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Sneaky Spy in Anthropologie

So! I was in Anthropologie playing happy tourist in Los Angeles recently and realized that I should snap some photos of some of the rad displays. Like a good little girl, I asked the lady who stands guard next to the front door with her Madonna mic on her head. She gave me the go ahead with a very military-like nod and I went around the store snap, snap, snappin’ as much as I could while dodging evil stares from the sales crew, who may not known that I had asked permission first. And so, these are my sneaky spy action snaps blurry and not at all pro-level but hey, it is what it is.  So many good ideas in these photos, I had to capture the awesomeness that is Anthropologie. Their visual teams blow my mind.

Anthropologie

I loved this installation with all of the books on the wall. It was such a grand entrance to the store!

Anthropologie

This installation was also fantastic, thousands of what appeared to be papers on string cascading from a beam on the ceiling.

Anthropologie

This was a surreal moment, seeing Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers on the shelf, which was photographed by Debi Treloar whom I was there in L.A. with since she is shooting the book that I’m working on. It was just a moment for me, I guess. I felt really proud of myself and sometimes we need time out to feel good about ourselves and to reflect on our joys, don’t we? I also took this photo because I love the reimagined paintings of Leslie Oschmann and was so excited to see a few, for the first time, in the flesh.

Anthropologie

I could have taken home this entire shelf. Swoon!

Anthropologie

Love all of the salvaged wood we’re seeing on walls, furniture, kitchen cabinets, even on bathtubs lately! It’s so inspiring and I also adore seeing it as living wallpaper like this in Anthropologie.

Anthropologie

Enjoying this woodsy theme…

Anthropologie

I wanted to buy these organically-shaped porcelain vessels shown on the top shelf. I flipped them over to see who made them but I’ve forgotten so if you know, do tell. I couldn’t fit them in my luggage and was scared to spend so much money only to have them fall to bits in my suitcase, so I passed… but it was really hard to walk away.

Anthropologie

Smart idea to organize a bookcase with drawers! Also like the simple, framed butterfly as art.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

Isn’t Anthropologie an inspiring place?

(images: holly becker for decor8)

Posted in shopping, travel on July 23, 2010

West Elm Fall Preview

Remember how I was just telling you about all of the new things out there in the art + design world and how inspiring it all is? With all of the fairs and flea markets and indie fests going on right now, there is a lot to find and be inspired by. Not to mention what the big retailers are up to as they begin to roll out their Fall previews… Take West Elm for instance. They have some great things for Fall… would you like a mini taste of what is to come? Good, because that’s what this post is intended to do! And a big pssssst — I love their new bedding!

West Elm

West Elm

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

Now I’m hoping that I have time to hit a West Elm store when I’m in the states in July. I’ll be in New York and Los Angeles working with Debi Treloar on my book (we have a lot of spaces to style + photograph together) and I’m very excited because I’m leaving ahead of schedule so I have 4 vacation days in New York for the July 4th weekend and I’m staying an extra 4 days in California so that I can hang out with my husband as we’ll be celebrating our 9th anniversary and being in California is always special to us as we spent our honeymoon in San Francisco and Sonoma and we both just adore CA from top to bottom, it’s such an amazing state and we both love the diversity – people, places, landscape — bliss! If we ever relocated back to the states California is where we’d go!

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm Fall Preview

West Elm

West Elm

But yes, anyway, I plan to hit a few shops while I’m stateside for nearly 3 weeks (Target here I come, ready or not!) and West Elm is one of ‘em. I wonder if the Tripod table in white is flat pack… Hmmmm… It’s NICE. Also loving their new collaboration with Mike Miller

(images: west elm)

Posted in Decorating Tips, shopping on June 24, 2010

Roost at Pergolina

Heavenly. Just so heavenly. That’s what I thought when I read an email this morning from Bianca over at Pergolina, both an online shop and storefront in Toluca Lake, California which is in the heart of Los Angeles. Bianca shared some of their latest stock from Roost and there’s nothing I don’t like or wouldn’t own — it’s all simply lovely. Fancy a peek?

Roost

matsuri sake set

Roost

grove bar collection (Don’t you love the linen accent wall? Great DIY project!)

Roost

fruitwood boards

Roost

bird in tree hat stand – do you see the bird?

Roost

marble salt & pepper cellars

Roost

serving utencils, flatware and hammered silver collection

About Pergolina, “Pergolina is a lifestyle boutique filled with hand picked treasures ranging from jewelry to homewares to art. We are committed to showcasing functional artful objects that are not found everywhere. Paulanna the owner has been in business for over twenty years and is n inspiration because of her personal style and creative courage.”

Do you spot anything that you love? I like the matsuri sake set and the idea of applying linen to an entire wall!

(images: roost)

Posted in shopping on June 18, 2010

Urban Outfitters Goodies

I’ll confess, I don’t recall purchasing a single item for the home recently from Urban Outfitters but how many times I’ve wanted to! I bet the UO people will wonder why I’m telling you this but it’s not you UO, it’s me. The core reason has to do with crowds. Whenever I visited their stores in Boston they were so jam-packed that I couldn’t even think, which I’m told is a sign of old age as everything seems louder to me lately anyway, but I prefer shopping in environments sans mobs that are a bit more laid back. Their big sister, Anthropologie usually fits the bill. I guess thirtysomething geezers who despise shopping fast and furious can always hit the UO online shop for a little shopping zen which is exactly what I’ve done this morning. And here’s what I found…

Urban Outfitters

one. quilt :: two. magnetic photo frames :: 3. apple bowls :: 4. shells + stars bowl.

Urban Outfitters

a. wooden bulb :: b. bird feeder.

I found so many great things in their shiny “new” section – from wooden waffled bulbs made by the fabulous design collaborative Suck UK to a wooden cat bird feeder (cheeky, eh?). I also liked this reversible quilt that I found. One side is a bit graphic and edgy while the other is a little romantic romp in country fields.

Wouldn’t those wooden bulbs look great over sleek white lacquered dining table with rustic wooden chairs and white wooden floors with a large seagrass rug beneath? Oh yes… Maybe a black and white geometric patterned runner on the table that mimics the lines in the waffled bulb? Maybe three zinc black pots down the center of the table with succulents inside and some wooden plate chargers with crisp white plates on top and Belgium linen napkins tied with black and white baker’s twine and a yellow stem of something pretty – like button flowers? And a black feature wall with lots of lovely art? Just sayin’.

(images: urban outffiters)

Posted in shopping on May 06, 2010

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