Target Styling Chapter #3 – Setting a Fall Table

Its Target Styling Video #3 today, folks.

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 …

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:))

White and Black Pattern Plates and Bowls: Target | Wood Tray: Target | Cheese Board: Target | Pink and Green Napkins: Vintage | Orange and White Mini Bowls: Target | Blue and White Mini Bowls: Target | Copper Barware: Target | Rose Gold Flatware: Target (available in store) | White and Gold Spotted Vase: Target | White Credenza: Vintage | Brass Floor Lamp: Vintage | Lucite Table Lamp: Vintage | Art: Vintage | Wood Accent Table: Target

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That copper set is pretty epic. I have the shaker and the pitcher and so should you. Its wonderful.

Orange and White Mini Bowls: Target | Wood Tray: Target | Blue and White Mini Bowls: Target | Cheese Board: Target| Copper Barware: Target | Rose Gold Flatware: Target (available in store) | White and Gold Spotted Vase: Target

 

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White and Black Pattern Plates and Bowls: Target| Wood Tray: Target | Wood Tray: Target | Pink and Green Napkins: Vintage | Orange and White Mini Bowls: Target | Blue and White Mini Bowls: Target | Cheese Board: Target| Copper Barware: Target | Rose Gold Flatware: Target (available in store) | White and Gold Spotted Vase: Target

 

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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?

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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.

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Very happy, indeed.

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Blue Pattern Platter: Target | Rose Gold Flatware: Target (available in store) | Green Napkin: Vintage | Orange Prep Bowl: Target | White and Gold Fruit: Target | Wood Candle Pillars: Target | Grey and White Dotted Placemat: Target |  White and Black Pattern Plates and Dinnerware: Target | Gold and White Plates: Vintage | Orange and White Pattern Plate: Target | Glass Tumbler: Target | Acorn Salt and Pepper Shakers: Target | Dining Table: Target | Colored Dining Chairs: Target

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Rose Gold Flatware: Target (available in store) | White and Black Pattern Plates and Dinnerware: Target | Gold and White Plates: Vintage | Blue Geo Bowl: Target | Grey and White Dotted Placemat: Target | Glass Tumbler: Target | White Vase: Target | Acorn Salt and Pepper Shakers: Target

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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).

Blue Geo Bowl: Target | Blue Pattern Platter: Target | Rose Gold Flatware: Target (available in store) | Green and Pink Napkins: Vintage | Orange Prep Bowl: Target | White and Gold Fruit: Target | Wood Fall Figurines: Target | Wood Candle Pillars: Target | Grey and White Dotted Placemat: Target |  White and Black Pattern Plates and Dinnerware: Target | Gold and White Plates: Vintage | Orange and White Pattern Plate: Target | Glass Tumbler: Target | Acorn Salt and Pepper Shakers: Target | Dining Table: Target | Colored Dining Chairs: Target

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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.

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Glass Tumbler: Target | Orange Prep Bowl: Target | Acorn Salt and Pepper Shakers: Target | Blue Geo Bowl: Target |  Orange and White Mini Bowls: Target

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Grey and White Dotted Placemat: Target |  White and Black Pattern Plates and Dinnerware: Target | Gold and White Plates: Vintage

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We made place-cards with just cards, some fall leaves and some cute clothespins. I can’t wait for “Billy” to eat my non-food at my beautiful Fall-iday table.

Blue Geo Bowl: Target | Rose Gold Flatware: Target (available in store) | Green and Pink Napkins: Vintage | White and Gold Fruit: Target | Wood Fall Figurines: Target | Wood Candle Pillars: Target | Grey and White Dotted Placemat: Target |  White and Black Pattern Plates and Dinnerware: Target | Gold and White Plates: Vintage | Blue Geo Plate: Target | Glass Tumbler: Target | Acorn Salt and Pepper Shakers: Target | Dining Table: Target | Colored Dining Chairs: Target

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Those chairs are Target chairs, and they are awesome. We decided to mix them up with different colors to really push home the eclectic vibe. They are a classic windsor chair in updated colors.

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Orange Platter: Target | Blue Geo Bowl: Target | Orange and White Mini Bowls: Target | White and Gold Fruit: Target | Wood Fall Figurines: Target.

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.

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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:

 

In case you missed the first two posts where I talked about Styling your Mantle, and “How to Style with Neutrals” click through to their links for the behind the scenes and the shopping resources.

*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.

Holiday Gifts for Brian

Brian and I kinda promised each other no gifts this year – what with the baby and the house and the lack of really needing anything … but then i got to pinning gifts for him and well, this happened. Unfortunately he is still refusing to let me buy these for him despite the fact that he would actually love all of these.

Emily Henderson Gift Guide

1. Hedley & Bennett Apron  – he likes to cook, but be kinda macho about it. | 2. Whale Stapler  – for his desk, obviously | 3. Shoe Shine Kit  – because real men shine their own shoes | 4. Sphere Ice Mould – for those whisky nights especially in the winter | 5. Seersucker Classic Tie | 6. Leather Adjustable File – ‘dude’ office accessories will make him psyched to sit down for work | 7. Cashmere Hat – a luxury he would NEVER buy himself | 8. Leather Pencil Case 0k, he won’t get this but i love it. | 9. Nylon Cordura Bag for an ‘dude’ diaper bag?

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10. Stanley Thermos – we love coffee very much, in the car or not. | 11. Tool Kit  – because he is sooo sick of me never knowing where mine are so these would be just his. | 12. Slim Sweatpant – because we are super cozy around the house these days and he needs more comfy clothes | 13. Bookweight  – he can hold/rock Charlie while reading | 14. Leather Handle Utility Scissors  – yeah, another one he won’t ‘get’ but I love.| 15. Ducks Coffee Traveller  – again with the coffee | 16. Waxed Canvas Camp Stool |17. Ducks Hoodie Don’t mention the ducks year this year, but he’s still a massive fan | 18. Wood & Leather Ice Bucket – Yeah, so dude and so great. 

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19. CPO Chambray Button-Down Work Shirt – He could wear this every day – work or play | 20. Lavett & Chin Pomade – the man loves his hair cream | 21. The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and The Smiths – because his teenage self really indulged in this music | 22. Galaxy Rocks Glasses – I’ve never met a man who appreciates a heavy rocks glass as much as that man | 23. AV Room Portable USB Turntable By Crosley  – because he’s a man and therefore by definition he wants a turn table | 24. Notebook – so he can retire his lame drugstore versions | 25. JBL Voyager  – so he can play his music via wifi anywhere in the new house | 26. iPhone Case  – because he’s been eyeing this for a long time and loves Star Wars very much | 27. Dopp Kit – he refuses to admit that he needs one, but the man needs somewhere to put his dopps.

So those are all of the things that i want to get him. Unfortunately he won’t let me. So what I’m going to get him instead is a day off of daddyhood some time this year – with probably two rounds of golf for him and a friend, and an uber ride there and back. Now THAT, he can’t argue with.

My holiday wishlist … Gifts that I really want

Like any other upstanding, self-respecting blogger on the interweb i’ve been working on my gift guides all weekend for y’all. And like any upstanding, self-respecting shopaholic my picks tend to be things that I want for myself. Sure, it starts out as specific things for specific types of people – ‘For the college student’, ‘For the homemaker’, ‘For the tech lover’ – but ultimately unless I really want it I don’t really bother putting it on any list. I think If I were a 22 year old dude would I want this? And the answer has to be ‘Yes.’ in order for me to include it.

This first gift list is full of things that I just really want. Some of them are fantasy (that awesome $1400 lamp) but many are things that would make me really happy – things that I probably wouldn’t buy myself … or maybe I would (and will). I do very sneaky things when i’m alone with my business card. My ability to rationalize purchases is totally magical.

While I am still categorizing them in posts for you, I decided to put them all under a general gift guide on keep.com which is like Pinterest except just for purchases. You can follow people, boards and they all link to the actual stores and then BOOM, you just done checked Uncle Sandy’s gift off your list.

So, Brian, while a new house and a baby are probably sufficient/life changing ‘every day feels like christmas’ kinda gifts, if you feel so inclined to spoil your lady i’m pretty much putting some keys to my superficial happiness on a gold (brass) platter right here for you.

Christmas Wish List

1. Woodstock Pintuck Top | 2. LED Flashlight | 3. Gold Make-up Brush Set | 4. Turner Side Table | 5. Wooden Candles | 6. Leather Dopp Kit | 7. Loeffler Randall Grace Oxford Flats | 8. Tina Frey Ice Bucket | 9. Aureux Carving Knife Christmas Wish List

10. Cashmere Sweatpants | 11. F/K/A Table Lamp | 12. Glass Water Bottle | 13. Spherical Ice Tray Set | 14. Polaroid Camera | 15. Wool Striped Pillow | 16. Gold Hairbrush | 17. Flash Bobby Pin Set | 18. Cashmere Socks Christmas Wish List

19. Brass Ballpoint Pen | 20. Leather Kirigami Hanging Planter | 21. Sole The ADMIRAL Bike | 22. GROWTH No. 1 Art Collage | 23. Lacquer Playing Card Box | 24. Striped Cup and Bowl | 25. Kork-Ease Shawna Boots | 26. Alhambra Throw | 27. Muuto Gloria Multi-Candle Holder

That’s really just the beginning of what I wouldn’t mind having someone buy me. I don’t really plan or expect anyone to buy these for me, and instead i’ll probably just put these in different gift guides for others. But meanwhile all y’all can check out (and follow) all my gift giving ideas at keep.com HERE.

This post was in partnership with keep.com but all words, thoughts and hidden motives are mine. :)

Happy Mother’s Day, to both of my moms

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom, from your six kids. That’s right SIX KIDS. Thanks for the natural births, piano lessons since we were three, 4-H where we learned to sew our own clothes, and most importantly instilling a moral compass that is at times annoyingly unshakeable.

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Here are the six kids without significant others (Brian didn’t get in ’til later that day) at my little sis’s wedding. I don’t know why we posed like that. I’ll go ahead and blame it on our mother for raising us to be total weirdos.

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And there we are with all the little adorable grandkids in tow at our family reunion in Wyoming, two years ago. She now has eight grandkids who adore the heck out of her.

I know I JUST posted this photo (below) last week, but I do love it so much, and my mom looks so pretty and happy in it, with her all matching, dressed-up kids. (I’m the baby on the lap.)

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May I give my children the childhood that I was lucky enough to have thanks to my parents. Thanks Mom, for raising me to be incredibly productive, if not obsessive — I know I got that from her. Meanwhile, I’m not as empathetic, charitable, or as selfless as she is, but I’m hoping that maybe I will be some day. Love you, Mom.

Happy Mother’s Day to Brian’s mom, Suz. I couldn’t possibly have asked for a better mother-in-law. I’ve been in their family since I was 21 (four years now :)) and couldn’t feel more at home in their home and with them, where I am right now. :)

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Off to brunch where we’ll toast to how wonderfully she (and Bob) raised Brian. I would have married him strictly for his looks and chest hair, but the fact that he is crazy nice, respectful, considerate, and charming is probably all due to his mom, Suz. So thank you. I truly won the parents-in-law lottery. Totally priceless.

30 Best Easter Egg DIYs

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If aliens were looking down on earth this week they might think that human beings were certifiably disgusting creatures. I mean, we take the shells of unborn babies, which came from the chicken’s special parts, and force our children to blow them empty, dip them in colorful water, and play hide and go seek with them. Luckily for us, though, there are a lot of even more insane Easter options out there — all of which I want to do, none of which I probably will … until I have kids. Here are my top 30 DIY Easter egg ideas. Thank you so much Tessa for doing the research and putting this post together. And thank you all you Easter egg DIY genius’ out there. Nice job, friends.

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1.By Kelly of Fabulous K   2.  She Knows    3.  Studio and Charm Blog   4. By Claire Thomas of The Kitchy Kitchen  5. Oleander and Palm  6.  Studio DIY  7.  Oh Happy Day

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9. By Chelsea of Lovely Indeed: One & Two   10. The Alison Show  11. Lovely Indeed  12. La Papier Studio 13.  14. By Chelsea of Lovely Indeed: One & Two  15. VK 16. By Teri & Jenny of Spoon Fork Bacon

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18. Obviously Sweet  19. Bon Appetit  21. Paper & Stitch  22. Martha Stewart  23. Decor 8  24. B for Bel

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26. Design Sponge  27. A Daily Something 28. Joy Ever After  29. The Alison Show  30. Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Which one is your favorite? I’m tied between 7, 16, 18 and 26. I need children immediately because Brian and The Bear certainly aren’t lining up to get their Martha on this weekend, and after trying to choose my favorite I realized how much in fact I want to make some of these. I Dye.