Favorite Room Essentials Pieces

Favorites from Target's RE Line

I’m all for great design that’s accessible and affordable, so I’m happy to be sharing some of my favorites today from the Target Room Essentials line. The pieces below would mix with a huge range of styles, making it easy to incorporate each item into your home and really make it your own.

  1. Gooseneck Desk Lamp
    Such a cute little desk lamp, and it comes in black, gray, pink, blue, yellow, or white.

  2. Large Coiled Rope Baskets
    Just one of these would look great on its own, but I love the look of the three together.

  3. Plus Sign Bath Rug
    The black and white palette makes it easy to use this bath rug in most bathrooms, and the design is simple but with a nice graphic punch!

  4. Wood Pole Scholar Lighting
    So digging these. How cute would a floor lamp and table lamp in different colors look in the same room?

  5. 6 Drawer Dresser
    This one comes in three colors, and the angled feet are a small but noticeable style upgrade over the chunky blocks you usually find on affordable furniture.

p.s. I just helped my sister choose new bedding and we went with this quilt and sham set, which is the best yellow. I want her to add some of the lamps from above into her bedroom too!

Moving the Door Over

We’re still a ways off from finishing the conversion of the kitchen on the second floor into a bedroom and finishing the hall, but it’s moving along.

Hallway Renovation

We were going to keep the original doorway to the room and reuse one of the other doors to fit. The cabinetry is staying though, and it would have been difficult to find a good spot for a bed without making the room awkward or blocking access to drawers. So I talked to Brandon and the contractor about it and we decided to move the door across from the other bedroom door on that side of the house.

Second Floor Layout
(You can see the original plan here.)

The hallway bumps out into the room a little on that side (where the door will now be placed) because we didn’t want the hall to feel cramped, and it also makes it easier to bring furniture in and out of both rooms. Since the radiator is behind the door (and thus unusable floor space anyway), it doesn’t make much of a difference on the new room itself, and the little nook that will now be next to the door will be a great spot for a comfy reading chair or a desk.

New Doorway Plans

Framing for the New Hallway Section

My sister came by over the weekend, and I was explaining the dangers of scope creep to her. We’re moving the door, which means we’ll also need to move the room’s light switch over. We need to put down new flooring from where the hallway built-ins started all the way to the bedroom doors, and now we’re wondering if we should redo the flooring in the entire hallway at once. I’m not looking to change the look of the wood — it’s appropriate to the house — but there are a couple of soft spots that do need to be addressed eventually.

Ripped Up Flooring, Lathe Behind Original Plaster

Hallway Progress

And then there’s the whole issue of finding a replacement for the bathroom storage that we lost. There is a huge bedroom closet that could be split into two, with half of it accessed from the hallway near the bathroom. We could probably even reuse some of the wood that we saved from the built-in that was removed, but that isn’t a project that we’re going to do right now. Instead, I’ll reorganize the small linen closet down the hall and be on the lookout for a shallow dresser, cabinet, or armoire to place near the bathroom.

Moving along, moving along…

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