Target "exclusive" designs from Michael Graves, KitchenAid, Rival and
Sony. In a push to break through style and price point barriers, my
beloved "Tar-jhay" has kicked it up a notch and become even more
lethal in an effort to secure a portion of the bridal registry
market, Target has added online services to showcase its home and
kitchen merchandise. Even the pickiest bride and groom can fall in
love with a long list of must-haves.
Any Michael Graves design has cool points and Target carries an
extensive list of Graves' kitchenware and appliances. Toasters,
teapots, blenders are all good choices, but the latest and greatest
is the line of favorite games from the past: Monopoly, Scrabble,
Yahtzee and backgammon. The games feature the original graphics and
are crafted in wooden self-storage cases. Classic games inside and
out. You have to see them to appreciate them ... and then you'll have
to buy them.
Sony has created a "Liv" line of products that are available only
at Target. My favorite gizmo is the under-cabinet kitchen TV/CD
player. It looks fabulous even before the convenient screen flips
down to keep you entertained while cooking dinner. Definitely on the
KitchenAid has a new line of cookware that features hard-base
ceramic nonstick interiors that are a snap to clean. Heat resistant
handles and tempered glass lids have color-coordinated, stay cool
rubber accents. And are you ready for this? In addition to the
charcoal gray and mirror finish, the cookware is available in red --
In an effort to keep you out of the kitchen, Rival has a new
crock-pot with a removable black stoneware insert that can go from
the freezer to the stove top -- and dresses up the table in between.
There is nothing frumpy about this crock-pot. Rival has entered the
Target has commissioned a line of Black & White pantry ware that
is so beautiful you'll want to keep it anywhere other than the
pantry. White ceramic stoneware canisters have a timeless look and
the black painted wood pieces include paper towel holders, utensil
organizers and recipe boxes. It's a clean and crisp look that won't
be out of date as soon as you bring it home.
If your kitchen, bath or closet needs an organizational lift,
check out Target's chrome storage units. They are heavy-duty and have
handsome wire baskets that glide on substantial stands. Target's
tableware department has added a fair amount of essence, or "bam," if
you prefer. My favorite item is the new Hampton Forge flatware. There
are 10 styles to choose from, all high-grade stainless steel with
boldly-scaled patterns. I brought home a few boxes of the "Bamboo"
flatware. It's almost too good to be true.
Even if you're not planning a wedding, you can pretend. Target's
new weapon? Style. At great prices.
* KAREN WIGHT is a Newport Beach resident. Her column runs