During a visit to see my parents, my Mom and I spent a day visiting several of our favourite antique shops. It was a perfect day to finally stop by Useful Things in Parkland County.
One of my favourite stores in Calgary, Iron Crow, announced that they were moving locations earlier this year. This announcement came just before lockdown and as the full impact of this pandemic became known, they delayed the opening of their new location. On August 1st, they officially welcomed everyone to see their new space which is a huge warehouse in the Manchester Industrial Park district.
The warehouse has high ceilings and is beautifully merchandised. Throughout the space, you’ll find partitions where ‘rooms’ have been created displaying similar items or specific looks. For example, they created this lovely vignette showcasing kitchen items.
Like everyone, I get a lot of e-mails from various stores promoting new products, sales, etc. I’m not doing a lot of shopping other than groceries right now so for the most part I just delete these e-mails. But when I received an e-mail from Crate&Barrel with what I recognised as a Charley Harper design, I immediately clicked the link.
I have been a fan of his art for a very long time and own several products from his collaboration with Todd Oldham. The colours, the modern lines and his view of the natural world is a style that just speaks to me.
You can currently find this rug for 20% off. It’s classified as a “kid’s rug” but even big kid’s would love to own this.