As a stylist it’s painfully easy to spend a ton of money setting your table for a dinner party. There is a long list of needs – tablecloth (or runner), napkins, flatware, plates, glassware, vases, candles, flowers, place cards, blah, blah, blah. And if you want it to be beautiful, and you know where to shop for beautiful things, which I do, it’s just so easy to spend a ton of money(…slowly) so you don’t know you are doing it. I tend to want the most beautiful hand-thrown stoneware plates, hem-stitched linen napkins, hand-blown artisanal glassware, modern streamlined brass flatware and hand-dyed tablecloth that has been washed a million times, etc, etc.
Congratulations, you just spent $1500 on your 4 person dinner setting.
So, I decided to go the more utilitarian route – what do you already have or can have easy access to, and how can you make that look chic and beautiful without spending too much money or doing some crazy DIYs that none of us have time for right now?
The next Target Holiday video is up today, you guys, and its channeling my inner goth. Its about decorating for the holidays with black, white, a little bit of whimsy and a lot of Target. Duh.
We styled the tables with a blog of black, white, gold and silver. These shots are tricky because this kind of styling is best with dim lights, candles lit, moody ambience and lots of people canoodling – not hot overhead studio lighting. But you can still see the beautiful product shining through.
The set was shared with the last holiday video about styling with unconventional colors and everyday items. Its a bit more dramatic, but also great because the color palette is more year round, with very few ‘just holiday’ items in there. For this video it was more about a circular buffet table, not a sit down dinner party but more desserts and candies displayed on a table. Obviously you could have drinks, apps, cheeses, etc, but we had to make room for a lot of good holiday decor so we kept it to just deserts and candies.
This string light chandelier idea inspired my own garland-on-chandelier idea at my own house. I’m not totally sure how we plugged them in (i’m anticipating your questions, here) but i’m assuming we rigged it up because we were on a set. You could put a conduit on the ceiling (they are sticky) or white tape it to the ceiling down the wall. Oh, don’t we all just wish we could live on a set where all your cord problems disappear?
I looked around yesterday and I officially have 4 of those deer, 5 of those candles stands, 2 of those gold dipping bowls, the polka dotted napkins and the white/gold mini hurricanes. There is no black in my house this year (we are keeping it low contrast over here, check out some sneak peeks that we were playing around with). All resources at the end, don’t worry.
For a while we tried the idea of putting a toy train around the table. It worked in theory but because all the colors were so dark and the ‘snow’ was so lumpy, it just looked kinda janky and sad. But good idea and next year we will be racing a train around the tree, I promise.
White and Gold Deer: Target | White Gold Silver Napkin: Target | Black and Gold Star Tray: Target | Silver and Gold Dip Bowls: Target | Black Candle Sticks: Target | White and Gold Pillar Candle Holders: Target | Silver Cake Stand: Target | Gold Tray: Target | Gold Bowl: Target | Gold and Silver Beaded Place Mat: Target | Bottle Brush Tree: Target | Snowflake Bowl: Target | Black and White Dessert Plates: Target | Silver Snowflake Candy Dish: Target | Mercury Glass Dinner Plate: Target |
Welcome to my Fall-iday tablescape. Also, quick question: did I just lose readers for using the word ‘fall-iday’? And if so then if so then are you saying that I can’t have a signature cocktail called ‘Autumns up’?
I teamed up with Target (with some vintage, naturally) to style out this table for fall and I have to say that I love it. It is super energetic, eclectic, happy, fresh, (affordable) and fun – while still referencing the season. Lets get into it …
As Target’s resident Home Style Expert (spokesperson) its my lovely job and privilege to shop there A LOT and figure out ways to style and shoot their pieces in environments that feel unique and interesting – that’s what stylists do. We take pieces that one might think ‘but what do you do with that? And make them look cool by giving them a context and a personality. One of the best things about Target is the fact that it’s in so many cities and online, so its very accessible. But at the same time it could make you worry that if you buy something its going to be everywhere. My answer for that is twofold: A. good pieces sell out and then they are GONE – like those gold ball task lamps? Gonzo. I wish they were everywhere because they are so good, but I can’t even get one more (I have 2 myself, but my clients want them and I’m not parting with mine). And B. even if you know people who have the same piece it’s really easy to style them in ways that make them look unique to you.
A lot of the fall line as you know is so flexible style-wise that while they are stylish, they aren’t specific to one style and are adaptable to different themes, occasions and yes, homes.
So, in this video I show you how to take really affordable Target fall pieces and style them to create a really unique, personal, stylish, and yes autumnal, tablescape.
Watch (and share? eh?):
For this ‘Fall-iday’ tablescape I wanted it to feel happy, colorful, young, fresh, ‘party’ and yet have enough warm fall tones and autumnal motifs to make it season appropriate. The whole art direction for this set was bright white with big hits of saturated color, and copper and wood tones to keep it feeling warm and grounded. Oh and throw in an acidic tone, because that’s what I’m doing these days. So that chartreuse from the leaves was perfect and we brought that in the napkins, too.
We found this painting at a prop house in LA – and by ‘we’ i mean that Scott and Meg who were in charge of the sets sourced and showed their favorites to me. Sure I picked it out, but I didn’t spend 16 hours sourcing art like they did. Nice job, guys. Anyway, that painting was the inspiration for the color palette and its pretty darn awesome.
Sure, it did have some fall colors – the oranges obviously. But instead of the usual warm oranges, ochres, browns, taupes and aubergines I wanted it to feel fresh and more modern so I figured, why not add some hot pink and yellow? I speak more about the color palette in the videos so again, watch it (and yes, i’m trying to get you to watch the video and if you wanted to share it I wouldn’t be mad:))
I love that gold polka dot vase so much. I have two of them and I use them constantly for shoots. Remember last week when I put my collection of vintage arrows in it? Yes, that was awesome. Where else are you going to put your collection of vintage arrows?
I love that shot. The centerpiece consisted of a collection of wood pillar candleholders with the white/gold fruit on top. Then we added a big arrangement of flowers and a collection of smaller ones, peppering down the table.
My favorite things are these; the gray polka dot placemats (I bought them after the shoot, yes, using my own money :)). I love the rosegold flatware and while there are a lot of versions of those out there, there are none this affordable for how good they are. And I love those white and gold fruit figurines. I never thought I would endorse a ‘fruit figurine’ but alas, I did and will. You could use these fall after fall. They are so simple and timeless. Or if you keep them in a pretty simple wood bowl on your dining table then they can be year round (just make sure you have enough apples and pears so that it doesn’t feel pumpkin-heavy).
Scott killed it on the flowers. I told him hot pink, corals and oranges and he got a mix of dahlias, rununculus, tulips, billy balls and then those huge hot pink (almost red) big sculptural blooms are just a weird form of proteus.
At the end of the video my friend Bri, from Designlovefest, stopped by because she is going to use some of the product to style out a table for her blog today. We laughed and cajoled and generally had a lot of fun. It’s always weird when a friend has to witness me ‘host’ because even though I don’t have a script and I’m just talking about style, I get worried that I look/act like I’m performing.
Thanks, Bri. You can Designlovefest all over our videos any time you want.
Next weeks video is all about centerpiece ideas, so stay tuned folks. Meanwhile to check out my other videos with Target see below:
*Photos care of Target. Hair and makeup by the always lovely Danielle Walch. Wardrobe styling by Jordan Rudd. And per usual thanks Todd, Nick, Chris, Nancy, Claire, Scott, Meg, Ginny, Brady and 70 other crew members for helping make the sets and lighting so fun and pretty. And also my mom, because one must always thank their mother when listing out thank yous, right?
*This post is part a larger partnership with Target, and all words, designs and opinions are mine, mine, mine. Thank you for supporting the awesome company that enables us to make original style content every day.
Well now that my partnership with Target is announced (Yeah!!!! and thank you all who left such supportive comments last week on the announcement post) it seemed only appropriate that I shout out my good friend Joy’s collection. Joy and I have worked together for years and have become good friends although we certainly don’t see each other enough. I’m just so psyched that she is working with them as well.
So, in case you haven’t seen her new line, it’s totally adorable and perfect for outdoor entertaining. Many, MANY parties will be thrown with these pieces and here are my favorites: