A Few of My Favorite Things: Target Edition!

I cannot get enough of Target! For Christmas I was lucky to get three gift cards to this amazing superstore.  I love receiving gift cards as a present, it allows me to choose something I actually need, or treat myself to something I didn’t even know I wanted (which is what ALWAYS happens when I walk into this store). Target’s merchandise is always changing and revolving, so I make it a point to check out their latest additions at least twice a month. So, this past weekend, gift cards in tow, I checked out my local Target.

I was obviously immediately drawn to the new Hearth & Hand brand by Chip and Joanna Gaines. Their display is clean and eye-catching. It features a 12-foot-tall “house” structure in the middle of the home décor section. The display is said to have been inspired by the Gaines’ Magnolia Market in Waco, TX. This was where a spotted a few of my favorite things.

Let’s take a look at some of my favorite things at Target this month:

Striped Cooking Apron – Black/Cream – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia $15.99

Striped Apron, Hearth & Han

This apron is too cute; I love the green accent pocket. The price point is what ultimately sold me on this. I thought that maybe if I had a cute apron I would be inspired to bake more often. Well, it worked! Check out my new apron and not to mention my adorable sidekick, Hera:

We made pupcakes for Hera’s second birthday and they were soooo good! I will share the recipe and adorable birthday pictures in another post.

Striped Pot Holder (Set of 2) – Black/White – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia  $5.99

Pot Holders

Another cute find from the Hearth & Hand collection; This set of potholders features a classic black and cream striped design with a touch of rustic style. These potholders are great for any style of kitchen décor! I really love that The Gaines’ were able to create a line with Target with a lower price point than their Magnolia Market collection. It is also a lot easier to pop into one of my many Target stores than take another road trip to Waco. <—- Check out my previous post about visiting Magnolia Market in Waco!

Double Bell Alarm Clock – Yellow – Threshold™  $12.99

Mustcard Clock

Around the corner from the Hearth & Hand display I found this adorable little clock. Although this is a Threshold product, I know Joanna would approve. The mustard color is a huge trend right now. Mustard yellow has really picked up in popularity the last couple years; you can find it in clothing, pillows, furniture, and of course home accents. Bringing mustard yellow accents into your home is one of the best ways to subtly bring in the bright color without over committing or going too bold.

Green and Gold Task Lamp – Threshold™  $49.99

Desk Lamp

Another bold color choice here! One piece of décor which is often quickly overlooked is lighting. This fun lamp offers a new take on the classic green banker’s lamp. The first banker’s lamps featured a dark green glass shade that sat atop a base of solid brass. I will have to remember to hit up the lighting selection when it comes time to renovate our home office! (coming soon)

Jacquard Cotton Pouf – Pink – Threshold™  $49.99

Blush Pouf

Blush pink (No, not the mauve color from the 90s, but that is making a comeback as well) has really become a hit in home décor. One of the things that make blush pink a challenging color to decorate with is its reputation as a primarily feminine shade. When decorating with this color, be sure to blend the décor with natural textures and materials like stone or wood to balance the space.

Gray Metallic Rose Place Mat – Project 62™   $4.99

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This place mat is the perfect backdrop for simple plates and silverware. The color and texture of the place mat compliments the softness of the blush pattern accent. The secret to simple design lies in pieces like place mats, which effortlessly combine function and style. See, practicality!

Cream/Black Weave Place Mat – Project 62™  $4.99

Placemat 2

I love this simple yet busy place mat (that may be an oxymoron). With its pattern formed from tiny dots and dashes, this place mat provides a fun but classic foundation for a table-scape.  In 1962, Target was born — with the revolutionary idea to celebrate design and make it accessible for all. Project 62 (at Target) embodies this concept with a collection of modern pieces made for everyday living.

Small Milk Crate Wire Basket – Antique Pewter with Copper Colored Handles – Threshold™  $ 12.74

Wire Basket

This antique pewter milk crate basket with copper handles from Threshold is designed to be multi-functional yet elegant. I love copper accents! Our bar cart is full of them. This basket is currently living in our powder room until I find a better home for it. I bought it because I felt like I needed it, I just didn’t know exactly where yet.

Crosby Schoolhouse Floor Lamp – Black – Threshold™  $47.49

The black base and shade contrast nicely with brass hardware for a touch of modern simplicity. I plan on using black as a simple accent color in our home office, so I will have to keep this floor lamp in mind. I love the sleek look of this lamp. I can picture this lamp in the corner of our office complimenting one of my company’s many amazing accent/wing chairs.

Calendar Sticky Notes- Target Dollar Bin!

Calendar Sticky Notes

I can’t have a post about Target without addressing my need to organize and plan! When I was a teacher, I would spend hundreds of dollars on the cutest accessories and tools for my classroom. That is another reason why I am very glad that I am no longer a teacher; I save A LOT more money now. Anyways, this adorable sticky note pad can be used in agendas, notebooks, folders, or right on top of a desk.

Plant Marker Set White 4pc – Smith & Hawken™  $ 14.99

Plant Marker Set

Last but not least, I have spring on my mind. I saw these wonderful plant markers and immediately started brainstorming about our spring garden landscape for the backyard. If it wasn’t currently 28 degrees (in Texas!) I would be cleaning out the planter boxes as we speak. Once I get everything cleaned up, I may have to go back and get these.

It bothers me that this list contains eleven items, but apparently I couldn’t just choose ten! I really, really enjoyed curating this collection and writing this post. I obviously also enjoyed the “field research” in preparation for this post. There’s something about Target that just makes people spend their money…and like doing it! But I warn you, Target is a trap, you never go for just ONE thing.

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Visiting Magnolia Market

I feel like I am overdue for a trip to Waco, TX. Full disclosure: I have already visited the Silos four times. I’m not even sorry; each time had something new to offer! Also, I live outside of Austin, TX so the trip really isn’t that bad. Still, boy Jamie thinks I am crazy.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, please start watching Fixer Upper. You’re welcome. I even have boy Jamie watching it with me. He mostly watches because of Chip, but I do catch him admiring the work of the amazing Mrs. Gaines. (What would Joanna Gaines Do?) As most of you probably have seen on their show, Joanna had the dream (vision) to take two old grain silos in the middle of Waco, and abandoned buildings and turn the space into a mini metropolis.

The market started out with the Magnolia Market home décor store also known as the little shop on Bosque. The current shop is an upgrade from her first smaller store she opened back in 2003. The little shop grew as much as it could at its original location, before moving into the new location at the Silos in late October of 2015.

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The original Magnolia opened in 2003

Magnolia Market at the Silos opened in October 2015.  Magnolia Market sells home accessories and decor, including some from local artisans.

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Joanna and her team have done an incredible job at styling the shop and making it an amazing, inviting experience. The store was filled with rich wood and great farmhouse finds, and beautiful products that made me wish I had an extra thousand dollars to spend.

Since the renovation of the store, the Gaines’s have also added Silos Baking Co and Magnolia Seed & Supply Garden store. The bakery is filled with Joanna’s personal recipes and hand-picked favorites like “The Silos Cookie”, “The Prize Pig” bacon and cheddar biscuit, and the “Nuts & Bolts” cupcake.

Silos Bakery

Obviously, I had to sample the two competing bestsellers: Strawberries ‘N Cream, a bright pink cake with vanilla buttercream (which also happens to be Chip’s favorite item on the menu), and Lemon Lavender, a tasteful blend of lemon and lavender-infused cake with heavenly lemon buttercream on top.

If you don’t want to wait in line at the brick and mortar, the bakery also sells cupcakes from a little air-stream out by the food trucks. As you can see, I love her cupcakes! I think I try a new flavor each time. The Lemon Lavender flavor is the must-try cupcake. The lavender is flown in from California and the lemon is hand-stirred into the vanilla cake mix.

There are four main areas to see when you visit Magnolia: Magnolia Market, the Silo’s Baking Co., Magnolia Seed & Supply, and the lawn area surrounded by food trucks. Magnolia Seed & Supply is pretty small, but packed with charm.

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Magnolia Seed & Supply

There were so many fun displays to use as inspiration or just stare at in awe. Rumor has it, Chip and Joanna plan to renovate the interior of the actual Silos in the near future! I can’t wait to go back soon and eat more cupcakes! Next time I visit, I’ll be sure to better document the trip and the food.

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How to Decorate a Bookcase Like a Pro!

How to Decorate a Bookcase Like a Pro!

A well styled bookshelf can really elevate an entire space and make it look cohesive. If you are like me, you may be torn between aesthetics and practicality when selecting décor. That is one subject where Boy Jamie and I agree to disagree. Sometimes things just need to look pretty! No practicality involved. When styling bookshelves, there should always be a nice balance between beauty and benefit.

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Things to include on the shelf:

Favorite books, Accent Pieces, Personal Pictures, Accent Colors, Decorative/Interesting Objects, and Greenery

Style tip! Group in Odd Numbers

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Placing objects in groups of three creates visual tension. Despite the odd number, the grouping will look and feel more balanced. Even numbers create symmetry, but odd numbers create interest. Three seems to be the magic number, but 5, 7, or even 9 for  large groupings work nicely as well.

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Layer, Layer, Layer

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  Displays should never be one-dimensional, so be sure to layer a few items in front of each other. Layering adds depth to your shelves. One of the easiest ways to layer is to place objects (vases, small plants, small décor) in front of an art print or photo. Different heights and textures also add to the appeal. Start with the bigger accessories first and then fill in the gaps!

Stack Objects

One thing you can do to add appeal to a stack of books is to put a decorative object on top. Think of using decorative objects to break up the monotony. The decorative object on top of the stack draws the eye and makes the arrangement more interesting.

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You can and should use fun objects as bookends! If you have books standing upright on a shelf, you can use an object or a uniquely shaped vase instead of just a simple bookend.

These succulents are a great way to incorporate greenery into your bookshelf decor. You can buy similar ones here:

Bookshelf styling can be an easy extension of your interests and personality, and there are no rules or limits to how you customize yours!

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Shiplap VS. Board and Batten

What’s old is new again!

Wood paneling is back, in the form of shiplap, and hopefully here to stay. I say wood paneling but I’m not talking about the knotty pine in your grandparent’s den. If you’ve watched HGTV recently, specifically a little show called FIXER UPPER , you know what I’m talking about. The one who can do no wrong, Joanna Gaines, is all about shiplap (WWJGD= What Would Joanna Gaines Do?).

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“Shiplap was installed throughout the house, along with hardwood floors for clean lines and a fresh canvas to build on.” -JG

Shiplap, usually laid horizontally, tends to make the most of cottage-inspired/farmhouse homes in need of the texture and the warmth of natural material. This feature is prominent in farmhouse decor, rustic, coastal, and many other design styles. There are so many ways to incorporate shiplap into your home projects. Whether you use weathered natural wood or want a more clean painted look, a wood covered wall makes any room feel warmer.

 

 

Another textural favorite is good ol’ Board and Batten. Many people use B&B to add  architectural detail and texture to a space. A relatively easy way to achieve the symmetry of adding wall panels is with board and batten. Board and batten can  be used on a large accent wall to help the ceiling look taller by drawing attention to the vertical boards. Many people use this technique for wainscoting as well. 

The great thing about both of these trends is they provide a touch of texture and warmth to a home. Whether you prefer a country chic or modern finished home, these accents may be what you’re looking for, let’s compare!

Entry:

shiplap board and batten

 

Dining Room:

shiplap board dining

 

Fireplace:

ship lap fireplace

In my opinion, shiplap is a more casual, informal option while B&B has as more formal classic look.  With their neutral look and timeless texture, these two trends can be used just about anywhere.

 

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Decorating Trends: Two Toned Cabinets

Two Toned Cabinets

I love the idea of two toned cabinets. Over the recent years, the two color kitchen cabinet trend has been holding strong. Kitchens today are much larger than they used to be, which allows for more creativity and design in a space. If the look of your kitchen has started to bore you or you simply want a change, two toned cabinets should be on top of your list!

Lighter upper cabinets help make the kitchen feel more spacious, especially if the uppers have glass doors. A darker, bolder island acts as focal point and adds drama to a space. Personally I think the two toned trend looks best on the more modern style/shaker style cabinets.

I love white kitchens; that was one of the major selling points of our house. White kitchen? Done. My second favorite cabinet option would have to be some variation of the two-toned trend. It’s so versatile it can really be used with almost any style and decor.  Two-toned kitchens can be the perfect touch in any style from Contemporary to Farmhouse.

 

I couldn’t end this post without addressing this unfortunate fail. I’m sorry but this one missed the mark…

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Jamie
Home & Hera