Here comes the sun...

MAN ALIVE I am ready for warm weather. Let the record state I will take the 40 something degrees we are having these days in NYC over say… 12, but the thought of truly sunny days is getting me in the mood for all things YELLOW. Shop my favorite sunshine items for your home and closet below.


Louise Velvet Pillow: $68

This lumbar pillow is like a life size bar of gold, and I’m into it. In combo with other colorful accessories or on its own as a strong accent piece, this pillow is a cheerful addition to your space this way or that.


Royal Grid Shag Rug: $899

Rugs are a great, easy and quick way to shake up your space and achieve an entirely different look in an instant. This horseradish shag is bold and chic and would work well in a living or bedroom.


Swedish Hasbeens Kringlan Clog Sandals: $239

I cannot wait to get myself a pair of these so I can dance down the street like I don’t have a care in the world (disclaimer: I am a human, I have many cares and many to do lists). If you’ve never tried this foreign footwear, you will be pleasantly surprised that they feel as good they look.


Stepped Form Ceramic Vases: $39

Don’t fresh cut flowers just feel better when you can open the window and feel the sunshine streaming in? This stacked vase is so charming it gives my spirit a little spunk just looking at it, wait until I can get it in the sun.


Novogratz Campbell Cottage Chair: $59

I am SO obsessed with this chair. It’s glossy and metal and you can pour your dinner all over it without any consequence. The rounded back makes for a statement dining chair, functional desk seating, or a cute corner option to boot.


Octillo Encaustic Cement Tile: $13/sqft

Who wouldn’t want a yellow diagonal line bathroom floor? I would.


Striped Scoop-Back Dress: $118

The best part of summer to me is wearing sundresses, for those who also like to wear sundresses generally, I suspect they may agree. The most important part of a dress-a loose waist, because who would EVER want to feel the waist of their clothes?!  This Madewell dress checks all the boxes.


Holly & Martin Beckett Bench: $117

If you own this bench, it is scientifically impossible for you to be a.) boring or b.) mean. Buy this bench and be an interesting kind person today!

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Target Top Ten


About four or so years ago, I started to notice that Target was really upping their game in the home and garden section. Every time I browsed online or went into a store I was smitten with the options and, in turn, bought a lot of superfluous accent tables that I really had no place for. As time has passed, I hear myself saying to clients “you know Target is really killing it these days” more and more. But it’s not just these days, it’s ALL the days. With new product lines and brand partnerships coming down the assembly line like boom boom boom, Target has become a top resource for me to find good looking furniture at about as low a price point as you can get. Below is my current top ten list of furniture pieces that are available exclusively at Target.


Brass Barrel Coffee Table: $129.99

When you are looking for a dramatic punch in your room but don’t want to spend a lot or get a lot, I suggest solid metal pieces like this drum coffee table. It’s basically a work of art all its own, but really functional in shape and size. It’s also surprisingly lightweight, so hardly cumbersome to move around.


Wood Arm Chair: $229.99

You may have seen this chair before, and I am not the first to sing its praises. A beautiful replica of a classic mid-century style, this chair in my opinion comes at an insanely low price for the quality and design you are getting in return. Don’t believe me? I OWN THIS CHAIR. It’s in my living room - I love it, I gaze at it, I’ve never regretted it.


Slat Console: $159.99

Here are the two things I love about this console. One: the storage is better than most. Yes, the drawers are clearly helpful, but for me the raised lower shelf is what is KEY. The defined nook for baskets or bins or whatever you put down there will look SO MUCH better in a defined and contained space than plop on the ground. Two: the style sits in that sweet spot for me between mid-century and Scandinavian style with its light oak finish and horizontal lines.


Black Metal End Table: $59.99

I use this table a lot - just used it the other day, in fact, as a nightstand. But sometimes I use it as a side table, sometimes I use it as office storage, and sometimes I even use it as a small entry table. How can this be? Yes, it’s an accent table, but it’s also oddly tall at 24” high, which gives it more flexibility than other similar pieces. The second shelf also provides a lot of function for places in your home that aren’t purely decorative.


Rattan Bar Cart: $149.99

You know how some people hate cilantro and think it tastes like literal poison, while others love it? I think that same brain chemistry diversity applies to rattan furniture. Some folks are all in, while others would prefer to live the rest of their lives on a cement slab. I happen to LOVE it, like really LOVE it. Every time I take on a client I throw a rattan piece their way and see how the cookie crumbles on that one. This bar cart is about as charming as they get in my book.


Tansy Strap Headboard: $199.99

A word of advice I give to friends and clients when they are feeling like their homes are a little “meh” is to survey the amount of texture you have in your space. No surprise here, but when shopping, people often go for what the like over and over over, leaving themselves with a room full of a lot of the same thing… or texture. Pieces like this woven headboard can switch up a space really fast with its not so normal design and shape. Also, it’s just dang cool.


Cane Chair: $199.99

Hello, it’s the Rattan Ranger (aka me) checking in and confirming that I put caned furniture in this same category of obsession. A few things I think are killer about this chair: the whitewashed coloring in combo with the light upholstery makes the chair’s style really transformative and flexible. This piece could easily be used in a traditional space, a mid-century space, a Scandinavian space, and certainly in an eclectic space. The other thing that is a ding ding ding winner on this chair is the curved back. You guys, round chairs are SO helpful because they fit anywhere. I promise you.


Oak Ladder Bookcase: $99.99

This is super sharp piece of furniture that comes at a bonkers low price for what it is, but why I like it more than most is that the more of them you use the better they get. Because the sleek metal frame is on the outside of the shelves vs. slightly inset, you can line these suckers up for miles creating a really fantastic set of shelving that will give the illusion of something built in and far more expensive.


Twill White Slipcover Chair: $264.99

When I was in college I would fall asleep holding my Rachel Ashwell design books, weeping myself into sweet dreams of ruffled pillow cases and busted chests of drawers. For those of you who don’t know, Rachel is the Goddess of a style called Shabby Chic, which really was the first thing that sparked my life of interior design. I carry with me today some basic shabby chic principles, the slip cover being the preamble to my design bill of rights. This chair is a classic, can’t go wrong.


Caned Nighstand: $89.99

I mean…do I even need to say it? Love.


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Pretty & Pretty Helpful

when form & function collide

As a designer more often than not I’m faced with the challenge of filling my clients homes with pieces that prove both stylish and with purpose. Should be easy right? Well not always, but through my journeys over the years in interior design I have come across pieces that nail it across the board in form and function. The ideal space is an extension of the people who live in it, it’s specific, it’s inspiring, and more than anything it works. Below are my top ten design items that will transform your home from boring to beautiful and icky to organized.


Umbra Promenade Bench: $200

With its simple color block palette and sturdy low maintenance materials, the sharp design of this bench hits on all cylinders. Its lower shelf allows for extra storage of any old thing, while keeping quite clean with its perforated metal material.

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Takara Letter Tray: $25

One? Two? Three? Stack away! However much or little storage you may need these stackable trays let you customize your table top to whatever your needs may be. The sleek teak finish is flexible to suit a variety of rooms and styles.


Magnetic Kitchen Organization Rack: $48

Let’s face it, a kitchen with everything out of sight looks great…on the pages of a magazine, but in real life you just need a spatula on the ready now and again. This simple yet solid kitchen rack does the job three times over with its combo of shelving, hooks, and rods to house all your cooking go to’s in one spot!

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Cubiko Storage Mirror: $99

Did you know that part of living an organized life is eliminating how many steps it takes to complete any sort of process? This mirror proves that life is better when you can grab, use, and go (your hairspray of course), rather than digging around under the sink for 4 minutes spilling an entire box of q-tips along the way. Me? I’ve never done that.


Bridge Swing Arm Lamp: $249

The first thing I ask my design newbie clients is “have you ever tried a sconce?”, the second thing being “did you know they can plug into the wall?” The often forgotten or dismissed wall sconce is the quickest way to up your design strategy and improve your environment leaving you with ambient light and ample space on your table top.


Hide N’ Seek Storage Shelf: $129

You know the best way to hide a mess? Close the door! This wall mounted shelf does double duty with its shiny white display ledge capabilities and fully closed storage capacity. You hide and I’ll count to ten…

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Acrylic Accent Table: $130

Moving over to your table can get old, so let this table move to you. With it’s classic C shape and four caster wheels this table can roll from bed side to seat side or wherever you may need it.

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Warwick Rattan Cabinet: $170

Is it a console? A bar cart? A nightstand? Try all of them. Small “case goods” as we like to call them are the most versatile piece of furniture them all, with closed storage and a slim silhouette they can fit most anywhere and hold most anything, all while looking darn cute.

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Snail Mailbox: $69.95

In these dividing times, I stand strong that there is one thing we can all agree on…stacks of paper are a nightmare! I’ve yet to come across a soul who is happy to see an unruly stack of mail and magazines hanging out by the front door or on the coffee table. This wall mounted box with a lid puts a closed system in place so NO one has to look as the piles.

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Tilda Garden Stool: $125

Meet my favorite variety of furniture, the accent stool. I could shop for stools the live long day. Used as seating, or tables, or plant stands alike, this versatile little piece come at a very affordable rate and can help you out in every room in nearly every way. Consider a ceramic stool for flexible indoor/outdoor use as well.


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Oh hello, come on in!

I’m Megan and as most of you know the human behind Megan Hopp Design. As an interior designer I spend day after day looking at all things home decor old and new, and as result my brain is the equivalent of one of those vintage library catalogues, only this time filled with accent tables at the start and wool rugs at the end.

This blog will explore a lot of things in realm of design, style, NYC, and how to make it all happen and get you inspired. The biggest question I will be answering over here however is “WHERE’S IT FROM?!” Day by day I will be sharing all of my favorite things from all of my favorite places, pieces that are tried and true, and ready to be shopped by you!

I believe that if you change your space, you can change your life, and if you do that…well just about anything could happen next.

So with that, let’s get cracking.


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