interior design

Just a quick update to share some progress made on my PR company’s office entry. Target had me acting like a giddy school girl when they told me a few months ago they could deliver on my wish to get the help of interior designer (and total cutie), Nate Berkus, who has a fantastic line at Target, for our front entry space. If there’s one thing I’m admittedly terrible at it’s interiors — it’s getting better thanks Pinterest and home design blogs — but I had been paralyzed to make any sort of decision. We bought the console table you see below for a coffee station, but that’s about it. Well, there was a lime green IKEA chair on the other side, and bright blue walls. I’ll show you the before and afters in the final post… brutal. You can imagine why my call with Nate — who I’ve admired since he was first on Oprah more than a decade ago — was a major moment in this girl’s book.

Here’s some of the progress made (ignore the horrific iPhone photos, fingerprints on the mirror and to-go mugs; sorry!):

office makeover \\ the average girl's guide

When I spoke to him, by the way, at an airport with the worst cell phone reception ever, I totally nerded out… and even acknowledged it to him on the phone. Maybe this is why I never hung with the cool kids?! :) Regardless, he was totally cool, and shared so much helpful advice for my space, and that every girl could use in theirs. I’ll share here in the next week or two. I can’t wait to show you the entire space, including this amazing subtle green hue Nate selected for our walls. I saw the swatch, thought blah, and OMG, it’s perfection. He’s genius. The paint is “Silver Marlin” from Benjamin Moore if you want to scope it out.

PS: Huge shout-out to my friend, Brianna, who has been a monster-huge help. She’s so good at design, and I’ve been at a major lack for time so who am I to argue when she agrees to help? We had the best time browsing Target’s aisles, selecting so many good things from Nate’s line — the new accessories are insane — as well as Target’s Threshold line. Maybe I cheated a little by enlisting help but it’s so much more fun with friends, especially talented ones! And, I love that everything in the office looks so good, great quality, yet it is so affordable. Love you, Nate x Target!

Coffee bar \\ the average girl's guide

By the way, huge apologies for how long it’s taken for me to get this preview post live. Between my personal stuff, and a few delivery delay issues, time has evaporated. Can’t wait for you to see the rest of the place! I’ve shared a few more pics on Instagram (@avggirlsguide), and will continue to do so. Stay tuned, and thanks again to Nate and Target for this amazing opportunity.

Links to everything available online:
lamp + shade
wicker basekets
hurricanes (1, second available in store)
console table
sugar container
gold dipped bowl
accent table
blue couch (Nate said to go neutral but we couldn’t resist this when we saw it. I’ve only wanted a blue couch for… three years! My husband might be saved that we won’t get one in the house)
beige pillow
gold pillow (amazing)

PS: Find Nate’s Target line here!

Disclosure: The Average Girl’s Guide is a member of Target’s Inner Circle, a small group of social influencers around the country. Target provided me a gift card to purchase some of the items you see below, but we’re still buying from Target because we’re finding exactly what we want at a really great price. True statement.


Shopping at kid’s stores for your home — in rooms other than your child’s! — has become a fast favorite. Not only do they typically offer fresh colors and creative ideas, they offer extensive color variations for every single item. It’s incredibly helpful! Land of Nod (owned by Crate & Barrel, and a baby gift favorite) and Pottery Barn Teen are always go-to resources for rugs, pillows and lighting (I mean, hello, love this mini-sputnick light!). Check out the finds below, and be sure to visit these sites, to discover fresh finds you won’t see elsewhere.

ikat duvet & pillow cases // chandelier // lattice grey rug (and love this plush navy, too!) // charming baskets // lamp (just bought this in silver and white, but also love this yellow clear style!) // flower power pillow // alphabet needlepoint pillow // pink pouf  // wingback chair // storage bench (customize your own!) //capri chevron mat (major sale!)


Six Affordable Home Updates

January 11, 2013

Maybe it’s the winter months where we spend more time at home, but something has me reflecting on important updates to our home, without killing our savings. We do have some major updates to make (replacing furniture that has made its last move or furniture we’ve never had in the first place!), so I’m all about saving in other ways, be it with a bold wall color (or one with stripes!), buying prints on Etsy and finding pricey-looking framing with wide matting (have these; gorgeous in-person metallic detail), etc.

Here’s six more affordable home ideas so you can save for other things.

2013_interior updates

1. Add wallpaper behind your bookcase (or upgrade a thrift store find!).
2. Infuse fresh flowers (or buy an affordable piece of greenery) to liven up the place.


3. DIY a piece of artwork (or frame a piece of wallpaper); your friends won’t know where you found such a gem.
4.  Can’t afford one bold piece of art? Create a gallery wall  (+ check our Pinterest ‘photo gallery‘ board) for more ideas.


5. Update your lighting for a major impact (check IKEA for awesome finds like this! 
Paint. In a color. With a stripe. In two-tone. Just paint, it transforms a rooms.


Office Inspiration

September 14, 2012

When it comes to office space, there’s nothing more drab than a beige cubicle or bare walls lacking personality and inspiration. Yes, we can’t always control our physical office space, but we can typically control what’s immediately around us.

What to keep near? A few professionally appropriate photos (TAGG tip: if you won’t wear an outfit in your office do not put a photo of you in it at your desk!), words that inspire, a one-of-a-kind creation from your little one, niece or nephew (etc), small, affordable prints and even a little greenery. It’s these small affordable changes that can give you energy and a smile when you think you can’t handle the workload (or your co-workers!) for one more second. Need more inspiration? Check out TAGG’s Pinterest page on office + Houzz, an insane source for creativity sparking, plus this past post about what you need for your desk.

{Decor8 ||teal office ||Pottery Barn || mac + birds + love || Love Maegan ||Wallpapered + Plants || Refinery 29 cubicle}

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