Robin Flies South...

A blog about decorating and tablescaping with an emphasis on creativity and smart shopping over cash!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Garden Stool Envy!

Sometimes you just want to have something.  It's not necessary for any real purpose.  Still, it seems every time you open a magazine, there it is.  Tucked into a beautifully decorated room.  That perfect finishing touch.  It can be used in a formal room or casual.  Inside or out.  And I want one! Now!

What is it?  Let's play a game here.  I will show you pictures of some rooms and you tell me what they have in common.  Ok?

That was pretty easy, huh?  No wonder I'm obsessed with garden stools.  They seem to pop up in all my favorite rooms.  One thing though, they can be pretty pricey.  I wonder if anyone has figured out a way to knock one off that doesn't involve having your own kiln!

What's a girl to do? After some thought,  I just did what I do!  I do a little DIY, love to spray paint and make curtains with fabric glue but my best decorating skill has got to be shopping.  I just happened to see a garden stool left on a register at a Ross store.  I asked if it was for sale and had it been marked down yet since I know it was on the shelf for weeks. 

The sticker price was $59.99 which is a great price. 

But I did better!  One scan and one markdown price later I paid less than $25 after tax.  Not bad!
It's really not my colors but I figured for that price I could just spray paint it with a high gloss paint any color I want.  Then it occurred to me that these were the perfect colors for my daughter's new apartment.   She and her roommate already wanted plum and deep yelllow, so why not some teal and green? What a perfect inspiration piece for her! 

For Mother's Day my daughter and I did the trifecta (shopping, movies and dinner!) and while we were at Marshall's we found this great area rug for $49.99.  Doesn't it go great with the stool?  I suggested she use it either on the floor or as a wall hanging in their living room.  It will look great with the gray sectional her roommate is getting.

I just love a bargain!  If you aren't lucky enough to find a one like I did, there are some nice garden stools, mostly solid colors, on Ebay, and at Pier One and Ballards.  I'm hoping lightning will strike twice for me and I will come across one for me, too!

Do you have one of these?  Where did you get it and what did you pay?  I'm being pretty nosey here, aren't I? 

I am joining the following parties...

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Thrifty Things Friday at Thrifty Groove
What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Thrifty Thursday at Thrifty Decorating
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine's Corner
Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Sunday Blog Love at Cherished Treasures


allisamazing said...

I don't have one but I want one, or two, or three or four... :)

the cape on the corner said...

you are too generous to let that amazing stool go, lol. i absolutely LOVE it and you got it at an amazing price!

Jen said...

Very pretty!
I have 1 a just painted a high gloss green for my office!!!
Love the colors & design on yours!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Now that was one awesome buy. I love it!


Diann said...

You got a great deal on that stool! I have been wanting a couple of those as well but, have not found them at a decent price. Love it! Thank you for sharing this with us this week at TTF. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Creations By Cindy said...

WOW! Never have seen these before until now!!!! Now I will be looking too! WANT ONE! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Katherines Corner said...

great finds Robin! Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things Hop. I appreciate your bloggy friendship xo

twelve-O-eight said...

Oh how beautiful!!! I am on the hunt for one, love the colors, what a great find! Tanya :)

It's All Connected said...

What a great mom to give up your garden stool for your daughter! ~ Maureen

Diann said...

Hi Robin!
I am dropping back by to let you know that I am featuring your wonderful garden stool find in this weeks TTF party. I hope you drop back by and join the party (Post goes live thursday at 4:00) and grab the "I was featured" button for your blog! Have a great day!

Terry said...

I have seen those stools all over on the internet, you got one heck of a bargain with it. Thanks for sharing this at Sunday Blog Love, I love to do things with my daughter too..wishing you a wonderful weekend!