Tuesday, September 8, 2009

HomeGoods and Blogher

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This is a compensated review from BlogHer and HomeGoods

We buy the house on the block no one wants. We have done it three times now. We buy that sad old wreck of a house and we put it back together again. It is thrilling when it is all finished, but the middle of the matter can be difficult.

I am living through a rehab right now and one of the most thrilling times is when a room gets finished. I felt this way about my nearly "done" living area in this home. We are insanely busy with our small business and have not put much time into the true finishing of any room in this house. We were happy to have new walls, floors, and paint!
So when I was offered by HomeGoods and Blogher to be a part of the amazing HomeGoods Review Program I jumped at it! I know from experience how amazing HomeGoods stores are and I was dying to try and use $500.00 to redo our living area.

I used a quiz to help me figure out my style:

StyleScope Quiz

I knew my issues were:
I have old furniture and must make it look fresh again.
I have little storage.
I have no color drama.
I have little lighting in the room.
I need space for kids toys and relaxing.
I need space for adults.

Check out Open House - HomeGoods' blog "for anyone that loves their home."

The morning I shopped at HomeGoods I prepped myself with loads of coffee, measurements, and a notebook of ideas. The thing with HomeGoods is there is so much stuff that it can be a bit overwhelming if you are not prepared. I found myself drifting off to other parts of the store quite easily. I spent two hours in the store and was helped numerous times by clerks and by the handsome and super strong young man that appeared to be a stocker and heavy goods lifter.
I honestly found most everything I was looking for in the store.
Two items I wish they would carry:
curtains and sofa covers.
I like the idea of changing the look of a room on the cheap with covers and window treatments. I did find alternatives though with my creative brain!

I found these lovely items:
3small/medium/large wood nesting tables, candles, amazing lamps, ginormous solid wood mirror, rug, two quilts, two throws, accessories, many pillows, and storage baskets galore.
I got a lot for $500.00.
I could have easily bought one large item there as they have big ticket gorgeous swoony things, but it was much more practical for me to spread the love throughout my large room and really make the biggest bang for my buck.

The thing I like most about HomeGoods is that even for $100.00 someone could walk in with some ideas and issues and be inspired and really make a change for 100.00.
The store is loaded with low price amazing things.
They have a clearance area that was awesome and if I had been bathroom or kitchen shopping I would have been in trouble.
OK. So are you ready to see what happened?
I had a blah room.
I took the quiz and found out what I already knew inside of my gut:
Amy Turn Sharp, you are a Global Modern!

Here is the scary before:

(it is truly frightening how we adapt to a way of life so easily- ah the life of a wife of a carpenter. It is almost like the cobbler's children. they have no shoes.)

Well, this is embarrassing- but the before is really so much better than the way we found the house. It was a large dirty carpet, drywall mess with low ceilings and two crazy dark wood type beams mess. The beams were scratchy like coconut shells and the whole place felt like a nightmare. I am really happy with the HomeGoods opportunity to make my large living area feel like a home. I was able to make two distinct areas (children play and sitting/TV) for us to actually use and enjoy. Functional and beautiful. It has not been this way for a long time. Thanks.

And here is the reveal:

I just love how our room has use now- We have a family TV room and a big area for the children to play. Storage baskets from Homegoods make things tidy and neat. We had our TV on the floor for over a year!

The mirror makes the room come alive. We had lived so long with a blank wall and now the room opens right up. It is huge and heavy and I was so thankful to HomeGoods for wrapping it and helping me load it in my truck. Great customer service.

We made a reading nook corner with comfy big pillows and the kids love it.

Come on! You want to make a change? Yes!

Check out what the rest of the BlogHer Reviewers found at HomeGoods - you've got 8 chances to win a $100 HomeGoods gift card.

To enter to win a $100 HomeGoods gift card - take the StyleScope Quiz
StyleScope Quiz) and tell me what your style is in the comments below - or you may leave a link to your post on your own blog in the comments below. The contest will begin at September 14th and will end October 14th. Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct.

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* This giveaway is open to US residents, aged 18 and over
* Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
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