September 7, 2010
I like to pop into my local Anthropologie every season, usually for their amazing furniture knobs, but always for the eclectic styling of the store’s display artists.
Apparently, every Anthropologie store has its own Installation Artist that is given a theme from headquarters, but is allowed their own carte blanche interpretation ~ or so the sales clerk told me. I have no idea if this is true, but if it is, it sounds like a dream job. I can only imagine how fun it must be to push the artistic envelope and challenge yourself to ‘style’ outside the box with merchandise as fun as that found at Anthropologie.
Strings of multiples make a huge impact on display, whether it’s falling leaves in the main clothing display room. . .
. . . or paint dipped clothespins in the dressing area.
Embellish a set of basic beads with a fabric flower and you have instant modern style.
This is a favorite. I love the pairing of the elegant wallpaper with the rustic wood crates and pallet.
Speaking of pallets, here’s another example of brackets and shelves attached to this shipping supplier’s tool turned textural design element.
This was a quirky display over the summer ~ a chair fashioned out of an old radiator and galvanized pipes.
I’ve adored this Atelier Chesterfield in a buttery yellow leather for quite some time, swoon ! A rich yellow like this works just like a neutral ~ everything looks great with it. They move it around my local store and restyle it every season, and I can’t take my eyes (or fingers) off of it.
Over the summer, there were a lot of painter’s tarps dripping with plaster, covering light fixtures, forming tablecloths, and even ‘wedding’ gowns in the window display.
A basic wood chest gets more interesting just by numbering the drawers.
Here is something new ~ the High Minded chandelier which has an iron base with the arms decoupaged with encyclopedia pages. Hmmm, interesting. I could see this fixture hung low over a reading nook, or as a whimsical addition to a library space. I thought this would make a great knockoff DIY project, especially when I saw the $998 price tag *choke* plus $150 shipping. Ouch.
One thing is for sure, their light fixtures are never dull ~ you’ll find them covered in jute or made out of baskets and shells. The lampshades are all creatively embellished too, with ruffles, yarn, and patchwork appliqués.
Anthro always has the best books on display with titles that tempt me so.
Here’s the latest eclectic addition to my local store: a pink patchwork canopy made out of burlap and fabric scraps. Not that I’d ever think to place something like this in my own home, but the bohemian global feel conveyed by the entire bed was worth ogling.
An aluminum funnel makes a great rustic garden cachepot, but do you think it makes a good light fixture, especially when paired with galvanized pipe and doilies to form a headboard ? Not so sure about this one!
But that’s what I love about stepping into this store. Visiting a well styled Anthropologie is like visiting a mini modern museum of art. You never know what you’re going to see, but it is always interesting, always inspiring, and always challenging us to decorate outside the box.
Is Anthropologie a favorite stop of yours too ?