We just got back from a nice relaxing vacation – an 11 day cruise to the Caribbean! Words cannot explain how much fun it was and how beautiful it really is there. We will definitely be planning another cruise in the future! We went on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas, and our first stop was Labadee, Haiti. It was so amazing there! One of the first things I spotted off the boat (besides the scenery), was a local artist with his brother selling their artwork. It was so colorful and immediately grabbed our attention. They were pretty big, so I told him we would be back before boarding the ship to buy a couple. Well I kept my word and came back, and sadly it didn’t look like he sold any pieces during the day, we we bought 3 🙂 He gave us a deal and we were ecstatic. Seriously, it was such a good feeling to support a local Haitian artist and know we helped him out for the week. We also couldn’t wait to bring the paintings home and find a good spot to hang them! If you ever go on a cruise with Royal Caribbean and go to Labadee, be sure to check out the art there – I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
So when we got the house our first reaction was most likely pure excitement and over the moon happy. But then it hits you – omg what are we going to put in every single room?! Well, when you have a house with a ton of space and only 2 people in it, I guess it doesn’t really matter if every room is filled right away. We need to focus on the necessities before worrying about the fluff and pretty decorations. So of course we hit up our favorite spot – Home Goods, and got a couple things for the living room. These actually may not seem like necessities, but when you have absolutely nothing in your house so far, I think anything could turn into a necessity 🙂
Here’s a ladder that’s actually a shelf. Pretty cool, huh? Charlie picked this out, a pretty good find I think! It’s cute things like this that make people ask, “OMG where did you get that?”
This one is made of metal and looks way better in person, for some reason my camera wont capture the awesomeness of it. It could be an end table or little coffee table – we’ll let you know what we decide. And yes – it was on CLEARANCE. One of our favorite words 🙂
Charlie is an awesome bargain shopper, I’ve definitely picked up a few tips from him. We like to search sales for awesome deals, especially on items that may have a little mark or something wrong that can easily be fixed. For example, the ladder shelf above that we found at Home Goods had a little scratch on the top of it. Big deal? No. Discount? Yes! We complained to the manager about the scratch and got a percentage knocked off the normal price, plus she took out her furniture marker and colored it in for us. You would never notice it unless it was pointed out.
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