On My Radar: New Finds from Target & West Elm

These days there is no excuse for bad decor since there is SO MUCH good design going on at retail stores all over.  Here are my current faves from two I shop at constantly: Target and West Elm.

I have loved every collection that Nate Berkus has released with Target thus far, but this one may take the cake!  Done almost entirely in my favorite palette of black, gold, wood and white I am ALL OVER these great finds.

I’m thinking these brass and stone modern lamps would look awesome in our new office.  And this pillow is all sorts of hot stuff.

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LOVE this gold framed accent table, it look a hell of a lot more expensive then it is.  For more of a natural look try this woven stool.

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A super hip two tone mirror and gold accent piece perfect for dressing up a bookshelf or console table.

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A pair of folding metal campaign stools are great for the end of a bed or under a console table, and this gold candelabra would make a great centerpiece on a dining table in lieu of flowers.

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These faux marble trays and this faux bone inlay frame are fabulous accents for any space.

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And while we’re talking about Target, check out these other insanely great items from their Threshold line.  High style at a low price.  For example, a brass and wood bar cart for under $130 and a leather strap mirror for under $25.

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Totally crazy about these two side tables- both the brass and wood and brass wire.

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How about this sleek wood octagon mirror and gold based gourd lamp??

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And now onto West Elm, which is KILLING it right now too with their new releases! I mean, I can;t tell you how many time I sat up and yelled “SO GOOD!” while perusing the site.

First and foremost, these nailhead pieces, side table and dresser– DYYYYIIINNNNG.

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I was SO pumped to see they partnered with Boston based furniture maker Richard Watson to make an affordable version of his INCREDIBLE highboy (right) which I have been lusting after since seeing it at the gorgeous Beacon Hill shop Good.  Someday I will have one.

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A great daybed perfect for a space that serves double duty, like an office/guest room and a bar that look like perhaps it was vintage.

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AWESOME capiz shell fixtures that would look amazing above this wood dining table.

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LOVE the mid-century collection- especially the new black and brass pieces like the desk and dresser.

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LOVE this brass and black floor lamp, may have to get for my house. Also these simple stripe throws are great.

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Everyone needs a furry throw for fall and winter- faux fur or mongolian lamb adds great texture to your decor (and my dogs are obsessed with snuggling on mine).

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How sculptural and cool is this towel rack???? And these toasters with wood panels???

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Totally getting this gold rimmed jewelry box for my new dresser, absolutely gorgeous way to display your trinkets. For a bit of bling elsewhere, his gilded pillow will do.

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You all know I can’t say no to a good stripe- these wool pillows and bedding (not new, but rather re-released) are so awesome.

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Love the gold bottom weekender with stripes (kind of made for me) and this little anchor oven mit!!!!

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Target’s DELICIOUS New Wares!

There are two places I cannot go in without coming out with three times the stuff I went in for- CVS and Target.  The latter being the worst culprit- I go in for a bathmat and come out with a shirt, three picture frames, a side table and pair of sunglasses…. (and forget the bathmat). The new collection of home goods they just released doesn’t make it any easier to get in and out efficiently. It’s sometimes hard to find all the good stuff on their massive site so here are my favorites (some are even already on sale).  More proof you don’t need to spend a ton to add a little style to your space!

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This little pillow looks a lot like a Moroccan wedding blanket, no?

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I’d love this bird lamp base with this piped shade!

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Furniture line Blu Dot did a line for them too- a bit more on the modern side but a few fun pieces for offices and kitchens!

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This little drink table looks a lot like a MUCH pricier one!

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LOVING this rope lamp for a beach house!

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Homegoods Stylescope Giveaway!!!!

Since most of my money is being earmarked for my upcoming kitchen renovation I have seriously limited funds to start decorating the rooms in my house we are not gutting.  So I took my bargain-hunting self to Homegoods the other day to see what I could find. I found some great basics for a song (bath accessories, sheets and even Halloween costumes for the pups) but I am kicking myself for not buying a few of the things I saw, and may have to go back and see if they are still there!

Check out this amazing little bench for $75 and glossy black greyhound sculpture also for about the same price. Particularly pissed I did not just buy the bench for my living room. Had sweet brass nailheads on it too! I think I have to drive back.

Awesome Missoni-esque throw pillows (with down fillers- beats those cheap awful fillers you find at big box stores) and this adorable fabric covered wastebasket which would be so cute in a bathroom, office or kids room!

I am on the hunt for new lamps for my master bedroom- and while I couldn’t find any that were JUST right on this visit, they always have new products all the time so I’ll just have to keep looking. I did love this white lamps (only one of each available) and these wooden lamps were AMAZING (little brass cuffs at the neck too) but I didn’t know where they would go!

Homegoods is the best place for dishware and serving pieces- this huge selection of all white pieces is awesome to make open kitchen shelving look its best! And I adored this grouping of emerald green, black and white floral and natural wood I saw on a shelf. Would make a great combo for a dinner party!

I LOVED these stone calligraphy brushes- they look so great on a coffee table or console with other accessories. I bought the mint one and it’s on my bar now.

Homegoods paired with HGTV designer Taniya Nayak to create their Stylescope quiz to help people not only figure out their style but give them resources to help find inspiration via Pinterest and blogs!  They asked me to participate and after looking at my blog and design work paired me with the “Socialite” style- inspired by fashion and glamour.  Although lately I’ve just been hiding in my house by the fire, I don;t quite feel like a socialite, but I’ll take it! :)

So, here’s where you come in. Take the Stylescope quiz here and post your result in comments for a chance to win one of THREE gift cards to Homegoods (I have two $100 and one $50 to give away!) May the odds be ever in your favor… (see, I’m a dork, not a socialite!)

Oprah+IKEA+EOS

…And yours truly is flabbergasted to find herself amongst the pages!  As I mentioned a while ago I had a bog shoot in NYC, and this is what it was for!  Oprah and IKEA have partnered together for a year long initiative, The Life Improvement Project aimed at helping people better their lives through their homes, one idea at a time.  Launching October 16th the website www.thelifeimporvementproject.com will be a place where people can share and gather ideas on how to improve their spaces and lives within. With each submitted or shared project, IKEA will make a $1 donation (up to $50,000) to Save the Children’s Early Steps for School Success program and each sumission enters you to win IKEA gift cards to implement MORE great changes in your home.

I was so honored to be asked to be on the Life Improvement Squad as the interior design expert along with entertaining guru Amy Atlas, life coach Susan Hyatt and green designer Cathy Hobbs.  We are going to be giving our own tips on the site as well as appear at O/ IKEA events in different parts of the country, starting with the O You!  Conference in LA next week! I’ll be in LA all week doing shoots for OWN and appearing at the conference and IKEA events and will blog from there all about this amazing experience (and if I get to meet Oprah herself- we shall see!)

I am really excited about this opportunity and hope you guys will pick up a copy of O to check it out. In the meantime, here are some IKEA all-stars I love using in my designs….

This rug has been sold out for months and months, and I just saw that it’s back in stock in my local store and I am tempted to drop everything to go get it! It’s exactly what we’ve wanted for our offices!

Speaking of offices, I’d say 75% of ours is from IKEA.  Our desks are actually dining tables and we have two Expedit units with baskets and bins in them for fabric samples.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used these sturdy shelving units in homes for books, kids toys and the like. I am LOVING the new high gloss gray finish too!

That armoire is from IKEA too! A major face since it’s got such great hardware and is a gorgeous color!

The Malm dresser is one of the most hacked IKEA products out there- whether it’s new hardware to make it look like a campaign chest or O’Verlays to add some decoration to the fronts, I love the flexibility of this piece! Also loving the new mirrored version- so sleek and glamorous.

Another great hack on the Rast dresser– amazing. I may have to try this! Instructions HERE.

For lighting these two are are super stars- the clean modern Brasa and the fun and funky Maskros (now in a smaller size too!)

The Docksta table is now a classic affordable piece of modern design as are the acrylic Tobias chair.

Picking up some cheap art (and frames for that matter) is usually something I do too- check out this vintage  botanical chart print and Matisse print– both fantastic looking for very little money!

Hitting the Target

I took a little trip to Target yesterday and struck gold- literally. I was SO impressed with pieces from their new Threshold label. They all looked and felt much pricier than they actually were- and so of course I had to leave with a few things and then SHARE with you because I cannot keep a secret when it comes to a good deal.

And I couldn’t escape without noticing the amount of LEOPARD in there- including this great little faux fur jacket and skinny pants for a song!