While in Buenos Aires, my mom led me to this little jewel of a kitchen shop in Palermo, called Enseres. Stocked with handmade ceramics, enamelware, cast iron pans with wooden handles, exclusive textiles and more, Enseres makes their own line of products (all made in Argentina) so the shop feels extra special, particularly to a tourist. It was early spring when we visited so the displays were intermixed with little tiny bouquets of sweet william and star of bethlehem.
I visited again before I left and snagged a few ceramics and linens for my Portland kitchen.
Here are a few of my hauls with some striped balloons I picked up at a Buenos Aires party supply store.
Before I sign off for the weekend, I wanted to share this brilliant garden arrangement by my student, Alison. I love the natural curves and effortless feel it has! And, of course, chocolate cosmos are always charming! Have a beautiful weekend, friends!
Photo by Alison. For more info on my online flower class, click here.
I am gearing up for the holidays over here. Looking forward to Thanksgiving in the country next week. I've been adjusting to winter style weather, trying to light candles, get outside, and drink lots of tea to beat the darkness and cold. I am looking forward to eating cornbread stuffing and watching old movies next week!
It was nearly seven years ago I started this blog during Christmas vacation! So crazy how time flies. I've never commited to anything for seven years so I must really like this place! Haha! I'd love to send you a Christmas/Holiday Card as a thank you for reading. Please send me your mailing address via email to chelseafuss(at)gmail(dot)com with the subject line "card". I did this a couple years ago and it was really fun to exchange with you all via old-fashioned mail. I'd love to make it a tradition. So, if you want a card, send me your address!
Have a lovely holiday!!
P.S. Thank you to everyone who came out to the Etsy/West Elm event last weekend! We had such a great turnout and I loved chatting with you guys!
A few days ago, I stopped by one of my favorite flower stalls in town, Hilary Horvath's little studio at Alder and Co. This charming mercantile stocks handmade goods from around the world from sources you don't see just everywhere. Hilary's flower stand at the entrance, is a highlight. Her style is playful, modern, and bespoke. Think: Paris meets Japan.
Looking as though they were just gathered from the garden, Hilary's arrangements feel effortless and casual. Containers are top priority, as she carefully selects handmade pottery and vintage vessels and then adds just the right combination of blossoms, textures, and greens. Many of the flowers are sourced from local gardens. In the high summer season, Hilary's friends stop by weekly with cuttings from their garden plots.
I always enjoy chatting with the sweet Hilary and the girls at Alder and Co. On this visit I learned Hilary and I share not only a love for flowers, and simple designs, we both share a background in Art History as well. After Hilary studied Art and French, she trained at various shops in Chicago and Portland. Though her arrangements look easy and effortless, her designs are always carefully thought out.
For Thanksgiving, Hilary is offering this sweet centerpiece of garden roses, dusty miller, berries, and ranunculus, in a handmade ceramic pot from Vermont. She can work with you to choose just the right colors and stems for your centerpiece. And, mention you saw her on Frolic! and receive 15% off your centerpiece!
Hope you enjoyed this little visit. Hilary's flower stall is one of my favorite stops when I need a pick-me-up on a rainy day or when I am out and about searching for props for photo shoots. Thank you, Hilary!
I am so excited to be offering an in-person class this holiday season! Join me December 7th for a day of foraging and wreath making at Wildcraft Studio School in the Columbia River Gorge! You'll learn some basics of working with fresh cuts as well as the technique for making effortless looking wreaths. Included is a lovely, vegetarian lunch. Below are some examples of wreaths we'll be making with materials we gather ourselves from a nearby forest. You'll make and take home two wreaths.
I've been such a fan of Wildcraft and have enjoyed taking classes there (read about them here and here) so I am thrilled to be teaching a class there myself. The school is located in the incredibly scenic Columbia River Gorge, not far from Hood River, Oregon. Enjoy a day of wreath making with me at this beautiful location!
While I was in Buenos Aires, my mom was excited to show me some of her favorite shops. She's the biggest fan of Violraviol, a sweet shop in the Palermo neighborhod that sells all their own handmade napkins, tablecloths, bags, carts, pillows and more in their custom floral and plaid prints. I really loved the shops in Buenos Aires that produce their own line of goods. It feels special! Above is a shot from one of their darling photo shoots, and below are my own snaps from one of our visits to their shop.
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