Regular readers will know that I love all things West Elm – the US furniture brand that landed on our shores in the winter of 2013 (I think its fair to say I was more excited about the store’s opening day as I was about my baby’s due date not long after…).
Resplendent online and in-store with an impressive collection of contemporary and mid-century Americana furniture, lighting, textiles and tableware – the brand’s price point isn’t cheap, but is so well made and designed that I for one consider them ‘heirloom’ pieces. Here’s five things to buy from West Elm this season.
Arc Mid-Century Sconce £69
For me, there is something really decadent about a wall sconce – unlike a table lamp which can be moved and a ceiling light which will only on average be central to a room, a wall sconce is a real commitment to creating a cosy nook! Wall sconces have also been really popular in American interiors for years – not so on this side of the pond – so it’s a treat to be able to find a 1950’s inspired beauty like this on the market at a pretty good price too.
Curved Cutaway Floor Mirror in Walnut £399
I often find full length mirrors a challenge – hanging them can make a space look awkward and free standing mirrors in a small space can be frustrating with all the dead space around it. I love how this amazing, weighty mirror in a solid walnut frame looks like a large window, or a vintage cupboard door and looks perfectly at home in its own right against a wall. The curves are also pretty spectacular…
Maisie Side Table £159
These side tables with their sculptural metal base are available in a range of top materials and sizes, walnut, marble and a powder coated steel in mint green – the site currently only shows the marble as an option to buy online but as it’s a new range they will have more in store so do call through. I just love their high end-design but bargain price.
Mid-Century Wooden Curtain Pole £79-£99
A curtain pole you say?! It’s all in the detail I say. With only bog standard poles available on the market and any unusual styles off the scale on price point, trust me this wood veneer and brass detailed pole is a winner.
Graphic Dot Stone Round Mirror £249
Yes it’s another mirror but look how unusual. The Dot Stone’s minimalist frame is adorned with chunky marble accents, making it look like a piece of jewellery on your wall – you can see more details of the marble here.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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