Time to spruce things up!

Every once in a while (I’d say quarterly, hehe) I need to spruce things up in my apartment. Whether it be new pillows, candles, other accessories, or even rearranging furniture. I don’t like waking up to the same things all the time. Just a little something to get excited about or brighten things up. If I ever have kids, I’m going to be “that mom” on the block who is always rearranging the house… every time you walk in it will be different 😉

With winter in Boston being so darn dreary, I decided to go against the season and get some new bedding (a Cynthia Rowley quilt) that is so bright and colorful it makes me think it’s Spring or Summer. I also got a la la la loooovely Cynthia Rowley throw pillow in my favorite shade of green. I don’t believe in associating specific colors to seasons. If it’s rainy and gloomy out, I wear bright colors to cheer things up. I have yellow rain boots and I actually have yellow corduroys that I always seem to get “looks” in, but it’s the little things that can make a drab day better! 🙂

Isn’t that pillow delicious? 😉

With the new year here, I also decided to get a piggy bank to save my change and get myself somewhat organized. I haven’t had one since who-knows-when, but prior to this purchase I had all of my change sitting in a decorative dish on my dresser. Change isn’t exactly something I want to display, so I figured a fantastic piggy bank would be appropriate. I somehow have accumulated quite the collection of pigs. They’re my favorite animal (yes, yes, I know it’s weird that bacon is my favorite food). Everyone buys me pig related things, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to add to the collection 😛

I also got two pink frames that I loved the second I saw them. I was drawn to the matte pink finish and it goes really well with all of the black furniture in my bedroom.

The color and texture of the frames really reminded me of the birds Antonio Ballatore used in one of his designs he did on HGTV’s Design Star. Antonio was the winner of Design Star and his show own starts this March. I’m excited to see what he brings to HGTV since he’s so different and far more unique than all of the other designers. I rooted for him all season, so I’m proud of him 😉 I want this entire room!

(image: hgtv.com)

See the price tag on the frame? Yes, $7.99 at Marshalls. Everything I’ve mentioned in this post I bought (at extremely reasonable prices!) at Marshalls. For not a ton of money it’s simple to spruce up any space. Bargain shopping for home-goods is so much fun and far more rewarding than spending big bucks on things you’re most likely going to change!

What are some of your favorite places to purchase bargain home decor? Not that I need any more incentive to redecorate 😉


23 Responses to "Time to spruce things up!"

  1. Jaime says:

    those are all really cute, esp the pillows!

    if you’re going to try a cheesecake, instead of the low and luscious one, try the tall and creamy cheesecake we made for TWD!

  2. emrlds says:

    seriously, i get concerned about how much alike we are sometimes with our tv watching . antonio is the love of my life (in the most dramatic tone possible, haha) and that pillow? i need it in my life. looks great! =)

  3. Christina says:

    I’m in love with the pillow and those frames, totally rad!

  4. Lauren B. says:

    I looove the ruffle detailing on that green pillow! And my roommate is obsessed with pigs as well, she has a massive collection of pigs of every fabric and size- so she would love that bank! Marshalls really is the best for finding cute stuff at good deals. I snagged a pair of Calvin Klein high heels the other day for $27!

  5. Kirsten says:

    Love your ‘spruce up’ I need to do the same! I wasn’t living in Boston the last 3 years through the winter and how quickly you forget! It’s already been a long one.

  6. s says:

    I spruced up my partner’s bedroom for a “solstice” present– we recently painted one wall black (the ‘headboard’ wall) and I found a nice black/charcoal comforter on sale at Target, plus 3 funky silver/gold/black/white pillows to mix and match– very, very affordable at Burlington Coat Factory! They had a great selection of pillows there. It’s fun to sleep there now!

  7. Carolyn says:

    I’m going to have to check out Marshalls for that piggy bank!

    P.S. I’m giving away a BUILT Neoprene Lunch Tote on my blog.

  8. Julie Q says:

    You already know how much I love me some Marshalls. And TJ’s and HomeGoods! LOVE your finds

  9. kimz says:

    I am in love with that green pillow. The color, the flower, the whole thing.

  10. Kristen says:

    That pillow is fab. So is the piggy. And the new comforter! Love getting new things. Favorite place to bargain hunt is actually Etsy! You can find some awesome one-of-a-kind things for really reasonable prices.

  11. Liz says:

    I LOVE that quilt/comforter. Love it — that is just gorgeous. And I love that you found such great bargain finds that look so perfect. Laurie shows you ways to make a thrifty transformation, too, in her book, “At Home With Laurie Ann.” I love it because she shows you how to take the things you already have (and I don’t know about you, but I can’t afford to throw out perfectly good stuff, especially furniture), add some new fun finds — maybe from a flea market or Marshall’s or wherever — and come up with a whole new look. Great photos, too.

    But I’m going to look for that comforter….

  12. Liz says:

    By the way, I love the name of your site. I have a friend whose last name is Stewart. Over the weekend we got together and she said that her exercise instructor keeps slipping up and calling her “Martha.” What a hoot.

  13. Sara says:

    One of my favorite posts ever… absolutely love everything you bought. There’s a standalone Homegoods in Nashua my mom and I have been going to for years that’s great.

  14. Justo says:

    I love this! Pink is always good. Nice frames…

  15. LegallyBrunette says:

    Gorgeous finds – a very successful shopping trip! Which Marshalls did you go to?

  16. Kelly says:

    I love it. I’m similar except that I tend to go more towards new art than completely changing my decor. I have a Anthropologie bed set that I absolutely love and that was a splurge (I even bought a second duvet of it) so I’ll be using it till it wears out. Even though the dog chewed through my first duvet and one decorative pillow I am still commited.

  17. Sarah says:

    I love the pink frames — so cool and hip. I’m not even much of a pink person but I’d totally get ’em.

  18. Nicole says:

    You are right, that pillow is delicious! I got a $50 giftcard to TJ Maxx and I can’t wait to go shopping! Your bed looks beautiful. Can’t wait to see what you and Sues will be wearing this Saturday!

  19. Jackie says:

    I am a Marshall’s fanatic. I’m buying a house in December, and I’ve already filled my room with decorations from Marshalls – a dog bed, pillows, frames, vases, etc. My bf is ready to kill me, he thinks I”m nuts.

  20. Desiree says:

    I love that lil piggy!! I almost bought the same exact one for you. It screams Chels!! The room looks really nice!! SO bight and cheery!

  21. Lynne says:

    omg. love the piggy bank. need one. where did you get it?!

  22. Sara says:

    I don’t know if you have a car in Boston, but my favorite HomeGoods is in Saugus! Look it up! About 30-40 minutes from the city, driving. I go there WAY too often and burn way too much gas, but whatever! It’s worth it 🙂

    Also, I love PaperSource because I love making my own wall-hangings and things like that and they have the cutest little kits to make things! Not the MOST affordable, but it feels great to display something you made with your own two hands 🙂

  23. Kat says:

    What a great winter pick me up! Love the colors. I would have to say TJMaxx, Marshalls, & Home Goods are my favs.

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