When you entertain in a small space, every inch matters. So when it comes to setting up your wedding registry, think stylish housewares and furniture that work extra hard for their place in your home. Today, we’re sharing our favorite picks from Crate and Barrel Wedding Registry that will elevate the way you entertain and relax in a limited square footage.
While good entertaining rarely has anything to do with the size of your space, there’s no shorter way to get from “cozy” to “chaos” than having piles of paper and what have you strewn all over the house. How do you tame clutter in a limited space? By sneaking in extra storage solutions where you can and investing in statement pieces that draw the eye away from the size of the room. And when it comes to home accessories that you can’t find anywhere else, Crate and Barrel is our go-to recommendation. Look out for unique items marked ‘Crate and Barrel Exclusive’, which are the results of collaborations with top artists, designers and local artisans around the world.
Optimize Your Space
The oldest trick in the book to get more space? Go vertical! Think wall-mounted hooks, shelves and mirrors for the entryway and living room, and hanging pot racks and stacking dinnerware for the kitchen.
I also have recently discovered the joy of having a basket in every room (I know, where have I been, right?). Chuck magazines, toys, extra cushions, and whatever that’s lying on the floor into a basket, and when guests come over, a throw on top keeps clutter out of sight. A bin like the Cymbal Storage Drum Table takes it a step further with the lid serving as a table. Genius!
A kitchen island sounds counterintuitive, but it has added a much needed prep space and extra storage in our small kitchen. We have one with a drop-down leaf similar to the Sheridan Grey Kitchen Island. A rolling cart is another great multi-use addition. We love the Pearson Utility Cart, which looks just as good as a bar cart as it does a prep and serve station.
Go Big with Color and Texture
A bit of green is a welcome addition to any room. We’re not just talking plants here: an accent vase here and a jewel-toned artwork there can enliven dark rooms as beautifully as a large pot of fiddle leaf fig. For a modern luxurious touch, we love mixing warm metals and marble with darker, moodier tones like matte black. Textiles and small accent pieces with pops of colors and textures are great ways to inject personality into your space without an overwhelming space commitment.
Don’t Forget the Essentials
The most practical entertaining motto is to have enough of everything that your guest might need, a.k.a. entertaining essentials. If you don’t already have service for eight place settings (or 12 if you entertain on the regular), make sure to register for dinnerware, flatware and glassware.
And if we could do it all over again, we’d definitely register for these:
- Nice bedding (plus extra for guests)
- Quality stainless steel pans
- Everyday dinner plates and drinkware that also work for special occasions
- Oven to table serve ware
- Bake and store food keepers
- Nesting mixing bowls
- Large roasting pan and Dutch oven
Need more great reasons to register with Crate and Barrel? Your family and friends would appreciate the free shipping for eligible gift registry purchases of $99 or more, and you enjoy a 10% completion discount for six months after your event.