The flora and henri concept shop is opening!

flora and henri announces opening of full concept lifestyle shop                                                                                in historic Pioneer Square

 

The Seattle-based brand will make its highly anticipated return to brick-and-mortar offering a curated collection of unique and inspiring merchandise for women, children, and home.

 

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SEATTLE, Wash. (May 15, 2017) - The locally treasured and nationally acclaimed flora & henri is getting back to its roots– offering personal, boutique interactions and a timeless shopping experience for customers with the opening of a full concept lifestyle shop on Wednesday, June 14.

 

The 3,000-square-foot space once home to the Schwabacker Hardware Store, was designed by flora and henri Owner Jane Hedreen and award-winning architect Eric Cobb, and constructed by Tim and Patrick Dolan of Dolan Built. Featuring high ceilings and natural light, the serene space speaks to the history of the building while maintaining a fresh, crisp and modern feel. The storefront will give a new retail presence to the 1st avenue streetscape and allow flora and henri to create an operational hub for retail, wholesale, design, and e-commerce, all under one roof.

 

The company departed from traditional retail in 2012 to focus exclusively on e-commerce and wholesale. In the five years since, flora and henri has expanded its selection of categories and focused on scaling the lifestyle component of the brand. “The flora and henri concept store is where you will find everything you need to live a thoughtful life, filled with love and beauty, in a unique, artisanal space,” said Owner/Designer Jane Hedreen. “We have missed the human interaction and the ability to have the quality of our goods available to touch and feel in full light.”

 

The store will carry the curated selection of merchandise that flora and henri is best known for, and an expanded assortment of products for the design-sensitive of all ages. Products include their namesake line of essential childrenswear and toys; women’s apparel and accessories from brands including Vivien Ramsey, Veja, 6397, and Janessa Leoné; and a broad range of cards, gifts, books, and men’s accessories. Home product highlights include knitted hammocks from Amsterdam, colorful porcelain pieces by Dutch artist Lenneke Wispelwey, and stimulating coffee table books including “D.V.”, the autobiography of former Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland.

 

Visitors will have the opportunity to discover new brands, relax with a cup of coffee, meet the team, and shop for the entire family from flora and henri’s selection of ethically sourced brands. “The storefront will allow us to expand our vision of flora and henri and enable shoppers to experience how each of the different collections comes together- under one roof,” says flora & henri VP of merchandise and product development, Amy Augustine.

 

Flora and henri officially opens to the public on Wednesday June 14th. Grand opening celebration events will span the day and comprise personal store tours starting at 11 a.m., conversations with the team, food and drinks, and an evening cocktail reception.

 

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

Phone: 206-749-9698  

Web: www.florahenri.com

Social: www.facebook.com/florahenri, www.instagram.com/flora_henri

 

About flora and henri:

flora and henri:  a breathtaking collection of unique, sought after, and inspired creations for women, children and home. Designed and curated to speak to a slow family sensibility while always remaining thoroughly modern and relevant to today’s every-busier lifestyle.  Timeless and beautifully appropriate 

                         

Treat Yourself: Frazer Parfum Orange Blossom Shea Butter

We get a lot of gray weather in Seattle. It’s not that it’s always raining (although this year it feels like it is), but the steely low-hanging cloudiness can try even the most stalwart Pacific Northwesterner. That’s why we’re always looking for small, simple luxuries that don’t take much effort to lift our spirits, and Frazer Parfum’s Orange Blossom Shea Butter does the trick every time.

 

 

Shea butter has been a darling of the skin care world for years for its effectiveness at protecting the skin. African orange blossom is inspired by the neroli trees in Tunisia and showcases the best of African fragrance profile: fresh and earthy.

 

Tamara Frazer, owner and creator at South African-based perfume house Frazer Parfums admires its moisturizing properties and suggests using it after a bath. “Coat your whole body in the body butter, put on your pajamas and turn in,” she says. “In the morning, your skin will feel so soft and protected. I like to do this treatment once a week. Then for daily use, apply to hands and arms, for the beauty of the scent and to protect hands and elbows throughout the day.”

 

 

Frazer Orange Blossom Shea Butter comes in two packaging options, both made by African artisans: a hand-turned Tamboti wood vessel or a smooth, matte porcelain pot by Cape Town artist Karen Kotze.

This Valentine’s Day…

Give a little

 

 

 

 Flirt a little

 

 

 

Live a little

 

 

Love a lot

 

 

2017: An Ode to What Will Be

As you know, we spent our bustling holiday season stationed at our Pop Up shop in Seattle’s Pioneer Square. It was a huge success—so much so that we’ve extended our run! For the foreseeable future, we’re open in the same spot (next to Intermezzo Carmine in the Merrill Place building) Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 

Once May hits, however, we’ll be moving into our permanent home on the corner of First Ave. S and Jackson St. at 401 1st Ave South, where we’re launching the flora and henri Concept shop.

 

What’s a flora and henri Concept shop, you ask? We’re so pleased you did! It’s where you’ll find what you need to live a thoughtful life, filled with love and beauty, in a unique, artisanal space. It’s a reflection of what inspires us personally, in our homes, in our lives, and for our designs. In other words, it’s the flora and henri lifestyle store.

 

 

Expect a tightly edited and well-curated selection from familiar and new-to-us artists including porcelain from Nymphenburg and Seattle's own Young Porcelain, pottery from Mt. Washington and Studio Joo, lovely jewelry from Blanca Monros Gomez, women's clothing from Vivien Ramsay, 6397, Malia Mills, millinery products from Janessa Leone, perfume from Frazer Parfum, knitted home decor from Monica Hofstader, select furniture from designers in Amsterdam and Denmark…basically an assemblage of great products with a single vision.

 

Here’s a sneak peek at the space—just renderings at this point—but the transformation is underway.

 

 Please visit us on our social media channels (Instagram, Facebook) and let us know about any of your favorite products that you think would be a great fit in the flora and henri lifestyle!

 

5 Questions With…Sara Dickerman

 Our friend Sara Dickerman is a fantastic chef, food writer and author of one of our most favorite cookbooks: The Food Lover’s Cleanse.

 

 

Like most people, come January, our thoughts turn towards healthier eating, but we’re food lovers, so austere detox programs most definitely do not appeal. That’s why Sara’s book has become our New Year’s bible. It’s chock full of healthy recipes that are also delicious and tempting (not the least of which are multiple varieties of chocolate bark). Now, that’s a cleanse we can get behind!

 

 

Here’s a little more about Sara:

 

How did the idea for the book arise?

 

My editor at Bon Appetit challenged me to come up with a healthy eating plan that appealed to people as innately enthusiastic about food and cooking as me, and so I worked together with NYC dietician Marissa Lippert to build a framework for a two week recipe plan full of good flavors, textures and celebratory moments. I prepared the menu along with our readers, and blogged about my delicious meals and my failures as well.

We made a new online plan each January for six years, and finally were able to take those principles and put them together in a 140-recipe book with a menu not just for winter, but for each season. Our eating principles are broad, not especially trendy: no refined sugars, grains, no processed foods; lots and lots of vegetables. I specifically avoid words like detoxing and superfoods because I think they are unrealistic. What I want to help people do is find delight in eating that might become a healthy habit beyond any temporary reset. Maybe that one lentil dish that you swap out once a week for white pasta, or the really satisfying breakfast that replaces a daily pastry at the coffee shop. If pleasure is a driving principle, then eating more healthfully is a joy and not a dreary obligation.

 

What flavors are you loving right now?

 

It's winter, so I'm looking for brightness wherever I can. Citrus is my lifeline: ordinary limes, lemons and oranges, but I also love the sweeter tang of Meyer lemons, the big succulent tendrils of pomelo, and the limey-tangerine quality of calamansi, a tiny fruit that you can get at Asian supermarkets. I also love using fresh turmeric: I brew it into a little infusion with hot water and throw shaved ribbons of it into braised greens.

 

Do you learn something new about yourself each year you follow the cleanse?

 

Every year, I experience what I call sugar creep, where I start leaning harder on foods with added sugar more and more. Not so much desserts, which I think everyone should enjoy occasionally, but a little more granola, an afternoon pastry, sweetened yogurt versus plain, and frankly more wine, which has its own sweetness.  When I do my program every year, I reset that yearning, and remember that I'm perfectly happy with less sugar in my life, and I can save my sweetness for a real treat, like a friend's homemade jam.

I also think that the Food Lover's Cleanse gives me a chance to observe my own appetite and develop healthy rhythms for eating: if I have a satisfying breakfast, I don't find myself grazing before lunch. If I get some protein in a (planned) afternoon snack, then I don't sit down to dinner with a voracious appetite. If I wait a couple of minutes after finishing my food, I most often realize I don't really need those seconds.

 

Who influenced your love of food the most? 

 

Well, my mother was a wonderful cook and encouraged me to be independent in the kitchen, which got me off and running. But it is cookbook authors with wanderlust who really got me exploring the flavors of the world, people like Paula Wolfert, Yotam Ottolenghi, Naomi Duguid, and Fuschia Dunlop keep me exploring the flavors of the world.

 

How do you keep it fresh other times of the year when you're in that "what's for dinner rut?"

 

I love a condiment, I have to say, and my refrigerator is overstuffed with pickles, kimchi and sauces of all varieties. Condiments can make even the simplest meals feel vibrant and new. I toss turmeric sauerkraut into my salads for a bit of golden yellow crunch. A little dose of the Korean chili paste, gochujang, for example can wake up a tray of simply roasted vegetables. Yuzu koshi, the Japanese citrus-hot sauce will make the same old chicken soup taste new again.

 

 

Here's one of our many favorite recipes from The Food Lover's Cleanse:

LEMONGRASS SHRIMP WITH MUSHROOMS 

25 TO 30 MINUTES (12 ACTIVE) 

4 SERVINGS AND 1 LUNCH THE NEXT DAY 

 

Prepping lemongrass is therapeutic. There’s the satisfying thunk that comes from chopping off the stubborn root end, and, most important, that invigorating lemony herbal fragrance adds gorgeous flavor to any ingredient it embellishes. I’ve paired juicy shrimp with plump mushrooms, but try the marinade on other ingredients, too: tofu, chicken, beef, and eggplant all benefit from the power of lemongrass. 

 

1 shallot, roughly chopped 

2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped 

2 tablespoons soy sauce 

1 teaspoon sesame oil 

3 tablespoons coconut oil, softened, or canola oil 

2 teaspoons honey 

2 teaspoons fine sea salt 

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

2 lemongrass stalks, exterior leaves removed and tender bulb and lower stalk cut into 2-inch pieces 

1½ pounds shelled, deveined jumbo or extra-jumbo shrimp, preferably wild American shrimp (about 30 per pound) 

1 pound cultivated mushrooms, preferably king trumpet, oyster, or beech mushrooms, tough stems removed and caps cut lengthwise in ½-inch slices 

1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint 

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives 

1 tablespoon lime juice, plus more to taste 

Flaky sea salt to taste 

  

Place an oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 450˚F.  

 

To make the marinade, in a blender or small food processor, combine the shallot, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, coconut oil, honey, fine sea salt, and pepper. Process into a rough puree. 

 

Press down on the lemongrass stalks using the back of your knife until fragrant and the oils have been released. 

 

In a medium bowl, toss half the lemongrass and half the marinade with the shrimp. Chill until ready to cook. 

 

In a separate bowl, toss the rest of the lemongrass and marinade with the mushrooms, turning gently but thoroughly to coat the mushrooms evenly. Let sit for 10 minutes, or up to an hour. Lift the mushrooms out of the marinade and spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast the mushrooms until lightly browned and tender, about 12 minutes, rotating the pan and flipping the mushrooms halfway through. Turn on the broiler to brown them a bit more, 1 or 2 minutes, watching carefully. 

 

Pull the shrimp out of the marinade and spread them on a baking sheet. Place the sheet on the highest oven rack and broil them just until opaque at their centers, 2 to 3 minutes. It should not be necessary to flip the shrimp if they’re the recommended size; larger or shell-on shrimp will do best if turned midway through the cooking. 

 

Toss the shrimp with the mushrooms, mint, and chives. Add the lime juice, taste, and add flaky sea salt and/or more lime juice as desired. 

 

From BON APPETIT: THE FOOD LOVER’S CLEASE by Sara Dickerman. Copyright © 2015 by Sara Dickerman. Reprinted by permission of William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. 

 

 

Happy New Year from Flora and Henri!

 

 

And now we welcome the New Year.
Full of things that have never been.
-Rainer Maria Rilke
 
The end of the year is always a busy time for us, and this year has been especially gratifying because we were able to meet so many of you at our Holiday Pop Up in Pioneer Square. We loved getting to know you and can’t thank you enough for trusting us to help you find the perfect gifts for the people you love.
As we say goodbye to 2016, we look to 2017 for even more opportunities to connect with you and make your life lovelier. Any little bit of beauty that we create for the world means that much more these days.

Out of This World Last Minute Gifts

The final sprint to Christmas and Hanukkah is on and while we’re sure you’ve been attending to your gift list all month long (maybe even since November) chances are there are a few names that still need checking off.

 

So, in the spirit of excellent last minute gifting, we offer up a thoughtful list of presents just perfect for the teacher, nanny, baby or otherwise challenging person to shop for in your life.

 

 

Wovenplay Star Featherband

Star light, star bright

 

 

Gray Star Barrette

For the fledgling super star

 

 

2017 Constellation Wall Calendar

For wishing upon a star all year round

 

 

Crumpled Sky Map: Spring/Summer or Autumn/Winter

Second star to the right, and straight on till morning 

 

Giant Star Puzzle

Be the hero: catch a falling star

 

 

 

 

Remodelista Market in PDX

We’re taking our show on the road this weekend, heading to the Remodelista Markets in Portland !


December 17 and 18, we’ll be at the Portland Rejuvenation light and lifestyle store (1100 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214) where we’ll join 40+ vendors from the Northwest for that city’s first annual Remodelista Market.

 

We are excited to be in Portland and would love to see you one and all!

 

You’re Invited to Our Holiday Party!

 

Our Holiday Pop Up is open and bursting with thoughtful and unique gifts for all ages. We’d love to see you here so we’re throwing a little soiree.

 


When: Thursday, December 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 411 First Ave South in Pioneer Square
What: Prosecco, Turkish coffee, holiday nibbles and good cheer
Why: Lovely things shared with good friends makes life sweeter

 

And remember: It’s First Thursday Art Walk on December 1, which means that Pioneer Square stores and galleries will be showing off their stuff AND parking in certain lots is absolutely FREE!

 

Hygge for the Holidays

 

Have you heard of the Danish concept of hygge? It’s pronounced “heurga,” and while it’s hard to define in English, we think of it as “radical coziness.”


 

Winter is high time for hygge in Denmark, when endless winter descends and people look to soft lighting, blankets and warm mugs of hot mulled wine for comfort and pleasure.

 

 

Hygge represents a type of mindfulness and community that tends to get lost in early winter as the gift giving and shopping mania take hold. Hygge is curling up with a book in front of the fire; enjoying a candlelit meal with your family; savoring a pastry; or snuggling on the couch with a loved one under a soft blanket and just being together.

 

 

Beautifully scented candles, fleece-lined boots, warm quilts and soft sweaters serve to enhance your hygge experience, but in its essence, hygge is free. And once you start looking for it, you’ll begin to see opportunities for it everywhere.

 

 

(First photo by ej44 courtesy Wiki Commons)