Ideas for the 4th of July!

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Here are a few of our favorite 4th of July recipes, table setting ideas, and travel ideas from the Frolic! archives. Enjoy!

Make a Menu + Place Cards

How to Style a Picnic Table

how to style a picnic table

 

 

Make a Strawberry Cake!

Summertime Tarts with Currents

4th of july name tags

 

Make a Summer Wildflower Bouquet

Roasted Roasted Tomato + Jalapeno Ketchup

homemade fries

 

A Visit to Oysterville

A Photo Shoot on Long Beach

Old Faithful Cottage

Photos: 1,4 by Lisa Warninger and 2 by Chelsea Fuss. 3 by Annemarie Buckley.

Favorite Frolic! Sources: Famille Summerbelle

circus tea towel

 

Today I am thrilled to share a few of my favorite products from a super lovely family company in the Netherlands, Famille Summerbelle. Sourcing most everything locally, founder, Julie Marabelle, designs all the products from sustainable materials. Above, these circus-inspired tea towels are made from 100% cotton. I think they’d make great wall hangings in a children’s room or a kitchen as well and I just adore the bold design.

Famille Summerbelle Paumes

 

I am such a big fan of the Japanese, Paumes publisher and this book is no exception. Step inside the Summerbelle’s family home and see what inspires them. enjoy take away ideas for living, decorating, and crafting.

paper house boxes

 

These little paper boxes are a great storage solution while adding an element of surprise to any room!

London Map Notebooks

 

I can never have enough blank books! These London map books feature hand-cut illustrations designed by Famille Summerbelle

Browse the site for more inspiring products and ideas and enjoy free worldwide shipping! Stay in touch with Famille Summerbelle through these social media links below:

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Photos and products by Famille Summerbelle. This post is sponsored by Famille Summerbelle.

My Top Three Flower-Grammers!

top 3 flower grammers

I love going to Instagram to get inspired, chat with friends, and see what people around the world are doing. Of course, I love the flower-grammers, of which there are many! Currently I have three that are super inspiring to me because of they are perhaps a bit under the radar and gramming in a fun, friendly, out-of-the-box way! Since I spend a lot of time on social media, I tend to be drawn to accounts that are not too serious, offer something new or interesting as far as design, and make me feel happy when I visit.

Eliza Gran: I’ve followed this former New Yorker for years (lots of posts here and her old house here). I was always a fan of her children’s clothing line and now her new life in Venice, California, has me intrigued. Eliza shares her adorable pom pom baskets with her children as models hanging out under bougainvillea vines, snaps of her super cool home which features patterns on pattern and lots of pink, farmer’s market finds, as well as her inspirations in midcentury design, artists studios, Mexico, and more. Of course she makes killer flower arrangements which hang out in the most charming vignettes in her home filled with Mexican textiles, midcentury rattan furniture, and stacks of art books. I hope it’s ok, Eliza, but your Instagram is the inspiration for my new apartment! Visit and and follow here.

Fieldwork Flowers: I am always watching florists as I spent over 10 years working as a floral designer. My top favorite at the moment is Fieldwork Flowers in Portland (you must visit her Moody Ave. shop in SW Portland!). Megan, has been on the floral scene in Portland for years and years and is one of the hardest working florists I know. A few years ago she paired up with a business partner who has a background in the fashion industry, and the two of them together make absolute magic. Her branding and style is fresh, fun, not too serious, and never twee (hard to do with flowers!). I love the slightly punk vibe. The best part, Megan always uses local flowers and has amazing relationship with farmers so she’s finding the freshest, local stems. I love this modern approach to flowers. For years we’ve seen these fussy, vintage and baroque trends in flower arranging, which are amazing as well but for me, this not-too-serious modern approach is the most interesting to me at the moment. I especially love how Megan experiments with large-scale arrangements. Visit and follow here.  (see two previous features on Megan here and here!)

Fir and Flora: “Amateur Botanist”, Jen, is a personal friend and a flower kindred spirit. I’ve been to her house for tea and violet crumbles with violet jam. It was like visiting Mrs .Honey’s cottage in Matilda. Her off-beat, grow as you will, cottage garden is IT! She once gave me a tour, showing me which weeds I could eat. Any gardener who leaves weeds in their garden for salad, is a friend of mine! When I was away, Jen sent me a hand-illustrated flower card of all the latest blooms in Portland. Her photos are simply stunning with still lives of stems on her cottage kitchen table, unfussy garden arrangements, and violet obsessed grams ( a winner with me since it’s my favorite flower!) Visit and follow here.

Photos: 1,2,4: Eliza Gran. 3,6,8: Fir and Flora. 5,7,9: Fieldwork Flowers.

Lisbon Studio Tours: The Tema Sisters

Tema Clothing Lisbon

While in Lisbon, I wandered into some charming little artist studios and had the chance to photograph them for an upcoming travel story. I wanted to share a few of the outtakes here. One of the studios is a restored grocery, Rés do Chao, that is a working/retail co-op of six different designers. I’ll be featuring a few of them here but today I wanted to share the Tema Sisters, a clothing brand developed by Teresa and Madalena. These two sisters design this fresh, young line of handmade clothing. I love the simple but unconventional styles and fits.

grey romper

They launch limited-edition lines seasonally and when I visited were selling these adorable rompers.

tema sisters

I love the fit of these easy rompers, the girls were kind enough to model for me. Take a look at their newest botanical collection for summer. I think it’s super sweet!

Lisbon Studio

Here’s their upstairs studio where they design and plan their newest collections.

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Happy Midsummer!

strawberry cake

Happy Midsummer Weekend! I usually try to celebrate no matter where I am. One year some friends and I went to a local celebration put on by Portland’s Scandinavian heritage association. Above, I decorated a cake inspired by the strawberry cakes I saw in Sweden for midsummer.

midsummer sweden

I’ll be traveling this weekend to see family so I probably won’t be doing a big celebration this year. These photos are from a few years ago when I went to the festivities at Skansen in Stockholm (more pics here too!).

midsummer skansen

Another favorite was here at home in the Columbia River Gorge, celebrating at Wildcraft with friends. What will you be doing this weekend?

Photos by Chelsea Fuss.

Introducing: Instagram Travel Guides!

lisbon travel guide

I am getting a few requests for travel info for some of the cities I’ve been wandering to this past year, so in addition to the guides I create here on the blog, I’ve created Instagram travel guides for super quick searches of places I love and recommend! Just type in the hashtag to see the cities all together. Each photos will have information on the location tag or in the caption. Here are the hashtags:

#frolictravelguideportland

#frolictravelguidelisbon

#frolictravelguidegotland

gotland

Thanks to the locals and readers who often point me the direction to wander when I land in a city. You can see some more detailed travel guides here on the blog:

10 Favorites from Berlin

A Guide to Spreewald

15 Favorites in Buenos Aires

10 Favorites from Stockholm

Favorites from Gotland

Roscoff, France and How to Take a Ferry to England

5 Favorites from Santiago

Happy Travels!

xo

Chelsea

A Weekend in Portland: 5 Must-Sees!

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I am back in the states for a couple of months before I move move back to Europe. I’ve had fun popping back into my hometown of Portland for work and visits with friends. My lovely friend Dara (above with Baggallini’s Grace Tote) was kind enough to host me. This tote is so awesome because it fits a laptop but it’s sleek enough to dress up or down. Whenever I visit Dara, we love soaking up the dreamy Portland summer days by cycling around on our vintage Raleigh bicycles! Yesterday we did the Pedalpalooza and it’s such an amazing feeling when the bicycles overtake the roads. Portland in the summertime is a dream with overflowing wild gardens of poppies, mock orange, and roses, leafy green trees lining streets, and the sun shining like crazy (always a novelty here)! I usually head to Portland from the Columbia River Gorge.

bagallini frolic glasses

I love taking Amtrak train #28, “The Empire Builder,” that goes right along the Columbia River (highly recommend!). I always pack headphones because when I look out the window along with a soundtrack, it feels like I am living in a film! I also bring my favorite reading materials, notebooks to jot notes down, sunglasses, and a hat. I am a true Portlander, and although I love the sun, I have to protect myself from it as I am heat sensitive.

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I love this little red backpack from Baggallini, “The Excursion Sling” comes with a change purse for carrying your phone or extra small items. It makes the perfect pack for pedaling!

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Favorite Frolic! Sources: Wallpapered.com

london subway wallpaper

 

Have you seen this amazing world map wallpaper ?! I have an obsession with the London tube and I’d love to display this colorful subway map on one wall in a room as a reminder of one of my favorite cities.

 

world map wallpaperAs a kid I loved looking through our huge National Geographic atlas and spinning the globe around, dreaming of traveling the world. Having wall maps at my fingertips at all times would be so, so amazing and help me brush up on my geography! I love the colors in this world relief map.

world map wallpaper

Since, soon I’ll be setting up a new little home to stay awhile, after a year of being a nomad, it will be so amazing to have reminders of my travels and think about where I want to go next once I am ready to hit the road again. This educational map will help me plan! Have you ever decorated with maps? How did you style them? I am absolutely in love with this idea of creating a custom map of one of your favorite places. I think it would be amazing to decorate one wall in my new home with a map of Portland for a reminder of the place that always feels like home to me!

See more amazing map wallpaper here.

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