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March 22, 2023
This post is the most personal so far, touching on a major motivator in how I choose things for my home, and ultimately, curate things I hope you’ll love.
For new readers, I’m Angela- founder of Anacua House and design aficionado.
Growing up as the youngest child of a single mother living on a public housing project, we didn’t have a “lot” (by American consumer standards), and much of what we had were thrift finds, hand-me-downs, dollar store, or sale finds. I’m not denigrating the thrift-store lifestyle- recycling and upcycling are economical and environmentally friendly ways to find unique furniture, décor, and clothes. But when your towels have frayed edges and old food containers are reused as Tupperware (a habit I still have), it’s easy to feel like you’re just getting by- nothing special.
This feeling isn’t limited to the low-income; who hasn’t perched on the corner of their couch, eating takeout from the container?
I propose a simple upgrade; but first, a story:
My mother had a set of pretty little faceted-glass bowls, gifted to her at her wedding well over a decade before I was born. She used them. All. The. Time. She filled them with buttered popcorn (extra butter) for home movie nights. She used them for instant pudding or boxed jello, making a cheap dessert extravagant. They appeared at our Thanksgiving table, and with snacks on random weeknights.
Those glass bowls hold a special place in my memories; a night at home watching movies became a special occasion, a budget dessert an elevated treat. They made the mundane magical, a real “treat yourself” moment.
In tough times, you can return to these routines for solace. The crystal glassware or glow of candlelight can be a surprising ally in healing or maintaining relationships; creating a space to connect with your partner amidst the chaos of parenting and careers or unwind with a friend after a long week.
My mother’s glass bowls were my inspiration for stocking these fluted glass beauties at Anacua House; the concept of the glass bowls is evident throughout the shop. I only curated items I could see being in someone’s home for years. Well-made and -designed pieces that elevate your home and add that little bit of magic to everyday moments.
We all have the power to design our lives: define our traditions and celebrations, and curate the objects that surround and support our daily lives, some of which become personal heirlooms. How will you create extraordinary moments?
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February 09, 2024
At Anacua House, we are passionate about promoting independent brands that create modern, relevant designs while using and honoring heritage craftsmanship. In addition- Anacua House founder Angela Bodnar, like Melissa, left a career in business to take a chance on the design world.
With so much in common, we just had to ask Melissa to tell us more about her design process and journey with Azulina.
July 25, 2023
Here at Anacua House, we’re passionate about global and diverse voices in design. When our founder, Angela, saw pictures on social media of Daysie, an all-day casual bar in Bangalore launched by a coworker from her university days, she had to reach out. Daysieis making waves in the design world for its maximalist, highly-instagrammable environment that draws the city's tech-foward, trendy crowd of young professionals.
May 15, 2023
I see this as an extension of the overall warming trend in colors – the popularity of sages, terracotta, and warm reds, along with the general appreciation of natural materials and craft.
Here’s a couple shades that work perfectly for a 2023 take on Beige: