I’m sure by now pretty much everyone has heard of Frolic, the Portland Oregon based blog penned by the talented Chelsea Fuss. It’s really the perfect daily update on all things beautiful, inspirational, charming and fresh. So often I’m totally inspired by Chelsea’s posts and I feel like we’ve got a similar point of view so I just had to get in touch and ask her a few nosy questions.
I think you’ll find this interview with Chelsea Fuss as inspirational as I do.
Michael Penney Style: How did you become so dang stylish? What were your influences growing up?
Haha! I don’t think of myself as very stylish. I think I am more of a behind the scenes girl and a collector of pretty things. I love to work hard at making photos, flower arrangements, events, etc but I usually look pretty ragamuffin.
I was always very shy growing up. I read a lot of books and magazines (The original Victoria was my Bible!) and I was a big observer. I liked to study what people wore, how they decorated their houses, etc. I also had a big imagination yearned to live in a sort of dream world. I wore dresses, had tea parties, read poetry, planted a garden. Poetry readings were much more exciting to me than Friday night football games.
My mom was a big influence. She’s very creative and she created this very beautiful life for us with homemade food, beautiful handmade clothing, rooms decorated with homemade curtains and pretty wallpaper, and always a garden. I had a very idyllic childhood, especially during the time that we lived in the countryside of New Hampshire. My grandmother is originally from England and is a big gardener and an artist. I think all of this has really shaped my outlook on life.
Chelsea Fuss; frolic-blog.com
MPS: Styling above by Chelsea Fuss. Dreamy isn’t it?
Michael Penney Style: Clearly, you believe in the link between fashion and design – how do you see them influencing one another?
All design seems to be influenced by what’s going on in the world and there’s usually a thread connecting every genre. When looking at art history and humanities we see certain trends and movements in art, music, fashion, and literature. It’s no different today. Even if, like me, you say you are not influenced by trends. You are influenced by your own economic climate and life events and those are what tie everything together.
I like to see how a particular style can be interpreted through various genres whether it’s fashion, interiors, music, art work, or food. I get bored only looking at one of those!
MPS: Fashion images above are by John Allen for Anna Allen Clothing .
Michael Penney Style: Your style seems to be rooted in the beauty of reality – how or why do you stay away from overly considered spaces?
It’s exciting to make the everyday beautiful.The world is lovely as is. Old houses are pretty, flowers are breathtaking. They really don’t need much help. Just a little editing and placing things in an interesting context. Plus, I just really don’t respond to anyone or anything that appears to be trying too hard or anything very pretentious. I love effortlessness and spaces, fashion (and people!) who don’t take themselves too seriously. I am always aspiring to effortlessness. It’s so hard to achieve though! It’s harder to create designs that don’t look designed at all but rather that they just happened.
Another note: I like design to feel accessible. When I look at a photo of a room, I’d love to be able to imagine myself there, even if it’s in my little dream world!
Design by Chelsea Fuss; frolic-blog.com
MPS: Above, Chelsea’s own charming and understated place.
Michael Penney Style: What was your favourite colour growing up? What is it/are they now?
I’ve always loved a very pale pink and still do!
Flowers by Chelsea Fuss; frolic-blog.com
MPS: Bouquet above by Chelsea Fuss.
Michael Penney Style: You create the most beautiful, effortless-looking flower arrangements – describe your process. What goes into these creations and what flowers tug at your heartstrings?
Thank you. That’s very nice of you to say.
I think flowers are pretty and they don’t really need much help! My process is always a little different. I try to keep my mind open and once I am in the flower market or wandering through a cutting garden, I pick up whatever looks pretty to me and try to put together color combinations there. I don’t have a lot of self-control when it come to flowers so I often buy or cut much more than I need. Once home, I soak the flowers for a few hours after re-cutting their stems. Then, I’ll pick out a container and start playing. Sometimes I get frustrated and start over. Other times, I love it right off the bat.
lily of the valley
David Austen roses
Flowers by Chelsea Fuss; frolic-blog.com
MPS: Arrangement by Chelsea Fuss. Pure perfection by the way…
A very heart-felt thank you to Chelsea Fuss
and a reminder to get over to Frolic
and get inspired!