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Monday, January 7, 2013

Target (Almost) Hits the Mark

The Threshold line at Target has some new post-holiday offerings.  I want to love them.  They are so close.  But I feel like they miss on the details.  And the details make all the difference.

Take, for instance these coral x-benches.  At $59 each, you can't beat the price.  But WHY didn't they pipe the legs?  They would look 10000 times better if the same piping on the cushion also detailed the legs.  Even if it had pushed the price to $79 each, I think it would have made all the difference, and they would sell better.  But honestly, for $59, you could probably justify buying just to cover with your own fabric.



At first glance, I loved these fretwork pillows.  The style is classic.  But they are small in size and don't have down inserts.  And without a zipper closure, you don't have the option of replacing the polyfil with down inserts.  So I passed.  

This pair of bird lamps is pretty cute.  I do wish they had used brass hardware instead of black plastic sockets.  But overall, these are one of the better things I saw.

These end tables are a chrome twist on the vintage brass ones I love.  

I sold this vintage pair last week, and I prefer the brass, but you can't beat the Target version for the price.

Brass Stools, Pair

These little quatrefoil tables (lying sideways) remind me of the much pricier Oomph Tini Table.

This mirror has good lines and would be cute in a girl's room.

And once again, if they were larger, I would have grabbed two of these needlepoint pillows for my playroom.  They look a lot like the Trina Turk pillows from a couple years back.  

Have you checked out the Threshold line?  I know I am being nitpicky, and for the price, you can't beat the style.  But I feel like skimping on a few details can totally ruin an otherwise chic piece.  Do you agree?


12 comments:

Sadie + Stella said...

I bought the x-benches. I hear what you are saying about the detailing but let's face it. They are $60. You cannot beat that. If you want a fully piped x-bench we could go somewhere and pay a price point of at least $300. You know what I mean?

Lori said...

I totally get where you're coming from. I find the biggest problem with Target is the scale is way off. Things like furniture and lamps are always very petite and look out of place with "real" stuff.

You do get what you pay for.

Natalie {Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers} said...

Totally agree. I looked at the line Friday. The pillows were way too small for me and with kids I need the option to take off and wash the covers. Didn't see the benches but they are a steal!

Nicole said...

I'm about to buy the x-benches - can't get to Target fast enough! Thanks so much for the heads up. They're not on-line, so I wasn't aware they were part of this new line. Your "real life" pix are also a lot more helpful than on-line images.

As far as quality goes, I'm impressed this line even has details like needlepoint, grosgrain trim, piping, and acrylic lamp bases for the price point. So maybe my standards just aren't up to par?? :) But I agree that full piping would be awesome.

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

thanks for the update - i kept seeing pics on people's instagram of this line and it looked amazing, but after reading, i dont really think there's much i need/would buy. i do like that mirror though!!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I saw them in the store last week and thought they were pretty promising. Yes, some of the details we love are missing but for that price point they're probably not lifetime pieces anyway. Happy New Year!

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Anonymous said...

I completely agree. I always go down that isle to see what's new but I never end up buying much because the scale of the pieces make them look cheap. I wish they would make their furniture, prints, mirrors and some accessories much bigger than what they are. Even if they have to charge a bit more. It would be worth it.

My Crafty Home Life said...

I am with you on this one. I was so impressed. I must say, that the mirror is the only obvious budget looking item.

Andrea said...

I'm always a sucker for something new, but I've spent so much money in the past years on cheap things that I'm ultimately disappointed with.
I love vintage anything so I'd rather pick up something more original, or save my money to have something vintage recovered.

But it's so hard to wait sometimes! (and Target is such a wonderful money-suck!)

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Yes, I agree. All of this stuff looks even cheaper than its price tag. I passed too.

Nancy said...

I agree, they LOOK great, but at close inspection they are cheaply made, and THAT is the difference, clear and simple. They have copied some great designers and it sure brings me to the store, and I do occassionally find something worthy to buy. Great for kids rooms and rooms where the quality isn't paramount.
xo Nancy
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Nancy said...

I agree, they LOOK great, but at close inspection they are cheaply made, and THAT is the difference, clear and simple. They have copied some great designers and it sure brings me to the store, and I do occassionally find something worthy to buy. Great for kids rooms and rooms where the quality isn't paramount.
xo Nancy
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