oh so stylish

This week I had the privilege of going on a private media tour of the new West Elm at the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.  Half of me thinks “This is AMAZING!” and the other half of me knows “This might be dangerous”.

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West Elm stores are known for their beautiful furniture and home accents…full of little vignettes that showcase many of their products styled together. I was totally impressed that our new KC location (along with many other locations throughout the country) is making a big push to showcase both locally made products as well as handmade goods from artisan groups all over the world (Guatemalan Weavers, Port-au-Price Paper Makers, Santo Tomas Potters, etc.).  In the KC store you’ll find a section devoted to some of our own including Ampersand Design Studio, RuffHouse Art and Hammerpress to name a few.

I snapped quite a few photos to share with you to tide you over until you have a chance to make it into the store yourself!

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As BRS and I continue to day dream of our next home (hopefully more info on that coming to you soon!) I can’t help but envision some of these beautiful West Elm furnishings as our surroundings!

Have you been to visit their store? Or do you frequent the West Elm in your local city?  Share in the comments below!

-MRS

 

BRS and I are looking to put our house on the market sometime this summer/fall.  It’s kind of bittersweet. This was our first home and it’s sad to think of leaving this little space where we’ve shared our beginnings as husband and wife. On the flip side, I feel pretty ready to get ourselves in a new place that I can do some major redecorating.  There are so many things I would love to invest in and do in our current home, but I find zero motivation to put a lot of money toward interior decorating projects when we’ll likely be leaving soon.

With the weather warming up I’ve had the itch to do some major cleaning out and simplifying to make sure that whatever we take to another space is stuff I really love.  I’ve spent the past few weekends doing major de-cluttering and trashing things I don’t need or use.  It’s awesome to now to have such fresh, clear spaces…it almost feels new!

IMG_0122 copyMy office space had become a huge catch-all and I had lost my desire to work in there.  In order to make my space more inviting again I had to get rid of a lot of junk and face my craft-hoarding issues.  BRS had been on me about it for months but I finally got my booty in gear!

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Clean space perfect for blogging, calligraphy and emails to clients….ahhhh.

I’m really digging the minimalist aesthetic and really want to create this in more areas of my home. The beauty of it?  It requires ridding of stuff instead of buying new; now that sounds like the perfect cure to my low-motivation/high-desire to decorate enigma, don’t you think?

-MRS

Before I fled town and hit the beach last week (which I’m totally having withdrawals from as I type…) I joined my dear friends Rachael and Sarah to view the works of local designers at Kansas City Fashion Week‘s Saturday show at Union Station. These events are always a fun opportunity to indulge in my girly-side while connecting with some awesome KC professionals and brands. Before giant model step was taken on that runway, we had to hop in the Photobus for a quick pic. Let’s talk about that gold sparkle backdrop!

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There were several designers that I was anxious to see again after their collections at the fall shows.  Remember when I ran into my designer crush, Kate Walz back in October?  The show kicked off with her collection featuring a little Beatle’s flair.

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Another crush developed on the collection from ByWhitney. These bridal beauties were right up my alley!

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Jewel tones made a pretty comeback in Lauren Bander‘s showing.  This St. Louis native was another KCFW veteran.

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Koko Clemence utilized this basket weave detail in many designs…I loved it!IMG_9943 copy

House of Cochon brought the drama with their accessories and presentation. This feather bolero was my favorite.

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Did you attend any of the KCFW shows?  If so, did you have a favorite designer? If not, be sure to look into joining the fun in the fall!

-MRS