Decorating

Antivilla

by Kate on May 12, 2015

anthology-mag-blog-interiors-antivilla-6Those of you who read the magazine know that we tend to gravitate towards eclectic, lived-in homes that are often filled with lots of fun, beautiful stuff. So it stands to reason that this spare, monochromatic concrete space would not catch our eye—and yet I’m totally drawn to it. Part of what interests us about the homes we feature are the stories and handmade touches behind the space. This Antivilla, a refurbished former lingerie factory renovated by the Berlin-based architecture firm Brandlhuber +,  has both.

This building represents a collective effort to create a cost-effective, uniquely hybrid space that can adapt to the seasons. The huge, irregularly shaped window openings are the result of friends working together to hammer away at the concrete slab facade, and the airy, transparent curtains can cut the interior into big open summery spaces or more enclosed nooks for winter. I admit that I would immediately feel the need to add color and softness to this space, were it my own—but there is a beautifully meditative, ethereal quality to the sparseness, and I find the open, broken-down facade so captivating; like peering out of a beautiful, ancient ruin.

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anthology-mag-blog-interiors-antivilla-5{ All images by Erica Overmeer, found via ArchDaily }

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DIY Abstract Botanical Art

by Kate on May 5, 2015

anthology-mag-blog-projects-leaf-art-5From my years of creating DIYs, I know that the best projects produce a certain effect upon viewing—a moment that contains flashes of recognition, comprehension, inspiration, and delight, all at once. It’s instantly obvious what disparate elements have been pulled together to create something new, but also how it was done. And a project with only 2-3 materials? Even better.

This leaf art project was sparked by the creator’s fortuitous find of a simple frame from Copenhagen-based designer Moebe, which is just two pieces of plexiglass held snugly together by four pieces of wood and a rubber band. The abstract design created by folding and weaving the leaves is equally clever, simple, and lovely—a perfect match for the spare frame. Any project that takes a few minutes to make but provides endless viewing pleasure, wins large in my book. To see the step-by-step instructions for creating this project, click here.

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anthology-mag-blog-projects-leaf-art-1{ All images via Monster Circus }

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Adrian Elizalde

by Kate on April 14, 2015

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In preparation for a future issue that focuses on prints and patterns, I’ve been on the hunt for products and interiors that use pattern in innovative ways. I came across this renovation project by Adrian Elizalde, a young architecture student based in Spain, and was instantly intrigued. Elizalde redesigned this pre-war Barcelona apartment to be simple, open, and spacious, but with a delightful twist: Throughout the home, Elizalde chose to reveal and highlight the building’s original joinery, and he used some of the home’s original floor tiles to create the look of colorful area rugs.

The effect is wonderful: Not only do the tiled “rugs” cleverly break up the open floor plan into discrete sections, they also bring echoes of warmth and tradition to the otherwise clean and modern space. I hope this ingenuity will inspire other designers to consider using tile in unexpected ways. I know I’ll be keeping this concept in mind for any flooring projects that come my way in the future.

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{ All images via Adrian Elizalde, found via This Is Paper }

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I came across this achingly beautiful entertaining spread while browsing the online wares of Spartan Shop, the impeccably styled and stocked boutique based in Austin, Texas. Entitled Sobremessa, this collaboration between Spartan and NYC-based clothing shop Apiece Apart celebrates that wonderful time after a meal when everyone lingers at the table, perhaps nibbling a few last bites and reveling in the pleasure of good food amidst good company.

Like the colors of a Dutch painting, the velvety greens, peaches and neutrals of these images are so rich and creamy—you can almost taste them. If you are feeing inspired to host a similarly elegant communal gathering, you’re in luck: All of the linens, tableware, and serving pieces are available for purchase through Spartan. Made of durable, timeless materials, these pieces will last you and your family a lifetime of sobremessa moments.

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 { Images above: photographed by Currie Person and styled by Sarah Baker, via Apiece Apart }

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{ Image above: some of the tableware pieces included in the spread, all available at Spartan Shop }

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Wirely Home

by Joanna on March 9, 2015

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Now that I’ve officially taken up residence in an old loft space in Seattle, I feel like my interior design choices are becoming more and more important—almost like I have to do the space proud! I still want the space to have a boho vibe, but now I’m leaning towards a touch of the mid-century modern, too.

Enter Wirely Home.

The online shop perfectly merges those two aesthetics. The addition of tons and tons of plants to most spaces lends that bohemian note, and then placing them on MCM-inspired surfaces yields a wonderful mix. These plant stands and table tops are inspired by the wire hairpin legs of the Knoll butterfly chair and are made of powdercoated steel. The table is comprised of modular plywood and works well as a plant stand. I also like the idea of a series of the side tables that can stay put or move around as needed.

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 { Images via Wirely Home }

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