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i have a very special preview for you today of a new segment on the blog called home sweet home!  we thought it would be fun to give you all a glimpse into the homes of some of our free people team members, and to kick things off we took a trip to the beautiful home of our managing director of design and image.  she’s a big part of the free people look so we’re thrilled that she let us in and we got to see a little bit of her personal style and what inspires her.   we also got to meet her adorable children!

here’s a sneak peak into her home, and stay tuned for the video… it’s coming soon!

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-Dec 19, 2009, 8:59AM
What ever happened to all the capital letters? Ever since the July 9th post, nothing has been capitalized. Is this the format for your blog? I'm not liking it much.

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good morning! i saw these homemade terrarium ornaments on design sponge and thought it was the coolest idea. they add some nature to your christmas tree, even though they’re actually fake (so you don’t have to worry about watering them), and as the blogger who made them suggests, they’d be a great decoration for the home after holiday season as well. read on for some instructions on how to make them!

what you’ll need:
– clear glass ornaments
– dried moss
– twine
– pencil
– q-tips
optional- twigs, fake butterflies, feathers etc…

1. tear off a small piece of moss and moisten slightly (this helps to keep the moss from crumbling a lot of dust inside).

2. with the eraser end of your pencil, gently push moss into the opening. repeat this a few times until you have a forest floor on the bottom of your ornament.

3. add any extras and poke with your pencil to style things as necessary.

4. bend a q-tip and clean any debris stuck to the inside walls of the ornament.

5. attach a piece of twine with a bow and hang!

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guccibags -Mar 31, 2014, 9:30PM
love that she chose a mix of urban and natural settings for the shoot too. Check out a few of my favorite images from her senior session!
traveltips -Jan 23, 2012, 8:25AM
What a nice idea. I am gonna try oit for sure. Hopefully my guests will like it

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on friday another free people girl and i attended a ‘how-to’ session on potting paperwhites…it was really easy and they’re so pretty – it will be a great addition to brighten up my desk at work. they’re also a great decoration for your home. here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to do it yourself.

first pick out a pot or container to plant your bulb in – you can use pretty much any type of container, just make sure to allow about two inches underneath the bulb for the roots to grow. i used a pretty little glass one.

paperwhites can be planted in soil, water, stones, gravel or decorative materials like glass beads. i filled my container most of the way with stones and then a layer of cute little pinecones.

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place the bulb on top, pointed side up. i surrounded it with some moss to add some color.

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you can plant several in one pot, and they can be placed closely together. here are some other creations being made:

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fill with water, but don’t submerge the bulbs, just have them sit on top of it. make sure to water the plant enough to maintain the water level.

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store your paperwhite in a warm room (60-65 degrees) and if possible, set it by a south-facing window for best development of the leaves, stalk and buds. once the flowers bloom, move it to a cooler place with less light to prolong its life.

next…sit back and let it grow!

-Dec 14, 2009, 11:58AM
...and they smell wonderful!

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who doesn’t love snow globes? there’s something very nostalgic and whimsical about them.  plus you can bring a pretty little wintry scene into your home and make it snow whenever you want.  i found some instructions on how to make them, and it seems really easy…

these handmade snow globes from martha stewart are simple and sweet.  you can use almost any kind of jar to make them…the instructions suggest painting the lids in seasonal colors.  find the plastic or ceramic figurines at flea markets or hobby and craft shops, and synthetic evergreen tips at floral-supply stores.

next, sand the inside of the lid until the surface is rough and use clear-drying epoxy to adhere the figurine to the inside of the lid. let the epoxy dry.

fill the jar almost to the top with distilled water. add a little bit of fake snow or silver or white glitter and a dash (not too much!) of glycerin (available at drugstores) to keep the glitter from falling too quickly.

screw the lid on tightly, turn it over and let it snow!

the top two images are from anthropologie.

casino -Jan 12, 2010, 5:16PM
Great idea, thanks for this tip!
Christina -Dec 10, 2009, 1:00AM
Love this! Apartment Therapy just put up the instructions on how to do the Anthropologie ones too with the products at the top! Yay!

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holiday season is in full swing here at the navy yard…i went over to building 543, where our cafeteria is located, and found some people decorating gingerbread cookies…

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543 is getting all decked out for the holidays…the decorations look lovely…

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-Dec 10, 2009, 8:00PM
now this is just awesome :D ive been in such a holiday spirit, i just found a great xmas wallpaper for my computer and it made me so happy! its so cute >.< (incase someone else wants it, you can dl it here: http://www.freexmaswallpaper.tk/ ) its free :)

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squint

one of our readers informed me of this amazing company called squint, located in england, that makes furniture, light fixtures and home accessories. they look like they would be a perfect fit for a free people store! their collections use a mix of contemporary and vintage fabrics, as well as woven english damasks, 19th century french trimmings, and japanese ceremonial kimono silks. i am in love with the dresser…

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kendal croix -Nov 30, 2009, 3:15PM
hello best furniture EVER.

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some of our co-workers’ most favorite things from their desks…

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more to come…

Jenni -Sep 10, 2009, 8:57PM
Phish! i was at that show : )

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transitionwallpaper

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I really like the soft and blended feel of these transition wallpapers by Danish designer Lene Toni Kjeld. The set of prints are designed to go blend together seamlessly, so that if you have maybe an open layout in your house, or a huge room, you can have two or three patterns of wallpaper that fade into one another. It looks so gorgeous, and I love the decayed look of the prints!
Via D*S.

pennies on the floor

I love this clever floor! It’s all tiled with pennies! I bet it shines in the light very appealingly too! See it in person at The Standard Grill in the Standard Hotel in New York City!
Via Neatorama.

Laura Hall -Jul 28, 2009, 4:14PM
This is so cool! It reminds me of the Cildo Meireles work "Mission/Missions (How to build a Cathedral)" and since you enjoyed this pennies floor I thought you might dig the Meireles too. Pic here of the whole thing, though it's so gorgeous in person, it really does feel like a holy/reverent area with the lighting and intimacy: http://austin.about.com/od/museums/ig/BlantonMuseum/Meireles-Blanton-Exhibit-.htm And here's me touching it! It was in London so all the coins were pence, not pennies: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lhall/3188138613/ A shot of the bones opposite the coins: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lhall/3188140679/in/photostream/

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hello kitty house!

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Okay, so I don’t want to live here, but I definitely really want to visit! The site where these pictures originated is written in Japanese, so neither me nor Design-Crisis could make any sense of it, but the pictures speak for themselves anyway.

Marta Prado Pasos -Dec 01, 2010, 4:03PM
DESDE COSTA RICA: Adoro todo lo de Kitty en rosado!
Bonnie -Dec 12, 2009, 3:46PM
I Googled trying to find this house, found it...under comments, some guy from Taiwan said it was in Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, and not in Shanghai, China..just Google!

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mangekyo

I need one of these! Mangekyo means “kaleidoscope” in Japanese, and this one projects colored moving shapes and lines on your walls and ceiling! I love it! Get one here.
Via CubeMe.

too cute bathplugs

I came across two really sweet stoppers for your drain today – I am not sure which one is cuter! I love them both!

Stuck Goldfish Bathplug.

Paperboat Plug. (Made of canvas.)
Via Share Some Candy & SwissMiss.

leslie -Jun 29, 2009, 3:51PM
So cute! I have been trying to think up a style for a little decoration for my bath plug.

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