I’m just back from a fun morning with West Elm in Roseville where I joined Kerrie Kelly of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab in sharing my top five West Elm design pics for the season with loyal West Elm customers.  I’m loving West Elm’s mix of colors, patterns, finishes and textures this season!  My take on design is to mix and match, to integrate old and new, traditional and contemporary and these pieces make my design efforts easier.  Top to bottom, left to right they are:

1.  West Elm Key Wool Dhurrie rug. You can never go wrong with a wool flat weave in an accent color that is pulled through elsewhere in the room.

2.  West Elm Parsons Filing Cabinet.  From the West Elm Parsons collection — a perennial favorite of mine.  I’ll use this in a bedroom as a side table, in a living room as an end table, and of course in an office paired with neutrals and traditional elements.

3.  West Elm Bazaar Pouf.  Yes, these are trendy, but what a fun way to be on trend without breaking the bank.  I’ll mix this with traditional fabrics and furniture styles in living rooms.

4.  West Elm Martini Side Table in Antique Brass.  Perfect!  The soft gold finish makes it very versatile.  I’ll be mixing it with traditional silver metals and wood finishes in unexpected ways.

5.  West Elm Heath Sofa.  A Mid Century modern piece in a neutral fabric will add function and comfort without demanding to be the star in the living room.  The clean lines and just-right size make this piece the perfect team player.

6.  Me with my daughter Georgia, Kerrie Kelly and Lori of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab after our presentation.  Great questions from the audience!

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Here is a quick take of how I would work West Elm pieces into a PepperJack design.  I’d start with some traditional chairs in a traditional fabric — such as these classic French arm chairs in an oh-so-traditional velvet — then add splashes of color with traditional fabrics on throw pillows (French Chinoiserie here), perhaps even on the window treatments; then I’d rummage through cabinets to find the perfect silver piece in which to put a pop of color.

You may be interested in the post from my previous West Elm pic presentation, also about Mixing Contemporary and Traditional.

– Laura

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