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An Inside Crush Subscription Review + Coupon – Winter 2020

An Inside Crush is a quarterly subscription box that contains a highly curated and hand-selected assortment of five seasonally on-trend home decor and accessory pieces to keep your home current, in style, and is delivered every spring, summer, fall, and winter.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About An Inside Crush

The Subscription Box: An Inside Crush

The Cost: $99.99 per quarter. (Save 10% with an annual subscription!)

COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save 10% on your entire first order.

The Products: Five highly curated, well-made, and on-trend home decor items in each seasonal box that seamlessly updates any space.

Ships to: The US

An Inside Crush Winter 2020 Review

There was a minimal card explaining all the items inside.


Ilapothecary Good Vibe Reed Diffuser – Retail Value $63.90

Let’s begin with a very pretty and very chic diffuser! I did a little research and this brand is pretty spendy, which makes it feel just a little more special since I would never buy a diffuser at this price! The scent inside is actually on the sexy end of things, IMO, bursting with ylang ylang, rose, petitgrain, and green meadows. I liked the combo of the black reeds with the black glass bottle because it is minimal and feels very classic in any setting. I decided to use this in my office to make a rather chaotic space feel more like a feminine area I enjoy hanging out in.


Fog Linen Work 100% Linen Napkins – Retail Value $56.00 ($14.00 each)

FYI: These measure 18 inches by 18 inches. 

When I first examined these napkins, the thing that jumped out to me other than the beautiful quality was a sticker that said “Fog Linen Work”. This is a Japanese brand that I stalk obsessively! Sure, not everyone out there is going to get this hot and bothered over napkins, but this girl sure is! Founded in the 90s by Yumiko Sekine (who started by importing used books!) Fog Linen Work is one of those labels that (to me) is more than a brand but also a source of inspiration for inside my home. Seriously, check out their Instagram!

On to the actual napkins. They are a beautiful holiday plaid, and as I mentioned before, 100% linen. If you wash them before using them, they will become much softer and acquire that beautiful linen wrinkle that so many of us know and love. These are perfect for the holidays or really anytime during the chilly months. I am super happy with these!


Gold Hexagon Napkin Rings – Similar found here for $7.00/ring

I can’t think of a more perfect compliment to my new napkins than these minimal golden napkin rings. I think a sprig of evergreen would really set these off for a holiday tablescape! They arrived carefully packaged in a burlap drawstring bag and starry tissue paper.


Here is what the napkins and rings look like together!


Whitewashed Terra-Cotta Planter – Similar found here for $42.00

FYI: This planter measures a little over 6 inches across and about 5 inches tall. 

Most of you know that I have a bit of a plant problem (I prefer to see it as a plant opportunity) and I am always on the lookout for unique planters that enhance the beauty of my beauties. This one is rustic in a way that doesn’t actually feel rustic. By that I mean it would be just at home in a cottage home or an industrial warehouse. I love the unfinished texture here and think it will look great in my space. Because this pot doesn’t have a drainage hole, I would recommend using it as an outer planter for one of your babies that is already happy in something with good drainage.


Preserved Sheet Moss

I can’t say I have ever gotten sheet moss in a subscription box but I am kind of here for it. Sheet moss is such an easy way to dress up your plants and also help them retain soil moisture (something extra important after we have turned on the heat and our homes are dry!). Will also likes to use it for his miniature models so I am glad this is a really large bag!

Verdict: An Inside Crush is a newer box with a lot to unpack. It is pricy and specific, and not everyone is going to love this one. I will say, though, that I am kind of into it and I think the inclusion of items from actually higher-end brands is really promising! I loved that the napkins were from a smaller Japanese brand and that the diffuser was actually quite luxe! The napkin rings had a great weight and quality to them, the terracotta planter is perfect for my home, and even the sheet moss (though unexpected) was a great touch to this box. As someone who doesn’t generally change her decor often, I like the idea of a highly curated and small assortment of thoughtful items. If I could offer one bit of advice to this box, it would be to play up those smaller brands where the items come from. I am a sucker for a backstory and extra little details. It adds so much value to an item for me personally.

In summary, if you prefer to shop exclusively at Home Goods/Marshalls for your home decor (no shade here, I am in a longstanding relationship with my local Marshalls), and you have their prices in mind, this isn’t going to be worth it to you. If you are someone who tends to frequent smaller boutiques and who doesn’t mind dropping extra $$$ on extremely well-made items for your home from smaller brands, you should consider checking this box out. There is something here that kind of reminds me of Norlii, though with a significantly less Scandinavian theme. I know I personally am intrigued and totally want more! I am looking forward to the Spring 2020 curation with excitement and loads of curiosity.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Yes, your first box will be the Winter 2020 box!

COUPON: Use code MSA10 to save 10% on your entire first order.

Value Breakdown: This box costs $99.99 bringing the average cost per each of the 5 items to $20.

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Written by Megan


I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

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Comments (9)

  1. Not a box for me, but I think there is a person who would love this sort of stuff. Still, the price seems steep as heck!

  2. The diffuser is stunning but I have never found one that throws a scent.

  3. Saw the price and thought: no way.

    Read the review and thought: hmmm….maybe

  4. Too expensive for what is in the box, in my opinion.

    • Yes, I agree. This sub is essentially a mystery box for home decor items. A mystery box of beauty items or food items is more likely to be hit than miss and what you don’t want is easily foisted on your family and friends. Home decor items are very much a matter of personal taste, and if you can spare $100 and WANT home decor items, you can go to Pier 1 or Wayfair or their ilk and get exactly what appeals to you.

      The other thing is the narrowness of the segment of target population here: People who are advanced enough in life that they can throw $100 on a box of mystery home decor items but who haven’t yet reached the point where you go “enough amassing; the house is full of clutter. I’m not allowing any more stuff in.” Food, skincare, and makeup are “consumables” that can be used up. This stuff sticks around.

      • LOL! I hate clutter, but I do enjoy some skincare subs. My family is not used to
        my minimalist lifestyle and they are always trying to foist stuff into my house. (Loved the LD comment)

  5. I like that you can gift a single box. Glad you are reviewing this. I’ll be interested to see how it is moving forward.

  6. Hmmmm, it is very speedy at 20 per item but to be honest I felt that it lacked cohesion. It seemed like random items all mixed together with no theme. The styles don’t match at all making it seem less cohesive. Maybe in time this will change.

    • I agree with the lack of cohesion. Besides the red/green plaid of the napkins, nothing really screams winter.

      I wonder how a lot of these subscription boxes get started. Seems like a pretty steep hill to climb to curate a box with contents that are of a higher value than the price paid for the subscription. In addition, the items have to appeal to a large enough group to make them want to purchase a subscription in the first place.

      Definitely enjoy reading all these reviews because I always always learn something (Megan, you are awesome!!) Thanks for being a bright light in my otherwise dark world 🖤👍

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