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i’m so in love with these hand-painted wooden coasters that i saw on design sponge the other day! they have been painted with hex signs that the author traced onto the wood with carbon paper, but it would be fun to make your own patterns as well :) such a great way to add a bit of color to your coffee table!

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the colors are perfect. click here for the full tutorial!

irene -Feb 04, 2011, 6:34PM
I love these coasters!
-Feb 04, 2011, 6:33PM
never seen this before. awesome!

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ever wish you could take a peek inside the home of a fashion blogger? i always imagine what their homes look like, what they surround themselves with and what inspires them – the way people decorate their place is so indicative of their personality – i love checking out peoples’ music and book collections in particular :)

our stylists snapped some photos at louise ebel’s home in paris and isn’t it charming? i love the little knick knacks everywhere – you can tell she’s a sentimental person who holds on to gifts, treasured items and dried flowers, which i love! i’m the same way.

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j’adore!

Erin -Jan 20, 2011, 10:44AM
Love Love Love
julie caprio -Jan 20, 2011, 10:03AM
Fabulous!

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our senior stylist recently moved into a new home and painted one of the walls with chalkboard paint – such a fun idea! friends can leave little drawings and notes when they stop by, and it would come in handy for bursts of inspiration! i love how elegant her’s looks with the mantel and mirrors – and don’t you love the fire someone drew :)

there are so many cool things you can do with chalkboard paint…here’s some more inspiration from around the web.

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Nicole -Jan 08, 2011, 6:47PM
How much do I love this?....to many to count the ways!
Mao -Jan 06, 2011, 7:03AM
Why, this is so nice! I'll do it sooner!!

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i can’t believe christmas is just a few days away… it always sneaks up on me! for today’s DIY i thought i’d give you guys a roundup of some last minute crafts. i wish i had time to do all of these!

a pretty fabric wreath… tutorial here.

a lace doily and christmas light garland – this would look cool with paper snowflakes too!

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love these sequin trees

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… and these felt ones.

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a pretty fabric fringe garland.

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make your own ornaments with little bits of nature inside.

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these little plastic figurines painted with nail polish remind me of our current store displays!

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another creative take on a wreath.

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and some really fun wrapping paper made with bits of crayon!

sharon -Feb 28, 2011, 11:56AM
I love that these projects are all wintery without screaming Christmas. I would be over the moon if I knew how to make that fringe garland! It would probably cover my entire house.
katrina -Dec 25, 2010, 12:10AM
iartu's holiday ornament is genius. love it!

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…forts.

in the desert (from our december catalog)…

in the forest…

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or in the bedroom… i want to crawl into one of these and take a nap today.

click on images for sources.

Sophia -Dec 23, 2010, 12:56PM
So cute! My extended family came over for the holidays and the young ones and I made a blanket fort in my room. We have been having camp-outs together and plan to stay up and wait for santa in our fort on Christmas Eve.
Cat Horn -Dec 23, 2010, 10:49AM
Blanket forts are so wonderful. The second one is so beautiful and romantic.

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ah! loving these little magazine christmas trees and how easy they are to make! i saw them on the blog green eyed monster and thought it was such an awesome idea for using old magazines. i of course have a ton of free people catalogs lying around so i thought… why not? i decided to use our november catalog since its nice and thick and i knew it would make a great tree.

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start by folding the first page over as pictured above.

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next fold the same page over again, and then fold up the part hanging over the bottom so that you have a straight edge along the bottom.

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repeat this step on every page of the magazine – i actually thought it was kinda cool to see how different pages looked folded together like a collage.

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once all your pages are folded, stand the tree up and spread out the pages until you’re happy with how it looks! and of course, the more the merrier :)

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Lucy -Feb 11, 2011, 7:18PM
i used to make these when i was a kid at school!
StarrMerrie -Dec 29, 2010, 2:23PM
Too much fun, I made one for at work on my desk! Everyone likes it :D

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the holiday decorations are up in building 543 and it looks lovely… the trees, garlands and twinkling lights bring a warmth to the space that is very comforting as it gets colder and colder outside…

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viv -Dec 16, 2010, 10:40AM
As do I, Dana, as do I...
Amanda -Dec 10, 2010, 2:44PM
In this case, the grass is definitely greener on the other side, I must work here, its so inspirational!

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i wanted to share this awesome video that our creative director did with one of our most favorite models, the beautiful – and hilarious – jenny lopez! check out jenny’s blog here.

Anna Clare Culp -Nov 15, 2010, 3:52PM
I love these behind the scenes looks into peoples closets! It helps give me better ideas of things I like and what to look for in future shopping trips! I love your model off duty photos but I would love to see this type of thing for them as well! I can only imagine the types of amazing pieces they collect on their trips for shoots for FP and how they incorporate that with the great FP clothes they have!
fp julia -Nov 15, 2010, 9:36AM
kelsey- i can ask her and let you know :) and yes look for more vids like this in the future!

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i saw this on poppytalk today and i couldn’t resist sharing.  did any of you guys ever make “god’s eyes”? i never have but they’re so awesome looking and simple to make. just tie two sticks together and weave the yarn around them, starting at the center – to see a quick tutorial on exactly how to wrap the yarn, click here. plus you can play around with the colors to get some really pretty combinations – they’d make lovely little table decorations or even christmas tree ornaments!

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i also love the pieces of driftwood wrapped in yarn – it reminds me of this photo from our office that i posted not too long ago:

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Itzel -Dec 19, 2012, 9:34AM
I make these and sell them.If you want I can show you a picture of a big one.?
-Apr 04, 2011, 3:17PM
Its also a Indian ceremony tool, not a Mexican culture symbol. Yes,Huichol Indians are regional to western Mexico, but its Indian non the less. Sorry, not trying to be rude, but I'm a stickler for facts.

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while shooting the belle of the ball section of our november book, our lucky team got to spend a week at eglingham hall in north umberland, england.  i can see why tim walker used it as the location for his fantasy-like photo shoots, as it looks like a place with many stories to tell and secrets hiding in its walls. here’s a peek inside…

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“100% good.”

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the study

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haunted house?

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the backyard. wow.

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tea for two.

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this picture makes me laugh.

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and in the backyard, the most amazing teepee ever.

thank you to our producer for these beautiful photos!

Girly -Aug 17, 2014, 8:09AM
These pictures are really beautifull and this mansion too. Thanks you for these and keep hoing !
esther -Apr 12, 2014, 4:44PM
i am absolutely in love with the cardigan the girl in the "tea for two"-photo is wearing. where is it from? i neeeed it :D xoxo and keep going! love this blog

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for rumi neely’s shoot in the october catalog, our team went to the home of our senior designer behind our fp one line and store design.  located in mt. airy, philadelphia, her house is everything you would imagine for someone with her creative spirit.  from the outside it looks like villa you’d see in the south of france, and on the inside it is full of treasures she has collected during her travels (she spends six months of each year in india).

a video is coming soon, but here is a special preview of her beautiful home.

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Swedish girl in Australia -May 14, 2014, 1:59AM
Oh wow I am looking for a book they have there, Traditional Textiles of Central Asia!! Anyone knows where to get it?
-Nov 14, 2010, 5:32PM
where is ur closet organizer from?

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guys, you have to check out our homepage right now.  i can’t get enough of it- i love everything about it, the model, the setting, and that cat (remember lily?). the model is sofija milosevic, who was photographed at an amazing home our team found in west philadelphia.  these photographs exude the perfect softness and ethereal atmosphere to lull me into a daydream… longing to curl up in a ball amongst blankets and pillows, just like a kitten.

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our photographer also got some shots of the house to share on the blog, because it really is breathtaking.  the home is located on spring garden street in an area of west philadelphia known as powelton village, a historic district with victorian style estates that were home to some of philly’s wealthiest residents back in the 19th century.

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the current owners, andrew and brian, purchased the house 6 years ago and nearly gutted it to transform it into what you see in these images.  the decoration shows their love of 19th century design and antiques, with most pieces being inherited family castoffs and antique store finds. our team knew that the elegant, dreamy mood of the house would suit our kitten story perfectly.

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shop the kitten collection here!

FP Emily -Oct 18, 2010, 9:52PM
Hi Natasha! The little cat is a red Persian named Lily. (I think the big one is a Maine Coon). She's actually 4 years old, but she was the runt of her litter, so she has stayed quite tiny. In the winter, she has an even puffier fur coat, but because of the extreme heat over the summer, we gave her the "lion" cut. She's actually only at about 75% of her usual fluff!
-Oct 18, 2010, 9:09PM
and this is why i LOVE the company i work for! i love all the unique, vintage feel of everything, AND!! you guys put a special on a kitty?!! I'm in love. I am a crazy cat lady, and this just made my day!!

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