More Beautiful Bargain Finds!

Here are some more of the amazing “best budget find” submissions from readers all over the country:

This chair is so killer- and for$20 at Homegoods, a no brainer.

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Matters of Style found a ton of great stuff at her Homegoods, but these $15 each foo dogs take the cake!

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Abby wanted a shell encrusted mirror but didn;t want to pay an arm and a leg for it so she and her mother went to their local oyster bar after hours and collected buckets of discarded sheels, bleached them and made their own for under $50! Talk about crafty!


This vintage Dexel Heritage dining set was FREE- the best kind of bargain there is.  I’d love to see it painted glossy white!


Alaina from Live Creating Yourself shows off a great super discounted Macy’s aqua gourd lamp purchase against a chic black wall:


This gorgeous cabinet was found at a church sale for $75. Imagine the possibilities!

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Purchased at the same church sale- these awesome swoop arm chairs for $25 each

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This reader got the end chairs, rug, lamps and china in the hutch all at Homegoods. One stop shopping, ladies.


This cute zebra chair was bought on ONe Kings Lane and the side table a Target find!


This lamp was found at an Arteriors home sample sale- love the print interior on the shade!

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I wish I had found this buffet at a garage sale for $20!!!!

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This bench was found at Big Lots for uner $40!


This is one of four chairs one reader found for $10 each! She painted them and recovered the seats and they are now one of her favorite things in her house!

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A great vignette showcasing discount colored ceramic lamps:


Another showcasing a $50 antique light fixture find:


And yet another illustrating high/low- a splurge with the Oly Studio buffet and a save with a Hoegoods giclee oversize print!


Thanks again for all your entries!!!!

Homegoods Winners!!!

I am blogging from an old PC laptop this morning after forgetting my power cord in CT  so I’m going to make it brief until I get to my office and can post more of the FABULOUS entries I got for the “best bargain” contest, but I wanted to post the winners first thing!  I loved seeing all your clever and jaw-dropping finds and choosing five was INSANELY difficult! But I think I’m pretty happy with what I narrowed it down to:

1) This entry from Julie in California  is ridiculous since it’s not one item but two- the dining table was $35 and the amazing orange buffet (very Pieces) was only $40 (she painted it orange and I LOVE the color) . I adore the whole feel of this room! 


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2) This lucite bar cart is something I wish I had for my office- and reader Irene  got it for only $60! In an antiques store this would go for hundreds if not over $1,000.


3) Deanna found these little benches at Homegoods for $35 each  and used a small amount of designer fabric to recover them.  Now they look incredibly expensive! (Also, the fab zig zag wool rug was also from Homegoods for $50!)

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4) This chandelier sent in by Callie in Atlanta made me GASP. It is drop dead gorgeous.  At $350 from an antiques shop it’s not dirt cheap, but a COMPLETE bargain as this baby is worth much, MUCH more than that!


5) Another item that isn’t exactly pocket change but something that would sell for triple or quadruple what was paid for it is this modern armoire sent in by Beth.  She paid $300 for it on eBay (plus free delivery) and we all know that it would be thousands at an antiques store!


If I posted you as a winner please email e your mailing address to [email protected]!!!! Congrats to all and I’ll post the MANY runners up later this morning/afternoon!

Homegoods Gift Card Giveaway!

As part of the spring contest I’m judging for Homegoods, they were kind enough to give me FIVE $50 gift cards to give away to my readers! Knowing how psyched you all were the last time I had one to give away, I am delighted to be able to offer you more opportunities to win! However, there is a catch.  I’m going to run my own little contest in which I want to see your most exciting, best and proudest bargain purchase for your home!  You know, that item you got for next to nothing that everyone compliments?  The one that makes you gleeful when you get to tell people just how cheap it was knowing they won’t believe you? Yeah, send me a pic or two to [email protected] of your best finds, how much they were and where you found them and the top five winners (as judged by yours truly) will receive gift cards!

Now, the items don’t have to be from Homegoods, but I bet a lot of yours are. I went this weekend looking for lamps for the charity dream room project I am installing this week, and not only did I find the PERFECT lamps, I found THIS:

IMG00458 Oh hello grey and cream imperial trellis rug! You are comin’ home with mama! Can you believe this? I said out loud in the aisle “you have got to be KIDDING ME”. The grandmother looking at bathmats next to me gave me glance suggesting I was crazy.

$50. Now in my bathroom. Holla.

Also spotted were about 100 incredible lamps, my favorites being these with the black and cream ikat shades:


And this amazing mirror (which could look stellar painted white, black or a bright color):


I forgot to take pics of the other stuff I actually bought: a killer Buddha statue for the office, geode book ends (also for my office) and great Missoni-esque pillows for the old wing chairs in my office that make the chartreuse old upholstery look somewhat chic.  I also spotted some great bedding, lanterns, grey velvet modern club chairs and faux imperial trellis pillows, but I had to restrain myself a bit.

So email your entries to [email protected] by Thursday at midnight and the winners will be announced Friday! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

HomeGoods Spring Challenge!

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I am delighted to share with you that I am going to be a judge for the HomeGoods Spring Challenge happening this month! Every week, starting this week, there is a call on the Homegoods site for photos of a spring trend as executed by you in your home.  A panel of judges, including yours truly, will select a winner each week who will receive a $100 HomeGoods gift card and a Flip Mini Camcorder!  Those weekly winners will be entered to win a grand prize of a $5,000 shopping spree at HomeGoods (imagine how much stuff you could get with 5 G’s at HG!?!?) Not to mention, I have five $50 gift cards I’ll be awarding to readers in my own little contest (stay tuned for details on that!).

Here are some of the fun items coming to HomeGoods for spring:

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