*Home Sweet Home*

First of all, Merry Christmas!
Or as I like to say, Happy Birthday Jesus!
I know I'm a little late with those sentiments, but I finally have a computer again!

The husband and I just returned from a whirlwind week of travel, from Dallas to Jamaica to Dallas to Brownwood to San Marcos and back to Dallas. Phew!

Tiny Jamaica photo synopsis:

Jamaica was dreamy and gorgeous and exotic and beautiful, and yet all we could think about was home-sweet-home back in Texas. We were lounging on the beach with festive drinks, watching fellow vacationers try to wind surf, planning out what home improvements we wanted to finish as soon as we got home. We spent a good deal of time eating (not surprising if you have seen how much my husband's bottomless stomach can put away), and we would linger over the five courses, talking about bathroom tile, solutions for our storage needs and plans for our back patio. By the end of our honeymoon, we couldn't wait to come back and be under the roof of our precious first home.

We learned some things about ourselves– mainly that we are major homebodies and total nerds when we talk about our home. We can't even spend time in a tropical paradise without our thoughts drifting back to our home projects. And of course it sounds cliche, but there really is nothing like home.

That said, we came back from our trip and I squeezed in a visit to the Pottery Barn outlet in San Marcos with the only other person I know who loves the Pottery Barn outlet as much as I do- my mother. I'm pretty excited about our loot:

Bedford 3x3 Bookcase
It is retailing for $379 on Pottery Barn's website, but we came home with it for $70. We got it in white. Score!

We have a tendency to drop our backpacks and bags and keys and everything as soon as we come in the door, so I plan to put this right there as a drop-off zone in our makeshift entryway.

I also found some great king-sized striped pillowcases for only $5. Here is a picture of the pillowcase in another color– ours are white and a greyish-blue. I think they will add some pizazz to our bed (and hubby thinks I am crazy for buying more pillows for our bed).

Lastly, we snagged this neat West Elm desk with a roll out extension for $65 (in the chocolate color). 

We were pretty excited about our finds! If you have a Pottery Barn outlet within driving distance, you should swing by and see if they have any great deals. Our outlet had all home office furniture from both Pottery Barn and West Elm at an additional 50% off already discounted prices. They also had 50% off all Christmas decorations and all wall art, and 25% off occasional furniture and wall mirrors. I also saw some great deals on lighting. I'm not sure if the sales are the same at every outlet, but it's worth a try!

Did anyone else hit the post-Christmas sales? 

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