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An Apple a Week:
Black Sugar Candy Apples

Try as you might, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a sweet more emblematic… >

An Apple a Week:
Black Sugar Candy Apples

Try as you might, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a sweet more emblematic of fall than a candy apple. Holding one boldly declares, “I see your cozy scarf, and I raise you one extremely festive fruit.” Biting into one says, “Step aside, Pumpkin Spice Latte—things are about to get messy.” Making a batch at home? Well, that pretty much secures your place in the Fall of Fame. Complete with a dash of toasty cinnamon oil, these trick-free treats are Halloween-ready with a dramatic dusting of black sugar. Boo? Never.

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED
10-12 small apples
Wooden skewers or sturdy twigs
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon oil (optional)
Red food coloring (optional)
Black sugar

HOW TO MAKE IT…
Wash and dry apples, remove stems and pierce skewers through their centers; set aside. Line a tray with parchment and lightly spray with cooking oil. In a saucepan and using a candy thermometer, heat all ingredients except the black sugar over medium heat until it reaches 310 degrees (this is the hard crack stage—if you drop a bit of the syrup in cold water, it should immediately form hard, brittle threads). To avoid crystallization, use a pastry brush dipped in cool water to wash down the sides of your pot. Once syrup reaches the desired temperature, remove from heat. Working quickly, coat apples with the syrup and dip ends into the black sugar. Place on prepared tray and allow to completely cool.

From Cortlands to Galas to Granny Smiths, find more juicy apple recipes right this way.

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Autumn Bloomers: Bridesmaid Bouquets,
Flower Crowns & Boutonnieres

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Longtime admirers of the graceful, natural style of Brooklyn-based floral designer Nicolette Camille, we asked for her advice navigating the somewhat mysterious world of cool season blooms. Below, she pairs some of her favorite autumn flowers, berries, and vines with dresses from our fall bridesmaid collection.

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Clockwise from top: garden roses, carnation, rose geranium, ranunculus,
andromeda, passion vine, dahlias, blueberry viburnum


Which flowers do you get excited for each autumn?
Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year for flowers. I get excited for dahlias, hydrangea paniculata, the last flush of garden roses, and of course all of the beautiful berries, fruits, and pods.

Are there any unexpected yet particularly beautiful varieties that you would like to share with brides-to-be?
I’m drawn to flowers that have a sort of soft, muddy quality to them because they lend themselves to blending disparate colors.  The ‘Cafe Au Lait’ dahlia is the perfect pale cream color, with both undertones of blush and golden ivory. Likewise, the ‘Amnesia’ and ‘Cafe Latte’ roses each have tones of dusty pink to lavender that can really stretch a color palette. I also like the idea of bridesmaids walking down the aisle, one after the next, all holding onto a single garland of pink carnations.

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Clockwise from top: garden roses, sweet autumn clematis, 
dahlias, hydrangea, heuchera leaves, carnation


Can you walk us through your design process for creating bouquets that complement different dress colors?
Rich berry tones stand out well against regal blues, creating an elegance that feels right for the season. I thought shades of pale pink dresses, mauve to taupe, were best echoed by dusty blush, nude, and champagne-colored flowers. And for the last look, which felt very ethereal, I used touches of golden, burnt sugar tones, which complement the sage and teal dress, as well as the ivory, so beautifully.

What influences your personal approach to floral design?
I’m inspired by nature that is both wild and cultivated, so I love to highlight both the perfection and imperfections of a flower and its stem. For example, if a leaf is speckled or marked naturally with holes, I would let it be a part of the composition. Paintings by the Dutch Masters are a source of inspiration too.

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Clockwise from top: clematis vine, anemone, spray roses, hydrangea,
porcelain vine, ranunculus, garden roses

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An Apple a Week:
Spiced Apple Layer Cake
with Goat Cheese Frosting
and Caramel

There’s something indubitably autumnal—and, let’s face it, a bit… >


An Apple a Week:
Spiced Apple Layer Cake
with Goat Cheese Frosting and Caramel

There’s something indubitably autumnal—and, let’s face it, a bit expected—about spice cakes and their accompanying slather of sweetened cream cheese. So let’s shake up the standard, shall we? Think creamy-tangy goat cheese frosting and a drizzle of buttery-sweet caramel over layers of melt-in-your-mouth spiced apple cake. Though it’s true that sometimes the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, in this case, it’s deliciously far enough.

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For the Cake

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ginger
pinch nutmeg
1/2 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cup applesauce

HOW TO MAKE IT…
Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour four 8-inch round cake pans. Line the bottoms with parchment paper. In a large bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and spices. In another bowl, mix milk and vanilla extract. In a third bowl, beat together butter and sugar until light. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat in. Alternately in increments, add wet and dry ingredients to the butter mixture and incorporate fully each time. Fold in applesauce. Pour your mixture into your pans and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove and let cool about 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on a cooling rack.


For the Goat Cheese Frosting

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
6 ounces goat cheese
8 ounces mascarpone
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

HOW TO MAKE IT…
Beat all ingredients until well incorporated. Refrigerate for one hour.

For the Caramel

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1 cup sugar
6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons bourbon
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch allspice 

HOW TO MAKE IT…
In a saucepan, bring sugar and 1/4 cup water to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Boil for about 10 minutes, until caramel is a deep amber color. Reduce heat and add butter and stir until smooth. Stir in cream, bourbon and spices. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool.

To assemble cake, place one layer on a cake plate and frost generously with goat cheese frosting. Add each layer, alternating cake and frosting, finishing with a top layer of frosting. Smooth or scrape down sides of cake to expose the sides of the layers. Top with caramel sauce, allowing it to drizzle down the sides of your cake.


Hungry for more? Another appletastic recipe right this way.


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The Wanderer’s Way:
A Curated Guide to Prague

Long on history and even longer on charm, it’s easy—and perhaps even… >


The Wanderer’s Way:
A Curated Guide to Prague

Long on history and even longer on charm, it’s easy—and perhaps even recommended—to get lost in Prague. Rather than trying to bend its directional will to yours, we suggest you giving in and having yourself a wander through this plucked-from-a-fairytale city, like we did on our October catalog shoot. Meander through its cobblestoned streets and allow yourself to be surprised when you come upon one of the courtyards that suddenly appears, seemingly out of thin air. Follow the melody of classical music that floats on the wind nearly everywhere you go. Take in the impossible pastels—can a building really be that shade of creamsicle?—on the neoclassical facades, the gilded details on the moody Baroque churches, the architectural eye candy lurking around every bend.

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Of course, an end point is often useful when one sets off on an adventure. So allow us to present our slightly offbeat suggestions for how and where to roam while visiting the City of a Hundred Spires.


WHAT TO DO

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“Prague is my favorite romantic city—I think it rivals Paris. One morning, I woke up at 6 a.m. and walked over the famous Charles Bridge before any of the tourists arrived—it was just photographers and joggers and me, looking out over the Vltava River with the fog rolling in. I can’t think of a better way to capture what Prague’s really about than seeing it there, at that time of day.” —Lilian H., art director

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“A visit to Prague Castle is on everyone’s list. Before entering its grounds, past the very serious guards, check out the mesmerizing sgraffito on the Schwarzenberg Palace and then head straight to the Lobkowicz Palace, which was my absolute favorite and considerably less crowded.Once the private home of one of the oldest Bohemian noble families, Lobkowicz now houses a collection of priceless artwork, ancient delftware, original manuscripts from Beethoven and Mozart and a room devoted to oil paintings and photographs of the family’s dogs throughout the centuries. I couldn’t resist snapping a pic of Nero, a pipe-smoking dachshund, who belonged to a Lobkowicz prince.” Kirsten H., brand editor

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“I can’t recommend this experience enough: I went to a church to hear the ‘Ave Maria’ performed by the Prague Opera; I recorded a video and listened to it as I wandered the streets. It was amazing to hear the passion in their voices mixed with the fairytale architecture at night.”— Kelly C., stylist

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“The synagogues in the Josefov, the old Jewish quarter, are so powerful and moving in their history. The Old-New Synagogue is the oldest in Europe, while the Spanish Synagogue has spectacular vaulted ceilings and intricate gold designs (pictured). The Pinkas Synagogue affected me most—it was turned into a memorial to the nearly 80,000 Bohemian and Moravian victims of the Nazi genocide with every one of their names written on its walls.” —Lilian H.

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“The Kampa Museum, Prague’s contemporary art gallery is such a cool counterpoint to the older, more traditional vibe of the city. I couldn’t get enough of David Černý’s oversized Babies sculptures on display outside. And the “Fred & Ginger” Dancing House is a little bit of Frank Gehry that somehow manages to look right at home amid the Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Take an elevator ride up to the top for a can’t-miss view.”Kirsten H.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

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Café Savoy is like stepping back into the Belle Epoque—it’s a true grand café with soaring, painted ceilings, waiters bustling around and glass cases lined with colorful Czech pastries. A midafternoon snack of ovocné knedlíky—dumplings stuffed with apricots, topped with fresh, soft cheese and served with drawn butter and powdered sugar—was just the thing to keep us going on our travels.” —Kirsten H.

“We sat on the second floor balcony of the Grand Café Orient, drinking wine served by very flirty waiters and watching the world go by below. Not only is the vantage point pretty amazing, but the building itself, the House of the Black Madonna, was the first Cubist structure ever built in Prague.” — Kelly C.

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Trdelnik are probably the most touristy, least authentic thing you can eat in Prague, but that doesn’t make them any less delicious. These sugar-sprinkled pastry shells, cooked over an open fire and lined with dark chocolate if you choose—and why wouldn’t you choose?—are a messy, gooey thrill.” — Kirsten H.

“On my last day in the CZ, I had my farewell-to-Prague feast of wine-soaked plum crepes at the adorable Café Cukrkavalimonada. Heaven.”Lilian H.

WHERE TO SHOP

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“I loved going to the outskirts beyond the tourist districts. I found so much antique Czech glass in the Vinohrady district, along with wonderful textiles and ceramics at the Kolbenova Flea Market, which is a bit of hike from the city center. I also came home with some really beautiful textiles from Antique Ahasver in the Old Town.” —Kelly C.

ARTĚL, tucked just under the Charles Bridge, has a well-curated mix of Czech items, in addition to handmade Bohemian glassware. I can never resist a notebook and I found some unusual ones here. The staff couldn’t be more helpful and they produce a wonderful guidebook, which came in especially handy!” —Kirsten H.

“Bric a Brac is hidden in one of those unexpected courtyards near the Old Town Square, full of everything from true antiques to odd curios. It looked like it was closed—the windows are chock-a-block with stuff and it’s hard to see in—but it’s worth knocking, especially if you like treasure hunting.”—Lilian H.





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#AnthroOpenCall:
Holiday Fashion Shows

Our holiday fashion shows are just around the corner and the only thing we’re still… >


#AnthroOpenCall: Holiday Fashion Shows

Our holiday fashion shows are just around the corner and the only thing we’re still on the lookout for is your smiling face! That’s right, the stores listed below are searching for local gals to model our latest looks. If you’re interested in getting gussied up and taking a turn on the catwalk, you have until Sunday, October 12th to enter on Instagram. Simply post a photo of you wearing your most recent Anthropologie best, then caption it with the hashtag #AnthroOpenCall and the location of your local store. We’ll direct message one or two lucky winners per show the week of October 13th, so keep an eye on your Instagram inbox!

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Fall 2014 Fashion Show | Huntsville, AL
Photo by Sleepy Fox Photography


Baton Rouge, LA Perkins Rowe
Friday, December 5 | 6 – 9 p.m.

Cincinnati, OH Kenwood Towne Centre
Thursday, November 20 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Columbia, MD The Mall in Columbia
Thursday, November 20 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Houston, TX CITYCENTRE
Thursday, November 20 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Houston, TX Highland Village
Thursday, December 4 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Knoxville, TN 5406 Kingston Pike
Wednesday, November 12 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Milwaukee, WI 301 North Broadway
Thursday, November 6 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Naples, FL Waterside Shops
Friday, November 14 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Pittsburgh, PA Bakery Square
Friday, November 14 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Schaumburg, IL Woodfield Mall
Wednesday, November 5 | 7 – 9 p.m.

Woodmere, OH Eton Chagrin Boulevard
Friday, November 14 | 7 – 9 p.m.



 

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An Apple a Week:
Hot Cider & Cinnamon
Apple Chips

There’s a chill in the air, a crunch underfoot, and a rainbow through the… >


An Apple a Week:
Hot Cider & Cinnamon Apple Chips

There’s a chill in the air, a crunch underfoot, and a rainbow through the trees: Yes, friends, it’s apple season. Which, after one trip to the orchard, quickly becomes oh-my-that’s-a-lot-of-apples season. Our solution? Piping-hot cider and cinnamon-sugar apple chips—easy-as-pie treats that are, well, way easier than pie. Enjoy them on their own or pair them together for ultimate autumnal goodness.

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For the Cider

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
10 winesap apples, quartered
3/4 cup sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
Pinch of whole cloves
1 tablespoon allspice berries
Enough water to cover

HOW TO MAKE IT…
Wrap all spices in a small piece of doubled-up cheesecloth and tie off securely. Add apples, sugar, spice pack and water to a large stockpot and bring to a boil for one hour. Lower heat and allow mixture to simmer for an additional two hours. Remove from heat and let cool. Remove spice pack and discard. Strain the remaining mixture through a fine mesh sieve, as many times as needed to reach desired consistency. Reheat to enjoy, and top with whipped cream and apple chips.


For the Cinnamon Apple Chips

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1 apple, thinly sliced with seeds removed
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

HOW TO MAKE IT…
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange apple slices, evenly spaced. In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle the mixture over apples. Bake for two hours, moving the slices with tongs once to prevent sticking. Remove from oven and let cool.


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Make It Happen: Get Your
Guest Room Guest-Ready

The holidays are just around the corner. We know, we know—too early, right? We’re… >

Make It Happen:
Get Your Guest Room Guest-Ready

The holidays are just around the corner. We know, we know—too early, right? We’re all for living in the moment, but it can’t hurt to get your spare room ready before the hustle and bustle of the season truly begins. These delight-your-guests quick fixes are so easy, you can pull them off without missing out on any of the apple picking, pumpkin carving and cider sipping that’s happening right now.

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First things first: serve a hot-off-the-kettle cup of tea and a plate of buttery biscuits so she can sip as she unpacks. Even better—treat her to a luxurious lotion she’s never tried before—blustery temps and air travel have been known to dry out the skin.
 
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Don’t leave your loved ones rummaging through the linen closet—place a soft stack of towels at the foot of the bed piled high with mix-and-match pillows and a pretty duvet.

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Brrrring-brrrrinng! As much as your guests may want to spend the day in bed, sometimes they need a wake-up call. And don’t forget to stock the nightstand with a few page-turners in case she forgets to pack her bestsellers.

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Home, Surprising Home:
A Mobile Makeover

We’re in a veritable decorating frenzy these days, what with the release… >

Home, Surprising Home:
A Mobile Makeover

We’re in a veritable decorating frenzy these days, what with the release of our first ever House & Home catalog, a series of awe-inspiring vignettes from boho bungalows to modern-prep pied-a-terres to romantic country villas, and as luck would have it, we’re not the only ones. Blogger Sarah Schneider of @lovesarahschneider got her talented hands on a vintage Airstream, the Wandering Star, and gave it a stem-to-stern makeover using some of our newest home decor offerings. We asked her to share some details of her small-space, big-impact renovation and her plans for the Airstream’s future.

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The Airstream looks great! How long did it take to remodel?
It has been an amazing project to work on—I bought it this spring and have been working on it ever since. As with most remodels, one thing turns into another and it’s always a bigger project than expected! I replaced the carpet with white wood floors and painted all the cabinets, walls and ceilings white for an airy feel. And I wallpapered for the first time! What an awesome way to add color and pattern—I’m hooked! I fell in love with the Wandering Star pillow and that became my inspiration for the colors of the camper’s decor… it’s even her nickname!

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What is your favorite new piece?
That’s a hard one, but probably the Terai chairs.  They pulled the whole look together and made the biggest impact. I love the black and white patterns and the texture in the wood legs. Plus, they’re perfect for the camper—they fold up and out of the way when traveling or not in use. 

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What is your favorite “room” or area in the camper?
It’s a toss up between the living/dining area and the back bedroom. The front is a versatile living space and conversation area that quickly becomes a dining area to eat or play games, then converts into a cozy bedroom space. The back bedroom is nice and private. It has more of a kid vibe, but can easily be an adult space as well. The bedding was fun to coordinate and I love that the design of the quilt is reversible, so you can easily get another look for both beds or change it up on just one side.

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We love how you made an outdoor space for the Airstream. Any other tips on making the outdoors feel like home when camping?
The Airstream is small, so utilizing outdoor space is key. I always set up a table right outside as our staging area: it’s a great place to prep and serve meals. I travel with beautiful table linens—it’s amazing how they can make even your outdoor space feel homey and beautiful. And string lights… always string lights. They are functional and create great ambiance. 

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Our new House & Home lookbook is divided into three sections—the Romantic, the Optimist and the Artist. Which most feels like you?
The Artist, for sure. I like collecting things and making them all work together in a space. New or old, it’s nice to have a feeling that this is your collection and a reflection of who you are. Not to mention, I grew up in an artistic home—my parents are both artists and as kids we traveled the country with them doing art shows. That’s certainly where I get my love for travel and art.

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Is the Airstream staying put or hitting the road?
Oh yes, we are certainly going to hit the road with it! My dream is to travel the country in it with the kids, maybe as soon as next summer. If you see me in your town, honk! I’d love to pull over and show you the inside!

Like what you see? More blogger-styled decor right this way.



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Home, Surprising Home:
A Tranquil Nursery

By now you’ve probably thumbed through our House & Home catalog, a showcase of… >

Home, Surprising Home:
A Tranquil Nursery

By now you’ve probably thumbed through our House & Home catalog, a showcase of our newest home offerings in the grandest spaces we could find. But what if you’re interested decorating a quieter sort of space—emphasis on quiet? For a nicely chilled out take on decorating, we enlisted Samantha, the style sophisticate of Could I Have That, to use our fresh decor to create a sweetly subdued space in her house—a soon-to-be-occupied nursery! Read on for Samantha’s tips for creating a room that both mom can enjoy and a little once can grow into.

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Congratulations on your baby news! The nursery looks so sweet; how did you decide on the color palette?
Since we decided not to find out the gender, choosing a neutral palette was an obvious choice. I wanted it to have an all-around soft feel, so we chose gray tones mixed with white and flax.

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What is your favorite new piece of décor?
One of the first pieces that I picked out was the Luxe Fur Stool. It immediately grabbed my attention because of the texture. I just love how it adds a soft, sweet touch to the whole room.

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Fast-forward a bit to when the baby arrives—how do you envision spending time with him or her in this room?
I picture us spending a lot of time in nursery. There’s quite a bit of space in the middle of the room for playtime and reading, so I think it will be a favorite place for the baby to be as time goes on.

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We love how you took traditionally “grown-up” furnishings and used them for the baby’s nursery, particularly the Orianna Chair. What drew you to it?
I’ve always had a thing for tufted pieces and this chair looked cozy and low to the ground, so our little one can eventually get on it easily. Since putting the room together, I go in occasionally just to read a book or relax on the chair. It’s become my favorite spot. Plus, it fits the aesthetic in the rest of our house perfectly, so it could find its way into another room later down the road.

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The stuffed animals you chose are great; we love how they add a pop of color to an otherwise quiet space. Any other tips for unexpected ways to add color or texture in a room?
Pillows or poufs, layered rugs, images and books are all great ways of adding an extra dose of color. I love finding a common hue and building off of that.

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Our new House & Home lookbook is divided into 3 sections—the Romantic, the Optimist and the Artist. Which most feels like you?
I’m definitely a mix between the Romantic and the Optimist. I love neutral serene spaces with a common color tying it all together. I’m a sucker for romantic textures and calming colors.

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Have You Heard?
Symphonies & Songbirds

We don’t need much to get us in the mood for fall. The crunchy leaves, the cozy… >

Have You Heard? Symphonies & Songbirds

While summer is all about hands-up ditties, the dawn of fall has us craving songs with a little more soul. Inspired by our October catalog shoot in Prague—a historical hotbed for classical music that once served as a second home to Mr. Mozart—the sweet sounds of this playlist are perfectly suited for autumn’s wizened sun and whispering elms.

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Have you Heard… our other playlists? Head on over for a listen.