Target has launched their latest home decor collection, and it’s a sleek collaboration with modern design publication Dwell Magazine. For Dwell, it’s the next step in their evolution from simply a magazine to a lifestyle brand playing a larger role in their reader’s homes, and for Target, it’s another stunning example of their ability to democratize and create more accessibility to great design. The collection offers minimal designs with carefully curated materials and a Scandinavian influence that puts the collection in step with the style and price-range of IKEA’s higher-end pieces. “With Modern by Dwell Magazine, we’re excited to introduce modern design to more people than ever” say Chris Deam and Nick Dine, Co-Creative Directors of Product Design, Dwell. The collection will only be carried in select stores, but is available online. Shop my favorite pieces from the launch below.
Marimekko’s bold, pattern-filled home and apparel collection for Target has finally launched – and it’s fabulous! The design house’s iconic prints fill each piece and give the collection a playful vibe that’s perfect for these seasonal products. The collection is divided into three color stories: primary, black and white, warm, and blue, black and white. The blue may be my favorite, with the classic black and white and warm coming in close second and third. Many of the home items are indoor/outdoor, including the fun throw pillows, so it’s perfect for bringing some graphic prints to both your living room, patio, and dinner table. The only pieces of furniture is the outdoor folding sling chair, which comes in the same pattern as this outdoor rug and bean bag, and everything is weather resistant. The patterns range from brushstroke to floral prints, but all maintain their bright and energetic Nordic design. Shop some of my favorites from Marimekko for Target’s collaboration below. Read More
How do you do… January? As the New Year begins and resolutions start to take shape, I’m excited to partner with Target and bring you a few words on intentional eating with my food contributor Almila Kakinc and some style inspiration from a couple of my favorite new pieces in Target’s kitchen and tableware collections. With colors and patterns adding an energizing pop to the kitchen, who wouldn’t want to cook more often?
Mornings are such a sacred time to resolve each and every day to commit to a healthier year. The kitchen can seem a daunting place, but there’s nothing to fear with simple, healthy meals and chic kitchen utensils. Here is my guide to the first meal of the day, to lead you into the kitchen and to help you rise, sunny side up… – Almila
It feels fitting to conclude this four-post holiday series with my favorite holiday tradition, decorating the tree. My dad moved early this year and didn’t have many ornaments to start with, so I picked a theme and found a beautiful selection of tree baubles and lights at Target to make his dining room sparkle. If you follow me on Snapchat (username: thouswell), you may already know that I decided to go with a “metallic woodland” theme, focusing on the pattern of pinecones and mixing different shapes and sizes as well as gold, silver, and copper finishes. To balance the mix, I picked up a set of round, gold ornaments to provide solid, simple shapes for a bit of rest for the eyes, and I also found a fun set of owls and different animals to add for a whimsical mix. Instead of a traditional tree skirt, I used a faux-fur throw to wrap the tree base.
Long meals are central to all of our holiday traditions, so it felt natural to put the tree in the dining room so it could be in the room where most of our holiday memories are made. To make the room even cozier, I added curtains and a wreath to the window, and a pouf on the floor. Adding soft elements to the dining room in the winter makes it feel warmer, but it also invites people to hang out while my dad is cooking. Since his dining room and kitchen connect, the dining room becomes more of our living room in the winter when the warm stove and great smells make it the coziest space in the house!
I love how inviting my dad’s dining room is now. The mixed metals make it really shine (and they look great with his green walls)! Which room of the house do you make most of your holiday memories?
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There’s a fine balance between decking the halls and over-doing it. I love holiday decorating, but I believe there’s something to be said for the addition of subtle touches that add a festive sparkle to each room. For easy holiday décor ideas, I’ve created two holiday equations to put together merry vignettes in your home. Find three more equations in a fun video by Nikki Minton from My Style Diaries at the end of the post!
The first equation is for a warm metallic vignette on the buffet in our dining room. Accent lighting + festive figurine + entertaining essentials = holiday dining room. Now that it’s actually dark when we eat dinner, it’s nice to create a cozy atmosphere with table lamps on the buffet and candles on the table. With a mix of tall, tapered candles and mercury votive candles, we can enjoy a flickering glow on the table while table lamps provide more general light that’s not as harsh as our chandelier. We love putting a larger reindeer in front of the dining room window to create one fun focal point rather than a collection of small things. And to be ready for holiday guests anytime, we like to keep a set of extra napkins and plates, making it easy to add a plus-one to the table.
For our entryway, we already had plenty of gold, so I added blue and warm silver to the equation to balance the existing décor. Faux fur + ornaments for all + whimsical lanterns = an inviting entry. I love the idea of letting your guests take part in your traditions if they want, so keeping a bowl of ornaments in the entry invites them to add something to the tree and adds a glittery centerpiece to the table. The look is completed with the yellow glow of the ceramic house lanterns, which seem like an appropriate piece for the entry as they welcome you into the home. Throw a furry pillow onto a side chair for a fuzzy touch, and finish the look with a set of blue and grey bottle-brush trees.
Don’t forget to enjoy free shipping and returns at Target.com through Christmas day! Want more inspiration? Check out the holiday equations Nikki Minton put together for Target below: