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Decorating the Anthropologie Way

Studio 5 Contributor Jennifer Heslop says anyone can get this look in their home. Much of it is about everyday items turned extraordinary. It's pairing formal with worn and well-used. You can achieve Antropologie's distinct blended look with these hints:

" Combine formal pieces with common ones. i.e. silver cups embellished with newspaper bows.

" Think alternative uses. Vases or goblets as candy containers, dessert cups as soup bowls, platters as picture frames.

" Buy a square of fabric, add a funky trim or simply fringe the edges for a table-topper.

" Mix china patterns and styles of plates, cups and bowls when setting your table.

" Use monograms. Print out your monogram on the computer, cut out the letters, and glue onto a tarnished silver platter using a glue stick. Instant drama!

" Run newspaper through a paper shredder to make filler for planters or gift wrapping. Newspaper is perfect for creating bows, placemats, wrapping gifts, etc.

" Cup cake papers, coffee filters, and nut cups can be shaped into flowers. Experiment with different sizes.

" Wrap a stripped-down wire lamp shade with elegant sheer ribbon.

" Salt and pepper shakers can be used as small vases or place card holders. Insert a piece of curled wire into hole and attach name card.

" Salt and pepper shakers can be transformed into tassels or curtain tie-backs, by gluing fringe and trim to the bottom.

" Use tarnished utensils as place card holders or picture holders. Simply bend fork, etc. into desired shape using pliers. Add a little glitter for extra sparkle.

" Lay a mirror flat as the base of your centerpiece.

Have fun and "Think outside the VASE!"

Studio 5 Contributor Jennifer Heslop loves turning trash into treasure. She is handy with a hammer, and has a knack for saving a dime by doing it yourself! If you have questions for Jenn, e-mail her at

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