Seven Favorites from West Elm’s Summer Collection

The latest West Elm catalog arrived in my mailbox yesterday, and I was really excited by their new collaboration with Source Furniture from Johannesburg as well as the other pieces in their South African collection. Ever since West Elm began its artist collaborations, I’ve looked forward to receiving my catalog as much as I do my subscription magazines like House Beautiful and Elle Decor. I am constantly inspired by their use of color, artwork and mix of vintage with new. Inevitably, the piece I love most on the page isn’t even for sale, but that didn’t stop me from choosing several favorites from their most recent collection.

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The Source Bench is from the new South African collection. When I first saw this photo, I immediately thought front porch. Though I don’t think it’s meant to be used outdoors, I really like the mix of materials and finishes and the bright red glossy paint. It would be adorable in an entryway (I wish ours was big enough) or even in a child’s room.

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I think the scale of this pendant light is why I find so attractive. Before I saw it in a room setting, I thought it was much smaller and wasn’t very excited about it. I think this is a nice way of interpreting the industrial lighting trend without having to go all the way there.

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I’m always on the lookout for interesting hooks. I’ve probably mentioned this here before, but I’m a huge fan of using hooks in the bathroom vs. towel bars. Hooks let the towels dry out nicely, and they don’t have to be folded perfectly to look nice (and, I don’t know many men who can properly fold a towel so that it looks nice on the bar). These Pedersen Hooks are playing perfectly to my current obsession with mixing paint and wood finishes. They’re clean looking, minimal and unobtrusive.

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More red! I could never do a full on red room, but I do love red accents. I think these pillows are a great way to incorporate chevron into a room for a small dose with great impact.

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The Ceramic Matters Branch Vases are perfect in so many ways. I have a fairly difficult time keeping even succulents alive for extended periods of time, so I love the aloe plants growing out of the branches. I also really like the texture of the bark rendered in the matte white of the ceramic. They feel like art and nature all at the same time. Think how gorgeous they would be displaying a loose arrangement of colorful flowers, a gathering of fern fronds, or even branches and berries in the Fall months.

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 The Kuba Bench is another great entryway piece and would also be perfect for the foot of the bed.  Each covering is one-of-a-kind, which, coupled with the mid-century styling of the wood base, gives this bench the air of a high-end vintage collectible.

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Finally, the Source Console has curvy, sculptural legs and otherwise minimalist lines for an updated version of traditional form. In addition to using it as a sofa table, you could also use it as a laptop desk or a vanity table. Imagine it paired with a stool upholstered in a fun print and a Venetian glass mirror. My only complaint is that it doesn’t come in more colors.

Have you explored the new collection yet? What do you think about the designer collaborations West Elm has been focused on lately?

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