This is a true test of my blogging-on-the go skills! I’ve been computer-less for a few days now, a blogger’s worst nightmare, and spent most of Wednesday in a tizzy as thing after thing proceeded to go wrong (having to tote half of my electronics to work/get repaired hindered me from bringing along my big camera, so iPhone photos will have to suffice). But knowing that I would be spending some time later that night with the company of Marissa
at the West Elm
preview at Pittsburgh’s new Bakery Square store kept me smiling through the day.
via The Modern Austen
via The Modern Austen
Nicole kindly gave us a tour of the store, which was beautifully styled. I’ve always loved West Elm’s ability to mix patterns and styles in a way that feels authentically eclectic, but go together perfectly. Whenever I try to mix patterns on my own, the room ends up looking like a four-year old was left unsupervised for ten minutes. Seeing all of West Elm’s accessories and large pieces alike styled in different ways was inspiring and made me realize just how versatile the pieces are!
Versatile pieces also mean that it’s easy to achieve a number of vibes depending on your design inclinations. My mother, for instance, is into the modern, where I like more of a hint of rustic/kitschy/traditional/too many things. Yet we both find things we love in the store. Not many places can have us nodding in agreement.
After snapping some photos, touching everything we could (for, you know, testing purposes. I mean really, soft blankets are too tempting!), and smelling every candle on display, we made our way over to perhaps my favorite part of the entire store – West Elm’s LOCAL initiative, which features items from designers and craftspeople in the region. Pittsburgh-themed prints, rustic servingware, and delicate geographic-themed mugs? Oh yes.
I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to see the store in person. Shopping online is one thing, but seeing it all in person brings the inspiration to a whole new level!
Also note this fabulously sleek rocker (that would make a killer reading chair!) complete with slanket – what’s a slanket? I’m glad you asked. Sweater + blanket + a side of swank = a slanket. This is what happens when I have post-work brains.
A big thank you to West Elm to inviting us to tour the store!
While West Elm extended the invitation and provided us with a complimentary tour, tote, and gift card, none of this is sponsored by them. I just had a really awesome time perusing their collection and learning about their new initiatives! All opinions are my own.
What’s your decorating sensibility?