Catalog Scout

Wisteria goes semi-formal sans the stuffiness

Updated: 2013-07-07T01:48:08Z

By Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian

The Kansas City Star

Wisteria mixes fresh classics with international finds

Wisteria’s catalog features light, airy classic sofas and chairs elegantly mixed with gilt accessories and furnishings from around the world that make for a semi-formal feel without any stuffiness.

Wonki Ware, a colorful collection of stoneware plates, bowls, mugs and serving platters ($39 and up), is created by skilled artisans from the coast of South Africa. The pieces have organic curves and are coated in glossy, vibrant glazes with natural, hair-line cracks from the kiln-firing process.

The Coral Reef Tray Table ($269) is a sturdy iron piece that’s handpainted in a design similar to Matisse’s paper-cut art of the 1940s and ’50s. It collapses for easy mobility and storage but would make a nice end table, too.

Many of the internationally inspired items, such as the Marrakesh Chandelier ($749) with its arabesque-style frame, have the look of antiques found in high-end home magazines.

Wisteria also carries Swedish-inspired furniture and colorful screen-printed table linens. It divides its merchandise into categories ranging from Pops of Color and Small Spaces to Rustic Coastal Living and Editor’s Style.

To reach Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, House + Home editor, call 816-234-4780 or send email to

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