we went to tj maxx a couple weeks back when we had some time to kill and bought some cute decorative things for the house. it was really nice to do since up until very recently, we felt like we had to watch every single penny and would only buy necessities for the house and nothing nice for ourselves. these little things definitely help make it feel more home-like.
we bought 2 J's and an ampersand to put on the mantle. kind of silly, but i'm in love with coral and seafoam right now, so it was kind of perfect. plus it adds some color to that terribly white fireplace and wall. we also bought a couple outdoor "lanterns" to put on these half columns on the porch. we have candles to go in them, we just haven't gotten around to putting them in yet.
and lastly we bought this little red, distressed landing strip. it's right inside the door and currently holds keys, sanford's leash and harness, and some small knick-knacks we didn't have a good place for yet.