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.

Styling Video #1 – How to style with neutrals

AHHH! The first styling video is live, folks. And its all about neutrals … Check it out, and let me know what you think!

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Neutrals tones are like the Meryl Streep of colors – classic, easy to look at, warm, inviting, timeless, and yet can be full of personality. Sure, they can be boring, but even me, LOVER OF ALL CRAZY COLORS, loves a well styled neutral room. And that’s what this video is all about, folks. Enjoy!

I know a lot of people who don’t love color like I do and they want things to feel softer, less popppy/graphic, less contrasty, more warm, textured, sophisticated and yes, full of neutral colors. Just so you know neutral tones are in the ‘whites, ivory, cream, gray, taupe, black’ world. Beige on beige on beige is boring, of course, but with some tips that I talk about in this video you learn how to have that neutral toned living room that is still FULL of personality and feels totally finished. Like, Meryl.

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For the Target videos my goal was to use just Target and then vintage or found items that are easy to source, mixed in with some of my personal pieces (like my birdcage ladder that I will save from a fire I love so much) and the weird found piece of graffitied wood – which is neutral but has a lot of energy.

Threshold Black Metal Pillar Candle Holder, $9.99 – $16.99, Threshold Starburst Mirror (no longer sold, but similar, $39.99), Nate Berkus Metal Feather Box, $14.99Threshold 13” Wooden Lantern, $24.99

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One of my tips with neutrals is that anything natural kinda tends to be neutral but its sculptural and has a lot of life to it. Feathers, eggs (uh, that is a HUGE blown egg, by the way), driftwood, shells, rocks, etc, are all one of a kind sculptures that have a lot of energy to them. When styled in a shelf like below they add so much life for practically no money. Or put them in cloches (these are from Target Smith & Hawken Glass Dome Cloche, $29.99).
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That little white and gold polka dot vase technically isn’t supposed to be in that shot by the way. I love it though and have like 3 of them. Meanwhile the gold and cement vases are some of my favorite pieces because they feel really sleek and masculine for vases and as a trio create a really pretty collection.

Second row: Smith & Hawken Glass Dome Cloche, $29.99. Bottom row: Threshold Gold & Cement Vase, $9.99 – $19.99; Threshold Gold-Spotted Stone Vase, $6.99 (large version here, $24.99) Threshold Braided Basket with Handles, $14.99 The white vases in the third row don’t come out til Spring but they are from Target as well. 

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Naturally I had to bring some things from home (pictures, personal items, etc) so during this series you are going to find random pictures of Brian and I from when we first met, you know when we were CHILDREN.

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Threshold pierced patterned hurricane candle holder 9″, $9.99- $14.99, Threshold Agate bookends, Threshold Hammered Large Serving Bowl with Gold Finish, $19.99, Bottom Row: Nate Berkus for Target, asymmetry photo frame, $12.99. The wood bowl, pottery vessel and wood clothes pin are all mine/vintage.

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I love that wood/gold lantern, enough to put a vessel in it and turn it into a vase even. We are very sneaky like that.

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Nate Berkus for Target, faux fur stool, $54.99 Threshold gold chevron pillow, $24.99 Nate Berkus for Target, decorative pillow – novelty shell, $24.99

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And while the above shot wasn’t how we styled the room, obviously, we wanted to do a pretty still life of all the neutral pillows from the new collection that I love. And yes, that macrame hanging mirror amazingness is vintage, mine, and unfortunately I don’t know where you can get another. Sad, I know. 

Threshold woven bench – brown and white, $99.99, Nate Berkus for Target, decorative pillow – novelty shell, $24.99 Threshold quilted velvet decorative pillow – velvet cream, $24.99 Threshold gold embroidered pillow, $19.99 Threshold trellis embroidered pillow – yellow and white, $24.99, Threshold gold chevron pillow, $24.99

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Coffee tableThreshold criss cross rug, Nate Berkus black/white pillow  Nate Berkus metal wing bowl. 

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On the floor by the fireplace: Threshold 13” Wooden Lantern, $24.99, Threshold 15” Gold Lantern, $24.99 and up in the shelves: 

Shelving on the left: First row (from top): Threshold Decorative Rope Basket in Shell, $19.99, Second row: Threshold Wood Pillar Candle Holder, $12.99 – $19.99, Threshold Hammered Large Serving Bowl with Gold Finish, $19.99, Threshold pierced patterned hurricane candle holder 9″, $9.99- $14.99, Third row: Nate Berkus for Target, antique mirror tray, $29.99, Nate Berkus for Target, asymmetry photo frame, $12.99, Fourth row, Threshold Decorative Bowl in White and Gold, $19.99, Threshold Starburst Mirror – 3 pieces, $24.99, Threshold wooden centerpiece tray, $24.99, Threshold Set of 3 Decorative Fall Figurines in Gold, $22.99

So here I was the next morning, minutes before the shoot – action shot of me playing with pillows, about to drink more coffee, hoping that I don’t, you know, fail.

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It looks just like a pretty living room, right? But nah, folks, it’s even more impressive than that because it’s a huge set made to look like a pretty living room. So, what do you guys think? As the videos go along I think that they just get better and better because I got more and more relaxed so if you are into this then just wait :)

Video in partnership with Target, hair and makeup by Danielle Walch, wardrobe styling by Jordan Rudd

My Guest Room Makeover

Alright. This is a dooooooooziiie of a design post, including ‘before’ shots, the process, an EPIC FAIL, the remedy, the ‘after’ photos, resources, ‘get the looks’ and a VIDEO. Tell your boss that you ate bad salmon and that you and that you need to go to the hospital for an emergency surgery, possibly even a C section or kidney removal. Something that could take hours. Then go home, grab a cup of coffee, diet coke or wine (I like to give you options) and settle in to read the epic guest room make-over post.

Here goes: The guest room is FINISHED thanks to a partnership with DutchBoy paint. Dunzo. Like President Obama and Michelle could randomly show up at my door for the weekend and all we’d have to do is add some flowers. I mean, for them of course we’d have to get REALLY beautiful flowers, probably open garden roses flown in from Holland, watered by the tears of angels, but other than that, this room is good to go. Finally.

But before I show you the ‘after’ you must suffer through the process. Because I had to (and because the process is what this blog is all about).

We moved into this house 9 months ago and started fixing up this bad boy. BEFORE we moved in the room looked like this and I blogged about its needs HERE:

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To recap: disgusting pee carpet, gross painted ceiling, lovely ‘vintage’ ceiling fan, etc. Oh and you can’t tell but there is an insane texture on the walls – as if it was a gothic cathedral in Prague in the 1700’s. Like serious texture.

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So we skim-coated, painted the walls, put down new beautiful hard-wood flooring and it started looking way better.

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TA DA!!!!! Isn’t it beautiful, you guys? It only took 9 months, 2 design assistants and 3K to do that.

Kidding. This is what it looked like after we moved in and unpacked and it clearly wasn’t designed or even thought about. It was good enough for the parents to come and sleep in for the holidays but needed some serious considering.

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We lived with it like that for about 6 months while we worked on the rest of the house.

I’ve gone back and forth about whether I like that brick wall thing ever since we bought it. But dry-walling it sounded annoying and expensive, so I wanted to try to work with it and it seemed like a good opportunity to use the grid of bricks in an interesting way.  So one night, 3 nights before the Domino shoot I decided to grab some beer, put on Season 3 of the OC, grab 18 different colors of paint and see what the beer tells me to do, because that’s how real designers design.

In my defense I will say that this idea was endorsed by Ginny, Brady and Scott and we all picked out the colors together. It was kinda thought out, but we all had our doubts.

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What I did to that wall was a G.D. masterpiece. I’ve since decided to quit styling and dedicate myself to my true passion – tipsy public performance painting. How do I create such beauty, you ask? Well, how did Mozart compose such melody, or how does Sara Silverman think of a joke?

You can’t explain it, the genius is the true miracle.

Also I did have some inspiration pics/references to work off of, these weird 80’s color blocked buildings, but sadly the wall never really came to resemble them at all.

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I started with just a few colors and kept them looking more ‘water-color-y’ without hard edges (especially since there aren’t any hard edges – the bricks were rough). Then I was all, MORE, I NEED MORE NOW AND COLOR MORE COLOR FAST HURRY I’M SOBERING UP!!!

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But then that looked like a drunk monkey took over painting the wall with those crazy pops of color. So I decided to have it be more tonal and just do these kinda weird pastels together (the last photo). And then it looked like Easter threw up on my wall. It was terrible and incredible all at once. I hated it in an aggressive sort of way where it actually made me angry. It’s probably because the rest of the house is open and white/bright so all of a sudden when you caught this through the doorway your eyes were bombarded with these annoying colors, challenging your controlled temper, making you want to do violent things to helpless animals. It was that bad.

Click through to see the afters …

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