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Window shop whistle stop…

With my day job I often end up in London once a week but with late trains and trying to fit a couple of meetings into one day I rarely get a chance to visit some of the wonderful shops. Today was different. Today my train arrived early, the sun was out, I felt like I’d had plenty of time to prepare (for a change) and I found I have an hour to spare before my meeting, which just happened to be near Tottenham Court Road. I had a feeling this detour could be expensive, but turning up to a meeting with shopping bags is generally frowned upon, so that focussed my mind on window-shopping a browsing – a store assistant’s worst nightmare!

Where else would I find myself heading than towards the top end of the road and home of Heals, Habitat and West Elm… but which to visit? I made it into all of the them, but one spent enough time in West Elm, so here’s a write up of my first ever visit.

Wonderful West Elm

I’ve never been in a West Elm shop before but I’ve admired them online for a while now. The store certainly has impact. When I first walked in I was really struck by the first display which was a gorgeous leather sofa with beautiful printed pillows and some throws casually thrown across it (if I did it it would look awful!).

The display was full of greenery which made it feel really fresh. I tried to take a few pictures but I was getting some very funny looks from the staff 🙂

Chair love

Then I spotted this chair. It was love at first sight and my husband is so lucky I couldn’t carry it home. He’s also lucky that having to order it and wait 4 weeks for it to arrive isn’t something I’m a big fan of as I’m not the most patient! Since getting back on the train I’ve found its name s I can stalk it further from home, its called the Luna Chair and it comes in three colours; feather grey, yellow and teal (I like the simple colour naming!). At £499 its certainly a style investment that I might not be making.. but it is beautiful none the less.

Luna Chair – West Elm, £499

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Shiny things

Further down the store I found another area which, like a magpie, caught my attention with the shiny things and metal work which I really like at the moment. West Elm has some lovely mirrors at the moment and although everyone has the Mongolian cushions at the moment, theirs were really stunning. They’re £129 each but well worth it for the quality of them.

Pink Mongolian Lambs Cushions – £129

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Beautiful bedding

I was interested to see West Elm’s bedding collection, having spotted a pink bedspread online. I went downstairs and instantly spotted it in the distance. It was as beautiful as I had hoped. I’m aware how sad I sound by the way! The best bit was that it had 20% off too. It would have been rude not to wouldn’t it. Oh well, shopping bags here I come! The lady was kind enough to hold onto my purchase until I finished my meeting.

Lustre Velvet Duvet in Dusty Blush

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I went for the grey one in the end as well, as my husband has already warned me about the pink, not that I took that much notice, but it will probably stick around longer and get less resistance if it isn’t pink. To compliment I picked up some dusky pink linen bed sheets and pillows from good old Primark for less than £20 in total. Love Primark.

Mongolian Madness

On my way out I noticed a beautiful stool too. Its a dusky pink mongolian lamb stool with gold atomic legs – stunning! I recently found an eBay gem for £30 which, although it looks lovely, isn’t the most stable of stools. This one in West Elm is really lovely, and if you have the budget, go for it!

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All in all I was really impressed with the West Elm store and I’d highly recommend a visit. Some lovely items to take away and some extra special ones to save up for too!

Anna Tonkin

Anna Tonkin

I love interiors! I've always enjoyed styling my home and my husband will tell you I'm always moving things around and trying something new. My favs include Mid Century Modern and Ecclectic mixes of contrasting themes such as classical design and pop art.

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