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Paola Paronetto

PAPER / CLAY
The cartocci collection is a series of unique sculptures made of paper and clay, each one a little different from the others, with its own strong personality. They are completely handmade in a long and complex procedure, yet the finished effect is light, airy and effortless.
 

The size and shape of each piece evolves during the process of forming and firing. The artist has control over some of the elements while others are subject to the nature of the paper and clay materials. The inevitable differences are to be seen as individual, unique beauty and value. There are no two sculptures exactly the same!

 

The artist Paola Paronetto was born in Pordenone in 1965. She began her ceramic training in Gubbio, where she learned many exceptional clay working techniques.

Paola continued her art form by participating in an intense series of professional courses in Deruta, Faenza, Florence and Vicenza. The continual development of artistic skills as well as the artists ongoing research has lead her to this unique combination of paper and clay. She now prefers this beautiful technique over others and the results are simply breathtaking!

SHOP ALL PAOLA'S WORK NOW!

 

Gorgeousness Going Forward!

your home is a haven

let's all live and love!

To our flora and henri community,

These are the most unforeseen times for all of us. We are each navigating the effects of this virus day by day, and even hour by hour.

We are trying to find our grace and wisdom as we respond to the best advice and information available. It has become increasingly clear to us that the only decision is to temporarily close our brick and mortar doors to ensure the safety of our beloved staff and you, our loyal customer-partners, to decrease the impact of this virus and its consequences on our community.

We apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment the store closures may cause, and hope that you understand this decision was made with deep consideration on our part. The financial consequences will prove exceptionally challenging for a business our size, and we hope you will continue to support us with your patronage.
In the meantime, flora and henri has so many gorgeous treasures fully stocked to bring comfort, beauty, calm and love into your homes. Let us all live and love from home until we see each other in person again very soon.

The breathtaking environment of flora and henri is available in its entirety for your perusal online at www.florahenri.com with FREE shippping,
and you can always call us to receive our most committed, boutique and personal service at
888-749-9698 or 206-749-9698.

Everything from our stores can be delivered safely to your door. We will take every precaution to assure your order is processed and packed using careful, cautious and sanitary practices.
Thank you all for your patience and understanding. We value our friendships and connections with you, and will do everything we can to serve you through this new landscape.

XOXO The flora and henri family 💕

 

We offer you this grounding sentiment that is currently circulating online:

May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home, remember those who have no work.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close, remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips remember those that have no place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market, remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find other ways to lovingly embrace our neighbors.

Healthy And Safe Community

Being headquartered in Seattle, we are feeling the profound effects of the crisis.  Our hearts go out to all those affected by this pandemic, as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting all of us in different ways. We plan to continue our very specific role of inspiring thoughtfulness and beauty, while taking every precaution to keep you, our employees and our communities safe and healthy. We truly appreciate your continued support during this time. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

Rest assured that as circumstances continue to change, safety and health remain our highest priority for you, our employees and our community!

- the flora and henri team

 

A beautiful profile on Jane Hedreen

SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 - Original Post Date
We were so honored to be featured recently on the fabulous online magazine The Fold Mag.  Click image below to read the in depth interview with Jane Hedreen.  Photos courtesy of Belathee Photography.

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day
starts at home! 

Today I would like to honor all of the magnificent, talented, smart and dynamic women that make flora and henri the unique and wondrous environment and culture that it is, and let's not forget the two supportive, intuitive, deep and loving men who stand shoulder to shoulder with us each day!

Thank you with all my heart! - jane ❤️


Meet the extraordinary
team here at flora and henri!
Each has shared a bit of wisdom,
to take with you on this day.
“It can feel a little strange to still care about beauty while the world is burning. It can feel a little unseemly still to turn toward harmony and light, while cruelty rages all around you. But beauty does, in the end, still belong to you. You don’t have to turn from art and from love; you don’t have to harden your heart against everything good and sweet. Your job isn’t to turn cruel and unfeeling to match the world around you. Rather, it’s to do your best to create a world still worth living in.” 
Kurt Vonnegut
 
 amy

gretchen

 
"I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living." 
Anias Nin
 
"Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great."
Rose Kennedy
 
shawn 

christopher

 
 
"I was the revolution I was waiting for."
Lena Waithe.
"I shudder to think what my life would be like without the powerful influences from all the strong, creative women who have guided me, from my nomad of a Mother, to all the artists, knitters, gardeners and entrepreneurs I have the joy to work with and live with everyday. I could name names but the list would be endless."
Gregory Reyes-Herbold
 

gregory 

alyson

"Cry in the beginning so you can smile in the end."
Marta Vieira 
 

"Never let success go to your head and never let failure get to your heart."
Anonymous 

chynna

minie

"The strength of a women is not measured by the impact that all her hardships in life have had on her; but the strength of a women is measured by the extent of her refusal to allow those hardships to dictate her and who she becomes."
C. JoyBell C.

"We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free."
Kavita Ramdas 

cynthia
 

charlotte

"Feminism isn’t about making women stronger. Women are already strong, it’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength."
G.D. Anderson  
 

"For 22 years I have been blessed to have worked alonside a group of people who are eternally curious, who question, and who are not afraid to love deeply and live large. Together we have created a family alonside our own, and I am so much better for  knowing you and walking (and often running!) our path together. You are all magnificent!"
Jane Hedreen

 jane

 

 

Wishing you a happy
international women's day!

Inner-View with Tanya Hughes of Amulette Studios

We first met Tanya of Amulet Studios while organizing our spring event 'Earth and Heavens'.  It was pure joy to have Tanya attend the event to introduce and educate us on her amazing, hand made, plant based body products.  Tanya immediately impressed us with her alacrity and dedication to essential oils, their therapeutic qualities, and the adventure of spiritual awakening. Coming from a tradition of massage and aroma therapy she brings a well of knowledge and experience to our bath and beauty products (not to mention our heart and souls)! 

We couldn't wait for a chance to get to know her even better...

Use 3 words to describe yourself
WILLING, EXPERIENTIAL, BECOMING

Who or what inspires you or where do you find inspiration?
My first and favorite muses are nature, music and poetry. Nature is ever-changing, unpredictable and both restorative and decimating. She is all the senses, she is endless possibility. Music because I can’t help, but be moved by it. Sound is a powerful mood and heart shifter for me. And poetry because sometimes there are too many words and finding just the right string of them is so satisfying.

What can you not live without?
Haha - I immediately go to food, water and sleep - but his not really what you are asking. Let’s just say that my life would be significantly diminished if I could not access my above muses. If we finally did destroy the Earth so much that is was uninhabitable or that we became so shut down as a society that the arts were obscured…that would be pretty brutal existence.

When are you most happy and in balance?
When I am in flow — I am moving my body daily, eating nourishing foods, getting good sleep and getting uninterrupted time in the studio to explore new ideas and move current projects forward. This is when my purpose is being met by my attention and my body and mind feel strong and clear enough to support it!

If you could travel anywhere, where are you going?
Ooo - so many places on the list. I have family in Greece that I have never met, so they are on the list. I also fantasize about poetry walks through the hills of Ireland and Wales and of course New Zealand just sounds so epic.

What is your favorite item in our store right now?
Those EPIC gold Veja Esplar sneakers!



Years from now you will …
Be living on small patch of land, growing and distilling the plants that I currently work with. This land will also host healing retreats, plant ecology/education and serve as a space for experiential artists and makers to explore their as an artist in residence. Wish me luck! ;)

Amulette Studios is a plant based, alchemical exploration birthed by Tanya Hughes in 2016. With a 20 year background in massage therapy, multi-media arts, hermetic alchemy and plant studies – Amulette Studios is more of a creative love letter to the soul than a brand or business. Amulette hand crafts small batch anointing and body oils, elementally rich scrubs, magical room sprays and the occasional jewelry artifact all with the intent to assist you in celebrating your Being, awakening your Muse and beholding the Beauty of Oneself and our natural World. AMULETTE is a sacred, personal object that brings protection to the wearer.






Flora and Henri Turns 20 Years Old!

What a journey from then to NOW!  Look how we've all grown up!

Inner-View with Dorothee Brand of Belathee Photography

If you were one of the lucky people to come to our Winter Wonderland Event and be photographed by our dear friend, Dorothee Brand, you will know what we are talking about when we say she is a bright light.  We originally had the pleasure of meeting Dorothee when she came to photograph our new store last summer.  She walked in full of energy, joy, confidence and perfect insight.  Her effusive energy is contagious and we are constantly looking for ways to have lunch with her as often as possible!  Kind and passionate, inspired and inspiring, here is Dorothee's inner-view:

Use 3 words to describe yourself
Excitable, loyal, reflective


Who or what inspires you or where do you find inspiration?
Urban walks, nature walks, Travel+ interior + art books, art museum strolls, many many entrepreneurs and creatives, music, humility , old buildings.



What can you not live without?
Friendships and airplanes and music and a camera ( and the list goes on..).

When are you most happy and in balance?
When I am exploring new places , whether urban or in a nature setting and when working on a great collaboration.

If you could travel anywhere, where are you going?
Tough one to narrow down, but Portugal and eastern Europe is high up on my list.

What is your favorite item in our store right now?
I really enjoyed reading Chery's Strayed new book "Tiny, Beautiful Things".


Years from now you will …
I'll still be photographing people and places...

all photos in this blog post are courtesy of Dorothee--except the first one of her- that shot is compliments of Chloe Gilstrap.

Dorothee Brand is one half of the bi-coastal photographer duo that is Belathee Photography.  Since 2003 Dorothee and Annabel Braithwaite (her New York based counterpart) have specialized in boutique wedding photography, more recently adding interior and lifestyle photography to their portfolio.  Whether shooting together or separately, Dorothee and Annabel create their signature and unique Belathee look (think Anthropologie meets Kate Spade), and their work has been published in Martha Stewart Weddings, Harper's Bazaar, Wall Street Journal, and Town & Country, amongst other publications.

Visit their site at:  www.belathee.com

 

Big Thanks to Seattle Times for the Sweet Mention!

to purchase Alcazar Palace, click here
to purchase Isle of May, click here

Inner-View with Katherine Anderson of London Plane

One of our favorite aspects of being in Pioneer Square is proximity to London Plane.  Yes, because of their exquisite space, breathtaking florals and delicious food, but more so because we get to see our brilliant friend Katherine Anderson with great frequency.  It's always restorative to have a chat about what book she is reading, ideas for collaborations, recent adventures or how she is viewing the world on that particular day.  Lucky us.  Now lucky you--read on!

Inner-View with Katherine Anderson of London Plane, Seattle
Use 3 words to describe yourself...
Patient, optimistic, and unfortunately, with so much technology at hand, easily distracted.

Who or what inspires you or where do you find inspiration?
The natural world. When I go for a walk and find myself under the canopy of a the brilliant red leaves of a Japanese maple; to me, there’s nothing more inspiring or moving than that.


What can you not live without?
Coffee and fiction, and of course my friends and family, and flowers.

When are you most happy and in balance?
When I have time on the weekends to move more slowly and be with my family.
When I get to run as many days a week as I want.
When I take a moment in bed in the morning to think about what I wish for that day, and how I want to be in the world that day.

If you could travel anywhere, where are you going?
Do I have to chose one place? I want to go to the Cardamom fields in Southern India, I want to go to Rajasthan and absorb all the color, I want to go to Sicily, I want to find a desolate lagoon in Greece to swim in, everywhere in Japan, and months exploring Indonesia. Oh, and I want to go to St Petersburg and go to the ballet, and Siberia in the middle of winter, and find myself in a warm cabin in the middle of a huge snowstorm.

What is your favorite item in our store right now?
It’s a tie between the gorgeous pale blue and pink large glass vases (I can’t remember the name!) and the Nymphenburg Bonbonniere with the eye!

Years from now you will …
Sitting in a garden, swimming in a lake, hopefully traveling to every corner of the world with my husband, and still working with people who inspire me.
Katherine Anderson is co-owner (with her business partner Matt Dillon) of the flower shop and restaurant The London Plane in Seattle. She also has an organic flower farm in the Snoqualmie Valley called Marigold and Mint. Originally trained as a landscape architect, and a journalist before that, Katherine started her farm in 2008, opened her first flower shop, Marigold and Mint (now closed) in 2010, and The London Plane in 2013. She grew up in Seattle and returned in 2005.

Celebrate the Wonder with Us!

Holiday Shopping Fête
December 6th, 10-7
Custom, complementary, artisanal gift wrapping from Jessica Zen at the Present Perfect, scrumptious seasonal treats, and twenty surprise gifts for lucky customers. Tick off your list early and give gorgeous gifts from our handpicked selection of beautiful treasures for the whole family.


Family Winter Wonderland
December 16, 11-5
Come for treats, cuddle a bunny, or start a new tradition. Join us for our first annual holiday wonderland photos -- shot by nationally recognized photographer Dorothee Brand of Belathée Photography -- hot cocoa, sweet treats and our favorite furry friends in our very own petting zoo.  If you would like to reserve a photo session, there are 35 photo spots available for $48 each, so register early by RSVP'ing here and contacting us at info@florahenri.com to reserve a specific time slot.  
10% of this special day's proceeds will go to one of our favorite organizations:
Friends of the Children
www.friendsseattle.org
flora and henri Concept Shop
401 1st Ave South
Seattle, WA  98104
206-749-9698

Introducing Flora and Henri's Two Signature Eaux De Parfum

The recently opened flora & henri concept lifestyle shop announced today two, signature, artisanal fragrances. Known for offering personal, boutique interactions and a timeless shopping experience, flora and henri now adds handcrafted fragrances to their carefully curated collection.

 

“Fragrance should both transport you and bring you home. It should remind you of your most exotic travels while being exactly the fragrance of cozying up at home with fresh flowers from your garden,” said Owner/Designer Jane Hedreen. “Your perfume should be the scent of your graceful grandmother, the reminder of adventure, a night out with your love and the persistent whisper that life is truly beautiful! It is something you should never be without.”

The fragrances were developed in collaboration with Chelsey Owen of Atelier Madrona, and label artwork done by local artist Kyler Martz.

 

Each eau de parfum will be available in three sizes: 5ml for $30, 50 ml for $140, and 100ml for $250.

 

Alcazar Palace

Opening with the signature of orange blossoms - a rich orange citrus on top of a beautiful white flower – this fragrance is sunny and warm. Aromatic, sweet, and elegant, the Tunisian orange blossom blends with violet for a soft and clean impression. This scent stays bright and lively, thanks to a Peruvian amber note that adds dimension but not weight.

 

Isle of May

A powdery olfactive embrace, the fragrance is a combination of rich red roses and fruity purple violets, with a base of vanilla-amber and musk. Top notes of Spanish lemon oil and violet enhance the fragrance’s Turkish and Bulgarian rose notes. Powdery initially, however lightens once vetiver lends its earthy note. Raspberry note is obvious in the dry down, and it saturates the base with a sweet glow.

 

The concept shop will celebrate with a launch party on Tuesday November 14th, welcoming guests in for bites and bubbles from 11am – 4pm.

 

flora and henri is located in Seattle's Pioneer Square neighborhood at 401 1st Ave South, Seattle, WA 98104. Store hours are Monday through Friday 10am -7pm, Saturday 11am -7pm, and Sunday 11am -5pm.