Hi all – I hope you guys had some fun & soaked up the beautiful almost-fall weather this past weekend. The highlights of my weekend were watching our girls at their first games for their new schools, seeing our front landscaping go from overgrown/flat out embarrassing to beautiful thanks to my husband’s many hours of pruning and mulching, and squeezing in a quick trip to one of my favorite shopping destinations – Anthropologie.
I’m not sure what I love the most about Anthro – their beautiful clothes or their creative, inspiring displays. There’s always some serious eye candy! This beautiful textured wall was one of the first things that caught my eye on my recent visit. Looking at it a bit closer, I realized that it’s a jute area rug that was cut to fit the wall and then mounted to it, turning the rug into the coolest chunky, nubby wallpaper. Large jute rugs can be found very inexpensively so this is totally doable for a small accent wall.
I was also loving this tree trunk mirror that they mounted on their jute rug/wall. If you have an old mirror with an ugly frame, an alternative to painting it would be to use an electric saw to cut several sticks (or even corks for you wine drinkers) into slices and mount them on the area framing your mirror. The resulting look would be similar to this:
The wall behind this bed and iron bookcase was also very cool. Not only did I love the painting technique that they used (it would be such an awesome way to do an accent wall in a kid’s room!), but did you see what’s mounted behind the bookcase?
Yep, opened hardcover books. It looks like they took several hardcover books, opened them up at the middle, glued the pages together, and mounted them to the wall. While I wouldn’t do something like this behind a bed, a small grouping of open books mounted on the wall could be really neat in a study or family room. I can also envision using some colorful kids books to create a fun display in a kids reading nook.
Anthropologie is always a great source for oversized letters – I’ve always liked their zinc ones but hadn’t seen these fun, colorful letters before (and hadn’t noticed until just now that I must subconsciously have Bieber fever…):
Looking a bit closer, you can see that the letters are wrapped in pieces of painted canvas. You could create your own personalized canvas letters by buying an inexpensive wood letter at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby and wrapping it in pieces of canvas that you painted yourself.
You could also find an inexpensive piece of painted canvas artwork at a flea market and cut and glue it to your letter for a look like this:
I’ve saved the cutest of the Anthropologie inspirations for last – a ladder rack that has rungs created with brooms. Too cute! Hmmm… a possible DIY for a laundry room drying rack?!
And the most amazing thing that I saw at Anthropologie? No shopping bag in my hand as I left the store. Bad thing for my wardrobe, good thing for my bank account. Are you also Anthro-obsessed??