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!!!!!!!

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

Introducing the Target styling Video Series

What do you get when you take the best retailer in the country, a really good creative agency, 70 crew members, 4 sets and a chick who can really talk and talk about styling?

10 (pretty dope) videos about home style.

Today I want to share with you the intro video about the series, giving you a sneak peek into the sets, the rooms and the tips. The scope of the entire production was so huge, and yet the second I got on set with the creative team (too many to name but Chris, Todd and Nick were my directors/guides for the week) it felt comfortable and like we were just chatting. Just us girls.

People snapped some  behind the scenes photos while I was styling and you know how I feel about behind the scenes shots.

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I just cruised around with copper cocktail shakers and styled these pretty spaces (with the help of Meg, Scott, Ginny and Brady, of course).

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But you want to know one of the most hilarious parts? I had a body double. Technically she’s referred to as a stand-in because she was never on camera. But a few weeks before the shoot they asked my height and weight for a stand-in so they hired this 25 year old Russian MODEL, that was might height and had blonde hair and fair skin but thats pretty much where the similarities ended.

You see when I was working on another set or in hair/makeup they needed someone to sit in for lighting/positioning purposes that way when I finally sat down they didn’t realize that there was a lampshade directly behind my head or  a huge shadow on my left ear or something.

So this nice lady sat there in my stead. She was also available for all my nudity scenes should those come up.

This shot is HER:

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And then this one is ME:

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As my stunt double she was also ready and available for all extreme styling action moves, like when I paint the ceiling whilst standing on a broomstick, reupholster a chair underwater, etc.

What you’ll get out of the videos is what I love to talk about most – how to style and add that personality through pieces you might already have or just a few quick changes/purchases. Its unexpected uses of things, learning how to combine styles together, and how to choose pieces that work with any style, year round … and its all pretty budget friendly. We have living room, bedrooms, dining/entertaining and even a video about bathroom styling. Because bathrooms are people, too.

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The first video will be released monday, so stay tuned, but meanwhile watch the intro video about the project with some sneak peeks of the whole series.

Here you go, friends. Happy Thursday.

Hair and makeup by the lovely and always amazing Danielle Walch.

Studio Party + Introducing Tiny Prints Home collection

I’ve always needed to be forced to get my life together – design wise, that is. It’s very much a ‘cobblers kid with no shoes/dentist kid with no teeth’ situation. Only with me its more like ‘stylist/designer with two staff and no proper place to design/shoot’, situation.

To start/finish the house I needed that Domino Shoot (I know, I KNOW, I haven’t blogged about it yet, but I’m waiting for more photos!). For my studio I needed an excuse to throw a party for my style peers in order to get the design done. Enter TinyPrints. They approached me about a partnership, and one of the first collaborations was to do a media event around the launch of their home collection and I was like, oh we aren’t having a luncheon, lets throw a party at my studio in 2 1/2 weeks!! Because I’m certifiable like that.

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Let me be clear, this isn’t technically the studio reveal because it’s styled for a party, not a functioning design studio but you’ll obviously get a massive sneak peek into what it looks like. Domaine Home is featuring the studio next friday (10/7) then I’ll be blogging about it, so stay tuned for more of a studio tour.

What is TinyPrints you ask? It’s basically a website where you can customize photo books (I did last year, way before the partnership), invitations, frames and now they have a new home line (which is why they reached out to me). For the party we wanted to customize the product to make it more individual for the party-goers. So we started with Instagram, naturally.

One of my favorite products is the Acrylic Photo Blocks photo frames which are just basically thick lucite squares that are the perfect size for an Instagram, like so:

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So, we scoured our guests/friends instagram for ones we loved and had them made (that’s Kelly from Bash, Please and her beautiful daughter). Then we showcased them all on those floating shelves above and played a ‘find your face’ game, which was extremely popular because we are all secretly narcissists and playing a game about finding your own face is satisfying both because you get to see your own face and everybody wins unless you don’t know your own face! We are genius’!!!!

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There are the Sharkpig boys (above), being all mischievous and weird, per usual… in a good way.

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And there is my friend Jen with a cat on her head, being all mischievous and weird, per usual … in a good way.

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I chose a pic of Justina‘s daughter, Ida, who has an awesome interiors blog (Justina, not Ida ;)). Must have a girl next. Immediately.

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We had the signage made out of mirrored plexiglass. We adhered the letters to the floating shelves with glue dots and I love how it looked like it was floating. Magical, ya’ll. What are those hanging panels you ask? (click through to read the rest of this crazy long post)

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