In my 20s, I was obsessed with shoes and handbags. I spent my 30s thinking about things for my babies. Now, in my 40s, I'm all about my home (okay, okay, I still like shoes and handbags). So I was thrilled when I heard that West Elm was opening their second UK store in Kingston-upon-Thames. And I was even more thrilled to be invited to the grand opening on the 8th December.
Personally, I love mid-century modern. I like furniture to be comfortable and useful, but also interesting. West Elm is like my mecca. Even if you're not looking for big pieces, or if you have a small budget, you are able to find accessories here that add a unique feel. They have some amazing plates, mugs and Christmas decorations that are both vintage and modern and oh so quirky. And despite West Elm being a chain, it's not like you'' end up having the same armchair or mirror as half of your friends (I'm looking at you IKEA).
If you're not familiar with West Elm, they offer furniture and homewares with a modern design. You're not going to find Victorian repros or boring white mugs here. West Elm also offer some items that are fairtrade, organic and sustainably sourced. One corner of the shop is dedicated to local makers and designers. I was really impressed to see this section as it really shows a concern for local folks.
I think this is one shop that Kingston has really been needing. There are several festive events this month (I have my eye on the paper craft workshop). There is also a free design consultation, where one of their specialists will help you pick out colours and furniture and work with your floor plan. West Elm is located in the Bentall Centre. Welcome to Kingston, West Elm!
I was invited to the opening of West Elm Kingston and given a goodie bag, but was under no obligation to blog about it. I just wanted to share some of the lovely things I saw.