If you’re anything like me and like sneaking dogs into your decor in a minimalist manner, you’ll know it takes a good deal of rummaging — at antique fairs, or the Internet’s less-traveled corners — to find something that isn’t tacky. So I’m always thrilled when the mainstream marketplace decides to throw me a bone.
Last night, I was picking up some new potholders at Target when I passed by a display that stopped me in my tracks. My brother, who was with me, can attest to this, and he was nice enough to hold the various objects up so I could snap some photos.
Target’s “Best in Show” collection is whimsical yet tasteful, and the already-reasonable prices are marked down further if you go online. This poofy Poodle accent pillow (which is a delight to pet, by the way, if you’re into petting your pillows), for instance, drops from $16.99 in store to $13.49 on the website.
One of my favorite pieces in the lineup is this throw, which comes in gray or red ($19.99 online, $24.99 in store). I love the black leather travel harness, which transforms it into the perfect totable picnic blanket.
Here’s what it looks like opened up (see if you can name all the breeds featured):
The collection also contains several shadow boxes with the silhouettes of various breeds ($11.99 online, $14.99 in store):
I didn’t run into the items pictured below at the Colma store I visited, but maybe you’ll find them at your local Target. I particularly love the “toys” bin, which is unfortunately no longer available online. If you’re digging the French Bulldog lamp or the Scottie bookends, you can find them here.
Dogster readers, which “Best in Show” piece is your favorite?