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I’ve always been a hoarder collector by nature. As a child, I had the eye of a magpie, collecting and displaying little things I’d find, but while this habit started out innocently enough, lately I’ve felt the need to simplify. Read more »

Bele @ BlahBlah -Aug 20, 2014, 1:45AM
Best post on de-cluttering, I also have an ambivalent relationship with purging. Part of my problem is that a lot of the thing I love are things that someone didn't think to throw out, like my grandfather's bakerlite phone. However, it occurred to me that these things were always useful until they became beautiful (to me) and so it's okay to treasure my treasures and discard the rest x
Cara -Aug 20, 2014, 1:22AM
I can definitely relate to this article. I moved to LA from the east coast about a year ago - before living here I was in Cleveland for school (in my own 4 room apartment) & still had my childhood bedroom at home in Pittsburgh as well. My life was so cluttered that I didn't know what to do with myself. Thrifting is somewhat of an art form in the Cleveland community so over the course of 4 years I collected so many trinkets / blankets / books / dishes / & vases that when I finally graduated & moved home we filled my grandmother's basement completely with boxes. When I finally decided to move to LA, I had to leave all of those items behind (which I eventually went through last summer, getting rid of all things unnecessary) and try to learn how to survive with less space & less stuff. I packed 3 suitcases full of clothes & moved to LA in September - because of couch surfing and terrible roommates I have found myself in 8 different apartments - I have gotten in the (almost insane) habit of ridding things from my life & decluttering because of this nomadic lifestyle (so much so that I couldn't stand living in the last shared apt that I was in because the girl collected so many trinkets that everything was dusty and dirty all of the time - her style was much like mine living in Cleveland) LA has been a blessing in teaching me that less is more & that life is a journey in which having more things only slows you down. I go through my clothes at least once every 2 weeks and get rid of things that I never ever wear. I have gone from having items that were from high school - to refining my wardrobe into things that I wear on a normal basis. It is completely refreshing dropping a trash bag full of clothes into a donation box. Reading this article - I realize that I no longer miss these items - in fact I don't even really remember what I have donated over the past couple of months. I've also rid myself of hoarding trinkets, cute dishes, plates & bowls (something I did in Cleveland), & now stick to only having items necessary for living simply (this includes food!). I find myself breathing deeper & thinking less about the space surrounding me - and more about the ideas I have brewing in my mind.

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Post image for Decorate With Beach Stones And Make Summer Endless

Rocks aren’t exactly the most convenient thing to collect, but over the years I’ve managed to amass a small congregation of them. Picked up from rivers, streams, and ocean shores, smoothed by thousands of years of elemental exposure, when I find one with an interesting striation or shape, into my pocket it goes, along with small shells and other tokens of the natural world. Read more »

Laura Mazurek -Aug 14, 2014, 9:16PM
Hi Julie, It's Laura from Roots & Feathers and The Bohemian Collective. I wasn't sure where the best place to contact you would be, but I would love to chat about collabing some of your FP articles with our upcoming magazine! If you want please email me at violet_bella@hotmail.com. Peace, Laura
Barbra -Aug 14, 2014, 7:01PM
I love the idea of putting rocks together with the air plants. Hard with soft. I also love to collect herbs - rosemary and thyme grow everywhere by us. They look great with rocks, glass pebbles and sea shells. http://www.barbraignatiev.com/

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Post image for Decor Inspiration: Fall 2014 Store Displays

It’s always a nice treat to step outside of the office and visit the Walnut Street store here in Philly.  Read more »

Rachel F -Aug 17, 2014, 10:35PM
How do you get a job in visual display? Do they hire artists to do this kind of work?
Summer J -Aug 12, 2014, 4:30PM
soo beautiful and inspiring... I wish Free People would open a store in Columbia, SC so that I could see it in person! (:

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Post image for How To Physically & Spiritually Cleanse A New Home

This past weekend I found myself standing amid the rubble of my new apartment, crumpled wrapping paper up to my knees, boxes piled on every available surface, and with the overwhelming feeling of not knowing where to begin looming over me. Read more »

Lisa Jackson -Aug 14, 2014, 12:37PM
Sage is a medicine, you can use it for this purpose. It's for everyone to use. if there is dangerous energy in the home you'll feel it and would then want to call in a "spiritual master". using your intuition is better than embracing fear.
shelly -Aug 11, 2014, 5:40PM
People should note that it's VERY dangerous to tamper with energy if not properly trained in it. People spend years becoming spiritual masters and this kind of thing should not be taken lightly. Too often sacred practices are mistaken for easy (and not to mention trendy) activities and this can put folks in some bad situations. Energy is POWERFUL, people.

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Post image for 5 Gorgeous Pet-Safe Houseplants

While keeping them alive may be an entirely different story, I have always had a thing for houseplants. I love the instant breath of life they bring into a space; the touch of nature that makes you feel good to be in its presence. Read more »

Moni -Aug 04, 2014, 10:36PM
yay!!! I've been desiring a post like this forever, mahalo Brigette! Oh yes, of course for da kitties, CATMINT- especially when it's budding! xo
Kenzie Smith -Aug 04, 2014, 8:01PM
I love all of those plants! I am definitely going to have to look into a couple of those :) So far my dogs seem very uninterested in eating plants (other than grass) but I would hate for them to think that it was okay to eat an inside plant and have it be toxic.

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Post image for 4 Tips For Purchasing a Vintage Film Camera

Behind the lens of my mother’s old, beat-up Canon AE-1 (forever known as “the student camera”), I fell in love with photography. Read more »

Liz -Aug 17, 2014, 3:19AM
A useful tool for picking out a film camera is flickr. There are groups devoted to different cameras (pretty much every camera that has ever existed) and you can get an idea of how the photos will turn out because someone else has already done the work for you! The photographers are also usually specific about film type and speed which can help you decide what kind of film to buy.
Minnie -Aug 15, 2014, 1:22PM
Where is the ring in the first photo from?

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Post image for Decor Inspiration: Decorating With Air Plants

Lately I’ve been incorporating more and more plants into my decor at home. Read more »

Meriel -Aug 04, 2014, 8:32AM
I love that hanging wood + air plant combo! My husband and I own Air Plant Design Studio and we love seeing new ways to decorate with them. Free People is personally one of my favorite brands and I was pretty excited to see your take on them - awesome! To answer Clara's question above, air plants don't need to grow roots. The "roots" that you sometimes see on them are not used to take in nutrients but rather for when the plant is in the wild and wants to attach itself to something (like a tree). Sometimes we'll remove them from our plants for a cleaner look but if you have one without, they won't likely grow back. We have an informative section on air plant care on our site if you need any additional information! :)
Clara -Aug 02, 2014, 1:31PM
So cute! I bought one two weeks ago and I was still searching the best way to display it. I wonder though, how to their roots grow in a pot like the clay one you show? They can't attach to anything? or will they just spread in it? Mine is in a glass and it doesn't seem to grow any roots...

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For our latest styling story, Wildfire, our west coast team shot at an incredible cabin in Joshua Tree.  Isolated, rustic, and full of vintage aesthetic, this cabin looks like a dream – and the ideal place to rest your head.  Read more »

Sara -Jul 23, 2014, 11:28AM
So beautiful - I really need to make it out there.... Joshua Tree is my next roadtrip! P.S. these photos are just so inspiring, I've been pinning a ton of them >>> http://www.pinterest.com/restlessnomads/ xoxo Sara http://www.restlessnomads.com
Hypnotica Vintage -Jul 23, 2014, 10:22AM
Arthur magazine is missed! http://www.etsy.com/shop/HypnoticaVintage

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Post image for Turning Your Shower Space Into A Sanctuary

I love looking at showering as a time to indulge in a mini spa treatment. Of course its main purpose is to cleanse the body, but I really feel that it can have a calming, relaxing effect on the mind, as well. Read more »

Taylor -Aug 10, 2014, 9:12PM
I absolutely love the idea of hanging eucalyptus and lavender in the shower!!!! I can't wait to try this. I use Dr. Bronner's Eucalyptus soap and it always makes me much more relaxed while showering, but the smell does go away pretty fast--I am sure the soothing smell stays vibrant throughout the showering as the water hits the plant. Great idea Taylor xx http://www.pumpkinflowerz.blogspot.com
Bernardo Margulis—This Makes Me Happy -Jul 10, 2014, 3:48PM
Shower time is usually the most relaxing time of the day for me. These tips would only make it better!

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Post image for Creating A Summer Atmosphere In Your Home

UPDATE: This post originally ran in June but now that it is officially summer, we wanted to share it again! Read more »

christina -Jul 07, 2014, 7:56PM
i'm really intrigued about getting rid of my bed frame. just like everyone else! - christina www.cityloveee.blogspot.com
karina -Jul 07, 2014, 1:40PM
i love that bed!!! totally borrowing that for inspiration. honeygalaxy.wordpress.com/

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Post image for Backyard Dinner Party With Ruthie Lindsey & Local Milk

It was around 4pm last Wednesday when we pulled up to Ruthie Lindsey’s home in East Nashville. Read more »

Chandra Rae -Jul 03, 2014, 10:04AM
Yay! Thank you so much for coming to our awesome town. This night was so fun! www.moderndaycharm.com
Jules -Jul 02, 2014, 9:33PM
No way! I want friends to invite me to a dinner party like this. Great photos! http://julsiestravels.wordpress.com

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Post image for How To Bring The 5 Feng Shui Elements Into Your Home

UPDATE: With the relaunch of our Spirituality Shop, it felt fitting to share this post again as amazing inspiration for how to use some of the new products! Read more »

sophieblueyyz -Jun 29, 2014, 3:37PM
My boyfriend loves this kind of stuff. It just confuses me so I will pass this post on to him :)
Rita -Jun 28, 2014, 1:17PM
Feng Shui for me is: a clean airy space + inside whatever feels right is right :)

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