Thursday, April 3, 2008

Inspiration: Anthropologie

We've been big fans of Anthropologie for over ten years. Of course this doesn't mean that we've bought much from there (who can afford a $178 night gown?). Nevertheless, the feminine/world-traveler lifestyle feel of Anthropologie stores is right up our alley. The clever window displays and rustic interior designs are always great sources of inspiration.
The window displays are the same at every location (whether you visit the Anthropologie in NYC or ATL), but the interior displays vary. Having frequented a number of Anthropologies around the country, I can say without a doubt that the Rockville, Maryland store has the most creative interior displays.
After a four-day business trip in Philly, I took the train down to Maryland yesterday to visit my parents and had a chance to stop by the Rockville Anthropologie. Below is proof of the creative genius that you'll find there.

Hanging from the ceiling in one of the alcoves are these blue paper vines. My dad pointed out that they were cut by hand because each one is varied. I can't imagine how long it took to cut them all! I love how they create this great underwater/jungle-like effect:

This is one of my favorites. It looks like the decorator used a white paint pen on black craft paper to create the "wallpaper." Take a closer look (upper left side of the photo) and you can see two book spines were sawed off and glued to the illustrated shelves to add texture:



All the different door knobs for sale are displayed on this charming, hand-painted sandwich board:


Burlap is gathered on the walls to look like soil. The vines and vegetables are made out of felt:


I love this little sign on the underwear table:


Bottle caps are flattened, painted, and stuck into round pieces of wood to serve as price tags:

Just looking at these photos again makes me want to start a craft project. Maybe I'll paint something or embroider a pillow or flatten some bottle caps and glue magnets to the back of them. Whatever I decide to work on, I can't wait!

CL

16 comments:

AsianCajuns said...

(This seems cheesy, like I'm commenting on my own blog, but actually Cath is blogging from D.C. whilst I sit alll alone here in the ATL)
Cath I lurve it! I miss that anthropologie so, so, so much... the decor was such an inspiration. Thanks for the photos! Say hi to MD for me.
Luv,
Lar

Mare said...

I'll take it upon myself to represent Maryland, as an almost-native (with those Louisiana roots). So, Maryland says hi right back atcha! And come on back! (No pressure though. Really. Honestly. I mean it. Truly.)

I must get to anthropologie again, even it means I'll whimper over everything I can't afford. It's all so purty to look at...

Mare said...

One more thing: In your last photo, those look like good gumbo bowls. Since I need some, I'm going to check those out.

Fashion Tidbits said...

wow, you could just spend minutes on end just looking at everything///

joblessandjaded said...

I'm from Montgomery County, MD and that Anthropologie store is the bee's knees. Much better than the one in Georgetown.

AsianCajuns said...

Hi Lauren! I'll see you back in ATL soon!

Mare, I think you can be considered both a Maryland and Louisiana rep - no one would consider you a carpetbagger! And you're right, those would make perfect gumbo bowls.

Fashion Tidbits, I've spent over an hour at Anthropologie before and not bought anything. I'm sure the sales people despise me!

You said it best, Joblessandjaded! That store is without a doubt the bee's knees.

sweet22misery said...

I used to work at Anthropologie, and everything is handmade, hand painted, etc! I worked during the holiday season this past year and spent many hours stringing straws together to create and "icicle" effect and winding yarn into little balls to make snow. It's tiring, but the end result is amazing!

JuliAM said...

ha! i wonder what the sales staff at the store were thinking while you were snapping away :)

AsianCajuns said...

Sweet22misery, the hard work is definitely well worth it!

Juliam, I don't think they even noticed! Maybe they'll stumble upon this blog and be like "wha?"

Alya said...

it does make me wanna be crafty.. and it also makes u think "why didnt i think of that??"

ambika said...

In the Seattle Anthro downtown, they don't let you take photos of the art installations--I actually saw a clerk stop someone from doing so, which surprised me. I'm glad you got these shots because I'm sure it varies from store to store and that alcove is too neat looking.

Anonymous said...

Hey AsianCajuns,

I’m the person who made those displays at the Anthro in Rockville and my supervisor tipped me off to this blog entry. It’s so nice to know there are people like you out there occasionally wandering through my store and appreciating all the smallest details. I'm very honored to be on your blog!

Peace, love and craftiness...
Annalily

Nicole Then said...

wow, that's some nice shop!

AsianCajuns said...

Alya, my thoughts exactly!

Ambika, I wondered if someone was going to stop me, but I'm glad they didn't. More people need to know about the great creative displays at Anthro!

Annalily, I'm so glad you found this post. We asiancajuns are always inspired by your wonderful work. Consider us your number one fan(s)!

You said it, Nicole Then!

etoilee8 said...

Wow, I'm always surprised whenever I see something which hits close to home on someone else's blog. It's kind of neat. Small world. . .

bonjouritsjinah said...

i was in sf this past week and they had the same vines/garlands thing going on. i remembered this post and looked it up to find it wasn't the same one!

i will say that store has many more amazing displays, however.