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The latest news on AnthologyHouse sales, new pieces available in the AnthologyHouse online storefronts on Etsy and Chairish, and updates on interior styling projects.

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A Little Color Goes a Long Way

Alyse Hufford

I recently met with a new client (thank you Emily for the referral) whose busy family of five lives in a lovely Cape Cod style home that has already been remodeled pretty extensively.  They've already painted the exterior grey, overhauled their kitchen, baths, and basement.  They came to me and asked that I make some interior updates to their living and dining room spaces as their current furniture is a little heavy and dark.  While they aren't fans of vintage furniture and are hesitant about color, I'm hoping to convince them that a little color can go a long way and I may be able to sneak in a vintage accessory or two.

Because their dark brown leather couch will stay (I attempted to find a similar couch for this design board) I had to find complimentary colors while keeping with their black and white scheme.  I created a space that exudes a more glamorous feel with the chippendale chairs and a glass coffee and console table.  

For their second living room option, I kept with an all black, white, and blue color scheme that evokes a beachy vibe with lots of texture.  The jute and sheepskin rug will blend nicely with their wide plank grey washed wood floors.  And I was still able to bring in some gold with the sunburst mirror and antelope bookends.

The client has reviewed the boards and is narrowing her options.  We may tweak a chair selection or two but I believe we captured the look she is going for.  So which is your favorite board - Option #1 or Option #2?

Shop AnthologyHouse : 4 Vignettes

Alyse Hufford

I'm preparing the shop for vacation before I temporarily close on Thursday, June 25th.  I had a blast styling four vignettes with various pieces available for sale in the shops on Etsy and Chairish that if you order by Tuesday, June 23rd, I will ship on later than Thursday, June 25th.  And with that I bring you the vignettes - Tropical Glam, Guy's Game Night, West Palm Beach, and Chinoiserie Chic.  Which is your favorite?

Vignette #1 : Tropical Glam

 1.  Crane Print (email if interested)  2.  Vintage Culver Valencia Decanter & Wine Glasses

Vignette #4 - Chinoiserie Chic

Selecting Wallpaper for a Craftsman Dining Room

Alyse Hufford


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I was recently contacted by a client about assisting her in making minor interior updates to her Northwest craftsman home.  She already has a great canvas to work with - an updated kitchen and bathrooms, newly painted walls with beautiful white crown moulding, and gorgeous hardwoods throughout the home.  Over the next few months, we will replace her dining table, cover one of her dining room walls with new wallpaper, and give her dining and living rooms a facelift with modern and vintage accessories and window dressings.

Working with her dining room's existing wall color - Devin Lil' Melon - she would like an accent wall with blue print wallpaper that will compliment her orange walls.  She initially selected Serena & Lily's Palmetto Wallpaper in Olive/Turquoise however we want to see some more designs that give off a modern, playful vibe before we make our final selection.


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We've broadened our search and are now contemplating these additional options from Farrow & Ball, Anthropologie, Abnormals & Anonymous, and a few more from Serena & Lily.

We are waiting for samples to arrive before we narrow down our selection.  I'm leaning towards two of these designs but won't know until I see them in person.  Do you have a favorite?  Which would you choose?

A Northwest Ranch Gets a Revamp

Alyse Hufford

I recently met with a client who over the next few months, will have her Northwest ranch renovated to include a new master bedroom and on suite bathroom.  The existing bedrooms will also be reconfigured to carve out more space for her children and a home office. I'm thrilled she contacted me for some design advice and in the coming months, I will be assisting her in selecting everything from lighting fixtures to a mid-century modern inspired vanity to create a serene and classic bath that will withstand the test of time.

With the new addition also comes a revamp of her current living room.  She asked me to give her room a mid-century modern facelift, reminiscent of what you'd see in a Cliff May house.  She already has beautiful hardwood floors and some mid century inspired furniture (the couch, coffee table, and side tables will stay),  so I will be focusing on enhancing what she already has.

I created two concept boards which give a similar vibe but different color schemes.  The first option plays off her yellow gourd lamp (she owns) and adds an air of sophistication with the brass accents.


The second option pulls in more color and exudes more of a Palm Springs vibe.  She asked to see an option with the room accented in blues and greens.



I selected chairs upholstered in a sweet pea green and paired them with gorgeous peacock blue Robert Abbey lamps and a shag rug.  Hints of brass, lucite, and walnut furniture round out the look.

So which look do you prefer?  Which option would you choose?  I'd love your feedback!

A Before & After Revamp

Alyse Hufford

Today I share with you a fun project I recently completed for a client's family and living rooms.  This styling project didn't involve paint or even the purchase of major furniture but rather adding a little bit of old, a little new, and shopping the client's personal effects to give her family an eclectic, fun space to play and hang out. Our goal was to add some character to her rooms by doing a little furniture rearranging and adding some decorative accessories.  She already had great staples with the oriental rug, grey couch, and white bookcase.  And I fell in love with her vintage cognac hue wingback chairs.  The space just needed a little color and a change up of some accessories to tie it to the rest of her home.

Below is the before photo:

And the after:

To revamp this space, I began with her bookcase and stacked books by color.  I then shopped for vintage pieces to dress it up and add some character.

I then removed the side table that was being used as their coffee table and replaced it with a mid-century modern style coffee table.  I added some of her personal objects and a pair of vintage brass cranes.

Next up was her new addition at the back of her house.  The new family room was a blank space with concrete floors, walls of windows, blue walls, and one lonely dining table.  The family wanted to create a hang out area for playing music, socializing, and enjoying meals with family and friends.

I started with the vintage auto shop rolling cart my client acquired and wanted to use as a bar cart.  I shopped for vintage barware and accessories to create a cool, industrial looking bar cart.

I hung a velvet pheasant painting above the cart - my client was hesitant at first - and when it was in place she agreed it had to stay.

And finally for this corner of the room, she asked for a set of mid-century style chairs and cozy durable rug.  She did not want a coffee table or ottoman as this was a high traffic route for her kids to the back yard.  But she insisted we carve out a spot for her guests to sit while she and her husband served up drinks.  And I couldn't agree more, the chairs and bar brought some fun and color to this space of the room.

This area of the 300 + square foot family room is complete, however I still have a little more work to do.  The client wants to finish off the other side of the space with a large side board to hold her wares and music area for her vintage piano.  I can't wait to get started and look forward to sharing pictures with you in my next big reveal.

Until then...Have a safe and fun-filled New Year!