One of my favorite retailers for home decor, HomeGoods, invited me to “Make Happiness Happen” for someone in my community with a $250 gift card to HomeGoods. There were no restrictions and I could use the gift card to help in any way (some examples they shared were redecorating the living room of a firehouse, donating the gift card to a silent auction, decorate your spouse’s office, or the bedroom of one of your closest friends who needs some help).
I chose to put the gift card to good use by decorating the reception area/lobby of my son’s school. It’s a wonderful environment for learning and community, but honestly, the lobby needed some help. It’s funny how these things organically happen, because one day after drop-off, I was in the lobby with some faculty and one of the men mentioned that he didn’t really like how the lobby looked. I had been wanting to approach the school with this idea, and the opportunity fell into my lap on that morning. We made sure to confirm with the principal that she was on board with the mini revamp, and happily, she was!
I started with replacing an industrial grey rug with a colorful chevron ‘Dina’ rug from Joss & Main. I had to make sure it could withstand heavy traffic, not show dirt easily, and was safe for high heels. I think it fits the bill. I know it’s bright, but I figure it works for a cheerful school lobby. HomeGoods has rugs too, and I fell in love with some for my home! but they didn’t have the size and colors I needed for the school.
Then, armed with my $250 HomeGoods gift card, I shopped my local store for some decor items to tie in with the rug. The reception area is a smallish, rectangular room with two arm chairs, but that’s about it. We’ll keep the chairs and add the HomeGoods items below: a half-moon side table, two Chinoiserie vases, and a bright yellow garden stool. Yellow and blue are our school colors, so I wanted to add them in a creative way. The orchid will add life and hopefully be easy to maintain.
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I’m so excited for install day soon! Thank you HomeGoods for helping make our school lobby a happier place! And now it’s your turn to win a $100 gift card to HomeGoods.
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