Throw pillows, like signed baseballs, now decorate living rooms, though they were originally designed for hurling at people's heads. Bring some elegant action into your house with today's Groupon: for $50, you get $100 worth of furniture and home accents at Westend in West Columbia.
Created by Evon Kirkland McAngus, who was named Best Interior Designer for 2009 by Columbia Metropolitan Magazine, Westend's supersized collection refines rooms upstairs and down with pieces from lines such as Baker Furniture, Hickory Chair, and Henredon. Display sophistication at a tasting party with the elegantly ramified handles of the Ocean Coral cheese-knife set ($49) or a sleekly bulbous crystal decanter, great for aerating wines and storing pretentious goldfish ($66+). The stylized lavender-and-marigold pattern of the John Robshaw Lemongrass pillow brings spring colors to a porch or salon ($97), and the contrast of the Black Orchid candle complements color schemes in all rooms ($60).
In 1993, interior designer Evon Kirkland McAngus founded Evon Kirkland Interiors, through which she transformed homes with an eye for classic and sophisticated design. In 2007, she opened Westend to spread that passion and curate a show room filled with her favorite finds. She and her designers help shoppers navigate the 5,000-plus-square-foot show room to find pieces from reputable high-end lines such as Baker, Henredon, Oly Studio, and Vanguard Furniture. Because they've all honed their design chops, the staff can expertly advise shoppers on purchases.
As shoppers explore the show room, they'll also find antiques from the United States and Europe, as well as plenty of pillows and linens, artwork, and accessories, including candles and kitchen items. The staff also curates a lighting selection that includes table lamps, floor lamps, and chandeliers, which emit more sophisticated glows within homes than dangling light bulbs or half-opened barrels of toxic waste.