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I think everyone is inspired by different things. Many brides are inspired by the glossy pages of a new wedding magazine. Many wedding planners and event designers I’ve worked with gain their inspiration from fashion and interior design rather than recent wedding trends. As a photographer, I am slowly learning that my biggest inspiration comes from experiences.

A few weeks ago, I walked into the Philadelphia Anthropologie store with the intention only of browsing. And, though I’ve been by the store before and swooned over its fabulously striking appearance, I never realized just how inspiring the store was. As I uncovered more about the company and the company’s history, it turns out that Anthropologie – a subset of Urban Outfitters – actually had its beginnings in quaint, old Philadelphia. So, the store in Rittenhouse Square, which is a striking old mansion building, is actually a flagship store for the brand.

And, while I have no doubt that all Anthropologie stores are incredibly unique and inspiring, let’s just say that unearthing that this one is a flagship store, well, that explains a lot. In simple facts, the building was formerly a four-story mansion. With ornate detailing, a grand spiral staircase, and big windows, this leaves little to be desired. Then add the fact that Anthropologie keeps a constant “external display” and you have a visual feast. Earlier this summer, it was a fake vine that wound its way around the building [man do I wish I had gotten some pictures then!]. Now, it’s tangled twine or yarn spinning its way about and into the windows. Incredible.

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Internally, Anthropologie does what they do best – a fabulously unique design with a neutral palette and unexpected elements…. everywhere.

Upon one of my first visits to the store, I tweeted “Just wandered @Anthropologie and now have the sudden urge to redecorate my entire house… and closet!” and received a ridiculous number of responses stating that the store makes them want to do the same. Know where most of these responses were from? Yup, Philadelphia.

With so many great sites to see in the history-rich Philadelphia, I almost have a hard time saying this, but if you come through or near the city, you really just have to take a peek for yourself. I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

Now, what inspires you?

Nicole - Absolutely love the Anthro building and they have the best displays. Always something striking and unique when I go by. They definitely know how to draw folks in.July 22, 2010 – 10:08 PM

Heather - Great post! And I agree – anthro is such an inspiring spot! Now I want to go shopping 😉July 26, 2010 – 3:25 PM

Candice - I have to tell you, I know this post is from last year but I visited this store yesterday and I absolutely love it. I’m totally obsessed with the building, I’m an architecture nerd, I really did lose all sense of time in there.September 5, 2011 – 8:36 PM

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