add some girly charm to your office/vanity. By adding some colorful nail polish to this bowl, your space will be fashionable and practical.

Simple Storage Box
Stats: Ivory, textured top, $9.99 

IMG_0484IMG_0487IMG_0492IMG_0499Of course this box can be used for CUTE storage (option #1) orrrrr with one simple drill hole, you can put this box on your nightstand and say good-bye to those unsightly cords…. forever! All I did to get this look was drill a small pilot hole through the back of the box and fish the cord right through. (For a more thorough drilling tutorial, check out this post)

Framed Art on the Cheap
Stats: This blue frame was on clearance for $5 and is dripping with budget-friendly art potential 

Postcard Framed Watercolor FramedFrames don’t always have to be used for traditional pictures…. I know crazy concept for some people (cough, cough… mooommmmmm). Of course pictures are amazing, but you can also mix and match your frames with equally sentimental pieces. The first picture shows how I framed a greeting card that totally captures my view on life, while the second one uses the FREE watercolor app to translate one of the photos I took into a FREE, printable watercolor photo (Come get the free download from this post.) With amazing frames, think outside of the box to get free art that makes a statement about YOU and where you’ve been. (I did that in both my gallery walls here & here).

Geometric Vase
Stats: Totally on-trend with its geometric design elements and totally within budget at $7.99

Geometric Vase

IMG_0581Captain Obvious strikes again by reminding us that this vase can be used for….wait for it…. FLOWERS! But Captain Creative begs to differ with his idea to use this geometric vase to corral your clutter in the kitchen! This fun vase offers the opportunity to stash your kitchen essentials in a trendy way without breaking the bank. And on that note, this is getting weird and we are officially signing off.

Just remember to think outside of the box & give your glamorous HomeGoods finds a life they never would have expected. A tea-cup as a jewelry holder, a storage box as a cell phone charging center, a geometric vase as a kitchen accessory — the possibilities are endless, but your budget doesn’t have to be! Happy Shopping.

25278-SM-Pinterest Party-Save the Date_V5_BloggerVersionOh, and before we forget! Be sure to join us tonight for a LIVE HomeGoods Pinterest Party.  All you have to do is follow the HomeGoods Party Board right here.  We’re hosting the party with 2 other fabulous bloggers, and we’re all working together to share budget-friendly DIY ideas, entertaining tips, and organization tricks! We can’t wait to chat about what makes you HomeGoods Happy!

Bridget and Casey Signature(Disclaimer: We have received free product from HomeGoods in connection to their Happy By Design program. All styling, ideas, and opinions are our own.)

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  1. Alysia @ Slim Sanity

    Ok so, never been to HomeGoods. But there is one just down the street…. why have I not been there yet?? I LOVE this post – I’m always looking for ways to repurpose decor!

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    1. DIY Playbook

      Stop it!! You’ve never been?!! OMG… we are so excited for you to go check it out for the first time. We’re sure you’ll be leaving #HomeGoodsHappy.

      Happy Shopping, Alysia!

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    Ok so, never been to HomeGoods. But there is one just down the street…. why have I not been there yet?? I LOVE this post – I’m always looking for ways to repurpose decor!

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1 item…3 ways: Wrapping Paper

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Last month, we had a blast styling a fabulous HomeGoods vase in three different ways. We came up with some fun uses for the darling item, and decided we just had to try it out again with another item. So we ventured to our favorite store and kept our eyes peeled for an item that might have a few fun uses. 
Look what we found…
Yep…we found some adorable colorful wrapping paper right in an aisle of HomeGoods.  They really have such a wide variety of items, you just never know what you might find during your shopping trip.
We were immediately drawn to the gorgeous springy colors, but what really sold us was the price tags…
$2.99 and $2.50?! Yep, pretty awesome if you ask us. We scooped up the 2 rolls immediately and didn’t look back.
Then we realized that wrapping paper was going to be a bit more difficult to style 3 ways. The vase was a cakewalk. Wrapping paper? Not so much.
But these rookies are always up for a challenge, so we put our heads together and came up with 3 really unique ways to utilize the wrapping paper in our homes.
#1. Wrap a Gift: Cue the eye rolls. We know what you’re thinking, “C’mon Bridget & Casey, this is not very original.” Yeah yeah, we know. But we did have to check the obvious use for this item off of our list, because the wrapping paper really is good for wrapping presents!
The trendy pattern and pretty pastels do take this gift up a notch. We paired this wrapping paper up with some washi tape, rather than just plain Scotch tape. We thought that would add even a little more pattern, color, and overall pizzazz to the package. Who cares what’s inside the box…look at that gorgeous packaging! We’re convinced this gift recipient will l.o.v.e. this pretty package of goodies.
#2. Create Art: We all know art can be very expensive, so why not create your own? The gray and yellow marbled paper adds subtle color to these shelves, without breaking the bank.
Styled Ikea Bookshelves
Framed wrapping paper
Simply cut a piece of the wrapping paper and pop it into a frame with a mat. This technique would work well in a gallery wall too. Utilize photos, art, and colorful wrapping paper to create a one of a kind wall display.
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If you don’t want to shell out big bucks for art, framing wrapping paper can be a great alternative. Plus, you can change out the paper every few months to liven up the space and change up the color scheme.
Marbled Wrapping paper
#3. Brighten your Dresser Drawers: This is by far our favorite use of the wrapping paper. Use the colorful paper to add a pop of pattern to your drawers!
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You’ve probably seen this technique on the bottom of dresser drawers, but putting it on the sides is a fresh take on this easy DIY project.
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Every time you slide open a drawer, you’ll get a nice little dose of color and personality. Love it!
Mod podged drawers
Tomorrow we’ll give you the full tutorial for this project, so you can easily add some color to your own boring dresser drawers.
 
So what do you say…are you going to hop on the 1 item, 3 ways train and challenge yourself to be a little more creative when shopping? We hope so! Share your pictures with us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We’d love to see what you create!
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So which use of the wrapping paper is your absolute favorite? 
(Disclaimer: We have received free product from HomeGoods in connection to their Happy By Design program. All styling, ideas, and opinions are our own.)
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10 Tips for Decorative Pillows

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We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again..and again…and again. We’ve got a serious thing for throw pillows. In fact, you may have to call it a shopping obsession. If we see a cute decorative pillow, at a decent price, you better believe it’s hopping into our carts.

bridget_bedroomLucky for us (& our wallets) many of our favorite stores have great pillows with inexpensive price tags. I mean, have you been to the HomeGoods pillow aisle? It makes you want to curl up and take a nap right there amongst all of the fluff, color, and pattern.DSC_0021

We are also big fans of Etsy, Target, and the clearance bin at West Elm for even more gorgeous pillows.

Here are a few of our favorites! (Affiliate links used for your convenience).

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10 Tips for Buying Pillows

1. Find pillows with a zippered, removable cover. That way you can keep the cushion and find new covers if you’re looking to change things up. Major cost saver.Pillow

2. Zippered covers also come in handy for washing. You can easily toss it into the wash and you’re good to go!

3. We try not to spend more than $30 for a single pillow. We try and aim for $15-$20. Look for steals, sales, and clearance sections. You can find some great stuff if you’re patient.Blue-Pillows4. Avoid being too matchy-matchy. That goes for color, texture, and pattern. Change it up and you’ll have a more appealing, layered look.dorm room pillows dormify5. Incorporate a wide variety of pillow sizes on couches and beds.

6. As with most home decor, group pillows in odd numbers (we prefer 3’s & 5’s)View More: http://ginacristinestudios.pass.us/diy-playbook-guest-bedroom7. Switch pillows from room to room around your home for a “fresh” look without a new price tag.pillows-couch-tulips-flowers8. Only buy pillows that you absolutely LOVE; don’t just buy to buy. If you wait for a pillow you really love, rather than just settling with what’s in stock or available, you’ll tend to use it for a lot longer and will continue to love it every time you look at it!

family_room_couch_pillows_flowers_Bridget-0029. Choose pillows that fit your style… no one else’s! With Pinterest, the blogosphere & every amazing home decor magazine putting you on decor overload, sometimes it’s easy to adopt someone else’s style rather than embrace your own style. Buy pillows that fit YOUR style, even if that style is different than what’s the most pinned. You’re the one who has to cuddle up with it at the end of the day… be proud!Gold Office Makeover Trunk10. When you find the perfect pillow combinations, do NOT forget the most important part – – kicking up your feet up, cozying up on that adorable couch & enjoying all of your new fluffy friends!Bridget's_House_Tour_family_room_couch

We hope this helps with your next pillow shopping trip!
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Want some advice on bedroom pillows, check out this post!
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  1. heather

    I’m curious how you determine how many pillows and which sizes to use. I have a couch and loveseat and am considering changing up my pillows, but can’t decide how many I need and what sizes. I do have both euro shams and 20×20 forms available to use. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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    I’m curious how you determine how many pillows and which sizes to use. I have a couch and loveseat and am considering changing up my pillows, but can’t decide how many I need and what sizes. I do have both euro shams and 20×20 forms available to use. Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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Decorating Over the Couch

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When you’re a home decor blogger, you expect to get emails from readers looking for the “scoop” on the items you feature and display in your home. We love dishing these details and telling you guys where we’ve found some of our fabulous scores!
But there is one frequently asked question that we receive pretty often….”where did you get that art over your couch?!” The funny thing is we have 2 totally different pieces of artwork over our family room couches, yet we still get asked the question pretty equally.
People want to know all about Bridget’s cool coral frames….
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And people want to know all about my large city canvas.
Even though our “artwork” is very different, we purchased both pieces from the same store….HomeGoods!
HomeGoods Canvas
Art can be expensive, especially when you’re looking to purchase a large scale piece to take up a good chunk of the wall. But that’s where our favorite shopping spot comes in. HomeGoods has such a wide array of artwork, frames, and canvases and most won’t break the bank.
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The only unfortunate thing is their selection and stock is constantly changing (which can be really awesome in some cases), but not so awesome when you’re trying to purchase this specific canvas. We have found that if you can’t find a specific piece you once spotted, don’t give up! We’ve noticed that these pieces come back to stores eventually, sometimes even months and months later. However, the constant change in “selection” isn’t always a bad thing. If you really can’t find “this one”, that doesn’t mean you can’t find “the one”. Thanks to the never-ending variety, you’re more likely to find a “one of a kind” piece to display in your home and showcase your personality. 
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Casey: I love the muted tones in this cityscape, along with the small pops of orangey-pink. It adds a nice subtle color to our walls without looking too “busy.”
Bridget: I love the concrete art aspect of my coral art, and the structure of both sleek frames.
Cityscape Canvas
Casey: When people ask about my canvas, they often think I DIY’ed it. Ha! I wish I had those artistic skills….that would be very impressive! Finn and I actually found it about a year ago at the HomeGoods in St. Louis. We scored it for only $100! What a price for that big ol’ piece of art. In fact, this canvas was so large that we had to return to the store with my SUV to pick it up, because it wouldn’t fit in the backseat of our smaller car.
Bridget: My frames add a coastal feel to my family room, which meshes well with the nautical theme you can find throughout the rest of my home. The blues give a nice pop of color to my light gray walls, and the thick silver frames bring a shiny metallic into the space. I scored BOTH separately (they’re not even a set!) on clearance for a whopping combined total of $130!
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We both love our very different decor over our couches, and we feel that they showcase our unique personalities and homes. And since they were reasonably priced, we won’t feel bad replacing them with something fresh when the time comes. Not that we have plans to do that anytime soon, but with HomeGoods and that rotating stock… you just never know what you may find & fall in love with. For now, we are more than happy with these affordable finds!
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  1. Andrea

    I was just recently telling a friend how I love Casey’s cityscape and thought it was similar to one I had seen at Homegoods a while back (love that place). Kicking myself for not picking it up because I haven’t seen it again since! Funny that you would have a post about it now!

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  2. Stephanie

    You both have beautiful homes and I love to see how each of you decorated with your own twist! It inspires me and makes me excited for my move this summer.

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  3. Jackie Blomberg

    Bridget, you should hit up the Marshall’s in Orland; they have sea glass inspired vases on sale and also Japanese fishing floats as does Home Goods and TJMaxx. There is so much nautical right now at these stores! I don’t have a nautical theme, but I couldn’t pass up the floats! I love them and the real ones can be extremely pricey.

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  4. Katie Bachinski

    I love your beautiful homes girls! I have fallen in love with your cityscape Casey. Thanks for sharing where you found it. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled. It doesn’t say who made it on it anywhere by any chance does it? (original tag?)

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      Katie, you are so sweet! And yes…isn’t the cityscape awesome? I’ve gotten so many requests for the artist, but sadly there isn’t any info on it! So keep your eyes peeled..

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  1. Andrea

    I was just recently telling a friend how I love Casey’s cityscape and thought it was similar to one I had seen at Homegoods a while back (love that place). Kicking myself for not picking it up because I haven’t seen it again since! Funny that you would have a post about it now!

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  2. Stephanie

    You both have beautiful homes and I love to see how each of you decorated with your own twist! It inspires me and makes me excited for my move this summer.

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  3. Jackie Blomberg

    Bridget, you should hit up the Marshall’s in Orland; they have sea glass inspired vases on sale and also Japanese fishing floats as does Home Goods and TJMaxx. There is so much nautical right now at these stores! I don’t have a nautical theme, but I couldn’t pass up the floats! I love them and the real ones can be extremely pricey.

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  4. Katie Bachinski

    I love your beautiful homes girls! I have fallen in love with your cityscape Casey. Thanks for sharing where you found it. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled. It doesn’t say who made it on it anywhere by any chance does it? (original tag?)

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1 Item…3 Ways: Blue Vase

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In honor of our partnership with HomeGoods, we decided to start a mini series (even a mini “challenge” if you will) here on DIY Playbook. We are calling it: 1 Item…. 3 Ways. Can you guess what it’s about?
We wanted to focus on how we could use some of our treasures in more ways than one, so we started challenging ourselves (and YOU!) to do the following…
 Buy one item and try to use it THREE different ways in your home. 
The first item on our roster…
… this blue vase/jug/who knows really? We found this super adorable treasure from HomeGoods and instantly started brainstorming how shoppers, readers, and rookies like us could get even more “bang for your buck” by using this item in more ways than one.
For only $3.99, boy did we get a whooollleee lot of bang for our few single bucks.
So what did we do with this charming blue jar with a cork on top? Let’s take a look, shall we?
#1. Flower Vase: This seemed like the obvious solution when we first picked this vase up. The blue glass seemed like the perfect contrast for some bright, springtime flowers.
The detail in the blue vase makes these flowers feel a bit fancy. It almost looks like we’re using a super expensive glass vase to display these bright tulips.
#2. Cute Coin Collector: Because who doesn’t have a place to toss extra coins? This blue container not only doubles as a pretty stellar coin collector, but also a super cute shelf accessory with a purpose.
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Change holder on a shelf
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The coolest part of this coin collector is that the coins are almost camouflaged behind the detailed glass. It makes the coin collection a little less obvious and far more acceptable out in the open. You don’t have to be nervous that your cousin’s boyfriend is going to rip off your stash… only because he has no clue that it’s there. (We won’t tell him)…
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3. Bath Salt Jar: And rounding out the many functions of this one item…a bath salt holder!
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Having a glamorous container full of bath salts will bring you a whole new sense of calm at the end of a long work day.
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You can even pair your spa-jar next to your favorite soaps, lotions, and glamorous bathroom essentials.
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So what do you think?! Which function is your favorite? Did we pass our first challenge? Are you jumping on the 1 item, 3 ways bandwagon?! We’d love to see what you come up with! Share your ideas, suggestions, or pictures with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!
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(Disclaimer: We have received free product from HomeGoods in connection to their Happy By Design program. All styling, ideas, and opinions are our own.)
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  1. Runt

    Loooove that vase! And love the concept of using the item in more than one way. That’s definitely something I need to start thinking about when home shopping.

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    Loooove that vase! And love the concept of using the item in more than one way. That’s definitely something I need to start thinking about when home shopping.

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Above the Fridge Decor

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Decorating and styling awkward spaces is…well, awkward. One area I’ve always had a problem styling is above the fridge. If your refrigerator doesn’t fit perfectly snug under your cabinets (or you have no cabinets at all), then you’ll know what I’m talking about.
Fridge before
Check out our refrigerator area. Our fridge is short and squat and definitely doesn’t fit snug into the open space. I think the builder anticipated a much taller fridge going into this spot. Yes we have 2 nice kitchen cabinets above for storage, but we’re also left with a weird in-between area.
Because it’s so darn awkward, I’ve chosen to neglect and ignore this area. I just threw a basket up there, and a vase with some napkins in it and called it a day. But the area always bugged me (it looked pretty terrible), and I knew I couldn’t leave it looking like that much longer.
So I took 10 minutes, gathered some stuff from around our house that was currently “homeless”, and got to work styling.
Fridge after
I knew that I wanted three things for this area.
1. I needed some height. Putting something short and squat up there was not going to do any good.
2. I didn’t just want this to be decorative…it needed to also be functional with some kitchen storage.
3. If I needed to access those upper cabinets, I had to be able to take down and put up the decor very easily.
I think my wicker tray (found in the basket aisle at HomeGoods) definitely helped fulfill all three categories.
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It’s great because it corrals all of the items, so they’re not loosely hanging atop the fridge. If I need to access the upper kitchen cabinets to find my fondue pot (you bet I’ll be using that bad boy for some chocolate fondue once lent is over!), then all I have to do is lift the tray right down onto the counter, and then put it right back into place.
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It’s also great because it holds some items that were crowding our bar cart like these Pellegrino bottles and champagne glasses.
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I also tucked some extra coasters, a candle, and our linen napkins right up in the wicker tray. The silver candle looks like mercury glass and I’m obsessed with this HomeGoods find. Something that smells good and looks good? Yes, please! The peacock bowl was found in the HomeGoods clearance aisle last year and it’s currently holding some blue linen napkins.
Now if I need to set the table I’ve got all kinds of goodies right at my fingertips.
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wicker tray from HomeGoods
For now, I’m loving my new styled area in our kitchen. The space is definitely less awkward, and a lot more “me.” (But heck, I’m plenty awkward too.)
Bridget added a fun and unique setup above her fridge. Check out her “Pop Shop” in this post.
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What do you have above your fridge? Any decor ideas we can try out up there?
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  1. Emily SimpleLifeFireWife

    That looks so pretty up there! Love that you have it all in a basket to easily get in to your cabinets!
    -Emily

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  2. Emily SimpleLifeFireWife

    That looks so pretty up there! Love that you have it all in a basket to easily get in to your cabinets!
    -Emily

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  3. Shanice

    Looks fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

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  4. Shanice

    Looks fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

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  5. Lia ~ Smart n Snazzy

    I too struggle to decorate this awkward space and haven’t known what to do with it so I store the kids’ trays and lunchboxes up there. Such eye candy! I really *love* the shallow basket idea so it’s easily removable for accessing the upper cabinets. Thanks for this awesome idea, I can’t wait to style mine now!
    PS ~ Congrats on the Domino feature! It’s how I found your awesome blog and have since been drooling through your posts 🙂
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

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  6. Lia ~ Smart n Snazzy

    I too struggle to decorate this awkward space and haven’t known what to do with it so I store the kids’ trays and lunchboxes up there. Such eye candy! I really *love* the shallow basket idea so it’s easily removable for accessing the upper cabinets. Thanks for this awesome idea, I can’t wait to style mine now!
    PS ~ Congrats on the Domino feature! It’s how I found your awesome blog and have since been drooling through your posts 🙂
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

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10 thoughts on “Above the Fridge Decor

  1. Emily SimpleLifeFireWife

    That looks so pretty up there! Love that you have it all in a basket to easily get in to your cabinets!
    -Emily

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  2. Emily SimpleLifeFireWife

    That looks so pretty up there! Love that you have it all in a basket to easily get in to your cabinets!
    -Emily

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  3. Shanice

    Looks fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

    Reply
  4. Shanice

    Looks fantastic! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

    Reply
  5. Lia ~ Smart n Snazzy

    I too struggle to decorate this awkward space and haven’t known what to do with it so I store the kids’ trays and lunchboxes up there. Such eye candy! I really *love* the shallow basket idea so it’s easily removable for accessing the upper cabinets. Thanks for this awesome idea, I can’t wait to style mine now!
    PS ~ Congrats on the Domino feature! It’s how I found your awesome blog and have since been drooling through your posts 🙂
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

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  6. Lia ~ Smart n Snazzy

    I too struggle to decorate this awkward space and haven’t known what to do with it so I store the kids’ trays and lunchboxes up there. Such eye candy! I really *love* the shallow basket idea so it’s easily removable for accessing the upper cabinets. Thanks for this awesome idea, I can’t wait to style mine now!
    PS ~ Congrats on the Domino feature! It’s how I found your awesome blog and have since been drooling through your posts 🙂
    xo ~ Lia | Smart n Snazzy

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Happy by Design Pinners

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It’s no secret around here that both of these Rookies are BIG fans of HomeGoods…. we’re pretty darn #HomeGoodshappy if you will. We are constantly finding amazing treasures there and are always  EXTRA excited with the affordable price-tags that come along with these unique pieces. So it’s with overwhelming excitement that we share some breaking news regarding one of our favorite shopping hot spots.
DIY Playbook has recently been selected to be part of HomeGoods Happy By Design Pinterest Team. Wait, you mean DIY Playbook as in you two?! (Yea, that’s what we thought too). You can bet that we signed our names on the dotted lines before the amazing people at HomeGoods could change their minds. And just like that, here we are…

We are proud to say that we are one of the Happy “Pinners” representing the never ending ah-mazingness we call HomeGoods. To follow along on our pinning adventures, feel free to come follow us (@DIYPlaybook) & HomeGoods on Pinterest.

We will be on highlighting some of our favorite HomeGoods treasures (any of these new pins looks familiar?) and will be on the lookout for lots of new Spring decor. Here’s the specific Pinterest board you can follow.

We hope you follow along…and find yourself #HomeGoodsHappy sometime soon!

Feeling blessed & extremely honored,

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  1. Krystle

    Congrats you guys! I am now just waiting to see you guys on TV! ;-D
    I’m hoping one day that we get a HomeGoods!

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  1. Krystle

    Congrats you guys! I am now just waiting to see you guys on TV! ;-D
    I’m hoping one day that we get a HomeGoods!

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HomeGoods Happy for the Holidays

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(Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by HomeGoods, however, all of the the opinions expressed are 100% our own.We heart HomeGoods, even without the free giveaway.)

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it’s time to prep for my favorite time of year…Christmas time! This is the first Christmas in our new home and I was oh so excited to dress our house up for the holidays.  A year ago, Matt & I had z.e.r.o. holiday decor. Zilch, zip, nada.
So, after Christmas I hit up the clearance aisle at a few of my favorite shopping spots and loaded up on Christmas basics. I got plenty of goodies (hello Christmas tree!), but I didn’t quite have all the glam accessories I needed to transform our space for the holidays.
And then a Christmas miracle happened, HomeGoods asked if I could decorate my home for the holiday. Ummm my favorite store + my favorite holiday = Christmas bliss.  I said “yes!” before they had time to change their minds!
In order to prep for my holiday shopping spree, I took the HomeGoods Stylescope Quiz. The quiz was so simple to navigate, took about 2.5 seconds, and was spot on! I’m sure you’re not surprised to hear that I am…
Keeping my style in mind, I headed to HomeGoods and came back with a sleigh car full of treasures…

 

I cleared my shelves that previously looked like this, to create a cozy holiday space with far more pops of red holiday cheer. Let’s take a closer look….

I scored this vintage holiday box for the coffee table for $6.99! This little gem not only looks great but it also is home to remote controls, which makes this box both fashionable and functional! <– I love when that happens!
I scored another vintage inspired piece with this “Reindeer Games” picture. It was $9.99 and I love how it incorporates the hints of blue around my house while still being festive. (The adorable reindeers practically smooching on the picture don’t hurt either).
Speaking of reindeer, I couldn’t pass up this $9.99 magnifying glass with its reindeer inspired handle. On a coffee table, shelf, bar cart, bedside, this sophisticated piece is dripping with potential (and not just during the holidays!). The vintage Coca-Cola tin was also a HomeGoods steal…clearance aisle, $1.99!
We all know coral is a staple around my home, and the holidays are no different for this coral obsession. Dressing this HomeGoods piece of coral up with a red beaded garland adds a little holiday spirit to my “set sail” design style, I think hope?
This candle stick extinguisher (I have a feeling that’s not the official name for this “tool”) is yet again functional and fashionable. The hint of antlers is trendy and fits the holiday theme, yet can work all year round. Candles are such a staple around the holidays in our homes, so this tool is perfect to have on hand. For $3.99, how could ya go wrong?
I snagged this $1.99 Christmas mug to add to the shelves, but of course, the kitchen may be a more appropriate home base for this little guy. Peppermint latte, anyone?
Again, for under $10.00 (loving this under ten buck trend we got going on here) I absolutely adore this green vase! It adds so much dimension, color and texture… it’s definitely eye catching and large enough to make a statement on the shelf.  This bad boy may be staying up past the holidays…
Rounding out my holiday shelf decor, I have a glamorous silver ombre tree mixed with some fun striped straws, both HomeGoods finds for under $10! And who could resist this pup all dressed up for the holidays? I certainly makes my better half far more excited about our holiday decor with this handsome K9 added to the mix. #thatisnoeasytask
And if you know us rookies like we think you do, you know that we have quite the pillow addiction. Unfortunately for our pillow hating partners, our pillow obsession doesn’t stop around the holidays.
Fortunately, for us…HomeGoods knows how to glam up their pillow section during this special time of year. There’s nothing that says cozy winter nights like these sparkling squares.
I especially love the glam on this gold pillow. Is it just me, or does this fabulous pillow totally make you want to dance around the house to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is Youuuuu”? Haha, actually, maybe it’s just me.
Peeking out from under our glamorous pillow is our annual Christmas photo album (more on that here). This staple is a fun way for both us and our guests to look back at all of our old holiday memories, while making new ones this year and for many years to come.
Rounding out our holiday tour is this adorable blanket for $19.99. I love this traditional color combo, but there are tons of holiday throws to choose from at HG! Seriously if you’re anything like me, dedicate some serious time to this aisle… you may be there awhile.
Oh, and if you missed yesterday’s Holiday Bar Cart…. you can read all about the transformation here!
Now…before you run off to start that holiday shopping, we have a fun little present for 2 lucky readers.  We will be giving away 2 $50 HomeGoods gift cards right here on the blog.  First, sign up via Rafflecopter and follow the instructions. It will direct you to take the Stylescope Quiz and then let us know your style results in the comments below!
We heart all of our amazing fans and we are so honored to team up with HomeGoods to share the love this holiday season. We can’t wait to announce the two big winners a week from today (both on Facebook and right here on the blog)!
Good luck & happy shopping.
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122 thoughts on “HomeGoods Happy for the Holidays

  1. Julia

    I just moved into a new house and have no decor and no idea about how to go about decorating. I need all the help I can get! The quiz said I’m boho with a hint sassy.. I’ll take it!

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  2. Julia

    I just moved into a new house and have no decor and no idea about how to go about decorating. I need all the help I can get! The quiz said I’m boho with a hint sassy.. I’ll take it!

    Reply
  3. KristyDoyle

    I LOOOOOVE all your decor. My favorite party is the sparkly pillow on your pew — so glam! I took the quiz and I’m Sassy with a touch of Urban Funk! Cool!

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  4. KristyDoyle

    I LOOOOOVE all your decor. My favorite party is the sparkly pillow on your pew — so glam! I took the quiz and I’m Sassy with a touch of Urban Funk! Cool!

    Reply
  5. Kiersten P

    I can’t believe how accurate this thing is! I am set sail and a little bit the traveler. That is totally me!

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  6. Kiersten P

    I can’t believe how accurate this thing is! I am set sail and a little bit the traveler. That is totally me!

    Reply
  7. Kelly Mangan

    I love the green vase and definitely think you should leave it out year round. Also, the term for the candle extinguisher is a “snuffer.”

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  8. Kelly Mangan

    I love the green vase and definitely think you should leave it out year round. Also, the term for the candle extinguisher is a “snuffer.”

    Reply
  9. Kelly Mangan

    Also, I’m Classic with a touch of boho … sometimes it’s hard to work in that boho even though it appeals to me.

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  10. Kelly Mangan

    Also, I’m Classic with a touch of boho … sometimes it’s hard to work in that boho even though it appeals to me.

    Reply
  11. Leslie

    I was set sail with a touch of traveler. It was hard to choose just 5 of those pictures! They were all so pretty.

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  12. Leslie

    I was set sail with a touch of traveler. It was hard to choose just 5 of those pictures! They were all so pretty.

    Reply
  13. Sarah

    I adore all of the little details in your holiday home makeover! I took the quiz and came out as New Country, which describes my taste perfectly. So cute and LOVE Home Goods!

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  14. Sarah

    I adore all of the little details in your holiday home makeover! I took the quiz and came out as New Country, which describes my taste perfectly. So cute and LOVE Home Goods!

    Reply
  15. Ashley

    Boho – Adventurous, passionate, loving color and new and unusual uses for things. So me! Who doesn’t love HomeGoods?! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Reply
  16. Lee Angel

    Farmhouse Glam with a touch of Set Sail. ha! I just want you to come style my house! 🙂 Love the blog!
    #rookiesrock

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  17. Lee Angel

    Farmhouse Glam with a touch of Set Sail. ha! I just want you to come style my house! 🙂 Love the blog!
    #rookiesrock

    Reply
  18. Rebekah Covay

    Vegas Baby with a touch of Urban Funk!! Love it.
    I also love working with Studio 255! Thanks for the highlight on Syd.

    Reply
  19. Rebekah Covay

    Vegas Baby with a touch of Urban Funk!! Love it.
    I also love working with Studio 255! Thanks for the highlight on Syd.

    Reply
  20. Louise

    I love my results! boho with a touch a country 🙂 however I see myself a little bit more country than a touch 😉 also love this post!

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  21. Louise

    I love my results! boho with a touch a country 🙂 however I see myself a little bit more country than a touch 😉 also love this post!

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122 thoughts on “HomeGoods Happy for the Holidays

  1. Julia

    I just moved into a new house and have no decor and no idea about how to go about decorating. I need all the help I can get! The quiz said I’m boho with a hint sassy.. I’ll take it!

    Reply
  2. Julia

    I just moved into a new house and have no decor and no idea about how to go about decorating. I need all the help I can get! The quiz said I’m boho with a hint sassy.. I’ll take it!

    Reply
  3. KristyDoyle

    I LOOOOOVE all your decor. My favorite party is the sparkly pillow on your pew — so glam! I took the quiz and I’m Sassy with a touch of Urban Funk! Cool!

    Reply
  4. KristyDoyle

    I LOOOOOVE all your decor. My favorite party is the sparkly pillow on your pew — so glam! I took the quiz and I’m Sassy with a touch of Urban Funk! Cool!

    Reply
  5. Kiersten P

    I can’t believe how accurate this thing is! I am set sail and a little bit the traveler. That is totally me!

    Reply
  6. Kiersten P

    I can’t believe how accurate this thing is! I am set sail and a little bit the traveler. That is totally me!

    Reply
  7. Kelly Mangan

    I love the green vase and definitely think you should leave it out year round. Also, the term for the candle extinguisher is a “snuffer.”

    Reply
  8. Kelly Mangan

    I love the green vase and definitely think you should leave it out year round. Also, the term for the candle extinguisher is a “snuffer.”

    Reply
  9. Kelly Mangan

    Also, I’m Classic with a touch of boho … sometimes it’s hard to work in that boho even though it appeals to me.

    Reply
  10. Kelly Mangan

    Also, I’m Classic with a touch of boho … sometimes it’s hard to work in that boho even though it appeals to me.

    Reply
  11. Leslie

    I was set sail with a touch of traveler. It was hard to choose just 5 of those pictures! They were all so pretty.

    Reply
  12. Leslie

    I was set sail with a touch of traveler. It was hard to choose just 5 of those pictures! They were all so pretty.

    Reply
  13. Sarah

    I adore all of the little details in your holiday home makeover! I took the quiz and came out as New Country, which describes my taste perfectly. So cute and LOVE Home Goods!

    Reply
  14. Sarah

    I adore all of the little details in your holiday home makeover! I took the quiz and came out as New Country, which describes my taste perfectly. So cute and LOVE Home Goods!

    Reply
  15. Ashley

    Boho – Adventurous, passionate, loving color and new and unusual uses for things. So me! Who doesn’t love HomeGoods?! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Reply
  16. Lee Angel

    Farmhouse Glam with a touch of Set Sail. ha! I just want you to come style my house! 🙂 Love the blog!
    #rookiesrock

    Reply
  17. Lee Angel

    Farmhouse Glam with a touch of Set Sail. ha! I just want you to come style my house! 🙂 Love the blog!
    #rookiesrock

    Reply
  18. Rebekah Covay

    Vegas Baby with a touch of Urban Funk!! Love it.
    I also love working with Studio 255! Thanks for the highlight on Syd.

    Reply
  19. Rebekah Covay

    Vegas Baby with a touch of Urban Funk!! Love it.
    I also love working with Studio 255! Thanks for the highlight on Syd.

    Reply
  20. Louise

    I love my results! boho with a touch a country 🙂 however I see myself a little bit more country than a touch 😉 also love this post!

    Reply
  21. Louise

    I love my results! boho with a touch a country 🙂 however I see myself a little bit more country than a touch 😉 also love this post!

    Reply

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