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i adore these globes by ImagineNations! they take vintage globes and decoupage artwork onto them, and they also do custom commissions. what a rad idea. i would love a patchwork globe… hint hint display team!

margaux -Mar 07, 2011, 1:11AM
wow. i am speechless! these are brilliant
Eva @ Four Leaf Clover -Feb 23, 2011, 7:29PM
I saw these before and I love them so much; especially that butterfly one! What amazing creativity and precision!

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our vintage buyer brought an article over to jemma about how to feng shui your desk at work, and i immediately decided my desk needed a makeover. my feng shui was all wrong… and with the beautiful weather we’re having today it felt like a good time to do some spring cleaning!

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(the article is from whole living magazine)

here’s what my workspace looked like before – a cluttered mess!

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to feng shui my desk i followed the instructions above as well as i could with what i have here at work.  i put my plant, dreamcatcher and buddha figurine in the back left (or top left) area, with a photo of the sunset over the pacific in the background to make it feel as zen as possible. the bottom left area has a collage of photos from my latest trip, just kids, “music we like” from amoeba (a great music reference), my little journal and peaceful accents of blue. at the top right i have photos of loved ones and notes and cards from friends at work, and at the bottom right i hung some scraps of fabric to inspire creativity.

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here’s the end result:

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it may not look much different but it sure feels better! now i just need to feng shui my apartment…

arielkatherinne -Feb 25, 2016, 12:48AM
I like how when you rearranged/reorganized everything, your pictures on the left even seemed to become clearer, even though that's basically the only thing that stayed put.
Erika -Sep 17, 2014, 10:09AM
This article was super helpful also for me! Thank you! Erika

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here in philly we’re dreaming of spring and so are our fp girls all around the country… here are some great photos from our stores to give you more spring outfit and color inspiration!

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cute floral pant street style spotted by our 5th avenue girls.

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bright colors and balloons in austin domain for valentine’s day…

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…and some style inspiration and spring display photos from austin downtown.

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style inspiration from portland.

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…and in dallas.

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summery outfit inspiration from south coast plaza.

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and some inspiration from santa barbara :)

audra k -Mar 13, 2011, 3:47PM
what dress is the girl in the first pic wearing? ;)
Gena -Feb 18, 2011, 10:20PM
How cute are those Denver gals!! ;)

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good morning! today’s DIY is once again inspired by our spring store displays – specifically, the colorful silk scarves floating around the ceiling.  our team dyed and hand-painted each one of these scarves themselves! i think they’re beautiful and such a great way to add some color to a space for spring.

what you need:

for our displays, our team used silk scarves from dharma trading co. and dye-na-flow silk dye.

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the dye can be applied to the fabric by simply dipping it in the dye or by using a brush, squirt bottle or sponge to create different patterns on the scarf. once dry, iron the fabric for a few minutes to fix the dye, then wash in cool water with synthrapol and rinse.

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i love the mixture of printed and solid scarves our team used!

if you check out the instructions for the silk dye here, there are a number of other cool dying methods you can try, such as sun printing:

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i never heard of this method before but what you do is arrange cutouts or found objects like leaves and flowers on the fabric while the dye is still wet, and lay out in the sun for a couple of hours.  when you remove the objects you’re left with ghosts of the shapes that look really beautiful.

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i love the idea of sewing a bunch of scarves together like our display team did…they look like prayer flags. i am definitely going to try this and string them up in my apartment!

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Jenny Vega -Apr 07, 2012, 10:47PM
I am so going to try this. My silk is a old one its has some slub to it. I hope it goes well
Ely -Mar 06, 2011, 12:52AM
Do you happen to know what kind of silk we should use from the dharma trading co?

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i mentioned artist sylvia marius the other day…we were particularly inspired by her deconstructed umbrella for our store displays, but as i was looking through her website i found myself completely in awe of all of her beautiful work. this quote helps give you an idea of where she’s coming from:

“I am an inexhaustible collector of fragments of life.
With these roots as my own vocabulary, I create fragile and
delicate objects with a more-than-uncertain use; scarified
sculptures put-back together by a hazy hand.
They are: Aerial objects, a sum of fragments put together from
end to end…
Often, in my world, things seem to hold each other together by
one thread. However, in reality, they are connected by several
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her home looks incredibly inspiring as well:

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“There is the first sight… Casting itself onto various objects.
Then… A gathering of objects: Building blocks fashioned from
a collection of testimonies:
Fragments of history, gathered during the constant
movement of life…
Fragments placed together for a purpose:
Observe… But particularly… Repair.”

amazing stuff. check out her website here.

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in the dressing room area of our pittsburgh store, look up and you will see these amazing chandeliers made out of deconstructed paper umbrellas dancing overhead. they were inspired by the amazing work of artist sylvia marius:

i was immediately intrigued by them and went down to ask our display team how they were made. they were kind enough to give me a little lesson on how to do it and let me use their supplies to make my own! it’s actually not hard, as with most projects it just takes a little time and patience.

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what you need:

a paper umbrella- you can find these in chinatown or online at amazon or party supply stores. don’t worry about the design or quality of the umbrella because you’re going to cut it up!

you’ll also need some cord or heavier string, thread, beads and scissors. i used some strips of fabric our display team had lying around as well, but just for decorative purposes.

our display team had some really pretty beads they let me use, but you can find beads at any craft or art supply store.

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start by cutting the paper out from between all the framing – make sure not to cut the white string part! also our team, and i, opted to leave some of the paper on the frame because we like the way it looks and it gives the chandelier some color. i was able to pretty much just tear the paper right off, this part was easy.

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for the next step, measure out pieces of string to reach from the end of one spoke to the end of the umbrella handle – i tied some of the fabric strips just below where i was attaching the string so it wouldn’t slip down – you could also tape it into place.

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it’s ok if the spokes curve a little bit too – i actually liked how it looked that way. i also wrapped the entire handle in fabric strips… which i probably should have done before tying all the string on… ;)

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now its time to start stringing beads! to leave spaces of empty string in between beads, just knot the thread around a bead and continue.

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tie the strands of beads right to the spokes of the chandelier at random intervals.

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and you’re done! hang the chandelier somewhere that you can admire it, and enjoy :)

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Jessica -Apr 05, 2011, 3:40PM
I am doing this one this weekend! Loving going through all the DIY posts! I check this blog daily.. you guys are awesome!
margaux -Mar 07, 2011, 1:32AM
i don't think words can express how much i adore these.

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even though our stores all get the same seasonal displays, there are always little touches our fp girls put into each one to make it unique. our new pittsburgh free people looks incredible, right down the tiny little details…

welcome to steel city!

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i love all the oddly-angled beams. as for the scarves, our display team dyed and hand-panted each one themselves!

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i adore this wall! it has such a great vintage, fifties feel.

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and perhaps my favorite part, this suitcase filled with trinkets is amazing! i would love to do this as a way of commemorating a special trip…take the suitcase you used on the trip and adorn it with decorations and trinkets from your travels!

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another gorgeous store! stay tuned because there’s one part i didn’t show you yet…

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Welcome to Pittsburgh! First store I ever saw of yours was on Greenwich Avenue in CT....
-Feb 09, 2011, 9:56PM
which is the white top with the scarf in the last picture? love it!

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Hi! I’m Free People’s creative design assistant and February guest blogger! I consider myself lucky, because I get to help with the creative process in developing the image of Free People, and also have my hand in styling.  I work directly under our creative director, who is best described as creative sunshine.

our creative director on our February catalog shoot preparing for the next shot.

Ok, so here are some tidbits from this catalog’s creation process: the concept was first outlined and sketched in a notebook by our creative director.

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Here are some tears that were collected for inspiration on how we’d like the shoot to go before we get on location.

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Finally shooting day arrives and the end result is like magic!

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stay tuned for more posts from me this month, and check out my personal blog here!

Nicole -Feb 12, 2011, 8:25AM
Dream Job!!!
susie -Feb 09, 2011, 4:18PM
OK i love the whole creative process shot and I'm super jealous about your job and that of your "creative sunshine" boss! The pictures are so whimsical and lovely. Very inspiring -- makes me want to be there wearing THOSE CLOTHES. Super job.

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i mentioned last week that we opened two new stores – one in houston and one in pittsburgh. they both debuted our new spring displays, making them a bright and inviting space beckoning for people to step out of the cold and inside their doors. our display team blows me away every time – this spring’s combination of strips of fabric in cheerful easter-egg shades, parasols and colorfully patch-worked suitcases is like a warm burst of sunshine for the soul.

here are some images from houston:

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the scarves sewn together remind me of prayer flags!

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this suitcase “sculpture” is beyond amazing…the suitcases are covered with fabric and dripping with trinkets that the free people girl has picked up on her travels.

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beautiful work, display team! stay tuned for pittsburgh photos later this week.

Patricia -Mar 02, 2011, 12:05AM
Can you do a DIY on the fabric suitcase covers? I was in the Chicago store today and fell in LOVE with them!!!
Patricia -Mar 01, 2011, 11:29PM
I was in the Chicago store today and saw the covered suitcases. I am in LOVE!!! Can you do a DIY on how to make them? Or, can I buy them somewhere? I'm obsessed with them!!!

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today i have a special tour for you of the home of one of our visual display artists who lives out in california! she actually used to work here in the home office, but relocated to the west coast to work on displays for our stores in the western region. she’s very talented and the epitome of a free people girl, as you’ll see in the photos of her home and personal style.

i’m already jealous.

you can see that she has been hard at work – on our spring store displays!

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i love the record player, and the requisite chewbacca mask – we have a bunch of them floating around home office :)

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she told me that her grandmothers have been huge influences on her life. the photo at top left is her grandma ella, about whom she says, “she died when i was young, but i resemble her most and admire her work ethic and grace. she raised my dad and he raised me to explore and travel. he took me on trips across the country when i was young and as an adult. that father, daughter time has been so rewarding to me as an adult. we have been on a lot of adventures as a family!”

the most important thing in her home is the “wall of objects” at bottom right. she’s pointing to a photo of her grandmother joan, about whom she says “she taught me how to sew, crochet, knit, and cross stich. i spent a lot of time crafting with her. she and my mother taught me how to be creative in everything i do throughout the day. the two of these ladies have been very inspiring!” she also collected giraffe figurines, and the ones at bottom left were the first ones in her collection.

check out the slideshow for lots more photos of her lovely home!

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her dog (right) meets claude (left).

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thanks so much for letting us peek inside your home! and thank you to claude’s mama for taking the pics :)

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Woody -Feb 03, 2011, 6:05PM
Hilary is such a humble woman. I think it is such a great thing to feature her on the Blog. She is such a talented lady. I'm lucky that i get to witness it every day.

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lizzy janssen is an amazing artist, has great style, and is just an awesome person- so its no surprise that her home (in fishtown, philadelphia) is a reflection of all those things. lizzy describes it as somewhere in the early american, meets 1950’s housewife, meets mid-century modern neighborhood :) another fun fact – it was designed by our creative director, who lives here!

i’m completely in love with her place…the exposed brick, the spiral staircase, the amazing bathroom and her adorable cat arlo in the above picture (named after arlo guthrie).

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most of the stuff lizzy has decorated her place with – the furniture, paintings and figurines – was found at thrift stores, garage sales, and sometimes even on the curb! her favorite thrift stores in philly are germantown thrift and three potato four, in manayunk.

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here’s a quick little interview with lizzy, and check out more photos of her sweet place in the slideshow below!

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you can check out another tour of lizzy’s home here!

Chase Howard -Jun 20, 2013, 10:27AM
Thanks so much for sharing this! I have been looking up spiral staircase prices and was wondering where you got yours from? I am building a new house and I think that something similar in style would look really good!
Lindsey Nichols -Feb 24, 2011, 3:35AM
Being a graphic designer myself, and Loving ALL things old and vintage.. this post is not only inspiring but just a breathe of fresh air to see :). Sometimes I think that all people forget about the good things in life, like s local thrift store or estate sale... its where all the real treasures are found :)! Great post free people, i love you blog and only could dream to work for you some day. Your Graphic Designer has a sick place ps!!!! xoxo, Lindsey Nichols http://be.net/lindseykaynichols

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one of our facebook fans posted a link to this gorgeous bohemian and french inspired wedding and i wanted to share some of the photos! i’ve never been the type of girl that’s into weddings or has any desire to have one (unless it involves bare feet, the beach and tribal tattoos) but i will say i find weddings to be beautiful and am always inspired by the tiny little details that people incorporate.  for instance, i love the little french touches in this wedding!

the bride, an artist, painted the image for the wedding invites and had them printed as fine art prints, with the details on the back, so that people could keep and frame them if they wanted to.

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they set up an antique french dresser with a stack of vintage postcards that people could write notes on and leave in a drawer for the couple.

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there was a coffee bar at the reception, and tea boxes were used as centerpieces for the tables.

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dried flowers and lavender were used as well for centerpieces, inspired by french country homes.

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so beautiful! source.

tahni -Feb 05, 2011, 10:53PM
okay, i have to say i'm really excited right now to see my wedding on this blog! i absolutely love free people and am honored that all my hard work and design is even a little bit admired by free people and those who follow. thank you :) and thanks everyone else for your sweet words.
Mariamma C. -Jan 24, 2011, 4:01AM
This is the most charming set of pictures! I want a wedding like this too!

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