Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Like a moth to a flame

I don't know what it is about Anthropologie, but I always want whatever is in their stores. The second I step into one I'm checking out not only what is new in stock, but what the store displays look like. I love the way they set up all their home items, because they always make me want to move right in. I constantly think about ways that I could incorporate some of their decorating techniques into my design style, but I've had to face the facts that I'm just not cool enough. You know what I mean. Anthropologie to me is like that cool girl you know the one that just oozes a certain, "je ne sais quoi". She is a bit Bohemian, a world traveler, gorgeous, smart, funny and always in the know of what is going to be trend, but to her it's just what she likes and by the time it turns into a trend she's already on to the next thing.

When I'm in Anthropologie I tend to pick up mostly small Home items so as to not hurt my wallet, yet I still get to satisfy my want and  walk out with a small shopping bag that warms my heart. I have bits of Anthro throughout my home, but I just use them to add a little bit of charm to my existing design.

I always dream about having different homes for all my different design loves. I love the organic look of Anthro's design. The beat up floors, the walls that look like they have been their for decades, the fabulous mix of old and new that is a just a perfect blend and comes up so chic yet homey.

While doing some online shopping the other day I stumbled upon this gem on Anthropologie's site: Open House.

It gives you a virtual tour of different rooms in a house decorated fully in Anthropologie items. It's a great source of inspiration for someone that thinks you can't mix patterns or bold colors. Not only do they provide you with pictures, but there are also tips/videos on how to achieve this look in your own home.

Living Room:
anthro living room

Master Bedroom:


Kids Bedroom:




Family Room:


Work Space:


Oh what yummy images! Since I only have one home to my name I'll have to get my Anthro fix by reminding myself that if I saw my water damaged wood floors in my downstairs bathroom at Anthropologie I would be in love with it.

What stores make you weak in the knees?


Blogger Sweet Nothings said...

oh, I'm going to spend hours on the site now..I literally can just walk around the store forever!

March 24, 2009 at 11:57 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Like you I love that store and could outfit my entire apartment in it. But alas I don't have that kind of money or that kind of space. One day I will, but thankfully their website allows us all to dream up our dream spaces!

March 24, 2009 at 12:40 PM  
Blogger GardenDesigner said...

I love the site too, and get almost daily emails from them!
I was really surprised when I was reading in the magazine:"Where women create" about who their designer is... I will have to dig back in my pile to find her again. She was NOT what you would expect her to be at all!
I too see the Anthro Girl to be like you described, when in fact her home/studio? looks like... How can I say this kindly... A disheveled artist in mourning/mess! ... dark, mysteriously crazy-ness of a place!
Not that my art studio looks any better!

oh well, it just shows you can't always live the fantasy... LOL

But I still want to anyway!

March 24, 2009 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger GracefulElegance said...

I echo your sentiments about Anthropologie EXACTLY....I was laughing when reading your post b/c those are the same thoughts I have about Anthro aka, the cool girl. If I could have everything in that store I would...but alas, always goes back to $$! Ode to Anthro :-)

March 24, 2009 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Sarah Danielle: Jeune Marie said...

Anthro is my love. Seriously... I too am such an addict, got it from my mother who has been for years.

March 24, 2009 at 1:18 PM  
Blogger Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Oh I am so in love with anthropologie too...The way they stage their store IS as much fun as the stuff itself! Their clothes are great too!

I always find something in their sale room. AND always seem to bring home more latte bowls and Volcano candles each time I go (which...thankfully is not often. Too far)

Fun post!

March 24, 2009 at 1:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

know what you mean about Anthro---I actually used to work there as a visual merchandiser--which is a lot of fun as all of the window items are essentially made by the visual department. And of course I couldnt resist the beautiful reproductions and the lovely clothes!

March 24, 2009 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Blueprint Bliss said...

Great post. Love Anthropologie. Love. Makes me weak in the knees.

March 24, 2009 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

::blushing:: and ::swooning::

I had no idea about the Open House site, but my oh my! OK I want the bath, the master bedroom's windows and drapes, and the kid's room beds and banners hanging from the canopies. Amazing!

March 24, 2009 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger ...love Maegan said...

use it only for inspiration ...then find your own pieces and build from it. ...because their stuff is shit and far too pricey for shit. lol.

March 24, 2009 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Colour Me Happy said...

I get that same feeling when I go to the Pottery Barn, Anthropologie is not up in Vancouver unfortunately.

March 24, 2009 at 7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

JUST this weekend my husband's Facebook status read, "Joel is wondering when his wife will come out of Anthropologie" Thanks for legitimizing my love of Anthro :)

March 24, 2009 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

wow. have to go check it out now.. love anthropologie... I probably go weak in the knees from Oly Studio... LOVE all of their things

March 24, 2009 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Things That Inspire said...

I love your blog header and the new look of your blog!

Believe it or not, I have never purchased anything from Anthro, but I have admired their beds and mirrors. I think they have great designs.

March 25, 2009 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger pve design said...

How did you know that was my favorite store, and apple is another shop I love. I also love books stores-
Hermes, Tiffany and last but not least the Container store...

March 25, 2009 at 12:03 PM  

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