Happy National Grapefruit month! I know a lot of people have tried the Grapefruit Diet to stay slim, but unless it’s in something like a salad, I tend to eat grapefruit the same way I did growing up, when my grandmother used to serve it: With a dusting of sugar or powdered sugar on top. This sweetly retro Grapefruit Sugar Bowl from Anthropologie suggests the same thing.
They really got the hue of fresh, zesty grapefruit just right, didn’t they? It’d be a fun infusion of color for any kitchen. Of course, you don’t need to use the sugar for grapefruit — for your morning coffee or tea, maybe — but either way, the birdie won’t tell if you cheat on your diet a little…
Yes, we’re all past the “put a bird on it” phase of home decor, but what if the bird in question is a cockatoo? And what if there are two of them? And what if the piece of furniture looks as awesome as this settee I spotted on Anthropologie?
This settee is both totally classic and totally kooky. Check out that intricate embroidery! It’s a lot of look, but I can see this fitting into an Anna Spiro-designed home — and I think she’d know just how to balance it out and make it work.
October is National Cookie Month, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been “celebrating” inadvertently. (I may have had a giant Kitchen Sink cookie and a Snickerdoodle last weekend.) Sometimes the sweets go so fast at my house that there’s no storing them, but I aspire to more restraint. Maybe this cute and quirky Winking Wisecracker Jar would help me out.
On the other hand, I think that cheeky little wink says he’s in on it, and doesn’t give a hoot how many cookies I scarf before dinner. Oh, well. At least he can’t give me away.
P.S. I’d totally fill this wise guy up with: Trisha Yearwood’s Iced Sugar Cookies, Icebox Cookies, Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies, Super Chocolate Cookies, and Shortbread Cookies.
I love The Royal Tenenbaums. I’ve seen the film dozens of times now, and it rewards repeat viewings because I always find some new detail to admire about the set dressing. (The dearly departed Domino magazine even used the movie as inspiration for a room in a 2006 issue.) First I was obsessed with the bold zebra wallpaper in Margot’s bedroom, then it was Ari & Uzi’s pillowcases (Nick & Nora Cloud Nine bedding). But the thing I would most like to recreate in my own place is the eclectic art collection above the Tenenbaum staircase, an important part of which is Royal Tenenbaum’s prized javelina bust. That’s where the Savannah Story Busts from Anthropologie come in.
These papier mache animal heads — gazelles, giraffes, zebras, rhinos, and elephants — are made from layers of repurposed cement bags and pages from vintage French books. Cruelty-free safari chic with literary flair? Genius, just like the Tenenbaum kids.
We almost had you guys stumped this week, but Nikki figured it out with “a place to organize office supplies.” I can easily see how Megan got “a cellphone docking station,” with all of the technology-savvy decor we have these days. And while this serene desk organizer looks like it’s one piece of folded blue rubber, you won’t believe what material it is made out of!
The Anthropologie Desk Boat is handmade in Argentina from recycled leather by the company VacaValiente. They practice a technique that bonds leather fibers from industry waste that would typically end up in landfills and instead upcycle it into pliable sheets. (Did you know that most high-end books have binds made with this same bonded leather?) VacaValiente then uses the bonded leather sheets in their enchanting minimalist design creations, including animals and origami.
Could you use the whimsical Desk Boat for the office supplies scattered about your desk?
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What do you get when you infuse an average paper lantern with a serious dose of flower power? Anthropologie’s Rhododendron Chandelier is a beautiful answer to that question.
Though the pendant is a big ball of blooms, the organic texture and ivory color remind me more of stony coral than the plant for which it was named. Or a pretty (albeit crinkly) polyhedron, if you want to get all math-y about it. But no matter what you think it resembles, its tranquil glow is sure to make any room blossom.
In the fashion world, we’ve seen the ombre trend in everything from clothing to nail polish. Little by little, textiles in the ombre style are finding their way into home decor. From the French, meaning “shaded,” ombre refers to a centuries old technique for dyeing or weaving fabrics. The process is used to create a gentle progression of color from light to dark. Depending on the depth of tones and the range of the gradation, the effect can be dramatic or ethereal. Ombre textiles can add a light and airy feel to any space. They can also lend a nature-inspired touch to your home, as ombre shades can echo the deepening red and orange tones that are found in a summer sunset, the blues and greens of tropical ocean waters or the edging of blush to dark pink on rose petals.
Wavering Ombre Curtain, Anthropologie
Anthropologie’s Wavering Ombre Curtain is definitely a favorite on my list and comes in pretty dip-dyed shades of turquoise, coral and plum.
I have to admit something. I am a bit of a chair addict. I love finding a fantastic chair in a new shade or pattern. In fact, chairs can be one of the most dynamic accent pieces in your home. Plus, they’re functional, not frivolous. A bright and fun chair can work perfectly in a living room, office, and of course, at the dining room table. And the brighter and bolder the shade, the bigger the wow factor.
This set of chairs is exactly what I’m talking about. Beautifully designed and in a bold shade of lipstick red, this dining room seating really stands out, especially when placed against an all-white color scheme and the vintage chairs at the head of the table.
More Colorful Chairs
A super quick dresser makeover involves nothing more than swapping out the drawer pulls for new ones.
This Prismatic Spring Pull from Anthropologie comes in four colors, each of which somewhat resemble a cross-section of a natural geode. Turquoise is my favorite of the options; I think it would look fantastic against a whitewashed finish or almost any wood stain.
I admit that I lobbied hard for gray to be the Color of the Month. And as a not-terribly-graceful loser, I wanted to share these lovely, deep gray curtains. Keep this versatile shade on your color horizons.
The rich, satin-backed curtains would add an element of retro-glamor to a bedroom and look like they would provide good light blockage if needed. I do love a bit of old world charm in small doses, and I think these window coverings have it.