Tuesday, 4 February 2014
Just before Christmas, US-homewares store West Elm opened its first UK store on London's Tottenham Court road. If you are in the area, I recommend a visit - it's brilliantly good. What's even more brilliant, however, is they've now also launched a UK version of their website making the joy available countrywide.
West Elm run the full spectrum of home bits, from beds to teaspoons, but they've got plenty of bits to homeify a rented place or to posh up Ikea pieces, until you get the home decor budget of your dreams. And, while not Ikea prices, their pieces pack plenty of fancy to the pound. The oval ceramic dish is £24, while the chevron stool at the top of the piece is £143 (the most expensive piece in the post).
They do an excellent line in impress your guests serveware. Prices for these dBo Pomegranate serving bowls start at £12. They're so called because actual pomegranate seeds were used to create the patterning on the edge of the bowls.
And who could resist an owl mug (or six) at £9 each?
West Elm started in Brooklyn, and their style is very suited to city living. Space at a premium? Try out their stacking planter for growing your herbs (obviously, being American, West Elm would pronounce that 'erbs). It's only £19.95.
The style is luxurious but in a very clean, contemporary way. Having this pintuck duvet set just might make me cut-down on the stacks of books, magazines and old coffee cups currently 'decorating' my bedroom.
My sofa, meanwhile, would love one of these colourful favourite throws. Prices start at £16.95.
There are loads of lovely bits to look at (go on, have a peek). West Elm is a welcome addition to these shores, and my home. Possibly not to my bank balance though.