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?
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…
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…
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.
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!
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…
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.
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!
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…
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.
this might be one of the coolest things i’ve ever seen.
inspired by a painting they found on ebay and paint by numbers artwork, scott and cheryl white turned their blank wall into mural art. to do this they made a color transparency of the painting, and using a projector, traced the image onto the wall with pencil. they then created a chart of all the colors and assigned them numbers, and got to work painting! it took them eight months to complete this masterpiece but imagine how much fun you’d have doing it! read more to see some awesome photos of the white’s wall before and after.
i just saw these fabric-covered pots on creature comforts today and i thought they would make a perfect follow-up to my post about plants. instead of splurging on nice flower pots, buy a bunch of standard cheap ones and cover them with pretty patterned fabric!
this is one of those projects you can be really creative with- if you have scraps of fabric lying around at home you can combine different colors and textures to make a really unique looking flower pot. or you could take an approach like the tutorial on lavender and limes and use soft vintage looking floral fabrics you can find at an arts & crafts or fabric store. OR this is another great use for old free people shopping bags! either way the results are one-of-a-kind and add a little touch of unexpected cheer to your potted plants.
all you need are some terracotta pots, fabric, mod podge (to coat the fabric with so it stays on the pot), and a brush (for applying the mod podge)! for more detailed instructions check out lavender and limes.
Everyone loves to add a little boho to their spaces now and again. Whether it’s a spring clean, rearranging objects, or creating lovely wall displays, décor refreshes your mind and captures a new light in the home.