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