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 firstname.lastname@example.org