For most of her life, Bossy’s mom has been an interior designer — and for many years, Bossy and her mom partnered in their own decorating business, producing room after room after sister mercy room with results like this:
So when HomeGoods contacted Bossy about doing a review of their store, Bossy was thrilled because as a decorator, she and HomeGoods go way back — in fact she and HomeGoods are likethis.
The deal went a little like this: HomeGoods would provide Bossy with store credit to redo something in her house. Would it be the back porch, the family room — it was an avalanche of opportunity and Bossy couldn’t decide which corner of dysfunction needed it most. And then Bossy remembered her torture chamber.
Bossy has built a reputation as a chronic insomniac for approximately 7,305 days, which correlates with the birth of her first child, when Bossy began suffering a sleep that never slipped beneath the surface of wide-eyed consciousness. Prior to this time, Bossy was the type to put the why in worry, and hello HomeGoods! Bossy has not forgotten about you!
So Bossy thought it was an exciting prospect to redo her bedroom with special attention paid to calm and restorative. The first thing Bossy did was go on the HomeGoods blog to get inspired with ideas.
And then Bossy and her mom got to work. Let’s have a look at Bossy’s room before the redo, shall we?
Over a decade ago, Bossy inherited the queen-size bed frame from her father who was upgrading to a larger bed, and Bossy inherited the bedding from herself, as it was purchased so long ago as to render it useless in all categories, especially warmth.
It’s not that Bossy’s bedroom was that horrible, not compared, for instance, to stuff like sleeping in a bus station.
The room was just blah and full of the things that defined a habit for Bossy, and that habit was not sleeping.
The other side of the bedroom is hodgepodge but strangely practical, so Bossy didn’t anticipate the need to apply many changes there:
So one day last week, Bossy and her trusty sidekick decorating partner who is coincidentally her mother, took off in the car toward HomeGoods.
Once in the store, Bossy and her mom actualized a little plan they like to call divide and conquer while calmly checking out the inventory — or as Bossy practices the plan, hurry and stick everything in this here cart so no one else can buy it.
Before too long, Bossy and her trusty sidekick decorating partner mom shifted their focus to the bedding department, perusing HomeGood’s selection of high-end comforter and sheet sets.
Bossy takes very seriously the task of selecting new pillows to replace the lumps of coal she previously employed.
From there Team Bossy rifled through the extensive wall decorations department and made decisions about hanging things:
Next there were lamps to consider in the lighting department, and bedside tables in the furniture department, and corresponding bedroom trappings in the enormous accessories department — and as things began to pull together inside the three shopping carts Bossy and her mom had amassed, it was difficult for Bossy to keep her cool:
And this is the part where Bossy and her mom came across a dog bed and Bossy’s mom was all, “Gah, look, it’s one of those slave ships!”
Then Bossy and her mother went through the checkout line and loaded up the car with plastic bags full of bedroom.
And before Bossy could count to five — where five equals five days later when it finally stopped raining and being all dark and mopey in Bossy’s bedroom — it was time for the installation of the HomeGoods stuff!
The first thing Bossy’s mom did was arrange the new dust ruffle, while Bossy took advantage of her shifted mattress and box spring to actually dust. Can you still call it dusting when mopping up the equivalent of a shag carpet?
Then Bossy and her mom assembled all of the new linens and pillows and comforters. Typically these purchases can be quite a commitment because they are surprisingly costly, and not necessarily where you want to drop serious coin compared to other things.
But quality and thread count and fabric really make the difference between straggly home bedding and crisp boutique-hotel bedding — which is why Bossy highly recommends designer brands, but purchased at heavily discounted stores, such as HomeGoods.
Bossy was going for a restful tone-on-tone look, knowing full well the new light blue comforter would be at odds with the golden sage walls unless things were carefully tied together. Experience tells Bossy this is when attention to detail is critical.
Next Bossy and her mother hung four similarly themed prints, and when Bossy says she and her mother did it, she means her husband.
A cluster of framed things is a fun trick, rather than one serious piece of artwork. And these prints? Only $16.99 each.
Bossy’s also loves her new bedside table and lamp and gem-covered photo frame, all of which seem to deliver Bossy more than just a world away from the toppling mess of responsibilities that used to reside here.
Finally, with everything in place, Bossy and her trusty sidekick decorating partner mom stood back and admired their good day’s work, which was more like a half-day followed by five rain-days followed by a couple of hours:
And then Bossy and her trusty sidekick decorating partner mom celebrated their achievement:
Bossy’s good friends at HomeGoods would like to give one of Bossy’s readers the chance to win a $100 gift card. Here’s all you need to do: first take the StyleScope Quiz, and then leave Bossy a comment, below, with the result of the quiz: what is your decorating style?
In fact, Bossy’s friends at BlogHer would like to give Bossy’s readers eight chances to win the $100 gift card. Just follow this link to the other HomeGoods reviews and enter their giveaway contests as well. Why not? And in the meantime you can be all nosy about the rooms the other bloggers redid using their HomeGoods loot.
The contest runs until October 14th, and here is the laundry list of official rules: One comment per person, please. This giveaway is open to US residents, aged 18 and over. Winners will be notified by email, and you’ll have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. You may receive an additional entry by linking on twitter and leaving a link in the comments, just like you can receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments, in which case forget about the whole one comment per person thing. Phew.
The winners will be selected utilizing Bossy’s friend the Random Number Generator. Good luck Bossy readers! Go get ’em.