In case you have been living under a rock for the past couple of months, let me tell you that West Elm has finally launched it’s first Seattle store. That’s right folks, no more wistfully staring at the catalog over a glass of wine trying to justify a quick day trip to Portland so you can get the new serving platter you’ve been lusting after. Say goodbye to evenings spent trying to justify the shipping charges of that headboard. Now you can take the bus to the Denny Triangle and live out your moderately-priced interior decorator fantasies. Life is good.
Yesterday the nice folks at West Elm invited me over to preview their new store, located at 2201 Westlake. Spending my lunch hour geeking out over the architecture and design of the store with their Creative Director was possibly the most enjoyable hour of my entire week so far. (The entire staff at the new store seems incredibly knowledgeable about everything in their 15,000 square foot showroom, so if you like that kind of thing, ask away! The store offers FREE in-home or in-store consultations, which they swear up and down involves decorating around your existing furniture and budget and not just trying to sell you a picture out of a catalog.) My visit did not result in a very productive work day. But it did result in this list of the items that stole my heart. Everything on this list is under $100, so you can actually afford to buy some of it.
Sure, an oak egg crate isn’t something you need. But for $19, I think it’s the perfect hostess gift or holiday present for your favorite urban chicken farmer. Bonus: said keeper of backyard chickens will probably be way more likely to gift you with fresh eggs in return!
The Favorite Throw is super soft, comes in some gorgeous colors (including orange), and is only $29. As the holiday gifting season approaches, it’s about a thousand times better to buy your boss, or anybody else you don’t know that well but have to buy a present for, than a bunch of weird soap that they are probably allergic too.
Next up on the blanket train is this Hand Knit Throw (not available online currently but it is in the store). This number has a few good things going for it- it’s soft, it’s sparkly (but not TOO sparkly) and it’s hand-knit for only $69! Bedding pro tip: unlike most stores, which stick the spendy stuff up front and bury the sale items in the back, West Elm’s bedding is organized price-wise with the cheapest stuff in the front (duvets starting at $69!) and the most expensive in the back. Based on your budget, you can figure out where you should be hanging out.
You know your sleek cool iPod/iPhone docking station that you paid too much money for to seamlessly integrate into your house? You can keep it. I’ll take this ceramic pig speaker. It’s $49, and music basically comes out of a pig’s butt. I am instantly charmed and entertained.
Also charming, entertaining and silly is this POP phone (not available online yet). You plug a brightly colored, old-fashioned handset into your fancy schmancy iPhone and you’ve got instant hipster cred. I’m buying these for all of my siblings-in-law.
Little luxuries, like this Mini Hand Juicer, make me giddy with excitement. The thought of waking up to fresh-squeezed orange juice almost makes waking up worth it. Treat yourself and improve your mornings for just $12.
This goblet (not online yet) is $4, hard to break, and thanks to its generous size, I will no longer have to feel like a liar when I tell my doctor I only have 1 glass of wine a night.
Those are my picks. What are you most excited about at the new West Elm store? If you actually need furniture, may I recommend that you visit soon to take advantage of the 15% off all dining furniture promotion going on now, or the Friends and Family 20% coupon here. Tell us about your recent purchases, your grand plans or anything else retail-related on Facebook, twitter or the comment section below. (Oh, and if you get a new dining set, please get a bench instead of chairs. Mostly because I love benches.)