MUSICEYES & EDGE

CHELSEA FROLICS THROUGH SWEDEN

MUSICEYES & EDGE
CHELSEA FROLICS THROUGH SWEDEN

Meet Chelsea Fuss. A woman of many hats, she triples as a prop stylist, floral designer and blogger extraordinaire.  Her lifestyle blog, Frolic!, has a following from readers all over the world and has been mentioned by the likes of The London Times and Glamour.  Currently, Chelsea’s taking brief hiatus from Portland to adventure in Sweden.  We recognized this as the perfect opportunity to interview this talented gal for our Far Away Place issue.

E+E: What inspired {Frolic!}?Chelsea Fuss: I get really excited about simple, pretty things, whether it's a cool old bicycle, a new restaurant in town, or lilacs blooming after a really rough winter. I've always had a romantic outlook on life and like to think real life can be just as lovely as a painting or a pretty photograph. When I saw other people sharing online through design blogs six years ago, I got really excited, and felt connected to the community. I was thrilled to participate, at a time in my life where I was looking for a creative outlet (I had just closed my flower shop and gone back to work in a cubicle!).E+E: How did you come up with the name?CF: Well, I had another blog, with a really dumb name and wanted to start it over again. I love simple, punchy names. The word, Frolic! really describes how I see life, or want my life to be like. At the time, I liked how it looked, too.E+E: Where did the desire to go to Sweden come from?CF: I am not exactly sure and I always have a hard time explaining it. When I was a teenager, I used to watch Ingmar Bergman movies. I grew up on Pippi Longstocking. I loved Volvos, Abba, and Carl Larsson. Ha! It sounds totally cliché but all my favorite things seem to come from Sweden. One day in high school, a teacher of mine randomly asked some questions about Swedish writers and artists (like, really basic) and I was the only one who could answer them. He said, "Who are you, a Swede?" So, maybe I was a Swede in a past life. I have no Swedish ancestors.. so there's really no explanation.E+E: What are some of your favorite things about the country?CF: I love their appreciation of nature . Even in the city, there are green trees everywhere and water too. I love being near water. I appreciate their attention to design. Everything here is really lovely to look at from the potato packaging to the architecture. I love how walkable and bikeable it is here in Stockholm. There are big huge walking lanes and biking lanes off of the street and this is in the suburbs too.E+E: What are some of the biggest differences you see in everyday life?CF: People seem to take more time off from work, whether it's a year long maternity leave, or closing their shop up for two months while they spend the summer at their cottage. People seem to walk and bicycle more, even in the suburbs. The public transportation here is much more reliable. There are also a lot of moms and dads with little babies and sometimes you'll see them leave their baby outside of a shop in the pram while they go inside.E+E: Any cultural Swedish norms you will bring back to Portland?CF: I love the Swedish tradition oflighting candles all winter. You light them on your porch, on your table, in your living room, in front of your shop, every day! This is super helpful for the dark, rainy Portland winters!Also, I try really hard to take my shoes off when I go into a home. I am not always very good at it though.E+E: If you had to describe Sweden in 3 words, what would they be?CF: Charming. Pastoral. Clean.E+E: What do you miss most about Portland?CF: Food carts!!! Photos Taken by: Chelsea Fuss