DIY Plywood Floor Mirror

by Kate on September 25, 2015

anthologymag-blog-diy-amerrythought-2Mirrors are one of those home purchases that I am reluctant to make; they are often overpriced, and a lot of the designs I see are beautiful to be sure, but also a bit impractical. I love this simple floor mirror tutorial by Caitlin over at The Merry Thought because it’s attractive in an unfussy way, and super functional.

The full tutorial with images of the steps can be found on Home Free, and you can see more images of the finished design here. I’ve noticed Caitlin is an expert with simple wood projects, and am also a huge fan of her other floor mirror project and this simple daybed design. If you need inexpensive furniture pieces and like to do a bit of woodworking, she should definitely be added to your go-to list for inspiration.

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Small Gunns

by Nancy on September 22, 2015



anthologymag-blog-smallgunns-1I found out recently that my son learned out how to play chess at school, and we’ve been playing it every day at home for the past two weeks. I’ve had squares as well as straight and diagonal lines on my mind lately, and couldn’t stop thinking about these black-and-white ikat pillows by Small Gunns. (After an hour of sitting at the table with a chess board, my back longs for that lumbar pillow!)

Sister Michelle and Diana Stock started their home decor line in 2011, and are based in San Francisco. Their wool pillows in camel stripe and plaid are perfect for the fall and winter season, and the exposed gold zipper is a sharp detail that gives the designs a nice edge. Their table linens would be well suited for a modern or classic table setting. And I absolutely love their tea towels with a check pattern on one side and a fun dot pattern on the back.

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by Kate on September 21, 2015

anthologymag-blog-design-botanique-planters-1There are certain plants in the world that are so bizarre looking, it’s hard to imagine they are from this planet. As a child, it took me a little while to grow accustomed to the prickly, rubbery, alien-like features of cacti and succulents, but now that I’ve come around I can’t stop admiring them in all of their strange glory.

I recently came across Botanique, a London-based boutique specializing in planters, terrariums, and other custom botanical designs for the home. The owner, Alyson Mowat, is passionate about elevating strange plants to the level of art. She carefully curates her selection of plants and the beautiful objects used to display them. I never would have thought to house a single succulent encased in a clear box as above, but the result is amazing, allowing us to enjoy the entire specimen from the root structure to the tiny thorns. You can see the full range of products she carries here.

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Lush Green Walls

by Kate on September 14, 2015

anthologymag-blog-design-anewall-3Even though temperatures are still quite high, I can tell summer is winding down fast here in Oakland; the nights are definitely cooler, and I’m even seeing some leaves turning on the trees that line my street. I am not quite ready to see summer go yet, and I think that’s why these lush, jungle-inspired wallpapers drew my eye.

I discovered the beautiful wallpapers by Anewall Decor earlier this year—you may remember me raving about their designs in June when I was helping my friend source some papers for her new apartment. I neglected to spot this gorgeous Banana Leaf print, though, and it’s quickly become my favorite. As someone who doesn’t get a ton of light in my apartment, and thus struggles to keep house plants alive and thriving, I really appreciate the idea of covering a wall with this great botanical expanse. For those who appreciate a bit more subdued look, I think the green watercolor paper (last image below) is equally lush and inviting. You can purchase both of these amazing wallpapers at Anewall Decor.

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Aelfie x Studio Proba Rugs

by Kate on September 9, 2015

anthologymag-blog-design-aelfie-proba-rug-1There are few opportunities to bring large-scale colorful designs into a space, and none are as versatile as a rug. Whether they hang on the wall, drape over furniture, or sit on the floor, rugs are one of my favorite platforms for print and pattern. I particularly love rugs that incorporate three-dimensional elements, and I was tickled pink to discover this punchy graphic new textile collection by Aelfie x Studio Proba.  

Brooklyn-based designers Aelfie Oudghiri and Alex Proba recently collaborated on this collection of carpets inspired by Kurdish mixed technique weavings and mid-century designs. After finding success with her independent project “A Poster A Day,” in which she created a new graphic work each day for over a year, Proba became interested in adding an element of tactility to the work. You can view the limited-edition rugs, pillows, and prints from this collaboration at SHOP Cooper Hewitt.