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Featured Item: Wood Sled

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

If you are like us, living in a winter wonderland of shoveling snow and frozen fingers, you are probably fantasizing about beaches and backyard BBQs. Well, stop it! Let's embrace this lovely time of year and think about how we can make our holiday parties more beautiful and our photographs really pop! One of our favorite winter rentals is our wood sled. This gem is a classic throwback to childhood days of tearing down your town's best sledding hill. I would love to know who our sled belonged to...I bet he/she had a blast! Of course, we at A LA CRATE have a few ideas of our own on how to use our sled.

Sneak Peek: Demijohn Glass

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

We are so excited to share a sneak peek of a new item that we just picked up! These unique (and large) glass vessels are are called "demijohns" - an old word (these in particular date back to the turn of the century) that was used to refer to any glass vessel with a large body and small neck and enclosed in wicker. Demijohns are typically used in fermenting beverages such as beer and wine, but as usual, we are brainstorming unique ways to re-use them for dinner parties and styled photo shoots! We think they would be a striking centerpiece using olive branches, pussy willow stalks, or your favorite long-stemmed flower. Or group them together and create eye-catching decor for your next party!

The demijohns aren't in our inventory quite yet, but check back soon (and start thinking about how YOU will be using them!).  

Here are the dimensions:

Green demijohn XL: 19"H x 10"DIA (8"DIA base)

Wicker demijohn L: 16"H x 6"DIA

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 (http://elybrothers.com/kevin-faith/) 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 (http://alacratevintage.com/blog/mad-love) 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?

DIY: Sugar Mold Centerpiece

Monday, October 14, 2013

We have such a cool DIY to share with you today! Our historical sugar molds are the star of this really simple do-it-yourself centerpiece. Personally, I didn't know what a sugar mold was until I did a little research while prepping for this post.  We figured you might be interested, so let's start with a little history lesson! Sugar molds were used begnning in medieval times through the 19th century to form cones of sugar from raw sugar cane syrup. The syrup was poured into the depressions in the wood block and once dry, it formed raw brown sugar cones. Up until the 1820's the sugar was chipped off of the cone and then manually sifted to get the desired fineness. Of course, as time went on, more advanced sugar processing methods were developed and the term "granulated sugar" became the norm. Brown sugar molds are still used for the traditional tequila making process, but for the most part, sugar molds are making a comeback in interiors and decor. Which leads us to ALC owner Sarah's very cool idea to use succulents, moss, and candles to create an elegant, unique centerpiece. Intrigued? Me too.

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