Hi guys! If you’ve been following along on Instagram or Facebook then you’ve seen my project #TITYNSettles where I’ve started going room by room organizing, designing, creating solutions, asking for help and decorating our new house. The most common question friends have excitedly asked me since we moved in was, “Are you settled in?!” And my answer was always a disappointing, “A little settled, slowly, I’m having trouble getting motivated.” This was a head scratcher to me and it was bothering me so I knew setting up a project through Tell It To Your Neighbor would help me get motivated and give me a little accountability.
A year ago we were in the middle of building our house and I was cruising the Home Section of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I was thinking, “Man, I wish I could know what I’m going to need for the house” because I was surprised to find towels, bedding, tabletop, etc.! But I quickly squashed that “fear of scarcity” that sales can often manipulate me into feeling and remembered I have next year and I don’t actually “need” any of it! Now it’s a year later, I’m not feeling as frantic about it and I am taking advantage of the sale for the things this house “can use”.
First up, this house can use a few updated photo frames. All of my older picture frames are chunky wood frames and they’re not looking right in the new space. So I think these two frames from the sale are so light and pretty and look great here!
Kate Spade gold frame with black mat, 4×6 photo because of the mat. Silver frame with white mat, 3.5×3.5 (actually closer to 3×3) and $20.90.
Next, look at these towels! I feel like they were designed to look pretty with carrara marble! Our master bathroom can definitely use these! Our old white towels from the wedding registry 15 years ago needed replacing about 8 years ago, but I never could decide to go white again or with a color until I saw these gray towels. The “grey vapor” is just enough color to hide dirt over time but still light enough to keep the space clean, light and simple.
I bought this bath mat in the spring and now it’s part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I like it because it’s very absorbent, great for stepping out of the shower. I wouldn’t recommend it for a high traffic area, it’s ribbed design can catch dirt in a passageway but its great where I have it!
These towels are also a favorite of mine from the sale. Their pattern reminds me of a cobblestone street. They are also very similar to the fancy European Thistletex towels I always look forward to using at Rachel Ashwell’s The Prairie in Round Top.
Luckily they are on sale because I’m using these in several other places. I’ve only had time to photograph them in the powder bath, don’t they look like they were made for this room! Bonus, I ran into a neighbor shopping at Nordstrom, she has these and said they’ve held up well and her kids have been using them! They come in two colors, grey magnate and blue vintage. I was also surprised to find a rope loop on the bath towel for hanging on a hook, yes!
Lastly, I’ve been having trouble with the glass cabinets in our breakfast area. I’ve been trying to fill them and make them look pretty without buying anything. I also have a drawer full of floating recipe cards and a bunch of my Mom’s recipe boxes from the 70s I’d like to get organized.
Enter pretty Rifle Paper Co. tin recipe box, it’s $21.90 with the sale and after the sale it will be $34.00. It’s not a need but I sure can use it! It comes with cards and dividers inside.
That’s all I had time to photograph and share before Early Access to the sale ends today! I’m still waiting on a few deliveries, too so good thing the Public Sale continues to August 6th. Hopefully I’ll have time to photo the successes but if not here’s what I’m working on and things I found of value for the home in the sale:
Before you go, here’s a quote I hung on my college apartment bedroom door when I was addicted to shopping for home goods, “Simply tell yourself that you can’t afford anything new right now. Sure, deprivation is painful at first, but delayed gratification feels much better in the long run and gives you more control over your finances.”