What I buy at HomeGoods
If you know me or if you’ve been reading my posts, there’s one thing you probably know about me. I love HomeGoods. This past December I came to the conclusion that I couldn’t keep going there every week (ok 2-3 times a week) and keep buying things for the house. So I stayed away for 3 months. I felt like I was going through withdrawal and had to be strong whenever my car was remotely close to our local store.
When we moved into our new home almost 2 years ago, it was fun to go out and buy new things. And every season meant adding some new things - like pillows, throws, decorative objects, candle holders. The list could go on and on. Of course I do find some practical, non decorating things there as well. I recently organized my refrigerator with some clear plastic bins to keep items better organized. It makes it much easier to find things plus it makes it look better (or cleaner?). It was probably my most boring purchase there, but its something I see all day long.
I thought it would be fun to show you what I like to buy at HomeGoods. I'm sure all of you are familiar with the store, and if you're anything like me, you like to push that cart around and browse. Maybe you make multiple laps around the store (got to get those steps in, so its a fun way to do it!). Or maybe you saw something the last time and you vow you are not taking a cart and you're going to just run in and see if they still have it. And its the only thing you're going to buy today. Yeah, right. Been there. It takes a lot of willpower, I know.
Before we get started, these opinions are my own, HomeGoods is not sponsoring or paying me for this post. I just wanted to share with you because I love this store. OK, here we go!
I love throw pillows to change up the spaces in my home whether it’s the living/family room, bedrooms or even for the front porch. It’s also a good way to change out the seasons by changing colors or textures.
I love looking online and seeing beautiful pillows from Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn and Serena and Lily. Once in awhile I stumble across a good deal there, but usually their prices are $50 and up for a pillow cover. Then you have to add the insert. Your one pillow is now costing almost $100 or more.
I get lost in the color organized aisles of pillows at HomeGoods. And unlike other discount stores, there are so many options with feather inserts. I love a feather pillow because they can be shaped and fluffed so much better than a poly stuffed pillow. Its also a good place to get an accent pillow (words, seasonal, sequin, fur), whether it's for your bed, a random chair or bench, or out on the porch. And at HomeGoods, the pillows are usually $25 or less.
As with throw pillows, I like changing out throws for different seasons. From a light Turkish towel type throw for spring or summer, to a plaid or faux fur throw for fall and winter. I have a few Pottery Barn throws – plaid and faux fur – which I love. But the fur throw was about $160 and it is hard to find on sale. At HomeGoods, the throws are at a low price point for what you get. You may have to dig, but there are some great brands and they are $25. Drape one over a chair so it’s ready to be used when the mornings or evenings are chilly, or tuck in a basket that’s nearby.
Candle sticks are a great way to add height to shelves, mantles or tables. And they don’t have to all match, which is great because there are a lot of different styles at HomeGoods. While you may want a few that match, don’t be afraid to start with one or two that are similar but then look for some that are different heights and even different finishes.
I also love their lanterns. I have two outside by our front door and think it adds a welcoming touch especially in the winter. Find some remote or timer candles and have them glowing every night.
This is an area that I buy from, but sometimes is a hit or miss. There are two types of candles I buy at HomeGoods. The first are the faux candles that have the flickering flame like the Luminara brand. The Luminara brand are beautiful, but when you want, like, 8 of them it will cost you a small fortune (the kids don't need to do activities this year, right? Mom needs some new candles). Well, HomeGoods has some pretty good imitation ones and you can buy them single, in a two pack or sometimes three or more. The price is great when you need more than one, and some even come with a remote.
The second type of candle I shop for are container candles. It’s usually a seasonal want for me, when it’s fall or winter I can’t help but look for the pumpkin or pine candles in nice containers. I’ve always loved those in a mercury glass container and one year I found a large 3 wick mercury glass pine scented candle (think the size of a gallon of ice cream) for $35. I’ve had it about 3 years and it’s getting low, but I still have it and burn it (on the picture below). When it’s done I’m thinking about putting my own candle wax concoction in it. Lately I’m also into the matte black candles I’ve found there, with the Sand + Fog soy candles being my favorite. I love the soy candles because they burn clean and don’t leave a residue after it burns.
This is the area where I love to wander through the aisles. Geodes, metal balls, magnify glasses, pretty boxes, obelisks, vases. This is the place where you can find some unique things to decorate your home. And it’s usually the area of HomeGoods that, if I like it, I put it in my cart even if I’m not 100% sure that I want or need it. But if you don’t, you may not see it on your second lap of the store.
I use these objects to decorate my shelves, trays, glass cabinets and tables. And I like to move them around when I get bored with things. When fall hits, I get out the mercury glass and distressed wood pumpkins I’ve collected over the years. Recently I’ve found some velvet ones that are decent knock offs of the pretty ones you see in boutiques. I didn’t like their green stems though, so I painted the stems silver and gold.
And when the holidays come around (at HomeGoods that's probably October 1st!), I love to check out their mercury glass trees. I put these on shelves, on tables and in the glass cabinets in the kitchen. Just like the pumpkins, I like to mix up the mercury glass with wood and other textured trees. And maybe a Santa or two. Every Christmas I put out the 4.5 foot Santa, complete with toy bag and list of names, in our foyer to greet everyone. I grew up with a life size Santa (life size for kids I guess) and remember the magical feeling when he would get taken out of storage. I wanted to do that for my kids too. I've had him for almost 14 Christmases now and hope one day I can hand him down to whoever wants him. And he too was a HomeGoods find!
When my kids were little I could get away with two hooded towels that I would wash and rotate. Now that my kids are taking showers EVERY day, I had to get a bigger quantity of towels for them. There are a variety of colors, designs and brands and - as long as you don’t need a dozen of matching bath, hand and face towels - you can usually find enough to stock a bathroom. Or get two coordinating sets if you need more.
The baskets. I have used baskets in my décor for years. When the kids were little, baskets were a great way to hide all the toys that were on every level of our home. The toy days have passed, but I still use them to store blankets, towels and dog toys (yes, now it’s the dog toys that drive me crazy). I use smaller baskets in my drawers and mud room to keep things organized.
The last year, I’ve noticed their basket game is even better. The baskets have a lot more personality, and in the summer I’m drawn to those that look like they’ve had their bottoms dipped in white. Or have a white stripe. In the fall, there are silver accented baskets. I also buy baskets to use as the container for gifts, because, well, everyone can use a basket.
The prices are unbelievable on their baskets – especially when you compare to some of the stores I follow. Same look but a fraction of the price.
Every August I swear I’m going all faux the next year. I don’t like bugs and I don’t like to water plants. But every May I enjoy planting my pots for the front and back. And the cycle continues, by August they are spent or some little critters have decided to have my plants as their sustenance.
While I don’t think I’ll ever be the one for faux flowers in my pots outside, I do mix in the faux succulent or spike plant with the real ones. For summer, I love the succulents in the cement pots and I use them on my tables, on the front porch, back in the screen porch as well as on my kitchen counter. And no bugs.
I haven’t bought a greeting card for full price since I discovered the cards at HomeGoods.. The cards look like those that you would pay $10 for because they are dimensional and unique. I think the brand I'm thinking of is Papyrus. They may not have a lot to say inside but when I’m only paying $2, I’ll write the personal sentiments.
Cocktail napkins are another way to add a personal or whimsical touch to entertaining. I love having generic ones for any season, but it’s fun when I can pull out the nautical striped lobster napkins for summer, the witchy ones for Halloween, or the buffalo plaid for winter. For less than $3; it’s an easy and inexpensive way to add something special to your entertaining.
I have art that I’ve bought over the years, some from traveling to North Carolina every summer and some from local art fairs. But I don’t want every wall covered in them so I’ve mixed it up by adding different wall art or big clocks. This area is kind of hit or miss depending on the trip, and I try to look for something that looks like it may be a one of a kind. For $25 I found a great wood design piece for a wall that needed something but not a picture. In our powder bath I didn’t know what to put on the wall, but then found a large pocket watch style clock which is perfect as well as practical when trying to time getting the kids out of the house for school.
When we built our house, I bought several mirrors for the bathrooms that were the style I was looking for at certain stores and websites. I had my eye on a Restoration Hardware mirror that I loved, but the sizes it came in didn’t work. And it was over $500. Guess what? I found almost the same one at HomeGoods for $60. I also wanted a full length leaner mirror in our bedroom. I had a certain style in my head. Found it. $90 at HomeGoods versus $800 online.
So, those are some of my favorite things to shop for at HomeGoods. I have also bought some small furniture items, lamps, and kitchen items there. You really can find anything and its always a good place to start whether you need a gift, need to replace things like kitchen gadgets, or need to reorganize a closet or space and need baskets or other storage supplies.
Need inspiration? Between Instagram, Pinterest, websites and catalogs there are plenty of pretty pictures of home styles. And I guarantee that you can find inexpensive items that are quality and get you 90% of the same look. But remember - whether you buy from HomeGoods, Pottery Barn or Target (or any store) - make your style yours. If you really love something at one of the stores you admire, buy it. But mix pieces up. Move things around. What makes my style mine, or your style yours, is how we mix it up and put it together in our homes. Play around with it, have fun with it, try it in different rooms or spots. This makes your style unique with an item that may be found in 1,000 stores. Or you may score an item that you can’t find anywhere else (it’s happened when I’ve bought one item and someone else wanted it and I searched all the HomeGoods in the Twin Cities).
Final thought – stay true to your style and stay consistent, because that way you will get longevity out of your finds from season to season or year to year. If you like neutrals, stick to it. Maybe there is some piece with color that calls to you and can be a focal point this season, but I would bet that it will end up in the donation box in the next year or two. It doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with things, but ask yourself how it fits, if you love it, and if the price allows you to let it go when you’re done with it.
I hope you enjoyed this post. HomeGoods is truly one of my happy places. Happy shopping!