• See inside Anthropologie

    by  • Thursday, October 22, 2009 • Decorating and interiors, News, Stylish shopping • 20 Comments

    Is there anything I DON’T want in this shop? Erm, no. London’s new Anthropologie did not disappoint when I checked it out yesterday. It was everything I hoped it would be – and more. The interior of the shop is fabulous in itself, before I even get started on the lovely stock! From the huge luxury changing rooms, to the gigantic whale hanging from the ceiling and the incredible living vertical garden wall with 18,000 live plants in it, this shop interior is by far the coolest London’s ever seen.

    anthropologie londonThe plants in the vertical garden are watered by rainwater collected on the roof, and reminded me of an eco-house I saw in Paris recently. Every 12 weeks, a team of style gurus and creative set designers will put together a fresh interior look, so it’s going to be one of those shops you’ll never tire of. I spotted strips of vintage sewing needles on the walls, huge apothecary-style chests of drawers, china plate clocks and a curtain made of tea bags.

    anthropologie london2Can I just say at this point that, tragically, just when I needed it most, my stupid digital camera failed me and the battery ran out at a crucial moment, so the images on this post are a mixture of PR shots and some snaps taken by the wonderful Wee Birdy, to whom I am very grateful!

    anthropologie ukI spent hours browsing and had to be very restrained spending-wise. I basically liked/wanted everything I saw. It was good to see a mixture of American products and stock from home-grown designers such as Becky Oldfield (stunning Union Jack quilts) and the lovely Lisa Stickley. There were too many interesting home buys to mention, but highlights for me included: paint-by-numbers plates from Trey Speegle, cute stamp sets from Yellow Owl Workshop, gorgeous Tokyo Milk bubble baths, cook books from the likes of Ginette Mathiot, Alice in Wonderland drawer knobs, zinc letters, beautiful cards and notebooks, stylish chemistry-set style flasks, and coloured folksy aprons – straight out of Hansel and Gretel. The new folk trend has been embraced by Anthropologie in a big way – I spotted wooden mushrooms, ceramic owls, folk-style patchwork quilts and an unusual vintage-look book titled: ‘Mushroom Magick, a comprehensive guide to psychedelic ‘shrooms‘!

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    anthropologie uk3Even the packaging is delicious at Anthropologie, and I was delighted to be given a little Nathalie Lete lily soap in my red-handled goody bag, which made it twice as nice! ‘Mon savon qui sent bon’…sigh. I’m already planning my next Anthropologie trip. – Ellie

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    20 Responses to See inside Anthropologie

    1. Conversation Pieces
      Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 2:50 pm

      Oooh… droll…

    2. Conversation Pieces
      Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 2:50 pm

      Oooh… droll…

    3. Megan
      Friday, October 23, 2009 at 4:32 am

      SO. INCREDIBLY. JEALOUS! Wish we had one.

    4. Megan
      Friday, October 23, 2009 at 4:32 am

      SO. INCREDIBLY. JEALOUS! Wish we had one.

    5. jen
      Friday, October 23, 2009 at 9:16 am

      thanks for the sneak peek! i love anthro!

    6. jen
      Friday, October 23, 2009 at 9:16 am

      thanks for the sneak peek! i love anthro!

    7. Mary Lewis
      Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm

      I just love the way you write! So funny and you always have such quirky stories and beautiful pictures. I’ve bookmarked HomeShoppingSpy and I read it every day! Keep up the good work – it’s so refreshing to read a good design blog that isn’t American! 🙂 Mary x

    8. Mary Lewis
      Friday, October 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm

      I just love the way you write! So funny and you always have such quirky stories and beautiful pictures. I’ve bookmarked HomeShoppingSpy and I read it every day! Keep up the good work – it’s so refreshing to read a good design blog that isn’t American! 🙂 Mary x

    9. Marie Nichols
      Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 5:26 am

      Why did I leave for Sydney just as Anthropologie opened it’s doors in London! x

      • homeshoppingspy
        Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 3:41 pm

        We may have Anthropologie but you at least have some sunshine! Hope it’s all going well for you x

    10. Marie Nichols
      Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 5:26 am

      Why did I leave for Sydney just as Anthropologie opened it’s doors in London! x

      • homeshoppingspy
        Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 3:41 pm

        We may have Anthropologie but you at least have some sunshine! Hope it’s all going well for you x

    11. Friday, October 30, 2009 at 7:53 pm

      Oh loved seeing this! I love Anthropologie! Love that tea bag curtain, too.

    12. Friday, October 30, 2009 at 7:53 pm

      Oh loved seeing this! I love Anthropologie! Love that tea bag curtain, too.

    13. Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 9:42 am

      On all trips to the USA I make sure to find Anthropologie so when I visited London last week and nearly cried when I had to leave!

    14. Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 9:42 am

      On all trips to the USA I make sure to find Anthropologie so when I visited London last week and nearly cried when I had to leave!

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