Catalog scout

At West End offers recycled homewares with rustic appeal

Updated: 2013-09-08T01:15:04Z

By Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian

The Kansas City Star

The eco-friendly nature of At West End, a homewares retailer ( atwestend.com), is a good one: The company offers rustic home decor that’s handmade, using recycled materials whenever possible. Its pottery, glassware and furniture are lovely and would look nice in a home with European country or industrial style.

But it often seems as though the product line doesn’t change much from catalog to catalog, and a lot of it is treacly or perplexing. For instance, there’s usually a lot of animal folk art made from metal or felted wool and a regularly featured cast-iron hand cradling a lit cigar that looks creepy.

Its most recent catalog, however, had merchandise I hadn’t seen before. The flax-covered stools, which come in three colors and sizes ($99 to $199), have an elegant minimalistic shape and natural wooden legs that blend modern design with rustic appeal.

The semicircle iron console ($699) has wooden shelves and a curved iron bottom that’s industrial. So is the metal stool ($139) with adjustable seat, which comes in three colors — red, white and raw — and costs a lot less than similar ones. It would look great at a kitchen island with At West End’s square metal three-tiered display ($89), which I’ve been pining for, and whimsical raw metal flower light pendant ($79).

And, even though I said all that stuff about cutesy animals, I do find the ceramic pig-shaped tray ($65) irresistible.

To reach Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, House + Home editor, call 816-234-4780 or send email to cgregorian@kcstar.com.

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