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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Liz Robb at West Coast Craft

by Nancy on June 23, 2015

AnthologyMag-Blog-LizRobb1Seeing a weaver work is like watching a musician perform with a tactile outcome: The repetitive movements become rhythmic and the weaver creates a piece with patterns, motifs, and color. The imagery above caught my eye immediately when I walked the West Coast Craft show a couple Sundays ago, and was pleased to find a mini-exhibit of Liz Robb’s work.

Robb started her career as a fashion designer in NYC, but then switched gears and after obtaining her master’s degree in fibers. She wasn’t in her booth when I walked in, and I was so drawn and tempted to touch her artwork. I had to refrain myself and instead, I peered closely at the details of her work; the indigo, copper, paint, and what looked to be hundreds of wood beads. I love that her pieces have dimension, and are subtle with beautiful textures. I can’t wait to see more of her work in the future.

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DSC06349{ All images by Lisa Wong Jackson }

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Girls & Their Cats

by Kate on June 22, 2015

anthologymag-blog-imagery-girlsandtheircats-1I don’t know about you, but I’m going to come right out and admit that cats on the internet play a huge part in my life. Whenever I am feeling frustrated, sad, or depressed; I browse the latest cat videos on YouTube, or scroll through dozens of amusing photos and animated gifs until my heart feels a bit lighter and there’s a huge smile on my face. Call me crazy, but I think it’s a pretty effective form of therapy.

In all my searching, however, I’ve never found a cat-devoted project as elegant and lovely as this one. Photographer BriAnne Wills has created a new site entitled Girls & Their Cats, which is just what the title implies: girls and their adorable cats, lounging about in their apartments. The cynical side of me wants to poke fun, but honestly I can’t because the images are just so lovely, and Wills does a wonderful job of capturing these human-animal relationships. I love seeing these tender, sometimes hilarious interactions between these women and their cats. Instant mood lifter!

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Affogato Recipes

by Anh-Minh on June 19, 2015

sightglassYou might be thinking: “Uh, recipes for affogato? Don’t you just pour a shot of espresso over a scoop of vanilla ice cream or gelato?” Well, yes, that works. But after my visit to Sightglass Coffee’s Affogato Bar yesterday, I was inspired to dig up some recipes that offer different takes on the sweet treat.

(Image above from Sightglass Coffee, which pairs its espresso with Salt & Straw ice cream, allowing patrons to create their own combination from a trio of selections of each.)

affogato2{ Espresso Granita Affogato via David Lebovitz }

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affogato4{ Matcha Affogato via Tales of Japanese Tea }

affogato6{ Drunken Affogato with Limoncello via CHOW }

It’s supposed to be another warm weekend in the Bay Area, so I’m leaning toward giving David Lebovitz’s espresso Granita Affogato a try!

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Linda Linko

by Kate on June 18, 2015

anthologymag-blog-artwork-lindlinko-1I’m a bit of an old-schooler when it comes to materials, and there’s a special place in my heart for people who work with the tangible stuff. Helsinki-based multimedia artist Linda Linko is known for creating all of her works by hand, primarily using the traditional methods of painting, drawing, and cutting. 

In Linda’s mind, a piece needs a bit of imperfection and incompleteness, in order to provide space for the imagination. I agree wholeheartedly, and I love the open and loose feeling of her collages; so full of movement and energy. You can check out more of here work here. And if you find yourself needing a midday pick-me-up or a creative jolt, consider going back to basics like Linda, putting pen or brush to paper and exploring what comes.

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