Map of London

Oh my! Where do I begin with this 4.5-acre shopaholic’s kingdom? Okay,I do know! Grab a map so that you don’t miss an important square inch or just incase you get lost!

Considering I’m not into spending millions on a wardrobe or furnishing my London apartment (although I do wish I had one to miss an important square inch or just incase you get lost!

Considering I’m not into spending millions on a wardrobe or furnishing my London apartment (although I do wish I had one to

In my past life, I was an interior designer and today my social media company services a lot of designer and retail stores similar to the one I owned. Naturally I gravitated toward the designer home furnishings section of Harrods. There Boyd and I found the manager of Timothy Olson asking if we wanted champagne. {Duhhh…..we are minding our manners in the presence of the English so how could we decline?}

Retailing 101 from the book of Christi: Giving shoppers alcohol will cause increased sales. Music is 102 and Timothy Olson had both including 103….a fab fresh display of home furnishings! Now let’s shop….

Timothy Ollton
London apartment

I loved how they used stacked books to cover and bring attention to what was an ugly column. Fortunately there are support beams in every building but they can be a designer’s worst nightmare. As my friend Dann Foley says, “Draw attention to the ugly! Make it the focal point!” Timothy must agree Dann…

pillar of books
pillar of book in Harrods room

Next, I just wanted to give you a sense of the clean classic style that Londoners are after….love it!

Harrods Furniture

Harrods Furniture Paradise

Harrods interiors

And while you’re shopping, be sure to take your perro for a groom! No nasty dogs here! My Bentley would be in dog heaven to say the least. He did get the only thing that we bought in Harrods aside from our food purchases. He got a collar!!! Yes, I know you’re wondering how much it cost….a whole 9 pounds!

Dogs Shop

Here’s one unexpected find in the big city of London… equestrian center full of spectacular riding gear!!! I know a few people that could spend a life pension in this section alone.

spectacular riding gear
I’m not sure if Nike has detailed displays like this everywhere but I did take notice of this one completely created with lucite, shoes, and shoe strings. It was awesome in person and could get your creative wheels turning for your next retail display.

fit to fly

Lastly, I was extremely impressed with the vast amount of technology in Harrods that didn’t look a thing like products in our local television stores like Best Buy. Take a look at this designer’s dream! Look mom no television!!! It’s a television built into a floor length mirror! You can’t even tell there’s a TV there until it’s on. When off it’s simply a floor mirror.

designers dream

P.S. Walk with me to my favorite part of Harrods….the market!

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Christi Tasker
Christi Tasker For more than 10 years, Christi Tasker was a nationally acclaimed award-winning retailer and interior designer. While she treasured and nurtured her gift boutique and interior design company, she ultimately discovered her true passion – MARKETING and BRANDING! With an eye for detail that only comes from a skilled and experienced designer, Christi learned the secrets to creating a clear, concise brand – one both unmistakable and unforgettable − that would stand out from the crowd. The interest in marketing and branding for businesses actually had its beginning in her family. As did many devoted moms, Christi shadowed her then eleven-year-old daughter, Macy, whenever she ventured online. On one particular day, Christi had an epiphany as she watched Macy scour MySpace for any news in the virtual world of “Webkinz.” Christi placed an order for those lovable furry friends, with their special codes for use with online games, and when they arrived, she shared the news on MySpace, not knowing at the time that she had crafted her first social media campaign. When the college gates went down on Facebook, Christi immediately became one of the first non-college friends of Facebook. And more than just a casual user, she quickly discovered a side of Facebook that only programmers knew about – The Facebook Developer − full of options and tools to help companies better use the web. Christi quickly recognized that marketers either needed to be formally educated about social media or needed a partner to manage their sites. She launched a social media marketing company, which today provides social media branding, strategy, monitoring and training worldwide. Before long, she realized her ability to keep up with her many social media accounts was hampered by the lack of a suitable tool to keep everything in one place. Christi decided the best way to do a job properly was to “do it yourself” and developed PuTTin’ OuT (Socially Accepted) a set of tools to moderate, manage, create, schedule, and publish content, and automatically engage people, all in a single package. In early 2009, Christi began traveling nationally as a social media expert speaker for various brands and businesses, and today is a sought-after social media keynote speaker at the foremost conferences worldwide. she also appears on NBC as a social media advisor/expert.

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