Decorating & Design

April 28, 2009

Anthropologie Is Here!

Before the new Anthropologie store opened last week in Toronto, I was there with photographer Michael Graydon to shoot the interior for the August issue. A full year ago, the news that one of our favourite U.S. shops was finally coming to Canada rang through House & Home’s halls and we’ve been anticipating its arrival ever since. The store is teeming with clever stylist tricks that instantly create a moment or mood. These are four of my favourites that are easy to do.  

Michele Costa is the store’s uber-creative display coordinator. She spotted this vintage window frame curbside in the store’s neighborhood and used it to craft this charming DIY wall art. The writing is done in chalk. For something more permanent, Michele suggests using a paint pen.

Vintage window as wall decoration with tea cups

Spools of thread found at Goodwill become a fashionable decorating hit. Perfect for a dressing room or to break up a stylista’s bookshelves. Here, they’re displayed on a vintage drawer turned upside down.

Spools of thread on a vintage upside down drawer

For a country table centerpiece, Michele turned pop can tabs into buzzing bumble bees by first spray painting them yellow, then looping a strip of white muslin through one of the openings for wings (a dab of hot glue holds it in place). Attaching each tab to wire that has been hand-twisted in a looping pattern makes the bees look like they’re flying around the potted herbs that act as the base. 

pop tabs as bumble bees

Give rooms a summery look by filling shapely bottles with sand and displaying them in groups atop mantles, tables and shelves. Sand is sold at most hardware stores. The bottles are available at Anthropologie for $33 to $79.

Shapely glass bottles with sand

19 Clock Tower Road
Shops at Don Mills

Photo credits:
1-4. Kimberley Brown