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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

I Heart West Elm

As reported in numerous places (like here), furniture retailer West Elm has finally opened its new flagship store in the old Woodies building, a short walk to our South. I can't wait to check it out this weekend.


West Elm
1020 G St NW (by Metro Center)
Hours: 9:30am - 8pm Mon-Sat, 12pm - 6pm Sun.

12 comments:

Greg said...

Hmm....I tried to post a comment earlier, but no dice. So if this mysteriously shows up twice, big apologies.

Anyway, not wanting to spoil it for anyone, but I went yesterday, and it's really an amazing space. They did a really nice job preserving a lot of the historical detail of the building while still making it seem clean and modern. My favorite part is the metalwork arches on the first floor -- really nice work.

ML said...

Don't forget your SmartTrip card when you go. You get 10% off purchase of $250 or more this week with it.

Glad to know I'm not the only furniture nerd in these parts.

Mr. Ray said...

I've been getting their catalogue for years and have wondered what their furniture looks like in real life. In the catalogue everything seems to be sort of trendoid boxy camel-snot green or diarrhea yellow.

rr 446 said...

i thought this post was going to be about west elm street in ledroit park

si said...

hey, i love camel snot green! dont forget that grape-ade color they love so much.

Chris said...

I haven't been in the store yet so this opinion is based purely on the few pieces I've seen in friends houses...but it seems like they use that same hollow particleboard box covered in fake wood veneer crap construction that Ikea uses, but triple the prices.

Maybe there's higher end stuff in the store though?

Anonymous said...

My collection is exclusively English Regency but thanks for the heads up.

Shaw Rez said...

I should clarify my love of W.E. I think their accessories are great and a great value--their pillows, for example, are cool and inexpensive. I think they describe themselves as a fashion furniture store, meaning it's not stuff you'll be leaving in your will to your grandkids, but it's cool stuff that will look neat in your home and that follows trends in the design biz. Will you love it in 5 or 10 years? Maybe not, but you're not investing too much in it so it's not that big of a deal.

Anonymous said...

And at this point, don't we just love having one more new retail option in DC close to home??? Keep it coming...

Greg said...

Regardless of how you feel about its IKEA for grownups furniture or its great accessories (I personally am big on dishes and little else), the space really must be seen. Not only is it a retail behemoth anchoring a key area of the city, but it's a great example of how to revamp and revise a space with an eye to the past.

That's my big thing. So, I guess you'd call me a space nerd.

rr 446 said...

i'm old enough to remember what is was like before(clunky escalators) and looking forward to see the changes and upgrades.

Clara Barton Dweller said...

I went yesterday with my mom (who remembers shopping there when it was actually Woodward & Lothrop) and it was so visually cool! And I was actually impressed with the weight/feel of a lot of the wood items, b/c I was dreading flimsy overpriced MDF. I am sooo over MDF (but it seems inescapable). Well, if it is MDF, they're doing a good job hiding it or bulking it up, b/c the bookshelves and side tables I looked at felt very solid.