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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.


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.





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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i always feel like the best way to get to know someone is to see where they live – a home can tell so much about a person. we’re going to be exploring more homes of fp girls here on the blog and i thought i’d start with my own.

i’ve been living in old city, philadelphia for about a year now since moving back east from san francisco. old city is my favorite part of philly because its rather small and my closest friends live in about a two block radius – as well as my favorite coffee shop, record store and bar. i don’t spend much time at home but i view my place as a safe haven when i need to relax, listen to music and be alone with my thoughts.

this buddha is one of my most treasured possessions – i got it from my dad, who used to collect them.  the beatles white album is my favorite record of all time, and i found this original copy at a thrift store in ocean beach san diego.



this is actually a lamp that is currently being used as a hat rack :)


more of my favorite things… jewelry box that holds some rings and trinkets that are very special to me.  i still ask my eight ball for advice when i can’t make decisions.  a lucky candle, favorite photo and drawing i did of jimi hendrix.



i needed a place to hang my necklaces so i put a few nails in the wall.



the majority of my closet is free people – not because i work here, it was always that way :)


i saw someone with this cardboard sign on haight street in san fran and i thought it was awesome.


photos of places i’ve been and my favorite grateful dead poster.


the majority of the artwork i have hanging right now is concert-related.


this little antique mirror table unfortunately does not belong to me, but i love it so much.  i use it to store random little trinkets, photos and concert tickets. and i always have candles burning!


my fridge – my favorite quote of all time is in the center.


another quote i love, from a jimi hendrix song.  the postcard at top right was sent to me when i got the job at free people and i thought it was the sweetest thing ever. and fun fact about me – i’m a certified bartender in san francisco :)


and last but certainly not least – this is my cat, jam <3

alex -Feb 08, 2011, 2:44AM
my cat looks just like this!! his name is bruce. hah
fp julia -Sep 29, 2010, 12:50PM
thanks everyone :) @ angela - you are correct :) two of my faves @ stacey - you are so sweet! we miss you!

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with today being the first day of fall, these table arrangements i saw on design sponge – using straw flowers and heirloom tomatoes –  felt really appropriate as today’s DIY.  the colors are gorgeous!








the top two photos are my favorite- i would just leave the flowers and tomatoes like that as table decorations! for instructions on how to make the flower garland, check out the tutorial here.

rebecca -Jun 08, 2012, 3:34PM
L O V E it!
Tiffany -Sep 22, 2010, 2:56PM
Those tomatoes look so yummy XOXO

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another fp girl saw this idea on my breakfast blog and i thought it was so cool! i love antique picture frames and i really love the idea of using them to frame magazine tears and pretty images. i want to go get a bunch of frames and arrange them randomly on my wall. done.






images via my breakfast blog and we heart it.

vitamin d supplement baby -Nov 02, 2014, 1:08AM
Coming into the fashion Industry could be efforts. From time to time this feels like the not what you learn yet which you know.
MMA CLOTHING -Sep 17, 2010, 3:39AM
this is very very good, love the black mirror frame!!!

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lately i’ve felt really stifled by my apartment…it’s cluttered and in need of a makeover.  fall is the perfect time to do it as the cold weather makes me want to spend more time at home.  i’m longing for a plush couch and armchairs draped in tapestries, hardwood floors and oriental carpets, long flowy curtains to keep the cold outside my windows,  candles, glass bottles and unexpected touches of nature.










click on images for sources.

fp julia -Sep 14, 2010, 9:29AM
hi olivia- i didn't use any effects, these are found photos from around the web (click on images for sources).
child of the sun -Sep 13, 2010, 11:16AM
thanks for featuring some pics of my home and for all the love as always!

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i wanted to bring some special attention to this lovely little decorative touch from our september catalog shoot.  these little floral arrangements decorated the tables where our team hung out during breaks from shooting – using jam jars! i think it’s such a sweet little touch, and a great way to re-use the jars too.

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Chelsea -Sep 08, 2010, 12:38PM
I just finished off a jar of this jam! I must say, it was delicious ;) the flowers and catalog are amazing!

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if i had to picture the home of kim krans, the artist behind the wild unknown, this is probably pretty close to what i’d imagine.  i can definitely imagine her creating her simple, beautiful works of art in this peaceful and rustic atmosphere.









source – design sponge. and check out the wild unknown website.

Kim -Oct 07, 2010, 9:02AM
The first picture of the moons and the waterfall looks similiar to the one I have and a guy in Ann Arbor painted it on the street. His name is Fernando and we used to see him for many Art fairs but he has left and we have not seen him back for quite some a time now. That is cool.
camille -Aug 29, 2010, 11:10AM
dream home! so peaceful! (check out my recycled fabric dresses @ )

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i have a really wierd obsession with woodstock.  i wasn’t even alive back then but it pains me to think i wasn’t able to be a part of that experience.  our vintage buyer took a trip to bethel, new york,  and brought back some photos of the festival site and her friend’s place – i nearly died when i saw them. one day i will get there.





this is duke – he went to woodstock in ’69 and never left! he now gives tours of the festival grounds.

and here’s her friend’s amazing home…









yeah, i would never leave either.

supergirl -Nov 25, 2010, 4:12AM
The old man in the picture looks like Santa Claus, really.
joe -Nov 09, 2010, 4:33AM
The hippy times were so grovy and the pot so good and the people so cool but all good things have to make way for the bad. Evil invaded all that love and poof it was gone. Yeah I was a part of that happening and now I'm 66 years old and looking back it was the best part of my life.

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like it or not, fall is just around the corner… which of course means new store displays! here are some shots of the new displays at our king of prussia, PA store. the rich colors and the added texture of the yarn is perfect for fall, bringing to mind a cozy knit sweater you just want to wrap yourself up in.




i love how the fabric seems to be dripping from the ceiling, like the store is oozing creativity.


you may recognize the fabric covered vases that have been pictured around our home office and at our costa mesa store.




i think my favorite part of the display is the yarn.  it is also used as decoration here at the home office – i love it, the colors make me happy :)


amazing work again, guys!

Val -Jun 09, 2013, 11:57AM
Anthropologie sells these quilts as found objects in their stores. The prices range from $200-$300 which may be why Free People won't sell or give their sources for the quilts. There are many vendors on Etsy who sell kantha quilts and many who will see you a bundle of, say 10 for the price of one at Anthro. check it out: If you can sew or are resourceful in finding someone who can make your curtain panels, Voila!
Lilwy -Apr 25, 2012, 10:57PM
I also love the curtains you use in your dressing rooms. Where can I buy them? Are they for sale? Hope so. Love 'em.

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it’s one of those gray, rainy days in philly where you just want to curl up under the covers and sleep all day.

if only i was here…


…at the w retreat and spa in vieques, puerto rico.  the rest of the decor doesn’t look too shabby, but it’s those rainbow chairs that got me.

Lauren -Aug 05, 2012, 3:36PM
I went here on my previous spring break and it is even better than it looks! Take a week off and go there!!! You will not regret it
tgp -Aug 18, 2010, 1:27PM
wow! they look like the best chairs ever.

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some DIY inspiration from wanderlust- a jar lantern chandelier! so beautiful. i did some hunting online and found some similar ideas that are so lovely…




i really love the idea of putting some sand in the bottom and dropping in a tea candle. i think that would be the perfect outdoor lighting at my family’s beach house.

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solar light string -Jun 16, 2015, 9:48PM
ha!this looks easy to do!I Love it!
Hiren Modi -Jun 08, 2012, 6:59AM
@fp julia Nice DIY for chandeliers. I love that second photo and can't stop my self to re-publish on my recent blog post about backyard decorating ideas.

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…this dude’s home is in.sane.



i’m in love with that oriental carpet.






ohhh what i would give for a rooftop space like that…

gerald decock’s NYC home photographed by the selby.

fp julia -Jul 22, 2010, 2:26PM
!!! thanks for letting me know alyssa, i'm so excited!!!
Alyssa -Jul 22, 2010, 2:15PM
You can buy those rugs online. They're called Mad Mats and they're made of recycled plastic bottles or some such. Perfect for patios since you can hose them down. I have one just like in the picture with the blue couch.

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