We Gave Professional Stagers $100—Here’s What They Bought at Target

published Dec 28, 2019
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Everybody knows that Target is a great resource for home decor. (And if you don’t, now you do!). From the store’s great in-house brands, to the way it stays on top of the latest trends, to the diversity of styles on offer, it’s a no-brainer for decking out your space.

In fact, Target’s home section is also beloved by home stagers, who head there to pick up affordable accessories to add personality, texture, and color to the spaces they’re styling.

To find out just what Target home goods appeal to home stagers, we turned to two professionals—Katie Hilbert and Kari George, owners of The Home Sanctuary, a home organizing, styling, and staging company in Louisville, Kentucky—and asked them what they’d buy at Tar-jay for $100. Here are their selections.

Welcome mat and front door wreath

“You only get one chance to make a first impression. If potential buyers are doing a drive-by (and they will!), you want them to see a well-taken-care-of home. Nothing says welcome like a fresh rug and pretty wreath.”

Buy: Mohawk Micro Loop Impressions Doormat, $14.99, $14.24; Hearth & Hand Eucalyptus Faux Wreath, $34.99

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Decorative tray

“Trays can be used all over the home. One example would be to place on an ottoman with the remote controls, a magazine, and a candle. It tidies things up but also adds a warm, decorative element to the room.”

Buy: Threshold Wood and Brass Rectangle Tray, $24.99

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Faux plant

“Nothing warms up a space as easily and quickly as a pop of color in the form of a plant. Artificial plants have come a long way and can be placed anywhere from the mantle to bookshelf to the bathroom vanity. We use them everywhere!”

Buy: Project 62 Artificial Fern Arrangement, $4.99

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Throw pillow

“Chances are that the homeowner’s sofa pillows could use a little refresh. Add a couple of neutral pillows to instantly rejuvenate those tired couches.”

Buy: Project 62 Tufted Modern Pattern Square Throw Pillow, $19.99, $18.99