Smith & Hawkin & Me

Sometimes Target gets it wrong, sometimes Target gets it right, and sometimes Target gets it really, really right – which was the case with this spring’s Smith and Hawkin line.  Think rustic meets lux, meets stylish, meets nature and you might get an inkling of  the flavor of the line.  Then add in super expensive looking, and then add in, not super expensive. Don’t forget pretty but not too pretty as to be un-chic.

So this is how it all went down:

One usual Tuesday, a day not much unlike today, I was on my way to buy those crappy chewy granola bars my kids like, when I met with an end cap that was the stuff of dreams.  I stopped, I ooooh’d  and aaash’d  (in my head) (I hope) and then I promptly bought my favorite thing.   In this case it was the Linen Tea Towel set.  Why was this my favorite thing, you ask? For one thing, the linen feels like the heavy linen of my grandmother’s antique tablecloths, also I’m a font person and I loved the font that the herb names were written in, AND the herb print is amazing AND they are huge. I left one happy and satisfied Target customer ( though as I transverse the parking lot I know deep in my heart that somewhere in a board room with a long table, Target executives point to a projected picture of me, or perhaps a woman who is just like me, and nod smugly at one another.


I go home and style my tea towel, and continue to perseverate and obsess on the rest of the line until I go back to buy just another couple of things…  like the  Stoneware Server Set and the  Hanging Terracotta Planter.  Man, that serving set is everything- glossy and creamy on the bottom and rough and stoneware-ish at the handles- and don’t forget the signature leather detail that so many elements of this line have. Yeah, these were coming home with Momma. (This beautiful olive wood Bowl, while not Smith and Hawkin is also a Target product.)


As for the planter, well, that was not so much a want as a necessity. I have so many plants and none hang! That is just wrong,  So home it came (notice the leather straps that it hangs by and the aged look of the terracotta)

Boy Leah, it sure felt good to get that out of your system, I said. And it’s nice that your collection of this beautiful line is complete, I added.


The next day I bought the curly parsley  Canvas Market Bag, the Green Stripe Throw Pillows and the Orange Blossom Lumbar Pillow.



In all seriousness, I really was so inspired by this line of products that I’ve used them as a springboard for my summer decor. Now, all over the house, I’m decorating with pops of natural green, black, terracotta and wood on a simple white background.

Here are some examples of what I did in the dining room:

The living room:  

and the mantle: 

I’m happy with how a few items have transformed my space – not just by what they look like- but also because of the inspiration I drew from them.



ps- if anyone sees that this  Kitchen Candle  goes on sale can you let me know?

pps- Or this Elevated Garden Bed




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