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Anthropologie Videos – Creepy or Cute?

I was just checking out the Anthropologie stuff for Autumn ’08 and came across these videos… I have to say, while they creep me out I do like them. I understand the need that a business has to continuously churn out new and innovative things to maintain a fresh look, but I wonder what your thoughts are in their new approach to product marketing on their site. Take a look here and tell me what you think. I like Spectra (it’s like Etsy!) and Look Closer is nice, but the Master Pieces videos… Hmmm… It is creative though!

I appreciate how Anthropologie works hard to stay fresh for us as we are always demanding something new and this gives companies a lot of work. One thing I would love though, that Anthropologie is not doing, is I’d like to see them roll out videos where customers can actually LEARN something… Like feature a series of DIY videos that show you how to make certain displays that you see in their stores for your home. They have so many cool installations that they churn out, window decals made from fabric, glass bottle light fixtures, etc. that I would find something like that not only inspiring but educational which may make me return to their site as often as they posted new videos. In turn, I may shop their site more.

Another idea I’d love to see: Interview the various designers behind their products and take you into their ateliers and show them at work. This would make the customer feel much more attracted to the products I think. I am under the impression that a lot of us see Anthro as a big box retailer more and more as they are becoming somewhat of a Starbucks (on every corner) in the states and this could be a potential negative for them. I adore Anthropologie, but not many are aware of where the boots and bags and clothing really come from, who designs them, etc. I’d love to learn more about where these products are coming from and the passion behind them…

I would also enjoy a series of videos that show you how to do something creative with products they carry in your own home. That would be helpful, like how some cool shopper in say Chicago used a pair of pillow shams on clearance and turned them into art or made some fun handbag or sewing machine cover out of it. Or how a girl in Kansas has a rad collection of teapots and used only the lids to create some funky art installation on the wall in her home. You know fun stuff like that… Show how customers are using Anthropologie products OR how customers could use them in fun and interesting ways. Teach us creative recycling. That way if you do get an item home and in 6 months you’re sick of it you may look at it in different way and use it as something else instead of boxing it up in the attic or eventually throwing it out. Creativity is inside of us all, some in larger doses or closer to the surface so to speak, but it can be taught, trained, sharpened. Have a series of videos that does that for Anthro customers so that shoppers develop their eye, taste, and start to think like a stylist. Isn’t that what we’d all love? To jump into the mind of a stylist for the day? Which leads me to think: Would you not LOVE to see them host lectures or DIY projects or indie art shows in their actual retail stores? A bit of an Anthro-university.

Of course, and I’ve been saying this for a few years, but I want them to roll out a book SO BADLY that it hurts. I’m dying to see them showcase the ‘best of the best’ displays in their stores with a How To guide teaching how we can do something similar in our home. How inspiring and useful would THAT be?

We are in real need of books that show creative artistic projects like that, and we’re also in need of books that show us how to style a room or create arrangements on tables, style bookcases, etc. I’ve had it with seeing books that show the same thing over and over again, we all know how to stack books, arrange them by color on a bookcase, top a stack of books with a pillar candle or OH MY GOD a shell. But what about giving us tasteful, yet useful and artistic ways to display the things we love in our home that isn’t Pottery Barn perfect but also isn’t tacky? Anthropologie Styling Tricks. Wouldn’t that be a dream book?

Care to comment with your thoughts on the Master Pieces video, what books you’d like to see that are missing, videos you’d be interested in watching or anything related? I enjoy hearing your thoughts, as the post I wrote about Wallpaper Borders yesterday inspired so many fantastic responses that I want to know more and more what you are all thinking out there… I want you to feel free to share your thoughts anytime you’d like because you may think that I am here each day to inspire you but oh no, it’s the other way around – YOU inspire ME tremendously. So thank you for always sharing and linking and being a special part of this blog.

Posted in Books + Magazines, Decorating Tips, reader questions on October 10, 2008
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Luna Bazaar – Save 20%

Luna Bazaar wants to extend a discount offer to decor8 readers starting today for the next week… Perhaps you are interested in party and wedding supplies that include items for the home, like rice paper lanterns in all colors imaginable? Sign me up! I love giant paper orbs suspended from the ceiling or even outside beneath big white tents at weddings… Lovely!

I personally appreciate that you can buy a box of 144 cocktail umbrellas because they add such a fun touch to cocktail parties with the girls at home and usually when I’m looking for them I can never find them in stores. Their vintage glass vases are another favorite as I imagine them hanging in the trees at night around the patio. And don’t forget the beautiful large parasol umbrellas that you can decorate with in the home or outside on the terrace for a special evening with friends. Remember this spread in Domino magazine awhile back? I never forgot the image.

(image from domino magazine.)

This photo makes me feel really happy when I see it. I imagine the faces of some of my friends around this pretty table surrounded by tapas, tons of candles and great music… I will someday throw a party just like this with all the melon colors and silk overhead. I first need a patio! I would replace the birdcage with a few parasols I think and of course twinkle (aka fairy) lights.

I was just thinking about things you can do with a parasol at home and an idea popped into my head. You could always open it, cut the handle down to 3-4″, and hang it over the sofa or bed showing off the color and/or pattern to add some interest to the room on a budget. I think it would totally work in the right setting. Something along the lines of the image shown below where the cameroon headdress currently is… replace with a parasol.

(image from Living Etc.)

You can even hang one in the corner of a bedroom like this. Of course they also look great as props to photograph…


(Photo: Liquid Sky Arts)


(A cocktail umbrella photographed by: MelissaMH)

Wouldn’t one be beautiful as a window display with tiny ornaments hanging down from it? View more parasol inspiration here.

I know we are entering Autumn/Winter but I still have Spring/Summer on the brain. I can’t seem to get into Fall this year. All I think about is driving to the beach, collecting shells, drinking fruity cocktails with way to many calories, and enjoying the sound of the crashing surf. Each store I enter I’m greeted with pumpkins, green, red, and gold. I’m not ready for pumpkins! I want seashells, lotus flowers, and fish tacos! Never in my life have I not been thoroughly excited and prepared for Autumn because it is my favorite season. While other blogs are talking about Halloween and Christmas I am posting photos of summer patios. What is up? I wonder if you feel the same way, not feeling ready for Fall, or am I completely alone in this?

So! If you are planning a party (big or small) why not hit Luna Bazaar to cash in on this fab discount. This offer will expire at midnight on October 15th and when you check out you will need to enter DECOR820.

Have fun!

(images from luna bazaar)

Posted in Decorating Tips, inspiration on October 09, 2008

Kindergallery

I found such a lovely website via decor8 reader Fiona Lang called Kindergallery and you know with my love of all things artsy and craftsy, of course I cannot resist talking about this lovely find! Kindergallery is a gallery-style website that focuses primarily on art for the little ones but adults can shop for their homes regardless of whether kids live there or not – I know I certainly would (and do!). I think an adult can add softies or ‘youthful’ art to their home – why not?

Lots of lovely soft creations by Tamar Mogendorff.

Of course, if you do happen to be a parent Kindergallery is perfect for you because the curator of this online shop, Angela Westerman, does the most beautiful job of scouring the globe for her favorite artists and adding their things to her collection. I love that she does all the work for parents, her eye is great!

The work of Yung Ok Yoo is perfection…

I love this watercolor (original work) by Meredith Gaston.

And for the young at heart, Kate George.

Based in Sydney with a second home in Berlin (oh the life!) Kindergallery is a treasure trove of beautiful finds that you’ll notice the moment you visit the site. The work of Binth, Isak, Lorena Siminovich, Ida Pearle, and Binth can also be found there. Beautiful shop, Angela!

(images from kindergallery)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Decorating Tips, kids, walls on October 06, 2008

Decorating Updates

I had a really successful Sunday on eBay Germany, look what I found for my living room and kitchen! I’m over the moon happy and just had to share these finds with you today. First up, this retro light.

This light is an original from the 1950s in pastel green and gold and I won the auction at $281.00. It was quite a battle to win it as I was up against 19 aggressive bidders. It was a little over my budget but since my pendant light in the same room is from IKEA and I paid under $5 for it, I was able to justify the expense of the floor lamp. And hey, it’s vintage, it’s cute, and I’ve been combing the internet for something just like this for several months so it is money well spent.

The next item that I won is a Max Bill Bauhaus Design clock and kitchen timer all-in-one. It’s white and I really like the design. It was $50.00 so definitely a good buy. I think it will look perfect in my kitchen.

I was also able to put some art up over the weekend, here are some prints I’ve placed above my television. They all came with me on the plane from New Hampshire, they look nice here in Germany I think. Everyone that visits me is amazed by this art as it’s rare to find anything like this here where I live. It’s fun to see the reactions of my friends and family who are all wanting their own prints and paintings now from independent artists. I added my vintage 1930′s gold swallows to the wall as well. The idea was to make the art look at though it was flying and floating away. The birds also came with me in my luggage, I picked them up 4 years ago at a New Hampshire flea market for $1 or something like that – el cheapo! You can find them all over sites like eBay in case this arrangement inspires you to do something like it in your own home (here’s a cute pair of pink ones or some love birds). I’m considering adding one more small print to the top left closer to the ceiling but have yet to decide which one.

Now I’m on the prowl for another item I badly need for my living/dining room – a vintage Kilim rug. I’m dying for something along these lines… Also for the bedroom.


Have you had any successful eBay wins lately? Care to share? You can link to photos of your eBay wins in the comments section below if you’d like. We’d all love to see. :)

(images from eBay and holly becker for decor8)

Posted in Arts + Crafts, Decorating Tips, vintage, walls on October 06, 2008

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