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Anthropologie Hits London!

October 14, 2009

Some of us are watching the clock here because soon Anthropologie will open it’s first shop in Europe on October 23rd — in London! How exciting for Anthro and those who love them on this side of the pond! I think their brand is smart and creative and will go over well though I must admit that there are so many gorgeous stores that have that “anthro-vibe” already that they’ll have to be uber creative to stand out as unique. I mean, whenever I shopped them back home I always felt like I was at a European market which was the appeal for me. Going to Anthro in my local mall was like spending the afternoon in London or Paris. With them taking a giant step into the European market I can only wonder how the average shopper will view them over here – because someone from Europe may not welcome that European flea market vibe as being fresh and new since it’s so common here to find beautiful things everywhere, including well, flea markets!

Anthropologie Hits London!

What I’m saying is that I wonder what their approach will be and how they’ll win the interest of their new customers. Some tend to be quite skeptical of American companies and brands moving in… so we shall see but I’m hopeful! I want them to be a smashing success because then whenever I’m homesick, I can fly to London in an hour and visit their store for my Anthro-fix. Who knows, perhaps it will go over well and they’ll bring one to northern Germany (they have an Urban Outfitters in Hamburg, so perhaps an Anthro is next?)We shall see…

So! Will you hit Anthropologie in London’s West End for a little visit? It opens October 23 at 158 Regent Street. I’ve heard it will have a garden inside and be quite unique and beautiful. I also heard that they’re focusing on featuring more European designers. I imagine that’s a good idea – giving designers here more of an outlet for marketing their brand and getting it in front of a broader audience. Yay!

Anthropologie Hits London!

Some anthro things for fall that I’m smitten by: a. sweater clock, b. felt tulip pendant, c. photo finish bathmat, d. crochet collage tablecloths, and f. felted panels throw, and e. thousand tiers dress.

P.S. If you’re in Europe and want to jump on their mailing list, please do so here. They plan to roll out a second London store early next year and also a new way for us here to shop online instead of going through the U.S. site with the huge VAT tax and shipping fees. So sign up for their email updates so you’ll be in the know.

Are you excited about them opening in London? What do you think about how they’ll be received on this side of the pond? Your thoughts overall?

(images: anthropologie)






Inspiration, Rooms

In The Neighborhood…

October 14, 2009

Everyone sing along with me (if you’re American and grew up with Sesame Street, you’ll know this song in English by heart)… “These are the people in your neighborhood, in your neighborhood, in your neigh-bor-hood yes these are the people in your neighborhood… they’re the people that you meet, when you’re walking down the street, they’re the people who you meeeeet eachhh dayyyyy!”.

Very good. We can all return to being responsible, serious adults again. Or not. :) So! Here are 7 photos from the people in my neighborhood today, at least my virtual one, that I feel inspired by because I am getting a real sense of honest simplicity here that I realize is what draws me to the design I gravitate towards and feature here the most – work that feels as though it formed from a very honest place inside ones soul and blossomed, over time, into something physical. Like a vignette. Or a room. Or a product. This is my mood board of sorts and so I thought that instead of keeping all of these magical escapes to myself that I’d share them in one community-like post. Be sure to click around and stay awhile, you’ll find my neighbors quite nice and super creative. :)

In The Neighborhood...

The sunroom of Yvestown. Wow. And her kitchen (shown here). Double wow. Her home needs to be in the Cath Kidston catalog. Cath & Co. if you are listening, put this woman’s home in your next catalog – what an inspiration!

In The Neighborhood...

Tamar’s home in Vermont is such a cozy space and though she carefully edits it, there is just SO. MUCH. STUFF. Her home is like a shop or something, a shop I want to peruse for hours. Funny thing, she owns a virtual store called Nest Decorating. I think she needs some feminine little general store in downtown Burlington, or a B&B, or something she can fill and fill and FILL! Her home is part dollhouse, part cottage and I just adore it.

In The Neighborhood...

Buttons Magee and her magical eye – she is a natural behind the camera. I love the feeling of this photo, the wall of pretty things as I call it. I can imagine standing before it in person with my jaw hanging open. Wow.

In The Neighborhood...

Little fingers tapping on the keys of a vintage typewriter – can you stand the sweetness? And can you even imagine the modern child caring about a typewriter with all the iPhones running around? A person can dream of their child taking a personal interest in something most of us think of as nostalgic. How many of you first learned to type in school on a typewriter? I learned the same year our school received a shipment of Apple computers, which back then, I hated more than you’ll ever know. Typing class I liked. Computer class bored me to death — all that white flashing text on a jet black screen… Yes I understand how old saying all this makes me. Whatever. :) Gabrielle Kai is the photographer who shot this gorgeous photo, her online portfolio is gorgeous. See it here.

In The Neighborhood...

I love a sweet, honest approach to decorating and this bedroom is the perfect combination of both. The Fabled Needle is the lady behind the lovely bedroom and her blog is as lovely and sincere as her home.

In The Neighborhood...

Ah… the most cozy kitchen… from Haust in Norway. I really want to sit at this table and eat some of my dad’s biscuits ‘n gravy with grits and eggs. Yum. And peek through her copy of Elle Interior… Do you think she’d mind? Would you like to join me?

In The Neighborhood...

And speaking of honest simplicity, this lovely table arrangement is byElena Kovyrzina in Toronto, who has the most beautiful Flickr stream. You have to scroll through her recent trip to Kiev. Now I want to get on the next train, it looks wonderful there….

(images: linked to their sources above)






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Urban Outfitters Winter Sneak Peek

October 14, 2009

There are over 90 new products soon to be rolled out at an Urban Outfitters near you (at least in North America, not sure about the ones here in Europe), and I’ve shared 14 of my favorites today over at Real Simple. Would you like a peek of 7 of them?

Urban Outfitters Winter Sneak Peek

To see the other 7, you’ll need to click here. Sorry, not all of these are online yet so not too many links, you’ll have to keep checking their website: a. mustache mug b. mustache ornament (or to use on your keychain) c. aviator camera d. twin lens camera e. journals in pretty pastels f. alice in wonderland glasses g. Crosley retro alarm clock.

Urban Outfitters Winter Sneak Peek

(I have that camera by the way, now available at UO — it’s great. My post about it here back in May.)

Urban Outfitters Winter Sneak Peek

And by the way, the catalog I received yesterday from my UO press contact showed still life photos taken by Anne Grandin from Sweden (above) in this beautiful stitched book, you may be getting one in the mail if you receive their catalogs. These are pretty interesting photos… I really like her sense of style.

(images: urban outfitters)






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The Blue Hour

October 14, 2009

I was reading the Pony Rider blog this morning and came across a gorgeous Brooklyn-based blogger I’d not heard of before, The Blue Hour. Do you know Brian Ferry and his amazing photography? This week you will because I’ve decided to add him as my blog of the week.

The Blue Hour

His photos really speak to me, as I’m sure they will to you, and I really dig the emotion this guy puts into his work – each capture radiates some kind of mood of the moment that I love. Do you remember when you were a kid and some boy would stare at you and you’d give him that smart school girl reply, “Take a picture, it lasts longer!”. In this case, that little boy took you seriously, grew up, and became an awesome photographer.

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The Blue Hour

I love the mood in his work, there are lots of shadows, some darkness, a bit melancholy and a bit gritty, with this hopeful light that dances in from out of nowhere… Gorgeous work, Brian!

(images: © brian ferry)






Objects

Pony Rider

October 14, 2009

Jacqui Lewis from Pony Rider in Australia sent in a beautiful introduction to her work (hot off the press!) that instantly caught my eye on this sunny autumn morning. Would you like to see why? A picture is worth a thousand words… and can give many emotions – when I see these images I want to curl up with a favorite book or hang out in my kitchen cooking.

Pony Rider

Pony Rider

Business partners Jacqui Lewis and designer Kelly Searl just launched their online shop where they sell home wares. They’ve designed some gorgeous patterns and had them hand screen printed and sewn locally in Sydney. Natural, subtle, and great for couples as they’re not overly feminine. I’ve got a serious crush on Pony Rider. Lovely!

(images: pony rider)






Etsy Faves

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

October 13, 2009

I was just sitting here thinking about how I’ve been able to write this column for over a year already and I don’t think I’ve featured the same artist more than once. Too funny, especially since I only use my memory to guide me when I write this each week. I’m bound to duplicate an artist at some point! :) Anyway, random-thoughts-while-blogging aside, here are my five picks for this week — prints, papers, packing supplies and other pretties that you won’t want to miss!

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Hooray Design Shop: Packing supplies and other pretty things for your workspace. {etsy} {blog}

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Nan Lawson: Illustrative prints for framing or tacking to your inspiration board. {etsy} {etsy shop #2} {blog}

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Tutti Studio: This girls draws so beautifully, I imagine her work in children’s books don’t you? So cute! {etsy}

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Two Brunettes: Limited edition stationery including recipe cards and more – like custom banners for your blog! {etsy} {blog}

Etsy Take Five Tuesday

Your Wishcake: I love her soft, feminine wallets, magnets and hair pins. {etsy} {blog}

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