Favorites from Hearth & Hand with Magnolia

Chip and Jo Gaines have done it again. Yesterday marked the launch of their new line Hearth & Hand with Magnolia at Target. It is great! I love any pieces that translate to easy entertaining, and they’ve provided. They have neutral black and white dishes with pops of green, white kitchen towels, throws, and napkins with black or grey accents, and even a cute door mat. I love the galvenized metal touches throughout the collection, and for those that don’t like silver, they’ve included gold. Everything is mix and match.

Yes, there are a couple of things that left me scratching my head (a goat cookie cutter… like, whyyyy?) but for the most part, anything you scoop up is going to be great, especially for all of the holiday entertaining you’re going to do! And why not pick up some gifts for the Fixer Upper fans in your life?

Here are my favorites from the collection.

Entryway:

Hearth and Hand Rug
I love this natural fiber rug with a neutral pattern because it can last past the holidays.
Hearth and Hand Wreath
This wreath was the first item I saw, and I knew I’d love the whole collection. I love how it is understated but pretty.

For the table:

Hearth and Hand Plate
Who doesn’t love a simple white plate? The shape keeps this contemporary.
Hearth and Hand Smoke Glass Vases
I normally don’t love smoked glass, but these vases work. I can just see them as centerpieces for a dinner party.
Hearth and Hand White Tray
Give me all of the serving pieces.
Hearth and Hand Black Tray
I’ll take both!
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I love these neutral striped napkins. They’d be awesome for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any time of year.
Hearth and Hand Cutting Board
Go- to gift alert. This acacia cutting board with a leather handle screams special. Best part? It’s only $14.99!

You can check out more of the collection on Target.com and in stores now!

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Beach Chic Guest Room

A quick design for a simple beach-inspired room for a friend’s guest room that will be renting out on AirBnB.

We are working with an existing all white, modern bed and dresser, and sticking to a MAJOR budget, my specialty!

I love the pops of color in the flamingo lamp and the Gray Malin poster!

DIY Birthday Banner

I absolutely love banners, especially homemade banners. Today I’m going to tell you how I used cheap gift wrapping supplies to make a custom birthday banner, and how you can easily make one, too.

I was walking through the $1 section at Target and found this collection of items and decided they would make for a fun project.

The supplies I scored from the dollar section.

When I got home, I gathered a couple more things from around the house and got to work.

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Everything ready to go.

First, I arranged  the gift tags to see how many I would need, then simply wrote the message in Sharpie. How easy is that?! The gift tags were $1 for a pack of 8. I got 16 brown tags and 8 white tags, which was way more than I needed. Don’t worry if you mess up on the lettering, just keep writing. If I stop to fix or redo a letter in the middle, I always start obsessing over every little mistake and end up messing up a lot more. I looked through the letters at the end and replaced the ones that looked really bad (this is why it is good to buy extra tags!)

After the message was done, I set out to add a little sparkle. The glitter bags came in packs of two, but they were only glittery on one side (rats!) I cut the bags open and drew templates to cut out on the back. That way, I could play with the sizes before committing to the cut and wasting paper. I chose hearts (but you could do any shape, stars would also be cool.) I used double stick tape to attach them to the gift tags. Glue would also work well if you have that around the house instead.

close up of the hearts

I used the clothes pins to attach the gift tags to some twine I already had at home. At first, I wasn’t sure about what kind of spacing I wanted or if I wanted it to be one or two layers. My solution was to wait to cut the twine until all of the tags were attached so I could assess how it would hang (and not waste twine!)

the finished product

I just taped the banner to the mirror, but it could easily be hung by tying knots in the twine and hanging them on command hooks if you want it to look a little fancier. I chose the mirror because my boyfriend was coming home after dark, and that area of my place reflects light well at that time of day, calling attention to the banner and reflecting light on the glitter hearts.

What an easy and fun way to craft your way into a festive environment! The best part? You can create extra tags for each family member or friend and customize the banner for each occasion!

Another look at my cheap and chic banner.

 

One Stop Fourth of July Shop!

I love the Fourth of July! (BBQ, beer, beach, parties, and fireworks celebrating independence in the sky… I’m in!!)

I also love Target. You just keep walking through the aisles and racking things up, and before you know it, you just can’t get out without spending at least $100.

I was looking for bright summery dishtowels and had one of those Target trips. Turns out Target is the perfect one stop shop for fourth of July gear.

It all started when I was walking through the dollar deal aisle.

These cute mini-buckets caught my eye.
These cute mini-buckets caught my eye. At only a dollar a pop, I couldn’t resist picking up a couple!
Then I found these around the corner.
Then I found these around the corner.

I ended up getting three of the red star buckets and two of the polka dot buckets. I thought they’d be super cute filled with white hydrangeas and mini flags.

These trays in white and navy could be used even after the fourth. I thought about filling them up with the flowers or with candles that are all different levels. Or maybe even cups for the drink station. The possibilities are endless.
These trays in white and navy could be used even after the fourth. I thought about filling them up with the flowers or with candles that are all different levels. Or maybe even cups for the drink station. The possibilities are endless.
This table cloth is fun and not too on the nose.
This table cloth is fun and not too on the nose. For $20, you’re definitely not breaking the bank. The blue and red table scape would be pretty with natural hemp accents.
These plates with that table cloth gets you the red, white and blue look in a fun and modern way. The plates are a durable plastic.
These plates with that table cloth gets you the red, white and blue look in a fun and modern way. The plates are a durable plastic. 
This fish serving plate is super fun.
This fish serving plate is super fun.
The dishtowels that started it all.
The dishtowels that started it all.
What would a Fourth of July party be without fireworks!?
What would a Fourth of July party be without fireworks!?

As you can see, I found a TON of stuff! It made me want to have a party just to rack up the cute accessories!

Whats your favorite part of the Fourth?

 

Makeover Madness: Dining Area

I’ve been thinking about refreshing my dining area but haven’t been able to bite the bullet because I just love my current table and chairs.

Thing is, my current stuff doesn’t fit the space. I live in an apartment that was built in the fifties and my table is very contemporary. It’s rectangular and the space looks like it was made for a round table.

Because of some silly mint green tile in the kitchen with a light green strip, I painted a wall in the kitchen lime green and the attached dining area hot pink. (“Hey, maybe with all the bright colors, people won’t notice the puke-y tile,” I thought.)

So, long story long, the wall colors aren’t gonna change but I think I’m finally ready to part ways with my old table and make way for some new energy in my space.

Here’s what I’m thinkin’:

Here's what I'm thinking: a white tulip table. Mid century modern in a mid century space. Not very original, but stay with me here...
Here’s what I’m thinking: a white tulip table. Mid century modern in a mid century space. Not very original, but stay with me here…
I think this rug would bring the area up to date.
I think this rug would bring the area up to date.
Add chairs like these babies from Chairloom/ the cover of Anthology Magazine.
Add chairs like these babies from Chairloom/ the cover of Anthology Magazine and the main stuff is set!

Now for the details…

Add this pretty bar cart.
This pretty bar cart…
And some other gold details...
And some other gold details…

And, Voila! I’ve got an awesome space that pays homage to my apartment’s mid-century roots while staying up to date and a little funky!

Here is where the idea started brewing: staging a Ritts Co. table we re-did for Flea Market Flip to get photos of the details. Notice the gold-y yellow chandelier and the black and white art, which will be staying. The gold cart and details will complement the original lighting, and the rug will bring out the art.
Here is where the idea started brewing: staging a Ritts Co. table we re-did for Flea Market Flip to get photos of the details. Notice the gold-y yellow chandelier and the black and white art, which will be staying. The gold cart and details will complement the original lighting, and the rug will bring out the art.

Nate Berkus Holiday Collection at Target

Who doesn’t love the feel of designer luxury without the “designer” price tag?

I just love collaborations between designers and Target (I flipped for the Calypso St Bath collection) and this collection by Nate Berkus  is out just in time for the holidays. I like the mix of blues, golds, dark grays, and neutral browns. Smoky and sexy with little pops of color– chic.

These elephant place card holders are my favorite part of the collection:

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At two for $10, you get major style without breaking the bank.

Like a true rehabber, I see them playing a totally different role in my home than just holding place cards. I think they would be super cute on a bookshelf holding photos of friends or family when not in use for a party. Leave it to me to reappropriate something!

Multipurpose with a little sparkle to brighten up every day… now that’s a deal!