April 11, 2011

West Elm Field Trip

I took a little field trip to West Elm on Friday to check out their new Spring stock.  I’ve shopped their website before, but this was my first trip into their stores to check out their stylish goods in person.  And of course I loved what I saw!

Coming into the store, they had this pretty living “room” set up with all blue and white accents.  I’ve noticed the blue and white trend a lot this season, including in the new Sabrina Soto collection at Target.

I’ll admit I wasn’t crazy about the blue and white trend when I first started to see it, but now I’m really starting to like it.  I love anything beach related and West Elm did a great job making this space look serene while adding nautical accents (without making it look like a bad theme restaurant!)  I’m even loving the cute whale pillows.

There was more blue and white in their patio table display as well.  This color scheme paired with the natural baskets made for a sophisticated look.  I love the idea of using big baskets outdoors to stash bottled drinks or barbecue supplies.

The glass lanterns hanging from the patio umbrella also caught my eye.  I bought similar lanterns from the Christmas Tree Shops last year (for under a buck!) and had been wondering if there was a way to attach them to my patio umbrella.  These were just attached with string which looks great, but I wonder if this is just for show or if the umbrella can actually be shut with the lanterns attached.  I will have to try this once we start dining on our patio again.

In addition to all of the pretty decor accents, the store was full of DIY inspiration as well.  West Elm has these cute bottles filled with sand which I bet could be cutely recreated at home with an empty wine bottle.

I was also inspired by this frame with natural fabric mat.  I couldn’t really tell if the mat was made of a type of burlap or some type of linen fabric, but regardless I love this idea.  I think I’ll try to recreate this at home with a collage photo frame I have on hand.

I was so happy to finally visit West Elm in person.   Although I restrained myself and left without any shopping bags, I did leave with plenty of inspiration!  Are you a West Elm fan?  How do you like this season's popular blue and white color pallet?

(By the way, West Elm is not sponsoring me to write this in any way. I just wanted to share my shopping trip with you!)

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