Oh hello my fellow Canadians! This post is especially intended for you (or any others who wonder what all the fuss is about).
It seems like the major contenders I hear about in the design realm of blogland are popping up in Canada. West Elm, Crate and Barrel and now Target. It was impossible not to see their signs popping up around the city boasting messages like this one:
It honestly made the university student part of me feel vaguely uncomfortable, like it was just another wave of Americanization sweeping over our country (which, I suppose, it is).
However, I wasn’t strong enough to resist. Those marketing specialists have done exceedingly well for themselves… News about their Threshold line has been popping up all over my Pinterest boards and reader feed for months now!. Amazing deals, modern and stylish accessories for your home… I admit I was more than curious.
Clearly, when I found out they were coming to Vancouver, I was dying to go. This weekend I made the trip back out the suburbs to shop. (Can you believe it? I spent my teenage years trying to high tail my way downtown to avoid this mall, and now that I’m in the city, I find myself driving back there. Sheesh.) If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed this latest post…
Honestly (and somewhat embarrassingly) when I got to their bold and bright front entrance, I was bubbling with excitement. Would it live up to expectations?
First off, as soon as I walked in, I was greeted with rows and rows of awesome natural and organic creams, shampoos, soaps, sprays…
Let me tell you, I was impressed. If ever you’re wondering what all the fuss is over the natural product trend, read this article, The Dirty Dozen, from the David Suzuki Foundation and you’ll see why I try to go as natural as I can. Sometimes I wonder if beauty products will be the next asbestos or cigarettes with all their carcinogens…
Laden with a few new bottles of conditioner and exfoliant, I made my way to the stationary aisle, a close second favourite of mine after furnishings. They have a wonderful array of colourful notebooks, binders, organizing supplies… Even pretty wrapping paper for cheap!
Wouldn’t some of those be make some lovely drawer linings?
Once in the home furnishing section and was positively gleeful! Their merchandise is gorgeous! In one aisle, I heard clamouring footsteps. I turned to see a little boy running frantically and screaming hysterically
“Muma! Muma! Muma! THEY HAVE IT!”
and thrust a toy box into her hands. All that to say, I understood how he felt.
More than a few lovely white ceramic lamp bases…
Though clearly not organic, I thought these soap dispensers could add a nice touch to a boring kitchen sink:
Baskets, baskets, baskets. So functional yet so pretty. I can’t get enough.
They were also rocking the gold trend with brass lantern candle holders,
and animal figurines!
If you can’t really see how these could work and need some inspiration, check out how Dana from House*Tweaking decorated her coffee table a few weeks ago…
(Do I spend too much time perusing blogs? Maybe?)
And… what got me most excited…
All their knobs and pulls, the cheapest I’ve seen them at! Even cheaper than Ikea. Plus, their standard sizing (unlike Ikea pulls), so I’ll be updating my kitchen with new pulls in the next few days… Check back later this week for the reveal!
After spending far too long in the store, I’d say it’s a bit of a cross between Walmart and Crate and Barrel You can get some great deals but you’ll also find some gorgeous contemporary furnishings (like patterns and colours that are actually trendy and what you want to buy!) though some were a bit steeper than I was expecting. All in all, I loved it. I’ll definitely be out there again sometime soon!
What do you think of Target? Really all it’s cracked up to be? Or would you rather shop at a store from your own country?
Target didn’t sponsor this post; I just thought it would be fun to share my thoughts with you all. All opinions are 100% my own!