Go Fish for Your Boho Home, C&B-Style

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Ready for a break? 


A trip to the seashore? 








Sun and surf? 


PLUS family, friends, fun and food? 


Food as in SEAfood, m’dears? 


If you answer YES! to any (or all!) of these questions…

Cast your boho line out to snag the new Shore Collection by Fiona Howard for Crate & Barrel. Your fresh catch will never look better or taste yummier than when lifted, plated, served, washed down, and wiped up by this new home décor assemblage.
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How to set a fun, seafood-themed table in 4 easy steps:

  1. Set of 4 Shore Dinner Napkins: Blue, white and brick-colored fish pair up or go solo in this set of graphic, ocean-themed dinner napkins. Printed on beefy 20-by-20-inch squares of white cotton, the napkins feature embroidered details for texture and interest. Machine wash, $24.95.
  2. Shore Can Glass: Shaped like a soda can and emblazoned with one more gorgeously graphic fish in blue, white and brick, the 16-ounce Shore glass is perfect for seaside thirst-quenching. Fashined in glass with a baked enamel design, dishwasher safe, $4.95 each.
  3. Shore Round Platter: Made of earthenware and glazed a glossy navy blue, this 14-inch platter showcases more of those graphic, modern fish, piped by hand in a brick-colored slip. Great as a serving platter, or even an individual plate when you need lots of room for a smorgasbord of sea-born goodies. Handcrafted in Portugal, dishwasher-, microwave- and oven-safe to 300 degrees F., $29.95.
  4. Shore Chowder Bowl: Nose-to-tail fish piped in brick slip on a navy-glazed earthenware make this matching six-inch bowl the perfect complement to the Shore Platter. Like its companion piece, it’s made in Portugal and is dishwasher-, microwave- and oven safe to 300 degrees, $8.95.

Fiona Howard is, first & foremost, a textile designer

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You may recognize one of her most famous designs on these chairs—the contemporary classic fabric Dandelion Clocks, manufactured by Sanderson.

Using traditional techniques, such as lino-cut printing, mono-printing and cut-paper processes, she creates unique patterns by hand that couldn’t be achieved with a computer. Everything about her work is carefully considered, and meticulously colored to exquisite palettes. Then each design is hand-drawn in repeat from preparatory sketches before application.

“I love cutting into a lino-block and seeing that first print, watching my visions take physical form on all kinds of products, from mugs to tea towels,” she says.

Howard grew up in a house decorated with William Morris fabrics and surrounded by a lush, storybook English country garden, which nurtured in her an abiding love of intricate, nature-inspired pattern. As a student, she rummaged for clothing in flea markets and second-hand shops, developing an appreciation for vintage styles.

Two degrees in textile design later, Howard embarked on her successful career creating textile designs for home furnishings clients worldwide. Since she lives and works on two different coasts—Brighton, UK, and Venice, CA, the ocean has also become a key inspiration for her, as the Shore collection attests.

Not part of Shore collection but also by Howard…

All of these go so well with the Shore collection, mixing makes for an easy match!
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Let these trivets protect your tabletop, decorate your wall, or both. From left to right are crab, lobster and one more graphic, modern fish that looks as if it jumped whole from the Shore collection. All three are powder-coated aluminum and sell for $16.95 each.
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If sushi is part of your seaside soiree you won’t want to be without Howard’s Set of 4 Chopstick Rests (left, $8.95). These delicately textured, blue-glazed stoneware koi curl to form whimsical chopstick rests. The slightly lifted tails even keep the chopsticks from rolling off!
And the Beechwood Food Tongs (right, $9.95) are just the pick-me-up you need for your next seafood boil.

More fun & fishy picks from C&B to mix & match…

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Grab the tail fin of the white stoneware Fish Serve Bowl ($29.95) to bring a taste of the seashore to your gatherings. Generously sized and detailed outside with a textural scale pattern, it stands ready to serve up pasta and salads as well as anything your fish-fetish desires.
Beneath it is the acacia Fish Wood Board ($39.95), carved with delicate scales on top to add maritime charm to your meal; turn it over and you have a flat-surfaced cutting board.
At 20-inches long and textured with criss-cross graphics, the stoneware Fish Platter ($24.95) holds as much as you can muster, while the brightly colored and scallop-patterned Set of 4 Fish Plates ($29.95, detail at right) stand ready on the receiving end. All stoneware items are dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
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For a change of pace (or swimming direction), the Fish Napkin ($4.95) plays host to a school of graphic fish in the same seashore palette of green and blues found in the Fish Plates. Each is a generous 20-inches square and machine washable.
Pair these napkins (or ANY others!) with the Chalkboard Placemat ($9.95 each) to make each meal a clean slate ready for doodling. Or personalize the wipe-away surface with place names or a preview of your menu. It’s a natural with children’s parties but fun for adults, too.

If you want more…

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And if you’re actually lucky enough to have a real-and-actual trip to the shore in your future, either take me along or don’t tell me about it, K?

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