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,
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