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i’m so excited to show you our new summer store displays now that they’ve been installed in all of our stores! these photos are from the opening of our new houston galleria store.

here at the navy yard our display team gets to work painting straw baskets! these photos make you realize just how much hard work and crafting they do…

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ombre rope dying for what will be a very cool part of the display!

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welcome to houston!

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the new store space is like a blank canvas about to be brought to life.

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the display team works their magic with the ombre rope to create an amazing macrame wall installation!

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the opposite wall is adorned with this incredible rope tapestry pieced together with yarn, pom-poms and trims from india.

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the delicate “sari dori” display that drapes from the ceiling is made of strips of fabric from indian saris strung together.

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i love all the beautiful dark wood.

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the bottoms of the baskets have been painted with neon colors and hung on the walls and above the cash-wrap as lights! so awesome.

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they’re also great for holding plants :) which leads me to my favorite part of the new displays…

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the window display, where these incredible swings live! i would kill to have one of these at my beach house. i mean really…

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so beautiful.  and stay tuned, because i have not one but two amazing pieces of the summer displays to give away on the blog… trust me, you don’t want to miss this one ;)

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because i love you, you guys get the may calendar a couple days early :) click on the image to go to our flickr page and download the large size of either the regular or widescreen version!

i think this one is my favorite. or i just really love spring.

happy friday!

Paula -May 01, 2013, 3:42PM
Gee, could you please delete that comment of mine?... that's how absent minded I am sometimes...
Paula -Apr 29, 2013, 9:37AM
Thank you! I'm loving them!

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stop by and say hey!

p.s. can’t wait to show you pics of our new summer displays ;)

kalin -May 01, 2011, 8:48PM
seriously florida please! jacksonville to be exact :)
naihomy -Apr 30, 2011, 9:19AM
or maybe Puerto Rico!!!!!

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our lead designer for color and print just returned from a research trip to morocco and shared these amazing photos of color inspiration from her travels. ever since last year’s april catalog (shot in morocco) i have been dying to go there, and these images are making me want to even more so…

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so, so beautiful.

sofia -Oct 31, 2011, 1:11PM
i love those pictures they are a great representation of Fes viva morocco! s
Sarah K. -Apr 07, 2011, 3:25PM
All those beautiful colors :)

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the other day i showed you one of our new cali stores, and now i’ve got photos of the other one for you! here’s a look at the new free people san jose!

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looks beautiful! i bet that window makes awesome patterns when the light shines through.

Tish -Apr 04, 2011, 1:40AM
Your store is just amazing. I was wondering where you got those coffee tables. They are amazing. I could just live in the store it's so nice and the crew is super sweet. Will for sure spend a lot of time there.
Monie -Mar 25, 2011, 1:37AM
Thanks for opening one in SJ!!!! =] I <3 FP! I was sad that I couldn't attend the grand opening last week, but I had a chance to check it out this evening. Everything was perfect like always when I step into the boutique. It's like walking into a craft/art festival. I love the brick flooring right in front of the store. =)

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inspiration… how amazing is this couch? i can’t tell if it’s a patchwork couch or couch cover but either way, it’s phenomenal. photo by kava gorna.

kara -Mar 23, 2011, 3:49PM
next time I wear a hole through my jeans, I will add them to a pile to make my own denim quilt!
Kevin -Mar 23, 2011, 2:39PM
It's Boro! http://blog.srithreads.com/2011/02/a-large-complex-beautifully-stitched-boro-futon-cover/

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i love mood boards…especially when they incorporate objects and fabrics in addition to just images. i think its why i’m always so drawn to my coworkers’ desk spaces, as they’re each like a little personal mood board. here are some that i’ve collected from around the web.

pamela love:

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charlotte ronson:
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nicholas k:
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rag and bone:
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rodarte:
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erin wasson:
erin wasson mood board

marchesa:
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i think i need to re-organize my desk space… again.

image sources: the selby, mr. newton, the cut and style.com

military clothing store -Mar 23, 2011, 4:49PM
This is a very wonderful place. You got a lot of cool art collections. They are very creative.
Diana -Mar 22, 2011, 7:26PM
great inspiring ideas! I will do my own.

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i may be biased by my love for san francisco and marin county, but our new store in corte madera, california is stunningly beautiful.  here are some gorgeous photos taken by our visual display manager on the west coast!

the view of san fran from marin county.

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our storefront at the village at corte madera.

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i love the stack of fabric covered suitcases!

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i love this photo :)

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our fp girls created a beautiful “white shop” in the area of the store with this gorgeous tiled floor, keeping the theme of the white story currently on our website! looks lovely.

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and this…is just amazing.

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the colorful central display is illuminated by the sky light above it on sunny days.

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can you guess what day this photo was taken?

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one of our fp girls puts the finishing touches on a display…and the checklist is complete!

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and i had to include this photo… this is the superintendent dave who helped our team with the opening, standing next to a sign he made (that did not stay up long). love it :)

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one more shot of the beautiful bridge… congrats to our team for another awesome store, i can’t wait to visit next time i’m out there!

victoria -Mar 01, 2012, 12:14PM
I wish I could go there! Alas Corte Madera is 1 hour 50 minutes away from where I live. I actually did visit Corte Madera a couple times early last year, sadly FP wasn't around then. I'm so bummed. Jealous of CM and the Bay Area getting these stores, hopefully in the distant future Roseville/Sacramento can get a FP store, too. T_T The CM store is simply gorgeous. Enough said.
marion -Mar 23, 2011, 1:45PM
nice pictures. I love freepeople style^^ www.hinageshii.fr

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*UPDATE 3/14 – congrats to our winner, fariza from california!*

i love everything about our spring store displays, but my favorite part are the amazing fabric covered suitcases.  so i was very excited that our display team brought this beauty over to me for us to give away on the blog! can you imagine waiting for your luggage at baggage claim and seeing one of these come around on the conveyor belt?! talk about one of a kind!

underneath the fabric is a durable plastic suitcase, so these can be used although i’d recommend being gentle with it, due to the delicate nature of the hand-sewn fabric and embellishments.

to enter the giveaway, click here and fill out the simple form.  we will leave it open for a week and i’ll pick a winner at random on monday. good luck!

Cindy Carr -Mar 20, 2011, 2:51PM
It is wonderful. Hope to win this and thanks for the chance.
Sherry -Mar 20, 2011, 7:21AM
My closet's filled with FP ouldn't it be lovely to have this magnificent suitcase to put them in?

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our store girls keep inspiring me with outfit ideas! they always look so amazing…here are some of the latest looks that have caught my eye on our stores’ facebook pages!

one of our dallas girls wearing the morning glory chiffon skirt as a dress, with the borderline fringe sweater over top and the bullet boots. LOVE.

here’s one of our houston girls looking gorgeous in the fp-1 around town shirt dress worn over the super stripe tee – what a great layering idea!

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another houston gal wears the we the free graphic bareback tank over the sweater halter tunic with the cantina concho belt and western boots – cute!

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a great casual look – the super stripe tee, skinny jeans, wrapped in fringe vest, fedora and backpack.

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i want to copy this outfit… the super 70s jeans, floral bodycon tunic, tassel hip belt and tyler cinched hat. amazing.

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one of our portland girls posing with the spring store display! she’s wearing the slouched rugby tee, printed floral skort and faded dye scarf.

speaking of spring displays – how amazing are these umbrella chandeliers from portland?!

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oh, and…. HAPPY FRIDAY!

destiny -Mar 20, 2011, 4:35PM
I <3 adore <3 the first two houston girl looks!!
-Mar 11, 2011, 11:45PM
I love my Portland store and the amazing chicas who help me everytime i come in with a laundry list the length of my arm from the latest mag. Hahaha :) besos!

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monday’s can be a little rough so i thought i’d try to make it a little better by giving you the march calendar a day early :)

i love march…those first few days when you realize a light jacket is enough, the trees begin to come alive again and the air isn’t quite so bitter, you leave work and it’s still light outside…it’s the best feeling. i am very much anti-winter but it’s worth suffering through just for the sweet feeling when spring thaws the earth.

i think our graphic designers captured that feeling perfectly with the march calendar… click here to go to our flickr page, where you have the choice of downloading either the regular or widescreen version.

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I love it!
kristen -Feb 28, 2011, 8:41PM
love it! I always look forward to these! thanks :)

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earlier this week i had the wonderful opportunity to visit the studio of floral and event designer sullivan owen, which just opened in queens village in philadelphia. i love talking to people who are passionate about what they do…their love for their craft is infectious. i could have spent an entire day in her beautiful studio listening to her talk about the artistry behind floral arrangements and watching her work.

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when designing her studio space, sullivan wanted to use a soothing palette with shades of soft gray and white so that when entering the space, your attention goes straight to the flowers. indeed- when i walked in, my eyes were immediately drawn to the pops of color peppering the studio.

when she was younger, sullivan worked at one of the first urban outfitters stores. she recalls the president of the company visiting often to chat with employees and see how the store was doing, and it was a huge inspiration for her to see someone with a dream who was able to make such a successful career out of it.  her dream was to tie together her fine arts background with her love of flowers, which is exactly what she is doing today.

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in addition to floral arrangements, sullivan owen offers complete event design – from mood boards and color palettes to textiles like bouquet wraps and table linens. to her it is about creating an entire atmosphere- an idea that reminded me very much of our free people stores.

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bits of inspiration from around the studio: vintage knick knacks, beaded belts, books and handmade table linens from her own wedding.

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a beautiful wall of vases and jars that can be rented for events – with the exception of the shelf of vintage glass bottles, which are her private collection inherited from her grandfather and serve as inspiration.

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when i arrived, sullivan was in the back finishing up an arrangement, and i sat and watched while she talked excitedly about how the floral industry is starting to attract a younger audience of people who appreciate the fine arts.  with her own background in the arts, her approach to putting together an arrangement is very much like an artist painting a picture – paying special attention to color and texture, and layering in a way that is also almost like fashion.

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a mood board hangs over her work table and incorporates fashion, color and landscape – all things she thinks about when putting together a bouquet.

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the flowers sullivan works with are all very special – for example at top left, a ranunculus that comes from japan where these delicate flowers are designed to be perfect. the one at bottom right is a dutch variety of the ranunculus, with a really unique color gradation. at top right is the anemone, a beautiful black and white flower with hints of purple that is one of her favorites to work with.

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above and below are what she calls the “spare parts vase” – where the flowers go if they’re cut the wrong length, the stems break or they just don’t make it into a final design. she doesn’t like to throw them away, plus they’re quite beautiful!

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she gave me a quick little lesson in putting together the above bouquet, and then i tried my own:

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i think i could use some help… luckily sullivan is going to be holding classes at her studio so you can go learn all about how to put together the perfect bouquet, and then take it home with you :) i will definitely be attending! you can find more info on the classes here.

the studio is open by appointment only – i definitely recommend checking it out. go see the website for more info and to see more photos of her incredible work: sullivanowen.com.

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Imbracaminte petru femei -Mar 04, 2011, 6:26AM
Nice tattoos !
-Mar 02, 2011, 9:20AM
I love her flower arrangements!!! beautiful!!! big fan!!!

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