Home Styling: Getting Ready for Guests at Anthropologie & Co. King of PrussiaNovember 21, 2016
Now, it’s true that there’s no place like home. But if we had to pick a runner-up, it would be our just-opened Anthropologie & Co. space in King of Prussia. Boasting full-scale living, dining and bedrooms, a home design center, and all the cozy fixings, we’ve seriously considered moving in. (Which, to be clear, isn’t an option—we checked.) With the holidays in sight, we asked Abby, the store’s home stylist extraordinaire, how to make our real abodes just as inviting.
Thanksgiving is coming up fast! How are you making your table extra special for the occasion?
I like my table to reflect what’s special about Thanksgiving—the bounties of harvest and the people you share it with. I start with a beautiful cloth or runner, and then alternate layers of formal and more rustic elements at each setting. I always include a nod to nature, as well. This year, I’m buying extra herbs—sage, rosemary and thyme—and using a thin velvet ribbon to tie a sprig of each around the napkin.
With guests on the way, what do you like to keep on hand?
A well-stocked bar! Seriously though, I try to take a cue from the guests themselves—I stock the house with their favorite foods, and put out books, games and framed photos or albums that include them. I love to burn a firewood-scented candle when it’s not yet cold enough to build a fire, and I also have my eye on a couple of our new faux-fur pillows and throws.
Say you have guests spending the weekend. How do you make them feel at home—or even better than at home?
I think it starts with the bed. Weary travelers appreciate a well-made bed, including a pretty quilt and plush pillows. I set the nightstand with fresh flowers, a carafe of ice water and glasses, and a small scented candle. I also make sure to set out fresh towels and a basket of essentials they may have left behind. Closet space and access to outlets are also thoughtful.
With all the work that goes into hosting, how can the holiday guests among us show our appreciation?
It’s a lovely touch to acknowledge the efforts of the host, especially during the hectic holiday season. I like to give “now and later” gifts. For instance, a cake stand piled high with home-baked cookies and wrapped beautifully. The host can serve the treats now and enjoy the dish for years to come.
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