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Target does it again

A tip of the hat to Target! They always know what people want and bring in some really great designers. I love (almost) all of them and Nate Berkus is no exception. He stole my heart when he first appeared on Oprah and thanks to him and his first book, I’ve had a piece of coral in my house ever since.

Did you rush out to your local Target(s) yesterday for the new Nate collection? I did! I actually went to two. Clearly my part of the USA was as excited as I was, so I had to fight to get two of the things I really wanted.

This brass sea urchin was the first purchase (at the first Target). After looking through the collection online, I thought I would like the white one better. Good thing for me, the white one was not at either store. I now like the contrast of the brass against everything else that I have and usually buy…namely white and grey/silver!

This chevron ginger jar was my second purchase yesterday (at the second Target). When I got home from the first store, I kept looking online at this piece trying to decide if I was going to suck it up and pay shipping or not. I finally figured out that you can check to see which stores have a product in stock – love it, Target – so I got back in the car and went to pick this up. I’m so happy I got it and I love it on our dining room buffet…for now.

This cute tortoise-shell was at the second store and I kept picking it up and then setting it down. I picked it up one more time to finally buy it but when I looked closely, some of the paint was chipping off in the cracks so I put it down…for now. I’ll probably check out the Target closest to my office and see if theirs looks different because I’m still regretting not buying it!

These ikat link towels were almost my weakness today. I can’t stop thinking about them either so I might have to go back and pick up two for our bathroom. They come in several colors but the charcoal is my favorite!

This figurine is so random and usually not my style but I love it! It looks like a small animal head with massive curved antlers – is that what it’s supposed to be? No clue, but I love it and would love it on sitting on top of a book on Conner’s side of the bed. Neither store had this so hopefully my third store this week will prove successful!

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Today, I’m currently coveting decoupage plates from John Derian.

I love the whimsy of the plates as well as the purpose and function of them. They are pretty enough to hang on the wall but also extremely functional to sit on the counter and hold your favorite pieces of jewelry or some coral! This particular one is on my birthday wish list…I’ll let you know if my collection gets started!

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Art knock-offs

I saw this art piece at my friend Shannon’s house last month. I love it! Most of the girls at her house knew the artist but I’m not up to speed on that stuff so I have no clue who it is who made these (sorry!). I just knew that I liked them and can’t wait to make my own! I think this will be a perfect project for dreary January or February.

The same artist made this piece that is hanging in her little boy’s nursery. How adorable is this?! I love the gray wash to it and want to make this for our master bedroom but change the quote. Have you all seen the quote from Winnie the Pooh? I love it! Some people use it for speeches at weddings and I think it is great for our master bedroom: “If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.” How sweet is that? I think this will be a perfect February project to do for Valentine’s Day!

When I showed this picture to my co-worker and we were talking about the Winnie the Pooh quote, she got me hip to Ben’s Garden and John Derian. Do you all know about this? I am in love!! I don’t need to collect anything else but man, I would love to have some of these plates!

The cool thing about Ben’s Garden is that you can submit a photo and they will make a custom decoupage tray for you! I would love to give this as a wedding or anniversary present! Or…receive as an anniversary present (hint! hint!) 🙂

The John Derian plates are gorgeous! People hang them in their houses as collections or use them as trays for bathrooms and sink areas. They are crazy expensive but so gorgeous! There are word trays/plates and then also super cool pictures of animals or abstracts. Check the sites out when you have time. It is my new obsession!

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