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February 17, 2012

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I have to say it’s always against my better judgement that we end up visiting Anthropologie. Not that I don’t love the wares being hawked in that emporium of boho-chic/eco-hippie fashion coolness, because I do. It’s just that I leave feeling dejected … not to mention sad and inadequate. This feeling has nothing to do with a thwarted desire to buy peasant-y, artisanal or multi-culti, granny-takes-a-global-trip housewares or fashions, rather I’m bummed out by their in-store furniture offerings’ prices. Take this organically twisted settee …

Although it appears to be made of distressed, weathered copper, it’s actually some sort of resin around an armature and I love it. It’s the perfect garden piece for when Tim Burton and Helena Bonham-Carter drop by for tea. Unfortunately, only Mr. Burton or Ms. Bonham-Carter might be able to afford the $10,000 price-tag. Also in store in the children’s area: 3 three-legged molded fiberglass stacking stools in primary colors. Gorgeously distressed and attractively quirky. And marked at $680 — each.  I know that Anthropologie sources these items from far-flung outposts but still, these prices are a little soul-crushing.  Oh, well … I did pick up some great interior decorating books, groovy scented candles and an bright orange magnetized oven timer I love, so it wasn’t a total loss. Plus, I did enjoy the store’s central atrium … planted with a soft carpet of baby’s tears, with spiked yuccas reaching for the light, it’s like a gigantic terrarium. The best part: taking a peek was free!

No cost

Anthropologie, The Shops at Dos Lagos; 2785 Cabot Dr., #170, Corona, CA 92883; (951) 277-0866

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. carol permalink
    February 17, 2012 6:06 am

    10 Grand?! With your talent, I’m sure you could make something comparable for maybe $75 to $125!

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 17, 2012 6:25 am

      Thanks, Carol! … I’m trying not to think of this as a gauntlet thrown … I wonder…

  2. February 17, 2012 7:02 am

    One day i will be a baller and will buy the $10k settee for you. Or at least get another one commissioned 😉

    Seriously, though I agree with Carol. Try making it!!!

    P.s. I have a garden for you to visit – if you ever pass through Pasadena, you should visit the Arlington Garden (http://www.arlingtongardeninpasadena.org/). Its a hidden gem with beautiful plants everywhere and gorgeous succulents. There are also some nice benches and tables, so bring a picnic. 🙂 There is an orange grove with delicious oranges, though they will probably be out of season by early March. I live down the block, so if you ever swing through, let me know and I will come visit. The only downside is the constant sound of traffic, as it borders a very busy road…

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 17, 2012 1:01 pm

      Thanks, Nisha for a great comment and terrific tip, I just watched the video on the garden’s site and it’s on the list … I’ll let you know when I’m in the neighborhood!

  3. February 19, 2012 12:27 am

    This store is in Corona ?? Who knew ? Back in my day the only thing Corona had was smog .

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 19, 2012 12:15 pm

      Yes! Corona … which was another reason to be galled by those prices …

  4. February 19, 2012 8:33 pm

    I love looking at that settee. Every time I’m there, I just wish and wish….but, like you, the $$$ aren’t in my wallet–must have left it in my other pants?! 🙂

    • reubix1 permalink*
      February 19, 2012 8:36 pm

      I can’t even find my other pants!

  5. Jenn permalink
    May 6, 2012 8:46 pm

    The apparent scale of settee is confusing. I keep seeing it as being doll-house sized, thanks to the mullion in the window (looking like the line between two pieces of ridged glass) and the flooring – my eye is making those 3″ strips of wood, rather than the 30″ or something slabs of limestone. The only thing that actually gives scale is the door… The little loop on top doesn’t help matters – it’s perfect for hanging your miniature on the xmas tree!

    Kind of funny, no?

    • reubix1 permalink*
      May 6, 2012 9:53 pm

      Funny, yes, especially the Xmas tree bit! …

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