by Kate on October 2, 2015

anthologymag-blog-food-croquembouche-1Even though I like to treat cooking and baking as a labor of love as often as I can, rarely do I make fancy dishes or even consider the presentation of the meal. There was something about this croquembouche, beautifully displayed and adorned with flowers, that stopped me in my tracks. It has since inspired me to put in the time to make a special, celebratory dish from time to time—for no reason in particular except to enjoy the process.

Croquembouche is a traditional French treat made of puff pastry balls and a coating of spun sugar or caramel, and is usually served at weddings and other special ceremonies. This recipe is much more practical for everyday consumption; each of the three ball recipes can be made vegan and are chock full of healthy ingredients: cashews, strawberries, sweet potato, honey, and shredded coconut, to name a few. I hope you’ll join me in trying out this fun take on the fancy French delicacy. To check out the full recipe, click here.

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Art of Plants

by Nancy on October 1, 2015

anthologymag-blog-artofplants-1It looks like Kate and I both have greenery on our minds! (Earlier this week, she posted about Sarah Illenberger’s “Wonderplants” art series and Sretan Bor’s botanical murals.)

Every year, I deal with an unpleasant raid of ants that get inside our walls and come through the vents looking for water. And every year, a thick black trail of ants attack my plants. I love having plants around, but I’ve had to minimize the amount of potted plants in the house. Air plants have been a great solution, and these wooden sculptures by Art of Plants are perfect vessels.

Jenny Wong-Stanley frequently uses recycled or upcycled materials and remnants to create her planters. After the wood is heated with high-temperature steam, each piece is bent by hand. The end result looks modern, yet the curves also lend an organic sensibility.

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Karolin Schnoor Calendar

by Anh-Minh on September 30, 2015

ks_1I’ve been receiving PR emails regarding holiday products for weeks now. And while I don’t like to rush this part of the year—fall is my favorite season—one thing I do like to consider well in advance is my calendar. That’s because in the past, I’ve made the mistake of procrastinating and then the calendar I want ends up selling out. *sigh*

Well, that won’t be happening this year! London-based Karolin Schnoor recently let me know that she’s now accepting pre-orders for her 2016 calendar, which features a hand-drawn illustration and type. (Regular Anthology readers may recognize her work; Karolin has done illustrations for the print magazine.) I love that her design is a single-page calendar, so the entire year is all right there in front of you. No page-flipping required. And the black-and-white palette means it will work in any decor, which is especially great if you decide to pick one up as a gift.

Be sure to browse the rest of her online shop, which offers additional prints and other paper goods. You know, in case you aren’t quite ready to start thinking about 2016 yet! (But I should warn you: Karolin’s 2014 and 2015 calendars sold out. So get one while you can!)


{ Top image via The Future Kept; all other images via Karolin Schnoor }


Sretan Bor

by Kate on September 29, 2015

anthologymag-blog-art-sretanbor-murals-1I mentioned yesterday that I’ve been on the lookout for brightly colored botanical imagery as a way to prepare for the ever-dwindling daylight hours and the onset of cold weather. I’m pretty sure if I had a room like this to spend time in, I would never have the winter blues, even in the middle of January.

These magical jungle walls were created by Sretan Bor, an artist, illustrator, and muralist based in Serbia. What carries through all of his work is an incredible sense of playfulness. Whether it’s an animation, city mural, or poster, Bor’s imagery is always vivid, fun, and full of life. You can see more of his work here, and check out his tumblr for a jolt of creative energy.

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by Kate on September 28, 2015

anthologymag-blog-artwork-sarahillenberger-wonderplants-1In the past few days, I can feel fall in the air around my neighborhood, but then every once in a while a really hot, sweaty day takes me back into summer. To be honest, I’m not quite ready to let the season of long sunny days go just yet, and so I’ve been on the hunt for visuals that carry the jubilant energy of summer. These lush, colorful prints by artist and designer Sarah Illenberger are just what I need to take me through the cold months ahead.

Illenberger is known for being able to transform everyday materials into bold, witty visual delights. This latest series of hers, entitled “Wonderplants,”  is such a brilliant study of color and form, and a surprising mix of natural and graphic elements. To purchase a print of your own, you can visit her online shop.

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