Anthropologie's Summer Home Launch Party

Over the weekend, we had the pleasure of participating in Anthropologie's Summer Launch party at the Walnut Creek Anthropologie store. A few weeks ago, their Head Stylist (and dear friend of ours) Shannon asked us if we would be interested in helping them introduce the brand's Summer collection with a Sunday morning party. When she said Mimosas and coffee would be served, naturally we said yes. (Only (half) kidding). The store would be newly stocked with their Summer collection -- both furniture and home accessories and they invited us to talk about our design work and inspiration, plus introduce the new collection, which happened to feature a talented local artist. 

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 Taking Bridgette Thornton's beautiful work, paired with their other colorful products made the job of creating a "tablecape" fun and easy.

Taking Bridgette Thornton's beautiful work, paired with their other colorful products made the job of creating a "tablecape" fun and easy.

I came into the store prior to the event to take a look at their new product line and was really inspired. This post, nor our participation in the event was not sponsored in any way, so I am totally truthful when I say how excited I was to view their home collection. Loads of color, pattern, texture ... all elements that are just the right flavor to layer into the type of work we do, which while it tends to be on the more modern/clean lines and minimalist side, we strive to create spaces that are still warm, and inviting.

 Setting up beforehand. We never bring the Digital SLR anymore (but afterwards usually regret that we didn't!)

Setting up beforehand. We never bring the Digital SLR anymore (but afterwards usually regret that we didn't!)

We were happy to meet the very talented Bridgette Thornton a local Bay Area Artist, who's playful watercolor designs are featured on Anthropologie's new outdoor tableware collection. I need to get our own set for going to our pool club this summer! 

 The very talented and sweet Bridgette, showing her designs featured on tabletop and pillow collections.

The very talented and sweet Bridgette, showing her designs featured on tabletop and pillow collections.

I gave a talk about Destination Eichler -- how we came about and what we do, then I got to "play" with Bridgette's new collection by pulling together a tablescape of her pieces and mixing in other products that I found interesting and colorful, along with beautiful Terrain greenery.

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Thank you to Shannon, Paige, Ryan and the Anthropologie team for inviting us to take part in this launch party! And big thanks to the friends/family (you know who you are) who lent moral support in the audience (and took iPhone footage), to the nice guests who listened in on my presentation and came by after to say hello, and a few clients who stopped by too. I haven't really done much/any public speaking since leaving my corporate job, (where I was used to giving updates at the monthly "Business Review" meetings and Quarterly full company presentations). Let's just say this was WAY more fun and I appreciated the guests interest and kind words for our work and business. 

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 Bridgette (right) with her beautiful collection, with me on the left.

Bridgette (right) with her beautiful collection, with me on the left.

Cheers to Bridgette! We wish her continued success with her beautiful work and line. We met many delightful new folks we look forward to connecting with and enjoyed a peaceful kid-free Sunday morning. :) It was a good day and we're ready to jump into what the coming summer season has in store for us!

Photos by Bridgette Thorton and Stephanie Perham