Do You Love It?

IIIIII LOVE ITTT, butIdidn’tbuyallofit AT ROSS.

But I totally would have bought all of it if I had places to put everything (and money to burn).

Ross is not usually a place for me to score deals on home stuff, but yesterday I totes (mcgoats?) loved everything I saw. Maybe Sundays are the magic day at Ross? Maybe all of the little Hindu statues I saw were responsible for the blessed day of shopping. At least I think they’re Hindu…not real sure about that one. Apologies to any and all deities I’ve offended.

I found this black beauty on a shelf full of bookends, but I guess his mate scampered off to greener pastures. Marked down to $6.99 from $14.00, consider painting him a cool color so he’d be the mane event on a book shelf.
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Ross had this huge display of funky colored (and funky looking) porcelain sculptures.

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This beauty totally caught my eye. I love his teal-y zen vibe, and if I had a bachelorette-pad I would need to use him somewhere. He totally wouldn’t mind if I stored some of my necklaces around his neck, right? Or I could sit him on top of a pile of books or magazines on a console table. At $20 he could really liven up a party. As much as you can liven up a party when you’re meditating and your eyes are closed.

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And check out the funky texture on these vases. At $9.99 each, you could paint them any color and use them in almost any room. They’d be awesome in a kitchen to store some big stirring spoons or spatulas on the counter next to the stove. Flipped upside down, the base is wide enough to set a pillar candle on. Traditionalist? Stick with flowers.

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This giant shell bowl is definitely awesome- I could totally see it sitting on a dining room table or kitchen counter as a centerpiece full of fruit, or as a tray in a bathroom with different items like a brush, comb, etc. living on it.

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But I’m totally not going to shell out $60 bucks for him. I clam up just thinking about it. (too much?)

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Now this sexy mama. Oh yes. She is curvy. She has attitude. She will wear your coat with nothing underneath (Aerosmith, anyone?).

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Forty dollars is not bad considering she could really dress up an entry way. This may come as a shock to you, but if you’re feeling experimental I’d suggest -wait for it- painting her. Any color, although I’m really feeling teals and deep purples lately.

Now for what actually came home with me.

Maybe you never would’ve guessed that we needed a rug in our laundry room– all of the reasons we do are in the picture below. Allow, if you will, a few moments for me to elaborate.

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Item 1: the door. This is the most trafficked area of the house. Almost everyone comes in this way (the laundry room flows right into the kitchen). Check out that orange-y tile. And the yellow walls. Your initial reaction might be, “Wow, Em, that rug doesn’t specifically match anything in there.” And I’d say, “Right you are! But that is the least of my problems in here. The floors! The walls!” I could go on.
And I will.

Which brings me to item 2.

Item 2: Coleman the Wonder Dog. I am not introducing you to CtWD in this post, because he will somehow, while I’m writing it, take over my whole blog, get a large readership, make a video, eat all of my dinner, make a pan of brownies and eat them all, then throw up in Eleven’s bed when she’s not looking, then come back and tell you all about it while I clean it up. In the picture above, CtWD is drinking, and when he drinks he doesn’t slop it up like a normal dog in one spot. He likes to get a mouthful of water, turn around, then trot out of the laundry room into the kitchen, while attempting to swallow it. He is rarely successful. The rug is partly there to help absorb some of the water out of the dog’s mouth. Yes, that is as gross as you think it is.

Item 3: Laundry. No one likes to do it, but I’m hoping that maybe giving myself a bit of luxury, like a nice cushy rug underfoot, will make the experience just a tiny bit more bearable. This rug was $9.99 (Regularly $19.99), it won’t show dirt (thanks to it’s dark brown color) or water spots, and it’s super soft. Score. An added bonus: when the water from the dog’s mouth mixes with the dirt from people’s shoes, I can toss that baby into the conveniently located washing machine. Done and done.

Below is the trivet I grabbed for $3.99 (Regularly $8.00). I dig the design and the funky green color. We needed a trivet pretty badly, not really much more to this one. Although, I’m not going to lie and tell you I didn’t hold this trivet in my hands, close my eyes, click my heels together 3 times, and picture it in my dream kitchen. It looked great, in case you’re wondering.

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But let me take a few minutes and gush about THIS bad boy:

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He’s gorgeous, right? That smokey tan glass, the rippled texture, the earthy, thick twine wrapped around the neck.

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And he is perfect for what I needed- something pretty to dress up the entertainment center a bit. He is multi-seasonal, sleek, and just big enough to work on a bigger piece of furniture. I shoved everyone out of the way and grabbed him for $19.99 (Regularly $40.00).
Here he is on the entertainment center:

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Isn’t he great? Sigh.

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Sorry about the harsh lighting. Yes, we organize books by color.

So here’s the roundup of my Ross trip:

Budget: $50.00

Rug: $9.99 (Saved $10.00)
Trivet: $3.99 (Saved $4.01)
Smokey Glass Guy: $19.99 (Saved $20.01)
Mystery Item: $8.99 (Saved $9.01)

Total Spent: $42.96   
Total Saved: $43.03

Not bad considering you never really know what Ross is going to have to offer. I usually don’t buy anything on a Ross trip (I have a tendency to get overwhelmed by lots of people in small areas), but the shopping gods were smiling down on me today and I walked away with some great finds– and the Ross jingle looping in my brain for the rest of the day.

PS- Mystery Item will be revealed in another post, it’s not quite ready to come into the world just yet. Would you believe I’m not painting it?

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