Best Of: Target

This post is a part of the "Best Of" series. To see all the posts, like last week's where I wrote about CB2, click here

I feel like I say this every time, but it is so hard picking just a few items from a store each week for this Best Of series! And today's is no exception since it's Target week, my friends! Talk about a huge (and somewhat overwhelming) selection of affordable home furnishings and decor awesomeness.

Target is been killing it lately - in fact, it wasn't too long ago that I wrote about their Dwell Magazine collaboration that hit stores in December. They've really upped their game in the past few years, and are even starting to send out slick, magazine-like catalogs featuring new collections (you may have seen the one featuring the Nate Berkus line in your mailbox recently). Their Threshold line is a consistent favorite, and though you see a lot of those products in the store, they have even more to choose from online. There are also some online-exculsive collections that you'll never see in store, so it's worth checking in to see what's new every now and again. Since shipping is free when you spend $25 or more, and you can return items in store, shopping online with Target is one of my favorite things to do. 

One thing to note is that the website carries a lot of inventory from brands you can find on other sites like Wayfair or Hayneedle, which is why their selection is SO vast. Today I'm going to focus on items that you can only find at Target - to keep it all "in house," if you will. Also, make sure you don't miss the deals going on there through Saturday (1/21). I listed them all at the end of the post!

Onto the good stuff!

This week, in addition to the shoppable image below, I thought I'd make a few comments about each item - why I like it or ideas on how to incorporate it into your home. (If you're in a feed reader, or receiving this post in your inbox, you may need to head to the website to see the shoppable image.) To shop using the image, hover over the item you like, and a "+" sign will pop up that you can click on to take you to the site.

best of target:

Wishbone chair with faux fur seat: This is a really fun twist on a classic chair style. It would look great as a pair in a living room (maybe flanking a fireplace?) or in a home office. Wishbone chairs are often used as dining chairs, but with the faux fur seat of this one, I'm not sure it would be a great fit since food could fall and get trapped in the long fibers. 

Blue and white vase: I've always been impressed with Target's ceramics - they generally look much more expensive than they are. This vase is no exception, and it comes in a couple of other sizes as well!

Green pendant light: Historically, Target hasn't really carried hardwired ceiling fixtures (at least within their own brand), but they've started putting some out in the last year, and they're spot on design-wise. This farmhouse style one is stocked in red and white as well, and is a part of a larger collection called "Beekman 1802 Farmhouse" that has some really fantastic pieces in it if you're into that style.

Art: I'll group the three I picked out together for simplicity's sake. :) The bicycle watercolor and the abstract floral watercolor are from different special edition artists, but they pair so well together! Wouldn't they be perfect in a girl's bedroom or a feminine home office? The buffalo print is a little more rustic, but would fit in nicely with some other pieces in a gallery wall. Target has done a nice job of curating art lately, and they've grouped some pieces together in different collections that make it easy to buy several that will look great together in a room.

Black metal and wood table: Ok, so this one is technically a plant stand, but I can also see it work as a little side table next to a chair in a reading nook - it's the perfect size for your coffee and a good book (sounds nice, doesn't it?!).

Gray felt basket: Can you ever have enough baskets and bins? Not in my book! They're great when you want to store "like" items on shelves, organize items in a linen closet, or if you just need an extra bin for the random items that always seem to be around in the house. And bonus - this one is pretty enough to leave in plain sight!

Striped throw blanket: I'm kind of obsessed with Target's throw blanket selection right now. I had a hard time picking just one to share with y'all! It's the time of year when I always want a little bit of extra warmth when I'm hanging on the sofa in the evenings, so why not have one that's as pretty as it is practical?

Brass and wood bench: I feel like I need to make an apology on behalf of Target product photography on this one. I've seen this bench in person and it looks a million times better than the photo would indicate. The legs are angled and come in a beautiful, modern looking brass. It's part mid-century and part modern glam. I'd put this in an entryway or maybe even at the foot of a twin bed.

Pillows: The links to those, starting from the top are: 1, 2, 3, 4. Here's the thing about Target pillows - I'm always so torn about them because although their designs are fantastic, they all have polyester inserts. Whomp whomp. I get it, polyester is way cheaper to use, but I wish they would design them with a zipper or envelope closure so I could at least have the option to swap it for a down insert.  (Curious why I'm so type A about pillows? Read more in this post - scroll about halfway down.) All that aside, they've done a great job of being on-trend and I especially love that they've designed some in the indigo/batik/tribal trend that's super hot right now. I wholeheartedly endorse buying pillows that are trendy because you can easily and inexpensively swap them when you're ready for a change.

Rug: Target recently released their new outdoor furniture and accessories for spring, and they've got a nice selection of outdoor rugs. I think rugs are one of the best ways to make an outdoor space feel pulled together, and in recent years, lots of places have been designing ones that look like ones you would use indoors, which I love.

End table: Again, this is another one where I feel like the photo does this piece a disservice. I've seen it in person too, and it is gorgeous. If you're into mid-century/Scandinavian furniture, a pair of these would be fantastic as bedside tables. The lighter stain and simple (yet visually interesting) lines on this piece are a home run.

Table lamp: The lamp game at Target is very strong right now - both in floor and table lamps. I've had my eye on this modern black and copper guy for awhile now. Even thought all of its light is downward-facing, the fact that it has dual heads will allow it to put off a good amount of light. Use it on a desk or in a living room for reading or task lighting.

Windsor outdoor bench: Talk about stylish! This outdoor bench is a part of the Farmhouse Patio Collection that includes a table, chairs and a couple of accessories. You could definitely use this bench indoors as well. It's made of iron, so it's got a nice weight to it. What tipped the scales for this piece making the list is the price - it's only $79! Crazy, right? I'll bet this collection will sell out quickly, so get your hands on some of it while you still can.

Deals and sales going on right now at Target:

  • Save 10% on select home items with promo code HOMESTOCKUP through 1/21/2017
  • Spend $200 save $50 on select regular priced furniture and home decor items through 1/21/2017
  • Save up to 25% on select home, bedding and bath items through 1/21/2017

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