Our New Digs: The Plans

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A La Crate Drawing

As you saw in this previous post, when we decide to work on a project there is always a creative process that goes into the final result. Our new space was no exception. We had to start with a really rugged space, see the big picture of where it was going to go, and come up with the details of how to get there. To do this we had to organize our thoughts, our vision, and our needs. Above is a drawing that Jeff created of the space to scale, so that we could play with the color of the paint, signage, plantings, etc. After showing you all the BEFORE pictures of our new space last week, we thought you might enjoy seeing how we got to the AFTER pictures that we will be sharing next week!

Our New Digs: BEFORE

Sunday, May 18, 2014

We know, we know ... what were we thinking???  We are confident that you are looking at this grainy image (courtesy of Google Maps) and wondering what on earth we saw in this seemingly dilapitated warehouse. Probably considering the possibility that we have gone off the deep end. We get it. But, all we can say is TRUST US.  Our new space is a shadow of what you see here and we can't wait to show you the AFTER photos. But, first, we had to show you the BEFORE photos so that you could better get a sense of where we started!

Featured Item: Whiskey Barrels

Monday, April 21, 2014

photo credit: Laura Zastrow Photography

Our whiskey barrels are a favorite at A LA CRATE, both for their practicality and their rustic charm. These historic vessels, traditionally used for aging beverages like whiskey, cognac, and port, are perfect for giving a modern atmosphere some old-fashioned appeal or kicking up the vintage vibe at a barn or backyard setting. We often recommend using the barrels like the picture above: as table legs with our tabletop bar options (this particular one was made from a decontstructed cabinet!). We also have our rustic surface and reclaimed surface. Your newly created table can display desserts or appetizers or serve as the bar! But, there are many ways to use the barrels on their own.

DIY: Chandelier

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A La Crate Chandelier Rental

Remember our beautiful, moody wedding ceremony altar from last week? Well, here are the step-by-step instructions for putting together the chandelier. This is a such an easy (and inexpensive) lighting option for more than just an altar. Any party or event that needs some extra loveliness will be a great fit for this project! 


Recipe: Wedding Ceremony Altar

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A La Crate Ceremony Ingredients

Eeeek! We are so excited to share this post with you! After our last post featuring our Persian rugs, we were itching to put together a recipe to show you one of the rugs in action. We loved the idea of using it as a focal point for a wedding ceremony altar and knew that our rustic metal chandelier would be the perfect addition to this recipe. 


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