Here at MyDomaine, we've made no effort to hide our love for Target. In fact, we've spilled a lot of ink waxing poetic about the brand's collaborations with designers like Nate Berkus, Chip and Joanna Gaines, and Leanne Ford of HGTV's Restored by the Fords. But even when it comes to shopping for everyday home essentials that are less glamorous (think soap dispensers and saucepans), Target is our first stop. Simply put, the budget-friendly store's aisles are filled with thoughtfully designed basics that are ahead of the curve.
Given the high-street retailer's ubiquity and ability to stock its shelves with houseware basics that somehow manage to be both stylish and functional, we found ourselves wondering, Who are the people behind the brand who have so much influence over the everyday items we bring into our homes? Jill Sando, Target's senior vice president and general merchandise manager of apparel, accessories, and home, is one such innovator tasked with ensuring every product is beautiful and purposeful. Although you may not know it, she's the person behind some of your most-used Target finds.
Ahead, we asked the expert with over 20 years of experience working with the brand to weigh in on the best things to buy at Target for every room, from the living room to the kitchen and the dining room. Take note: Here's everything you need to add to your cart the next time you shop at the affordable retailer, according to an insider. (Spoiler alert: Each of her picks is $50 or less.)
"This organizer has been a part of the Room Essentials collection for years, as a guest favorite. It is perfect for storage when paired with colorful bins, but can double as a media stand or a bookshelf."
"This sleek, minimalistic piece is ideal for small spaces and, because it's mobile, supports the frequent rearranging that comes with a first apartment."
"Through our research, we heard from students that they often sleep in lofted beds without access to a bedside table, so we added a pocket to this set so guests can store their phones, books or anything else easily."
"This mirror is another great space-saver. We designed this to hide small accessories, like jewelry or makeup, inside the mirror door to create a clean, clutter-free and easily accessible vanity space."
"This is one of my favorite pieces in the Made By Design collection because I believe we found the perfect fix for a common guest pain point. Rather than designing a soap dispenser with an impossibly narrow neck, we created this to twist open at the widest part of the container to avoid spillage when refilling. It's also rustproof, which we know is important to our guests."
"These towels come in multiple sizes and are not only unbelievably soft but feature low-twist yarns and a blended fiber that hold up during washes to make them fluffy and absorbent. They also come with an attached loop, making it super easy to hang securely on any hook."
"Part of our design team's research process is visiting guests in their homes to hear their pain points in using home products. Many of the guests we visited apologized for their cabinets before opening them. Based on this insight, we created a few different storage solutions, such as stackable wine glasses that are stylish space-savers."
"These glass plates are durable enough to withstand everyday wear-and-tear but elegant enough for a dinner party. The salad plates start at only $2 each, plus they're designed to be slim for space-saving stacking, microwave safe, durable and can be paired with any aesthetic."
"This piece offers another great, simple remedy for a common problem. The Made By Design saucepan includes a built-in strainer and pouring spout to help vent or drain. It also has a silicone-covered handle to keep hands comfortably cool."
"Since this cart became available, we have seen our guests use it in so many creative and interesting ways, from a storage solution for their Instant Pots to a utilitarian bar cart."