West Elm Totally Copied My Sister

Many, many moons ago, before I moved into the city, I used to come in and visit my sister. We would go on little adventures planned by her, one of which included a visit to a pottery place here on the Upper East side (little did I know then that I would one day reside in the same neighborhood! I couldn’t even hail a cab or use the subway back then). You bring a bottle of wine, pick out a piece of pottery to paint, and have a lovely evening just getting creative (and possibly a little drunk). Fun! Anyway, my sister made this absolutely gorgeous piece that I became obsessed with:

I loved the colors and the mix of dots and stripes. So much so that I nagged my sister until she gave it to me! Oh, generous sister of mine. Here it is, living on my coffee table:

Anyway, recently I was perusing the new West Elm spring items and imagine my shock and surprise when THIS popped up on my screen:

WE Dots and Stripes Bowls

As I was saying. West Elm copied my sister! Except IMHO, my sisters is totally better. I told her a million times she could make a business selling them on Etsy, and this just proves it!

Oh, and if you’re wondering what I made at the pottery place, let’s just say it wasn’t exactly “blog-worthy.” Or “apartment-worthy.” Or “fit to be seen by human eyes-worthy.” Not much doubt about who got the artistic talent gene in my family!


  1. Wow! Your sister has a talent! I would def purchase one on etsy! I agree, gers is better than the West Elm ones!

  2. Viviana says: February 9, 2012

    I love what your sister made! So pretty!
    Where is this pottery place in the UES?! I must go.

    1. Jackie {York Avenue} says: February 10, 2012

      I'm pretty sure it was Little Shop of Crafts on 73rd street! There's also Color Me Mine which I think is similar.

  3. Katie*Belle says: February 9, 2012

    I love the bowl your sister made! She should definitely start an Etsy shop!

  4. Ashley {styleash} says: February 9, 2012

    I definitely prefer your sister's design- but that's so crazy that West Elm's is such a similar take. I'm going to have to look for a place like that in Chicag- it sounds fun!

  5. Leslie says: February 9, 2012

    Lol! My sister is totally craftier than me too. I love the bowl she created; totally better than the West Elm one!

  6. Brooke Shemwell says: February 9, 2012

    I do like your sister's over the West Elm item. But I'm obsessed with color! More color makes me happy.

  7. Holly says: February 9, 2012

    So cute! I like both versions, but yours definitely has the better story!

  8. just me says: February 9, 2012

    so cute and beautiful 🙂


  9. Ashley @ The Sweet Life says: February 9, 2012

    I love using bright colored bowls for catchalls! These are adorable and would be an aswesome DIY

    P.s. Cute blog!

  10. M.B. Captured says: February 10, 2012

    How gorgeous, even more so – I love the idea of session to 'make your own creations' – what a fun way to spend the night.

  11. Lisa @ Elembee, Etc says: February 10, 2012

    I definitely love hers more, but the West Elm ones are totally adorable too!

  12. Carly {a simple affair} says: February 10, 2012

    Your sister did an amazing job! I would buy one…just saying 🙂 Can't believe the similarity.

  13. Lisa Marie says: February 10, 2012

    I like your sister's version better 🙂 My sister totally out-potteries me when we do this too.

  14. Allyson [Mimosas in the Morning] says: February 10, 2012

    This is so funny! I definitely agree that your sister's was much better!

  15. Tabitha Mahoney says: February 11, 2012

    Thats amazing. I want it, ha. I love West Elm. LOVE.

    Thanks for picking my number too lol.


  16. Karla says: February 12, 2012

    wow! tell your sister all your readers would like her to open her etsy shop!!
    happy weekend!

  17. polkadotsandpracticality says: February 12, 2012

    Oh I love it! Your sister's is great, and I love how you have it styled in your apartment. It's the perfect pop of color!


  18. al says: April 7, 2012

    Ha! Wow all those comments just made my day! I have to say, you took very pretty pictures of the bowl, it looks new again. Looks like a gumball machine in the middle of it, actually. Glad I gave it to you. Maybe I will make another one so that you can do a giveaway 🙂

    –The Sister

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