Target's Lookin' Good in West Elm's Clothes

Target's Lookin' Good in West Elm's Clothes

Leah Moss
Jan 29, 2009

Intrigued by Target's Home Design Event, I convinced myself that I needed to make a trip to the Red Dot Boutique to check out the deals buy some laundry detergent asap. Little did I know that I was about to stumble upon a couple of VERY affordable capiz pieces that were nearly identical to the items I had been eyeing at West Elm for months. Here's a run through...

Besides the price (Target:$105, West Elm: $229), the only notable differences here are the shapes of the bases and shades — sleek squares for West Elm vs. clunkier ovals for Target.

As with the lamps, the differences are few. The West Elm is slightly larger at 24" vs. Target's 19.7," but also significantly more costly at $199 compared to Target's modest $70. Target's mother-of-pearl version is a bit flashier with two more rows of smaller shell pieces, but in real life the sheen is actually more similar to West Elm's than the pictures let on.

By now you know the drill: the price (Target at $49, West Elm at $99-$149 depending on the size) is the main difference, and the second is a slight variance in shape (West Elm's smaller version has a cube base, whereas Target's comparably-sized base is rectangular).

Overall, I prefer the cleaner lines of West Elm's products, and I appreciate their part in making these shell pieces popular. BUT, a good deal is hard to pass up, and Target is certainly holding true to it's "design for all" promise. Does West Elm loyalty trump a bargain?

(Images: 1, 3, 5: West Elm, 2,4,6: Target)

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