When I think of Anthropologie, I think of fun and riotous color, mixed patterns and lots of layers. A store where more is more and minimalism is a four letter word— and not necessarily a destination for practical items. I do love to occasionally browse all the store's beautiful things, and ogle their creative store displays, but there's actually one thing I go there all the time to buy, something that's useful for everyone. I'm talking about their hardware, and especially their wall hooks.
Anthropologie has a pretty extensive collection of hardware. In addition to hooks, there's also cabinet pulls, towel racks, door knockers, and shelf brackets. Unlike the traditional fare you find at the hardware store, these are a step up from basic, and are like little tiny bits of sculpture that can stand on their own: a refreshing balance of beauty and function. They look good, even when there's nothing hanging off of them.
And there's ALWAYS room for another hook at home. Yes, you might already have one in your bathroom for a robe, or right inside your front door for bags and coats, but that's really just beginning, folks. Hooks are one of life's simple and easy solutions. Here are some recent practical favorites (that feel like little splurges) to put around the house and tackle all your home's storage needs.
Cerco Hook; $12
Simple and modern. You can choose from one of four finishes: blackened iron, brushed copper, brushed brass, and brushed silver.
Streamline Hook; $16
Nautical-inspired little numbers, available in champagne, bronze, and slate finishes.
A little more on a the decorative side. Choose from either nickel or brass.
Pearlie Hook; $18
These hooks read a little bit more industrial, but the brass, rose gold, silver, and blackened iron finishes feel luxe.
Gwyneth Hook; $18
These metal and lucite hooks are simple and elegant. Pick brass with either clear lucite, or subtly-tinted mint and/or smoke.
Here's a splurge, if you like your useful items a little on the fancy side. I'm more than a little smitten with this metal accordion rack, which comes in either brass or pewter.