Living the dream: Anthropologie, Portland

(Pacific Northwest Adventure Part I)

Chris and I decided to explore Portland as a pitstop on our way to Seattle for my friend, Courtney's wedding. It ended up being one of my favorite cities I've ever been to (blog post on that later).

 We all know how obsessed I am with Anthropologie, so when I discovered that the largest Anthro in the country (over 18,000 sq. ft.) was in Portland, it made our trip there that much sweeter. Day 2 in PDX and I was ready to venture over to the Pearl district for the ultimate moment I'd been waiting for. 

I walked through the doors in utter anticipation of the Ultimate Anthropologie Experience and couldn't believe my eyes. First of all, the building is enormous. High ceilings, open concept, gorgeous, curated spaces tucked away in every corner (12 room vignettes to be exact). It was as if I'd walked into one of their House & Home catalogues. Chris and I started taking photos and we were greeted by Gerry Ortiz, the store's dedicated home stylist. He was as sweet as could be and offered to answer any questions I had, while he simultaneously fluffed pillows to help style my photos!

Before I get to the photos, here's what the biggest Anthro in the US consists of:

Two dining rooms, four bedrooms and SIX living rooms. That's 12 rooms of sheer bliss, filled with gorgeous lighting, pillows and more. What's more, the store offers a decked out beauty department with probably somewhere around 1,000 bath, body, hair, etc. products, beautifully displayed on glass shelving, a perfectly curated jewelry display including local artists' work, and a dedicated intimates section for all my ladies out there (especially brides!). Oh and I'm not finished: a FULL shoe department chock full of accessories (over 300 items) and color (I could just move into that room forever), and don't even get me started on the size of the sale room. The things that impressed me the most, were the home department lined wall-to-wall with ornate pillows and bedding galore and the home design center lined with beautiful rugs, fabrics, curtains and more. I spent over two and a half hours taking it all in!

What makes this location unique (apart from it's size) is the design center with a staff of interior design specialists (just like Gerry!) who provide home decor advice for FREE - no budget too small! 

Honestly, I felt like I was in some alternate universe where exclusive Anthropologie products were everywhere I turned around. It was like Alice in Wonderland. Whimsical, organic and effortless, but somehow perfect. I can't wait to go back again on our next visit to the pacific northwest (whenever that may be!). 

Special thanks to Gerry Ortiz and the entire staff for their kindness and hospitality during my visit! 

Now for the photo tour...

 All images owned by Arielle Olfers, unless otherwise noted. 

All images owned by Arielle Olfers, unless otherwise noted. 

 This particular image is from  Effortlessly with roxy  who also did a great review of the Portland Anthro - my beauty dept. image got lost in the shuffle! 

This particular image is from Effortlessly with roxy who also did a great review of the Portland Anthro - my beauty dept. image got lost in the shuffle! 

  This particular image is from   Effortlessly with roxy   who also did a great review of the Portland Anthro   - my close up of this fab. shoe table also got lost in the shuffle! 

This particular image is from Effortlessly with roxy who also did a great review of the Portland Anthro - my close up of this fab. shoe table also got lost in the shuffle! 

Stay tuned next week for Part II of our Pacific Northwest adventure where I'll list my top 10 favorite spots we visited from Portland to Seattle!