A few weeks ago I received a pretty package from west elm, containing a gold wishbone for the new year, their new catalog, and a flash drive with tons of beautiful imagery of their new collection. I was thrilled to see their direction for 2017, with beautifully produced photography shot in stunning Brooklyn townhouses with classic architecture to contrast their streamlined furnishings. As the demand for mid-century design has exploded, they’ve started honing in on a definitive style for the brand, leading to their stunning ‘new vision’ for modern home decor that makes up their new collection for the new year. After pouring over their new pieces, I found some common threads through the line, including a focus on high-quality textiles like silk and linen, simplified furniture with more attention to details like the upholstery and legs, and contemporary interpretations, rather than reproductions, of mid-century designs. Their collection has also expanded to include more European silhouettes (especially curved furniture in their newest pieces, inspired by Italian design). The brand made several extensions in the past two years, including west elm Workspace and Hotels, so it will be exciting to see how they grow in 2017. Get an exclusive first look at my favorite pieces and interiors from their new catalog below.
The design board I shared a couple weeks ago for my older sister’s college bedroom recently came to life on a quick trip to Boston, and the result is live on west elm’s blog Front & Main today with a before-and-after of the room’s transformation! We had a busy weekend unboxing product and pulling it all together (I shared it all on Snapchat: thouswell), but I was so happy to create a comfortable home-base for my older sister with furniture she’ll use for years to come. I also implemented a couple of hacks and renter-friendly tricks to design the space, so scroll on through to find a simple IKEA hack and DIY accent wall after checking out the feature on west elm!
West elm has partnered with L.A. firm Commune Design for a collaborative collection that brings a modern California look to a selection of products ranging from furniture to art. The collection is striking for its strong silhouettes, simple geometric shapes, and its warm, neutral palette. Commune used a variety of materials, from leather and terracotta to striking copper like in this modernist wall sconce. The collection feels like an encapsulation of the Commune aesthetic, and it’s exciting to see the transition from opening their first retail location in 2009 to designing this collection, bringing an element of bespoke design that is found in their design projects to the middle market. If I had to pick favorites I would say that this throw pillow and this funky leather stool really caught my eye. Find all my favorites from the new collaboration after the jump.
P.S. Sofas, sectionals, and chairs are now 20-30% off at west elm!
My older sister, Julia is moving off campus from a dorm to a bedroom is a house she’s renting with a group of friends. I was super excited when she turned to me for help decorating her new space, since she now has hardwood floors and room for a queen bed and dresser! I immediately got to work honing-in on an affordable bedroom design that was space and cost efficient, without sacrificing on style. I knew Julia would prefer a neutral color palette that leaned towards cool colors, so I chose a wallpaper pattern I could mount on hollow-core doors behind the bed for a removable pop of color that would be easy to install and remove. I found stylish smaller pieces from west elm that my sister could take with her to her next place, and hacked the dresser for a design solution that didn’t break the budget on the larger pieces in the room.
P.S. Save 30% off all bedding and get free shipping at west elm with code STAYINBED!
When the weather is right, there’s not much better than enjoying a movie outdoors. All you need to get the experience of a movie theater in your own backyard is a movie screen (or taut white sheet) and a projector. Once you get the equipment set up, the fun begins! Setting up a comfortable seating area requires lots of pillows, blankets — and popcorn, of course! To set the scene, I used two small wool rugs and a picnic blanket on the ground and added another throw blanket to the sectional on our patio. I then filled in with lots of pillows—mixing patterns for a boho look so no one was without something soft to sit on. The highlight of the seating was the pouf, adorned with a colorful Moroccan pattern and a smattering of sequins, to double as seating or an extra surface to set out the popcorn. For food and drinks, I kept it simple with delicious Ginger and Cane Cola sodas and a big bowl of popcorn. For that great sweet and salty combination, I try mixing in some brown sugar and Himalayan pink salt. Finally, invite everyone out to enjoy a classic film under the night sky! Read More