Target is my Jam

Initially, our move to the US was only supposed to be for a short period of time, and by short, I mean 12 to 18 months.  We’re now approaching 4 years and still no signs of going back to Toronto. When we moved here, we sold our house and stored all of our belongings in my parents’ basement, thinking we would be back for it shortly. We packed 5 suitcases and flew down to Florida and started our new life.

When we started furnishing our apartment, my assumption was that we would be leaving most, if not all of the stuff behind by selling them or donating to charities when we return to Toronto. That meant I had to spend a lot of time surfing the Internet to look for budget-friendly yet stylish decor pieces.

Target quickly became my go to place for pretty much EVERYTHING! That is why I chose it for my first Weekly Fab Find. 

Target currently has many beautiful and chic pieces that would elevate any home decor but for this post, I will focus mainly on the Living room. Here are some of my favorite items:

Velvet is definitely trending this year and this deep blue Cologne Tufted Trace Arm sofa is absolutely gorgeous and will add a pop of color and sophistication to your living room. I currently have this pink accent chair in our master bedroom.  If you are looking to add a touch of femininity to a space, this definitely would be the chair for you.

I love the look of this faux fur chair as an accent piece in a living room or as an office chair. If you like the mid-century look, this bench would definitely be a nice touch to your entryway.

I am all about the mid century look so these Amherst Mid Century Modern square table and two-tone coffee table caught my eye immediately.

I currently have a similar table to this metal and wood coffee table that I purchased from West Elm for over three times the price of this one. If you like the mix of wood and metal look, then this and the Berwyn Round Coffee Table would be a great option for you.

I also have a similar tulip Saarinen end table that I presently use as night table in my master bedroom. This Mid-Century 23″ Round bevel edge and Tulip Base End table from Target does not have the marble surface which I personally think is easier for maintenance and still looks very delicate and beautiful. If you do prefer a marble top, then this gold Marlton end table would be a nice option for you.

If you are looking for something a little more unique and less delicate, these two end tables are a few of my favorites: Hourglass Accent table and Highland Honeycomb Barrel end table.

Can I just say that I absolutely LOVE the tripod floor lamp look and this one from Target is definitely a show stopper.  I love both the clear and black base. If you prefer a wood base then check out this Oak Wood Tripod Floor Lamp.

Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I thought these oversized heart shape pillows would be fun to add to any space.

Above are some great throw pillow options as well.

These house bud vases are probably one of my favorite purchases from Chip and Joanna Gaine’s Hearth and Hand Collection that now sits on a shelf in our living room with some eucalyptus in them.  They also come in white. These lanterns are also great additions for inside or outside of your home. I currently use mine for our outdoor table decor. I literally have 5 of these Cedar Magnolia candles scatted throughout the house. It makes your house smell absolutely amazing.  This set of circle accent mirrors are always a great touch to every room.

Shop these Target items:

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XO,

Kim

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Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving 2017

This past Thanksgiving was the first Thanksgiving we spent in Florida since our relocation from Toronto. Every year Thanksgiving falls around my birthday weekend and for as long as I could remember, we have always travelled to celebrate my birthday. However this past year, we decided to travel the day after Thanksgiving and spent it with our friends in Tampa (Friendsgiving).

To celebrate our first American Thanksgiving, I decorated my entire table using mainly Chip and Joanna Gaine’s Hearth and Hand collection from Target, everything from candle holder to napkins, to napkins rings, flatware and lanterns.

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Details on items used:

Hearth and Hand Collection

Glass and Metal Taper Candle Holder – Brass

Artificial Cypress/Pine/Sage Stem Bundle 

Black Taper Candle

Cedar Magnolia Candle – I am obsessed with the scent of this candle

Small Black House Lantern

X Pattern Napkins

Gather Napkin Ring

Black Flatware

Other

Gold Table Runner

Gold Square Charger Plate

Crystal Wine Glass – I grabbed these from Home Goods last year but these wine glasses are pretty similar.

Square dinner set

XO,

Kim

Master Bathroom Remodel

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This is where it all began, a hobby turned into passion and a passion turned into a new endeavor! We moved into this home in January 2016 and lived in it for about 5 months without ever stepping foot into our master bathroom (it’s a long story…I’ll probably share it with you one day in another post). My husband, the two boys and I all shared the guest bathroom which I renovated remotely while we were up in Toronto for the holidays before me moved in.

Renovating a bathroom can be a costly expense and since we are unsure of how long we would be staying in this house, the decision whether to renovate or not was a lot tougher for us than most.  You see, our plan is always to return home to Toronto, we just don’t know when. However, not having a functional master bathroom was not an ideal situation to say the least, especially since we had frequent visitors staying with us for extended periods of time. Eventually renovating the master bathroom became a no-branier. My sanity and happiness is worth the investment. Having said that, I wanted to ensure that smart decisions were made so keeping a tight budget was key.  This meant we kept most of our purchases from big box stores, searched for sales and adjusted design to accommodate our budget.

Here are some BEFORE photos of the bathroom prior to the renovation.

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The existing bathroom had two single vanities. To maximize the space, we opted to remove the smaller vanity by the bathtub. We then converted the larger one into a double vanity. You will see overtime that I love a a fresh clean look so this white marble countertop vanity  was a perfect fit.

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For the shower, we extended the width and length by 1 foot so it is now 4×4. Since I was keeping everything pretty neutral, I knew I wanted a statement tile for the shower floor. This whole bathroom design revolved around this beautiful pattern tile we picked up at Home Depot. Because the shower floor tile had a pretty pattern on it, we chose to keep the wall tile simple to balance it all. This beveled subway tile was perfect for the space. It was clean but the beveled edges added just the right amount of interest and detail.

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To keep the bathroom looking open, we chose to have a frameless glass shower wall and protected it with this glass shield to prevent calcium build up.  Our local provider had the shield applied at the manufacturer. We chose to do this because that meant there was a 2 year warranty on the glass but you could also do it yourself for a fraction of the price.

To be honest, I am not a bath person but keeping resale value in mind, we chose to add a stand alone bathtub. Even though I have hardly used it, it is quite a beauty to look at and I absolutely love the elegance it added to the overall design. We managed to grab this beautiful tub when it was on sale for $649. (Note: I just checked and it is on sale for less than $600 now).

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Being a mom of 2 boys, low maintenance is absolutely crucial in all our design choices. That is why we chose oil rubbed bronze finishes for all of our faucets and hardware.

Keeping in mind that we will be selling this home in the near future, instead of extending the shower floor tile throughout the bathroom, I chose this neutral wood plank porcelain tile as it would appeal to the majority.

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Lighting, I have to give the credit to my fabulous husband, There were a lot of materials and finishes that were needed to complete this bathroom so I opted to delegate the lighting task to him. I always knew he had great taste but I was completely blown away with his choices. The geometric pendant light hanging over our bath tub is probably my favorite purchase so far in this house. It is absolutely gorgeous, adds so much interest while not occupying a lot of space visually because of its design. To top it all off, it’s handmade from an Etsy shop in Greece. This is how the box came in the mail. There must have been over 50 stamps on the box. LOL

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The vanity light is also from Etsy and we went with the brass finish and it complements the space perfectly.

The distressed ship lap wall behind the bathtub was a last minute decision. I never considered having a feature wall because of our tight budget. As the project progressed, I knew that if I didn’t add something, I was going to be disappointed. For a few hundred extra dollars, we decided to grab this distressed ship lap from Lowes and my husband was going to install it himself to save cost. I ended up painting it myself  and the result was better than I had imagined.

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To finish off the space, we added these vanity mirrors from Lowes.  In terms of paint color, after many sample purchases in search of the perfect gray, I finally settled on this light gray, Shoreline, from Benjamin Moore. If you are ever looking for a perfect barely there light gray (no undertone) then this is your color.

XO,

Kim