Now that we have our very first home, I feel so blessed that we also have an unlimited budget to decorate it, and unlimited time and inclination to boot. Zing! That’s not true.
What we do have is a brand new, nearby West Elm, and it’s one of the chain stores where we picked up an array of great stuff. We also abused a bunch of coupons in ways like this: “Hi, I know it’s December and you’re offering this AmEx cardholder promotion, but we’ll probably move into our house in June. Can you just initial here saying you’ll give us 20 percent off everything in the store then instead? Sweet, thanks.” That kind of stuff works, people. Squeaky wheel/oil.
Anyway! Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite things that are still available online.
Organic Cotton Pintuck Duvet Cover
This just brightens the whole bedroom. It has a feminine vibe to it, but also such a clean, uncluttered look that my husband loves too. We have it in two colors, along with the matching shams.
My husband picked this out for our dining room, before we even moved in. I was skeptical. (I’m a journalist! That’s my job.) I thought it would look too industrial and not cozy enough, but it turned out to be just the thing. We filled it with Edison-style bulbs and it hangs over our dining table. #Protip: The bulbs from Home Depot work just as well and cost a fraction of the ones from specialty stores.
Bird Dessert Stands
OK, yes, these are kind of twee, but they’re so sweet as part of a multi-level tablescape mixed in with candles and other neat stuff. Totally adaptable to any time of year. Think about filling them with ornaments around December — cute, right?
Angled-Leg Dining Table
I love this table for its versatility. Like tofu (another one of my favorite things), this table takes on the flavor of anything you put with it. So I love that with a few objects, for instance, I can overlay a bit of holiday festivity, or return the table to sleek tidiness when it’s time for that. This table also has two leaves, allowing for seating for four people up to eight. We currently have one leaf in, so our default setting is for six. Know that the second leaf is in the garage awaiting our yet unspecified plan to knock down the small useless wall bordering our dining room that would actually allow us to get eight people in there if it went away. See, this table has aspirational qualities too! It’s a good one.