Seek and You Shall Find

by Diane Henkler on 01/26/2013

Over the holidays I went into Pottery Barn and fell in love with the boxwood globes in planters that were displayed all over the store.


I was thinking I was going to end up splurging and buy myself one as a gift from-me-to-me.  When I saw the price tag of $79 – I just could not justify the purchase. Since then, I have been searching for a way to make them myself or to find a less expensive version.


I had success yesterday. I was out most of the day shopping. I hit all the stores – the supermarket, Target, Walmart, Home Depot – as my list was long.  I still wanted to get to HomeGoods as you never know what goodies they are going to have, but it started to snow. On, no! – wait snowstorm until I get to take a stroll around HomeGoods. :(

It started to come down fast and heavy – covering everything quickly. I am not afraid to drive in the snow, but it was getting close to Friday night rush hour and I didn’t want to get caught in a big mess trying to get home. The lure of HomeGoods and the anticipation of what I would find was just too tempting. HomeGoods won out.  I am happy that I made the decision – look what I found!


Boxwood globes for $9.99!   Fake, but so were the Pottery Barn ones.  I was delighted when I saw the price  – then all sorts of ideas starting racing through my mind on how I could use them.  I ended up buying 3.


When I got home, I shopped my basement and garage for pots to place them in.


Right now I have them in my studioffice, but have been moving them from room to room to see where I like them best.  They look good everywhere :)

When spring arrives I have plans to make some new posts for them and may even use them outside.

I think HomeGoods slogan was or still is – HomeGoods – Happy. Well, I am just that – happy that I said no – to expensive and took the time to seek out a less expensive version.  I have been rewarded for my patience and persistence.

Have you found a less expensive version of anything recently that you have been searching for?

Happy Weekend!


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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Pam January 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Great find Diane! I love HomeGoods too and especially that price.

Have a great day.


2 helen May 31, 2013 at 5:45 am

but dont u think they are so fake looking?
I was thinking of painting them another greed then a matte finish…


3 Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions January 26, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Nice find, Diane! I always used to satisfy my urge for something that was more expensive by finding something similar at Home Goods. They are not as close to me now, but I’ll always check there first.


4 Gail January 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Diane, I’m so glad you did this post. I had been thinking about putting some sort of artificial greens in empty urns I have outside and everything I looked at was too expensive. I’m going to HomeGoods tomorrow and hope they still have what you bought. Love their look! Thanks for sharing.


5 Dawnie January 26, 2013 at 11:14 pm

This post made me very happy! And excited about heading out to HomeGoods again sometime soon. I do love that store, but I really love shopping the way you did: you had an idea for something & found the perfect piece(s) @ a bargain. LOVE IT! I am constantly inspired by expensive interiors but like you, can’t bring myself to always splurge (some are worth it), so I start scouring for alternatives @ my favorite haunts (HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, Michaels). Such a good feeling when you have success!!! Way to go.


6 Suzy @ Worthing Court January 26, 2013 at 11:38 pm

Great find at a great price, Diane. I’m in love with real or faux boxwood anything! I’ve also seen them at the Hobby Lobby here quite a few times.


7 Diane Henkler January 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Hi Suzy – Wish I had a Hobby Lobby near me. I have never been to one and hear so many great things about the store.


8 Stephanie January 27, 2013 at 1:04 am

I found those at HomeGoods at the end of summer. I put them outside in my dough bowl and loved how they looked. I am excited to know they might have more in stock, you can’t beat the price and the look that’s for sure!


9 Mary January 27, 2013 at 2:54 am

Ohhh…I love these. I must make a trek to HomeGoods in search of them. And the price, Heck Yes! Thanks for the post. So glad I found you and subscribed to the RSS feeds. I just read this with my new Google Next button you told me about (via the written form).


10 Kathy January 27, 2013 at 6:52 am

You are determined, brave, and love what you do! I appreciate your great finds!


11 Kathleen January 27, 2013 at 9:11 am

But what I want to know is: how was the traffic going home? Lol.


12 Diane Henkler January 27, 2013 at 9:45 am

Hi Kathleen – Easy – everyone must have left work early because of the snow, so there was hardly any traffic to deal with. The roads were snowy, but not bad. I made the right decision :)


13 Jessica @ Decor Adventures January 27, 2013 at 11:28 am

You are the second person now who has purchased some of these. I am very tempted because I’ve been thinking I need more greenery in my life!


14 Monica Converse January 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm

And kitty cat proof too!!! I have a cat that eats anything green!


15 Sheryll & Critters. January 27, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Oh my gosh Diane!!
I love them and I would have never thought they were faux…. just gorgeous! I don’t have such a store near me, but then too I am on a no money budget. I used to have tons of real, live Boxwoods, but at the old house.

Then you have once again inspired me to pick up and cut in the yard and maybe in a neighboring yard or such….. grin…. and with permission of course.


16 Patti January 28, 2013 at 12:38 am

Diane…so excited when I read your post yesterday. I too, just saw those boxwood globes in their pretty silver vases at $69. at P.Barn and then I found this from you. I had to work today, so took a picture on my husbands iphone, sent him to HomeGoods and he came home with 3 beautiful boxwoods at an even more beautiful price! thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas and shopping finds with us.


17 Jo @ Let's Face the Music January 28, 2013 at 7:47 am

Soooo cute. I love boxwood and these little balls, I mean globes, are splendid. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music


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