Target Chapter 9: Bohemian Bathroom

Bathrooms are people, too and deserve time, consideration and some styling. So we treated this bathroom like the princess it is and styled the heck out of it.

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For this video we took on the personality of a 20 something bohemian city girl. Her apartment is small (even though this bathroom is twice the size of my bathrooms in New York) but she still wants to bring in a lot of style and storage through accessories.

Vanity | Blue Ottoman | Brass and Silver Table Lamp |Metal Hanging Basket | Blue Shower Curtain | Graphic Print Shower Curtain | White Shower Curtain | Metal Hanging Baskets | White Wall Ledge | Grey Floor Mat | Plant Hanger 

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This bathroom is a set – totally fake. The production designer, Meg, basically designed it to be an urban bathroom, with pretty new finishes – subway tile, penny tile and a clawfoot tub and a traditional sink. You might wonder where the toilet is? And I’d say, don’t be disgusting, she would never own a toilet. Actually, we made the decision to not have one because we needed the space to tell the story and also who really likes to look at a toilet, real or fake? No one.

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Look how satisfied I am with that bathroom styling. I have to say that for a bathroom there is a lot of style up in there.

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Target Chapter 7; Navy blue Accent Wall Bedroom Makeover

The 90’s ruined ‘the accent wall’. It just got too wacky and people were putting them everywhere and not following the rules. In fact, maybe there were no ‘accent wall’ rules so people were just running around their house, carrying 4 different paint colors, screaming ‘Paint that wall coral! Paint that wall chocolate-brown! Paint that wall sage!!!’ It  became a wacky gimmick instead of an appropriate design decision. But lately it has made a small comeback. A careful, well-thought out, small comeback.

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For this Target video we transformed this bedroom (below) in one afternoon, mainly by adding an accent wall. And I’m pretty into it.

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Target Styling Video Chapter #8: Into the bedroom

The Target videos are back! Like the rest of the world we took a break during the holidays but now its time to go into the bedroom and style it out – just like we are doing below. This video is all about bed styling and mixing textiles, but I know that there are also a lot of pretty darn wonderful Target pieces in there for the rest of the room, too, and all the resources are near the end.

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When we started this room it was completely white – a totally blank space. It was our goal to make it look layered and interesting, full of vintage and Target, with lots of textures, pops of color and personality.

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That blue stripe rug is ridiculously cute, and yes, layering it is never a bad idea. That macrame wall hanging is Target and if you are interested in it I’d suggest you just buy it right now. It’s the ‘brass ball lamp’ of this season, meaning that its going to sell out very fast and then make a lot of people sad. It’s totally impressive. And that pouf is part of Nate’s collection which should be out any day. Salmon is big this season as you all know, so we brought it into the space isn the most non-90’s way possible and I think it worked.

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Target Styling Chapter 5: black/white and teal holiday living room

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?

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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.

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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!!!!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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).

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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.

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I love a good outtake. Almost as much as I love a bookcase full of holiday cheer:

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Top Shelf: Gold Hurricane: Target | Silver Mercury Glass Tray: Target | Agate Stone Bookends: Target

2nd From Top Shelf: Agate Stone Bookends: Target | Deer Head Figurine: Target | Mercury Glass Owl: Target | Santa Snowglobe: Target | Glitter Tree: Target |

3rd From Top Shelf: Deer Figurine: Target | Bottle Brush Tree: Target | Birch Tree: Target | Cake Stand: Target | Black Candle Stick: Target

Bottom Shelf: White Hurricane: Target | Mercury Glass Mason Jar: Target | Glass Small Tumbler: Target | White Bar Set: Target | Blue Dip Bowl: Target |

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!!!

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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!

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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 

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Gold and White Pillar Candle Holder: Target | Fur Stocking: Target | Silver and Black Snowflakes: Target | White Deer Figurines: Target | Gold Candle Holder: Target | Birch Bark Wreath: Target

And there you have it – our first holiday styling video and photos. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions!

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In case you missed the first four videos, you can watch the intro to the series, styling with neutrals, mantel styling,  fall tablescaping, and three easy centerpieces. 

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). 

EMILY SHOPS: the fabric district

I’ve lived in LA for 7 years. SEVEN YEARS. At first I hated it – as in I stopped bothering to put on mascara because I would cry it off immediately. It took me two years to like it, and 3 years to NOT want to leave it. That might sound like a lot of time but LA is a tricky place full of tricky people and weird neighborhoods. It never feels like a traditional city and even more rarely feels like a community – at first.

As a stylist it was EXTREMELY hard to maneuver because unlike New York it’s spread out over 30 miles, and a lot of it is kinda unsightly. Most people aren’t heading deep into the valley for the best welder or going to Pomona for reclaimed wood.

But we stylists do. So I figured it was time to document this stuff and bring you along for the ride.

First stop? The Fabric District in DTLA (Downtown LA). Thanks to our friends at NatureBox (healthy snack delivery) for sponsoring this excursion. We love snacks while we are shopping (see this post about the flea market), especially in DTLA where the street food isn’t exactly GMO-free.

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I started shopping the fashion district for jobs probably a year after living here and now, after 7 years, I don’t get lost that often. It’s the area around 7th -9th Street and Wall – Maple that is the heart of the fabric district.

It’s an insane neighborhood near fancy/hipster restaurants like Bottega Louie and the Ace Hotel, but also near skid row which is a not so happy place full of hundreds (if not thousands) of displaced homeless. It makes for a really interesting, dynamic, strange, sad, exciting and intimidating shopping destination to say the least. So let me help you with the fabric part of it at least.

One of my favorite go-to upholstery fabric stores is Home Fabrics. When I only have 1 hour downtown I DEFINITELY only go here. It has the best selection of velvets, linens and a lot of other less cool fabrics that I skip (but that are probably popular), and its sheer volume, selection and price makes it worth it. And yes, it’s for everyone (not just wholesale).

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Those velvets, below, are sooo beautiful. We used a lot of them in The Fig House and the Ban.do projects. Some are as cheap as $17.95/yd and some are more like $35.95. There is no minimum yardage and to swatch (get a sample) you simple ask one of their dudes. Don’t even think about bringing your own scissors.

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Meanwhile check out this pretty floral fabric ALSO WHAT IS FREAKY BRADY DOING TO THE FABRIC IN THE CORNER? Hands (and all body parts) off the goods, sir. Weirdo. Although in a way I look way more like the weirdo because I’m all posing casually for the camera not knowing that there is a freak show behind me. I think he was just trying to get out of the shot but instead he photo bombed hard.

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Besides fabric they have lots of upholstery trimmings; tassels and fringe and tie-backs galore. A lot of these are super decorator-y, but if you comb through enough you can find some chic ones made from cotton and way more paired back, less Marie Antoinette and more Laurel Canyon. Although sometimes those crazy ornate ones can be totally awesome.

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That’s the crew. Doing the team posing thing (Brady, Ginny and me).

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Who is that dutch boy in the middle of that silly stacked head photo???

They also have a section of $1.99/yard ‘no cut’ (meaning you have to buy all the have). I have found some decent stuff in here and if you are having a party or event this is a really good alternative for tablecloths or runners.

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If you don’t want to shop through all the fabrics or of you are looking for additional ones they have books and books of fabrics upstairs that you can peruse and then either have someone go get for you or order it if they don’t have it in stock. You can purchase these books for $25 each (which is what we do for our favorites).

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Shopping for fabric can be exhausting and make you very hungry so this seems like a good time to snack on, you betcha, NatureBox.

This is like the mid-podcast sponsor shout out and it’s important. So thank you, NatureBox. I love your snacks and your support.

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I go for the more ‘nuts and fruit’ based snacks. Brady would eat sugar for 9 meals a day if we let him. When he first started working with us I asked him to go grab a bunch of ‘healthy snacks’ from Trader Joes. I was picturing dried fruit, nuts, maybe some hummus and chips, fuji apples, etc. He came back with low-fat cookies and chocolate covered pomegranate seeds. He actually thought those were healthy snacks. It was VERY hilarious and once we stopped laughing I fired him.

But we don’t have to worry about it any more because we have NatureBox a-plenty in the office now. One of the best things about it is that its abides by a strict policy of  ‘No High Fructose Corn Syrup, No Partially Hydrogenated Oils, No Trans Fats, No Artificial Sweeteners, No Artificial Flavors, No Artificial Colors’. I don’t have to think about it – it does the healthy part on its own. And there are a ton of different snacks (over 100) to choose from and you can change it every month.

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We ate the Toffee Almond GranolaPumpkin Spice Nom NomsMexicana Mango Fuji ApplesMango Almond BitesCitrus Kick Almonds.

Also Ginny has such pretty hands. I constantly look at them with such envy. I want to cut them off and sew them onto my wrists so I, too, can have long luxurious un-bruised, un-pale fingers instead of my sausage fingers.

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So we headed out to 9th street, between Maple and Wall street where there is fabric store after fabric store. A lot of them are selling the same stuff but some of them are surprisingly good. Maybe not for upholstery but for pillows, curtains and definitely costumes and parties. So much sequins, organza, fur, etc. A lot of it soo tacky, but a lot of it could be rad.

You can’t predict what is inside so if you have the time just go down there and pop into as many as you can handle.

Here are some random tips/info for you to know:

1. You can negotiate at the smaller stores. Sometimes I feel like they are making up pricing on their whim. Michael Levine and Home are not negotiable (well, sometimes they might give you 10% off if you buy A LOT) but the other small stores are.

2. You can buy 1/4 yard if you want a larger sample (some places only do 1/2 a yard). Sometimes the smaller samples are so small.

3. Park in a lot – not on the street. You’ll look forever for street parking and then you’ll get a ticket if you are one minute over.

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I mean, $1.99 for crazy colored lace yardage has got to be good for something. Its more event or art installation-y but so fun.

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Also if you are in the market for foam, there is foam. Just sitting there on the street. Get yer foam, y’all. Also you want to know what is expensive? Foam. And styrafoam. you know why? Because they have petroleum in it so when the gas prices go up, guess what else goes up? The cost of foam. Mind blown. That is why if you think your foam is good in your chair you should have your upholsterer keep it instead of getting new foam – it adds a lot. However if you are buying it used from someone you don’t know, then get yourself some new foam… trust me.

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Next up is Michael Levine. Now I’ve been shopping at Michael Levine for a long time. It has two stores – one for apparel and one for upholstery/drapery. I go into both. The upholstery/drapery never has super fresh new hip patterns, but they have good simple velvets, linens and sheer fabrics, and its way easier to navigate, much less crowded and better customer service.

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I’ve actually scored a lot of fabric in their ‘Designers heaven’ row that is $6/yard. You can’t get a ton of yardage but if you need under 5 yards you can probably get that there.

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The apparel side has a TON of pretty awesome fun trendy patterns that can be used for simple pillows or sewn into napkins, table runners, etc. OR if you are crazy like I am you can buy 1/2 yard and photo copy for cute unique wrapping paper.

The service here is mediocre on a good day. Every now and again I’ll get a nice employee to swatch fabrics for me, but it’s always a circus in there. It seems like there are 45 employees at all times, but it’s like winning the lottery to get someone’s attention long enough to BUY LOTS OF FABRIC. I’ve never understood businesses that make it difficult to spend money. I hope they read this and change. They need some serious customer service improvements. There. Sorry, it’s just that bad.

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There is also a Michael Levine annex that is upstairs on the upholstery side of the street. It has crazy cheap yardage of not soo good fabric but I’ve found some decent stuff in there for events.

Also there is a strange amount of tutus downtown. Fun for the whole family – if you family is into that sort of thing.

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Also miniature hats. I found this little guy and immediately had to have it for Charlie, and it quickly became the inspiration for his first birthday party in a few weeks. (Geez, I’ve GOT to get on that).

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So that’s the fabric district. It’s a very wonderful and weird neighborhood full of fabric, people (tons of people) parking lot flaggers, fringe, tassels and foam. Lots of foam.

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Obviously a video of us shopping never hurt, so for your viewing pleasure here is Brady, Ginny and I in action.

Also one time – I did this (below) probably to be funny but decidedly just kinda weird.  2.50/yard. ‘no cut’.

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* I climbed in and laid horizontally on the fabric rolls. Apparently to be ‘wacky’.  Also I’m terrified of myself if I still have this blog when I’m 68. You guys are going to get some real gems of insanity that you haven’t even seen glimmers of yet.

*All photos by the lovely Jayme Burrows for EHD. Video by Scrunch Media.

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