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.



Pop & Scott Workshop Cooperative

by Kate on August 17, 2015

anthologymag-blog-design-popandscott-1It may be winter in Australia right now, but the home furnishings offered by Melbourne-based workshop Pop & Scott evoke a dreamy, sand-worn summerscape.  Not only would I be thrilled to own one of their beautifully crafted furniture pieces, but I would gladly move into this showroom, with its sunny color palette and unfussy styling.

Simple and sturdy, each Pop & Scott design is clearly built to become a classic, timeless object that will last for generations and remain effortlessly stylish throughout its lifetime. You can view the whole collection and make inquiries into purchasing pieces through their online shop, and be sure to check out their blog as well for a better glimpse behind the scenes at this exciting new addition to the Australian design world.

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Hôtel Henriette

by Kate on August 11, 2015

anthologymag-blog-travel-hotel-henriette-1With the rise of Airbnb, Couchsurfing, and other lodging apps popping up around the world, the hospitality industry has certainly experienced a massive shift in recent years. I am thrilled to know those alternative methods are available to me when planning a trip, but I am also happy to see that unique, beautiful, and reasonably priced hotels are still thriving. The Hôtel Henriette Paris is one of the most charming and appealing hotels I’ve come across in recent years, and I would book a stay there in a heartbeat.

There are 32 rooms in this boutique hotel, all expertly designed by Vanessa Scoffier of Les Nouveaux Decorateurs. The vibe of each room is so welcoming and laid-back, yet also full of delightful and surprising visual touches: a two-toned contrast wall, a well-worn leather headboard, am elegant vintage wallpaper. It’s situated in a great spot, located on a brick-paved side street and just a 10 minute walk from the lovely Jardin des Plantes botanical garden. If you can pull yourself away from this hotel’s magical rooms, I think you’ll find it’s the perfect place from which to explore the city. To book a room, or to simply admire more of the hotel’s stunning interiors, visit their website here.  

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