It has honestly been months since I’ve ducked into a Target, but I found myself needing a few essentials over the weekend and took some time to peruse the home decor section. I figured it would be fun to share my shopping trip with you! I decided to photograph 16 of the best home decor finds I found, as the 2024 Spring items are surprisingly good! Click through for my top picks, as well as some tips for choosing timeless home decor from Target (that won’t end up in the donation pile)…
I used to share casual home shopping trips like this often… snapping quick photos as I browsed. I’d visit readily accessible stores like Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, and World Market. While it’s been a few years, is this something that would be helpful or entertaining for you? I’d be happy to resurrect this series. Today, we’re popping into Target. I spent 30-40 minutes deep diving in the home decor section. These are the things I’d buy. Let’s go shopping!
This small stool or side table immediately reminded me of my own vintage wood stool that lives in my home office. It’s a great size, the medium colored stain is really nice, and I like the raw construction. It would be an easy piece to layer into a vignette for added warmth & depth!
The scale of this heavy stoneware bowl is what grabbed my attention. It measures 12″ diameter, is a great price, with a classic colored glaze. The rim detail is also a nice touch. It would be great for mixing, serving, and styling.
Shop the Serving Bowl $24.99
I knew I had seen these frames before… in Jordan’s dark green home office! Click over there to see them expertly styled, because they are so beautiful alongside the right artwork. The inner gold bead is a nice touch that adds dimension, and I appreciate there are multiple sizes to choose from.
This stoneware & wood paper towel holder is a nice simple option. It’s actually very close to the one I currently use in my kitchen, but with the addition of a stoneware base… which I think adds a nice stylized touch. The neutral color of the stoneware also means it would pair well with a variety of countertops: soapstone, marble, quartz, etc.
Shop the Paper Towel Holder $16.99
I wasn’t prepared for the outdoor section to be on full display so soon! Apart of the Studio McGee collection, these solar LED string lights are super charming. I like the woven rattan shade which adds a playful touch. These would be really nice above a patio or beneath a pergola this spring & summer. I know their collection usually sells out, so for $20… grab them now!
Making my way down the bath aisle, I stumbled upon this woven wastebasket. It’s lined with plastic, which is a nice functional touch. For $20, this is such a great deal for a timeless & textural trash bin. It’s a good size, too.
This entire section surprised me… in kind of an ughhh way. Why? My dinnerware is the Pillivuyt Beaded Coupe Set (made in France) from Williams Sonoma. I splurged on the set three years ago. These Target dishes are basically identical… and for a fraction of the price ($4 per plate versus $30 per plate)… and both are microwave / dishwasher-safe porcelain. The weight feels the same, the size is the also similar. I’d scoop up this set in a heartbeat, along with the serveware that accompanies it. It’s such a classic look!
Anything made of natural materials is a win in my book. The Casaluna products are really nice and check all the boxes. I loved the color of this reversible chambray cotton coverlet. It’s super soft and has a timeless look… it’s also 100% cotton.
Shop the Cotton Coverlet $119 (king size)
I sourced some marble utensil holders for the Tuesday Made shop that looked almost exactly like this, and my wholesale cost was triple this price. I picked some of these up while browsing to further inspect, and they’re heavy and well-made. I was impressed with the craftsmanship and they’d give a good clean look on the countertop.
This stainless steel flatware set has such a timeless look. They almost look like bone inlay… but with a budget price point. Four place settings for $40? That’s a deal. They’re dishwasher safe, too. If I didn’t already have flatware I love, I’d scoop these up. Maybe they’d be fun in the camper?
Another Casaluna win… these waffle weave bath towels are really nice. They remind me of my beloved air waffle Uchino towels, but instead of $100 per towel, they’re only $15! Both are 100% cotton.
I was also impressed with the Hearth & Hand stoneware collection. There were a lot of really nice shapes in this neutral white color… all made of heavy stoneware with nice craftsmanship.
Shop the Stoneware Bowl $9.99
I think trivets are versatile styling pieces… especially in the kitchen. This would be great for serving or elevating salt, pepper, spices, dishes, oil, etc. It’s made of acacia wood and has a nice medium stain color with a simple footed shape.
Shop the Trivet $24.99
I love spatterware, so I was excited to see these citronella candles in the outdoor section from Studio McGee. There is a 3-wick version, as well as a single wick. These vessels would be amazing for reuse once the candle has been burned. I grabbed one for our patio, even though it’s currently buried in snow. Come spring, I’ll be excited about this.
Shop the Candle $25
We have these at our Tuesday Made Office and they’re such great glasses… heavy in hand, classic look, hold a nice amount of water, and they’re dishwasher-safe. You can’t beat the $35 price for a 12 piece glass set that includes both short and tall tumblers.
15. Spoon Rest
Last, but not least… a simple spoon rest. For $5, this stoneware object made my list. It has a great shape, is a bit oversized, and would look good with any countertop material.
Shop the Spoon Rest $4.99
Tips for Shopping for Timeless Home Decor at Target
I know Target often gets a bad rep for disposable home decor, but I’ll say this (as a designer)… you can find some really beautiful, nicely crafted essentials at very affordable prices. Anytime I make a home purchase, I want it to last and be something I’ll love for years to come. When shopping at big box stores, like Target, that’s always something I keep in mind. Here are 5 of my best tips for grabbing things that won’t end up being donated later on…
- Stick to the Essentials – items like I’ve shown throughout this post… kitchen goods, bath linens, functional everyday items.
- Choose Items Made of Natural Materials – look for solid wood, stoneware, 100% cotton, 100% linen, marble, etc.
- Double Check the Quality & Craftsmanship – everything has to pass my quality & craftsmanship inspection. Is it well made? Are there rough edges? Does it have a nice weight? Does it look cheap?
- Avoid Trendy Items – this one is huge at Target. There are lots of trendy home items that will be out of style later this year… avoid those.
- Purchase with Longevity in Mind – choose items you know you’ll still like in 3-4 years. Keep the words “timeless” and “classic” in mind when making purchases.
The king size floral blocked quilt is one of my favorites (pictured throughout this post). It’s made of 100% cotton, has a lofty fill, and lives in our maroon guest bedroom. All of our guests who have stayed have raved about it.
Casaluna, Studio McGee, Hearth & Hand, Threshold, etc. I wish they’d bring the Nate Berkus line back!
It’s honestly not my favorite. You can find a good budget fixture here & there, but I usually shop for lighting elsewhere.
I hope you enjoyed this one! Would you want to see more of these shopping style posts? I’ve kind of missed these. It forced me to get out of the office and see what’s new. Let me know in the comment section below… also feel free to share some stores you’d like me to visit!