To create a fun, livable room, designers added a durable, leather sofa that would be easy to clean. Then, they added Peter Dunham pillows and a Crate and Barrel coffee table to complete the space and add color and texture.
This cozy settee was chosen by the homeowners to be a comfortable spot for reading to their daughters. Bought at Crate and Barrel, designer Stephanie Rossi customized it with pale linen upholstery and a wide central stripe of dark purple wool.
You don’t have to wait for a custom-made island to enjoy the style and functionality of a stone countertop. The Bluestone Kitchen Island, $1,999, from Crate & Barrel is crafted with reclaimed pine from old buildings and doors and topped with a lustrous slab of bluestone for a high-end look. Inside, two roomy drawers open with antiqued iron pulls, while spacious open shelves and two iron towel bars provide additional storage. The top slab of bluestone is wet sanded and waxed to a smooth finish that reveals its organic character. Two counter-height stools can be tucked inside for casual, in-kitchen dining.
Don’t underestimate the visual impact of vibrantly colored accessories. This set of Calibowl® nesting bowls, sold at Crate & Barrel, is recyclable, made of recycled plastic and beautiful enough to live on the countertop.
A set of brightly colored hand towels can perk up the kitchen for mere pennies. And you aren’t limited to the oven door handle: hang interesting linens (aprons and oven mitts, too) from hooks or pegs on a floating wall shelf or line a wooden bowl on the countertop to add punch. Shown are waffle-weave Salsa dish cloths and towels from Crate & Barrel.
Rebecca Zajac designed a white kitchen with blue-and-white tile walls. Crate & Barrel stools line the new island and create a space to enjoy a casual meal or spend time with the host as they prep meals.
This vibrant orange and gray kitchen banquette offers a prime spot to enjoy the bay window overlooking the backyard. Perennials fabric covers the seat cushions, including the Crate & Barrel Delta chairs. Graphic throw pillows complete the look and coordinate with the Roman shades.
Vintage furnishings create a lived-in look and feel. The vintage chandelier and vintage French bed meet contemporary style by mixing in a Crate & Barrel table lamp, an IKEA desk chair and a West Elm desk.
To give her clients Chicago loft a midcentury modern update with a “touch of farmhouse chic,” designer Jennifer Talbot turned to a range of sources, combining new pieces from Blue Dot, One Kings Lane, Jayson Home & Garden, and Crate & Barrel with flea market and antique pieces the couple had collected over the years. “The key to creating a natural visual balance is a blend of new pieces and things that have been thoughtfully collected. If you vary where you shop for the new pieces the end result will feel personal,” she says.
This kitchen by Rebecca Zajac was once builder beige with an odd, half-rounded drywall island. Zajac updated the doors on the existing cabinets and kept the original plumbing and base cabinets for the sink and dishwasher. Custom cabinets were built out to create the new island, and a custom-designed backsplash gives the space an organic feel by breaking up the repeating pattern. Crate & Barrel stools provide seating at the new island.
“We opted for a durable, solid wood dining table from Crate & Barrel for this casual eat-in kitchen nook. It’s perfect for family meals and works equally well for homework or crafts,” says the designer of this project. When matching table and chairs, she says, “always consider the leg finish of your dining chairs: They should be in the same tone family as your dining table. A few shades lighter or darker is fine, as long as the underlying hue is similar.”