A few of you contacted me about sources for items in my revamped living room (more pictures here). Well, ask (nicely) and you shall receive…
1. Curtains: Threshold Floral Grayson Grommet Window Panel in Gray, 54×95, $30/each, Target; Curtain Rod: Umbra Geo Cage Drapery Rod in Bronze, 66-120″, $33, Target
2. Sofa: Karlstad in Sivik Dark Gray, $399, IKEA; Legs: Karlstad Legs, $20, IKEA
3. Rug: Safavieh Cambridge, 6×9, $340, Overstock (wait for a sale, I paid less than $200); Coffee table: Era Rectangular Coffee Table, $499, Crate and Barrel (I purchased via Craigslist)
4. Accent wall: Hale Navy, about $40/gallon, Benjamin Moore
Pretty much everything else is vintage I’ve inherited or snagged on Craigslist, but if you have any questions, send them my way!
I’m not going to lie: I didn’t know what an étagère was until I ran across this one on Craigslist Chicago, but after some Googling the jist seems to be that the word encompasses a wide variety of “pretty” shelving units. (Please correct me if I’m wrong!) Sometimes it also refers to shelves and/or a cabinet over a toliet, like a space saver, though that’s obviously not the case here.
I’ve noticed a lot of these hitting the market lately (see Crate & Barrel, IKEA and Jonathan Adler takes), and I absolutely love them! Sometimes bookcases can be so heavy in a room, but with étagères, the open shelves (no back or side panels) allow light to pass through, and the delicate frame doesn’t distract from what’s being displayed (and instead is usually worthy of display in and of itself!).
If this vintage brass chinoiserie étagère was just a little bit smaller, I’d be all over it. Whoever snags this piece is a lucky one!
From Craigslist: Vintage brass chinoiserie etagere with glass shelves. Beautiful piece. $275 obo
Crate & Barrel was started in Chicago? I had no idea! Thanks to my visit to the Chicago History Museum, here’s what I learned:
Gordon and Carole Segal opened the first Crate & Barrel store at 1510 N. Wells St., Chicago, with a mere $12,000. Their idea was simple: sell European table goods, purchased directly from small manufacturers, at a reasonable price. When they opened in 1962, the Segals had one sales associate and personally oversaw all aspects of the business from buying products to stocking shelves.
Crate & Barrel took its name from the packing crate and barrels used to display clean-lined European-style glasses and tableware. In contrast with other housewares stores, Crate & Barrel displayed its entire stock in bright architectural settings that showed the products to their best advantage, an approach that revolutionized retail display.
Crate & Barrel issued its first catalog in 1967. In addition to the company’s black-and-white boxes and bags, the catalog has served as Crate & Barrel’s chief advertising tool and as a vehicle to expose customers across the country to the company’s formula.
So there’s today’s history lesson. And here’s a few of my favorite items from their latest catalog (they’ve obviously expanded a bit from the tableware days!):
Rochelle Sofa (comes in lots of great colors!), $2,499
Bourne Bar Cabinet, $999
Aman Quilt, $159.95; Melrose Buffet Lamp, $179