The eco-friendly nature of At West End, a homewares retailer ( atwestend.com), is a good one: The company offers rustic home decor thats 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.
By Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian
The Kansas City Star
But it often seems as though the product line doesnt change much from catalog to catalog, and a lot of it is treacly or perplexing. For instance, theres 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 hadnt 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 thats 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 Ends square metal three-tiered display ($89), which Ive 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.