West Elm’s New Spring Collection Is All About That Small-Space Living
Turns out, you’re not the only one using the new year as an excuse to try out a new look: Thanks to their new Creative Director Vanessa Holden, West Elm is bringing in a fresh vision by redefining “modern” style and featuring items that are functional, beautiful AND fit for small-space living. West Elm’s aesthetic has always been fairly modern, but they’re softening things up with luxe materials, natural influences and mid-century modern pieces that are comfortable enough for real life. Titled The New Modern, West Elm’s spring 2017 collection is full of our favorite home decor trends — bold colors, clean lines and sleek geometric accessories.
Inspired by a trip to Scandinavia, the collection was a reimagination of where “modern” style is going. Buh-bye hard, square sofas: West Elm’s new modern brings rounded edges for designs that are as comfortable as it is good-looking.
Aesthetics aren’t the only thing changing in West Elm’s latest collection. They’re catering to those who live in small spaces (woot!) and bringing out smaller furniture and multifunctional pieces.
And while West Elm has always been a go-to place for modern furniture, the new look promises to be lighter and more simplified: “Sculptural silhouettes and rounded lines give our assortment a softness that’s new for us… statement-making pieces that add a layer of fun, color and visual interest to a space.”
Following Pantone’s lead, West Elm looks to nature as a major inspiration. “There’s something universally inspiring about nature references. They never fail to bring subtle, sophisticated beauty to the home, whether in shapes and forms — like our organic ice-texture vases, branch-like table legs, and pebble-shaped coffee tables — or in our pattern language.”
What do you think of West Elm’s new look? If you’re looking for more decor ideas, follow us on Pinterest for tons of inspo and home decor trends.
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!