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Crate & Barrel

February 20, 2012

Today we are featuring one of my favourite interiors stores Crate & Barrel. It suddenly struck me last night that despite shopping there for years I haven’t featured them on my own blog. While you previously had to get on a plane to the USA to shop at Crate & Barrel the great news is that they now ship to the UK.

The company was started in Chicago back in the 1960’s by Gordon and Carole Seagal. After a honeymoon in Europe they returned to Chicago and couldn’t find anywhere to buy the smart contemporary housewares seen while travelling. This disappointment led to them starting a business that today has more than 100 stores.

I first discovered Crate & Barrel in Atlanta back in 1992. Since then I have often carried their signature black and white packages home on a plane with me. I even spent the morning of  my 40th birthday shopping in their Soho store in New York!

The product range at the stores is constantly changing. Next month I will be in New York for Blog Tour NYC and hoping to get a spare few minutes to visit one of their shops. Yesterday I spent time online yesterday reviewing some of the new ranges. I’m sharing a few of my favourite finds here – although what will come home with me has yet to be decided …

These striped glass eggs are perfect for decorating at Easter. They are handmade and feature a gorgeous mixture of yellows, oranges, golds, blues and green. For under £20 you get 12 eggs, they would look great on your Easter Lunch table using coordinating table linen.

Crate & Barrel feature Marimekko in six of their stores and it is also available online. The two companies have been associated since the very early days of Crate & Barrel when the founders discovered the Finnish company. The range includes bedroom and bathroom linens, tableware and furniture. Known for their range of colourful bold fabrics you can also see Marimekko fabrics being used to decorate the stores.

Geometric prints are very popular at the moment and the Chase range of plates reflects this trend. These plates could easily be combined with plain white pieces to add some interest to your dining table. Available in blue, green and yellow they are also the perfect size for serving a colour afternoon tea.

We all need to remember to stay hydrated every day and these colourful bottles can help you to remember to drink water. With 5 contrasting designs there is bound to be one that will appeal to every member of the family whatever their own individual style or colour preference.

Summer is approaching and we can start to think of days spent in the garden sipping cool drinks. Glassware is one item that the store does really well. This year you could choose the Ria range. Formed from recycled glass the range features random bands of green and blue glass. Now you just have to decide what to serve in them, being English myself, is there anything that can beat Pimms served from a glass jug  on a balmy Summers day?

Last year it was reported that Crate & Barrel were looking for premises to open their first London store, so far no news but watch this space … until then you can either shop online and have your purchases shipped to you, or take a trip to one of their stores.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 20, 2012 10:17 am

    What a lovely find, thanks Andrew, hope you are well x

    • February 20, 2012 11:26 am

      Glad you like it Debra, they have a great range – especially good for dinnerware, glasses etc. Their seasonal ranges are good too ie I have appetizer plates that only come out at Christmas. All good with me thanks – hope CavalieroFinn is well.

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