Yesterday we celebrated our one year homeowner anniversary with our new home!
We pretty much ignored it and ate taquitos in the car on the way to football practice.
I guess it’s not the kind of thing you really celebrate though is it?
It just doesn’t quite seem like a year has even passed really.
I guess it’s because we a) didn’t actually move in until October, and b) we still owned our previous home (where we still spent a good deal of time each week) until January of this year.
So, when I saw this date approaching on the calendar I nearly forgot why it was significant in the first place.
I’ve decided I can’t celebrate until I’ve done at least a few of the things I promised myself I’d do to this place when we moved in.
Some of those things (building the stone patio of my dreams and finishing our basement), are out of reach because HOLY CRAP NO ONE SAID A PRETTY STONE PATIO WOULD BE TWENTY GRAND!
And others have just been pushed to the wayside because of time, or lack of it, and creativity, or lack of that too.
Because I’ve got nothin’.
I will be the first to admit that I am a HORRIBLE decorator.
Like, the worst.
I see things I love online or in magazines, but I can’t duplicate them to save my life.
Recently, I was chatting with the two youngest Dudes and they were saying that they still don’t feel like this is their home. They feel like they’re visiting and will be going back to where they really live soon.
I just haven’t settled into this place with my whole heart yet.
I know a lot of that has to do with the fact that we lived in our previous home for 12 years. I’d never lived any single place for 12 years before that and I consider it my first real home.
For my kids, Dude 3 was born there and Dude 2 was too young to remember our previous home. When we moved in Dude 1 was just 4 years old himself so even he only has vague memories of life before our lake house. For them, it is all they knew, and for me it is what I knew best.
A year is a long time not to feel at home so I’ve become super frustrated with the fact that my house still looks like we just moved in a few weeks ago (mostly I blame the builder’s paint). I want it to look and feel like our home. I want the photos on the walls and the knick knacks on the shelves and putting it off because I’m tired or it’s hard to find affordable furniture is just not what I’m gonna do anymore.
So, I’ve made an effort to really invest some time, money, and the creativity of others (because I text my mom and my friends CONSTANTLY with photos now) into making our house feel like our home again.
I should apologize right now to the people who work at At Home and HomeGoods who are constantly accepting my returns, and to the mail lady and the UPS guy who are making countless drops on my door step while my dog tries to attack their souls through the door.
I’ve spent days combing the internet for places to buy affordable furniture online –places where the photos aren’t actual size of the couches, where the price matches the quality, where everything isn’t backordered until 2019.
Yes, friends, the struggle to find affordable furniture online is too real.
In an effort to balance karma in my favor by saving some of you from bad choices, here are some of my favorite places to find decent, cool, affordable furniture online.
Where to Find Affordable Furniture Online Your Kids Probably Won’t Ruin
Target: Find Affordable Furniture and All of the Things
If the words Magnolia Collection mean nothing to you then you’re not my people and you should probably go (or you should keep reading so you can finally join the rest of us in the happy land known as farmhouse). Target carries so many beautiful pieces from the beloved Chip and Joanna Gaines home furnishing collection and they are largely affordable.
But, as you well know, Target is about more than just affordable furniture online. They’re about wall art, and trinkets, and throw pillows, and rugs, and happiness, and joy, and all the things light and good in America today. Basically.
They’re my unicorn, and they’re probably yours too.
Ikea: Find Basic, Affordable Furniture
I think of Ikea as the minimalists’ dreamland. Everything is very functional and sleek and utilitarian in nature, and yet it’s still all remarkably cool. And ridiculously affordable.
And by affordable I truly don’t mean cheap. While some can call into question the quality of some pieces, I can personally point to several in my home that have survived 3 moves and 3 children quite well.
Only drawback: shipping prices are insane. If you live near one, drive there and get your stuff, it’s cheaper that way.
TJ Maxx Online: Find A Menagerie of Affordable Furniture
Just like the retail location, where you can easily do all of your holiday shopping for everyone on your list including your dog, TJ Maxx online has an ever changing inventory of cool affordable furniture and home décor items.
It’s all well priced and there are tons of items that would cost you way more if you tried to buy them basically anywhere else.
Free shipping is available if you sign up for their enews list and everyone knows free shipping is life.
Amazon: Find Affordable Furniture with Fast, Free Shipping
Which brings us to Amazon! Free shipping Fast shipping. And so many things!
I’ve purchased several furniture items from Amazon –our counter stools, Dude 2’s bed, his room chair—and I’m yet to be disappointed.
Wayfair: Find Affordable Furniture for Any Home Style
Because they are also Birchlane, and All Modern, and Joss and Main, and a plethora of other sites selling a variety of niche products largely in the home goods arena. The sites tend to carry a lot of the same stuff, and even seem to share an inventory (note: the dining room light fixture I want is sold and also backordered on Wayfair and all of the other sites I mentioned above.), but they vary in aesthetic. Personally, I shop them all because I don’t even know what I want.
Canvas on the Cheap: Find Affordable Furniture for Your Walls
And by furniture I really mean personalized photo canvases. I hate how expensive they are on so many sites –I’ve literally paid over $120 for them before—but I love how cheap they are on Canvas on the Cheap. They sent them to me for free and I love how beautifully they came out!
Now, off to pick out which accent chairs I am going to add to my living room!