59 Great Finds for the Home + H&M


Until I get my studio set up at our new place, I’ll be posting mostly thrifty finds & ideas. If you’re interested in guest posting here, please email submissions (photos at least 500px wide) to melissa at melissaesplin dot com.

I’ve been a contributing guest blogger at Houzz for the last 3 monts and it’s high time I share my latest ideabooks with you!


If you’re not familiar with Houzz.com, it’s a comprehensive home decor site. There you can find home tours, the latest in home designs, trends & ideabooks featuring places where you can buy fantastic home items. I contribute to the latter. I scour the web for inspiring items for the home & I’ve had so much fun doing so. Here’s a little description of the ideabooks I’ve compiled thus far:

20 Art Prints for Under $100  – having art in the home is SO important! Pat yourself on the back if you have invested in originals. If you’re on a tight budget & want to get started collecting some fantastic art, you’ll definitely want to see this ideabook. I’ve aggregated 20 prints worth purchasing, all under $100. Most are under $50. I have quite a few of these in my own home.

19 Decorative Toys – Toys don’t have to be an eye sore or ridiculously expensive. Here’s a list of 19 design-friendly, kid-friendly toys that I wouldn’t mind displaying in my home.

20 Great Big-Box Finds – With my budget, I typically look to Ikea or vintage shops to find unique, but in this ideabook you’ll find 20 fabulous design finds for the home available online or at your local big-box store.

All of my ideabooks include items that I would consider buying myself, so you’ll find that most of the items published there are affordable. I hope you take a look around (especially at the art one – many of those items are made by independent artists)!

top: H&M, leggings: Thief + Bandit kids, socks: Children’s place, shoes: H&M

Also, last night I spent about 4 hours at H&M’s pre-opening party. It was fantastic! I spent a load of money & outfitted (mostly) our family for winter. I’ll say, the best about that shopping experience was that the place was SO organized & there was a sales associate at every turn. Sadly, though, I missed out on the skirt that I planned on getting: Hot Pink Pleated Skirt. I found what I thought was my size, but it turned out it was too small! Oh curses, reverse muffin top!! Anyone near an H&M with that skirt in stock?

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    1. I’ll look forward to your finds as I’m moving in a couple of months too!:)

    2. I always get a size up or two from my regular size at H&M. Unfortunately the nearest one is over an hour away. $12 for that skirt is a great deal. I wish they would do online shopping. I LOVE LOVE LOVE their kids clothes. Penelope is probably still too little for them but forever 21 has girls’ clothes and they are so cute but they start at a girls 4-5. FOr example: http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=girls&Category=girls_dresses&ProductID=2000024396&VariantID=
      I could go on…I hope these links work ;)

    3. Nikki says:

      I was at the mall this afternoon and the line out of H&M was like a mile long. Word on the street is that people camped out to shop when they opened at noon. I didn’t bother waiting in line today. Instead we bought some Christams ornaments at Crate and Barrel?

    4. Jenna says:

      Great finds with the art prints. Also, your little one is too darn cute.

    5. Jenn says:

      I’m so jealous of your H&M. I wish we had one where I live! Penelope looks so cute – I’d love to steal her boots in my size!

    6. Summer says:

      I so so so so want that pink skirt too! I can’t find it at the Dallas H&M. They opened the store in early fall and it’s always CRAZY packed!

      PS- penelope is seriously too cute.

    7. Anna says:

      That skirt looks fantastic – hope you find it!

      Am not much help, we aren’t even near a country with a H&M.

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    9. Erin in CA says:

      What size are you looking for? I’ll be running errands near my local H&M on Tuesday night!

    10. Alisa Biggs says:

      Have u picked names for the giveaway_dont see any winners listed

    11. Alisa Biggs says:

      Have u picked names for the giveaway_dont see any winners listed
      Thanks agaian for this oppourtunity

    12. Sarah Jane says:

      Pen looks fab! I’ve drooled over those thief and bandits before. She’s a stunner!

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    14. Jen says:

      Gotta love H&M. Did you see their Versace line? Love it.

      P.S. You’re definitely not the first person to buy a size that ended up being to small at H&M. Their sizes are way off. I have to buy pants and skirts 2 sizes bigger there that what I usually buy. So, you’re not alone. :)

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