Friday, November 1, 2013


Last night instead of greeting trick or treaters, I spent the evening at West Elm in Paramus, NJ. Why, you ask? They hosted the "Keep Calm and Redecorate" event with Michael Shorter, their lead in-home stylist. Michael facilitated a styling session on how to breathe new life into your living space with simple changes using various colors, textures and decorative accessories.  

Michael started with two of their staple furniture pieces - the Tillary sofa and the Terra console table - to create 3 different looks:
Tillary Sofa in Stone Velvet - $949 
Terra Console in Chocolate - $349

The Before...

The first look he created is what I called the Collegiate Look, for those with their first apartments in mind...
Note the versatility of the Tillary by repositioning the sofa cushions...
Notable additions:
Chevron Crewel Pillow - $60
Industrial Task Lamp - $79 
Kew Dhurrie Pouf - $249
Denim Jute Rug - $129
Large Rectangular Tray (shown in Raffia) - $59
Low Butler Stand - $99
Next Michael created a more "adult" space which he called the Modern Rustic look...
 Notable additions:
Mongolian Lamp Pillow in Platinum (24" sq.) - $139 
Crossroads Dhurrie Rug (5' x 8') - $349
Rustic Storage Coffe Table - $499
Slipper Chair in Honey Leather - $399
Last but not least and my favorite, he created the Glam (and dare I say Grown-up) look with a few holiday touches...
Note the Martini shaker and wine bottle...
Notable additions:
Shadow Butterfly Silk Pillow - $55
Slipper Chair in Chevron Slate - $499
Chevron Table Lamp - $229
Finn Wool Rug (5' x 8') - $349
Oval Rings Side Table - $199
Herringbone Mirrored Coffee Table - $499
Green Mercury Glass Inkwell Vase - $29
The lesson behind this styling session - buy good, basic furniture pieces that can easily transition as your tastes change. Thank you Michael and West Elm!

Happy trend spotting...

Peace and Blessings,