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Entries in west elm (5)


Catalog Living At Its Most Absurd; Decorating Takes (Wicker) Balls- A Review

As we all know decorating is serious business and it’s why two ladies with a background in Corporate America decided to tackle the no-nonsense world of corbels and tassels and mossy balls (we’re talking about us, silly). We knew starting this design blog was going to mean multinational conference calls and spreadsheets upon powerpoints of data compiled after ten-hour-long strategy sessions but yet we still forged ahead into the somber world of home design. So imagine our delight when we found a like-minded soul in Molly Erdman.

Molly is the very-serious author/comedian of and the to-be-released book, Catalog Living At Its Most Absurd; Decorating Takes (Wicker) Balls. After the blog Catalog Living’s wildly popular success, Molly decided to create an entire book in order to showcase the lives of Elaine and Gary, a fictitious married couple who have “very high-paying vague jobs" and "live in a world with a seemingly endless number of rooms in their house.”


Author Molly Erdman and her new book, Catalog Living at Its Most Absurd: Decorating Takes (Wicker) Balls, to be published on June 26, 2012. 



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Green Decor Accents for Your Home

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, we've collected a few lovely pieces to help bring green into your home. But perhaps you're looking for something a bit bolder? Check out our earlier piece on inspiring green rooms.

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Friday Favorites: Tania's Pair of Chairs

In this week's Friday Favorites, we visit with Tania, a freelance medical writer and mother of two boys. We join Tania in her home to learn more about how she turned a pair of hand-me-down chairs into a vibrant focal point for her own home.

The chairs in their original state

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Console Table Round-Up

Late last year, we rearranged the furniture in our living room. What had once been one big, long room, we effectively cut into two more intimate spaces by placing the sofa across the middle of the room. While I liked the effect it had, all of a sudden the not-meant-to-be-seen back of the sofa was in prime view, especially upon entry into the house through the front door. We managed to scrounge an old console table (which you may remember from here) to put behind the sofa, but it isn't the table I'd choose for this space if I were starting from scratch. And since I've started using this space as my late night work area, I'd like it to have some desk-like functionality as well. So today's objective? Hunt down some console table options for this space. 

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C-Table Roundup

I love my sofa. It’s deep and covered in pillows and, in a pinch, makes for a decent bed. Lately, I’ve been spending a lot of time on my couch working on my laptop: editing photos, checking email, doing my daily reading, writing for you folks. Unfortunately, it’s taken quite a toll on my shoulders and back being hunched over the coffee table for hours on end. I’ve determined that I am in need of something to work on which will keep me from turning into the Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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