Decorating

Retro Cabinet Makeover

by Kate on June 24, 2015

anthologymag-blog-decorating-vintagerevivals-cabinetredo-1The past few months, I’ve been focused on clearing out the clutter in my home and studio; and it’s been a while since I’ve visited any flea markets or thrift stores. To be honest, I’m itching to grab a piece of furniture and undertake a rehab project like this painted cabinet makeover from Mandi at Vintage Revivals. There’s something so satisfying about transforming a dusty old piece into something new and fresh.

In fact, visiting Mandi’s site is quite dangerous because all of her projects are so appealing. I can easily see myself acquiring dozens of new tables, sofas, lamps, and more just to try my hand at some of here ingenious ideas. I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but my home already suffers from an overpopulation of chairs. Still, the sight of this lovely cabinet is making me want to grab something, anything, and just paint. If you find yourself catching the same crafty bug, you should definitely check out more of Mandi’s work. Caution: It’s inspiring, and addictive.

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Susanna Vento

by Kate on June 17, 2015

anthologymag-blog-styling-susannavento-1In many ways, interior styling is a delightful form of grown-up play. When I’m working on a concept for a photo shoot, I’m reminded of all the times I meticulously arranged and re-arranged the furniture in my dollhouse when I was younger, or stacked colored wooden blocks in abstract formations. What I love about styling is the way it approaches objects: as elements of a larger narrative and as abstract forms with color, shape, and texture.

I discovered Helsinki- based stylist Susanna Vento through her work for Deko magazine, and instantly wanted to see more. Her styling is simple and sparse, but nevertheless my eyes have plenty to dance around and devour in these images. The products shine in her work, not only as part of the atmosphere she creates, but as interesting shapes in an artful composition. I highly recommend checking out her other styling work for inspiration—and visual delight.

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anthologymag-blog-styling-susannavento-5{ All images via Susanna Vento }

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Anewall Decor

by Kate on June 1, 2015

anthologymag-blog-decorating-anewalldecor-1My friend recently moved from Oakland to New York and subsequently purchased her first apartment in Brooklyn—a fixer-upper to say the least, but it’s got a lot of potential. When she alerted me to the fact that she’s been hunting for unusual wallpapers, I decided to join the search.

I came across these beautiful handpainted wallpapers on Etsy and became very excited. Lately I’ve been appreciating more organic, painterly wallpapers, and these from Anewall Decor are particularly lovely. I am going to recommend the cacti to my friend at once; after all, what better way for her to be reminded of the West Coast than having cacti covering her walls?

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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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