Anyone who’s scored a storage bin or cute ottoman at HomeGoods knows the store is a treasure trove for decor on the cheap.
The brand might not be under the radar for much longer. HomeGoods recently partnered with interior design service Homepolish to makeover fashion blogger Helena Glazer’s (aka Brooklyn Blonde) new brownstone in Bay Ridge. And the results are Pinterest gold.
Designer Matthew Cane and Glazer hit up eight HomeGoods locations sourcing items used to style the duplex.
Here are five design tips we are totally incorporating into our homes:
Get creative with plant stands
Glazer’s husband, Keith Hodne, has a green thumb and so the couple sprinkle houseplants into each room. To highlight their plant collection — like this cactus that actually belonged to Hodne’s grandfather— Cane swapped out a generic pot for a pretty ceramic one. He then flipped over a wire trash can ($10 at HomeGoods) and used it as a modern plant stand.
Hang mirrors behind shelves
“Standing mirrors add drama and dimension to any room,” says Cane. “By propping up these two huge mirrors [behind the living room bookcases] we opened up the whole room and gave it a light, airy feel.”
Fake old fixtures
Besides swapping out a dull light fixture for a modern piece, Glazer and Cane bought an ornate light medallion from the local hardware store that provides old-world charm.
Look beyond baby decor
Glazer, who is expecting her first child this month, was stuck on what to do with the nursery. While she and Cane were shopping for the room he came across these animal heads, and voila.
“He told me he had this crazy idea to do an animal bust gallery wall vs. what you typically see in nurseries, and I’m obsessed with the way it turned out,” says the blogger.
Find cool ways to display — and hide! — toys
For organizing the chaos that inherently occurs in a kid’s room, Cane looked outside the typical storage box. To display cute books and stuffed animals he hung up a cool industrial office organizer.
For the not-so-cute toys: “store away the bigger, bolder-looking toys in these oversized trunks,” says the designer. “It keeps the room looking clean and sleek.”