You know how every time the new Anthropologie catalog comes in the mail or you step into one of their perfectly curated stores you instantly just want to leave this sad-mess-of-a-so-called-life you live to instantly melt into that perfectly imperfect world that type of person ACTUALLY lives in? Or is it just me? Well regardless of your answer, Anthro presents a pretty damn good case for the magical world of what styling can do to your consumer brain. Working for the ladyboss of styling herself, Emily Henderson – I quickly learned that styling for editorial shoots is all about evoking a mood, a scene, a feeling, an emotion, or something that would make you want to jump from your dismal ikea couch into that luxurious setup on those glossy pages. However, if you pick apart those Anthro catalogs and the way they style you will quickly find that they are entirely unrealistic. I mean who cooks with a bushel of non wilting tulips on their counter while, 32 full squash (with leaves intact) are getting cut up on a surface that is splashed with perfectly placed cracked artisanal eggs and sifted clumps of flour. NOT ME! But, I want to live there, or be there, or meet that person, or go through their garbage, which is exactly why you walk into their store and end up buying gold measuring cups that look like baby swans that are completely impractical and cost $49 but you just had to have them.
Well what happens when Anthro moves in to some of your favorite interior spaces and completely restyles them? Lucky for you I am a completely insane person and as I was flipping through the Anthro catalog this weekend I said to myself, “I know that space”, and what do you know… I was right. Let me present to you said space from said catalog:
Do you recognize that room? Does it look familiar at all? Let me give you a hint:
How about now? Yep, it’s a living room designed by none other than the uber cool, cali casual designer Amber Lewis from Amber Interiors. It’s grand, it’s white, and it’s such a stunning space which is probably why Anthro wanted their hand at it for their catalog. So let’s take a peek back at their version to see what they did exactly and tear apart the magical world of photoshop/styling/editorial shoots, since it is so fun to reveal some of the secrets behind those photos.
1. After moving everything out it looks like they did a little photoshop job on the fireplace to get rid of those doors above the hearth and then photoshopped this piece of art to fill the space. (nicely done)
2. They changed the arrangement of all the furniture (I prefer Amber’s setup)
3. Swapped the chandelier, which I am sure was another photoshop job as that is much easier than actually getting up there to rewire something. (Still on Ambers side for this one)
4. Anthro-ized it with their special touches and…
5. Added a dog because dogs make everything look better and more approachable in photographs. Dog = humans, humans = a person you want to emulate.
Moving into the adjacent area which Anthro has completely styled out to look like it’s own dining room. Here is what it actually looks like:
Yep, same exact room, they just moved the stuff around and then shot it at a different angle so that it appears to be a different room. This view gives you another view at it:
And just when you thought they were done restyling the same room, they pulled this angle out of it:
I love seeing spaces reimagined especially when done by two talented power houses. Cheers to you Ms. Amber and you Anthropologie. And don’t you worry I have PART II of this series coming tomorrow, as I spotted another famous house in the Anthro catalog, so I will of course be exposing that one as well. Until then, who wants to take a trip to Anthro to browse their sale section with me? xx