I have to admit: In late 2012, when Zara finally started offering its home collection in the U.S., I didn’t love it. But I recently took another look at the company’s housewares and was rather impressed. Maybe it’s the beachy/summery vibe that their latest lookbook exudes—I know, it’s only the first day of spring and I’m already talking summer!—but I’m into their newest décor pieces.

If these muted hues aren’t quite your thing, Zara Home also has quite a selection of more vibrant furniture and accessories. Once I started clicking around, I ended up spending far more time than I thought I would on the website!

{ All images from Zara Home }


MQuan Bells

by Anh-Minh on March 14, 2014

Tall Raw Rainbow Striped Thrown Bells

I pretty much love everything in the MQuan collection—which includes pieces that are hand-formed, wheel thrown, and slip cast in stoneware, earthenware and porcelain. However, while her vases, platters, and sculptural objects are gorgeous, what I’m really coveting are her bells. There’s quite a range of them, and they vary in shape, hue, texture, and motif.

I could see a single bell adorning a wall by itself, or perhaps integrated into a salon-style gallery wall. A series of them would also be lovely, of course. If you’re considering the latter, good news: The MQuan online studio sale includes some of the bells!

Round Brown Clay Thrown Bells with African Stars

XL Thrown Flower Bell

Pinched Bells with Flowers

Medium Thrown Bells – Teardrop Raw Assorted Glazes

{ All images from MQuan }


{Off Shoots} Lisa Congdon

by Anh-Minh on March 13, 2014

Long before I ever met her, I was a fan of Lisa Congdon’s. Waaay back in 2007, when she had an art opening at Rare Device—which, at the time, was still located in Brooklyn—I bought two pieces. And I still have both of them, prominently displayed in my home office.

Now that I’ve gotten to know Lisa, my admiration extends beyond her work as an artist. So I was honored that she opened up her home to us for Issue No. 14/Winter 2014. She shares the Oakland residence with her wife, Clay Walsh, as well as several pets (including Wilfredo, shown above with Lisa). I hope you enjoy these outtakes from our photo shoot with them.

Lisa and Clay have been renting the house for just over a year. Since they couldn’t change the kitchen’s black, red, and white palette, they decided to embrace it—outfitting it with a white Odyssey table from CB2 and black Salt chairs from DWR.

Lisa, who’s in charge of the home’s décor, carried the color scheme into the art she selected for the breakfast nook. “[This] kitchen corner is one of my favorite places in the house,” says Clay.

A typical scene in the couple’s dining room: Clay reading cookbooks (it’s one of her hobbies) and Lisa sketching (she does it to relax). “Special-occasion meals,” as Clay puts it, are also enjoyed here.

The dining room has a mid-century modern/Scandinavian/Japanese vibe, right down to Lisa’s collection of vintage enamelware and the framed prints on the wall.

To read more about Lisa and Clay, as well as see additional images of their home, be sure to pick up a copy of Issue No. 14—it’s still available through most of our stockists.

{ Photos by Thayer Allyson Gowdy for Anthology Magazine }


Helen Levi

by Anh-Minh on February 27, 2014

Gilded Eye Planters

I definitely go through buying phases. When my husband and I moved into our current house, we found ourselves with a bit more square footage than before, and I went through a chair phase—picking up single chairs here and there that caught my eye, until we no longer had space or a need for additional seating. Right now, I’m on a ceramics kick. Again. I especially love that ceramics can be works of art as well as objects that can be put to use every day. (So I don’t feel like I’m just adding to the clutter in my house!)

Brooklyn-based photographer and potter Helen Levi’s pieces have been on my wish list for a while now. While her drinking vessels (below) are gorgeous, I think it’s her Gilded Eye planters (shown above) that need to come live with me very soon!

Inkspot Mug

Porcelain Drinking Jugs

Artist’s Mug and Camp Mug

{ Images from Helen Levi }


Ferme A Papier Open House

by Anh-Minh on February 20, 2014

Mark your calendars, Bay Area friends! Next Thursday, February 27, Cat Seto is hosting an Open House to celebrate her newly redesigned San Francisco space. Stop by 2406 Polk Street from 2 to 5 p.m. to check out the shop/studio in person, as well as enjoy sweets, tea, and 20% off products in Cat’s stationery line, Ferme à Papier. (The shop also stocks a lovely selection of apparel, accessories, and small housewares.)

Psst … Here’s a bit of Anthology trivia for you: In our 14 issues, we’ve only had one cover girl—Cat! She was featured on the cover of Issue No. 4, waaay back in the summer of 2011.

{ Photos courtesy of Ferme à Papier }

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