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Table Design: Urban Foodie

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

In the past we've shared with you table designs we've created such as MadLove and more recently, Rocky Mountain Rustic. From this weekend, we'd love to share with you the table we designed called "Urban Foodie" for the Wedding Planner and Guide Winter Bridal Show.

A La Crate Urban Foodie Display

Giving Thanks

Thursday, November 21, 2013

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it is time to start thinking about your Grandma's gravy recipe, seeing your favorite cousins and, of course, how to decorate your table! A LA CRATE was recently featured on NBC 15 where we showcased some of our favorite products for beautifying your home during the holidays.


Inspiration to Reality

Monday, November 11, 2013

Jackson Hole Wyoming

We were asked to design a vignette, inspired by a region of the country, for The Bridal Show at Overture. We had just seen stylist Amber Whitehouse's sister's beautiful Wyoming wedding ( and thought it was jaw-dropping! What if we did a Rocky Mountain themed display and incorporated our harvest tables, fireplace mantel and bought some cozy rugs, etc. to bring it to life?! We loved that idea and brought Amber on board to help us out. Just like our MadLove display ( from January 2012 where we used napkins for the inspiration…for this display we used this photo taken by Larry Johnson of Jackson Hole, Wyoming for inspiration. Every decision always came back to this one photo. Now, how do we bring this photo to life?

Sneak Peek: Classroom Chairs

Monday, September 9, 2013

All of you blog followers out there are getting a sneak peek today at ALC's newest (and coolest) seating option - pretty exciting, right?  Who else out there remembers these colorful elementary school chairs?  Well, they are now the perfect vintage addition to your child's next birthday party or your upcoming wedding as Mr/Mrs, Mr/Mr, Mrs/Mrs chairs (we even have adult size!).  For photographers out there, use these great chairs for all the children's portrait sessions you have scheduled this fall.  And for apparel stylists like me, these chairs would be a fantastic prop for a retro back-to-school photo shoot!  However you use them, my guess is that these chairs are going to be a popular item to rent.  So, keep your eyes peeled for their availability in the ALC inventory soon!  Stay tuned next week for another new item announcement and a "recipe" to go along with it!


Mad Love

Monday, January 14, 2013

We often tell our customers who are looking for a place to start to find one piece that they love and build off of that. 

We were reminded of our own advice when we came across this great set of screen printed napkins at a gallery night in Madison this past October. Jeff and I immediately loved the napkins and had to buy some kitchen towels in the same design for our own house. Local artist, Rosy Hawbaker, owner of ReCreative Crafts ( makes these along with oodles of other Madison and Wisconsin themed tshirts and baby onsies. One of my favorites is her "Made Locally" baby onesie (…makes me chuckle every time I see it. ;

What I was getting to is that we loved them so much we decided we wanted to design a wedding tablescape around them for the 2013 Wedding Planner and Guide Winter Bridal Show! The show was this past weekend and I thought I would share with you our thought process, the finished product and at the end of this post, some exciting news! 

Here are the napkins that started the idea: