We spent some time in the new Williams- Sonoma Home store and we have to say that they are doing it right.
We have become used to mass-produced furniture bringing instant style with shoddy craftsmanship. That is not the case at Williams-Sonoma. It is a thrill to walk through the store and see that the furniture looks better in person than it does in the glossy catalogue. Although Christmas d�cor tends to bring out the �east coast American spirit� in many LA stores, Williams-Sonoma is reminiscent of the flagship Ralph Lauren store in New York, and it feels just right. This is true high end, and while the prices certainly reflect that, the lines, fabrics and quality help it to make sense.
We have talked about our love of using suiting materials on furniture and Williams-Sonoma does it with great preppy-chic style. We want the charcoal grey Westbury chair ($2500) with inset nailhead detail, and the Presido padded bed (also in camelhair, $2700). We also like this Davis desk ($2400) and this chrome and leather Crosby stool ($1500). The accessories are all beautiful as well, including an array of colorful cashmere throws that, at under $400, make us want to reconsider our obsession with the Hermes $1000 version!