West Elm Comes to Pittsburgh!
If you're from Pittsburgh and you're not running toward Bakery Square by the end of this post, try reading it again. Because you should be jumping for joy: West Elm is now in Pittsburgh! Last night, I had the opportunity to attend a preview of the brand new store, seated right in Bakery Square in Pittsburgh's East End*, neighbors to other high-traffic stores like Anthropologie and Free People (not to mention around the corner from Google!). It fits right in this cool neighborhood and man, doesn't it look pretty?
Did I mention how much fun it is to explore a gorgeous store with two other blogger friends? Drooling over accent pillows, sniffing every candle, and taking pictures of everything is so much more acceptable with my friends Angelica and Kristin. I'm so glad they were able to join me! Needless to say, when we walked in, we were hooked.
What I love most about West Elm is what they stand for. This company is dedicated to providing various price points for all buyers, keeping things functional and practical while maintaining a sense of style, using environmentally-friendly materials and goods, and working side-by-side with local artisans to bring communities and nonprofits into the hands of consumers. There was an incredible Pittsburgh section located right in front of the cash wrap where the three of us spent so much time speculating how we could possibly choose what to buy. I am a firm supporter in showcasing local businesses, talent, and art and West Elm is doing it right. They're even offering a $25K grant and consultation services to one lucky small business because they recognize the importance of these local vendors.
I love home decor and I can pick out what I like and don't like, but I can rarely create a truly decorated space on my own. I really envy people who have that vision inside their head without any inspiration! I need places like West Elm to show me the possibilities in an aesthetic I enjoy.
I am all about clean lines, stripes, chevron, delicate prints, and an array of soft and relaxing colors--which is why I was drawn to so many things in the store. Part of what makes West Elm work for me (and so many others) is that they thrive on a mix-and-match philosophy, where you can layer pieces from numerous styles and tastes to create a seamless setting for your everyday living. It's practical, beautiful, and completely personalized.
After much deliberation, I decided to purchase a Pittsburgh print and two handcrafted cards from local artists, but I will definitely come back after I move into an apartment to pick up those decorative pieces I'm definitely lacking!
Grand opening is today, Thursday, September 4th at 10 AM! RUN because the first 300 customers get a sweet Pittsburgh tote bag with a $50 purchase! If you're stuck at that thing called work, stop by after--they're running a special promotion.
*Truth be told, I have spent next to no time in this neighborhood and, after visiting, I have no idea what took me so long! I will be back.
Disclaimer: West Elm invited me to attend the media preview and provided me with a tote bag and gift card, but I was not asked to market on their behalf. All opinions are my own and shared because I would have anyway!