Everyone has this retail chain that gets them every time. You enter with the intention of buying a few items at most, but you leave with a cart full of things. HomeGoods is that store for me.
So when HomeGoods gave me a free shopping spree, I couldn’t have said “yes” any faster. Plus, they gave me access to interior designer Beth Diana Smith, who shares my eclectic aesthetic and offered me tips to improve my shopping experience. (Check out Beth’s recent HomeGoods transport to her home in New Jersey – it doesn’t disappoint.)
Since I work remotely as Good HousekeepingSenior house editor and caring for my two young children, a few spots in our Brooklyn apartment got out of hand, to say the least. I wanted a few more decorative pieces to add some personality to my space for the season, as well as some organization elements to help keep clutter at bay. And with Beth’s guidance, I felt confident that a fall refreshment at home could be easy and affordable. Top tip from Beth: “This is the time of year when there’s no HVAC, your windows are open, and you snuggle up with a spray and stay still,” Smith says. “When it comes to fall decorating, my focus is on accessories and comfort.”
I made two safe trips to my local HomeGoods and with Beth’s advice, I’m happy to report that I found exactly what I needed for my space. Here’s what I ended up buying for our bathroom and living room.
Baskets of various sizes tidy the shelves in the bathroom. Monique Valeris
Considering that I write about everything decorating, it’s no surprise that I have plenty of bedding and towels. While many may think this is a good problem, they can easily take up your space if you’re not careful. Every time I tried to fold them neatly they would end up looking disheveled a few days later. I needed a smart solution to store them in style. To maintain a polished look, Beth suggested finding eye-catching baskets to complement my existing collection. I knew I wanted at least one round basket to create visual interest, and as Beth said “the funnier the better” when it comes to baskets, I had to snag a ride. C&C California design with trendy fringed detail for $ 29.99. It has just enough space to hold our most used towels.
Beth also made me think beyond the round basket designs. “To maximize the space on each shelf, look for something that’s a rectangle or a square,” she says. She was right. I found a few rectangular woven baskets that solved the problem. One is adorned with white stripes, and the large woven pattern on the other is a great focal point against the wooden shelves.
I finished the look by filling a glass hurricane I already owned with golden pine cones and placing a ZZ plant on one of the top shelves for a spa vibe.
Now that we’re no longer at home, my living room has become a multifunctional space. From serving as a classroom for my daughter to being a comfortable place to lounge, it has become the center of our home, perhaps more than the kitchen. Because of this, it made sense for it to make more statement, and the area next to its entrance looked drab to me. Not only was it bland – my kids got used to cramming their toys into it, so it got even more unsightly.
When I visited HomeGoods, I wasn’t sure what furniture would work for this space. However, as soon as I walked into the store my eyes fell on this striking upholstered bench for only $ 150, and it had the exact dimensions needed for the area. The pattern reflects my love of bohemian-inspired pieces, and the touches of mustard highlighted the beauty of fall. It was the right piece of furniture to brighten up our cozy living room, which receives very little natural light. I sent Beth a picture of the bench, and she immediately approved it, mentioning that she loved her legs. Goal!
All I had to do was pick the right accessories to dress her up. Since Beth told me to find something “that brings a little joy”, I wanted a great piece of illustration in white frame ($ 16.99) to complement the mustard shade of the bench. Fortunately, I found a rather minimalist room, with white dots that remind me of umbrellas. It’s an instant mood booster and the white frame adds a touch of freshness to the room. I also bought a long navy blue and white lumbar pillow ($ 29.99), and draped the bench with a black and white throw that HomeGoods gave me a few months ago. Like Beth, I love layering pillows and throws, so it’s a perfect combination to give the bench warmth and character for the cold months ahead.
This area of the living room has become a dumping ground for my children’s toys.Monique Valeris
An upholstered bench and a few accessories brought this place closer to the living room.Monique Valeris
It was time to find a new location for the black table lamp.Monique Valeris
A brighter table lamp and a patterned rug are just what the living room needed.Monique Valeris
Once I completed the bench layout, it was time to tackle our ever-expanding gallery wall and replace a long-awaited black table lamp for an upgrade. To update the gallery wall, I reworked pieces that were already in my possession. I incorporated a few family photos, including one of my newborn daughter, and finally decided to hang a chalkboard in a lovely vintage brass frame that I already owned. I asked my daughter to write the word “Live” on the board to remind me to make the most of the difficult times we are going through right now.
And while I love the black and gold table lamp that’s been in my living room for years, Beth felt it was time to bring some color. Fortunately, I came across a awesome table lamp for $ 49.99. The farmhouse style lamp features the same mustard shade as the upholstered bench – so perfect! It helped the living room feel cohesive and was the energy jerk the space needed. I added a washable diamond pattern rug ($ 19.99) right next to the door to make the room feel warmer.
Shopping at one of my favorite stores, especially after being in quarantine for so long, was just the retail therapy I needed. It was fun finding new ways to revamp the furniture and decor I already own, and it was a pleasure to look for statement pieces to further showcase my design style (especially at such a great price) .
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