Today I will be bringing you another collection of random thoughts: my recent “discovery” of Anthropologie, a little sneak peek at my finally finished church pew and my pledge to purge…
When I was researching my wallpaper post I went to Anthropologie’s website and I was blown away with all the amazing pieces they have right now. Over the years they’ve been increasing their home furnishing and decor department but until this most recent trip to their site I always found their style too bohemian and hippie-dippie for me so I rarely looked at their website What I am seeing now brilliantly keeps true to their bohemian roots but it’s so much more sophisticated and pared down.
Today, I happen to cross paths with an Anthropologie store and popped in because I was so curious how these pieces looked in person. Alas, I only had time to run through the store (literally…thus explaining the blurry picture below). Based on what I saw, I will definitely go back for a more thorough going-through.
The first item I fell in love with on their site and saw in person was the Velvet Mina Couch. It’s as gorgeous in person as it is online. Can I get a “Hell Yeah” for the tufting and the sumptuous velvet?! The only thing I’ll say about this couch is that it’s pretty firm. So if you’re looking for a lounging couch you may want to keep looking or be sure to budget for a lot of throw pillows.
This next piece combines lucite and brass. As I’ve mentioned before I am not a fan of yellow metal in home furnishings. But I am a total sucker for lucite. Anthropologie carries this line in a couple of different iterations: bed, coffee table, end table and bar cart. In fact, this is true for a lot of their pieces. If you like the fabric or shape of a piece at Anthropologie, try searching their site for other versions by typing in the name of the piece minus the object (e.g. for the Oscarine Lucite Bed I entered “Oscarine” in the search box and found all the pieces I listed above: click the ink to see the results https://www.anthropologie.com/search?q=oscarine
In person the coffee table is handsome. The lucite is substantial. Sometimes low-priced lucite tends to be thin. This is not what I would categorized low priced but that’s why the lucite looks luxurious. At the end of the day, however, I’m still not feeling the gold. I’m curious how these pieces would work with any other metal. It’s times like these that I wish I knew how to Photoshop because then I’d get to see the bed with different metals. #intimidatedbyphotoshop
Here are a few more pieces I’m crushing on from Anthropologie…
Sneak Peak of the Finished Cerused Pew…
This has, perhaps, been the longest hyped post of all time…and I’m sorry to say that you’re going to have to wait a little longer to see the full reveal. Below is a close-up of the final product and I have to say I am IN LOVE with it but this project has taken me on an emotional and psychological roller coaster. Just last night, I was almost in tears because I thought I’d ruined the entire piece because I’d done the final step wrong; but then it turned around this morning. Once I’ve recovered I will bring you the saga of the “Cerused Pew” and more pictures. You have my solemn oath.
Pledge to Purge…
I spent hours this past weekend finishing the pew; this meant that I spent hours catching up on my podcasts. Among them was one I’ve recently subscribed to, Million Dollar Decorating (click HERE to get to the podcast or you can get it through iTunes). There are tons of episodes because they produce a show a day. So suffice it to say I had a lot of catching up to do.
The format of each show is the same: James Swan, the host, interviews prominent designers, asking them virtually all the same questions. Some of those questions are: how’d they get started, what’s their favorite room in their home and the single best advice they’ve ever received about designing. (He also asks the same last question which involves a fantastical hypothetical that would require them to design a blank space with $1,000; in variably most designers find it laughable to be asked to do such a thing for so little money…some of these designers can be pretty obnoxious.)
In one of the shows, James Swan mentioned that he took on the challenge to get rid of 3 things from his home every week for 8 weeks. (I apologize that I can’t direct you to the exact episode; I listened to so many shows in a row and out-of-order they all started to blur.) I love purging and hate clutter so I don’t have a ton of stuff but even so I often find random things and struggle to get rid of them. For those of you with a lot of stuff, this challenge may be a manageable way to tackle clutter in your house.
I’m going to take this challenge and purge 3 things every week for the next 8 weeks. I may not always write a post about it but I will throw up that week’s purge on my Instagram (@avzambrana).
I was so excited to start this challenge I started tonight. None of these things are home related items but they’ve been living at the bottom of the box where we keep our shoes for the last 3 years, getting rid of them will, therefore, improve my experience with a home furnishing (i.e. the shoe box). It was freeing to finally clean that box out and get rid of these things.
How do you feel about purging? Will you take the challenge with me? If so, I’d love to see what you get rid of. Tag the pictures with #2016pledgetopurge on Instagram to share your pictures with me.