I Heart Anthropologie


If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I love the store, Anthropologie.

I could literally take up residence there and call it home.

I’m a very visual person, so I notice things and appreciate the thought, care and energy, that go into creating beautiful store and window displays.

Anthropologie has some of the most creative and striking displays I have ever seen in any retail store, because their displays draw you in and make you want to look closer at all the detail.

They understand the value of making things inventive and alluring to the eye; knowing that initial impressions are important. When customers enjoy what they see, they browse longer. And not only do they browse longer, but they come back.

And I have to say, whenever I walk into this store it's packed with customers.

They offer clothing, jewelry, housewares, bedding, candles, and much more.

Every couple of months, I relish taking my camera inside Anthropologie to see what delicious displays they come up with. I can spend 45 minutes browsing all four floor levels.

Such as it was on Tuesday, when I went display-hunting in their flagship store here in Philadelphia.

I like to visit Anthropologie as the seasons change because their displays will morph accordingly.

Those of you who used to follow my separate photography blog, when I had it two years ago, know that if I ever became a professional photographer, I would love to specialize in urban or catalog photography. Both of which I have a heartfelt passion for.

Today I would like to share some photos I took of my recent jaunt into Anthropologie. I love the variety of color in these displays because some are bright and bold, while others are soft and muted.

Please enjoy a stroll though one of my favorite establishments…









Extra photo:

This last image is not from Anthropology, but rather, Tiffany & Co.

I spotted it one day this week while walking down Walnut Street and stopped dead in my tracks to get a photo.

The theme is The Great Gatsby.

Talk about a faaaaaaaabulous window display!


Wishing you a GREAT weekend everyone!
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58 comments

  1. Rob LenihanJune 07, 2013

    Great photos, Ron! I've never been to Anthropologie, but it looks like quite a place. I learn so much from reading your blog!

    There used to be so many department stores around when I was growing up--Gimbels, May's, Abraham and Strauss--but they gradually shut down or were sold off.



    Love the Gasby-themed Tiffany window. Makes me want to strap on my hip flask and Charleston my way over to the nearest speakeasy!


    Have a great weekend, buddy!

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  2. Hey there Ron,
    WOW; you aced these photos!! Congrats, hon. Honestly, they are awesome!!
    I feel like I want to go and throw myself on that bed.Arrrggghh!!
    I MUST stopover this place a next time. Finding a treasure that is not too heavy or bring back home
    ( Our own Anthropologie treasure from Philly).
    I honestly hope that you will go into Urban or catalogue Photography on a more intensive level. You would be perfect at this!
    I don't have (yet) the "thing" that gets my soul excited in Urban photography, except I love architecture. I still must get more brave when it comes to Urban portraits.
    I am challenged when I have to take interior photos but challenges are about LEARNING.
    Sending you big hugs down to Philly. xoxo

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  3. P.S. FAB, that Tiffany shot!! :)

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  4. Oh.MY. Can I just say these are phenomenal photos?! And enquiring minds wanna know HOW you take the photos without getting tossed outta the store or at least accosted with a bazillion questions. Seriously, they're amazing displays--someone had a flair for dressing up the store with an eye for detail. Because you're right--it's the detail that draws you in. You just want to keep looking. Despite that lamp getting my attention FIRST, it was the cute table it sat on (I love it!) and the funky chair in the back that I felt like I was peeking around the front display to see.
    I'm not so sure that's about the display as much as it's about the man behind the camera.
    I love the black planters--I'm a sucker for painted tin planters. NO, I don't need another one! (oh, but the black ones are soooooo cute!)


    We don't have one of 'these' around here--darn that we don't. While I'm NOT a browse 'n shop kinda gal, this is one of those places that might make the exception.
    That and the Tiffany window--I don't wanna SHOP there, I just wanna play with their bubbles. LOL Excellent photo of that window--and an excellent job of the display.
    Well done, sir.
    And any time you wanna do another round of the four floors at the Anthropologie, take Barb with ya. LOL

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  5. None of their stores are close to me, so I don't get to enjoy this feast for the eyes very often. I'm a visual person too and I love, love, love the color combinations they use. But I have to say, that monochromatic Tiffany's display is absolutely gorgeous!

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  6. morning ron. i have never heard of this store, but guess what? there is one right in montclair, nj. not far from me at all and even closer to my job. i browsed their website and i see what you mean about being sucked in. very unique and eye catching merchandise. i loved the mugs they sell. i'll have to look for this place next time i'm in montclair. thanks for sharing!

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  7. What a gorgeous store! It's one of those one would love to lounge about in. I'd never heard of this store before, so I guess they don't have any in my area.

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  8. Is it really two years since your photo blog... how time flies. If ever I visited Philly I would HAVE to call in and see the stunning displays in Anthropologie. It is MY kind of shop. I literally drool over the elegance and uniqueness of such places. I was the same with Tiffany's. Popped in frequently when I was in NY. Anthropologie has the edge though. Love the first and last pictures. You really don't need a new camera, I mean how could you better what you already do?

    Have a hassle-free weekend.

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  9. Hey there Rob!

    Thank you :)

    I'm pretty sure you have an Anthropologie (or even more than one) in Manhattan. The one in Philly is their original flagship store, but I know they have one in Florida because of friend of mine who lives in Orlando shops there all the time. She LOVES it!

    Ah yes, GIMBLES! We used to have one here in Philly, but as you said, it shut down. In fact, when I live in NYC, I had a job at the one there.

    "Love the Gasby-themed Tiffany window. Makes me want to strap on my hip flask and Charleston my way over to the nearest speakeasy!"



    HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA! Me too! I love that time period!


    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a grrrrrrreat weekend!


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  10. Wow Ron, these photos are gorgeous! The colors are are just amazing. And you're right about creating displays that lure you in and make you want to examine all the details because that's what I was doing as I was strolling through your photographs.


    That first photo of the bed it incredible. I looks like the bed is sitting outdoors. And the fifth one down of the "Indian looking" tent is so intriguing. Love the colors!


    And you're so right, that last one of Tiffany's is fabulous!


    Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend, Ron.

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  11. beautiful photos, ron! I too adore anthro and that bed is perfect for me to feather my nest!

    been missing you, my friend! have a wonderful weekend yourself.xxx

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  12. Bonjour Barb!

    Thank you :)

    "I feel like I want to go and throw myself on that bed. Arrrggghh!!"

    Bwhahaahhahahahaha! That's EXACTLY how I felt too when I saw it!!!!

    "I MUST stopover this place a next time. Finding a treasure that is not too heavy or bring back home."

    Yes, the next time you and D are in Philly, I will take you there because not only will you enjoy the displays, but you will also love taking some photos. The stores sits right off of Rittenhouse, on Walnut and 18th.

    "I don't have (yet) the "thing" that gets my soul excited in Urban photography, except I love architecture. I still must get more brave when it comes to Urban portraits."

    Your talent for taking architectural photographs is just AWESOME! But I also love your outdoor (countryside) photographs as well. I think because I live in a city, I've developed a passion for urban photography. There is just so many wonderful things to photograph!

    "I am challenged when I have to take interior photos but challenges are about LEARNING."



    Me too. Especially when it comes to the lighting because my camera is somewhat limited to settings.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a glorious weekend!


    X to you and D!

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  13. Thank you. It's the display FAAAAAABULOUS????


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  14. AkelamaluJune 07, 2013

    Oh I would so love to browse Anthropologie, it really looks like my sort of store. The displays you've shown are so imaginative and exciting, especially the bed.

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  15. Hiya Mel!

    Thank you:)

    "And enquiring minds wanna know HOW you take the photos without getting tossed outta the store or at least accosted with a bazillion questions."

    HAHHHAHAAHA! Honestly, whenever I've been inside snapping photographs, no one has ever bothered me. I don't however take photographs with customers in them.

    " Despite that lamp getting my attention FIRST, it was the cute table it sat on (I love it!) and the funky chair in the back that I felt like I was peeking around the front display to see."

    Isn't that lamp faaaaaaaabulous???

    "I love the black planters--I'm a sucker for painted tin planters. NO, I don't need another one! (oh, but the black ones are soooooo cute!)"

    Do you know what? That planter is actually an old tin BATH TUB!!!! I probably should have mentioned that. Isn't it COOL?

    "We don't have one of 'these' around here--darn that we don't. While I'm NOT a browse 'n shop kinda gal, this is one of those places that might make the exception."

    Yes, as you know, I'm not shopper either. I'm more into browsing the displays and visuals.

    "That and the Tiffany window--I don't wanna SHOP there, I just wanna play with their bubbles. LOL Excellent photo of that window--and an excellent job of the display."



    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I KNEW you would love the BUBBLES!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Have a most excellent weekend!


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  16. Good morning Bijoux!

    They are starting to open these stores all over the U.S. I know they have them in Florida because my dear friend, Diana, the friend I mentioned who has a son that is autistic, shops in the one located in Orlando. She LOVES this store.

    " I'm a visual person too and I love, love, love the color combinations they use."



    Aren't the color combinations just awesome?


    And yes, the Tiffany display is GORGEOUS!


    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a terrific weekend!


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  17. Hey there V Girl!

    You would LOVE this store, I know it. And not only because of the beautiful merchandise, but because the 'photographic eye candy' is hard to resist.

    " i browsed their website and i see what you mean about being sucked in. very unique and eye catching merchandise."



    Yes, their website is sooooooo alluring as well.


    The next time you're in Montclair, give it a look because it's truly a wonderful experience. It's like taking a journey.


    Thanks for stopping by, girl. Have a super weekend!


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  18. Hiya Suzi!

    Isn't the store GORGEOUS???

    "It's one of those one would love to lounge about in. I'd never heard of this store before, so I guess they don't have any in my area."



    Yup, me too! They have a store locator on their website, so if you're interested, check to see if they have one in your area. Even if you don't purchase anything, it's just fun to browse.


    Thank you for stopping by, my friend. Have a beautiful weekend!


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  19. Goooood morning Valerie!

    "Is it really two years since your photo blog... how time flies."

    Yes, can you believe it?

    " If ever I visited Philly I would HAVE to call in and see the stunning displays in Anthropologie. It is MY kind of shop."

    If you ever come to Philly, I will take you there myself. And be sure to bring your NEW camera because you'll see LOTS of stuff to take photographs of.

    " I was the same with Tiffany's. Popped in frequently when I was in NY. Anthropologie has the edge though."

    I agree! I love the Tiffany's in NYC, but I'm not really into wearing jewelry, so Anthropologie is more my cup of tea.

    "You really don't need a new camera, I mean how could you better what you already do?"



    Aw thank you. The reason I would like a new camera is because I would like to learn more about using the IN-camera setting adjustments, rather than doing all my adjustments in post production.


    Thank you for stopping by, dear lady. Have a lovely weekend!


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  20. Hola Denise!

    Thank you :)

    Aren't the colors in the displays AMAZING???? I like that they use both bright and bold and soft and muted combinations.

    "That first photo of the bed it incredible. I looks like the bed is sitting outdoors. And the fifth one down of the "Indian looking" tent is so intriguing. Love the colors!"



    Yes, that bed DOES look as thought it's sitting outdoors, you're right. And the tent REALLY caught my eye because of the vivid colors. I think it must be an outdoor cover for like a patio, or even the beach.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl! Have a super-duper weekend!


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  21. Hellooooooooooo Linda!


    Thank you. Whenever I go into that store, I have the BEST time taking photographs because there is so many AWESOME things to look at!


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. Have a lovely weekend!


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  22. Linda, I KNOW you would enjoy browsing this store because it's very much YOUR style. And because you relish color as you do, you would have field day seeing all the creative color combinations. Walking through this store is like taking a magical journey!


    Isn't the bed BEYOND awesome????


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  23. Gooood morning Pearl!

    "Oh I would so love to browse Anthropologie, it really looks like my sort of store."



    OMG...you. would. love. it!!!!!!


    I don't know if they have Anthropologie in Europe yet, but I will check to see. If they do, it would probably be in London.


    Thanks for stopping by, m'dear! Have a lovely weekend!


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  24. We don't have an Anthropologie store here, but I'm fascinated by the creative displays you've photographed. How beautiful! Stunning and like you said, some bold colors amid some muted ones.

    "When customers enjoy what they see, they browse longer. And not only do they browse longer, but they come back." YES!! Why don't more stores realize this and capitalize on it??


    Ron, I'm in awe over the Tiffany window! Only a true artist could come up with something so magnificent.


    Have a super weekend, my friend!

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  25. Mark PetruskaJune 07, 2013

    I've never been to Anthropologie. Don't even know if we have any out here, to be honest. But it looks pretty cool. Kind of like a much more upscale version of Ikea.


    May your weekend be filled with peace, joy, and prosperity, my friend!

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  26. Hey there Debbie!

    Their original store is here in Philadelphia, but they are slowly branching out to more states. I know they have one in Florida because my friend shops there and LOVES it. She first discovered Anthropology while visiting me a few years ago and became addicted to it.

    "YES!! Why don't more stores realize this and capitalize on it??"

    I TOTALLY agree! Too many retail establishments work at getting customers to open up charge accounts and try to figure out ways to GET people to buy more, by pressuring their sales people to make HIGHER sales. But if they would only realize that if they created an environment that is visually attractive and relaxed, they would just naturally make more profit. I'm in the retail business, so I see what goes on behind the scenes and it truly bothers me. Pressuring customers, only pushes them away.

    "Ron, I'm in awe over the Tiffany window! Only a true artist could come up with something so magnificent."



    Yes, isn't it MAGNIFICENT??? I love creativity!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Have a most SUPER weekend!


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  27. Howdy Mark!

    "I've never been to Anthropologie. Don't even know if we have any out here, to be honest."



    Knowing how progressive and creative Oregon is, I'm sure they do have these stores. Probably in Portland?


    Yes, it does kinda remind you of a more upscale Ikea! Which btw, I LOVE Ikea!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a faaaaaaaabulous weekend!


    X to you and Tara!

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  28. Wowza Ron, these photo snaps are so awesome, dude! I took my time and looked at each photograph, just to see all the detail and thought that went into creating them.


    You're right, presentation is what it's about. Some people think that first impressions are not important but they are. Obviously, Anthropology has done their marketing homework, which is why they are so successful. Quality marketing along with quality merchandise equals profit. And also good customer service.


    That last image of Tiffany's window is magnificent!

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  29. Hiya Matt!

    Thanks, bud :)

    Aren't the details within each of these displays simple awesome?

    "Some people think that first impressions are not important but they are. Obviously, Anthropology has done their marketing homework, which is why they are so successful. Quality marketing along with quality merchandise equals profit. And also good customer service."

    *clapping*

    AMEN to all that you shared! And I forgot to add, Anthropologie also instills GOOD CUSTOMER service as well. It is truly one of the most clever, inventive, and quality retail stores around. Yup...and that's WHY they're so successful!

    Thanks for stopping by, Matt. Have a terrific weekend!

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  30. Mark PetruskaJune 07, 2013

    As Ed McMahon was fond of saying, "You are correct, sir!" I looked it up online and there IS a store in Portland. Guess I'll have to check it out.

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  31. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! I had a feeling they had one in Portland!

    Yes, if you and Tara are ever in Portland and you feel the desire, check it out because it's really a COOL store with a lot of great stuff to look at.

    Have a grrrreat weekend, bud!

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  32. Those displays are spectacular! The closest ones to us are in Kansas City or St.Louis. I'm feelin' some retail therapy coming on........just sayin'. Hope you stopped in and found a little something to take home from your visit. :-)

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  33. Lovely photos Ron. I haven't been in a shop like that for many years. Generally shops where I live, seem to focus more on practical layouts and use colour as the attraction, rather than design. Then I do live in the countryside as opposed to a city :)

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  34. Hello Lisa!

    Aren't they spectular???? This store has some of the most interesting and intriguing visuals!

    "The closest ones to us are in Kansas City or St.Louis. I'm feelin' some retail therapy coming on........just sayin'."



    HAHAHAHAHAA! I know, Anthropologie MAKES you wanna shop, doesn't it? If you're even in Kansas City or St. Louis, you gotta go in and take a peek!


    Thanks for stopping by, my friend. Have a super-duper weekend!

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  35. Hiya Babs!

    Thank you :) I had so much fun taking these photos.

    "Generally shops where I live, seem to focus more on practical layouts and use colour as the attraction, rather than design. Then I do live in the countryside as opposed to a city :)"



    Even here in States, Anthropologie is so different than most stores. They really focus on visual attraction. It truly is a one-of-a-kind shopping experience!


    Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you an awesome weekend!


    X to you and Mo!

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  36. Hey ho Robert!


    Thank you :) Yeah, I DO use faaaaaaaaaabulous a lot, don't I? But I can't help it because it's such a faaaaaaaabulous word - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


    Believe it or not, I'm not a big shopper myself. I think it's because I'm in the retail business and in a STORE all day, that I rarely go shopping on my days off. However, Anthropologie is such a DELIGHT!


    Yes, that first photo DOES look like a treehouse bed!


    I too love anything with an art deco style. There is something about that time period that was just so STYLISH! I agree, they way they LIT the window display adds so much. Also, the BUBBLES!


    Thanks for stopping by, buddy. Have a most excellent weekend!


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  37. Ron, I went online and found a store near me, so if I have time this weekend, I'm going to get there. I'm excited to see Anthropologie for myself!

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  38. That's awesome, girl! You're gonna LOVE it!!!!

    Enjoy!

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  39. I know I will. I'm going to take my camera as well!

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  40. I know I will. And I'm going to take my camera as well!

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  41. Ron, I swear to you I was here at the and I commented. The gods of the internet must be angry with me.


    No idea what I said. I've never been in one of their stores. Great photos, it looks like a really fun place to look around. Oh, I think I said the last of the Anthropologie photos really appealed to me - you know I have some serious nature girl leanings, so that display really called out to me.

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  42. Hey there Secret Agent Woman!

    OMG...I am so sorry about that. I checked my spam box, but couldn't find your comment. Sometimes Disqus will mysteriously make comments VANISH. BAD Disgus!

    So no worries, my friend. And thank you for taking the time to come back and leave another comment. You're a sweetheart.

    " Oh, I think I said the last of the Anthropologie photos really appealed to me - you know I have some serious nature girl leanings, so that display really called out to me."



    You would LOVE this store because knowing your sense of style, it's right up your alley!


    Again, thank you for stopping back, girl!


    (((((( You )))))))


    Hope you had a FABU weekend!


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  43. Herman TurnipJune 09, 2013

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: You have the gift! Almost all of these pics could (and should) belong in a catalog. My favorites are the first one of the bed, the books with the doggie cover, and that last one with the hand. I swear that last one would make for an awesome poster!

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  44. Hey there Herman!


    Thank you for your kind and supportive words, buddy :)


    Isn't the last display faaaaaaaaaabulous? So creatively stunning! It literally stopped me in my tracks. I two photos, but this one had the most clarity and less window reflection.


    Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you and the family had a superb weekend!


    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  45. Oh my word. I have never been to an Anthropologie store. Holy amazing!

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  46. Hey there Meleah!


    The next time you and the girls come to Philly, I will take you there. You'll LOVE it!!!!!!


    Thanks for stopping by, girl! Have an excellent week!


    ((((( You ))))


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  47. Ooh, that 5th photo down... what a delicious little area that is. I'm not a hammock person, but I would certainly enjoy seeing Ron relaxing in it. The colors are just delicious!

    I think there is an Anthropologie store over here. Haven't been to that plaza for awhile, but next time I do i'll be sure to check out their displays!

    I don't know much about Tiffany or The Great Gatsby, but the window display seems to bring them both together. Lovely photo!

    Hope you HAD a great weekend....

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  48. Helloooooooooo Mary!

    Aren' the colors in that hammock AMAZING???

    A dear friend of mine in Florida has her entire backyard patio designed in a similar style, so I thought of her when I saw that hammock.

    "I think there is an Anthropologie store over here. Haven't been to that plaza for awhile, but next time I do i'll be sure to check out their displays!"



    If you ever come to Philly with Ron, check out the Anthropologie on 18th and Walnut (Rittenhouse) it's STUNNING!


    The Great Gatsby was a movie about the roaring 20's (Mia Farrow and Robert Redford). Awesome movie! And the Tiffany window displayed nailed the theme!


    Thanks for stopping by, neighbor! Hope you had a great weekend as well!


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  49. Ron, I didn't have time to go to Anthropologie this past weekend, but will this weekend!

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  50. I have off for the month of July, so perhaps we can all get together again in Philly!


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  51. Oh that would be fantastic!

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  52. Thanks for the lovely photos!
    I really like the things in Anthropologie but the last time I was in one had the worst customer service experience I've had in a long time. It's too long to explain here but suffice it to say that the punk manager had no idea how to handle an item that was placed in a sale section that was actually not supposed to be on sale. I won't go back there, well, at least not to that one location. Huge bummer.

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  53. Helloooooooo Jen!

    Thanks girl:)

    "but suffice it to say that the punk manager had no idea how to handle an item that was placed in a sale section that was actually not supposed to be on sale. I won't go back there, well, at least not to that one location. Huge bummer."

    Soooo sorry to hear about your experience with Anthropologie. OMG...I'm dying laughing at "the punk manger" because I can't even imagine the store here in Philly having a manger that is PUNK ROCK because that is so not the image they would ever want to give. It's much more conservative.

    Thanks for stopping by, Jen! Have a FLAWLESS weekend!!!

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  54. Actually, when I said punk I meant it more in that 1950's sort of way. He was flitting around like a hummingbird, darting from one rack to another looking totally disorganized. I picked out a cardigan that was on a rack with some shorts that said something to the effect that what was on the rack was 20% off. When the gal rang it up and the discount didn't come up she got this 20 year old manager who acted like I was a complete inconvenience. He told me the cardigans weren't on sale just the shorts. When I showed him the sign on the rack that made it seem like everything was on sale, he just waved his hand at me and said I was wrong. Then, he walked away. I was so pissed I made the woman at the register credit my card. They lost a sale and a customer. That's the long silly story.

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  55. "Then, he walked away. I was so pissed I made the woman at the register credit my card. They lost a sale and a customer. That's the long silly story."

    *cheering LOUDLY*

    Good for you, Jen!!! I would have done the same thing AND probably would have called their corporate office and made a complaint.

    OMG...just reading about this guy and his lousy attitude made me pissed.

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  56. Ron, I'm going to borrow your favorite word and say, faaaaaaabulous displays! And faaaaaaabulous photographs as well! You know, I'm not big shopper. As a matter of fact, I rarely go shopping unless I need to get something specifically. But just from looking at these photos, I think I would really enjoy browsing this store. I am a visual person as well, so I can really appreciate the creativity that went into making these displays.


    That first photo of the bed is spectacular. It looks like a treehouse bed!


    And the last one of Tiffany's window is outstanding. I love anything with an art deco design. The lighting in the widow display adds so much!

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