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Hello Internet friends!

Checking in to say Hello! I landed back in the USA a couple of weeks ago for a visit and it’s been lovely to see family and friends before I prepare for a big move. Going on this 10 month journey kind of changed my life. It’s been great and just what I needed. I am now excited to delve into more creative projects and hopefully settle into a new home for a while. Here’s some of the work I’ve been doing and links I wanted to share:

My favorite places to fika in Visby, Sweden for Conde Nast Traveler.

An interview with my friend Sean about my journey farming and adventuring across Europe. In case you are curious.

New posts I wrote about gardening from sweet pea tips to growing healthy citrus.

Above you see some snaps of my favorite city,  Lisbon, Portugal. I’ll be sharing a lot more posts about the journey and some travel tips I learned on the way. For now, I am enjoying hanging with family and friends, helping my mom plant roses, and enjoying the solitude of the countryside again.

What’s inspiring you this May?!

xo

Chelsea

Photos from my Instagram!

Milton and King Wallpaper

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I am pleased to partner with Milton and King today to share some of my favorite wallpapers from their collections. As a prop stylist, I am a huge fan of wallpapers. I use them on interiors shoots constantly to quickly create new moods and dramatic looks. They work amazingly to create warmth in a small space.

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After spending so much time in London on this journey, I’ve gotten really inspired to mix traditional floral English style wallpapers with bright colored, modern mid-century looks. I see this combination often in England and it feels exciting to me. When styling, I always try to add in something unexpected like bold modern furniture or accessories with a more traditional backdrop like a floral wallpaper.

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Milton and King is a super cool Australian company with tons and tons of wallpaper options! If you are looking to paper a wall or an entire home, their site should be your first stop. From, Shibori papers to modern Swedish designs, to traditional florals, their paper options are endless. Here are the designs I used in my London photo shoot pictured above. I shot this in the gorgeous flat belonging to Papermash. I wish you could see her beautiful flat in person, but this gives you just a taste. For more wallpaper eye candy, head over to Milton and King.

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Frolic! favorites:

Ingrid & Mika Grid Paper

Arbol

Montana

Timbuctu by Jonathan Calugi

Springtime

Amazonia

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Photos and Styling by Chelsea Fuss. Location and props: Papermash. This post is sponsored by Milton and King. If you’d like to sponsor an editorial, contact us at [email protected] We love partnering with like-minded companies.

Sara Midda’s A Bowl of Olives

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Peeking into an artist’s sketchbook is one of my favorite things. I guess that’s why I’ve always loved Sara Midda’s style so much. Each of the books she’s published is like a little watercolor sketchbook. I first fell in love with In and Out of the Garden, then The South of France Sketchbook, now years later, she’s released a new book! A Bowl of Olives: On Food and Memory.

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Being the food obsessed person I am, it was a treat to get my hands on this book. A Bowl of Olives explores the food through history, places, packaging, Sara’s personal memories, and simple recipes all through her charming watercolor illustrations and hand-written notes. There’s a whole chapter devoted to eggs (!), a two page spread illustrates picnic memories “On the South Downs watching gulls following a plough- we had Scotch Eggs, cold zucchini and potato omelet, ginger beer.”  She discusses setting the table, eating outdoors, veggies, fruit, markets “The market is the soul of every city, town or village and the essential starting point for any visit.”

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She shares notes, photos, and sketches from visits to Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, Japan, and to Portugal where I am now! Reading this book was perfect timing as I attempt to delve into a new culture, new groceries, and make new culinary discoveries!

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Sara shares fun facts from history including how teacups got handles and the how the first paper food packaging came about! The recipes are simple and uncomplicated. I am looking forward to trying the Black Currant Fool with Scented Geranium Leaves this summer and for now have tried her simple take on Mujaddara which is simply delightful with a dollop of yogurt!

Read more about this lovely book and purchase it right here.

Photos: Chelsea Fuss. Taken in Portugal. A Bowl of Olives was a gift from Workman Publishing.

My Life in Sourdough: Season 2 Launch + Giveaway!

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Exciting news! Season two of My Life in Sourdough launches today! In case you are new to the series, you can read our interview with Marie, the filmmaker, about season one right here. This homemade web series is about a French girl in Brooklyn navigating love and cooking, with an emphasis on her passion for baking sourdough bread. Each episode also pairs with a recipe video and a life changing tip. In season two, the main star is Fluffy, her sourdough starter. Here is the adorable trailer for season two:

To celebrate the launch of season two, we are giving away a sourdough starter sent straight from Marie with a jar, wooden spoon, and a notebook full of bread making tips from Marie! To enter your name to win, leave a comment with your favorite line or favorite episode of the series. Good luck! Read our exclusive interview with Marie below!

Did you have anything you wanted to do differently this season?

I really wanted the main character to be in a relationship this time around. And, I guess the relationship she is in, with her sourdough starter, really explains why she has been single all along. 

Any big inspirations for the new season?

Making bread was definitely an inspiration. I love this sentence by Jean Anouilh “I like reality, it tastes like bread.” This new season is really absurd. I always wanted to make the sourdough starter talk and soon enough he became the star of the show! One of my references for this were Ionesco and also the film Her by Spike Jonze. But I am also really inspired by my awesome crew without whom I could not have made this second season.

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What’s your latest cooking or food obsession at the moment?

Beyond sourdough bread you mean? I’ve been making cinnamon brioche with my sourdough starter and that’s been quite a treat! Recently I’ve been in the editing room a lot so I’ve been eating and cooking eggs for  my dinners. It’s fast and simple and you can experiment with it so it’s different every time- kind of! When I run out of bread, I make soldiers out of blue cheese. I also discovered truffle salt which can really bring a soft-boiled egg to a completely new level.

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What other new projects should we be looking for from you this year? 

I’m developing a feature film set in the rural East of France about a 13 year old French girl obsessed by kissing who falls in love with a cow. I’d also love to take My Life in Sourdough on a road trip. So I am working on a documentary-fiction about the revival of sourdough bread in this gluten-free era.

Tell me a bit about your new nomadic lifestyle! What’s the plan and/or inspiration for it?

You definitely were an inspiration! Though I have not packed as efficiently as you yet. I decided that my priority this year was to make films so I am more flexible as a nomad. I’ve always admired the gypsy lifestyle. I am going to be traveling and shooting in France and in Romania this summer then back in the US.

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Big congrats are in order for Marie, as this series is a selection for Tribeca Film Festival! Read more here. Watch the first episode of Season Two right here, and if you are new to the series, start with season one right here (also you can watch right here just below!) And, don’t forget to leave your favorite line or episode in the comments for a chance to win your own sourdough starter and bread tip kit! My favorite episode is the dancing on the rooftop.

Follow Marie on Instagram at EstOuest and My Life in Sourdough here.

All photos courtesy of My Life in Sourdough. Giveaway open to international readers and ends May 1st.

Make: A Spring Bouquet

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During the spring, I love making little bouquets as surprises for friends, just because. Make this easy spring bouquet for a friend or loved one in just a few minutes. Get creative with ingredients, looking around you for free foraging materials in abandoned lots or your own backyard.

Flower Recipe:

muscari- 3 stems

lily of the valley- 1 grower’s bunch with leaves

crabapple- 1 branch

jasmine- 1 stem

hyacinth- 1

How to Make It:

Remove any excess leaves from the bottom of stems. Remember, any leaves left under water will create bacteria and make the bouquet age faster. Create the bouquet by adding a few stems at a time, and turning the bouquet as you go. Tie off with twine! Wrap in newspaper and gift to your friend who should clip the stems again, just a little and put in water straight away!

Enjoy! Happy Spring!

xo

Chelsea

P.S. If you’d like to learn the art of flower arranging, you can take my online course right here.

More flower tutorials:

A Musky Spring Bouquet

A White Lilac Bouquet

5 Winter Bouquets

A Seattle Spring Flower Class

Springtime at Noncha + An Easter Special!

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I am happy to be partnering with Noncha today, an eco-friendy, slow fashion, online boutique with simple, effortless pieces that I adore for a thoughtful wardrobe. I’ve included a few of my favorites here and a special gift for you!

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Please enjoy an Easter special with the code: Frolic! You will receive 30% off available for the 3 day Easter holiday. Then Monday it will turn to ​20% and the week after 10%. I hope you find something special for yourself or someone you love during this holiday!

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Don’t forget! Use code: Frolic! at Noncha to take advantage of this limited offer. Have fun! Happy Easter!

Items pictured:

linen top

copper purse

linen blouse

linen pants

spring cardigan

floral dress and cardigan

Update: Enjoy 20% off at Noncha until May 1st! xoxo

Photos courtesy of Noncha. This post is sponsored by Noncha. If you’d like to be part of our group of Frolic! sponsors, get in touch at [email protected]