Friday, January 29, 2010

What happened to West Elm?


I used to blog about West Elm a lot, but I feel like they're getting a bit boring. Well, maybe boring is too strong a word... I have an old W.E. catalog that my mom gave me back in 2004 and I thought their stuff was amazing, so unique! Now I feel like they're another Crate & Barrel: nice, but yawn... They still have some pretty fabric patterns and furniture, but I miss the old West Elm. :(


8 comments:

alamodestuff said...

I've thought the same for some time now. The catalog has been too much of the same thing for way too long. They need to do something drastic.

Jenn Ski said...

Yeah, I always remember there was at least 2 or 3 things at their store I just had to have. Now I can't find anything that appeals to me.

a.e. said...

I never knew about West Elm until recently, but I have to say they just have the same stuff over and over. Rarely is there anything new. But I did get a beautiful dresser on clearance from them at a bargain--I love it. But I wish they'd step it up!

Tara said...

It seems like when West Elm first came on the scene - they were fresh and new - because they were really different. But they haven't evolved much at all - they've stuck with the same formula, and find themselves in the same conundrum (and doldrum) as crate and barrel.

caitlin said...

but crap, i love that bottom pattern. i can't find it on the site! any idea what its called?

caitlin said...

oh, futon cover? boo.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree! I've been holding on to a $250 gift card for almost a year now. This is unheard of for me:). I have some old catalogs too-so much cooler.

Laura said...

I agree. 2004 I would have killed to visit a retail location. This week they opened one 5 minutes from my house, and now I am so 'meh' about it.