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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Bud Botanical

by Kate on June 15, 2015

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetI consider myself very fortunate to live within walking distance of the botanical gardens at Lake Merritt in Oakland, and whenever I’m feeling down, I go there to wander. I’m not sure if there’s been any scientific research done on the beneficial effects of admiring flowers and plants, but I know it instantly causes a shift in my mood.

I was pleased to discover Sammy Go of Bud Botanical, a brand new voice in floral design. Go’s arrangements are unfussy, which I love, yet graceful. Go is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s landscape architecture program, and I think it shows in the gestural quality of his work, and how the arrangements allow each bud to stand out on its own and to complement the overall composition. You can see more of his designs here, and perhaps you’ll join me as I eagerly await more behind-the-scenes news of Go’s process on the Bud blog.

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Romy Northover

by Kate on June 11, 2015

anthologymag-blog-prodcuts-romy-northover-ceramics-1We are lucky to be living in the era of craft revival that we do, and I don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing what contemporary ceramicists will produce next. Romy Northover is one of those many talented artists working in clay who keeps popping up on my radar, and I had to share some of her latest work.

Following her collaboration with Shino Takeda, Northover has gone on to create ceramic pieces (like the ones above) for Rachel Comey’s art bazaar. And I’ve seen her work featured in Nourished Journal, Mous magazine, the Line, and others. All of her ceramics feel so naturally free-flowing to me. I love the loose, organic brushwork and the casual imperfection of the forms. You can view more of her pieces (and snag one for yourself!) here.

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Diggi Dot by Skinny laMinx

by Nancy on June 10, 2015

Anthology Mag BlogSkinny laMinx - Diggi Dot03Every summer, things slow down a little at our house and I have time to work on a simple sewing project. Whenever I’m looking for fun, bright, bold, and colorful patterned fabrics, Skinny laMinx is my first stop. And on my latest virtual visit, I was excited to see that they just launched a new fabric collection called Diggit Dot.

Heather Moore, creator of Skinny laMinx, designs patterns through drawing and paper cutting. She transfers her designs onto paper and fabric goods; she has also has a wallpaper line at Robin Sprong. The Diggi Dot range was inspired by block printing and her trip to Jaipur, India. Many of the patterns and shapes are drawn with delicate and organic lines. I appreciate how this creates a lighter and less saturated feeling, while still highlighting fresh and bright colors—perfect for my summertime pillow project!

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