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25.1.06

urban goes glam?

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while browsing urban outfitter's new selections for the home i was surprised to see a series of mirrored furniture- and a brand new deluxe chandelier. it looks like urban is glamming it up a bit with pieces that resemble another company under their parent co's umbrella- anthropologie. now, i haven't seen these pieces in person yet so i can't speak to their construction quality (and i'm sure many of you will have plenty to say about urban's quality..)- but i at least like the look of the new pieces. while i'm not in love with the golf ball style lightbulbs of the chandelier, i'm enjoying seeing pieces with a bit more sophistication. i'm finding that as i decorate my own place i'm being drawn more and more to pieces that have an antique look or at least a bit more sophisticated flair. the chandelier is going for $140 and the mirrored pieces from $200- $360, so i'm not sure if they're worth the dough until i see them in person (which i plan on doing this weekend), but i'm enjoying the new look. click here to browse urban's home collection.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous joy said...

yeah, i noticed these too..there's definitely some bumping up in sophistication going on over there...

11:33 AM  
Blogger anne-christelle said...

J'adore les meubles en miroir. C'est une des choses que je préfére en décoration.
It's difficult to write in english for me. I'm sorry.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it that you adore chandaliers, as I do also, but agree with you that the round bulbs on this one don't seem to work.
You know, lately Pier I has changed some of their furniture, I think for the better also, if you have not checked them out recently. Most of the time I go there for their fantastic candles, small lamps, and accesories.

Marilyn in Ohio

11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a fan of the regency look at all. Reminds me of a run down SoCal hotel. But then again, I'm not a fan of most mid-C either. My preference is still for the clean lines and simple designs coming out of Italy, Germany, etc. (would take a B&B over an Eames any day of the week.) Hmm, am I dating myself?

12:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some inexpensive or cheap modern-style furnishings manage to still look modern and not too cheap. However, cheap things that are supposed to look "sophisticated" (e.g. ornate or antique detailing) often just end up looking cheap. For example, a very simple wooden bookcase from IKEA can look clean and modern and blend seamlessly with nicer pieces. D*S purchased an IKEA sideboard and because it is such a simple unadorned piece, it just looks like a clean-lined modern sideboard that doesn't shout "I CAME FROM IKEA!!" However, when IKEA tries to embellish a piece with an "antique detail" like the Hensvik bookcase, it just ends up looking like the cheap junk it really is.
I love the concept here and personally wouldn't mind having one small mirrored accent piece mixed in with my stuff, but these pieces from UO strike me as a cheap attempt to capture the teen/young-adult audience with the (waning?) glam trend.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually saw these pieces in person the other day and they are beautiful.... definitely Anthropologie. They are well made and so reasonable... furniture such as this can be so expensive. If it fits your style, go for it!

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

Thanks for sharing. Maybe they're trying to be more like Anthropology and hopefully they've upped the quality of their pieces?

12:04 AM  

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