Got Guests?

Hi friends!  Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is right around the bend.  I don’t know about you, but for us that means holiday guests.  We have a small home, so making room for guests is a challenge.  Being an excellent host or hostess requires providing your guests with all of the comforts of home away from home.  We do not have a designated guest room, so having guests usually means making our existing rooms that will house guests more comfortable.

Space-saving tricks such as a trundle bed or other small comforts such as a cozy throw and a candle can do the trick.  If you have the space, adding a reading nook with a chair and reading light is a definitely plus.  Another finishing touch is a bedside water carafe for your guests.  Nothing is worse being up in the middle of the night searching in someone’s kitchen for a glass of water!

Online retailer Joss and Main has everything you could possibly need for your home, including finds for the guest room.  You can shop my guest room essentials below.


Chunky Throw
This Throw
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Lap Tray
This Lap Tray
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Quilt Set
This Quilt Set
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Throw Pillow
This Throw Pillow
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Writing Desk
This Desk
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Desk Lamp
This Lamp
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Armchair
This Armchair
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Carafe Set
This Carafe Set
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Candle
This Candle
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Daybed with Trundle
This Daybed
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Turkish Hand Towel Set
This Towel Set
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More Bath Towels

Turkish Hand Towel
This Hand Towel
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Vanity Tray
This Tray
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Luggage Rack
This Luggage Rack
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Sheepskin Rug
This Sheepskin Rug
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Laundry Hamper
This Hamper
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Alarm Clock
This Alarm Clock
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Blackout Curtains
This Blackout Curtain Panel
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Personalized Soap
This Soap
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Faux Floral Arrangement
This Faux Floral Arrangement
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Having these essentials in place can make the holidays go much smoother.  Do you have any tips for hosting guests for the holidays?  Please share in the comments.  Happy Holidays!!

xo

Best Interior Design Sales: Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Hi Friends!  Happy Thanksgiving.  Here in Northern California we have been devastated by wildfires that have caused loss of life and homes.  What I am thankful for today is my family and having a home to be cozy in and cook in.  I as well as many others are very thankful for the rain we just received that has helped clear the smoke out of our air.

That being said, I am also very thankful for the amazing sales going on right now for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Here are a few of my favorite sales.

Serena and Lily:  Take 20 percent off of everything with code: GATHER

West Elm:  Take 15 percent off $100; Take 20 percent off $500; Take 25 percent off $1,00; Take 30 percent off $3,000.  Use code: SAVEMORE

Wayfair:  Take 60 percent off kids furniture and nursery furniture; Take 70 percent off living room furniture, bedroom furniture, outdoor furniture, kitchen and dining furniture, and office furniture

Lulu & Georgia:  Take 25 percent off everything with code BESTEVER

Crane and Canopy:  Take 20 percent off everything with code: CHEER

Pottery Barn:  Take 20 percent off regular-priced orders with code HOLIDAY; Take up to 50 percent off furniture

Rejuvenation:  Take 15 percent off orders of $100 or more; Take 20 percent off orders of $500 or more; Take 25 percent off orders of $1,500 or more

Speaking of sales, I was just reading an article discussing the psychology behind email marketing campaigns and it is fascinating. These days we are bombarded with emails from companies advertising the benefits of their product and their sales.  I don’t sell products on my site, but have often thought about it, so this topic is of interest.  One strategy marketers use is called the “sunk cost effect.”  The theory is that since we have already spent time, energy or money on something, we become determined to make it work.  We have all seen those message at the bottom of an email suggesting other items we may want to complete the set or that compliment what we have purchased.

Another example is with respect to subscription-based services where you are already committed to spend a sum of money.  The article I read highlights that retailer Dollar Shave Club has done this brilliantly with their “toss more in” email campaign.  So when they present this message allowing them to “toss more in,” it can dramatically increase average order value. It does this by reminding folks they’ve already ordered and highlighting how small the extra sum required would be to “complete the set,” which plays on our inherent desire to complete collections.

Another strategy highlighted by Emma, an email marketing service, suggests creating a VIP program or widening your existing program.  Programs can be widened by asking existing VIP’s to share invitations and offers to friends.  It is called the “entourage effect” and Emma explains it as:

“In life, being a VIP is all about social recognition, right? So if no one in your social circle can participate in your VIP status, it won’t actually mean that much to you. Here’s the deal…

VIPs don’t want to be lonely.  They want public visibility of their social position.  They want to be able to share their resources with others.  They want to create a feeling of indebtedness

That’s why widening VIP treatment doesn’t dilute its value – it amplifies it. If a brand wants to make a VIP feel really special, it should adapt its existing program to let his or her peers get in on the action.”

So much psychology behind the marketing emails we receive.  I may have been bombarded with so many emails I missed some sales.  If you have others you are shopping, share away in the comments.

Until next time . . .

 

A New Line at Target: Opalhouse

Target has done it again! They have a new line of furniture and home decor that is very reminiscent of products from Anthropologie and Serena and Lily at a much more affordable price point.

They have furniture, decor, bedding, bath, kitchen and outdoor products.

Here are my favorite furniture pieces.  The bar cart and umbrella are my absolute favorites!

Rattan Console / Love Seat / Bar Cart / Umbrella / Chair / Lamp

Here are my favorite home decor finds.  I purchased the rattan tray and the peacock figurine.

Mirror / Pillow / Chandelier / Basket / Peacock Decor/ Tray

There are so many other good options in the line.  You must go check it out.  Target has been killing it lately.  I shopped the recent Hunter line for Target over the weekend and got some great finds.  Although I heard it sold out really fast!

Has anyone else checked out Opalhouse?  If so, tell us your favorite pieces in the comments.

Have a great day!

xo

My New Online Shopping Strategy

Hi friends!  Happy Sunday.  I have to share with you a new way to find home decor for a steal.  I am obsessed.  Have you ever heard of “open box sales?”  It is where a customer orders something, decides it is not to their liking and returns it.  The returns department then inspects it to make sure it is in perfect condition and then they turn it around and resell it for a highly reduced price.  So, essentially it is a new, unused item that has just been unboxed.

Open box items are most common with electronics retailers, but many home decor and lighting retailers also have open box items.  Wayfair, Bellacor, and Lumens have open box sales.

Keep in mind this type of bargain hunting is not for the weak of heart.  It is similar to going into a TJ Maxx or Marshall’s and taking the time to slowly go thru the racks looking for the diamond in the rough.  When I looked at Bellacor, for instance, they had 86 pages of open box items.  However, if you love the thrill of getting a deep discount, the rush is worth it.  Here are a few of my favorite finds from Bellacor.  I actually ended up purchasing the rug and chair.  They have arrived and they are in perfect condition and are lovely.

First up is this faux bamboo chair.  I bought this to use as my desk chair.  Regular price: $359.  Open Box price: $153.97.

This rug by Loloi is regularly $179.00.  Open Box price: $75.00.
These vases are modern luxe at its best.  The large one is normally $170.  Open Box price: $64.97

 

 

This beautiful vanity light is $186 regular price.  Open Box price: $85.97.

This adorable outdoor light fixture is only $37.87.

What do you think?  Definite steals, right?  Only thing I have found is that the open box price may vary from day-to-day.  So, shop early and shop often.

Do you have any stores where you have found good open box sales?  If so, please let us know your secrets in the comments.

Have a great rest of the day.

Until next time  . . .

Copy Cat Circa Lighting Sconce

Hi everyone!  I just had to pop in today to share a major deal I found.  I mentioned earlier this week here here that I was searching for new sconces for the girls’ bathroom to better fit our new mirror.  I have always swooned over these polished and sophisticated sconces from Circa Lighting.

They are the Camille sconce designed by Suzanne Kasler.  But for $398 each, that was hardly in my budget for this quick bathroom refresh.  And then I stumbled upon these equally stunning sconces from the Home Depot.

They are from Filament Designs and are only $138 each.  In fact, if you wanted them in satin nickel rather than polished, they are only $78.

Pretty similar, right?  I think I prefer the lamp shade on the Circa lighting sconce a bit more, but that is always something that can be swapped out.  I also noticed that many of the designs from Filament Designs tend to be very similar to high end Circa Lighting or Visual Comfort lighting.  So if you are looking for the look for less, I would definitely check the brand out.  Keep in mind, I have yet to receive these and see the quality in person.  I will keep you posted!

xoxo

Fall Favorites From Target’s New Home Line

Hi friends!  I received a cataloge from Target a few weeks ago and it appears they have launched a few new brands, include a home line called Project 62.  Here are a few of my favorites.  Apparently, blush tones are very in which is good for me because I have a lot of them in my home.

Planter / Abstract Art / Pillow / Vase / Wreath / Mirror

The abstract art print is a steal at only $70 dollars given its scale.  Apparently, designer Emily Henderson has the same print in her home.  I am really tempted to get it for my bedroom.

Have you added any fall details to your home?  I seriously need to restrain myself.  I have been buying way too much home stuff lately.  Darn you Target!!

Until next time.

Labor Day Sale Roundup

Hi all!  I don’t know about you, but I love getting a great deal.

Here are some amazing Labor Day home decor deals. If you know of other sales, leave a note in the comments!

 

 

  • Framebridge: 15% off any order with code LDW2017, valid 8/31 to 9/4

 

  • Pottery Barn: 15% off $100+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $1000+, 30% off $3000+ with code SAVEMORE

 

  • Target: Up to 30% off home items

 

  • West Elm: 15% off $100+, 20% off $500+, 25% off $1000+, 30% off $3000+ with code HUGESALE

 

Until next time . . .

Tried and Tested: An Amazing Source for Designer Pillows

Hi everyone!  Just popping in today to share a wonderful Etsy store for designer pillows.  I first heard about this source from blogger Emily A. Clark.  It wasn’t until I ordered one for myself, that I decided to share it with my lovely readers.  Gotta test the goods, right?

The source is called Sweety Store (cheesy, I know).  They have a wonderful selection of designer pillow covers for VERY affordable prices (starting at about $14.99).  I was worried that they would look or feel cheap or look like knock offs, given the price, but I am pleased to say that they are high quality.

Here is the pillow cover I ordered in Kelly Wearstler’s Channels pattern.

Here are a few other patterns I am swooning over.

The shipping was really fast considering they are coming from China.  If you need pillow inserts, my favorite are these from Ikea.  They are down and only $9.99.

We are heading off on vacation next week, but I still hope to post.  Vacation at last!

xo,

 

Local Craiglist Finds and How to Use Them

Hi all.  I have been perusing Craiglist lately looking for nightstands for our master bedroom.  That’s the thing about Craigslist; you can find the most amazing finds, but sometimes it can take FOREVER to find the right piece.  So, while looking at my local Craigslist, I found a few steals that would sooo make the perfect look for less.  I also included inspiration pictures to help you visualize these treasures in the making.

First up is this this amazing burl wood table.  Doesn’t look like much in the photo, but take one look at the inspiration photo and your heart will skip a beat.

If anyone local buys the table, let me tell you, I am officially jealous.

Up next is this this vintage secretary.  Since we are doing master bedroom makeover, I have been looking for ways to minimize the clutter caused by my home office (which currently resides in my bedroom!!).  I have been eyeing secretaries as there is a desk, but also ample storage.

Here is the inspiration photo.  I love how Kristin at the Hunted Interior and Cassie from Hi Sugarplum who collaborated on this space, used such a traditional piece around bold color and modern touches.

A search on Craigslist wouldn’t be complete without a search for faux bamboo goodies.This nightstand would be fun kept red or painted.

 

 

 

Last but not least, is this campaign dresser that to be honest, looks pretty blah!  You have to envision it with polished brass hardware and a shiny coat of paint like in the photo below.

 

Have you found anything good on Craigslist lately?  The key is to look every day and have saved searches that automatically email you when it finds a match.  Hopefully, my nightstands will turn up soon 🙂

xoxo,

 

Favorites from Ikea’s 2017 Catalog

Hi all!  The  new Ikea catalog hit my front step a few weeks ago and there are a few new noteworthy items.  You can definitely find design gems at Ikea, you just have to know what to look for.  My mother is the type who goes in to a place like Ikea and gets so overwhelmed she wanders aimlessly and then leaves. I get it!  Let me be your guide.  Here are my top 8 affordable picks!

OB-Ikea 2017 Chaise / Pendant /  Bamboo Pendant / Basket / Chair / Side Table / Cloche /  Rocking Chair

What do you think?  Are you a fan of the Swedish retailer?  A ton of their stuff is too modern for my taste, but every once in a while they surprise me!

I have been busy with back to school shenanigans, sick kids, and decorating for my fall home tour, which will be on the blog soon.  Stay tuned!

xoxo,

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Ikea PIcks 2017