Hey. So I’m never going to pretend that I know what I’m doing when it comes to home decor.
Because I don’t.
The interior design gene skipped right over me, which is why I don’t have a headboard, I still use the dining table Cody grew up with, I have bachelor pad furniture in my bedroom, old nightstands off Craigslist, a giant red puffle beanbag chair in my living room and a blanket made out of t-shirts on the back of my couch because it is the best napping blanket ever. It even has the Weinermobile on it:
When Kohl’s asked if I wanted to update either my look or my home for fall I figured since I’m all set for fall with four sets of black pants and a dozen sweatshirts it was time to pay a little attention to my home. I started with the stock pillows that came with my couch. Sure! Throw pillows! But they’re green. Green is my least favorite color behind purple. TIME FOR A CHANGE!
Again. Please keep in mind that I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I know what colors I like and I know I love big fluffy pillows and texture.
BEFORE. WOMP. (Heeeey Puffle!)
After: Whoo! At first I was going to go matchy matchy, but I couldn’t find the enough of each one and it was almost kind of stressful laying out pillows along the back wall of Kohl’s but people were very understanding because choosing accent pillows is a very big life decision. Cody chased Vivi around playing peek-a-boo until she finally started chanting “THIS IS STUPID” which was used completely out of context and we’re not entirely sure where she learned it but that sped up my pillow buying process.
Blech. Those green pillows, I never liked them. Ever. (No offense pillows, it’s not your fault you’re a stupid color of green.)
Watch out for that brown chenille one on the left, it’s filled with down and will knock you on your rear if you get caught in its pillow crossfire. They all kind of go with the rug and each other, but maybe they don’t. I don’t know. I was going for casual, they can all just be thrown onto whatever couch without having to be in any specific place. They’ve also made a pillow forts already. Addie says one of them is too scratchy but I say she’s picky.
Up next? PICTURE FRAMES!
Nothing says “This is a home!” like photos. I’ve made a very conscious effort to fill my home with handmade art and things that mean something to me. So far so good! Everything you see above has a story, come over and I’ll tell you them. AND I’LL FEED YOU! Onto the dinner table!
Tablecloths are super grown up. I don’t know any college kids who use tablecloths and cloth napkins (and if you do know of some shh, don’t tell me.) I bought the dishes from Kohl’s for myself last Christmas, another very grown up move (no offense to the baby blue floral Corelle we registered for from Ace Hardware in Vernal, Utah back over a decade ago.) It’s Fiestaware so none of it really matches but all of it matches, much like my life right now.
So we won’t be using the tablecloth regularly, in fact it may only come out on Thanksgiving but still…SO GROWN UP!
So this is where we get to the sponsored part, I have loved Kohl’s since 2004 when I drove a really long way to buy a shower curtain at midnight the day before I went into labor with Addie. (That shower curtain still hangs in Addie’s bathroom to this day, it’s that good.) I like to play a little game when shopping at Kohl’s called “HOW MUCH MORE CAN I SAVE VS. WHAT I ACTUALLY SPEND?”
My friends, I won this round:
One Serving Platter.
Six Cloth Napkins.
Four Picture Frames.
$15.75 to spare (Kohl’s generously provided me with a gift card to prove what Kohl’s and I could do together. Also, I’m calling this disclosure, because it is.)
Kohl’s wants you to have the same opportunity. Comment on this post with either your best Kohl’s find or what you’d update with a gift card from Kohl’s and you’ll have the chance to win a $100 gift card from Kohl’s. (Giveaway closes October 21st, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST.)