A couple of weeks ago, my friend Kristen had a stellar idea involving furniture and imaginary shopping sprees. She explained it to me like this: Her style is very Pottery Barn, while I hang out in the West Elm zone. What if, once a month or so, we agree on a store and design an entire room using ONLY their products, just to stretch our respective styles? Oh–and it has to be a room we’d actually want in our house, not just a bunch of things we objectively find interesting/pretty/sparkly. REAL picks.
I’m down. Since this was Kristen’s brainchild, we picked good ol’ PB as the first brand. I was a wee nervous at first because I don’t think I’ve ever bought anything from there, but that was foolish of me because hello:
This is definitely fancier than what we have going on in the real Casa Ronchetti, but it still has three basic Paige Favorites: lots of blue, metallics, and geometric patterns. I’m also a sucker for any kind of desk lamp, even when it’s turned into a floor version, so I guess that’s four.
Before we dive in, here’s something I didn’t anticipate: getting everything at one store is hard. (For me, anyway.) I like the freedom to jump around if one place doesn’t have exactly what I see in my head, but this time I was trapped in a beautiful East Coast prison and I had to make it work. It ended up being fine, obviously, but I had to stop myself from typing westelm.com several times. Maybe I’m the only one with that problem, but I thought I’d bring it up anyway.
>> Let’s talk seating first. That blue chair is the song in my heart. I REALLY wanted blue velvet, but that wasn’t an option, so blue linen it is! I like that it’s mega-saturated but still not quite navy. The leather sofa is a total departure from what I normally eyeball in this department, but I love the color and the teensy rolled arms. I even like the turned legs, which is something I don’t think I’ve ever said regarding my own style. I guess I’ll throw the rug in here, too, since it’s the other “main” piece in the room. The blue-on-blue makes the traditional patterns feel a bit more fresh.
>> Since I found the big items first and things were looking a little emo, I wanted to add some shine with the tables. Instead of one big coffee table I found two brass-and-glass cubes that don’t take up a ton of visual space. I threw in the hex pedestal table because it’s AWESOME, and–I mean this in the nicest, non-hater was possible–it doesn’t really look like something from PB. It was a little modern surprise. I also added the chandelier because WHY NOT? In my imagination this is a room without a TV, so I wouldn’t have to worry about a sparkler blocking my view of the Super Bowl.
>> Finally, I ended with the accent color. (I always do. Have we talked about that? Maybe I’ll do a post about it.) The brass was doing a good job breaking up the blue, but I wanted to toss in some orange/peach for contrast. There aren’t a lot of bold patterns in here, either, why is why I decided to go big or go home with the curtains.
Just for fun, let’s talk money. If my math is correct, the total for everything above (not including tax or delivery fees) is $7,818. Not exactly pocket change, but it’s also less than I thought it would be. Considering the most expensive thing in the room, the sofa, will literally never be out of style makes it an easier credit card to swipe.
Be sure you pop over and see Kristen’s room, too! Are you a fan of PB? Do you like to get as much as possible at one store, or are you a bouncer like me? What’s your favorite thing here?