Things I learned hiding out in a HomeGoods apartment

HomeGoods Hideout Chicago Bedroom

I will love HomeGoods forever and not just because they supported a majority of my addictions (cheese, shopping, eating fancy food, hot bubble baths, and people watching, among others) for 5 days last week.

DIY Macrame Kit

I fell in love with HomeGoods in 2014, shortly after buying our house. I had always had an affinity for home shopping (and been a huge Marshalls fan since I was a teenager), but I hadn’t really explored all there was to offer in that HGTV world until I had an entire house to furnish and decorate. Seven years later, I still have no idea what I’m doing, but HomeGoods has absolutely made our house a home.

In May, I found out that I won the Homegoods Hideout, a 4-night stay in a fancy Chicago apartment, completely furnished by Homegoods with decor, stocked with snacks (And OMG do I love me the Homegoods snack aisle, my dudes), fun activities, and a Magic Buddy available 19 hours a day via a Magic Phone with a Magic Budget for all my additional needs. At the end of the stay? A Magic Takeout Box the size of my trunk arrived via Magic Buddy for me to fill with souvenirs of my home away from home.

Last week, I moved into the swankest apartment I’ve ever been in for a long weekend. I spent the first hour just taking it all in. Noticing the details and opening every cabinet and drawer just to see all the things. I spent the next four days unwinding myself from myself (an old friend used to say I was wound tighter than an 8-day clock), reading, writing, and plotting. It was magnificent. 

Relax with a book and a bath

Here are some of the things I learned this past weekend:

  • Enter the contest. Someone has to win, and one day it could be you (or several days. We all know I’m a professional contest winner at heart).
  • Take more baths. They feel good, and they are good for your body.
  • Use the candles. It was kind of amazing reading in a bedroom with a lit candle. The aroma of relaxation is magical.
  • Notice the details. Take your time. Slow down. Breathe it all in. 
  • Run the dishwasher every night.
  • Make your bed every morning.
  • Decorate with plants.
  • Clear the clutter. You don’t need it all. Seriously.
  • Read more joy. Books are a way to learn, to escape, to fall in love, to try something new. But also, joyful books are just good for your soul. ESPECIALLY if you’re an empath.
  • Social media less. When your mind isn’t constantly “on,” you can do so much more.
  • Try something new. I learned how to macrame (hello, new hobby) and tried some new delicious smoothies. I also learned that making sugar and salt scrubs is an art form that is not for me. But I’m glad I tried. 
  • There’s no place like home (even if home is a clusterfuck of clutter and distraction).
  • And finally, you can fit A LOT of home goods from HomeGoods in a 2-ft cubed moving box.

HomeGoods Hideout Takeout Box

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Tiny Touches Can Brighten Even the Smallest Room

Now that Christmas is over (okay, almost over…Christmas may still be going strong in our house. I’ve only taken down three of the seven trees in our house), I’m starting to finally get into the making our house a non-holiday-decorated home. I’ve been looking for little accents to make spaces seem more homey and trying to find ways to really brighten the rooms.

I found some really great (and RIDICULOUSLY cheap) window treatments to make our dining room a stunning, sunny space.

And then I started to look online for some other decorative accents. I was invited to try out the home selection at Luna Bazaar, which has a great selection of votive holders, table runners and other really unique pieces to make a house a home. I opted for a few shell votive holders to make Brian’s bathroom a little nicer. We haven’t painted any of the bathrooms yet, so I’m working with what I can. Brian’s bathroom is the master bath, because I’m weird about preferring to shower in a tub – and the master bath is actually a full-size shower. The tiny room is BLUE. Like so blue, da bo dee da bo die wouldn’t even cut it. The entire bedroom and bathroom used to be that blue, but we’ll settle for painting the mostly visible parts and get to the bathroom part eventually.

 

I chose votive holders in colors that would match our blue/green bedroom theme just in case they didn’t work out in the bathroom (or if we ever do something really cool with Brian’s bathroom…I’m thinking maybe a deep sea theme (the octopod and dolphin are a good start, right?). Then the dark blue walls would totally work…

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It’s hard to see the ridiculous blue walls with the camera flash, but rest assured, it’s REALLY blue. I really love the way the votives look. The painted shells are very delicate, but elegant. When I was browsing Luna Bazaar for the products I wanted to purchase, I came across QUITE a few things I’d be considering over the next several months.

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With my new yoga venture (have you seen my mad skills on Instagram?), I’ve been thinking about setting up a better yoga space than the one I’ve been utilizing. This is in my bedroom (that weird window looks out onto our front room and I can just see myself falling down on a bad pose…):

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I really love the tapestries and wall hangings, and I think this wall hanging would look awesome in front of the window (and maybe block a little of the resonating sound from downstairs). Isn’t it beautiful?:

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And of course, I looked at some of the holiday stuff…For Halloween, I think I may NEED these skull lights.

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Have you checked out Luna Bazaar yet? What items would you want to add to your home? What small accents have you added to spaces in your home to make them a little bit happier?

While no one paid me to say nice things, I did receive a gift code to purchase a few items from Luna Bazaar in order to tell you about them. Additionally, any links you use may be affiliate links, of which I will receive a small percentage of commission from your purchase. 

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