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check out our new santa barbara store! it looks so pretty and summery!

fp julia -Feb 22, 2010, 3:32PM
hi geneva- store hours are 11-8 mon-sat and 11-7 on sunday!
Geneva de la Rouge -Feb 21, 2010, 12:08PM
I walked by last nite and it looks great! What are your hours so I can shop til I drop?!

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dan martensen is the photographer who shot our new february catalog, and his home in upstate new york was recently photographed for the selby – words can not express how much i love his home! i want a place like this one day…lots of wood and oriental carpts, and a fireplace that i can fill with candles…

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check out more photos of his and model shannan click’s amazing home here.

and stay tuned for a post later today about our new february catalog and the inspiration behind it!

handmadecharlotte -Feb 08, 2010, 4:25PM
hi! i love the melted candles! i love that! i loved burnt incense sticks and tons of wax! very nice image!
kay -Feb 08, 2010, 12:54PM
when i saw this stuff on the selby a few months ago, i felt like he photographed my dreams. its perfect

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last week i was over in the area where our visual display team works on the amazing creations that you see in our stores, and i spotted boxes and boxes of these colorful little creatures…

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so what are they? our new store displays for spring! here’s a look at the installation in our king of prussia, pa store:

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i love it! our visual display team always does such an amazing job :)

Poster Frames -Feb 21, 2010, 6:58PM
These look fantastic! A great looking shop display is always fantastic for business.
Sepi -Feb 06, 2010, 3:59AM
So excited to put these up in our store in walnut creek!

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our visual display and store design manager sent me these photos of the brooklyn store front…aren’t the flowers gorgeous?

ParionsWeb -May 07, 2011, 5:20PM
Je me fais toujours un plaisir de vous découvrir et je pense que cet article est très utile. Merci encore !
fp julia -Jan 25, 2010, 10:08AM
rawlyn - 113 smith street! :)

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i really want to try and make a rag rug.  i’ve been looking around online for tutorials on how to do it, and i’m so inspired just by pictures of them!  i think they’re so beautiful and a perfect way to use up any fabric you might have lying around.

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these images are from the rag rug flickr group (yes, there is one)…check it out here…believe me, you will be inspired.

apparently there are several ways to make a rag rug…some tutorials involve crocheting, like this one on vintage chica.  but if you don’t know how to crochet (like me) you can still make a rag rug just by braiding the fabric!

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moda bake shop has a really great tutorial showing you step by step how to do it. once you’ve picked out the fabric you want to use, cut it into long strips and just start to braid! start at the center of the rug and work your way outwards, forming a circle with your braid as shown in the images above. once you’ve finished, just sew the rows of braids together! for the full tutorial click here.

i can’t wait to try it!

Laura -Jan 21, 2010, 1:05PM
Hey, I love crocheting scrap fabric. I actually used this as an element in my thesis project and make accessories and clothing!
sarah -Jan 20, 2010, 8:44PM
I still have my grandma's rag rug. I LOVE it! sarah

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i want my bookshelf to look like this…with photos and little trinkets.

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i love this idea…a collage of photos, cards and various keepsakes on a desktop, covered by a sheet of glass.

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and i really want some antlers to hang jewelry from.

keith abrahamsson and kate young’s home photographed by the selby.

NinaElisa -Jan 22, 2010, 11:11PM
they totally were selling antler hooks at urban around the holidays last year!
summerteeth -Jan 20, 2010, 11:59AM
the selby is the absolute BEST for home inspiration. love the postcards/journals beneath glass idea too.

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a friend of mine had one of these wine cork trivets in her apartment and i thought it was so cool! if you have a bunch of wine corks lying around it’s a perfect use for them, or if not you can always ask for some at a bar or wine store where they usually have a bunch lying around.

find a shallow tray like the ones shown above, and just arrange the corks in whatever pattern you like, using glue to fix them in place.

if you’re feeling really ambitious, take it a step further and make a wine cork…well…corkboard :)

i don’t drink much wine but i might have to get some corks and try this! that round one is awesome.

Chelsea -Jan 20, 2010, 8:23PM
My mom made a corkboard out of wine corks a few years ago and people kept on giving her wine corks so that we have about 1,000 now. She was craving to find another use for the thousand extra and this post gave her some great ideas!
bethany -Jan 14, 2010, 10:41AM
I've been saving my wine corks for about 5 months now in order to do just this! Looks awesome!

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another birthday today – this time for our visual display & store design manager!

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the birthday girl gets crowned…

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and yes, the people magazine was a joke…

fp julia -Jan 07, 2010, 2:11PM
jessica- she works here at the home office but she works very closely with the stores! kat - yes it is! one of the girls here at the office made it and it was amaaaazing!
kat -Jan 07, 2010, 1:59PM
is that monkey/gorilla bread for dessert? i love it! it's a holiday tradition my sister & i started together. looks beautiful and tastes incredible.

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after my post about projects inspired by free people this morning, reader krystee sent me these photos of some of her crafts and they’re so awesome i had to post them right away! check ‘em out, along with her description of how she made them:

“the stool was inspired by your vanity stool you used to have in the FP store. i went to purchase one and they were gone so i did a lil twist on small decorative one for myself. i used some fabric from and old scarf and beach cover up and extra yarn from my crocheting,  and added the flowers to give it that bright enchanted garden feel.”

“i found the bookshelf in my dad’s shed so i painted them and appliqued on fabric and added the yarn and flowers to make it pop.”

awesome work, krystee! thanks for sharing!

Trendy Clothing Fashion -Jan 06, 2010, 1:48PM
The colors of the flowers are with harmonic tone... contributing a comfortable feeling! Nice work!

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is it just me or do these interiors by irina graewe scream free people? i think it’s all the use of pink…the post it notes, tape and yarn. graewe has studied and worked in london and germany, and is currently a freelance interior and set designer.

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these images are from her “africa meets neon” and “patchwork” interiors. check out more of her work here.

d -Jan 04, 2010, 7:47PM
it's like FP and Irina are kindred spirits :) match made in the heavens xo :)
g! -Jan 04, 2010, 4:46PM
Looks like pages from an FP catalog. Beautiful!

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having a real christmas tree is nice, but not everyone has the time or resources to go out and get one and haul it home.   luckily, there are plenty of DIY options out there for alternative “christmas trees” that look just as pretty and would be a really fun craft project that you can still do in time for christmas!

i love the idea of finding branches lying around outside and using them to create a very natural, earthy looking tree like this one, with some paper snowflakes for a delicate touch.

another really cool idea…suspend the branch over a table with some string and hang ornaments from it.

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this awesome tree is a branch from outside, painted white and decorated with garlands and various found items like vintage potholders, crocheted doilies, cotton spools, buttons and thrift store figurines.

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a neat idea, if you’re willing to nail a bunch of branches to your wall…

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…or a bunch of items in the shape of a Christmas tree.

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i think this might be the most creative idea of them all!

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last but not least…a printable tree that you can actually download, here!

custom tshirts -Oct 15, 2010, 11:01AM
cool post. Thanks for the info!
Rouenna -Dec 25, 2009, 12:52AM
The first photo brings a lot of memories to me. Since I live in Southeast Asia, there's no pine trees to be found. Back in my teen years, we can't really buy the ones sold at the mall. So, what we did was cut up a nice looking tree branch at our backyard, wrapped it with a white crepe paper, hang a lot of cute vintage stuff on it, put smooth white stones at the base of the tree and voila, a white Christmas tree. =)

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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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