Shopping Success…Sort Of

Yesterday, I headed down to Princeton to shop at the Princeton Market Fair.  This small mall along Rt. 1 contains a few fun stores including Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Anthropologie and West Elm among others.

Pottery Barn table display

My goal was to check out more items in Pottery Barn which are not carried in the store closer to my home.  I have been looking for kitchen stools and a new kitchen table.  I had been hoping to see the Sumner Extending Table in person…

Pottery Barn

Unfortunately, the closest version they had on the floor was the Sumner Pedestal table but at least I got a good look at the finish.  I still don’t know how I feel about those extending pieces that stick out on the ends of the Sumner Extending Table.  How do they look when not extended?  I still need to investigate this.

I also enjoyed browsing through West Elm but as expected, most of their pieces were too modern for my style.  Pottery Barn Kids was too babyish for my boys…so sad.  Why do they have to grow up so fast?

Overall, my visit to Princeton Market Fair was enjoyable and I felt satisfied with the furniture I got to see in person – which is always helpful.

Afterwards, I swung across the highway to check out the local Pier 1 Imports.  I was thrilled to see they had the Ellie Counter Stools on the floor.

Pier 1 Imports

Since my local Pier 1 Imports didn’t have the Ellie Stools on display, I hadn’t had the chance to see them in person until yesterday.  I didn’t want to bother ordering them online only to return them if they didn’t work.  Well, after seeing them yesterday, I can cross these off my list as potential stools for my kitchen.  Although they were very comfortable and even cuter in person, the colors were way off for my kitchen.  Too creamy for my White Dove cabinets but in the right kitchen they would look adorable.  Too bad but at least I know now.

While leaving Pier 1, I noticed a Trader Joe’s across the parking lot.  I had some time so I decided to check it out even though it was pouring rain and I already looked like a wet rat!

We don’t have a Trader Joe’s near us so I was excited to see what all they hype was about.  All you bloggers are always talking about how you picked up this or that at Trader Joe’s…In fact, when I walked in, I quickly posted this picture to Instagram to get some tips on what to buy!  Thank you to all who left suggestions.  I am making a list for next time!

Trader Joe's Flowers

I thought the store would be bigger for some reason but I was happy to see so many organic options and interesting little snacks.  I picked up a pre-made arugula salad with lemon chicken and couscous for lunch.  I was surprised that they didn’t carry any individual bottles of iced tea though.  Kind of weird but instead I found a Mango Smoothie.  What a treat!  It couldn’t have been more delicious!  I was able to control myself and save a couple sips for the kids because it was just SO good!

Trader Joe's Purchases

Here are my purchases for the day (minus the salad which I had already eaten by that time.)  All their chocolates were delicious and the kids devoured those cupcakes!

Oh yeah, the other purchase I made yesterday was this cute bunny from Homegoods…

HomeGoods Bunny

This is all the Easter decorating I have done so far!

Overall, I had a pretty successful day!  I may not have bought much but I was able to see some things in person and rule out some things that won’t work.

Then this morning, this baby arrived…

New Kitchen Aid French Door Counter Depth Refrigerator

My old Kitchen Aid refrigerator died last week.  Thank you to everyone who chimed in with their opinions and suggestions for a new fridge.  I had a hard time deciding between the Kitchen Aid and the Jenn Air french door model.  The price difference was significant so I went with the Kitchen Aid.  They are basically the same fridge except for the handles and the logo.  It’s not that important to me that all my appliances are Jenn Air.  I doubt anyone will come in my kitchen and say, “Why doesn’t the fridge match?”  I mean, does that really matter?

Plus, if you notice, Kitchen Aid updated their handles to more of a “pro” look.  The only bad part is the red dot on the ends of the handles…

Kitchen Aid Handles

What sense does that make?  I have to figure out a way to disguise that.  It reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where George buys a cashmere sweater on sale for Elaine.  The sweater has a red dot on it so she doesn’t want it.  Then he ends up sleeping with the office cleaning lady and tries to pass off the sweater on to her – but she notices the red dot too!  I will just call it my Seinfeld refrigerator…

Anyway, here is the before and after…

Before and After Refrigerators

Anyway, lots of shopping going on over here.  As my husband likes to say, “You’re spending money like a drunken sailor!”

Have you bought anything fun lately?


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  1. I had the same kind of day. I browsed through 4 of my favorite stores and didn't buy a thing, but I at least got some ideas like you. I'm hungry, so I should have stopped at Trader Joe's. haha. Love your choice of fridges, it is stunning and I actually like the red dot.

  2. That looks like fun over at your house! I'm heading off to HomeGoods today in hopes of finding that bunny. It reminds me of the bunny that everyone except me got at Target about 6 years ago. Your new fridge is gorgeous! They are like works of art now, aren't they? Or jewelry in the kitchen. Thank you for joining Thoughts of Home on Thursday. We love having you. 🙂

  3. I went to TJ's yesterday too for flowers. I have to drive 40 minutes one way to one. I wish they would build one closer to us. None of the nice stores like Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Sprouts or Trader Joes are close to us. They are all a good drive away. I love your new fridge!

  4. Sounds like you had a great day of shopping! My favorite thing to buy at Trader Joe's is flowers. I usually go once a week. Love your new fridge. I actually like the red dot 🙂 Cute bunny too!

  5. Looks like a fun day, glad you enjoyed Trader Joes. We got our kitchen stools at Crate and Barrel and we're very happy with them!

  6. I've been shopping on line this morning for some resin bunnies. I already have three or four bunnies for around the house this spring that I purchased in previous years, but you can never have enough cute bunnies. I LOVE your refrigerator and so glad you got the French Door style. Love mine too! xo

  7. I love the bunny!! So cute!Buying a fridge is hard. We've been looking for what we'd replace ours with when it dies…it's been here for 12 years and is making noises…and because it is counter depth, that limits the choices…esp since it is too tight in its space….Interesting choice going to the french door design…do you like it?? I'd be interested as the freezer section seems so small…

  8. Love the french door style, it looks beautiful in your lovely kitchen. As for the red dot, it would not bother me, it looks just fine, expensive looking, which I am sure it was… I also like the rabbit from HomeGoods, which I would have to keep up all year long. (flowers are pretty too) Looks like a very good day was had!!!!

  9. Thank you for joining TOHOT! We are so glad you are here.You went to all of my favorite places.I don't have a Trader Joe's in our town but I try and stop when we travel.

  10. I'm sure the blogging community will be shattered to know that I'm more of a Whole Foods gal. Besides, the Trader Joes is farther away. Like 10 more minutes LOL I do hear they have great flower deals though, so maybe I'll make the commute ;)Anyway, cute bunny and congratulations on the fridge :)rue

  11. Looks like you got some great things during your shopping trips! And I'm loving that refrigerator! Now I want a new one. Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! Have a good week!

  12. Love, love, love the new fridge! I know it's silly, but the handles are much prettier than your old one and I just love the look of the french door style. Hope you are enjoying it! And sorry I didn't send you more ideas for TJs on IG in time…. text me first next time! I'm literally at mine 5 times per week; they are my "regular" market and we buy everything there. I don't even go to "regular" markets anymore! And I think the Pier One stools were very pretty, so I think since they are so cute (and you liked them!) you should look for something similar, but in a white that works better with your kitchen. Doesn't Ballards carry something like that?Have a nice weekend!

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