FEATURED: Lorimer Sectional Sofa + Emmerson Dining Table + Cluster Glass Pendant + Stripe Shower Curtain
WHY IT WORKS: Sarah and her husband run Thesian Design Studios, a design+build firm in Minnesota. In their own home, they’ve used west elm to help express their personal style…


From the photos of our home, it will be easy to see we are lovers of west elm designs. As an interior designer being married to a construction manager, we struggled to combine my love of modern, clean lines with my husband’s love of rustic, log cabins. Our current home is what we lovingly refer to as our ‘grouse’…with the hopes of someday turning this house into a garage and building a larger home as our family grows. With the intent of this space being temporary, we wanted to make sure the pieces we selected not only worked well for the time being, but were also pieces that will work in our future home.


Our ‘grouse’ is a mix of clean, white walls, bold pops of color and all kinds of warm, worn woods. In the combined living / dining room, the Lorimer Sectional in charcoal herringbone was the perfect neutral sofa to create a backdrop for bold punches of color — like the yellow doors on barn door style tracks.


The Emmerson Dining Table in reclaimed pine sits under the Cluster Glass Pendant and gives the white walls and concrete floors of our home warmth and sparkle. The wood of the table ties in perfectly with the reclaimed wood accents we have in our doorways. We also love the way it sparks a conversation with every new guest who stops by…always starting with ‘Did you guys make this?!’ followed by a few seconds of silence from my husband as he decides whether or not he should take credit for it…haha!


Our love for west elm flows straight into our combined laundry room / bathroom. The Striped Shower Curtain in citron happened to be the exact color of our doors and ties perfectly into the feel of our home.

See some of Sarah’s projects at Thesian Design Studios.

emmerson-dining-table-reclaimed-pine-wood-west-elm-modern-rusticSHOP THIS STYLE
Emmerson Dining Table
Lorimer Sectional Sofa
Cluster Glass Pendant
Stripe Shower Curtain

Images: via Thesian Design Studios


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Irma Navarro-Hankins

September 4, 2012

Oh ma goodness – what a fabulous space! I just love it.

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October 28, 2012

Fabulous! Your dining room chairs are an excellent compliment to the Emmerson table. Where did you get them?


October 31, 2012

I too love your space! So creative! I am particularly liking the chrome chairs you have paired with the Emmerson table and the utility/bar cart against the wall. Would you tell me where you found the chrome chairs and cart? After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!


November 2, 2012

Love your apt!

Sarah Carlson

November 17, 2013

Thanks everyone! We’re a little late on the draw to finding out our home featured on here so we apologize for the lateness to in our answers.

Our dining room chairs were a thrift store find (steal actually, at $8 a piece!). They are heavy duty commercial chairs that lived their first life as breakroom chairs in an ambulance/emt center dressed in thick, lipstick purple vinyl. We recovered them in the gray velvet that they’re shown in.

The bar car was also a thrift store find (bad chrome and fake wood finish). We sprayed the trays a coral color and the rest a champagne color.

Thanks again, it’s been fun to share our space!

Sarah and John


March 13, 2014

I’m planning to buy the emmerson dining table and bench and wanted to pair it up with the grey chairs on this post. Could you please share where the chairs are from. Thanks!

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