target in the new year by emily starr alfano


hope 2019 is off to a great start! if you follow me on instagram, you may have seen some stories about what i found at target this past week. it is SO FREAKING. GOOD. and you seem to agree since i got many a DM’s blaming (thanking?) me for making you place an order or visit a store. most are project 62 which is their more modern line and they’re just killing it right now. soft and muted earth tones, stoneware and earthenware, organic wood tones. like i said, SO good!

i’ve rounded up some of my favorites including a few that have now found a home in #farmhousedialfano {seen above}.


one / perhaps my favorite, this is billed as a planter but i brought it home to corral toys, books + stuffed animals.

two / currently residing on our interior define couch. note: it’s bigger than the usual pillow size.

three / this earthenware vase is the perfect neutral.

four / i first saw the bench version via kismet house’s instagram and didn’t realize there was a matching chair until i came across it in the store. i’m DYING to find a spot for it in our house.

five / cute bud vase.

six / this elephant basket would look adorable in a kids room or playspace. there’s also a llama version.

seven / these hearth & hand wood scoops came home with me.

eight / another great option for storage or a plant.

nine / i am kicking myself for not buying this wood letterboard and may have to reconsider.

ten / got this pillow for the chair in max’s room.

eleven / technically a tealight candle holder but i love the idea of using it for a plant, dried grass or even pens + pencils!

twelve / a pretty bowl that could hold fruit in the kitchen or keys in the entryway.

thirteen / i picked up this side table for our living room. i want something smaller than what’s currently there and i love that this has storage!

fourteen / hearth & hand wood plates perfect for entertaining.

fifteen / the terrazzo trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon.

sixteen / i love this earthenware tray but it really can only be for decorative purposes.

seventeen / this stoneware picture frame is just what i was looking for without even knowing it. i’m currently making changes to part of our living room and one of the new details is a gallery ledge {seen here however it already looks different!}.

happy friday + happy shopping!


2018 by emily starr alfano

instagram  best nine

instagram best nine

happy new year friends! it’s hard to believe another year has come and gone and we’re onto 2019.

2018 was one of change. a year of many happy moments, yet a year of unease. a year dominated by the struggle of balancing mom guilt and being a business owner. a year where i didn’t feel great physically thanks to lingering lyme disease symptoms, chronic migraine-related vertigo (something i’ve had for almost two decades), and persistent neck and back pain. a year where i also felt a genuine shift within myself. perhaps it’s because i have changed. perhaps it’s because this little business of mine has a new direction. perhaps it’s because i turn 40 next year. FORTY?!  speaking of 40,  where should we go to celebrate the big birthday? taking any + all travel recs!

my brother’s wedding in colorado /  chrisman studios

my brother’s wedding in colorado / chrisman studios


2018 saw us navigating toddlerhood. max is a happy, inquisitive, loving 2 year old who brings joy to so many. we’re dealing with the usual challenges of parenting a toddler, especially one with such a strong personality but we are so very lucky to have this girl in our lives. 

2018 flipped a switch in how i want #farmhousedialfano to look and function. i’m in constant purging mode and am trying to make the best choices for our home and family…taking into account max’s changing needs, the restrictions our 200 year old house presents, and balancing them with my ever-present desire to keep things fresh aesthetically and have quality instagram content!

nancy + mark /  ruth eileen photography
barrie + danny /  belathée

barrie + danny / belathée

2018 saw mStarr transition away from weddings, finishing the year with just two {they were beauties!} and more towards interior styling, brand partnerships, and creative direction. it’s taken a couple years to figure out my priorities for the business, including what i enjoy doing + what i think is viable for mStarr. i’m excited about what’s next! more to come on this in the near future…





i worked with some great brands and companies this year including interior define, lulu & georgia,, style me pretty and david’s bridal, and have some exciting partnerships coming up in the next several months.

your dream bridal lookbook /  elizabeth laduca

your dream bridal lookbook / elizabeth laduca

style me pretty for david’s bridal /  becca brendler photography

style me pretty for david’s bridal / becca brendler photography

i’m a bit wary of resolutions but i hope this year brings…more calm, growth as a person, mother + wife, further clarity + growth for mStarr, less worry, more travel, more being present, more awareness, less guilt, more acceptance, less judgement, more mrs. maisel, and more self care {remember, i’m turning 40. FORTY.} oh and less trump. 

farewell 2018, i’m ready for you 2019.