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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!




the birthday girl gets crowned…


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.


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.


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


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


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


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!






-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!


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.


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


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


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.


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…





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




-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: ) its free :)

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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…


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…

more to come…

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

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