(Reader note: I was provided with a gift card to purchase items to make this review possible at their request. I was not otherwise compensated and my opinion, as always, remains my own.)
We all know how something small can totally make an old space look new again, whether it’s a great rug, decorative lamp or even a small pillow. I’m a sucker for conversation pieces and love any item that tells a story, so to speak. That kind of thing is what turns a house into a home…it’s what gives it character.
I’ve recently discovered a new place full of fun finds to refresh our look at the At Home store.
At Home used to be known as Garden Ridge, but underwent a name change, along with some other cosmetic and internal changes last year. Now, it’s brighter and more organized and much more enticing than the Garden Ridge I remember, which, in my opinion, felt more like an indoor flea market than a home furnishing store.
At Home reached out to me, offering me a $100 gift card to make over one small space in my home with their smaller items (think fireplace mantel, bathroom counter, etc), and asked me to share my experience with you. I spent almost two hours in the store, wandering around trying to decide on what I wanted to do, before finally setting my goal of updating my daughter’s room.
As you’ll see in the photos below, this was no ordinary room. As a holiday gift two years before, we’d given her the beach feel she wanted, complete with a hanging bed like you’d find on some outdoor porches in the South. But it needed a little updating.
For the $100, we were able to buy a new turquoise comforter and two fun new wall hangings (both of which I wanted to ‘borrow’ back for other areas of my home once I saw how fun they were hanging on her walls). It took less than ten minutes to make the changes and I think these items totally renovate the space. It’s also brighter, more inspiring, and honestly, just more ‘her’.
And this might tell you just how much I liked the store. I not only spent the $100 they sent me for review purposes, but I spent an additional $800 on a seagrass headboard for myself, along with a new mattress for my bed that rivals the feel of another soft mattress brand.
(The headboard can be seen here. The artwork above the bed is actually an image of the sound of my daughter’s laugh from a company called Born of Sound. The pillows on the bed are from photos I took on my travels and had customized into pillows.)
I could have easily spent a lot more than that and am tempted to go back to buy many more of the items you see below.
I just know I need to wait until my budget will allow for another splurge session. Sure, there are lots of things for just a few dollars, but there are just so many of them, I know I won’t walk out with just one. They literally stock 50 thousand items! There are thousands of ways to update your home.
Yes, there are plenty of home furnishings stores around, but what makes At Home different is you aren’t escorted around the store with a sales person pressuring you to buy this or that. You can wander around on your own as long as you want, and pick out whatever you need. Nobody makes a commission off your choices.
The store is filled with all kinds of cool things for just about every room in your house. Rugs. Mirrors. Patio cushions. Kitchen gadgets. Furniture. Oh, the furniture. It’s fun and funky and classy, too. Just like me. And so many of my friends. Maybe that’s why I like the At Home store so much now.
I went to the store in Kennesaw, GA, but there are locations all over the US. Go to http://www.athome.com/ for a link to locations.
***Edited to add a giveaway! The folks of At Home want to give one StressFree, Baby! reader a $50 gift card. Just enter a comment below about what you might buy with the money–or which room you’d focus on for a quick fix. You have until midnight EST July 1st. We’ll pick one winner at random on July 2nd. Please also follow at least one of the At Home social media channels. This isn’t a requirement, but, well, karma.