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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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!)


…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 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!

The Look for Less: Otomi Fabric

There are some patterns that I shall never tire of: Suzani, ikat and Otomi prints.  However, the price for actual handmade versions of any of these fabrics is typically VERY high. Take Otomi for example, a small throw can set you back almost $300. And if you want to make a headboard or upholster in it you’ll need multiples of them!

What I found on Spoonflower is a print exactly like the Otomi by textile designer Samarra Khaja and it’s way cheaper (you can pick the kind of fabric it’s printed on too!) So great for duvet covers, upholstering chairs and my favorite idea- custom nursery bedding!

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