My Date With Nate

A bunch of you have been asking what I got from Tar-jay for Nate’s big weekend debut, and since I’m a die-hard fan (remember when our hands almost touched here?) of course I was the first girl at the store on Sunday morning right as they opened. Yup, even though we just got back from Cincinnati the night before, I’m a Noupie (Nate Groupie) so you can bet my buns were there, and they were excited. Then I went in. Womp-womp, no Nate stuff out. And when I asked where it was, the two sweet Target girls were all “Nate who?”

Instead of extolling the virtues of Nate, which I totally would have done if time weren’t of the essence (I was picturing mobs of people at other Targets a la Missoni) I ran out to the car and said “other Target, go!” breathlessly to John. Second Target: nada. Then I started to get nervous. It wasn’t that they’d sold out, nothing had been put out yet. So I started to worry it was only available in exclusive cities. We had a family par-tay to get to on the other side of town, so my hunt was put on hold until we were on our way home and passed another Target. But… they only had an unlabeled end-cap with a few towels by Nate. So I just resolved myself to the fact that maybe it wouldn’t come to Richmond or it was a week late or something. And then John surprised me by stopping at yet another Target on the way home, “just to be sure.” Yes, there about a ten Targets in our city, apparently. And when I walked in, I saw this:

And the clouds parted and I heard angels singing. Stylish accessory-loving angels. Of course I instagrammed that shot immediately, so some of you might recognize it. And I had actually taken that picture after I snatched up the two things I wanted and stood next to them protectively (I was still waiting for a stampede of people to come through and grab every last item). So here’s my “mine” shot:

I’d been ogling the white tortoise shell ever since I saw it in a preview video of his collection, and the little spiky urchin was so quirky and porcupine-esque that I couldn’t resist. When I got back to the car I was holding up my scores and smiling so maniacally that John (who had stayed in the car with Clara) actually started laughing at me. I was that grinny.

And perhaps the funniest thing was that within 24 hours Katie instagrammed her scores, and lookie what she grabbed:

Does it confirm best-friend-ness when you buy the same things without knowing it? I think it should. I called her the second it posted and we both cracked up. Good times.

As for where things ended up, this corner always felt a little heavy on the left side…

… so hanging the tortoise shell seems to balance things out a little more. It’s so glossy and ceramic-animal-esque. LURVE.

Bam. Close up. Isn’t it cute on our stenciled wall?

And here’s where the urchin ended up – on my little fall mantel. Since I already had a bronze spiky orb thing on the other side (you can check it out here), the new guy seems right at home.

So there it is, my date with Nate. What did you guys get? Did you have trouble finding things? Did anyone get any of the bedding or towels? What about those cool chains in those bold colors. I loved the yellow one, I just didn’t really have an idea of where I’d put it, so I passed (it could be a fun DIY project with an old heavy chain and some spray paint though).


  1. Aubrey says

    Almost all of the bedding from my Target was gone, which was one of the main reasons I went there in the first place. I kind of thought all his stuff was going to be in one area but the accessories were in one part, the bedding in another, the bath stuff in another. I’m going to have to go back and see if any more of the bedding stuff came in! I also really liked the animal head wall thing, and this cool bathroom rug I saw. OH! and the dip dyed shower curtains!

  2. says

    I was a bit disappointed – I thought I’d love more but in person it just looked cheap. The only things I wanted were the hammered bowl and a blue pillow but I haven’t seen either in any of the Targets near me.

  3. says

    I loved everything, most especially the white tortoise shell. Unfortunately, I already have a white turtle shell box from West Elm a few seasons ago in the bathroom and I didn’t think our little two bedroom condo could support two turtle themed accessories. Sadness. Cuz yum.

  4. says

    I found a great Nate section at our Target this week. I was shocked to see the turtle was $40! I almost grabbed it by my husband would have KILLED me!

    • says

      Yeah, I thought $39 was a bit much, but I thought about how a frame + art in that size would be around that price (or more) so for a wall thing it wasn’t too bad. I just loved that it wasn’t light and foamy (when I previewed the collection I worried it would feel cheap and foamy but it’s glossy and solid and heavy).


  5. says

    I haven’t been able to see his stuff at Target yet, but hopefully will this weekend! I have to say, I miss his show terribly. I used to DVR it every day…

  6. says

    The husband wasn’t about to get up early so we could go look at Nate stuff at Target {crazy…}. So, I ended up heading over yesterday and fully expecting to not find anything after I heard of your quest on Instagram. To my delight there were no less than FOUR Nate endcap displays!!! It was heaven. I haven’t made my purchases yet {must narrow down the choices first}, but I am SO excited to be able to buy some of his awesome stuff!

  7. Linda says

    I’m not really digging the tortoise shell, especially its placement beside a globe, too much bulgyness going on for me if you ask. On the other hand, love love love that ceramic sea urchin!

  8. Belinda says

    I live in Canada and I’m heading across the border next weekend for some early Christmas shopping. I’m hoping there will still be some Nate items I can snap up! I want me a tortoise shell! Fingers crossed.

  9. Karen Thompson says

    Ditto! Same experience at our Target! I was expecting to walk in seeing a pillar of light guiding me to the exact spot in the store where the goods lay. Zippo. One tiny endcap of stuff….and none of the stuff I wanted (like urchins and tortoise shells). I asked someone if this was ALL the Nate Berkus stuff they had…she said, and I quote “Nate who?”. And other than some towels on another random endcap, that.


    I left, dejected, without so much as anything cute to find a home for.

    I think Nate needs to know, don’t you? :-)

    • says

      Aw man, I think Nate might be a little sad about how it launched (I’ve heard many people saying they couldn’t find stuff, etc), but hopefully it’ll all come in at once and stores will have more stock soon!


  10. MJ says

    I bought the gold spike urchin like your white one, the Aries horns (It cracked me up that the tag said “decorative object” on it as if I would have mistaken it something non-objecty), and the navy and white pillow. I want the white shell, again like yours, but they only had green in stock.

  11. Michelle says

    Our Target put the Nate stuff out days early. I was surprised by it one day, and then it all still seemed to be there later. Not quite flying off the shelves in Texas!

  12. Patty says

    I am trying to decide if it’d be stupid for me to buy the green shell (online) and hang it in my son’s room. He’s obsessed with Super Mario Brothers, and it kind of looks like a Koopa shell!

  13. Elizabeth says

    Same thing happened when I went to the Target in Harrisonburg, VA on Sunday morning. They had nothing out and the sales associate had to go back and check for me. The response I got was that the items would be appearing in a staggered stocking throughout the week. They actually had some Nate bathroom towels and accessories out early in Roanoke last week (Thurs./Fri.), but then not all the items seemed to be out when I checked back in Roanoke on Monday.

  14. says

    Thank you for being as crazy about a tortoise shell as I. I picked up one from West Elm a few months ago and since then I’ve been trying to decide if its weird-creepy to have one hanging on a wall or if it’s style genius. Now seeing that not one, but two stylish ladies (and Nate Berkus!) are on board with giant turtle shells, I’ve got the confidence to rock my big, bad shell!

  15. says

    There’s not a whole lot of stuff out at my store, but plenty of rugs and towels! Just thought I’d throw out there that a lot of the items are available on the website, and you can get free shipping if you have a Target debit or credit card.

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