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when we posted photos of our new costa mesa, california, store the other day, you may have noticed these beautiful fabric-covered vases sitting on some of the shelves. i loved them so i did a little digging to find out how are display team made them…

our team used large aluminum vases cast in india – but you can pick up some large inexpensive flower pots at your local gardening shop.

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next you need some pretty fabric. our team used antique turbans, bridal blouses and quilts they picked up over in india. check out vintage stores and flea markets for pretty vintage fabrics that work just as well :)

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now all you need is some mod podge, which you can order online or get from an arts & crafts store. use the mod podge to coat the fabric so it stays on the vases.  use the fabric however you want- i think it would look cool if you cut different fabrics into strips and collaged them onto the vase for a quilted effect!

Dawn... The Bohemian -Jun 13, 2012, 2:32PM
I Love this Creative Idea for incorporating Exotic Beautiful Fabrics into Works of Art to Display! Thank You for Sharing it! Dawn... The Bohemian
Supergirl -Nov 15, 2010, 9:40PM
I am enjoying all of those when i come to this website.

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dreaming of relaxing outdoor spaces and dozing off in sun blotched shadows today…

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i need a hammock.

images via weheartit.

import towarów z chin -Oct 16, 2011, 11:05PM
Fuckin' Amazing!
Breanna -Jul 14, 2010, 6:54PM
Me also

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I moved here in January from the big smoke London.  I wanted to start fresh so packed light and got on the big jet plane.

Moving to a new country can be a pretty daunting experience. Unfamiliar with my new surroundings I had to find a place to live, pretty tough yes!

I wanted to find a place that I could play around with and create a little haven for myself. Not knowing Philadelphia I came across the first place that was safe and pleasant and took it.

Now I’m having fun making it my own. I love using my walls to create collages of inspirational thought; I collect random photo frames to trap my most memorable photos hang trinkets from family and friends and feature dried flowers wherever possible.

When I have friends over they engage themselves in the floor length mirror while I burn my multi coloured candles, dripping wax over wine bottles. The Diptyque scent usually fills the air while Nick Drakes plays subtly in the background.

My place is almost there, it’s nearly reached that comfort zone.

Starting from scratch is the most refreshing thing and letting your personality pour into a new home is quite satisfying don’t you think?

 

MOski -Aug 19, 2010, 10:59AM
An older post, I know, but I was just browsing and stopped when I saw your purple crochet tank top/dress? Where is it from??? It's wonderful I love crochet work, tell me about it!
Georgie -Jun 30, 2010, 12:49PM
What an amazing job you've done! Can't wait to see it in real life ;) xx

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fp jemma has been talking about making a chandelier out of tree branches for her apartment and i think its an awesome idea! another fp girl was telling me they used to make them for our store displays as well. it doesn’t seem too difficult – you can collect fallen tree branches and sticks in your own backyard or at a park, and bind them together with twine , arranging them however you want them to look.  this is definitely something you can play around  with and experiment with several branches or just a few.  it would look amazing  with some christmas tree lights woven in!

here’s some inspiration i found to get your creative juices flowing…

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kat -Jun 11, 2010, 12:58PM
i absolutely adore this post. the branches give such an organic feeling even in the more modern room (fourth from the top). definitely have to incorporate this to my room somehow.
kayla -Jun 11, 2010, 6:52AM
my roommates and i have trees and tree branches hanging and placed all over our apartment. it's honestly super helpful, super cool, and totally random. i love the look of a huge tree branch just chillin in our great room with pretty things dangling from it. we even have one in the bathroom and we put toilet paper on branches to hold them. it's so unique and cute.

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i saw these “walldots” by pony rider on the blog daydream lily and i think they’re so rad! i love how the circular shape gives the appearance of a little portal to a dreamy outside world. it got me thinking that this is something you can definitely do yourself.  i’ve decided i’m going to blow up some of my favorite photographs of places i’ve been and cut them into circles and put them on my wall! i think it’ll be a really cool way to display the photos too- especially cut into different sizes and shapes… triangles might me cool too!

check out some more pages from the pony rider book, maybe they’ll inspire some ideas…

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and some more inspiration…

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dental hygienist -Jun 01, 2010, 11:36PM
Great information! I’ve been looking for something like this for a while now. Thanks!

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sweet studio

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i saw this studio on design sponge and i had to share, it is so beautiful! i love the framed chalkboard and all the different prints and patterns on the wall in the last photo… reminds me very much of free people. i’ve been really into the mixed prints right now, probably as a result of all the inspiration on our website but it hadn’t occurred to me to try it in my home. i love how it looks and it’s a great way to make a somewhat empty space (like my apartment- i am seriously lacking in furniture) and make it feel more busy and full.

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replica bags -May 20, 2010, 4:11AM
Three steps forward .... Still, you know what they say about the man who never made a mistake! Keep going - you'll get there soon - and it's good to have some news again.

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how adorable are these wall decals? one of our soho employees sent these photos, which are of a craft project she and her sister did for her sister’s new baby’s room.  they found vintage sheets and cool textile fabrics and cut out the shapes.  they then corn starched them and attached them to the walls of his bedroom.  this is something you can do with any fabric and it adheres really well, plus they peel right off if you ever want to take them down or change them up!  i love this idea, and there are so many things you could do.  here are a few more examples i found to stir the creative juices:

there’s also a full tutorial to show you how to do it right here!

Cath -Dec 17, 2013, 2:47PM
I LOVE it. What a great way to perk up a plain white wall! I think the birds flying in a flock are my favourite!

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a little lace

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lately i am completely obsessed with lace curtains…ever since i went to our creative director’s home and saw her bathroom, which is draped with lace instead of walls, i have been wanting to get some for my place.  they add such a soft touch to a room, and i love the way light looks when it streams through, creating patterns on the floor.  my place is a big open studio sort of like hers, so there are lots of opportunities to try this – the beaded curtain in my bedroom doorway is looking like it will be replaced pretty soon…

Laura -May 25, 2010, 3:56PM
Beautiful! Where did you find all of these amazing fabrics?
Angela -May 05, 2010, 1:24PM
Love the lace, cant wait to do some of my own. I will be on a mission this week to find some deals, maybe the Sal for the lace?

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yesterday we took you on a tour through the home of our creative director, and today i want to give you a little peek inside her closet! read on as she describes her personal style…

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if you missed it, check out our tour of her home here!

MarkSpizer -May 03, 2010, 6:14AM
great post as usual!
Fashion Serial Killer -Apr 30, 2010, 4:50PM
nice stuff looks like my closet but with WAAY more stuff.. good taste ;o)

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for the second episode of home sweet home we paid a visit to one of our most inspirational fp girls – our creative director.  now, before we went to her place i was told what it looked like, but if i hadn’t known i’m sure i would have thought we were lost when we pulled up out front.  she lives in a large, renovated garage that it is by far one of the coolest spaces i have ever seen.   like a geode, it appears a little rough on the outside but crack it open and the beauty inside will take your breath away…i could have spent an entire day exploring the treasures that abound throughout her home – it is full of trinkets that she has picked up throughout her travels and i can only imagine the stories that lie behind each tiny detail.

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in her words…

“i always love places that are not so pretty on the outside. i like to surprise people with the interiors. don’t judge a book by its cover.

when i was little my father lived in key west, florida. i went to visit him and was surprised to see his house was hardly painted and looked kind of haunted. i said, “daddy! you live here!?” and then when he brought me inside it was quite nice. he told me back in the day it was a way to deter the tax collectors from knocking on your door. so now i just surprise my friends and they say the same thing – “you live here!?”

what sold her on this place?

“it was the big cast iron beams! i saw great potential in the ceiling.”

it took quite a bit of work to transform the space into what it is now – and lucky for us, she has pictures of the progress. read on for many more photos, and stay tuned for the video coming later today!

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Dickies -Apr 30, 2010, 11:31AM
WOW, that is truly awesome, I would love to live in a garage especially that one, I have seen some really cool places to live in my time but I think that tops it all. Having the ability to park your car in front of the T.V has always been a dream of mine. Thanks for sharing this.
Sandy -Apr 28, 2010, 7:50PM
love this place!

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i first heard about these adorable custom-made stools on decor8, and i fell in love! the contrast of the recycled distressed wood and brightly colored crochet definitely reminds me of something i’d see in my grandparent’s house.  the best part is, you get to pick your colors and creator ingrid jansen will custom make your stool – so it is unique, personal and special.  in going through her flickr stream i found myself saving photo after photo as the inspiration was endless…

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christi -Feb 11, 2012, 5:06PM
i absolutely love these!
nursing schools -Apr 16, 2010, 12:41AM
I’ve recently started a blog, the information you provide on this site has helped me tremendously. Thank you for all of your time & work.

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before woodstock became known worldwide for the most famous music festival of all time, it was a quiet town in rural new york that artisans, painters, musicians and freethinkers called home.  they lived off the land and made things by hand- even their homes.  they used local stone, wood and scavenged materials to create shelters that are as unique as they are impressive- ranging from the cave-like dens and teepees to cabins and stone structures.  these homes are documented in the book “woodstock handmade houses” and turning the pages is like stepping into one hidden world after another, imagining all the stories each sanctuary holds.  it is a constant source of inspiration that will never age.

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fp julia -Apr 07, 2010, 11:24AM
hi laura- yes i know, they did name it after the town of woodstock, ny though.
Laura -Apr 07, 2010, 11:05AM
Awesome homes, though!

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