Crate & Barrel's Fall 2011 catalog has arrived, and it's oozing with gorgeousness! The brand seems to have given itself a major styling overhaul, much like West Elm did last year. The staged interiors feel much more lived in and less like a showroom with very layered designs and accessories that seem collected. Take a peek at some of my favorite looks from the new catalog!
When I'm making a quick trip to the store (without my pup in the car), I love the idea of one-stop shopping! Now the latest company to join the pet product biz is Crate & Barrel, launching a new wild line next month in stores and online to accompany its existing housewares offerings. With prices from $2 and up, see some of the good goods to treat the good dogs and cats, too!
It doesn't get more classic, easy, or affordable than this! Check out Crate and Barrel's new "French Kitchen Island." This piece is a very reasonable solution to either upgrade a "Builder Basic"* island or have a brand new island! I'm a sucker for open storage and anything Carrara Marble. I also adore the towel bars on each side.
And, if you don't have room for an island (or the one you have is great already), consider the table. Would look great in a breakfast room or a Kitchen/Dining combo area (just don't use both of them together — it'll look too "matchy-matchy").
* "Builder Basic" is what I refer to as the standard finishes a builder may put into a home with no other design input from the client, designer or architect. Typically it follows convention and usually saves the builder money. In this case, it's an island created using the same cabinetry as the cabinets lining the walls in the kitchen, typically very narrow and not in proportion to the space available for an island.
There's no better time than the present to decorate your outdoor spaces. Soon enough, you'll be grilling and chilling outdoors every day of the week. So why not save while you're at it?
Crate & Barrel is passing along savings of up to 20 percent off its sharp selection of outdoor furniture, including chairs, tables, benches, and sofas. My favorite — white, of course — is the Atrium Dining Set ($1,800, reduced from $2,545) with its bright turquoise cushions. It reminds me of all the gorgeous '60s and '70s poolside photos of one of my favorite photographers, Slim Aarons. Here are few more of my picks from the sale:
Back in the days of my clunky Macintosh 128K, a light and slender desk like the Crate & Barrel Sloane Leaning Desk ($99, reduced from $199) would simply not fly. But, seeing as so many of us are equipped with oh-so petite MacBooks these days, it's an ideal desk for a home office — especially if you live in a studio. Granted, with only two fixed shelves, it offers little in the way of storage. But, isn't that what our external hard drives are for? I'd also like to give C&B a pat on the back for the renewable solid bamboo and bamboo veneer construction of this design. What do you think?
Designed in 1958 by Charles and Ray Eames, the Eames Aluminum Management Chair ($2,299) is a revolutionary task chair that changed the face of office design. Its subtle shape and smart leather conforms to the body's shape, proving that comfort and aesthetics can exist simultaneously at a desk. The Eameses were some of the first designers to utilize affordable aluminum to create a lightweight, corrosion-resistant frame, and today the chair maintains its popularity, for those who can afford it. Unfortunately, that's a bit of a problem, as the price doesn't sit well with many! To hear where you can snatch up the next best thing, read more
I guess I must have monochrome living on my mind, but I'm really digging the Crate & Barrel Dash Lamp ($27.95). It's not shaped like a light bulb, covered in mirrors, or even ruby red. It's just simple, masculine, and understated. I love the way the ceramic base mimics the shape of the traditional shade, and it has a subtle embellishment almost like café barware. What do you think? For under $30, you've got to admit it's an unbelievable steal.
If you're a design snob like me, you're sort of picky when it comes to receiving gifts. I always thought wedding registries were cool because you can pre-select everything you want - that way even your farthest away (and, er, ill fashioned) relatives can buy you something awesome. If you need help figuring out what you'll need as young honeymooners visit YumSugar Wedding Registry 101. Then, check out this extensive guide on where to go for what. But if you're looking for style, look no further!
The Neiman Marcus wedding registry is simply divine. This is the place to shop for fine china, barware, silverware, table accessories, fine linens and stylish men's items. You can view their selection before registering, which is key. Register with Neimans and experience one of the finest gift selections, a welcoming environment, and their legendary personal service. To read more about about the benefits of registering at Neimans click here.
They have other helpful wedding services like catering, The Bridal Shop and, if you decide not to register with them, you can create a wedding Wish List if something catches your eye you have to have.
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