Last week's West Elm festivities still have me in a happy frenzy. It started with a giveaway that sweet Juliet Meeks won and an Upperlyne & Co. home office makeover. Then, a dinner at Le Petite Grocery with the amazing West Elm corporate team, including creative director Vanessa Holden, who I've been obsessed with since reading her The Everygirl career profile. (If you haven't read it, hop on over here.) Just as I was making a bee line to the dinner table, Vanessa tracks me down to introduce herself. I literally shook this woman and screeched 'HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM!' D'oh! Not the greatest first impression. But she didn't mind it at all because she's quite possibly everything you'd hope she'd be. Funny, approachable, and humble like the rest of her team. It's no wonder she's lead this brand to what it is today.
Following that day, a few great lifestyle bloggers including Graham Blackall of Glazed and Confused, Aimee Broussard, Leigh Ann Chatagnier of My Diary of Us, and Emily of Louisiana Bride Blog and I were invited to preview the store in all its glory. The store, located in the former Pippen Lane, is a welcomed addition to Magazine Street. In addition to its usual envy-inducing selection of furniture and home accessories, the store highlights great local makers and crafters by selling their products in the Love Local section. If you need to find me, I'll be the creeper shopping at West Elm weekly.
Shortly following the private preview was the grand opening. It seems the entire stylish New Orleans community came to welcome West Elm with a big hug. Drinks, shopping, the cutest photobooth, and a second line made for the happiest happy hour I've been to in a long time! Welcome, West Elm. We're so happy you're here.