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Our Favorites’ Favorites: Kara Paslay Designs

Kara Paslay and her husband, Tim, bought their first fixer-upper straight out of college and taught themselves – mostly through trial and error – everything they know. Not only does this duo keep our eyes happy with plenty of DIY inspiration, but she’s also a Display Coordinator for Anthropologie! Now that’s dreamy.

Hello! I’m Kara from Kara Paslay Designs. I am so excited to be here today and so thankful that Kim and Scott asked me to come share some of my favorite projects from this past year! Every year around this time, I start to think about all the things that need improvement in my life. Of course there are plenty things to choose from. Often when I’m trying to muster up the courage and/or energy to take on the new year with a focused optimism, it always helps to hear an inspiring story or see some inspiring images.

One place that I gather amazing inspiration from is Anthropologie. This year I felt blessed to fulfill a dream of mine and actually be able to work as the Display Coordinator (creator of all the displays) at our store here in Tulsa! I have chosen to highlight a couple of my favorite installations, but you can click here to see all the of the displays that I created.

This window display below ended up being a customer favorite. I think we all appreciate when a normal everyday object is somehow transformed into a beautiful, unique work of art. So was the case with this window. Can you tell what I used?


I have always loved how Anthro uses everyday items in mass quantities to make an incredible statement. Well, after this window and using about a billion post-it notes, I definitely felt like part of the Anthro team!



You may notice that the post-it notes look a little different than they do when you pick them up off the store shelf. In order to create the look I was going for I decided to dye the post-its. It created a more dimensional look and gave the small pieces of paper some great texture.



At our Tulsa store, windows abound and often more than one idea needs to be implemented. In another window, I decided to go with a much more graphic look.



People seemed to really appreciate both the graphic and organic looks I created with a bunch of plain ol’ post-its. You could certainly adapt this idea to do something amazing in your home. Use your imagination and the sky is the limit!

This next idea I implemented in Anthro is much easier to see inside a home. Being a woman most people think I am just a designer and that Tim (my husband) does all the building and heavy lifting. But I am proud to say that when I need to, I can wield all sorts of saws and build something from the ground up. So was the case with this large scale headboard using a bunch of reclaimed shutters.


In case you haven’t noticed, very bright neon-esque colors are back in style! That’s why I went with this chartreuse color to cover the shutters. It is actually the exact same color of the Anthro card. So, if you like the hue enough to color match it, just run to your local Anthropologie and sign up for a card (don’t worry Dave Ramsey followers- it is not a credit card).

To add to that Anthro feel, I integrated a floating shelf on the left side and then balanced it out by hanging the three pendants on the right. I made the pendants from some vases that Anthro sells.


So those are two of my favorite displays I was able to create for Anthropologie. You can read more about those projects and more Anthro displays right here!

Thanks again to Kim and Scott for having me. I hope you were inspired in one way or another! Happy New Year blogging buddies!

Thank you, Kara!

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  • Monique12.28.11 - 5:44 PM

    Kara, I loved your displays and will be spending time over on your blog looking at your other work. What I like about the displays is that they are DIFFERENT and beautiful. Oftentimes displays, room designs are so similar to one another; copies, copies copies. Thanks for sharing and I wish you much success.ReplyCancel

  • Kin12.28.11 - 9:28 PM

    So gorgeous! I’m always in such awe of the displays at Anthro so I love browsing through Kara’s blog. Sometimes I wish I could just live in an Anthropologie display…ReplyCancel

  • Laura Durrer12.29.11 - 11:30 AM

    Were the sticky notes still sticky after tie dye? awesomeness…
    I love Anthropologie! In fact I just posted some pics of their shop this morning on my blog. Love their shutter headboard. Reminds me of my Shutter wall

  • […] blog over on Yellow Brick Home today! It cover’s a few of our favorite posts from this year. Click here to read it! Every year about this time, I try to take a few days to improve the blog and make it more reader […]ReplyCancel

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