Design Tips from Anthropologie

Going through the mail today, I spied the new Anthropologie House & Home catalog. I'll admit that I'm a total sucker for furniture catalogs, and this one did not disappoint. The brand has recently expanded into the home and decor space and their latest journal debuts more than 800 new pieces. It's also full of bits of whimsy and wisdom from designers and stylists.

Here are a few of my favorite design tips:

"Make sure to include things that simply make you happy when you walk through the door. In my key bowl there's a gorgeous flamingo feather from a family trip to the zoo. I smile every time I see it." —Kendra Smoot, on Entryways

"Give petite rooms, recessed nooks and staircase risers their due—counterintuitive as it may seem, tiny areas stand up to big doses of pattern." —Style Note

"To keep decor from becoming one-note, swap in something unexpected—here, we softened mid-century silhouettes with high-romance ruching." —Style Note

"For a tablescape that feels of the season, I let elements of nature dictate the palette. Think fragrant herbs in a tiny pot or wispy blooms from the garden atop a place setting. 'Simple ideas, thoughtfully executed' is my mantra." —Athena Calderone, on Entertaining