Getting ahead of things helps keep me from falling behind. That’s why I start planning the color palette long before I have my place on the market. In this case, No. 4 is scheduled to land just after Labor Day. Interested? Very little inventory on the market, and mine is a honey of a property….a good things come in small packages kind of surprise.
I feel like the halfway point demands a grand gesture, a dramatic statement, a wild moment at the very least. I believe in milestone celebrations. My yoga coach is always talking about living in the moment, enjoying the journey – well if I live until I am 100, I am literally living in the middle of the moment of my life, and my quest. Maybe I should have fireworks. Enormous balloons? A Pony, or perhaps a zebra. I’ve always felt most strongly that graphic prints are the very best statements in a home, so a zebra seems fitting. I doubt my budget will allow for any of that, though I am confident I could come up with all of the aforementioned items and the party would be FABULOUS.
Staying focused can be a drag sometimes, but planning the direction of No. 5 is not, so let’s get on with it. I was sitting next to one of my industry colleagues the other day at a board meeting (I’m in the corporate real estate industry and my colleague is in charge of real estate for TJX Companies – they own Home Goods, Homesense, Marshalls and more). I got to chatting with Chris about designing one of my flips using only items I purchased at Home Goods. Such is my obsession with that place.
Could it really be done? Could it really be done by me? I love an outrageous idea like this, that might attract the attention of the media. I like being on camera, and one day, might just have my own show. Who knows, the American appetite for design is insatiable. Lord knows I’ve done other equally outrageous things to get published, not the least of which include spending more money on a yard of fabric than some people pay for summer camp for a kid. That decision isn’t likely to be forgotten, at least until I pay off my credit card. When will I learn?
This route could save me thousands upon thousands of dollars. I can also attest to genuinely loving what they have to offer. I buy a massive quantity of goods – which make my home decidedly better than good!
My go to list of items include:
- garden tables
- bed clothes
- knock-off accessories
They do one of two things, fade into the background ( I mean that in the best possible way), or they wow on their own. Now it is true that my go-to approach is to mix HG items with pricier brand name pieces. It always feels really good when people comment on the assemblage of items, singling out an HG find, but could I do a whole home? Their furnishings aren’t among their strongest offerings, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bed in any of the stores.
Home Sense on the other hand has expanded offerings, and just recently open in Braintree, MA. I can stop on my way from Boston to the Cape. More concepts to come. Please do weigh in.