I’m a Style Editor, and This Is the Only Thing I’m Buying on Sale During Labor Day

published Aug 31, 2023
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Credit: Erin Derby

I admittedly have Restoration Hardware taste on an IKEA budget, so I’ve picked up my own savvy shopping strategies over the years. Aside from scouring Facebook Marketplace essentially every day for affordable secondhand pieces, I also like to hold off on buying anything new — especially if it’s big or overly expensive — until it potentially goes on sale. I’ll keep a side table in my online cart for months, just waiting for a discount to pop up.

Luckily, this summer has afforded me plenty of budget-friendly shopping events, from Fourth of July sales to Amazon Prime Day deals, and I have one more on the calendar to look forward to with Labor Day coming up. This year, some of my favorite home brands are having great Labor Day sales, including the one I’m arguably most excited about: West Elm, which is now offering up to 60 percent off select items. I’ve sourced some of my favorite apartment pieces from the modern retailer, and I’m about to add one more to the collection after discovering their cozy, Moroccan-inspired Souk wool rug on sale for $280.

This handwoven style features minimalist zig-zag detailing in a high-contrast black-and-white design. The rug comes in gray-on-white and white-on-dark-gray variations, too, and all three are neutral enough to style in just about any space, regardless of color palette — although the latter would be especially stain-forgiving and family-friendly. A tassel border tops off the look with a fun fringed layer (and extra floor coverage).

Made from 100 percent wool, it’s incredibly cozy underfoot, too, but also durable and built to last. That makes this rug functional in even the most high-traffic home spots, from the living room to the hallway. You can choose from up to 11 different sizes across the three colorways, ranging from 3′ by 5′ to 2.5′ by 16′ — although note that only select dimensions are currently on sale. The lighter “Natural” hue has a 6′ round version, too.

Credit: West Elm

For a handwoven, high-pile, Moroccan-style rug, it’s impossible to beat the $279.30 price tag on a keep-for-years 5′ by 8′ accent — regularly $399 total. Plus, I know I can always count on West Elm for exceptional quality across the board, and this decor seems like no exception. The Souk wool rug has the potential to seamlessly tie together spaces of every size, whether your design preferences lean boho, modern, maximalist, or anywhere in between. Or, it’s perfect if you have an ultra-colorful bedroom or living room, and want to incorporate something more simple and grounding. Basically, any home can benefit from this (now discounted!) design.

Buy: Souk Wool Rug 5′ by 8′, $279.30 (normally $339)

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