spotted in milan – amazing!
you probably remember these beautiful butterflies and dragonflies that flew into our stores for our spring display – well now that our new summer displays are up, they have gone into hibernation…and we want to give some away!
this giveaway will stay open until friday at midnight – and all you have to do to win is leave a comment below, and make sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win.
we will select a winner for each day (tuesday,wednesday, thursday, friday) to receive one of these amazing display pieces!
i am so jealous…i loved these displays and they’re even prettier in person because you can see all the details and craftsmanship that went into creating each one :) plus this is the first time we’re giving away some display items so it’s pretty exciting!
**UPDATE Monday June 21 – the four winners have been selected and contacted. Once we hear back from them, we will announce on the blog.**
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…
and some more inspiration…
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.
our new summer store displays are up and i am in awe!
for the garlands, our visual team drew inspiration from holiday decorations they saw in india:
here are some pics of the displays going up in our king of prussia, pa store!
the plexi art was done by hand by our display team members…stay tuned because we have a video of that for you!
the bikes are by far my favorite…they were designed by one of our visual display team members while she was in india.
aren’t they beautiful? i want one to ride around at the beach this summer!
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!
how cute are these shirts? they’re for sale over at print liberation, but more importantly they were designed by our very own lizzy janssen! she’s not only a talented artist but a total sweetheart and very funny…read on for an interview with lizzy and to see more of her amazing work!
where do you draw inspiration for your work?
i get inspiration from nature and science. i like to draw things a little mysterious which seem to have been overtaken by nature and color. in my mind i’m always drawing miss havisham’s house from great expectations.
who are some of your personal favorite artists?
i like artwork that is really colorful and has a sense of humor. lucienne day, maxwell loren holyoke-hirsch, kime buzzelli, betsey walton, margaret killigan, martha rich, esther pearl watson.
do you listen to music while you work? what do you listen to?
yes lots of music, a lot of times lyrics end up in drawings…
i like folk and blues, the carter family, woody guthrie, hank williams, leadbelly, howlin’ wolf, joan baez, bob dylan, neil young.
what are some of your hobbies?
i like to collect antiques and go to flea markets and auctions with my dad! and mostly reading, hanging out with my cats june and arlo, watching movies, and walking all over philly.
if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
high heels, my cats standing on top of a record player with bob dylan’s “nashville skyline” …and eyeliner :)
how would you describe your personal style? which free people girl are you?
i’m a little bit country, and i’m a little bit rock and roll! i think i could be a mix of candy and lou – dresses and heels but not too girly.
what is something that most people don’t know about you?
i had a magical childhood living in penang, malaysia, where i was a puzzle box model.
lots more great stuff at lizzyjanssen.com.
free people is looking for a full time sweater design intern! this will be a six month internship starting in june and ending in december. this is a great opportunity for recent grads!
the objective of this position is to support the designers by providing basic administrative skills and entry level design skills, completing assigned tasks in an efficient and timely manner and giving them the assistance they need to create and execute product that represents the unique style of the free people customer. for a full job description and to apply, please click here!
good morning! add some sunshine to your desktop! head on over to our flickr page to download this sweet summery artwork for your computer or whatever you want to do with it!