Good Questions: Decorating the Anthropologie Way

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Hi AT:SF,

I recently purchased the Illyria duvet & shams in red from Anthropologie and would like advice on creating a bedroom that has Anthropologie style.

Thanks for your help!
Angie

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Dear Angie,

Building a room around one loved and substantial design element like your bedding is a great way to tackle a large design challenge, so we think you've made a good beginning. You'd be surprised how the colors, themes, mood, and texture of a single item can snowball into that elusive thing people call personal style.

If the red and white toile bedding is the only thing you have so far, we suggest you head off to the Alameda Flea Market this weekend to go shopping for basics. You'll need a bed or a frame and headboard, a side table, and some secondary lighting like a bedside lamp. We're suggesting the flea market route because Anthropologie sources so many of its fabulous reproductions by scouting flea markets, scavenging for unique vintage items which serve as the models for pricey reproductions, and you can achieve a similar look by going for the originals yourself. Look for interesting textures and shades that complement your bedding. We like the idea of cerulean blue or weathered turquoise to complement the red and white toile.

Also, check out this post for a primer on how to make the most of the Alameda Market. Bring some tear-outs from the Anthro catalogue -- either room settings or individual items -- and look for similar ideas as you explore the market. If you see something you like, pounce! Don't second-guess yourself. Guts are usually right.

Anyone else?