I’m an interior designer who hates Home Goods – I found some nice bits on a visit but avoid my top ‘cheap & tacky’ buys

ALTHOUGH not a Home Goods fan, an interior designer gave it a shot to see if there was anything good in stock.

She revealed the things she was excited to throw in her cart, and what she’d never buy.

An interior designer who usually shops luxury visited Home Goods to see if there was anything good

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An interior designer who usually shops luxury visited Home Goods to see if there was anything goodCredit: TikTok / julianaghani
She loved the look of this chinoiserie pillow, noting that it would be great for a beach house

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She loved the look of this chinoiserie pillow, noting that it would be great for a beach houseCredit: TikTok / julianaghani

Juliana Ghani (@julianaghani) is a luxury interior designer who was shocked to find a couple good pieces at Home Goods.

“I haven’t been here in years because I genuinely hate it, but we’ll see if there’s anything good. Things I would buy,” she said in the clip.

The first item she stumbled upon was an immediate yes: block print pillows.

“They’re super cute and only $40 for a set of two.”

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Sticking to the pillow aisle, she found another fabric she got excited about.

“These are very Missoni and they’re not shiny,” she said, praising the navy-blue zig-zag pattern that is emblematic of the high-end brand.

“$40 a piece for a nice 24-inch pillow, I would buy these. This is a good Missoni dupe.”

When she came across a pillow that had the phrase “stay salty” etched across it, she cringed, noting that “anything with words is an immediate no.”

She added that anything with a checkered print is also an immediate no, despite Gen Z’s inclination towards it, and said to “not even think about” the red patterns.

Luckily, she found another style she loved: an embroidered chinoiserie print one that was on sale for $40.

As a word of advice, she said there was something to be aware of in the pillow aisle.

“None of these zip on or off, so you’re stuck with what it is. And the filler is always synthetic, which I hate.”

In the furniture department, she found some swivel chairs whose shape she loved, but whose fabric was “ugly and polyester,” making it a no.

She also turned down a few upholstered stools “solely based on the textile,” because she they all looked “cheap and shiny and synthetic.”

She said she wouldn't buy any of these upholstered stools, because the fabric looked cheap

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She said she wouldn’t buy any of these upholstered stools, because the fabric looked cheapCredit: TikTok / julianaghani

When coming across gold-accented plates and décor, she said she had a “jump scare” with them.

“I would never buy any of this. All this gold looks so cheap and tacky. Instead, buy all white. It looks clean,” she said, pointed to a section of all white plating.

While she loved the plain, quilted, solid-colored bedding that costs $40, she hated the faux fur blankets hanging next to it.

“I think faux fur looks super cheap, and synthetic, and polyester, and shiny, and just ugh. I hate touching it even.”

One of her favorite blankets was on clearance.

“It’s 100% alpaca, which I love. It’s $100 but used to be $200, I’d buy that. In cream, I’d forsure buy the cream. Alpaca is one of my favorite fibers.”

In the bathroom department, she pointed out a scalloped bathmat that she said was a bit trendy, but still cute – especially because it was all wool.

“Only buy rugs that are all wool.”

She was pleasantly surprised by the coffee table books, which included a Slim Aarons one and a Louis Vuitton one.

For some more accents, she headed to the basket section, noting that the woven ones were a win.

“Love the texture on this one for a laundry basket or waste basket.”

The gold-accented dinner and serveware received a thumbs down from the designer

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The gold-accented dinner and serveware received a thumbs down from the designerCredit: TikTok / julianaghani
She loved the woven baskets, noting they would make for good laundry or waste bins

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She loved the woven baskets, noting they would make for good laundry or waste binsCredit: TikTok / julianaghani
Juliana approved of the shape of these chairs but didn't like the shiny fabric

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Juliana approved of the shape of these chairs but didn’t like the shiny fabricCredit: TikTok / julianaghani

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