So moving is expensive, especially if you have to buy a bunch of new stuff to fill your said house. I want all my new things to pull double duty and not only be great and useful in my house, but serve as blog fodder, too. So here are things I bought that I love.
My living room, to the right of the fireplace, is pretty much my favorite corner of the house. I'm in love with this stained glass piece (wrote about making it mine here) because I feel like it fits into my colorful, collected eclectic decor scheme I have going on. I always knew I wanted to put it here, and it seems right at home.
While we were packing, Andrew came across old records he bought in high school that still looked to be in great shape. He said we should buy a record player and I thought that was the best idea ever. I knew that we would have to put our TV stand next to the fireplace, so I wanted to get a neat looking record player to put on top of it. We looked into vintage record players, but restored ones were too expensive and older ones came with potential issues, so we got this one at Target. It was honestly not one of our best researched purchases (we saw it in the store, it was pretty, we had a coupon, and so we bought it) and it does have some issues, but it normally works itself out and we're in love. Going to Half Price Books and looking for new (to me) records is my new favorite activity and once I realized they have $1 clearance records (!!!!) I have to stop myself from visiting every few days. The sound the record makes before it hits that first note and just the way the music sounds are so much better than I ever realized. We've also bought a few more current records, but the old (and cheap) ones are my favorite. Seriously, Thriller for $1? You can't beat it.
Our old house had one eating area; the new one has a formal dining room and a breakfast nook. Our "old" (less than a year old) table works perfectly in the formal, so we needed a smaller table we could use every day. I knew it needed to be small and round, and I kept seeing mismatched chairs and loved that look. I thought I might be able to DIY something, so I started looking on craigslist and found Reluvd. It's owned by a couple who finds and refinishes furniture to sell and rent. Seriously, their warehouse is like a beautiful pinterest project explosion. They already had a table ready to go that was exactly what I was looking for, so I was able to look through their chair selection (literally hundreds) and choose what I wanted them to refinish for me to match the table. I was hoping to have at least two chairs with cushions to add color to the space and then two more conventional chairs. I love the ones I ended up with - the padded ones (that I recovered myself with $20 worth of fabric from Joann) are cheapies that were made in China and the others are Ethan Allen that Reluvd sold me for a steal. I hate that our new house is so far away from their warehouse but that won't stop me from continuing to stalk their facebook in case they have anything else I might want...
Then there was a mirror that was just meant to be. I knew that our sofa table was going to become an entry table in the new house. I knew I wanted a mirror to prop up on it, and for some reason, a window pane mirror seemed like the perfect thing. All the ones I found at Kirklands and Home Goods and those places weren't quite right or were too expensive. When I went to the antique mall the second time to get my beloved stained glass mirror, I saw the perfect mirror in the next booth. Andrew wasn't with me (I do like to get his approval, since he lives in the house, too) and I didn't have enough cash to get it that day, so I took a picture and left it behind. I kept online shopping all week, realized it was a fantastic price, and went back the next weekend (with plenty of cash) to see if it was there... and it was. And it was marked down. I claimed that thing immediately and it's perfect.
Honorable mentions: Bath and Body Works Sweater Weather candle, pumpkin in our front yard, ridiculously soft Target bath mats, beehive cream pitcher.
This candle is a favorite in our house | No idea why I love this pitcher so much
I take forever to make decisions. I shop around I read a lot of reviews. But I want my house to tell a story, and I love that my favorite things aren't just the little things I've grabbed at Target (believe me though, there is A LOT of that). They're things with a story, that I searched for an had to have. It isn't the best or easiest way to decorate, but it's been fun for me so far. What are some of your favorite things in your house?