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West Elm Grand Opening

It’s 10 a.m. on August 13th, which means that right now, the Charleston West Elm is now open.

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

This is not a drill, people! The West Elm is located on upper King Street (484 King to be exact) and is a much needed breath of fresh air to the downtown Charleston shopping scene. Sure, I might be biased. West Elm is my favorite store, but it’s always been a pain to have to wait until our trips to Charlotte or Durham to stop by. Now, that won’t be an issue at all.

We were lucky enough to be invited to the West Elm Grand Opening last night. It was so fun to get a sneak peek of the store.

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

And, 10% of the proceeds for the night benefited the Historic Charleston Foundation. Shopping for a great cause – my favorite!

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

The store is full of beautiful vignettes and their unique products.

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

How beautiful is this string art? It reminds me of the art that Emily Henderson has in her living room!

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How about this couchwooden sphere, pillow, pillow, pillow? So my fantasy life vibe.

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

What about these pyramid style bookends? I love the stones!

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

There are so many great curtain options at West Elm – and they are frequently on sale!

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

Sean loves these wooden spheres – and he ended up picking up one for his mom!

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

West Elm has the most gorgeous light fixtures. I love capiz and they have it on fleek. Here’s the flower pendant, the orb pendant, and the round pendant.

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

Looking for an animal head for your wall? These are so much  better than the real thing. PS – check out these topiary versions. Whaaaaat?!?!

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

Sea glass vases + a sea salt candle = a great combination. Plus these glass jewelry boxes….

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

I love capiz, so you know I love this art work, I also love the fur pillows!

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

Seconds? Every time.


West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

Meow, indeed.

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

Brass is back, but so is copper.

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

They had so many beautiful mirrors on display!


West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

I love these mirrored star sculptures, especially for the holidays.

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

We got this wine decanter off of our wedding registry, but I love the wine bottle holder, too.

West Elm has a variety of beautiful home furnishings. They also have a great selection of local and handmade goods. So, while all of their stores are similar, each store definitely has unique, local features.

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

Rewined candles rock – they are wine scented and made locally in recycled wine bottles – Rose is my favorite of the ones they had in store, mimosa is my all time favorite 🙂

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

These spindles, which decorate the check out counter, are from historical homes in Charleston.

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

I was quickly enamored with this handcrafted wooden anchor by Overton Iron Works. It ended up coming home with me!

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

PS – if there is any doubt for how much I love Teil Duncan, check out this blog post.

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

West Elm Grand Opening - Charleston Crafted

If only this store had been open when we created our wedding registry!

Overall, we had  great time at the West Elm Charleston grand opening party. But we weren’t the only ones. One girl we met named Sarah complemented the friendly staff, “There’s a bunch of associates around checking in and making it easy.” Another girl named Tara told us that she “shopped at the West Elm in Charlotte and online [and] I like that there are real-world service shoppers and she said we could pick up items at the back door.” She also let us know that Williams-Sonoma gift cards work at West Elm.

We also spoke with the PR representative from West Elm in New York, named Dru, who talked to us about how West Elm is now trying to feature local artists and products. “It’s part of our local initiative and at the end of this year, each of our stores will have a small footprint dedicated to local artists,” said Dru. “We are working with nine local artists in South Carolina. It’s our effort to connect with the creative community here in Charleston. We really make a commitment to those artists. We want to inspire and delight [our shoppers].”

This was such a great event and we’re so glad to have West Elm in Charleston. The team really did a great job welcoming all the local guests, so we know it will be an excellent store to shop at in the future!

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Tommy

Thursday 13th of August 2015

Thanks so much for your support! West Elm has been wonderful to us and is our first and only retail outlet! I love your photos and love that the anchor went home with you. I would love to see where it ends up!

Morgan

Thursday 13th of August 2015

Thanks Tommy! We love it and will definitely share once it's hung. I love that West Elm not only supports local craftsmen but also that the display is so front and center in their store! I look forward to seeing more of your work.

Liz

Thursday 13th of August 2015

This looks really awesome! I love that string art - that is super cool! -Liz www.TheCleanEatingCouple.com

Morgan

Thursday 13th of August 2015

Isn't it? Their displays are beautiful! Thanks for stopping by!

Carly

Thursday 13th of August 2015

I'm so pumped for West Elm to finally be here! I might just have to take a tiny work break and walk down there. So cool that they're featuring a lot of local artists and companies.

Morgan

Thursday 13th of August 2015

Right?! I am so obsessed! It's definitely worth taking a long lunch. Thanks for stopping by :)