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Jun 8, 201609:05 AM
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Design, entertaining and good living with New Orleans Bride and Homes & Lifestyles editor Melanie Warner Spencer

Go Local

West Elm invites New Orleans and Louisiana artists, makers and designers to submit work for showcase

Pictured above, a print from Grove Street Press. Below, (left) a piece by Erik Barthels and (right) planters from Pippa Marx Studio.

Since its July 2014 opening on Magazine Street, West Elm has embraced New Orleans’ culture, quirks and artists. For example, posts to the store’s lively Instagram account often feature shots of iconic locales and landmarks, such as the Magazine Street blue sidewalk tiles; scenes from popular local events, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival or Bayou Boogaloo; and loads of snaps promoting New Orleans artists and makers. This savvy strategy by the modern home design retailer, part of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc., company, is artfully employed in all of the cities it calls home. In addition, West Elm hosts frequent crafting events with local makers. In 2013, it launched the “West Elm Local,” program, a collection of handcrafted goods from local artists and artisans. At the New Orleans location, shoppers can buy prints from Grove Street Press and planters from Pippa Marx Studio, for example, as well as items from 10 other Louisiana makers.

As it that wasn’t enough to make the hearts of art patrons and “shop local,” enthusiasts flutter, two of the New Orleans-based artists, Erik Barthels and Tippy Tippens of Goods That Matter, are featured artists in West Elm’s national “Local Assortment,” making their work available online throughout the United States.

 

This month, the program is expanding once again for a new “Local Showcase.” From now until June 12, the company is calling on Louisiana artists, makers and designers to submit work for the showcase. According to a press release from the company, submissions can be in one or more of the following categories:

 

  • GIFTABLE: Paper goods, key chains, coasters, etc.
  • HOME TEXTILES: Napkins, pillows, etc.
  • KITCHEN GOODS: Ceramics, cutting boards, etc.
  • GARDEN: Planters, vases, etc.
  • PERSONAL CARE: Soaps, lotions, etc.
  • PERSONAL ITEMS: Wallets, totes, etc.
  • FURNITURE: Side tables, coffee tables, benches, etc.
  • DÉCOR: Art prints, hangings, ceramics, hooks, etc.
  • FOOD: Items with long shelf life (minimum six months)

 

For more information and to make submissions, visit westelmLOCALshowcase.eventbrite.com. West Elm is located at 2929 Magazine St. 

 

 

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Design, entertaining and good living with New Orleans Bride and Homes & Lifestyles editor Melanie Warner Spencer

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Melanie Warner Spencer is a native Kentuckian, but says she got to New Orleans as fast as she could. For more than 16 years, Melanie has covered lifestyle, design and entertainment at various publications, serving as the design columnist at The Austin American-Statesman, a senior staff reporter at the Houston Chronicle and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Houston Brides magazine. Her work also has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post and Reuters in the United States and across the globe. In her spare time, Melanie is an award-winning fine art photographer and has been honored by the Texas Press Association for her editorial photography. She also has been honored by the Press Club of New Orleans for its Excellence in Journalism Awards and is currently serving as a media member of the board of directors. Cooking and eating fabulous food and taking road trips with her spouse of 16 years, fellow writer and filmmaker Mark Patrick Spencer however, is at the top of her list of favorite pastimes. Click here to like Spencer's Facebook page and follow her on Twitter @MelanieSpencer. 

 

You can reach her at melanie@myneworleans.com.

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