10.19.2010

Retail Inspiration~

I love to shop. But perhaps not for the reasons you may think. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy finding a great deal as much as anybody, but one of the biggest reasons I love to shop is for decor inspiration.

For example, have you walked into a store and been blown away by a display? Anthro is particularly good at doing this. I am constantly inspired by their merchandising and their windows. They definitely think outside the box.

I have a good friend in my neighborhood who is amazingly talented and has exceptional taste. I think she was probably born with style...no, she probably had style while still in the womb.

Anyhoo, one day she went into a West Elm store and saw a fabulous steel drum that they were using as a side table. Trouble is, it was just for display. Not for sale. No matter how she tried to sweet talk them, they wouldn't sell her the drum. So, being a girl after my own heart, she decided to make her own.


The biggest problem she had with the project was locating a steel drum. Most of the ones she found were filled with oil or gasoline, or some other lovely substance that she didn't want to bring in her home. But then one day she lucked onto one in a salvage shop while on a trip to Idaho. But being out of state didn't stop her...she snatched it up!



It took several coats of primer and paint to get coverage the way she wanted. Then she simply stenciled on a number 8 and VOILA!



A unique sidetable....





You gotta love retail inspiration for helping a DIY diva to make a great statement!! Great job Erika!
All photos courtesy of Erika

Is your home decor ever inspired by things you see in retail shops?
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10 comments:

The Wool Acorn said...

This made me laugh because I'm dying to try a light fixture I saw at Anthropologie.... it was a bicycle wheel and paper! It was so spectacular that I took pictures (they're on my blog). I wonder who gets stuff like that when they're all done with it?

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

I am very inspired by shopping trips, it could be the smallest detail on something that sparks an idea! This drum is great! Janell

Cassie -- A.K.A. Chic Junker said...

That is really clever, and it turned out great!

Tanya said...

I love the drum side table. I go into stores (that are usually out of my budget) for inspiration. The ideas are flowing by the time I leave. Thanks for sharing this project. I'm going to be on the lookout for a metal drum now!

Martha anne said...

Wow thats wonderful! So creative, and I am in love with the whole room!

jociegal said...

I am so in love with this project! It looks amazing and adds so much to that space!

upcycledhomeblog.com said...

omigosh, I love to shop for the same reason. TG for my iPhone camera and Evernote! And what a great side table Erika made, well done!

LuLu said...

shopping and i are best friends!!!
xo,
LuLu

Erika said...

Thanks for the mention Wendy! If only we could copy everything in the Anthro displays... wall of cardboad flowers? Rolled paper ostrich? A little impractical but we would find a way.

Lacey said...

Wow! that is so interesting... what a beautiful job!