It’s happening, folks. Christmas, I mean … is happening. I’m like a walking hallmark movie over here, getting crazy sentimental about this Christmas. I could cry at any moment because I’m just so excited to make/force memories on everyone in my life. You’ve been warned.
These photos are all from the video shoots in September, but I did start decorating our house last week which is so early but my excuses are that I’m a blogger (so the posts need to be up soon) and I’m a new mom and therefore am obsessed with creating and solidifying manipulative holiday memories in that little almost-one-year-old brain. Sure, he won’t remember it on his own but with me shoving the photos and videos of his first Christmas in his face all year, for the next 5 years, I’ll make him remember. I’m just that good of a parent.
Anyway, enough about that kid and my neurosis. What about the first Target Holiday video?
That’s me. Hosting away, looking all ‘wanna be 80’s Martha’ – in a good way. I loved 80’s Martha. Heck, I love current Martha. Wait. Sit down. HOW HAVE I NOT DRESSED AS 80’S MARTHA FOR HALLOWEEN BEFORE!!!!??? I practically have her wardrobe in my closet, right. now. How different could it possibly be from my Judith Light costume? Or my 1982 ‘Breaking News Reporter Costume?‘ Not that different, folks. Just a tweak of the hair and a pop of collar. God some things in life are just so easy while other things are just so hard. This is easy, now waiting now til Halloween to debut said costume will be haaaarrrdddd.
Anyway, friends, the holiday product from Target is soooooo good. But you need to know this – THE BEST STUFF WILL SELL OUT. I’m warning you because so many of you were bummed that the gold ball task lamp, cement vases and the rose gold flatware all sold out so fast. So this is me, telling you, my friends, to go ahead and buy now even if you aren’t going to decorate til normal people do (the day after Thanksgiving, right?). All the links are at the bottom of the photos (if they’re are sold online) or obviously go to your local store. It doesn’t matter, just do it fast if you want them before all those white and gold pedestal candle holders, white resin deers, garlands and gold candle holders are gone. There is a ton of other really cute things too, just not in this color palette so if this style isn’t your thing they have a ton more. I should know, I bought it all (steer clear of the Eagle Rock Target til they restock).
Check out the video folks, and then keep reading the post for all the photos and resources:
Furthermore, I firmly believe that the only way that we can really justify the time/effort/money it takes to decorate for the holidays is to start as early as possible so that you really get to enjoy it. If you wait til December 20th, then you have like only 5 days of enjoying it – well you can do the math, obviously. I’m just so excited!!!!
This is our ‘Yes and Noir’ Christmas – because we wanted to bring in a bit of black into this holiday scheme – I’m punk rock like that. At first it was just black, white and gold but it was a bit harsh so we added all these aquas and teals and it became much more lively and happy. It’s like I’m unable to not have color.
And yes, we put wrapping paper underneath the glass in the coffee table and the barcart. So easy, festive, cute and cheap. Do that.
In fact I like to take larger boxes (they could be actual presents or not) and wrap them as fun/whimsical makeshift cocktail tables, for some serious bang for your buck holiday decor. You can stack them in the shape of a tree in the corner (or for your photos backdrop) – you can put them near your entrance, or next to your sofa. Of course your young children will be taunted and teased and then gutted when they find out it’s the empty box to your dustbuster from 4 years ago. But meanwhile you got some pretty big fun boxes to prop around your house in whatever colors you want. You don’t have to put a huge bow on top if you want to use it as a table, but I do like to use ribbon so it really looks like a gift.
Christmas Tree: Silver and Gold Ornaments: Target | Blue Ornaments: Vintage | Crate Paper Garland: custom-made with white and black crate paper from Target | Tree Topper: Target | Mini Paper Bowties: Target
That barcart was barely seen in the video so no, that is not a fully styled barcart. To check out my barcarting skills you can watch The View today (11am on abc) and then you’ll really see what you can do to your barcart. Because I can really DO THINGS to barcarts.
Black and Silver Tree Wrapping Paper: Target | Silver and Gold Dot Wrapping Paper: Target | Gold Grain Wrapping Paper: Target. Gold Tray: Target |Mercury Glass Mason Jar: Target |Bottle Brush Tree: Target | Mercury Glass Owl: Target | Barcart: Target |White Ice Bucket: Target | Gold Rimmed Wine Glasses: Vintage | LED Birch Tree: Target | Black and White Dinner Plates: Target
Oh hey, wanna-be-80’s Martha. Why don’t you decorate your tree with that soft little smile on your face (also thank you Danielle for doing my hair and makeup all natural like that – stay tuned for the video we just shot that shows how to put natural looking makeup on your face).
I’ve learned to ‘always look pleasant’ even when I’m concentrating hard, because you never know when the camera is going to get that best shot and you don’t want to be the one that ruins the photo. I mean, let’s be honest, I’m generally pretty chipper (please don’t utter that word that rhymes with ‘ubbly’) – as you probably suspect, so it’s not uncommon for me to have a smile on my face, but I’m still conscious to have a ‘pleasant’ look on my face. When you are by yourself in a shot you don’t want to be maniacally laughing or goofily grinning because then it’s just sooo obvious that it’s set up.
Meanwhile if I don’t keep that pleasant look on my face I look either a. disinterested, b. asleep or c. like a sociopath – as exhibited by these three photos.
I love a good outtake. Almost as much as I love a bookcase full of holiday cheer:
As you can see everything is from target – just some pieces can be purchased/found online and some not. Some are discontinued or sold out already. I’m sorry!!!
I already bought a LOT of Target holiday pieces (yes, they give me gift cards) and what Charlie is responding especially enthusiastically to is all the faux fur because it’s so, so, so soft. We are doing a whole ‘white winter wonderland glam’ theme so they are perfect in the house and Charlie is obsessed. He rubs his face on it like a cat rolling around on his back, scratching an itch – just back and forth moaning and smiling. It’s so cute. So I decided to model it for you:
Before you guys ask about the sofa again – it’s a rental and I believe its vintage and unable to be purchased because it’s from a prop house. I’m sorry!
Gold Side Table: Target | Grey Fur Throw Pillow: Target | Gold Chevron Pillow: Target | White Fur Throw: Target | White Throw Pillow: Target | Black Star Tray: Target | Blue Dish: Vintage | Coffee Table: Target
I love that gold wood grain wallpaper on the coffee table, so cute. Nate Berkus for Target scissors, and all that wallpaper is Target (although I tried to find some of it last week and our Targets didn’t have very much left, so if you find it, grab it). The turquoise bowl is vintage.
And yes, putting ornaments in a bowl is an acceptable form of pretty and simple decor. It’s like flowers, but will last all month.
Let’s talk mantel (because you know I love to style a mantel – as shown by this video and this video). For above the mantel we found a simple pretty wreath from the Smith and Hawken line at Target and added printed out instagrams of family to it with clips. I wish it were like 6″ bigger but its such a pretty wreath (and one you can use again and again).
And then we styled the mantel with my favorite silver dollar eucalyptus and those gold and white pedestal candle holders that I’m obsessed with.
And there you have it – our first holiday styling video and photos. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions!
Meanwhile, do you want a sneak peek into the next 4 videos that have yet to come out? Check out this video:
Thanks for watching, guys. I hope you are enjoying watching them as much as I enjoyed making them – although I think that might be impossible. It was VERY fun, indeed.
Here’s a bunch of crediting because the team involved was HUGE: Nick and Todd from Target – I love you guys. Nancy – you are so wonderful to work with. Chris from Partners in Spade -you are my soulmate. Meg, the production designer killed it, while Scott, the official prop stylist on the job, is always indispensable – I literally need him in my life emotionally and feel very lucky that you get hired on so many jobs with me. Plus 65 other people including Ginny, Brady, Danielle Walch (hair and makeup) and Jordan Rudd (wardrobe stylist).