Walmart Hometrends Collection: Would You Purchase?

March 16, 2010

Fine home décor from the Mart of Wal?

The news is out and so are the products.  Walmart has launched “Hometrends,” a new collection of home décor and accents.  Hometrends offers mix and match selections by room, with a leaning toward modern styling and more trendy materials, themes and colors.

Though the line is fashion-focused, the retailer in question is Walmart.  Thus, the price is  really the point.  Starting costs range from $11 for rugs and $39.96 for bedding sets to $35 for dinnerware sets and $3 for placemats. offers an interactive room decorator tool, and while online pricing is set, word is that Walmart stores will honor competitor’s pricing on identical items.  So keep those Sunday circulars if you plan to check out Hometrends.

What do you think?  Share your thoughts on DesignVine!  Take the poll and offer your comments about decking the house with Mart of Wal selections!

New – West Elm Organic Cotton Pintuck Bedding

February 8, 2010

In my current HER Home column entitled “To Have & To Fold,” I take a kind of back-to-basics look at bed linens.

If you’re like me, thread count does count.  I want to be enveloped in near-silk luxury for every hard-earned wink o’ shuteye I get.

So…what about this new duvet ensemble from West Elm? Would this be worthy of my bed time…or yours?  The thread count comes in at 230 for this organic cotton set. The West Elm product description dives into the products’ eco-friendliness and purity.  Here’s the exact phraseology for your reference.

Organic, eco-friendly dyed, 230-thread-count cotton is left in its purest, most natural state. Multiple pintucks add textural dimension to the Zenlike simplicity of the design. Our certified organic cotton is grown and processed without the use of herbicides or pesticides – making it better for you and better for the planet.

I must say, I dig the pintucking and fresh color palette (I’m a sucker for smoky, twilight hues).  And fresh, cool cotton is nice for spring and summer months.  Yet your opinion is the one that counts.

Do you have this bedding? Please share your insights.  Do you like what you see?  Please vote at top.  Tell us all about it on the ‘Vine!