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.


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:

Ten Pillows.

One Serving Platter.

Six Cloth Napkins.

Festive Tablecloth.

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.)




  1. I would love to jazz up our dining room tableand our master bathroom!

  2. My best find at Kohl’s is the outfit my baby daughter came home in. Her older sister saw it when we were shopping a few weeks before the baby was born and fell in love with it – a fuzzy pink sleeper with polka dots and a elephant – big sister’s favorite animal. She declared it PERFECT so we bought it in a teeny tiny newborn size. Bonus was that it was not only on sale, but I had a coupon too! (Although I would have bought it at full price too – we HAD to have it. PERFECT, remember?) She not only wore it home when she was released from the NICU at two weeks old, but for a long time after that, too.

    I would love to use a gift card to get a new work outfit that fits my post-baby body and to start Christmas shopping!

  3. I would love to update our tiny bathroom! New towels, new shower curtains… Kohl’s is fabulous 🙂

  4. I’d update baby #2’s room…. He’s due anyday and his room is still in cardboard boxes from our move this summer! And they say second children don’t get as much attention as the first… 😉

  5. That green is a stupid color.

    I would totally get the ice cream attachment for my Kitchen Aide stand mixer. Really. And maybe a nice sweater. Or sheets! I need some new fitted sheets for my bed. Also, a decent bathroom rug. New towels..Oh the choices!!

  6. We are moving into our forever home, after 7 months of searching and falling out of escrow a few times, next week and we are in desperate need of new decorations. We would put that Kolhs card to good use! 🙂

  7. We are in the process of demoing & redoing our kitchen (this has been a 1.5 year project!) and bathroom – just starting. So I would uses a gift card to get decor for them! Our budget doesn’t include $$$ for the cute extras (that I am also horrible at)

  8. Really need to replace the pillows on the couches and need to replace the shades with actual curtains in a couple of rooms.

  9. So many options! Our bedroom, guest bedroom, or a few new things for the bathroom. 🙂

  10. I scored a $180 Keurig for $50 at Kohl’s! It was on sale, I had a 30% off coupon, Kohl’s cash, and a Keurig rebate. It was glorious!

  11. I would update my bedroom sheets. After all the necessities I have to buy for the everyone else a nice set of sheets just ends up on the bottom of the list.

  12. Susan Christy says:

    I could use some new curtains, rugs and towels for my bathroom.

  13. I loved a Vera Wang coat that I found at Kohl’s.

  14. I’d update my dining room.

  15. Please ignore my comment when it comes time to pick a winner, but I just had to say that I love throw pillows! I think the ones you picked rock, and they totally match your rug!

  16. monstergirlee says:

    I need new stainless steel stockpots, a 3 qt one, and a 5 qt one.

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  17. I’d love to update our bedroom or our living room!

  18. I would update our master bedroom.

  19. Tabathia B says:

    I would update my wardrobe with a few shirts and at least two pair of pants not denim

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  20. Cynthia Scott Pascual says:

    Well done, Casey!

    I have a Kohl’s 2 blocks away from my home & my daughter& I just can’t ever seem to leave once we get there! Just as you said, we LOVE seeing how much more we save than we spend! Any reason to go to Kohl’s is a good one for us, especially when we get coupons…we just can’t let them go to waste!

    I love their purses and clothing, very partial to the Jennifer Lopez Line! I also purchase quite a few of the “fancier” sandals, a break from everyday flip-flops. I have had 2 identical pairs since the summer before last, one silver & the other gold metallic & as of this Fall, I am still wearing them, a great purchase not even totaling $15! I am not gonna lie, I purchase most of my bras and panties at Kohl’s as well,along with my slippers & robes. Don’t even let me get started on my daughter! 19 years old and a student at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising)& as I said above, we could probably stay in there all night!

    My birthday is coming up (Halloween) and I am in need of a pick-me-up at home. I have many beautiful frames from Kohl’s, all beaded & shiny in various sizes/shapes & am still in need of several more, they are definitely first on my wish list. I would also love to get some soft bathroom towels, a few throw pillows for my sofas and a few blankets we can curl up & relax with and with the holidays coming, I am definitely in need of cloth napkins for my dining room table!

  21. I would get new throw pillows and new towels.

  22. Amy Edwards says:

    I would get some stuff to help update our new house. I just got married and we are in the process of buying a house, turns out we have nothing to decorate with. I don’t want his cabin style decor from his bachlorhood and he doesn’t want my girly decor. I hit up Kohls pretty much weekly to look for sweet deals, but winning this would be awesome!

  23. Right after I moved to Indy and got my first apartment, I was shopping at the Greenwood Kohl’s with my aunt. I found a gorgeous oval dining table (no chairs) that had the famous 70% off tag. I snagged that sweet table for under $70. My aunt talked about that bargain for years.

  24. I would update my bedroom. Oh I dream of having a matching put together “grown up” bedroom!

  25. New towels. The nice ones that are like velvet. Yep, those. Because my current towels are like holey sandpaper and are 12 different colors and sizes.

  26. my family is moving from a two room apartment to a house! we need lots of updates and then plenty of things we never had space for!

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  28. I’m lucky because my husband will do the dishes for me, the only problem with that is that he breaks them, alot. So I am in desperate need of new dishes!