In the next week or so we will be completing an entryway project. We are not doing the ‘heavy lifting’ on this project ourselves. With several other projects going on and a lot of the physical work being above our pay-grade, we hired this one out. If you’ve got a big job and you know it’s significantly more than your abilities, the smartest thing you can do is to hire it out.
We’ve brought in a solid contractor we’ve worked with numerous times to complete the big stuff. We learned the hard way, a long time ago, that doing it the right way and doing it once will save you money, time, and frustration in the long run.
Here’s what the entryway looks like at present:
The over-arching idea is to make this space feel connected to the upstairs and finished like the rest of the home. Right now it feels like it’s part of the unfinished basement because well, it is.
Our plan is to change all of that. We’ve got a general color palette selected, the layout configured, and materials chosen.
We are essentially taking an unfinished space and not only finishing it but decorating it as well. For a compact space, it’s going to be a lot of work!
Now that most of the larger pieces have been purchased, it’s time to accessorize. I have a few favorite places that I like to frequent for accessories and discount home decor retailer Home Goods is a go-to for obvious reasons.
If you don’t know about Home Goods and you love home decor, you should! In short, Home Goods is kind of like a thrift store where all the donations are made by places like Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, and Pier 1. It’s a great resource to find some really gorgeous items at deeply discounted prices. They carry everything from art, to curtains, to bedding, and kitchenware, even accent furniture and area rugs! As a designer, I love that a store like Home Goods exists.
As much as I love Home Goods there are some definite drawbacks. After shopping there for a number of years and on more than one occasion coming out wanting to bang my head against the wall, I have learned a few strategies that help me make the most of my time.
If you keep these tips in mind, you can conquer your local Home Goods so read on! Here’s a list of my top 5 do’s for shopping at Home Goods. **This list can be applied to all stores in the TJX conglomerate which includes TJ Maxx and Marshalls as well as other discount retailers like Ross and Tuesday Morning.
Here’s the DOs‘:
DO: Know Before You Go
Home Goods has such a cacophony of items to choose from, that if you don’t go there with a specific plan in mind, one of two things is guaranteed to happen. You will either leave with nothing because it was too overwhelming and you couldn’t find anything that worked for your needs; or you’ll leave with a ton of stuff you didn’t plan to buy blowing your budget and ending up with stuff you never needed.
Be detailed about what you want. The more detailed, the better. On this particular trip I needed 2 square throw pillows that had a hint or any combination of cream, tan, beige or orange. I wanted to complement a pillow I’d already purchased. Here’s what I ended up with.
DO: Realize that all Home Goods are NOT created equal!
Because of the way Home Goods acquires it’s items and receives it’s deliveries, different items go to different stores. What you may find at one Home Goods is completely different than what you’ll find at another.
The larger the shopping hub, the more of a selection you’ll have. For example, the Home Goods closest to the King of Prussia Mall, one of the largest malls on the east coast, has a larger selection than the Home Goods near Langhorne, PA, a smaller suburb. Don’t be afraid to check multiple stores or drive a bit further to a store that consistently has the best selection.
DO: Go there to buy NOT browse!
If you are going to Home Goods you need to be prepared to buy. Home Goods uses a strategy where they only buy a few items at a time but they shop as many as 40 weeks of the year. So they’re constantly restocking new merchandise which keeps the people flowing in. Smart!
However, if you decide to browse with the intention of making a final decision later, odds are the piece will be gone never to return again. Ugh! That has happened to me numerous times. So now even when I ‘browse’ at Home Goods, I put everything I even think I might want in my cart and then put back what I don’t just before paying. Home Goods is a place to buy but not browse!
DO: Scour, scour, scour & go in with the eye of an eagle.
Have you seen the shelves at Home Goods? They’re chock full of goods but you’ll need to search to find them. The rows are sometimes 3 to 4 items deep and I’ve found some real gems hidden behind other items. Don’t be afraid to move stuff around and take a hard look, then, look again!
The shelf above really isn’t too bad but…
This one calls for some serious scouring!
Also, realize that people do not put things back where they found them. Stuff will be everywhere. Keep your eyes sharp and realize that you may find that perfect pillow but it might be with the bathroom stuff! Make sure to scour the entire store for what you want!
DO: Bring it with you!
I’ve gotten strange looks for this strategy but it works all the time! If you’re looking for a very specific color or to see if items will fit in a particular frame, bring them with you! I have been known to bring pictures to see if they’ll fit in a frame I want. When I was shopping for the pillows (in the photo above) I brought the one I’d already purchased (pictured below) so I could see how they’d look together. Obviously there are limits to this strategy but when it works, it’s extremely effective.
With the items I found at Home Goods in hand, I can move on to the next phase of the project and begin putting the final pieces in place.
If you haven’t been to your local Home Goods, you should definitely stop by. Bring a friend for twice the fun! Are there any more do’s you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments below!
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