Anthropologie Knock Off Ideas {a Tour of the London Store}

Do you ever like to shopping for decor ideas?  I’m not talking about going to a big furniture store looking for your next sofa, although I enjoy that too.   I’m talking about Anthropologie.  I’m that girl that loves to go to EVERY Anthro but I am not interested in the whimsical skirts and funky jackets.  No, it is their store displays that always have me coming back for more.  They are so inspiring and unique.  I can usually be found with my draw dropped, eyes wide open, and mind spinning trying to figure out exactly how they “did that” and figuring out where I could do something similar at home or on a job site.  I have to confess that doing store displays for Anthropologie would be THAT dream job for me, you know, the one you would do for free if they let you?  For now I’ll just use one idea for my own Anthropologie knock off here and there.

(Check out my Anthropologie Inspired Kitchen HERE)

Anthropologie Styled Custom White and Turquoise Kitchen

When I visited my sister in England we made sure to explore the Anthropologie in London.  Today I want to share with you my Anthropologie London Tour.

 

Check out this amazing vertical hanging garden right in the middle of the store.  There was a skylight above as well as spot lights to help them grow.  The wall was three stories of fabulous-ness (yes, that is me, don’t mind my disheveled look, it was raining sideways that entire day and yes, that is the best pic I could find, ha ha).

Giant Vertical Hanging Garden at Anthropologie London England with Amanda from Burlap and Denim

It appeared to be large black squares of granite with a pattern of circles drilled out.  They were held to the wall with dirt behind it and the variety of plants were grouped and planted in the small circles.  I was grateful this small section wasn’t growing too well so I could check out the construction up close.

Close up of Anthropologie Vertical Plant Wall in London England

See, THREE stories!  I couldn’t believe it.  At first I thought it must be plastic plants, but it was a living wall in the middle of London.

Anthropologie Vertical Plant Wall in London England

Down in the basement was where the housewheres were kept.  How cool is that natural crate with a block of wood, books and lamp inside? And that the inside is oxblood red?  Anthro dishes are always on my wish list too.

Dinning Department and Hanging Plant Instalation in Anthropologie London

 

Up on the top floor there was a bedroom display.  This airy wrought iron canopy bed was flanked by thousands of feathers that had been hung with fishing line as a sort of half halo around head of the bed.  So dreamy.

Fabulous Feather Instalation over a bed at Athropologie London England

 

Now that I have a dog, I am embarrassed to admit that I am a bit of a dog fanatic.  I thought this squared off grouping of tiny dog heads in an almost random breed pattern was adorable.

Tiny Dog Head Display in London England Anthropologie

 

Looking down from the top floor I saw this box light.  It was made from dark stained plywood and old white windows.  They hung it with ropes and chain and threw a lonely bulb in the middle.  To keep him company some genius added a miniature head statue, a green bottle and tiny plant.  It reminds me of a small hanging terrarium with a couple of twists.

Fun Light Box Fixture at Anthropologie London

Another light that caught my eye was this little hanging lantern light.  It had eight or so beetles etched on to the glass on each side.  So small and subtle but what a cool thing to etch, not birds or butterflies, but beetles.

Tiny Beatles Etched on to a Glass Light Fixture in Anthropologie

For the stationary display there was a huge spiral bound notebook made from plywood and plaster.  It was movable and held cards, calendars, and quotes all hung on these funky clipboards that were attached to the inside of the notebook.  That would be a really fun display to make for a school project or maybe a Burlap and Denim display (Notes from an Interior Stylist).

Giant Spiral Notebook Display for Stationary in the London Anthropologie Shop

From an architectural point of view, these stairs were stunning.  I loved the industrial feel of the steel and glass stairs with glass railings.  But adding all of the glass dots or bubbles in each step really gave it a vintage industrial vibe.  They looked like mini glass bottle bottoms packed in tight together.  They let the light from the other two floors peak through giving these heavy metal stairs a light airy feel.

Industrial Buble Glass Staircase at Anthropologie London England

 

Check these out up close…Iv’e never seen anything like it.

Industrial Staircase made of Steel and Glass Bubbles at Anthropologie London England

Being a Cali girl, I loved the concrete bear that was just thrown in the middle of the clothes.  Doesn’t it remind you of the California flag?

Giant Bear Statue in the Middle of Anthropologie London

This next display was wood sheets cut into subway tiles.  Some of which were left natural, some white washed, and the rest painted solid white.  They were placed like a tile backsplash behind what looked like a sink.  This could be so cool if they were varnished and actually behind a working sink!  I love the natural texture.

Wood Tiles Behind a Faux Bathroom Sink at Anthropologie London

 What was in the faux sink?  Bars of soap of course!  Neatly stacked inside the quarter sawn reclaimed wood box.

Soaps inside a Faux Wood Sink for a display at Anthropologie

 Would you copy one of these for your own Anthropologie knock off?  Would you put any of these items in your house or incorporate them into your decor?  Tell me about it in the comments!

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8 Comments

  • Amanda, the beetles on the glass lantern aren’t etched on, they are simply drawn on with a white paint pen. I’ve seen the visual staff doing it in the store before. How easy it must be to simply trace an image. Next time I’m in there( I love to scope that store too) I’ll ask the team what kind of pen it is……. I may have some project ideas now

    • Oh awesome James! Yea, putting the image behind the glass and just tracing it would be so easy! Thanks for the behind the scenes tips!

  • Ohhh, do you read Kara Pasley’s blog? She works for Anthropologie in Oklahoma doing interiors and windows. She is so clever…..Anyhoo, karapasleydesign.com

    • James, I hadn’t heard of her, but I am following her now! She is living my dream :) Thanks for sharing.

  • Oh boy what an education you got, thanks for sharing all those fantastic ideas with us. For me I’d love to make the subway tiles out of wood for a back splash in my kitchen. Love variations of how they prepared the tiles. Could sure afford the tiles must more readily if we made them instead of real tiles which would be way out of our league.
    I also made a note of Kara Pasley’s blog, who knows what ideas could be there.
    Lucky you getting to go to London. I’ve always wanted to visit that part of world, England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Have read several novels by Rosamunde Pilcher, her son Robin Pilcher and Maeve Binchy, they write great books. Reading their books has given me a strong interest in seeing what their countries are like. Have you ever heard of the”Shell Seekers” by Rosamunde Pilcher? Happy days

  • Wow! That looked like so much fun! :) My favorite out of all your pictures is of the box light made from the old windows. Its hard to tell, but I think that it is open all the way around, I mean with windows? Or is one side (left side) solid plywood? Just gorgeous in my books! :)

    • The back and left side are both solid plywood. I think it would have been cooler if it was all windows, so if I make one, that’s what I’ll do.

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