Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Windows of Anthropologie

These may all look the same to some people, but I can tell the variations, using the same supplies, and I am always intrigued by it.

This store is just a few miles from the hotel we have stayed at the past few years, in St. Charles. We have been to this store before.  It is a big square building, rather plain looking from outside, but has a huge skylight in the middle of the store so the lighting is fantastic.  It's one of my favorite locations to visit.

Here they did not stack them, just kind of marched them across the expanse of the windows, all white, no blue roofs, and some white outlines on the blue backdrop.

A few displays from inside. Bedframe made of paperback books.
I'd seen this wall of canvas alphabets before, but not where they had extended the scene onto the actual wall.  It looked really great.
 We usually buy one drawer pull when we travel, but these were on sale so we chose 4. I could have gotten at least 10!
I find this appealing where they stacked and hung these mirrors.  Probably would just look junky if one tried it at home.  Besides, I don't have nearly that many mirrors.
Downtown Chicago. Store on State Street. Front window.  It was hard to get a good photo of the houses because of the constant foot traffic, and the reflection from traffic and across the street.  I like that the flags on the building across the street are reflected, plus look at the entrance to the subway right in the center of the photo.
Looking across the street at the building that houses Anthropologie, you can see the second story windows.
 From the second floor looking back across the street. In the bottom left is the restaurant we had lunch at.  Every single item on the menu had "eggs" and none of it sounded too appealing to me.  I settled on a poached egg in a nest...which was spinach and it had a really nice dressing, and some very good croutons. Hubby had some kind of "Texas" hash with cornbread, and poached egg.  The waiter seemed thrilled that he liked it, since we were from Texas.  Both our meals were good, but we remarked later that we enjoyed the d├ęcor and watching the people more than the food. Always good to try new places though.
Inside this store, I didn't see anything that was much different than the other stores. The displays were nice , and the employees were extremely sweet to us.  They did not have a bed with books around it, but had these suspended shelves full of books, and sculptural books hanging from the ceiling. and a quote painted on an open book.
These were Reader's Digest Condensed books cut into alphabet shapes. I resisted the urge to buy a few.
Since this is such a long post, I will stop now, and show the last store in a day or two.  If you are not already totally bored with Anthropologie displays, please come back.  I may toss a few Lincoln Park Zoo shots in just for variety...or the Art Displays we saw in the parks. 


  1. Not bored at all! I always enjoy seeing your posts about Anthropologie. I'm not sure I could resist those Reader's Digest letters though. I love them!!

    1. Oh I could have easily succumbed, but I was in my mindset of reducing my consumerism that day! LOL I have so much "stuff". I did later that day wish that I had tried harder to find the letter B book. ONE wouldn't have taken up too much room in the suitcase...heh heh.

  2. I could probably make a bed frame from all my old paperback books! What an idea! You'd have to use some pretty good glue though I'd guess. I love the books cut into letters... so cute! I think if you had a good clamp and a jig saw that wouldn't bee too hard to do. Very clever idea! You take such great pictures - could never be boring.

  3. they have so many pretty things!

  4. The bed made of books is really cool. However, Anthropologie's website says that they've now closed their Geneva Commons store! :-( I live about 35 miles from there, so I definitely would have liked to check it out. Dunno what they did with the book-bed.

    1. That's disappointing. I really like that shopping center. Wonder if they just moved to another location. Sometimes they go to a newer mall. One of my favorite stores told me they are leaving an old downtown historic location to go to a new high end mall that is opening. Oh, sometimes stores will have a charity auction of some of their displays. They are doing that now with the Monarch ones.