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Make It Happen:
Flower Pots, Four Ways

Flower pots are so darn pretty—the brilliant colors, the crackly glazes—that… >

Make It Happen: Flower Pots, Four Ways

Flower pots are so darn pretty—the brilliant colors, the crackly glazes—that it seems a shame to let the plants they hold steal all the attention. If you’re looking for something different to do with those pots (or if your thumb just isn’t green enough to keep plants alive in them for long), take a look at the alternative uses we’ve dreamed up for your garden vessels that will guarantee they get the oohs and ahhs they so deserve.

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Use it to serve up those other greens, as in a leafy, lovely salad
(just be sure to line the pot with parchment paper first).


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Few sights are more welcome at a party than an icy, overflowing tub of tipples.


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In the mood for a mini DIY? Flip the pot upside down,
install a light kit and—voila!—insta-lamp.


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Already growing tiny succulents? Perfect. Nestle place cards into their
structured leaves for uncommonly pretty holders.





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A Collection Most Curious

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We’ve seen some pretty nifty collections from our magpie employees so far—travel pens, brooches and even faux food—but today we bring you the most curious one yet: flower frogs. Flower what? Yep, we had the same question. Flower frogs are what florists used to hold stems in place before floral foam was invented. Spiky, patinated and strangely beautiful, our creative director Carolyn has dozens of these antiques on display in her New Jersey lakefront home.


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“The obsession began with my grandma. She had a glass flower frog that she passed onto me. Since then, I’ve picked up one every time I’ve visited an antiques
shop on my travels.”



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“I love that they look like medieval torture devices, but are still somehow strikingly pretty. All of the different greens are just gorgeous.”

 

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“They are incredibly versatile. I use them as toothbrush holders, office organizers, jewelry stands, photo frames and, of course, for displaying flowers.”


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“Everyone has a collection in this house, even my dog, Mr. T. I’ve lost count of how many toys he’s in amassed in the four years he’s been a part of our family.”

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Earth Day, Our Way:
Window Gallery

Every April, the windows of our stores become more than a showcase for artful… >

Earth Day, Our Way: Window Gallery

Every April, the windows of our stores become more than a showcase for artful installations—they become a platform for our Earth Day efforts, a means to raise awareness of causes near and dear to our hearts. This year is no different, as we pay tribute to the monarch butterfly, whose annual migration—one of nature’s greatest spectacles—is at risk of disappearing due to vanishing habitats, extreme weather and increased use of herbicides.

In honor of these small but mighty creatures, we’re transforming our storefronts into fluttering exhibits, crafted of paper, fabric, wood, screens and more. “Every window we work on is special, but our Earth Day ones are even more so because they educate,” says our display director Erika S. “The monarchs have such an inspiring story, and that we get to help pass it on through beautiful displays, well that is truly humbling.”

From basic materials to winged wonders, the creative metamorphosis is happening now—stop by your local store over the next two weeks to see the windows being made (or go behind-the-scenes with our latest video), but first, here’s a peek at a few already-finished designs.

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        Got a photo of your local Anthropologie’s monarch windows? Share it with
                       us on Instagram using the hashtag #AnthroEarthDay.

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It’s 5-O’Clock Somewhere:
The Cel-Ray Spring Tonic

It may happen every spring, but we never fail to get giddy as the days grow longer and… >

It’s 5-O’Clock Somewhere:
The Cel-Ray Spring Tonic

It may happen every spring, but we never fail to get giddy as the days grow longer and the evenings lovelier. In honor of the much-anticipated return of one of our favorite happy hour guests, the sun, we’re mixing up the Cel-Ray Spring Tonic, a fresh and fizzy cocktail that’s as cucumber-cool as April’s first breezes. It’s just one of the inventive sips featured in “Shake,” a cocktail compendium from discerning tipplers Eric Prum and Josh Williams.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Makes two drinks

2 shots of vodka
1 large sprig of celery leaves (plus two small sprigs for garnish)
6 slices of cucumber (plus two for garnish)
2 slices of lime (plus two for garnish)
1/2 shot of fresh lime juice
Ginger ale


HOW TO MAKE IT…

Combine the celery leaves, cucumber and lime slices in a shaker. Muddle until fragrant and thoroughly crushed, then add the vodka and lime juice. Add ice to above the level of the liquid and shake vigorously for 10 seconds. Strain into glasses containing large cubes of ice, top with the ginger ale and garnish with the remaining celery leaves, cucumber and lime. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the sun’s last rays.



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Photo credit: The Mason Shaker

 

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A Is for Art, Latte Art

Mmm, lattes. Typically we’re so bleary-eyed before that first sweet-and-smoky wave… >

A Is for Art, Latte Art

Mmm, lattes. Typically we’re so bleary-eyed before that first sweet-and-smoky wave of milky espresso hits our lips that we don’t take a moment to appreciate the laurel leaf or swirly heart gracing the surface of our morning cuppa. Well, at least not until we had a latte made by the one and only Michael Breach while shooting our April catalog at The Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. True story: this coffee wunderkind made us lattes featuring the faces—yes, faces!—of famous folk. (Too bad we drank ours much too quickly before realizing “That would make a killer snap.” Curses, caffeine-free brain!)

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Regardless, having seen and tasted Michael’s work firsthand got us all charged up (literally), so we just had to dabble on our own. Yes, indeed: A is for Arabica.

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The Mast Brothers’
Chocolate Egg Cream

Time to spill the cocoa beans: we’ve got a bit of a crush on the Mast Brothers. Can you… >

The Mast Brothers’ Chocolate Egg Cream

Time to spill the cocoa beans: we’ve got a bit of a crush on the Mast Brothers. Can you blame us? Anyone who dedicates this much care to the betterment of chocolate bars is worthy of our admiration. In their Brooklyn shop, where we shot our April catalog, Rick and Michael Mast handcraft small-batch treats from beans sourced from far-flung locales like Belize and Madagascar. The results are some of the richest and most flavorful we’ve tried; we’re not talking grocery-checkout-line candy bars, here.

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Another great thing about the Masts? They spread the chocolaty wealth. They’ve graciously provided a recipe for a Brooklyn classic, the chocolate egg cream, from their new cookbook,Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook. Fun fact: there’s no egg in an egg cream. As they put it, “It is often debated whether the chocolate egg cream ever actually contained eggs. It has never been debated as to whether or not it is crazy delicious.” We couldn’t agree more.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED

For the Chocolate Syrup (makes 2 1/2 cups)
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
Vanilla bean seeds scraped from 1/3 bean

For the Egg Cream
2 cups chocolate syrup
2 cups whole milk
2 cups seltzer


HOW TO MAKE IT…

In a medium saucepan, combine water, sugar, cocoa powder and vanilla seeds and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. When the chocolate syrup is cool, mix with milk. Add seltzer water. Divide the drink among four tall glasses, like our Hobnail Tumblers.

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Meet the Maker: Michelle Morin

Former garden designer Michelle Morin abides by classic wisdom and… >

Meet the Maker: Michelle Morin

Former garden designer Michelle Morin abides by classic wisdom and paints what she knows—each of her compositions is inspired by nature. Lucky for the New England artist, she rarely needs to look further for subject matter than her own backyard. Tag along as the creative mind behind our Garden Buzz Collection gives us a glimpse into her new home and studio space.

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"Happiness last year was moving into our new home and slowly becoming acquainted with the flora and fauna living in our backyard."


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"My work space is on the third floor of our house. It is very quiet and filled with afternoon light. There is a large birch tree outside my window, which makes the space feel like a tree-house."


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              "I found this drafting table from the ’50s on the side of the road."


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      "It’s important to have a really good sable brush. They are worth every penny."


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        "I’ve carved out a space in our barn for pottery—it’s a nice change of pace."



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"Being out in the field, gathering references, making quick sketches, observing—these are the most rewarding moments of design."

 

Photos by Jesse and Allison Stansfield