Monday, August 23, 2010

Man Shops Globe ...

Pack me up, and send me buying! Can you imagine getting paid to discover brilliant artisans from all corners of the globe, not to mention shopping on someone else's dime? Did someone call me to heaven?

On the Sundance Channel Wednesday nights 9c/10e.
"Man Shops Globe" is a vicarious thrill (albeit on television) for anyone who has an adventurous spirit, loves global travel, antique shops, unique textiles and art.

The show follows Keith Johnson, buyer for Anthropologie stores, as he treks around the globe looking for the next great buy.

If you haven't been to Anthropologie, you may think it solely caters to young women's fashion. But, half of their merchandise is actually unique housewares, bedding, lighting, art and books at reasonable prices. And, it isn't just new items. These great global finds from Keith's expeditions also make their way into the stores, however, these will set you back significantly more than you might expect.

You can check out some great buys in-store or online

During my visit to Anthropologie this week, I came across some finds that will surely make their way into my next soiree. I'm thinking about blue table accents for an 'End of Summer' seafood fest. Naturally, I fell in love with some of the great serving pieces - from dishware to glassware - that fit my blue hue.

Charming 'bird on a wire' dishware
These blue bowls should
coordinate nicely
I could have done some serious damage with linen purchases, but I held back. Last weekend, I found two yards of the most fantastic remnant linen for $2.99 during Hancock Fabric's super sale. So, I'm happily sewing napkins that are absolutely beautiful. The fabric's fabulous palm and papaya pattern in deep ocean blues and fresh salad greens will be just the right touch with crisp, white linen tablecloths.

Even if I love to make my own signature pieces, I would be happy to comb the flea markets of Paris and the artist enclaves of Cypress anytime "Man Shops Globe" needs me to tag along. Call me Keith, I'm in the book!

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