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thomas o'brien: vintage modern


everyone and there brother has been buzzing about thomas o'brien's new collection for target and well, with good reason. the collection is full of affordable (yes, affordable!) classic pieces that would mix and match well into any home decor. classic bureaus and coffee tables mix well with o'brien's soft, neutral palette that extends not only to furniture and tableware, but linens as well. most pieces are simple and classic enough to really work well with most anyone's decor and at these prices (for the most part) they'll work with most anyone's budget. you can view the entire collection online right here. enjoy!







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Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm a big fan of target and affordable design, but i'd suggest checking these items out in person before buying, as the things i've seen on display are really chintzy

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A second on the chitz factor of the Thomas O'Brien Collection at Target. I had all of these torn-out pages from Elle Decor of pieces I was dying to get, hauled myself out to Target and didn't get a thing once I saw them in person. Things just looked, well, cheap.

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

am I the only one who thinks all of it's BORING?!

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the furniture chips rather easily :(

as pretty as the o'brien stuff is, i'm just sticking with the decor and accessories, but i don't think i'm going to buy furniture from there anymore.

he makes nice stationery too though!

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Tom said...

Yup. That's the problem with the Targetification of design. Pretty but boring and totally crap. Why waste your money on something destined for the landfill. Just because it's got a "famous designer name" attached doesn't make it good. I feel the same way about Nate Berkus' stuff for Linens and Things. Cheap is cheap and looks cheap. Lets get some quality and uniqueness in affordable design.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Japan {and I read design Sponge!} so my exposure to Target's designer series is limited to a few sightings, but the consensus seems to be...bravo for the effort, but why bother if it's crap. It seems to me they should be making it all for a little more cost, and putting more into the quality. I want to buy design reasonably, but I want to buy it to keep... not throw away every year.

9:05 PM  
Anonymous morgan said...

A 3rd for the chintz factor. They weren't completely awful, but they make ikea stuff seem rock solid. The little round coffee table is kinda neat though...

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Yuppster said...

Some of it is nice (the nesting tables and the oversized desk, for example), and I love and bought the task lamp and some of the bedding, but on the whole, I agree that most of the furniture isn't of very good quality and definitely looks cheap. My other complaint is that the pictures you see in Domino/Elle Decor/the ads make the furniture look MUCH larger than it actually is (like that little white and black table, it's TINY, when I saw a pic of it, I thought it would be at least side table or coffee table sized, it's like children's sized). Oh well.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought the plates and bowls and couldn't go wrong with the $2.99 leather pot holder.

I love the look of the side table with the big silver knob, but in person, the quality is awful. Worse yet, much of it seems to get damaged in shipping.

I vote for the accessories and skip the rest of it.

Anyone else like Target's new line of Mizrahi stuff? I really like the red paisely bedspread, but for $90, I'm holding off until I can hear about the quality.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous breezeek said...

I agree with nearly everyone. I think the accesories (and the table lamps... love those!) are great for the price. The furniture's much chintzier than IKEA. I played with one of the side tables a bit (the one that looks like a Jonathan Adler rip-off) and the wood felt more like styrofoam.

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice collection, shame about the quality. Just wanted to say I hope he pays his royalties to Mathieu Mategot for his "TV dinner" ripped off table.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought a NO NAME pen last year in New York for $20 and I just saw the EXACT same pen in the Target collection for $5.99. If he didn't really design it, then why is he putting his name on it?

4:58 PM  
Blogger brent said...

I'm a tad disappointed by this line too since the furniture was billed as being made of solid woods - which is barely true and the accessories seem poorly made compared to even the Isaac Mizrahi items or Modern Home collections in the same store.

I wouldn't say it is worse than IKEA in quality, some items are better, some are worse. I like the design of the pieces vs. the ultra modern IKEA look. The problem is, the person they have putting the items together in the store really is not doing the pieces justice. I purchased the buffet (and am still waiting for the sliding cabinet from the website after 10 weeks). I put it together myself quite easily and reinforced the joints with wood glue and replaced out the hardware with more substantial handles. I am thinking about applying a clear coat over the whole thing since it does seem to scratch easily.

I will say, the people who have seen my piece really dig it and couldn't believe it was from Target. The original price tag of $399 is hefty - but I got it on sale at $299 and had a 10% off coupon plus a gift certificat making my final price about $250. Not bad. It's pretty solid in terms of structure when put together properly.

The bedding line is impressive (although his premium line at Fields is now price comparable because it is all on clearance) and I think the clocks are nice. I hope the second wave improves in quality like the Mizrahi stuff has because I like Thomas O'brien's aesthetic. Seems the buyers are much more savvy on the Mizrahi line though.

2:06 PM  
Blogger brent said...

Check your local Targets for huge discounts on the Thomas O'Brien line. Seems they are clearing out the first wave of Vintage Modern accessories and some furniture pieces. I picked up the modern coffee table and a lot of the accessories (I love the wood storage boxes) and the black side table for 75% off!

The storage boxes ended up being $9.74 and the side table/bedside cabinet was a mere $18.74!! I think everyone was a bit disappointed in the quality on this first round, but for under $20.00 who can complain!

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only are the items cheaply made,they don't hold a candle to Ikea - I have purchased numerous items from Ikea years ago and they have held up and still look good. As far as quality with O'Brien, Pottery Barn's furniture is great style but also poor quality and chips immmediately upon arrival. None of these items at PB are real wood just chip board. I purchased othe furniture items at Cost Plus and love them for their durability after years of use.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I agree that the quality of many of the pieces in the line are quite shoddy the overall look of the collection is quite nice if you can get past the nonexistent merchandising of the collection within Target stores. Though there are definite standouts in the collection. The nesting tables are tre chic for the price as are the small enamelled Mategot-inspired side tables. The lighting collection on the whole I believe was a success. Where else but IKEA can you purchase stylish lighting for under 50 dollars? Come on? As for the quality.....keep in mind you are purchasing furniture from TARGET, not Baker. Although Baker isn't what it used to be there are cost limitations in any mass market discount chain such as TARGET. If you like Thos. designs for TARGET and want a little more quality save up a few bucks and splurge on his line for Hickory chair, or even better find the original that inspired him in your local antique store or mall!

12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I purchased the checkerboard wool runner in tan/black squares. It is just the perfect rug in front of the kitchen sink. It pulled my whole room together and is what I've been looking for at least for 10 years!

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about the bedding? Has anyone had it for an extended amount of time? If so, how's it holding up? LIke you said, the Vintage Modern is on like half off at Target, but I don't want to have to replace it in a year, since that is what I am doing with what we bought only two years ago.

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Bob said...

I ordered some online and I like it pretty well. I haven't had it quite a year yet, but so far so good.

6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His pillows are outstanding, they match almost everything in my natural colored condo. the bedding is also very amazing, I bought a huge blanket for 20 bucks at Target! It's the best blanket for movie watching. As for his furniture, I've never seen it..Only online.


8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone tried the bathrugs? I'm afraid the hook-style rugs will just look flat and nasty in awhile...esp. if they aren't good quality.

2:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the table lamps- they're pretty sturdy and look comparable to crate and barrel lamps i was drooling over; however, AVOID the bathrugs! your suspicion was right- they look flat and nasty after awhile.

1:04 PM  

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