Friday, September 7, 2012

New for House & Home at Anthropologie

I haven't done much clothes-shopping at Anthropologie for the past couple of years. All of a sudden everything became too twee for me and all the tops and dresses were backless or had cut-outs that made it impossible to wear them with a regular bra. Plus, I can't wear all of those drapey and/or gathered knits. Too much flowy fabric on a big-boobed girl just makes your whole body look larger. Ask Jessica Simpson.

However, Anthro's shoes are like little works of art, and their household goods are too cool for school. They just rolled out some new items for the home, and here are a few of my faves....

Madagascar Wallpaper

Like some kind of weirdly-beautiful Rorschach test. The price is steep at $798 per roll, but I'd never do an entire room in this paper anyway. I'd cut one 18' long roll in half and either frame and hang the 2 pieces horizontally above a sofa, or mount them vertically on either side of a window or bed and surround them with 2" trim.

New Antiquitarian Wallpaper

Gosh, I love this. The pattern is perfect for a powder room or mud room. It comes with SureStick backing which promises to be "easy-on, easy-off" and great for renters, but I have no experience with using or hanging it. I think I'd probably stay away from using it in kitchens or baths in case the moisture makes it peel off the walls.

Magnifying Glass Sconce

I'd mount these on either side of the mirror in the powder room with the Antiquitarian paper.

Iron Industry Mirror

What a stunner! And it's made from a salvaged antique! I love multi-paned mirrors. Mirrors in general are awesome because they add visual depth to a room and reflect whatever light sources are available. If you have a giant bare wall in a two story living room or foyer, I'd hang this guy on it.

Abate Slatted Mirror

Love the look of this. More decorative than practical. Would be nice to use in a room with too many right-angles.

Splayed Cobbler Mirror

Now this is really special. Buy it because you love it and put it someplace where you'll see it every day. Would be especially cool on the landing of a staircase leading to bedrooms, especially if you can see it from the front door (guests will love it, too).

Stitched Mansoa Curtain

I'm a sucker for crewelwork and these colors are gorgeous. I'd buy an extra panel and make throw pillows or pillow shams out of it for the guest bedroom.

Mysia Rug

This kilim rug could go practically anywhere - neutral and beautiful.

Bianca Pillows

Great colors and patterns. Pillows can be expensive, but that's where you'll get the most bang for your buck, especially if you like to change your rooms around a lot.

Soren Chair

The shape of this happy chair is fun yet elegant, and the high back makes it perfect for the corner spot in a seating arrangement. I always like to have a slipper chair in the bedroom, both as a handy spot to put on shoes and as a catch-all for cardigans, knit blankets, and reading material. This guy fits the bill!

Rabbit II by Elizabeth Jardine

This sweet little decorative rabbit would look great on an occasional table or a bookcase, and he'd be a terrific addition to the centerpiece of a dining table at Easter Lunch.

Horse Bust Hook

Horses, always. I'd buy a few of these and mount them over a bench in a hallway or foyer.

Now, the next two items are cool...but kind of strange.

Large Tentacle Taper Holder

I kind of hated this when I first saw it. And then I looked at it again. Now I kind of love it. Not my personal taste, but the three sizes that Anthro offers could look awesome grouped together on a table in a beach house...or on your dining table in the midwest if you're quirky like that.

Chien Coffee Table

I get what they're going for here, I really do. But the first thing that popped into my head when I saw it was "puppy mill". The doggies look trapped and I'd spend all my time wanting to get them out of there if this piece were sitting in my living room! Maybe if they designed it with lizards or bugs, something that I WANT to stay trapped inside of a glass case....

What do you think of Anthropologie's furniture and accessories? Have you purchased a non-clothing item from them before? And if you have any experience with the SureStick wallpaper, I'd love to hear about it!


  1. Oh the cobbler mirror is wonderfully fun. The product description says that assembly is required. I suppose for the effort a crafty gal could make similar herself with some of the vintage shoe forms on ebay.

    The Rorschach wallpaper would be interesting for a while but I'm sure I'd tire of color combo pretty quickly. Purple, gold and hunter green are not a pleasing color combo.

    I'm not going to say what the tentacle taper holder reminds me of, let's just say it creeps me out. The dog table looks like an old lady curio cabinet. It's just weird.

    1. Yeah, some of their stuff has just the right amount of quirk to be special, but the line between quirky and creepy is a thin one!

  2. I get much more excited about the housewares etc than the clothes! I have a sofa as well as various other things. Re the sure stick wallpaper, have been told to use wallpaper glue with it regardless of the instructions as otherwise it peels off. Don't know if this is the case, since I have not hung the rolls I have (another pattern) but several reviews on prior sure stick also mentioned this as being suggested for best results. I love the wallpaper btw. If you live near a store that carries it you can often pick it up on sale. I liked the Soren chair in the pattern they had last year. I had my eye on one in a store that was cut to half price but it was a bit too shop worn. Glad they brought it back though!

    1. Thanks, Sydneygirl! I figured that would be the case with the SureStick - if it's that easy to remove then it's likely to peel off when you don't want it to.

  3. I have bought the Love Letters sheets set, towels, and recently I got the egg tray.

    1. Ugh, why do I live so far away from the good shopping??? I'm dying to see some of that bedding in person.