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for the meadow portion of our february catalog, featuring the lovely noot seear, our team shot at the home of artist melanie rothschild, an incredible geodesic dome located in topanga canyon, ca. Read more »

claudia -Mar 02, 2011, 2:07PM
these were invented by buckminster fuller, who had amazing, forward-thinking ideas about sustainability, urban crowding, and eco-preservation. he used these structures because triangles are the cheapest, strongest, most versatile shape to build with--not like the rectangles we mostly see today.
kalin -Feb 24, 2011, 11:24AM
i would love a little dreamy dome home like these!

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our vintage buyer brought an article over to jemma about how to feng shui your desk at work, and i immediately decided my desk needed a makeover. my feng shui was all wrong… and with the beautiful weather we’re having today it felt like a good time to do some spring cleaning!

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(the article is from whole living magazine)

here’s what my workspace looked like before – a cluttered mess!

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to feng shui my desk i followed the instructions above as well as i could with what i have here at work.  i put my plant, dreamcatcher and buddha figurine in the back left (or top left) area, with a photo of the sunset over the pacific in the background to make it feel as zen as possible. the bottom left area has a collage of photos from my latest trip, just kids, “music we like” from amoeba (a great music reference), my little journal and peaceful accents of blue. at the top right i have photos of loved ones and notes and cards from friends at work, and at the bottom right i hung some scraps of fabric to inspire creativity.

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here’s the end result:

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it may not look much different but it sure feels better! now i just need to feng shui my apartment…

Erika -Sep 17, 2014, 10:09AM
This article was super helpful also for me! Thank you! Erika
Isabel -Feb 06, 2013, 8:35PM
This article was super helpful! I'm moving into an apartment and this is the perfect time to de-clutter and give my space a fresh new look!

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today i have a special tour for you of the home of one of our visual display artists who lives out in california! she actually used to work here in the home office, but relocated to the west coast to work on displays for our stores in the western region. she’s very talented and the epitome of a free people girl, as you’ll see in the photos of her home and personal style.

i’m already jealous.

you can see that she has been hard at work – on our spring store displays!

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i love the record player, and the requisite chewbacca mask – we have a bunch of them floating around home office :)

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she told me that her grandmothers have been huge influences on her life. the photo at top left is her grandma ella, about whom she says, “she died when i was young, but i resemble her most and admire her work ethic and grace. she raised my dad and he raised me to explore and travel. he took me on trips across the country when i was young and as an adult. that father, daughter time has been so rewarding to me as an adult. we have been on a lot of adventures as a family!”

the most important thing in her home is the “wall of objects” at bottom right. she’s pointing to a photo of her grandmother joan, about whom she says “she taught me how to sew, crochet, knit, and cross stich. i spent a lot of time crafting with her. she and my mother taught me how to be creative in everything i do throughout the day. the two of these ladies have been very inspiring!” she also collected giraffe figurines, and the ones at bottom left were the first ones in her collection.

check out the slideshow for lots more photos of her lovely home!

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her dog (right) meets claude (left).

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thanks so much for letting us peek inside your home! and thank you to claude’s mama for taking the pics :)

Woody -Feb 03, 2011, 6:05PM
Hilary is such a humble woman. I think it is such a great thing to feature her on the Blog. She is such a talented lady. I'm lucky that i get to witness it every day.
Alicia -Feb 02, 2011, 10:46PM
OMG How do I get that job!

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…three potato four.

i never heard of it until our graphic designer mentioned it as one of her favorite vintage stores, where she finds some of the awesome stuff in her home.

then today i was getting coffee and saw a flyer for a barn sale the store is holding this weekend and i checked out the website… now i know one thing i’m doing saturday!

the shop is full of hand-picked vintage treasures ranging from books, signs, glass bottles and mugs to blankets, furniture and other various oddities.  plus it’s owned by a sweet married couple with two adorable little kids :)  check out their blog too, where they post shop updates and cute family photos.

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this is the first barn sale they’re holding – as a change from having normal hours, they will have one of these every month. check out their website for more info!

-Jan 28, 2011, 7:19PM
I remember them from a Cookie magazine article! they seem pretty cool, lucky you live near their shop. they only had one child when that article came out, cute family,,
Taylor -Jan 28, 2011, 6:00PM
where is the store?

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lizzy janssen is an amazing artist, has great style, and is just an awesome person- so its no surprise that her home (in fishtown, philadelphia) is a reflection of all those things. lizzy describes it as somewhere in the early american, meets 1950′s housewife, meets mid-century modern neighborhood :) another fun fact – it was designed by our creative director, who lives here!

i’m completely in love with her place…the exposed brick, the spiral staircase, the amazing bathroom and her adorable cat arlo in the above picture (named after arlo guthrie).

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most of the stuff lizzy has decorated her place with – the furniture, paintings and figurines – was found at thrift stores, garage sales, and sometimes even on the curb! her favorite thrift stores in philly are germantown thrift and three potato four, in manayunk.

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here’s a quick little interview with lizzy, and check out more photos of her sweet place in the slideshow below!

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you can check out another tour of lizzy’s home here!

Chase Howard -Jun 20, 2013, 10:27AM
Thanks so much for sharing this! I have been looking up spiral staircase prices and was wondering where you got yours from? I am building a new house and I think that something similar in style would look really good!
Lindsey Nichols -Feb 24, 2011, 3:35AM
Being a graphic designer myself, and Loving ALL things old and vintage.. this post is not only inspiring but just a breathe of fresh air to see :). Sometimes I think that all people forget about the good things in life, like s local thrift store or estate sale... its where all the real treasures are found :)! Great post free people, i love you blog and only could dream to work for you some day. Your Graphic Designer has a sick place ps!!!! xoxo, Lindsey Nichols http://be.net/lindseykaynichols

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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!

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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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