a house for your books

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What do you think of these cute houses for your books and such? Called Library, this little project was designed by Thomas Bentzen of Denmark. I love how it reminds me of my dollhouse from when I was a kid. Looks roomy too!
Via dezeen.

fpgirl -Jan 16, 2009, 4:40PM
Alyssa, I think I'd like an actual dollhouse even better. I love that you've done that! I want to see these all stuffed with books!
Alyssa -Jan 16, 2009, 2:28PM
I've been using my old childhood dollhouses as bookcases for years. They're just the right size for paperback novels. Those ones look like they'd be perfect on top of a table or counter. I can see the little one on top of my microwave holding olive oil and spices!

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Below is our behind-the-scenes video of the January catalog shoot! Don’t forget to check out our pictures and information about the shoot too! Enjoy!

Alissa -Jan 20, 2009, 8:47AM
Thanks! :-)
heatha -Jan 19, 2009, 2:27PM
Like A Songbird That Has Fallen by The Reel Time Travelers.

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book cover archive

I had lots of fun flipping through this online gallery of book covers and designers! I love seeing the different versions of the same books and seeing covers I’ve never seen for books that I have read.
Have you ever bought a book based on the cover? Did the book live up to the art? Leave us a comment with the link to your favorites!
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I’m loving this cover I spotted today. Maybe I’ll give it a read…

coco -Jan 16, 2009, 5:49PM
I've read Things Fall Apart! :D
fpgirl -Jan 16, 2009, 10:04AM
Hey Liz thanks for sharing! I like how in the description it says that images can convey meaning more clearly than text. I definitely want to take a look next time I'm in the bookstore:)

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It’s poll time! Last week, I asked which slip you liked best out of three of our newer styles, and the answers came out very even, with the Tie Dye Ruffles Slip coming in first by only about 20 votes!
This week, I wanted to ask you about this really cool poncho we just came out with, the Solid Pullover Poncho. I tried one on yesterday, and I just love it! It’s about the comfiest thing ever, and it looks really cute on! As usual, I’m stuck on the colors though.
First, check out the poncho in Coral below.

Next, here it is in Grey Heather.

Below, find the poncho in Midnight.
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Finally, here’s the poncho in Bark.
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What do you guys think? Which color would you get?

fpgirl -Jan 15, 2009, 4:58PM
I voted for the coral because I love the way the color came out and I think it is the most striking. I would say it is my favorite even though I would probably buy the grey or midnight.
KK -Jan 15, 2009, 4:49PM
I think it's kind of interesting that at this point the two favorites are Coral and Bark considereing Grey Heather and Midnight are neutral and would be the most flattering on a variety of skin tones

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twins!

As occasionally happens, we have a pair of unintentional twins at the home office today! Jasmine and Kristin came in wearing the same fun Free People top! Even sweeter, they are both Intimates Designers, and sit right across from one another! Cute!

heatha -Jan 15, 2009, 1:11PM
hahah! Amy and I are wearing the same exact sweater, too! And we sit in the same area.

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wanna go glamping?

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Glamping, or glamorous camping, is starting to become more popular as a form of camping for people who wouldn’t ordinarily enjoy camping. There are a number of glamp-sites popping up everywhere! Pre-pitched and lavishly furnished tents, stocked ponds, and numerous other amenities are some of the features of these places. For the most part they do not have electricity or internet though – thank goodness! I think if they had internet or electricity their resemblance to camping would be pretty much gone. The New York Times has a little article about glamping here. What do you guys think? Do you want to go glamping?
Pictures via.

Cj Moye -Jul 16, 2012, 10:55AM
I love glamping. I am a chef at a guest ranch. We have lovely cabins but are considering a few tents. If I had my own place I would do it up right. Glamp it up
Pat Jensen -Mar 25, 2010, 11:05PM
I loved your glamping post. I run a reasonably priced glamping business. People seem to really enjoy getting in touch with nature without having to go through the hassle of carting equipment and sleeping on the ground. Our site is www.contentmentcamping.com if you are interested.

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sparkleball!

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So pretty, and so colorful! Don’t you love these sparkleballs? It may be after the Holidays but I would still like to make one! Would you? Learn how here, and see more neat pictures here!

Sparkleball Lady -Mar 16, 2009, 1:17PM
pruitt fpgirl ! Thank you so much for spreading the word about and joy of sparkleballery. Everybody needs a little more sparkle in his/her life!
Kerrin -Jan 19, 2009, 11:22AM
These are nothing short of enchanting! What fun! Thank you so much for sharing with us...I will now go hunting for leftover christmas lights and see what I can put together. Thank you for the idea; once again Free People gives us some fabulous creative inspiration. :] ~Kerrin

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Don’t you love these scarf how-to pictures? I am always at a loss of how to wear my cute scarves, and I can’t wait to try these styles out! You can see all of the pictures right here! There are a lot of them!
Via Design Dig.

Shauna Chapman -Jan 16, 2009, 8:10PM
Fab! I'm wondering if I'm too young to pull off Option 2. Option 4 is quite Boho. 5 is universal elegance.

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Today we visit the desk of Katie, our Web Production Assistant! Among Katie’s duties are helping organize web-shoots, hiring models, and selecting pictures to go up on our website! She also has some pretty fun stuff on her desk – I should know because I have the pleasure of being her desk neighbor! She is a very good neighbor, too!

This crazy cat came from an A.C. Moore craft store! T-shirt not included…
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The bear in this picture just appeared on Katie’s desk one day – she honestly has no idea where it came from! She tells us this: “I think the important things on my desk are my pictures and the little bottle of Tabasco sauce- I love Tabasco sauce, and I love small things!”
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These are Katie’s two kitties, Queenie on the left, and Ghost Hoagie on the right. She found Ghost Hoagie in a pizza box in an alley when he was a kitten! They live with Katie and a turtle named Bunson, some fish, sea-monkies, a worm farm, and two hamsters!
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Katie found this picture on the street when she lived in San Francisco! Check out the back of the picture below.
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These are a few more of Katie’s treasured pictures – the top left picture is from when she lived in Vermont, the next one with the bridge is in San Francisco, and the bottom picture is from a beach in California. The wheels of the little cars spun in the wind!
Thanks for sharing your desk with us Katie!

katie Meyer -Feb 07, 2009, 5:36PM
I love you Katie Miller. I know you do a wonderful job and spread happiness and creativity wherever you are... whether it be the Midwest or the East Coast:)
lizzy -Jan 14, 2009, 3:01PM
katie katie <3 <3 <3 i like looking at your desk tooo

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Mackenzie from the Free People catalog team took these beautiful images during our Farmer’s Daughter shoot. Check out the catalog and read about our inspiration for the book.

Gothic clothing -Apr 22, 2009, 11:04AM
Amazing imagery, very inspiring :)
fashion fille -Jan 15, 2009, 7:15PM
reminds me of the book and movie into the wild. love it!

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Ever since I saw these pin cushions on Bettyjoy, I have been desperate to get one! Aren’t they so cool? They are made by Naori Priestly. I could probably make one, right? I just don’t know that it would look as good as Naori’s do!

Jill -Jan 14, 2009, 6:38PM
These are great! I have just been inspired! (the best part is- I really could use a pin cushion!)

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Today I came across this neat little feature in the New York Times. It’s a slide show with some audio. The slide show features some nice street fashion shots by Bill Cunningham, NYT Photographer. The audio is a very interesting little blurb where Bill conjectures that fashion is going to have some really dramatic changes as a result of our current financial problems. Bill is surprisingly older, and remembers the Great Depression, so he has experience to back up his hypothesis. It’s an interesting feature, worth checking out. What do you think? Do you think fashion is going to change a lot over the coming year or two as a result of the financial crisis? What types of things do you think might change?

Jennifer -Jan 16, 2009, 11:54AM
I think this is a great and valuable point! 2008 has already seen fashion trends in Japan steer away from years of luxury house worship to a sudden desire for more natural and softer looks at more reasonable prices for its younger generation. For example their eco-bag "boom" where some of the most popular bags of last Spring were $20.00 or less natural fiber bags. Often these were even sold out due to their high demand. So I wouldn't be surprised to see a trend of more natural/easy-going looks like finding a good pair of jeans and wearing them throughout the week without care. Or taking full advantage of layering where even a summer item can be winter ready with a simple addition of a turtleneck underneath!
pruittfpgirl -Jan 15, 2009, 10:17AM
Hi Chloe! I feel horrible to think that the phrase "surprisingly older" might have offended you or anyone, and I'm terribly sorry. When I used the phrase "surprisingly older" to describe Bill Cunningham, I was referring to the fact that Bill is 80, and I don't ordinarily see a lot of fashion commentary from 80 year old men. His commentary is informed and intelligent, and he uses his years of experience to make interesting points. I certainly did not mean to imply that 80 year old people, or any people, are too old for fashion and are not fashionable, I only meant that, again, you don't see many 80 year old men discussing it out on a public forum. There are no ages that are inherently unfashionable or negative, and if I implied that with what I said, I am terribly sorry. That was not my intent. If I could go back and omit that I would. Every age is great, and there is no limit to fashion. xo p

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