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DIY Anthropologie Visual Display Board and DIY Wood Veneer Anthro Art

A HUGE thank you to all those who piped up with suggestions of things to do and places to go see in Seattle.  Not to mention all the food recommendations!  Holy cow…from the sound of it, gastrointestinally speaking, I’m going to be one satisfied Seattle customer. The hard part now is how to fit it all in!   I promise to report on my travels.  And take pics too.  Lots of pics.  Best news: just discovered my hotel downtown is literally less than two blocks from the Anthropologie. And I didn’t even have a hand in planning that. Thank you, universe.

Thought I’d sneak in an outfit here.  The Tarpan Buttondown has such a fun vibe to it, and being so whimsical, I went for the yin and yang approach….pairing it with sleek cut crop pants, business pumps (albeit really really fun business loafer pumps) and a clean-lined belt.

Wearing: Pants-Gap, Top-Anthropologie Tarpan Buttondown, Belt-Anthropologie High Gloss Belt, Shoes- Anthropologie Glossed Loafers, Bag- Anthropologie

Onward and forward with the DIY. So remember how I mentioned that one of my many goals in life is to make my house look and feel like Anthropologie?  Well, what better way to start than having my own Visual Display board?!  Over the years we’ve had this house, I’ve found myself wanting to try my hand at projects I’ve seen displayed in Anthro store windows, but I didn’t want to destroy my walls in the process.  Staple gunning can do a number on sheet rock, you know?

So what to do? I tried to think like Anthro’s visual display geniuses and decided if they could create their own walls and display boards to then build revolving art concepts on top of, why couldn’t I?  If I did that, then I could change out my projects without leaving wall damage behind.  So I first bought plywood and two 2 x 8’s, and had MacGuyver build me out a box frame.  I stained it the darkest Walnut we had in the garage.  (I decided I’ll start with a stain, and eventually paint over it for the background of another project, then perhaps wall paper over that for the next, and so on….eventually I’ll sand it all off and start again).

I remember Anthro doing a window display a few summers back with the woven wood concept.  My jaw dropped. Drool puddled on the floor. It was amazing.  I knew I wanted to create something like it, though I knew it would never be as….impressive.

Anthropologie Summer Window Concept: Woven Wooden Sculpture

Amazing, right?  I mean, the man hours that must have taken….reaffirms my love for Anthro when I see effort like this.

But for a smaller scale, the image below was what I had in mind for my display board.

Anthropologie Window Display Inspiration via Design Sponge

So I took off for Home Depot and bought wood veneer rolls.  All they had were the kind that were heat bonded on the back, 3/4 inch wide.  I decided to try it anyway.

Heat bonded on back. DON'T buy this kind.

It has a rubbery feel to the bottom of it and though it took the paint alright, it didn’t look right.  Plus, after I had measured, cut, taped all the strips, and painted, once dry, the paint stuck to the cardboard box underneath and ran and bled on the wood side.  Swear word!

By the light of the moon and flood light, painting the strips....only to throw them all away. This is the way NOT to do this project.

Then I got smart and went to Woodcraft.  They carry rolls of wood veneer that are paper-backed, like this one:

Paperbacked Wood Veneer Roll from Woodcraft

It’s not cheap stuff.  I think this roll was like $20, so I only bought one and figured I’d make it work.  I have no idea how Anthro acquired that much wood veneer for their windows, unless they promised the wives of Sauers and Company Processed Veneers free Anthro for life.  Not a bad trade…..

I didn’t snap a photo of me painting this one.  So sorry. The roll is 8 ft. long, so I taped to a high shelf in our garage and covered all 8 ft. of it at once with a roller and yellow paint.  Once dry, my man MacGuyver helped me hold it down and measure while I used my rotary cutting tool ( you know, the kind for fabric?) with a cutting mat underneath to cut the 8 ft. roll in half, so we had two sheets that were 4 feet long.  Then, out of those two 4 ft. long pieces, we cut strips that were 1 1/2 inch wide.

At this point, we were ready to attach it to the display board.  We used the air gun to staple it to the wood as that was much faster than any other method.  I just kinda took each strip and made a figure 8 pattern, stapling it in the middle.  I wanted some of the yellow pieces to show, so I folded them the opposite direction.  Here’s how it turned out.


My New Anthro Visual Display Board and "sculpture".

I just wanted it to be kind of organic and flowy. No measuring, no making sure they were all done the same….just eyeballed it and let it happen.

I love how the last piece unravels.  Uniformity makes me really uncomfortable, so this was the perfect punctuation on the end.

Here it is in the room.

I’m really kinda in love with it.  I already have 4 other projects in mind for my Anthro board, but I’ve gotta admit ….it’s gonna be hard to take this one down.  I’ll let her stay as is for a while.

So what do y’all think?  Is a revolving Anthro board in your future?

Now I’m kinda thinking I need to make a chandelier out of wood veneer, maybe something like this:

Hello, Gorgeous.


Totally doable, right? Excuse me while I go buy stock in paper-back wood veneer now……

xoxo Molly



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Flex your Styling Muscle Series – Anthropologie Hourglass Form Dress

First, if you have a second, please feel free to check out my Shop Anthromollogies page as I have added many new items today, including J.Crew, Lululemon, Anthropologie, and Banana Republic.  Hope you find something you like.

Secondly, thank you all for your contribution in celebrating my one year of blogging.  As you can see below….the winners shall expect their loot in the coming days.  See?….

Blogiversary Winners' Loot. En route!

And, you may have noticed in the title of this post, that I’ve decided to actually give a name to my styling series posts, you know….the ones where I take an Anthro item and style it a bunch of different ways. The name:

“Flex Your Styling Muscle”.

You like?  Hope so.  In this post series, you can expect to see stylings of the same item done at least 6 different ways.  What I expect is to continually challenge myself to see an item in my closet differently, so that I fall in love with it again and again every time I wear it.  Here’s hoping it’s inspiring for not only me but you too.  That said, I invite you to send me requests of items you’d like to see styled in this series.  If I have the item, I will gladly go for it and style the item in person.  If I do not own the item, I’m just gonna have to Polyvore the heck out of it.  Hope that’s alright with you.

So, now that we’ve got the formalities out of the way, let’s flex some style muscle, why don’t we?

Game on, Hourglass Form Dress.


Hourglass Form Dress

This dress speaks yummy blank canvas to me.  And the mustard color is one of my faves for sure.  I’m sure some of you may disagree with me, but I do sincerely believe mustard yellow as a color pairs well with just about anything in a wardrobe.  I know, I know… many times I hear things like…I can’t wear yellow next to my face. Well, the beauty of this dress is that you can layer under and over, adding in pops of color that DO look good next to your face and balance the mustard factor out.  And, you’ll look dang cool in the meantime.

Set 1: Hourglass Form Dress with: Cardi-LiaMolly, Tights-Anthro Dotted Cluster, Shoes-Anthro Pointed Light Oxfords. This one was super easy. Black with gold touches? Add a bit of gray...done.

Here’s proof that I actually try on my styling sets to make sure they work as far as length, proportion, and hue.

Set 2: Hourglass Form Dress with: Sweater-J.Crew Jester Turtleneck (picked up for $18 dollahs. aww yeah!), Belt-J.Crew, Purple Tights-J.Crew, Shoes-Anthropologie Daybreak T-Straps. Ugh, SO SORRY for my streaked mirror. KIDS! What to do with 'em? Pass the beer nuts....hehe. Jewel Tones of Mustard, Green, and Purple. They're the three amigos, I tell ya. Close up of purple tights and green shoes below:


Set 3: Hourglass Form Dress with: Top-Anthropologie Tarpan Buttondown, Belt-Anthro Snakebite, Tights-J.Crew, Shoes-Anthro Lass and Laddie Oxfords. You could easily switch the belt out with a fuschia, light pink, gold, and switch the tights with brown or nude.

Set 4: Hourglass Form Dress with: Jacket-Anthropologie Cassia Jacket, Belt-Anthropologie, Tights-Anthropologie, Shoes-Anthropologie High Glossed Loafers. Bought the Cassia Jacket at the sale two weeks ago. This little drapey number has lovely windowpane detailing, and this colorway is the best one by far. Mustard, Rust, and Turquoise....be still my beating heart.

Set 5: Hourglass Form Dress with: Shirt-J.Crew Buffalo Check, Belt-Anthropologie Dusk Blue Suede Belt, Shoes-Faryl Robin, Tights-J.Crew. Continuing the Mustard, Rust, Aqua/Turquoise affair here. Loving the mix of prints here. I had fun with this particular Buffalo Check top and this dress; see below.

Set 6: Hourglass Form Dress with: Shirt-J.Crew Buffalo check, Necklace-Anthropologie Sun Kingdom Necklace, Belt-Anthropologie Dasara Belt , Tights-HUE dark green, Boots-Anthropologie Gilgarran. These colors are SO fall; mustard, rust, brown, and dark green. Makes me want to get to holiday eatin' again.

Set 7: Hourglass Form Dress with: Shirt-J.CRew Buffalo Check, Scarf-Anthropologie name?, Belt-Anthropologie, Tights-HUE green , Booties-Anthropologie Times Three Booties. Continuing with the mustard, rust and greens.

Set 8: Hourglass Form Dress with: Cardi-J.Crew Ethereal Ruffle, Shoes-Anthropologie Wingspan Heels, TIghts-HUE blue-green, Necklace-Anthropologie. These shoes just begged to paired with this dress. So I based everything off the sweet shoes. Could do a sweet skinny metallic gold belt with this set too.

I had several more outfits still to go when my sojourn in the closet was cut short by one wailing, chunky little 3 1/2 month old.  So sorry. But cheeks had to be kissed and loved on.

Per usual, I would love to know which set speaks your language.  Feedback, ladies….

I will be making a few changes to the blog in the coming days, adding pages up top specifically for DIY posts, Queen of Your Closet posts, and Flex Your Style Muscle Posts.  Hope this makes my blog much easier to navigate.  Any feedback would be appreciated.

Colorphile post still to come this week, a challenge, the Little Man Shower, and much more….

xoxo Molly





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LAST CALL: Anthrofied DIY $25 Giftcard, an Anthromollogies version Coffee Filter Lantern DIY, and musings on the sale.

Ladies, how ya doin’? Phew! What a sale this morning, eh? With this extra 25% off of sale business, so far I’ve picked up this:

Lemon Liftoff Blouse


Thistledown Robe

and a mystery macrame style open vest that I cannot find online.  It’s by Future Paradise, and was originally $68.  I bought it for $26.  AHH…..Yeah.  (commence my ahh…..yeah dance!)

This month is going to be interesting for my budget since it’s birthday month for me, and I’ve already received my 15% off birthday discount from Anthro…..what to use it on?  My wishlist is sitting pretty with lots of new members. I suppose if I were to pull the trigger tonight, my haul would look something like this:

potential birthday haul

give or take a pair of shoes or booties.  Before free shipping ended, I went ahead and took advantage of the outerwear sale with these:

Elva Booties- totally dig the vibe on these.

If they don’t fit or are sub-par, I’ll return them and order some other feetly delights in their place.

Well enough about me….what did you pick up?  Were you impressed or disappointed? Hope you picked up something you’ve patiently waited for.  All three of my purchases were “don’t even think about it unless they’re on sale”-purchases for me, so I’m happy to say I stuck to my guns and waited on them.

In other news…I’ve received some fabulous DIY entries for the $25 giftcard giveaway.  A huge thank you to all who have entered.  You’re all brimming with talent!  But all good things must have an end….Tonight is the final cut-off for entries.  (I was a softy and extended the challenge a few days to allow for entries from a few people who were traveling or just needed a bit more time).  That said, this is THE LAST CALL!  Get them in by tonight midnight, Mountain time, K?   I’m excited to reveal all the great DIY entries this Friday…so keep your eyes peeled for that post.

Report from the Anthromollogies home base is that I’m SO more than ready to give this mini-man I’m toting around an eviction notice!  Some nights he moves so much I actually feel like I’ve ridden the Toni Hawk ride at Six Flags.  Which I have before, ….once,….and it wasn’t pretty.  To say it was “unpleasant” doesn’t even touch it. 15 more days.  I’m hangin’ by a thread, y’all.  Thank goodness there’s things like Anthro and extra 25% off sales to take my mind off the waiting game!

I’m also super happy to have finished my own little Anthrofied DIY this weekend, the coffee filter paper lantern project I’ve seen on Pinterest. MacGyver got all manly, broke out his tools, and jimmy-rigged it up to hang directly over our sink from the existing can light.  I love that man.  My house/decor isn’t modern enough for the very cool, very clean, all-white examples I’ve seen expertly executed on Pinterest. So I decided to tweak it and make it right for our home.  I did both white and brown coffee filters, to warm it up a bit, and place them in a random order.  I love how it turned out looking kinda like a globe.


Coffee Filter Lantern

Verdict: 3 burned fingers, one super fluffy pendant light, and a huge smile on my face every time I do the dishes.

I used a regular Crayola Marker, stuck it in the center of each coffee filter, wrapped the ends up around the sides, put a generous dot of hot glue on the end, and placed each filter closely.  No, I didn’t count how many filters I used.  I didn’t want to get discouraged by how far I had to go by focusing on the numbers.  I worked an hour or two every other night and think I used (roughly) 3 packs of white and 1 1/2 packs of brown filters.  Just turn on your favorite show, plop down, and start gluing….stop when it gets old.  Then pick it up again a night or two later.  It’s worth it in the end, I promise.  Can’t you imagine Anthro doing like an entire window display of these for Christmas….like ginormous snowballs?  How does their visual teams have any fingers left what with all the glue-gun burning they must endure?!  (By the way, those cabinets you see behind my coffee filter planet will be sanded and stained espresso by this weekend.  Yee-ha!  I’m so excited!  Goodbye, blah oak….hello sexy espresso.)

Here’s hoping you’ve had a lovely Tuesday, found your size in the sale snatcha-roo game, and if you’ve still got a DIY to submit, GET IT IN!!

xoxo Molly


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