Monday, August 3, 2015

The Best Little HomeGoods in New Jersey

The homes in this part of the country are charming. They are the kinds of houses you see in Better Homes & Gardens- each with its' own appeal and unique character. There are Salt Box, Victorian, and Cape Cod houses in abundance.  Having only lived in the western part of the U.S., the styles I used to decorate with were Ranch and/or Mediterranean. Lots of earth tones, stucco, and large scale furniture in large scale rooms. So, as the movers were unloading our old house into our new house, some of our belongings just didn't look "right". They were still functional, but a bit out of place.

The inside of our house in Shamong is kinda "cottage-y" (note the professional interior design term I threw in there). It has lower ceilings, more color on the walls, and not a stitch of carpet anywhere in the house. You know what this means, ladies. Time to go shopping.

I am not even going to pretend I am a newbie at HomeGoods. I have been, and always will be, a super fan of this store. It has invariably been my go-to store for everything I need to make my house a home - a thrifty girl's shopping MeccaSo when I walked into the HomeGoods in Marlton, I knew it would be good. It was not good. It was miraculous. Each shelf was packed to overflowing like a storeroom in Santa's Workshop. 

I stopped dead in my tracks. I must have looked like a deer in headlights, because the woman walking in behind me leaned in and whispered, "I know, honey. Just  keep breathing and please keep walking."

I mean, look at all these pillows. Seriously! There was an aisle for might want. This is the yellow and beige section, but there were 5 other aisles. Just breathe, ladies. Just keep breathing.

I even ran into Tom there. He swears he found the perfect little tchotchke for his living room. Look at the stunned look of awe on his face. I feel the same way, Tom. I do.

There were rugs and furniture and lamps in every square inch of this place. It is a cruel joke that they line up shopping carts near the entrance. It is flat out impossible to maneuver a cart in here, even the "mini-me" type carts. You have to pack all your finds around with you like a Sherpa. That is why you need to have your kiddos come with you. Even a 9 year old Sherpa is a good Sherpa in this case.

It is true when they say it costs a bit more to live in New Jersey. I have found certain things are especially expensive out here. Gasoline, produce, real estate, and seafood all garner a high price tag. But this inviting store, this darling new best friend of mine? I have found some crazy good deals in there. So today I am going to take you on a tour of my HomeGoods treasures. I will try not to brag on how cheap they were.  But no promises.

The mirror in our half bath downstairs was the size of a napkin. It was seriously small and ugly. I found this beauty at HG for a grand total of $24. Makes a huge difference in there and it was a snap to hang.

This area of my living room is narrow and I wasn't really sure how to make it feel comfortable without being cluttered. First thing to go on the wall, discovered by my mother and Colleen, is that darling cow. She has lovingly been named Jeffery, because, well, she just looks like a Jeffery. She was only $15, so I knew she had to come home with us to stay. The table was also in clearance. This farmhouse industrial style (think Joanna and Chip Gaines) is 100% my vibe and seems to be working to my benefit in NJ. The more formal designs seem to fly off the shelf, while the things I love wait patiently for me to find them. I think this sideboard looks great with Jeffery and gives me more storage in this room.

It is no secret I am all about words and this sign seemed tailor made for this chapter in my life, so in the cart it went. It fits over my sink perfectly.

Last, but not least, is this chicken. I have these awkward knickknack shelves in my kitchen. It was one of the first things I tried to convince Graham to rip out of the house. Unfortunately for me, they were installed by Norm Abrams from This Old House and are going nowhere. So every morning, I would grumble as I walked by, wondering, "What in the world goes on a shelf like that?" A chicken, that's what. But not just any chicken- a chicken from the Best Little HomeGoods in Jersey.


  1. We had a salt box in NY! I love the architecture back east!

  2. This was a fun read... thanks. Beverly E pointed me to your site and I really like it.

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know you liked it- I appreciate it :-)

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