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Thinking Pink
(and Mint and Lavender, Too)

Could be the warming temperatures, the brightening sun or the blue-again sky… >

Thinking Pink (and Mint and Lavender, Too)

Could be the warming temperatures, the brightening sun or the blue-again sky, but suddenly everything in our world is coming up pastels. To find out who else was feeling similarly peachy-keen, we asked our pals around the Home Office to share some of their personal pastel thingamajigs. Here’s the happy-go-lucky scoop.

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"My favorite pastel items remind me of home: these mini paper lanterns are from a Savannah flea market." 
— Halligan N., art director

"The stamps have been passed down through my family; most have come from old letters and postcards that my grandfather, who traveled quite a bit, sent to my grandmother. Some of the letters are mine now, and I have loved learning about my grandparents through their correspondence." 
— Christine K., prop stylist

"Mint reminds me of summers growing up on the beaches of Southern California. After playing in the water all day, we’d go to the ice cream parlor and I’d get two scoops of mint chocolate chip goodness in a waffle cone. It was a race against the heat to eat it before it melted all over my hands."
— Jen B., studio coordinator

"This vintage radio was handed down to me by my great auntie. She used to have fabulous dinner parties where it played all night in the background."
— Bryanna M., content marketing manager

"Every Easter, I look forward to two things: scouring our family room for handpainted eggs, and nearly cracking my teeth on handfuls (and handfuls) of Jordan almonds. The pink ones are the best!"
— Emily F., copywriter

"I used to live next-door to a woman who had an amazing collection of vintage things. I used to go over for tea and admire everything. Once, I told her I liked this comb and mirror set and she sent me home with it! She was very generous, and it always reminds me of that way of being in the world."
— Allison D., copywriter

"I lived on Lake Erie growing up, and almost every evening in the summer my parents and I would take a walks on the beach to collect sea glass. I keep jars of it in my apartment as a reminder of home."
— Maddie B., merchandiser

"About five years ago my older sister moved from Pennsylvania to Colorado and my mom and I drove her out there. We found the milkshake blender at a vintage shop on the way. Just so happens I love ice cream!"
— Katie H., stylist




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A Collection Most Curious

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We’ve seen some pretty nifty collections from our magpie employees so far—travel pens, brooches and even faux food—but today we bring you the most curious one yet: flower frogs. Flower what? Yep, we had the same question. Flower frogs are what florists used to hold stems in place before floral foam was invented. Spiky, patinated and strangely beautiful, our creative director Carolyn has dozens of these antiques on display in her New Jersey lakefront home.


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“The obsession began with my grandma. She had a glass flower frog that she passed onto me. Since then, I’ve picked up one every time I’ve visited an antiques
shop on my travels.”



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“I love that they look like medieval torture devices, but are still somehow strikingly pretty. All of the different greens are just gorgeous.”

 

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“They are incredibly versatile. I use them as toothbrush holders, office organizers, jewelry stands, photo frames and, of course, for displaying flowers.”


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“Everyone has a collection in this house, even my dog, Mr. T. I’ve lost count of how many toys he’s in amassed in the four years he’s been a part of our family.”

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Earth Day, Our Way:
Window Gallery

Every April, the windows of our stores become more than a showcase for artful… >

Earth Day, Our Way: Window Gallery

Every April, the windows of our stores become more than a showcase for artful installations—they become a platform for our Earth Day efforts, a means to raise awareness of causes near and dear to our hearts. This year is no different, as we pay tribute to the monarch butterfly, whose annual migration—one of nature’s greatest spectacles—is at risk of disappearing due to vanishing habitats, extreme weather and increased use of herbicides.

In honor of these small but mighty creatures, we’re transforming our storefronts into fluttering exhibits, crafted of paper, fabric, wood, screens and more. “Every window we work on is special, but our Earth Day ones are even more so because they educate,” says our display director Erika S. “The monarchs have such an inspiring story, and that we get to help pass it on through beautiful displays, well that is truly humbling.”

From basic materials to winged wonders, the creative metamorphosis is happening now—stop by your local store over the next two weeks to see the windows being made (or go behind-the-scenes with our latest video), but first, here’s a peek at a few already-finished designs.

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        Got a photo of your local Anthropologie’s monarch windows? Share it with
                       us on Instagram using the hashtag #AnthroEarthDay.

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Drawing April: A Home
Office Doodlefest

In honor of our April catalog shoot at the Brooklyn Art Library, we decided to… >

Drawing April: A Home Office Doodlefest

The Brooklyn Art Library, where we shot part of our April catalog, is home to The Sketchbook Project, an amazingly huge collection of artists books, crowd-sourced from around the world. How cool, right? It gets better: contributors to the artistic undertaking will have their books displayed not only at the Brooklyn Art Library but also at museums and galleries across North America, once the mobile library hits the road next summer. In that spirit, we decided to throw a sketch party of our own here at the Home Office. We asked three of our favorite doodleistas to create an off-the-cuff work of art around the theme April. We hope the results inspire you to sharpen your pencils, dust off your paintbrushes and create a spring masterpiece!

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    “Wouldn’t it be fun if all the colors dripped from your umbrella on a rainy day?”

                                           —Lauren W., retail visual merchandising manager



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                “This is an Italian phrase that translates to April sweet sleeping.”

                                         —Margherita U., catalog production designer



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“This is a $4 watercolor set and it’s my absolute favorite. Any time I see one I snatch it up because they’re hard to find.”

                                                   —Lauren W., retail visual merchandising manager


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“I love collage as a medium because it lets the materials speak for themselves. I tend to keep things abstract—perhaps a vague sense of terrain, a hint of horizon, but nothing too literal.”

                                                                  —Audrey R.,  junior graphic designer



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   “I’m excited for spring to come because it brings a lot of good light for drawing.”

                                                      —Margherita U., catalog production designer

 

 

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A Collection Most Curious

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For Theresa, our digital project manager, traveling is a way of life. This gal’s been everywhere, and she’s got a quirky little collection of souvenir pens—the kind with the floaty doodads inside—to prove it. The collecting bug hit her as a little girl: her father brought pens home from his business trips at first, and they became her thing—every family trip yielded a new one. Now an avid traveler in her own right, Theresa has been to 35 states, racked up five passports and continues to snag pens from every place she can—75 at last count!


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“I have to have a trip planned or I get really anxious. I refer to my vacations as adventures—I’ll go on a ‘vacation’ when I’m older and need more sleep. I want to see how life is lived wherever I am. I visit tiny stores and street markets and festivals to immerse myself in the local culture. I absolutely love Hanoi, Vietnam. It has this chaotic vibe that scared me at first and then became really exciting.”


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"I never write with these. Maybe—maybe—if I’m in a pinch. And I don’t like when other people pick them up and write with them, either. Besides, some of them are so old, I don’t even know if they write anymore.”

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“I’ve done two big road trips in California. The first was with my family during high school. I was in a car with my mom, sister and one of my brothers for four weeks!”




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“The Toronto pen was from my father. He brought it back for me from a business trip. This is probably my oldest pen; it’s about 25 years old. I’ve actually never been there, if you can believe it!”

"I’m going to Peru next. You know, I’ve looked all over Asia and haven’t found any pens, so I’m hoping South America does the trick. Peru was my dream vacation and it will become a reality in May, so I’ll have to start thinking about a new dream trip, probably to Sicily."


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Label Love: Go Be Lovely

Our latest label crush? Go Be Lovely, a bath and beauty collection from the… >

Label Love: Go Be Lovely

Our latest label crush? Go Be Lovely, a bath and beauty collection from the makers of Illume, the candle-crafting extraordinaires you know and love. These Anthropologie-exclusive creams, perfumes, bath salts and candles come in three scents that we can’t seem to get enough of—coconut milk mango, Thai lily and cactus verde.

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A Collection Most Curious

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Tucked away on a quiet city block, our visual communications manager Kayte’s house looks much like any other Philadelphia row home from the outside—tidy, brick and unassuming. But stepping through the front door is like stumbling upon a hidden magpie’s nest. Every surface is covered with curated objects—jars of buttons, bolts of brightly colored fabric, a drawer of handmade pompoms, matryoshkas clustered on a vintage tray, all carefully watched over by Bruce, her orange-and-white Maine Coon. While we could spend hours poring over Kayte’s collections, it was her brooches and the stories behind these pretty little somethings that truly captivated us.



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“My collection obsession began early. When I was a child, I set up a museum in my bedroom and charged people five cents to come look at rocks, arrowheads and seedpods that I had found outside.”

“I love brooches because they’re great conversation starters. They’re one thing I let myself go crazy with—you can wear a wacky brooch with just about anything and get away with it.”


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“My mom acquired this teeny fish when she was a little girl. It was lost for a while, but she recently found it in the pocket of one of her vintage dresses and passed it on to me.”


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“Brooches look great on lapels, but you can also pin them on a belt, in the middle of a shirt or use them to brighten up a winter coat. Hair clips and shoe clips work as brooches, too!”

“Many of these pieces come from my grandmother’s costume jewelry collection. She had a whole dresser full of trinkets, and as child I loved rooting through each drawer—I never knew what I would find hidden inside.”

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Behind the Scenes: The Making of
Our Holiday Windows

As we merrily roll into the holiday season, you may have begun to see festive… >

Behind the Scenes: The Making of
Our Holiday Windows

As we merrily roll into the holiday season, you may have begun to see festive holiday decorations popping up in the windows of a store location near you. Curious as to just how that even-larger-than-larger-than-life poinsettia flower came to be? Ashley Nardone, a Florida-based visual artist (and former Anthropologie employee), who prototyped the gargantuan bloom in our Boca Raton store, shows us how a plain cardboard sheet became an awe-inspiring, 3-D holiday display.

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Push Play Project: Lucius Live in NYC


On October 3rd, the Brooklyn-based indie-pop band Lucius took the… >

Push Play Project: Lucius Live in NYC

On October 3rd, the Brooklyn-based indie-pop band Lucius took the stage at our Chelsea Market store for the latest free concert in our Push Play Project music series. Lead singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig dazzled the crowd with their signature synchronized harmonies (and ensembles), and put on a truly unforgettable show.

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Jess and Holly are both wearing our Lucius Lace Shift.

Photos by Sara Kerens / www.sarakerensphotography.com