Flower Arranging in Brixton

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A couple of weeks ago I went to London and did a little project with Airbnb for their blog all about spring flower arranging tips! Thanks to my friend Sarah Berry for the help. You can see the post right here. I spent a week living on top of The Brixton Market which I just went crazy for! The energy was just what I needed. I used flowers from the lovely Flower Love London who have a gorgeous stall at the market. I’ll be sharing more photos of the market soon. I always adore my stopovers in London with sweet friends and hope I can spend more time there soon!

Photos: Chelsea Fuss. With assistance from Sarah Berry.

Giveaway with Rebecca Mir Grady Jewelry!

rebecca mir gradyrebecca mir grady frolic giveawayrebecca mir grady 6Hello! I hope you are having a fantastic week. Today we are pleased to partner with Rebecca Mir Grady Jewelry for a giveaway here on Frolic! Just leave a comment by April 1st mentioning your favorite piece of jewelry from Rebecca’s site for a chance to win $125 of jewelry of your own choosing from Rebecca’s gorgeous shop. Each piece is lovingly made to order from Rebecca’s studio in Chicago which supports sustainable practices in their process and sourcing. This giveaway is open to international readers! One entry per person please! Enjoy and good luck!

All photos from Rebecca Mir Grady Jewelry. This post is sponsored by Rebecca Mir Grady Jewelry. To join our sponsorship program, contact Chelsea at [email protected]

Live Like an Artist in Lisbon’s Alfama Neighborhood

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I am totally addicted to Airbnb. I’ve used it for years to travel and also to rent out my own apartment, when I had one, to be able to afford trips abroad and not worry about rent while I was gone. Now I use it regularly in my life as a nomad. So it was a natural fit to partner with them for my Lisbon stay. To be honest, I am a bit addicted to trying on other people’s lives for a bit. Staying in a lived in space full of quirks, tchotchkes, and charm is the ultimate way to experience a culture from the inside out, as opposed to staying at a hotel. And luckily, it’s the most affordable lodging too.

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While in Lisbon, I stayed at this bare-bones, bohemian flat, that was sufficient enough for what I needed and oozing with charm. I couldn’t believe when I stepped off the train, climbed the stairs, and found the sweetest alleyway in Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood, Alfama. Lined with tropical plants, and filled with granny neighbors tending to their geranium gardens and hanging their laundry, this lively neighborhood turned out to be just what I needed after months in the countryside.

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The kitchen is tiny but oh so sweet with Mediterranean tile floors, a chiseled soapstone sink, and vintage pots and pans.

alfama apartment airbnbThe living room and bedroom are cozy with an old farm table, a sofa and chair covered in textiles, and the most gorgeous Lisbon light, streaming through the windows. There’s a view of the Pantheon and the Tagus River. The apartment is just steps away from Lisbon’s oldest train station, Santa Apolonia, washed in aqua paint, and a gorgeous sight on a sunny day!

lisbon apartment bohemianI loved sleeping under this gorgeous oil painting and I regularly went to Market Ribeira to buy flowers for my bed side. My favorite was a tall vase of lilies I had on the floor next to the bed. Waking up under Casablanca lily boughs, with pollen on my pillow was super dreamy!

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If you’d like to rent this little apartment for yourself, you can see the listing right here on Airbnb.

Photos by Chelsea Fuss. Airbnb covered the cost of lodging for my stay.

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Hello! I’ve been traveling and not always able to keep up with this space. Real life is just so much better than sitting behind a computer but I have missed typing to you! I wanted to share a peek at the beautiful public garden space in Beja, Portugal where I enjoyed many walks. The parks in Portugal are so special. After Beja, I got swept away by Lisbon for a month, then less than 24 hours in Paris to see the amazing Rubi Jones for a bit of a trim, then to London for a fun project I’ll be sharing soon. You gotta love those $25 Ryan Air tickets!

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Currently I am in Montenegro. Do I have any readers here? I’d love to hear about your tips for food and places to wander. It’s such a new experience for me here and I am loving it! I don’t know how long I’ll stay. I am just taking one day at a time. I’ve been shooting so many fun stories for this site as well as some other magazine’s websites that I can’t wait to share soon. I am also working on some travel guides for you for better takeaways and easier accessibility to travel tips.

For my current favorite things: Pinterest and daily travel updates, my Instagram.

What’s inspiring you lately?

I am loving big giant lilies arranged on the floor, Portuguese band Best Youth, the poetry of  Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, my new-to-me vintage dress found for 5 Euros at a charity shop, and London’s Brixton Market.

Oh and I wanted to mention we have a brand new advertising program this year, geared toward small businesses. I love partnering with artists and small business owners to promote your beautiful handmade products so contact me at [email protected] if you would like to work together on something new and creative or would just like to be part of our small group of special sponsors!

Bye for now! Coming up next: A bohemian artist’s space in Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood!

Photos: Chelsea Fuss. Taken in Beja, Portugal at Jardim Público.

A Reprieve in Beja, Portugal

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Last month I lived in Beja, Portugal, about two hours South East of Lisbon. I’ll tell you more about the town later, but for now, join me for a tour of the dreamy space I found on Airbnb. The bedroom above, is my favorite place I’ve slept on this journey! Ahhh! So peaceful and minimal. The room has a wall of windows that looks onto a private patio.

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The house is owned by José and his wife Isabel, who live upstairs in another totally dreamy space. They restored the house after finding it in shambles. Built during the 1600’s, the house is now a perfect marriage of traditional, rural Portuguese style and modern elements. José is an art teacher and carpenter so has an eye for details and lent his own hands to the restoration process as well. They knocked down walls, opening up the space for modern living.

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The space is spare but has everything you need. Dotted throughout the apartment are local textiles hanging on the walls, and layered on the floors for comfort during the cooler winter months. Lovely mid-century furniture is paired with traditional Portuguese mementos.

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My favorite room is a toss up between the bedroom and the kitchen. I didn’t want to leave this gorgeous kitchen. I had the best time cooking meals here. Again, minimal, but everything you need, and nothing you don’t. The arched ceilings with just the perfect yellow patina are a highlight.

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The kitchen opens to a backyard, shared with the owners, that houses a lemon tree, an orange tree, and an avocado tree! Guests are free to help themselves.

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The stone sink in the kitchen was one of my favorite features.

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Upon my arrival, José and Isabel greeted me with a fresh bowl of oranges, lemons, and avocados picked from the backyard, as well as local cheese and bread!

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The apartment has two bedrooms, a bathroom, a washer, and is located just around the corner from the Beja Castle, where each Saturday they hold a market with fresh produce, food, and plants.

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The listing for this dreamy place is right here, in case you’d like to rent it for yourself!

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Beja is just slightly off the beaten track but I loved it for that reason. I rarely saw tourists. And the town feels a bit like stepping back in time. The apartment is so photogenic, I took lots of photos, so I may share more soon!

Photos: Chelsea Fuss. Disclaimer: I did receive a small discount for this apartment in exchange for the blog post, I already planned on doing.

A visit to Heitor Figueiredo’s Studio

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While in Beja, I had the chance to visit Heitor Figueiredo’s ceramic studio. Heitor is a friend of José, a local art teacher, who I rented an apartment from, and he thought I might like to see the studio. In a tiny village next to Beja (two hours SE of Lisbon), Heitor restored a little house making sure all the details were historically accurate. There’s a sweet little loft, several work spaces, a kitchen, and even chickens in the back! He’s made his own ovens for baking the ceramics. And I especially enjoyed all the vintage art posters around. The studio also houses Heitor’s toy collection! So many toys! The walls and shelves are filled with his own work (middle and right photo above) as well as paintings and drawings from local and other Portuguese artists. I love his playful sculptures that look like little Portuguese houses. I was so thrilled to enjoy a tour and a lunch in the sweet traditional kitchen (see on my Instagram here). Thank you, Heitor + José! Follow Heitor’s work right here.

Photos: Chelsea Fuss.