Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I won the coin toss, and it's off to Big Lots!!

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When I was growing up, my mother had "shopping habits." She went to the same four or five stores for just about everything. To my eleven year-old self, that was boring.

I'm fortunate in that I have a number of stores to choose from (and that doesn't even include the mall!), but I find myself to be just like my mother in that I tend to go to the same places time and time again.

One of those places is Big Lots.

If you know Big Lots, you know they have high style at great prices. It's a great place to buy a few pieces to change out your look, which is what I'm doing in my studio/office.

DL and I finally decided that we would not compromise on two areas of the house: the loft room and the basement. We flipped a coin, and he got the basement and I got the loft room. (This is a lie. I took the loft room and he was stuck with the basement. This is actually fine with him because the basement has a huge television and the loft room doesn't even have a spot for cable.) Because fall is here and I want to cozy things up, I headed over to see what decorative items I could add to my "new" room.

One thing I knew I wanted was a collection of frames and a shadow box. (Actually, I will probably be going back for more shadowboxes!) It was one of my goals to add some items that have meaning to me, and not necessarily to DL. The photos are of my dad as a toddler and two hometown friends of mine at a Lion's Club picnic. The dress was mine as a little girl. The simple black frames allow the pieces to shine through. (The frame selection is great, and varies by store.)

I also knew I wanted to add some autumnal bling, and Big Lots had an enormous amount from which to choose. I chose a mercury glass candle holder and ball.

(These unscented candles -- unscented because of my allergies -- were one of approximately one zillion candles available. The assortment varies.)

Along with the candle holder and ball, I chose some vase filler in a great shade of green. I put this in a basket with the mercury glass ball, and it really adds some bling to the small table inside the door.

The little black table was a Big Lots find, as well. It called to me as I walked past. I love the black against the knotty pine walls, which I'm always debating. To paint, or not to paint? That is the question. But black is good in any room, and this little table fits the bill!

I love to go to Big Lots for seasonal items as well. As you can see, they have a huge assortment. Last year I stocked up on mercury glass pumpkins, which are coming soon to a post.

Across the room, I added two pillows to the loveseat. This is the room where I do all my best thinking and writing of my soon-to-be bestseller. I needed a soft pillow and so I bought the blue one. Then I found the GORGEOUS paisley pillow in the colors (orange, green, beige, aqua) that I am using in the room. What great good luck!  To those, I added a blanket just in case I get chilly.

I am lucky that I have not one but TWO Big Lots nearby, and I love them both. Depending on which direction my errands take me, I probably shop them equally. Both have pleasant folks at the cash registers and a wide assortment of fun items to decorate with. What I especially love is that I can change out all my accessories without breaking the budget. Last year I traded out a lot of my autumn decor for larger-scale items, and Big Lots was the place I went first. This fall, I'll be going back for clear jars and organizers, as I am streamlining my crafting space.  

I follow Big Lots on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Youtube.

I mean, #ICantEven


Andrea said...

Hmmmm...this does give me an idea of what to do today!

I love the wood color!

Rose L said...

I am a regular shopper at Big Lots!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Love all those Big Lots finds! I'm going to have to see if we have one near me in Chicago! And I can see your conundrum about the to paint or not to paint the wood walls. Am loving the painted brick wall too!

:) Linda

Junkchiccottage said...

Gotta Love BIg Lots!!!! Kirby I just saw your guest post over at Marie's. The dresser is fabulous.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Your Big Lots looks nice! Can't say that the ones around me are that nice...more like $1 stores. Love your metallic treasures and the little black table!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Several amazing things here: You finished cleaning out the loft?????? Did you get a heater? An air conditioner? I haven't been to big lots in a LONG time - maybe 10 years? I guess I should get in there, huh? Love that shadow box. I'm so glad you're getting this room done!

Bliss said...

I'm a Big Lots virgin. I might make it in to one before Christmas because my autumnal decorating is done.

Kimberley Seasideave said...

Hi Kirby! :)
I found your blog through Interior Frugalista and your Maple Leaf dresser!
I am a Canadian who now lives in Illinois (for the past 2+ years) my fascination with great shopping since living here has turned into a dangerous shopping addiction! I can be heard repeating over and over...'look at how cheap this is'...and Big Lots is one of my favorite stores...we have one not too far away!
Love everything you bought and I am looking forward to following along to see more of the reveal!

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I had no idea that Big Lots had anything good! You are working like a crazy woman to finish up in your studio. Looks great!

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