Weekly Bargain Hunt! Vol. 3

My dudes, I cannot believe I've managed to do this new feature three weeks in a row. Granted, I'm writing this under the wire about an hour before I'm due to publish, but still, IT'S HERE and it will be done by then.

Hopefully you're not too shopped out after Presidents' Day. We didn't do much by way of purchasing because we were installing our cordless wood blinds--pictures below!--so I didn't have any trouble keeping an eyeball out for deals this week. Here are my favorites:

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Coffee Table  |  Pillow  |  Bowls  |  MirrorHeadboard  |  Bath Mat  

I'm going to snap up that cozy pillow today; I have it in mind for a client but she doesn't know it yet. And how great is that little bath mat? I get a lot of questions about where we got ours, which is MENARDS of all places, but if you don't have one near you this version is a pretty good dupe.

Here are the blinds! I shared the before-and-after in my InstaStories last weekend and then forgot to archive them to my profile like a smart person, so here they are again:

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(Ignore the Smurf blue marks on the wall. This room is getting painted next week!!!)

If you're in the market for cordless blinds yourself, these are perfectly fine. They're not as fancy as, say, Hunter Douglas, but considering this house is going to be rental property after we move out, spending the big bucks on a name brand didn't make sense. I'm most thrilled with the cordless aspect; not every wood blind manufacturer offers that feature. I'll let you know how they hold up.

Happy Weekend, everybody!

On Slow Decorating

We're in the home stretch before my passenger is born (9 weeks left!) and we've been using this last bit of Uninterrupted Productive Time to cross some last-minute projects off of our list. Obviously we set up her nursery, but we also decided to work on our room AND do some light decorating in the rest of the house. My thought was that we're going to be spending a lot of time at home the first few weeks of her life, so why not make it a little prettier in here?

Don't worry, a full reveal is coming.

Don't worry, a full reveal is coming.

I wanted to make some strides, but one thing I'm not worried about is having it all "done."

Things are "done" in the sense that they're functional and not a total eyesore, but I've never been the kind of person to swoop into a space and have it completely furnished and accessorized in a month. I guess I don't see the rush, which is probably kind of weird given my job, but I think I'm this way BECAUSE I help clients decorate for a living. I encounter a lot of people who just want to hurry up and finish the project and be DONE, but it's usually all of that rushing that got them into a pickle in the first place.

Our whole house is a slow decorating extravaganza, but the most recent example is our room:

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This space has been a slow burn since we moved in a year and a half ago. We closed off the weird jack-and-jill door that opened into the hall bath, then we got new nightstands and bedding, and recently we improved the storage situation by 500% with a closet system. Sure, all of the walls are still blank and there are almost zero decorative goodies in there, but whatever. We've still come a long way and I'm good with a meandering art-finding process. I don't want to toss any old thing up there just to cross the finish line.

It's okay to cut yourself some slack. I understand the siren song of having a space that's officially done--it'd be one less thing to think about--but that's not always how life goes. Maybe you're pregnant, too, and just want to eat nachos on the couch instead of trudging through ANOTHER store. Or maybe your budget doesn't allow you to do a whole room at once. (We fall into that category a lot, too.) Or maybe you're having trouble deciding what you want for a space and need to take your time.

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That brings me to the real benefit of slow decorating: you're sure about how you're going to use a space and can hold out for the right pieces. I'm a believer in shelling out for quality items when it counts, and that kind of decision shouldn't be rushed. (Remember that it took us 10 months to start the kitchen renovation! Sometimes you're just not ready.) If you hurry up and finish a project just to have it "done," I don't think you'll be as happy with the result and you'll probably feel the urge to redo it. And then you're trapped in an endless loop. Just leave things how they are for a little while and see what speaks to you.

Are you a slow decorator, too? What "undone" item doesn't really bother you? (Clearly, I am unperturbed by a lack of artwork. Ha.) Have you ever rushed a project and ended up HATING it?

Weekly Bargain Hunt: Presidents' Day 2018

Before we jump into the sales, can we talk about the apparent ambiguity of this holiday's name? First I had it written as "President's Day" but then thought it might be "Presidents' Day" and put my eggs in that basket. I turned to Google and that wasn't a ton of help either, so any English teachers in the house can chime in if I'm doing this wrong.

OKAY! If you've had your eye on some updates for your home, this would be a good weekend to pull the trigger. We're buying faux wood blinds for all of our windows, which I'm sure makes you breathless with excitement. Try to control yourself and enjoy these prettier sale items instead:

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Clock: Target  |  Area Rug: Target  |  Bench: Target  |  Door Mat: Overstock  |  Storage Ottoman: Target  |  Candle: Wisteria  |  Vase: Wisteria  |  Lamp: Overstock  |  Throw Pillow:  Pottery Barn  |  Ironing Board: Wayfair  |  Chair: Target  |  Tic Tac Toe: Wayfair  |  Cactus Bottle Opener: Wisteria  

FYI: Target's sale is website-only this year! That's not to say you won't find ANY markdowns at the store, because sometimes miracles happen, but the site does indeed say "online only." Use code GEORGE.

I'll be talking about the faux wood blinds on Instagram this weekend, so if you truly ARE curious about a rather mundane home update, I'll have all of the info. Are you in the market for anything? Any handmade businesses offering sales, too?

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