I shop a lot, so it’s hard to imagine that my home could really need anything. But every time I visit Crate and Barrel I can’t help but think how much better my house would look if only it had that elegant hand-blown glass bowl. Crate and Barrel was founded in 1962 by the glamorous Gordon and Carole Segal, who were inspired by their honeymoon trip to Europe. The Segals wanted to bring the same simple, quality, handmade, beautiful but affordable home décor items they had found to America. The first store in Chicago was in an old elevator factory and since there was no budget for décor, the fixtures were fashioned from the crates and barrels containing their inventory shipments. Hence, the name we have come to know so well. Today, Crate and Barrel has stores worldwide, and carries a wide range of furniture, gifts, food and household décor.