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I remember my first ever visit to an Anthropologie store, years and years ago. It was in Miami, and I was enchanted by how unique its pieces were, how characterful and unexpected. I bought some fluted glass door handles and a pair of striped pyjama pants.
That sense of being in a bazaar has never left Anthropologie, easily one of the best home decor stores. But more recently it has taken on the sensibilities of high design, adding in the principles being used by some of the best creative minds in the world. Curved edges, smooth stone finishes, textured boucle and irregular shapes. The result is a collection of supremely covetable and well curated pieces, and here is my edit of its very best.
Anthropologie's best lights
Anthropologie's lighting section is particularly enticing - unexpected little gems that (literally) glow with personality and style. I didn't include the desk lamp shaped like a cat...but I so nearly did.
Remarkably shallow from its top to bottom, this is a rare statement light that could work well in a low-ceilinged space. The small drop size is ideal for an apartment.
The etching on the swirled glass orbs of this chandelier creates a beautiful refraction of the light, casting a softness that would be particularly flattering above a dining table.
I've wheeled out this knowledge before, but it's still very true that rattan is the great leveller, bringing other more colorful or vibrant pieces together. This lamp would do just that.
Such an elegant shape! I can't decide if this is the dream desk lamp to work by, or the exact light I want to read under in my favorite accent chair. Perhaps it's both? I want one for every room.
The current lighting trend for vignettes revolves around illuminating corners instead of from overhead. This slim, 3-bulbed model adds an art deco-inspired pool of light while taking up barely any space itself.
I'm not sure I'd have predicted that I'd ever be lusting after a peach crushed velvet floor lamp, but that's the beauty of Anthropologie. It takes the unexpected and serves it in a way that would fit into a minimaluxe scheme.
Anthropologie's best furniture
Many of my favorite designers - Noa Santos, Olga Ashby, Brigette Romanek - are using soft colors and rounded textures right now. They create infinitely liveable spaces where you can take your shoes off and relax. That's just the vibe of much of Anthro's furniture, too - an elevated take on design.
This chair is a lot more comfy than it looks - the back support hits the lumber at just the right place to feel a bit like a massage. And I'm a big believer in an unusual chair being used to fill an empty corner, inviting a moment of pause.
The living room trend for boucle is going nowhere - its pillowy texture helps makes you feel safe and cosseted - and this reading chair would look great opposite a curved sofa.
The striped couches trend is going to be here for a while, as deckchair prints continue to evoke the vacation feel that we all want. A primrose boucle version is the softest approach to this joyful aesthetic.
Another trend going nowhere is the one for curved sofas, the shape of which invites friends to sit sociably and conversationally. This asymmetrical couch is also available in white.
Such organic modern shapes as the rounded tabletop and orb-like balls can only serve to soften a living room. No hard edges, no hard feelings. Simple.
Fluted finishes continue as a kitchen trend on cabinet fronts - they create an interesting interplay of shadows as sunlight changes throughout the day. As does this elevated table.
Anthropologie's best home decor
Just like those door handles I picked up years ago, Anthro has always done finishing touches well. And that talent continues with particularly strong collections of vases and candlesticks....while its area rugs are some of the softest availble at this price level.
With an irregular, careworn and handmade appearance this striking silhouette would look just as good empty on a mantle as it does when filled with flowers.
Colored glass is an easy way to inject a bit of life into a neutral room without overpowering it. A trio of these vases - so affordably priced it's easy to do this - works well.
Almost everything I've highlighted so far has been curved or rounded in some way. But good decor is all about contrasts, and this sharp and dynamic rug would create a real floor show.
Of course, I would also love to see this lima-bean shaped rug under a round coffee table, in front of a curved sofa. Such a soothing combination of shapes.
Works of beauty in their own right (you can tell how much I love them having already picked the matching vases), I'd happily strew these down the middle of a dining table, watching the pretty plays of light they'd cause.
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The editor of Livingetc, Pip Rich (formerly Pip McCormac) is a lifestyle journalist of almost 20 years experience working for some of the UK's biggest titles. As well as holding staff positions at Sunday Times Style, Red and Grazia he has written for the Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times and ES Magazine. The host of Livingetc's podcast Home Truths, Pip has also published three books - his most recent, A New Leaf, was released in December 2021 and is about the homes of architects who have filled their spaces with houseplants. He has recently moved out of London - and a home that ELLE Decoration called one of the ten best small spaces in the world - to start a new renovation project in Somerset.
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