Home Goods Helps Me With Turquoise

IMG_2071I need a splash of color in my living room/kitchen area.  All the deep brown and beige needs a pop of fun color to lighten the rooms.  I adore turquoise and I have used this to decorate when I lived in Hoboken.  So I had some decorations to put in the rooms to see how the color would look-and it looked amazing!

Home Goods has the most amazing home decorations.  I found a foot stool for only $29.99.  The foot stool is knitted and from the children’s section.  I suggest that when you are adding a light pop of color, ALWAYS look at the kid’s area.  This is a great place to find cheap pieces that help finish your room.

I was also able to snag a vase for only $19.99.  The only thing I had to ad were the long twigs that stick out of the vase to add height to the decorations of the room.

I was able to buy a pretty canister to put my coffee in for only $9.99.  And, I bought a beautiful turquoise teapot which I love!  The teapot was $19.99.

Just adding these small touches of color really add a lot to a room.



Home Goods Helps Me With My Living Room

IMG_2063I have been making a habit of going to Home Goods at least 4 times a week.  I know that sounds extreme.  However, they are constantly re-stocking and moving items.  So if you miss a week of going to Home Goods, you will walk in and there will be all new items.

I found a great tv console that was originally $500.  It was marked on the tag at $399.  Then, it was on clearance and we got it for $287.  What a steal!  My husband and I loaded it in the car and we carried it right home-it looks amazing!

I went two days later and found a cocktail ottoman that was only $120.  Online at many websites, there are many cocktail ottomans that are expensive and you are looking at spending an upwards of $300.  Again, I loaded it right in the car and brought it home.  I love when I am able to walk right out with furniture and see how it looks.

I also bought a tray for the cocktail ottoman to put food and drinks on.  The tray cost $19.99.


Ashely Furniture Living Room Couch Set

My husband and I went to Ashley Furniture to buy our couch set.  This came with a love seat, three-seat couch, and accent chair.  It also came with 4 pillows.

Ashley delivers their furniture, so all I had to do was be at home when it was delivered.  And, it was delivered very nicely and put together for the most part.  So as soon as it was delivered, I was able to use it.  The only minor issue was the stain on the accent chair.  The Ashley Furniture tech reported it to the company and they are sending another cushion for the chair.

The only thing that I had to add was felt tips on the bottoms.  I bought a huge pack of different sized felt tips for all of my furniture.  It was easy to get on the bottom and move the couches around as needed.

Over the next week I searched for some pops of color with turquoise pillows.  They are easy to find at most stores-and look for discounts!


How to Furnish a Living Room for under $2,500

IMG_2064This past weekend after weeks of searching, my husband and I found the perfect tv console for our living room.  Finally, we have furnished an entire room.

This is how much we spent for our living room:

-The full couch set came to $1,500

-The tv console was $287

-Home Goods Vase, Foot Stool, Cocktail Ottoman, Tray $190

-2 Target End Tables $140

-Online Area Rug $100

We haven’t decorated it with actual decorations yet, but to furnish this room, we have spent $2,217.  We stayed right under our budget.  We still have some wiggle room for decorations


My Pantry

On the top of the pantry, I have some kitchen gadgets such as, an onion chopper, cheese grater, and baskets for bread and chips.  The next shelf down I have my tea, sugar for coffee/tea, honey, and coffee.  Under that shelf, I have the salty snacks like pretzels, nuts, popcorn, etc.  The last shelf, I have canned items like sauce, rice, pasta, soup, baking needs like sugar and flour.

On the floor, I keep my lunch boxes (because I used to be a teacher), coolers, paper towels, and napkins.  I also keep my extra containers to hold my snacks.



My Kitchen Island

In the one drawer of my island, I have my silverware and my kitchen scissors and peelers.


In my other drawer, I have my cutting boards.  I use wood cutting boards and plastic.


Under the island, I have all of my pots and pans, the colanders, mixing bowls, and roasting pan.


My Kitchen Cabinets…Part 2

This is my spice cabinet.  On the top, I keep my baking sprinkles, cupcake wrappers, and baking needs like Crisco.  On the bottom, I keep my spices on the outside of the rack, but towards the inside, I have my large containers of salt, oil, vinegar, etc.  And on the outside, I have my cook books.


I have my dishes and bowls in my cabinet by the refrigerator.  And the cabinet under holds some of my serving bowls and plates.


The corner under the spice rack holds another lazy susan that hold my tupperware.  I put the Pyrex on top and the plastic tupperware and lids on the bottom.


Above the refrigerator, I have my extra serving platters for guests.


By the sink, I have 4 drawers.  The top drawer by the stove has my oven mittens and trivets. Underneath, I have my knives, then my miscellaneous drawer with plastic bags, foil, chips clips, and candles.  On the bottom, I have all of my kitchen towels.




My Kitchen Cabinets…Part 1

Above my coffee area, I have my coffee mugs, then two shelves of glasses, and then on the top shelf, I have my nice coffee cups and saucers for company.


Under my sink, I have a container of extra sponges and gloves.  I also have my garbage bags, dish detergent, and some extra soap.  I also have my “bag” of bags.  The bag of bags is essential for every house.  I am always going through my bags for traveling and carrying items to different places.


Above my stove and microwave, I have one cabinet of water bottles, and some fancy coffee cups for entertaining.  Above my microwave, I have my baking pans, sifter, mixer, and other baking items.  To the right of the microwave, I keep my measuring cups, measuring spoons, and funnels.


Under my stove/oven, I keep my cookie pans, and muffin pans.  I know I could use this area as a food warmer, but I can’t stop my habit of storing these items there!