Target Styling Chapter #4; 3 Easy Centerpiece Ideas

The fourth Target Video is up, folks, and its all about really easy centerpiece ideas, co-hosted by my side-braid that I’ve been trying to recreate for 6 weeks now (thanks to Danielle Walch). This video is meaty – with three different ideas, color palettes and styles but they are all super easy, I promise.

About centerpieces – we aren’t really talking about what you do for a dinner party, nay. You can always have flowers and candles for that but these ideas are more about composing simple, affordable things in ways that look fun, pulled together and inviting in between dinners. It doesn’t always have to be a bowl of fruit – or if it is maybe its a more interesting way to display said bowl of fruit.

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What did we do on this table? Well, just watch the video and then keep reading for some tips, photos and some more gratuitous shots of my side-braid.

We came up with three centerpiece ideas: 1. Earthy and Seasonal. 2. Neutrals and Organic 3. Whites with Greenery…. All using just Target product (or some pieces you might already have)  and some flowers/plants and fruit.

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The magic of photo editing

Lately we’ve shot a lot of projects twice – once for a magazine or book, and another for the blog. First, my house, shot now three times – once for Domino, once for the book (those photos can’t be shown yet) and then since we needed more photos that could be shown we shot it once again recently just for the blog. Stuff always changes – the styling, the furniture (if you are me) and the photo editing. So, I thought it would be fun to show you one vignette, shot two different ways.

Take this vignette, for instance. The shot on the left is from Domino and the shot on the right was more of a ‘real’ house tour shot by Tessa Neustadt. I specifically asked Tessa not to Photoshop things because I wanted to show how it actually is. I cleaned it before she came, but otherwise its true to life.

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Here is the difference:

1. The styling on top of the white piece – I actually love the styling of the credenza on the left more – that lamp was at the studio the day we shot the living room again, so I put that collection of pottery on top of the white piece, but I think that the lamp is WAY stronger and the top looks a bit messy and cluttered. How I usually style it is with the lamp, books and plant (its dead now) on the left, the two hand sculptures in the middle and the bar tray. Now that I’m staring at these photos i’m definitely going back to that.

2. The shot on the left was photoshopped so that the white piece of furniture  a. didn’t bow, and b. didn’t have the shelf. Interesting, right? It’s definitely cleaner.

3. I think for Domino we brought the rug closer to both the bench and the white piece of furniture. It does look better, but in reality it would have had to be a MASSIVE rug to be that close and still underneath the . We do this all the time – shift rugs to make sure they cover what they need to cover in each shot. Cheats, I know.

4. With Domino we shot Nike Schroeder’s art piece moving in the wind and with Tessa we shot it just laying down. I like both, actually.

5. The pillows changed, but I think I prefer the arrangement on the right.

6. Domino photoshopped out the AC underneath the white piece. Obviously better. May we never ever have ACs or heat grates or chords or wrinkles. I know its fake but it just looks so much better.

7. The colors on the left look more saturated, right? Again, I like both. One is brighter and more fun and the other is calmer and more true.

Meanwhile for both shots we removed the foreground furniture so you could get more of a clean shot on that vignette. In the context of the room it looks like this.

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I love how Domino made that piece not bow – it drives me NUTS. But I love how this shots shows so much of the space. I just want to crawl under there, on all fours, and hold it up with my back. Here’s the deal: I bought it from Ikea, but I don’t remember what the legs were – probably something chrome and shorter. I had these brass legs that I had been hoarding for a while so I got the brilliant idea of attaching them to it. It looked SOOO good until we thought it should be our media unit and that we should rest our TV on top of it. Within 10 minutes it bowed. We instantly mounted the tv, but it didn’t matter – the damage was done. So now I need to find a new piece – I’m just slowing shopping trying to find the new right piece (wood? white? brass? a painted color?).

Meanwhile, I’m totally on the fence as far as which picture I prefer. The one on the left is more aspirational (as that is what a magazines job – to inspire us) whereas its always refreshing to see imperfections. I guess it depends on what mood i’m in – am I trolling the internet for inspiration? If so then I don’t want to see AC grates. But if I want a peek inside someones house then yes, show me everything and don’t try to fool me. I had a jokey argument with a photographer the other day that wanted to get rid of the diaper pail in the shot and I was like ‘BUT WHERE WOULD I PUT MY POOPY DIAPERS??? in a pretty basket? Nay’. So we did it with and without – the one without the pail looked so much better.

In short its the magazine industry’s job to inspire us with beautiful spaces shot perfectly. and its sites like Apartment Therapy job to show us real homes of real people.  I love both in different ways and need both in my life.

Do you have a preference? Not in the photos above (please don’t), but in the ‘inspirational’ versus the ‘real’?

Photo on the left by Brittany Ambridge, care of Domino. Photo on the right (and bottom photo) by Tessa Neustadt

Rug: Loloi Byron | Blue Velvet Bench: Target | White Pouf: Lulu and Georgia | Teal Tray: Target | Safari Chair: Vintage | String Art: Nike Schroeder | Dining Room Chairs: MidCentury LA | Dining Room Chandelier: Park Studio Collective LA

Target Styling Video #2 – 1 mantel, 2 ways

You all know I love to mantel-scape, so hard, all over the place – most specifically on mantels.

Its one of the surfaces in your house that can be full of just decoration and style because it doesn’t need to be functional. Even though I style coffee tables a lot and I’ve been known to fill up a credenza, often those spaces on an every day basis need to be more paired back so one can put their feet up on them whilst watching Parenthood. But the mantel? It can just be styled out to your heart’s content – with as many pretty accessories that you can handle.

For this video I styled the same mantel in two different styles – A bright/poppy scandinavian style and vintage inspired gold/brass. And if you don’t have a mantel, no worries, this really applies to most horizontal surfaces in your house.

Let’s get into it:

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In case you were unsure what a mantel-scape is, don’t worry because for some reason I decided to literally point it out to you. Its up there, on the mantle, and that mantle is full of beautiful Target pieces, folks. Not every piece, but almost every.

What is so great about Target is that not only do they have pieces that are stylish and affordable but it’s also widely accessible and available which is one of the reasons I was so excited to partner with them. Yes, I love their pieces but it’s also so satisfying to write ‘AND YOU CAN HAVE THIS TOO!!’ instead of ‘oh, sorry, its vintage and I scoured 9 flea markets and 12 thrift stores to find it’. You know I love vintage, but it’s fulfilling to take a piece that many people have access to and show how it can still feel unique. It’s not a high-end boutique piece, but it can still look like one – it’s all about how you use it.

So let me show you:


In case you are at work and can’t watch the video now, here are the photos and resources – and then tonight when you get home, walk the dog, pour yourself some tea, click off The Voice, then you can watch the video.

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This room/mantelscape makes me VERY happy.  The pretty mantel itself, the really poppy/happy colors, the hits of gold, the whimsy – you get a sense of a person and I she looks like a good time.

Resources: Embroidery art by Jane Denton, Threshold Large white and gold polka dot vase, short white vase and the pretty blue bowl are Target but they don’t come out til spring. Set of three white/gold fruit, Acacia bowl, vintage yellow vase, pink agate book ends. Fireplace tools are vintage, Mid-century style coffee table.

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Resource: top shelf: Relief white vase from Target- out in spring, yellow bowl is vintage, chunky knit basket. 2nd to top shelf: blue bowl – target but not til winter, white vase – vintage from MidCenturyLA, abstract art by Kate Smithson, 2nd shelf: white metal sculpture, footed white pedestal bowl. Bottom row: Agate tray, white mid-century style ice bucket and pitcher from Target (looking for link!), blue vessel, stack of three bowls.

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The painted logs were an extremely easy/fun thing that begged the ‘why haven’t we done this before??’ question. I actually brought them back to my house after the shoot to recreate the look in my fireplace but those particular colors were too bright/neon for my house so I think I’m just going to paint all the ends white. I love the idea, just the colors were off. We used normal latex house paint and they only needed one quick coat.

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Resources: Mid-century coffee table, white enamel tray from Target, white rug.

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I loved how we mixed larger birch logs with the more traditional chopped wood, and mixed up the shapes and sizes. We kept some raw/unpainted because it can go super crazy town but if you are an actual resident of crazy town then go for it. Shocking that I’m not.

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And yes, here’s a secret – for Video shoots (especially when used as ads) you have to make sure all titles of books/art are ‘cleared’ which means that you have written permission from the artist or publisher. So that is why there are these pretty wrapped books. There is a place in LA that you can rent all ‘cleared’ books (which is why on some of the videos you do see the titles). I’m a massive fan of Jane Denton’s modern embroidery artwork so we asked her if we could use them and she said yes. THANK YOU JANE!

Again the shorter white vase and the blue bowl are not available yet (both are awesome and will become staples in my prop closet). But that awesome gold polka dot vase, white/gold fruit and wood tray/bowl can all be yours.

Now on with the gold –  a theme or color-story that I like equally as much and will never get sick of:

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Click through to see the rest of the gold mantel-scape and see all resources.

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The home tour/feature in Domino

Oh, I know. It only took me about a month to post these photos from the Domino feature. First off, thank you so much Robert and Brittany (and all of Domino) for the lovely photos/press/time/drinks, etc. These two are seriously good at their jobs and their jobs are HUGE by the way. They kill it.

Secondly, we are shooting more shots of the living room and kitchen today strictly for the blog so you’ll get details, tons of angles, pulled back shots … plus, the living room and kitchen have already change. I know. I’m insane.  But, I wanted to go ahead and publish the feature and all the shopping resources and then the rest of the tour will follow.

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AHHH!!!! There is just so much to talk about but I’m going to wait til I have all the photos to reference to really explain how it went down. But, I’ve been inundated with emails about where I got everything so for all the pieces that are purchase-able, so here you go:

Living Room:

Rug | Sofa reupholstered in Sunbrella Fabric | Coffee Table | Target Agate Tray | Target Teal Coasters | Target Metallic Mug | Chairs: Vintage | Tree: Nek Budda | Target Cream and Gold Metallic Chevron PillowTeal Stripe Pillow | Pink Pillow: Custom | Floor Lamp: Vintage | Bertoia Wire Diamond Chair: Vintage | String Art Sculpture by Nike Schroder | Brass Task Lamp, Target | Copper Barware from Target | Buffet: Ikea with vintage legs | Oil Cloud Painting: Penine Hart | String Art Piece | Faux Fur Stool Nate Berkus for Target| Gold and Cream Throw | Turquoise Lamp: Vintage | Wood Tray

Abstract Circle PaintingGold and Cement Vases | Blue Agate Bookends | Girl Waving Painting | Wire Sculpture: Vintage | Ink Sketch of Boy by Orlando Soria | Modern Blue VaseWood Tray |

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I love that kitchen and that baby even more. Shooting it again today to get more details details of the backsplash. I promise that post is almost ready to go, I just need a few more photos.

Dining Room:

Brass Chandelier: Custom | Table | Chairs: Vintage | Cabinet: Vintage from Chairish| Brass Shelves from SchoolHouse Electric| Table Lamp: Vintage | Agate Tray | Warehouse Oil Painting: Vintage | Lady Portrait: Vintage | Orchard with Snow Photograph | Food Polaroid | Peacock Painting: Vintage | Cat Collage | Oregon Map |

Kitchen:

Woven Rope BasketHanging Lamps | Cabinet Pulls | Countertop | Roman Shades | Gold Spotted Vase | Round Wall Clock Wood Bowl | Watercolor Art 

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I can’t wait to tell you about the wallpaper in that room. It’s a hilarious/heart-wrenching story that will make you really wish you weren’t me. There is a whole post about it.

Charlies Nursery:

Wallpaper | Crib | Rug | Pouf | Shelving | Baskets | Bear Embroidered Art | Tree Art | Quilted Throw | Circus Tent: customized with vintage fabric

Bedroom:

Wallpaper: Custom Designed | Headboard: Vintage | Side Table: Crate and Barrel (from two years ago

| Wood Table Lamp | Duvet and Shams | Wood Hanging Mobile | Gold and White Bowl | White and Gold Stem Vase |

Now for the patio which I had no idea we were shooting or I would have changed a bunch. I mean, I LOVE this shot, but I was planning on reupholstering the sofa in a gray or blue (duh) sunbrella fabric because I don’t do brown.

They took a bunch of shots of Charlie and I in this scenario which I want to get my hands on. I love these kinda entertaining shots especially if there are people involved.

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Outdoor Area:

Rugs: Vintage | Slab Table | Pillows: Fringe Pillow, Tassel Pillow , Teal Pillow | Outdoor Sectional | Basketweave Throw . The rugs are normally inside, obviously because they are pretty incredible vintage rugs – and no, i don’t condone putting them outside permanently, but man they look good in this shot!

So much to talk about. So much to tell you. And I know this post had so little information (except hours worth of resources) but I wanted to get it out the process started. I’ll break it all down, I promise.

Meanwhile if you didn’t see this video (of the house in action) here you go:

Photos by Brittany Ambridge for Domino. Scott horne helped me style it, and Ginny, Brady and Emily were just extremely helpful. Stay tuned for a full tour, folks. Meanwhile, TGIF!!!!!!!

The studio tour on Domaine Home

The new studio tour is up on Domaine Home, and you simply must go check it out. But, meanwhile I’m pretty psyched to have a professional photo of our team (Ginny, Brady and I) because right now we only have one pic of us hugging or that instagram of us in the bathtub together. The bathtub shot isn’t really playing well with new clients, but this one? Yes. Thank you, Domaine. We are officially legit.

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Also, I only hire attractive people, obviously. Attractive people who subconsciously dress in the color palette. And by ‘subconsciously’ I mean that I texted them at 3am with reminders and requests for options.  I believe the words were, ‘sassy, casual, professional, with a bit of a flirt and mischievousness in cobalt or pale blue. One always want to stand out and yet blend in.

Meanwhile here is a couple more sneak peeks. Domaine has the full story, but we are sharing all the whats/hows/whys (and how muchs’) next week over here.

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Right now the studio is a total disaster after 3 shoots last week and a mural painting contest on sunday. I look at these pics and think, well, for one day, one sweet day, it was pulled together and pretty.

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All the props were organized by color. The ‘whites’ included the porcelain sculpture of a baby screaming. I used to have it under a dome until EVERYBODY IN MY LIFE told me it was too creepy. Just because you see a tortured, suffering baby doesn’t mean that I don’t see a singing, passionately happy infant. Who is the creep now, friends?

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And here’s my ‘naturals woods and fibers’ section. Which includes my collection of miniature dollhouse mousetraps and fly swatters. These were handmade. By a person. Intentionally. I picture her about to debut the dollhouse to her daughter when WAIT!!!! Stop. What if there is a miniature mouse or fly in this dollhouse? And she RUSHES off to sculpt these miniature pest killers. I found them at a flea market years ago and naturally had to frame them in miniautre frames. I love them so much.

Anyway, these and other pics of the studio are on Domaine today. Plus there’s an interview that is more actual info and less ramblings.

All photos are by Chris Patay for Domaine Home and thanks Mat Sanders for being a general excellent person to be around.