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Whether you’re looking to outfit your first home with high-end staples that will last for years to come or are willing to spend extra cash on well-made decor to add an elevated style to your otherwise budget-friendly home, West Elm is a great place to shop. Founded in San Francisco in 2002, the home furnishings company is renowned for its sustainably sourced furniture, kitchenware, bedding, and general home decor. While undeniably a splurge for some, West Elm considers itself to be a more approachable home furnishings company with modern pieces that fit a variety of styles.
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Though many of West Elm’s best-selling products are priced at higher points, shoppers can trust the quality and longevity of each item, which makes them worth it. Below you’ll find 20 of the most popular things you can buy at West Elm. From gorgeous mirrors and versatile outdoor furniture to mid-century modern silhouettes and eye-catching barware, these items are sure to stand out in your home.
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1. A minimalist floor mirror
Tired of the flimsy 5-foot mirror that you’ve carried with you since college? Do yourself a favor and upgrade to this metal-framed beauty. The 6-foot mirror is meant to lean against a wall, though it can be secured, as well. Thanks to its thin frame (which is available in a variety of metal finishes), it’s minimalist but classic, giving your space an undeniably chic accent. As someone who has this mirror standing in her bedroom, I can assure you that it’s a purchase you will be glad you made. After all, a truly high-quality, well-designed mirror is the perfect backdrop for your outfit of the day pictures.
2. A decorative floor lamp
Another West Elm goodie I’m forever glad to have standing in my home? This gorgeous spherical floor lamp. Standing just over 5-feet-tall, I’ll admit that it doesn’t have as much height as I thought it would, but when positioned behind a leather chair (as mine is) or next to a sofa or entertainment console (as so many influencers opt for), it still looks great. If you’re worried about it tipping over, know that the marble base is solid and stable.
One thing to note is that it’s very important to follow the directions when assembling, otherwise the brass stem could start to unravel on its own. This happened to me when I first put it together (sans instructions) and I nearly had a heart attack thinking it was going to crash to the ground. Thankfully, following the instructions solved the issue. You can also find this style as a trendy table lamp.
3. A gorgeous glass and brass nightstand
I had been eyeing these Terrance nightstands since the moment I signed my first solo lease and dreamed about how I would decorate my home. In addition to being simple and stunning, they’re the perfect height to pair with most sofas. They’re made with a brass frame, glass panels, and a mirrored bottom shelf, all of which are cushioned with rubber bumpers to prevent any clinking. Plus, each shelf can hold between 20 and 25 pounds, according to a store employee when I asked, so there’s plenty of leeway for styling.
4. A chic fur pillow cover (or two)
These Mongolian lamb pillow covers, which are sold in eight colors and four sizes, are regularly seen in photo shoots of celebrity homes and magazine spreads. Now, they’re also a staple in my own living room. The incredibly soft covers feature fur on one side and a canvas-like material on the back. They can be zipped on and off and dry cleaned if you accidentally spill on them. I will say, one thing to keep in mind is that they can shed—especially if you have a puppy who’s obsessed with rolling into them.
5. A mid-century modern leather chair
How pretty is this simple leather chair? Where the textile lends to a more scholarly vibe, the frame offers a more laid-back, Californian appeal. If you love the look but aren’t into the chestnut brown leather, know that it comes in seven other colors, as well. Additionally, you can choose between two leg color options and a single chair or a set.
6. A cozy cotton throw
Is there anything better than cuddling up with a cozy blanket and lounging the day away? Instead of opting for any old afghan, consider adding this cozy cotton knit throw to your collection. Sold in nine colors and two sizes, you’re sure to find an option that fits your fancy. Even better, you can throw it in the wash using the gentle setting without fear.
7. A mirrored serving tray
While a serving tray may not seem like the most necessary piece of decor, it can create a textural difference for displaying things on your coffee table or bar cart while also serving as a larger coaster to protect your surfaces from any potential rings. That’s why it’s often seen in magazine spreads and influencer Instagram grids. After seeing this one more times than I can count, I bought myself one and have it situated on my bar console. The mirrored tray adds depth to my bar setup while adding a chic brass style element. In short, I am in love.
8. A stylish planter
Because of the pandemic, there are more plant parents than ever before. After all, folks finally have had time to focus on feeding and nurturing their plant babies. If you’re looking for ways to further pamper your plants, look no further than these head-turning planters, which are available in four colors and two sizes. They’ll elevate your plant (both literally and figuratively) and protect your floors from any water run-off.
9. A gorgeous media console
It’s natural to want to upgrade the appearance of your media setup as you get older. Exposed wires are so college anyway. Thankfully, this well-organized, visually stunning media console is here to help. Measuring 80-inches-long, the console, which is situated atop brass legs, has two main compartments, each of which has two shelves. What’s more, there are cutouts in the back to easily pull in wires, so your media center will look anything but a mess.
10. An arched floor mirror
Love the idea of an elevated floor mirror but want to go beyond the basic rectangle? This arched mirror will do the trick. It features West Elm’s classic metal frame and stands over 6-feet-tall. Needless to say, you’ll want to feature it in all your mirror selfies.
11. A lush velvet pillow cover (or a few)
Getting new pillow covers is much easier than replacing your current ones—and cheaper altogether. West Elm’s best-selling velvet pillow covers are a great option. Available in 11 colors (including a truly stunning teal hue) and seven sizes, you’re bound to find a fit for your space. Just keep in mind that these are dry cleaning only.
12. A cozy swivel chair
Swivel lounge chairs are having a major moment in 2021. This West Elm one, which is sold in more than 30 colors, has a retro vibe that’s earned it endless accolades from shoppers. Featuring a 360-degree swivel, the chair is great for open spaces where you want your guests to be able to alternate between one space and another without having to get up.
13. A coffee table with modern vibes
A well-styled coffee table can make all the difference in a living room. This one has a wooden bottom shelf, glass surface, and brass fixtures, giving it a modest-yet-modern appeal. Of course, if you’re not into wooden accents, you can also choose between white lacquer and marble. It’s also available in a circle silhouette. The point is, if you like the vibe, there’s a shape and finish to suit your fancy.
14. A unique bar console
Here we have my beloved bar console. Every time someone new comes over, they admire it and ask where I got it. The top shelf is wood and the middle and bottom shelves are a white lacquer, with brass hardware to hold it all together. It’s truly picture-perfect. I like to use the circle shelf to display all my liquor, while the bottom shelf contains mixers, wine, and champagne, and the top has an assortment of bar accessories and artwork. Basically, it offers plenty of room to show off your unique style. One thing that I find less than stellar is that all of the surfaces need to be kept dry, which can be tricky if you’re planning to use your bar console as a mix station, too.
15. A reversible outdoor sectional sofa
Trying to make the most of your backyard? This reversible sectional is a great option. Unlike many sectional sofas, the lounge section of this one can be swapped from side to side so that it can accommodate your current space, as well as if you moved in the future. Just keep in mind that the cushions are water-resistant, not waterproof, so you’ll want to bring them inside if a storm is coming.
16. A set of nesting side tables
These nesting side tables are stylish and useful. They can be nested to serve as a single side table, used separately as individual side tables, or pulled slightly apart for a pretty, tiered look, which is especially great when serving charcuterie and drinks. The tallest table stands just over 3 feet, so just make sure to measure the height of your couch or chair to ensure it’ll be a good fit.
17. A gorgeous barware set
Stylized bar carts are a staple in many homes these days. If you’re looking to upgrade your own—or create one altogether—West Elm’s chic brass barware set is a great idea. While the pieces are sold individually, they’re designed to go together. The collection includes a cocktail shaker, ice bucket, tray, angled jigger, wine cooler, and tongs, so pick and choose at your leisure.
18. A coffee table with hidden storage
If you’re not looking for a coffee table with shelves, you’ll likely enjoy the utility of this stylish round table, which is sold in two colors. What looks like a simple drum design, is actually a hollow storage table. The interior can hold anything from blankets to games, making it a great option for homes short on space and storage.
19. A high-end leather recliner
When the word recliner comes to mind, you likely envision an overstuffed, microsuede chair that’s prone to staining and looks anything but stylish. Of course, that’s the recliner of yesteryear. Nowadays, West Elm is offering the same classic kick-backed comfort of a recliner in elevated leather textiles that prove you do, in fact, know something about stylish home design.
20. A round mirror
Last but not least, we have a cult-favorite round mirror that looks just as lovely above an entry table as it does over a couch or bathroom sink. The mirror, which is sold in four metal finishes, is accented by West Elm’s beloved slim metal frame and offers a mid-century modern design that will hold up over the years.
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