Best Boards on the Market

Now that we have our "one-stop cheese plate shopping list," let's talk about the best boards to display that charcuterie on...

My ideal board is round with approximately 15-17in circumference and a little lip that makes it easy to transport.  Whether that's carrying it from the kitchen to the dining room or wrapping it up in tinfoil and bringing to a friends house, a lip is always appreciated for a smooth transition.   I've traditionally had lots of luck finding great options at HomeGoods.  However, a trip to HomeGoods can be hit or miss (oftentimes only finding random boards with silly embellishments or weird sayings).  "Home" might be "where the heart is," BUT there's a time and place for that... AND I don't want to see it in cursive under my cheese ;)

Aside from round, I also love the look of a rustic rectangle cutting board or square piece.  So, in the interest of rounding up the best boards for your holiday gatherings, here are some shoppable boards you can snag in time for your next cheese plate.

**UPDATE** Since writing this post, I've found an affordable, round board that I absolutely love.  If you're in the market for your first board, check this one from Target out.  It's 15in and here's an example of a cheese board and a dessert board I've made on it:

Target Hearth & Hand Magnolia Acacia Platter Cheese Board Dessert Board

And here's a round-up of other amazing options from around the web:

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1. Mango Wood Board // Sur La Table // 20in. Heavy // $60 This board is heavy and gorgeous.  On the larger end, so best for entertaining large parties.  But it's also perfect for entertaining with other meals.  I'm picturing a big loaf of cut bread and a few bowls of tomato soup :)

2. Boos Cutting Board // Sur La Table // 18in x 12in and 21in x 17in // $99 and $149; I LOVE THESE!! Heavy, great quality.  I'll be doing a GIVEAWAY in December so stay tuned. 

3. Acacia Wood Cutting Board // Target // 15in // $24.99; From the famous Hearth & Hand Magnolia line.  Great size.

4. Cutting Board w/ Handle // Sur La Table // 14in and 19in // $69.95 and $105 // These are a little in between sizes.  The 14in for smaller gatherings and the 19in for larger.

5. Lazy Susan // Sur La Table // 18in Heavy // $50.  I mean, you can't go wrong with a lazy susan.  Just twirl that cheese around so everyone gets a good piece!

6. Professional Style Cutting Board // Target // 24in x 18in // $55.99.  Less expensive alternative to the Boos option.

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7. Acacia Wood Cutting/Serving Board // Target // 12in x 16in // $19.99

8. Two-Tone Round Inlay Board // Target // 13in round plus handle // $19.99 : Veering towards the smaller end, but fun and cute.

9. Round Footed Tray // Target // 13in Large size // $19.99; Good for smaller gatherings. Another from the Hearth & Hand line. If not for cheese, great styling piece for the kitchen.

10. Cuff Wood Server // CB2 // 13in x 10.75in (wood area) // $29.95.  CB2 makes some of my favorite serving platters.  The bronze handle ads a nice touch.

11. Marble Lazy Susan // CB2 // 14inx14in // $49.95.  Square lazy susan? Sign me up!

12. Woodblock Cheese Board // Anthropologie // 13in x 11.5in // $48.

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13. Festive Marble Cheese Board //Anthropologie // 24in x 9in // $118.  "Don't mind if I..." throw in a fun option for good measure. 

14. Paddle Cutting Board // World Market // 13in x 35in $59.99.  Perfect for a holiday grazing board.

And, for reference, here are some of my favorite boards and how much food can fit on each:

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Happy cheese-plate making, everyone!!  Remember to tag @ainttooproudtomeg in your pics!!

 

 

NOW TRENDING: Round Mirrors

I know, I know... I was just going on and on about my love of round tables in the last post. Well, it's much of the same when it comes to round mirrors. They're everywhere; tying together enviable entry ways, upgrading mantles and creating the quaintest of bathrooms.  Checkout some perfect uses of the round mirror below:

photo c/o Amber Interiors

photo c/o Amber Interiors

photo c/o Amber Interiors

photo c/o Amber Interiors

photo c/o @erinfetherson & @onekingslane

photo c/o @erinfetherson & @onekingslane

photo c/o @mrorlandosoria & @homepolish

photo c/o @mrorlandosoria & @homepolish

photo c/o @mrorlandosoria & @homepolish

photo c/o @mrorlandosoria & @homepolish

photo c/o @jlgarvin

photo c/o @jlgarvin

photo c/o @mydomaine

photo c/o @mydomaine

photo c/o @lonnymag

photo c/o @lonnymag

Photo c/o Rita Chan Interiors

Photo c/o Rita Chan Interiors

And here are some pieces currently available to GET THE LOOK yourself:

Clockwise from top left: Target Round Brass Mirror  // CB2 Victor Leather Mirror // West Elm Floating Round Wood Mirror  // World Market Brass Metal Loop Mirror

BEST OF: Target's New Neutrals

I used to have to go to estate sales or raid your grandmother's house for my rattan fix.  But grandma can rest easy now that Target has satisfied our rattan and wicker needs in a major way this season.  There are a number of new pieces throughout the Threshold line (and a few from Nate Berkus), including retro-inspired mirrors, sweet storage baskets AND most notably a rattan bar cart.   I'll say it again guys, A RATTAN BAR CART!!  This is huge considering previous options were paying a premium + shipping on eBay, finding a moldy old one on Craigslist or shelling out $500+ on Serena & Lilly.  Admittedly, I LOVE the Serena & Lilly one, it's just nice to know there's an alternative price point out there.  Target has done it again!!

Here are my favorites:

 

clockwise from top left:

Wicker Rim Round Mirror $49.99//  Rattan Charger $9.99//  Rattan Round Wall Mirror $49.99//  Large Rattan Basket $39.99//  Linear Weave Lounge Chair $99.99//  Threshold Weave Stool/Bench $69.99//  Rattan Oval Tray $29.99//  Nate Berkus Woven Basket $34.99//  Rattan Bar Cart $129.99//  Black Rattan Basket $34.99

For some inspiration on how to incorporate wicker and rattan into your space, look no further than Amber Interiors.  One of my favorite designers, Amber flawlessly weaves in these pieces to create fun, but cohesive spaces.  Some more bohemian than others, it's all about how you accessorize.  Pair a wicker peacock chair with colorful kilim pillows and a fur throw for a boho chic look, or keep it minimal by laying a rattan stool next to a marble coffee table or mid-century sofa.  Like any element in a room, the trick is NOT to over do it.  Mix and match materials to let each piece stand out vs. overwhelm.

Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

Amber Interiors via Domainehome.com

Amber Interiors via Domainehome.com

Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

Photo from amberinteriordesign.com

Photo from amberinteriordesign.com




BEST OF: Nate Berkus for Target 2015 Fall / Holiday Collection

Launched this past Sunday, the latest Nate Berkus for Target Holiday Collection is just as metallic, fun and on-trend as ever.  Below are my three favorite picks from the collection.  In fact, I ordered the first two online last night.  Because...well...CHEESE.

Like many Target pieces, I suggest a good in-person meeting to assess quality and potential longevity BEFORE finding a permanent place within your home.  While many of these faux metalics pass the test, some can fall flat, scratch easily and tarnish quickly.

MY THREE FAVES:

Gold Cheese Utensils $16.99

Gold Cheese Utensils $16.99

Wooden Cheese Board $24.99

Wooden Cheese Board $24.99

Round Gold Accent Table with Marble Top (far right) $89.99

Round Gold Accent Table with Marble Top (far right) $89.99

And while we're at it, I must mention two Anthropologie pieces, I've had my eye on.  Truth be told, the first looks very similar the the above-mentioned Nate Berkus cheese knives. Great minds think alike?

Mother-Of-Pearl Bottle Opener $14

Mother-Of-Pearl Bottle Opener $14


Gilded Pretzel Bottle Opener $4.95 (on sale)

Gilded Pretzel Bottle Opener $4.95 (on sale)