January Furniture Sale

Hello and happy spring! What’s that you say? It’s not spring? Well, Portland has fooled me, as it does every January and February, with its weird dry spell and sunshine. It’s great weather for an afternoon tromp through Forest Park (or the ever-evolving Mississippi Ave). We started the new year strong, adding some excellent (and exclusive!) local jewelry and photography into the mix. We also decided it was time to push some furniture out of the nest, so to speak. We’ve had these handsome pieces for a while now, and we’d love to see them go to good homes! Maybe your office needs a mod lucite bar? Maybe your bedroom needs a velvet armchair the color of a stormy sea? Maybe your living room needs a bright floral wingback? Just checkin. All of our furniture is 10-60% off til the end of January! Feel free to give us a call to check if a piece is still here, because they are going fast. In fact, while setting up this blog post I had to take down one of the photos (goodbye raspberry velvet couch!).
XO, Flutter
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Flutter + Emerald Petals = Extra Lovely

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By now you may have heard the news that Emerald Petals, purveyor of flower and plant delights extraordinaire, has moved in to share a roof with Flutter. They’re cozied up under the skylight in the back and we’ve magically jigsawed all of Flutter into the front 2/3 of the shop! We are so excited about this new development, which has been in the works for quite some time. It looks-and smells!-wonderful in here. If you are far away or haven’t been able to make it in yet, here’s a little tour of our place for your perusal.

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What’s new at Flutter?

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Flutter has seen some major changes since the last blog post! I guess I should start with the change of hands this January. Chances are good that, if you’ve been to visit us on Mississippi Avenue, then you’ve met the new owners already. Cristin and I have been involved with Flutter from the very beginning, and Cindy was sure we’d take very good care of the store (and King, the cat!). She is now focused on Eden, her store in the Pearl District, which recently celebrated the opening of an opulent bridal boutique. Go, Cindy!

Flutter has quite a bit of momentum on her own (Flutter is a lady, yes?), and so the transition for us was an easy one. I’m proud to say, the shop looks FANTASTIC. It’s a lot of fun to go out and source the vintage treasures that make the store so special. We’ve kept all the favorites in stock, and upped the ante with new lines like Library of Flowers (lovely scented creams and potions) and Etat Libre d’Orange (radically chic eau de parfum from Paris). We’re hosting a different tarot reader every Sunday of the month, as well as stocking our favorite decks. Also, we changed the site a bit to make it even easier for you to stream our newest playlists: just click on the “Music Player” in the main navigation banner. We’ll post a new one to 8Tracks every Monday. One of my favorite new additions is the painting above. Cristin brought her over when she closed Palace of Industry. Isn’t she something?

The biggest change has yet to come… Emerald Petals is moving in! That’s right! It’s like a dream come true. All those beautiful plants, and I won’t ever have to water them (I have a lazy thumb). They’re going to love that huge skylight. I can’t wait. We’ll be posting more about that soon.

Here are some shots of our newest finds. Happy Spring, everyone!

XO, Sara

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Some Springtime Inspiration.

Good afternoon, Flutter friends! If you live here in Portland, you know that we’re having a rather gloomy rainy day, as well as many ones ahead. But do not fear, spring is right around the corner, which means there is hope! And even with the grey skies right now, you can sit inside with a cup of tea and dream of the colorful warmth that is soon to come.

These images just might help. They are making me feel great inside the shop this March afternoon…










And if you feel like embracing these classic Portland days, step out into the rain and come say hi to us at Flutter. We have colorful vintage umbrellas and fabulous old coats so you can look mighty fine until the sunshine is finally here to stay. xoxo.

A Walk With Me…

Ahhh, Spring, my dear old friend, you have returned.  The cherry blossoms and daffodils are in full bloom and it is absolutely gorgeous in Portland!  This past Saturday, was sunny and still cold outside, but the light was amazing. I simply had to head outside for a walk! I decided it would be a perfect day to take a stroll along Mississippi and visit Flutter for some snapshots.  Take a look at a few of my favorite things, I saw along the way….
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Outside Flutter on Mississippi Avenue in Portland, Oregon
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A view of the front window….and then we step inside the shop.
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A brand new fashion book and an orange chair to read it in!  Don’t mind if I do, thank you. I just need King to come and curl up in my lap, a coffee and I’ll be ready to settle in for the afternoon.  
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Voluspa Candles
New Voluspa Candles in different sizes, the small one is perfect for travel
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hooked bird pillow
Hooked bird pillow, the colors are so pretty!
Fashion book
Oh, what’s this? Another new fashion book!  Wow, this one is amazing! I can’t even tell you how much I love it.
vintage taxidermy

Masks, goat

hook owl pillow
Beautiful hooked owl pillow
lucky lights

parrot book
This illustrated parrot book is one of the most beautifully illustrated works I have ever seen.
magic book
Magic-A must to add to any collection of curiosities!  
The Marvelous Museum Project
Another amazing collector book! This one comes in a wooden case. 
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vintage chalk wear figureine

Cast Iron Mermaid bottle openers
Cast iron mermaid bottle openers
Bubble Gum Machine
Wow, so much to see at Flutter, it’s looking so fabulous!  I can’t wait for my next visit!

Happy Spring!

It’s starting to look more like Spring outside, with the Cherry Blossoms blooming, and the sun peeking out once in a awhile! This is my favorite time of year because it’s so beautiful and fresh when the flowers explode across the city and the weather gets a bit warmer.  We are in full swing at Flutter with lots of new fragrances and home decor, books and novelties that will put a spring in your step!
We love our apothecary at Flutter so much that we have been expanding it this season, to include more of your favorites! The fragrance line by Mor has been in our clutches for awhile, and we could not be more excited about all of the new scents.  The packaging is delightful and the perfume oils, to die for in unique combinations.
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Mor Lychee Flower Perfume Oil

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My personal favorite-Snow Gardenia!
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Mor Fragrance oil in Cassis Noir-Cinnamon Leaf, black current and Bulgaria Rose mixed with a hint of Jasmine
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Sea Foam velvet pillow, so luxurious and happy for Spring
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The Chelsea, handmade necklace by Paper Treasure
butterfly paper weight
Real Butterfly paper weight
Relax and enjoy the weather, catch up on reading, or sending postcards.  It’s the best time of year to bring in the new!
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Hooked insect pillow

Cartes Postales
Carte Postales-Beautiful reproductions of vintage cards from a Parisian flea market
Roses Book
The Roses, a beautiful book of botanical illustration.

Store Wide Sale at Flutter Until Sunday

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To make room for all of the new furniture, clothing and other Spring additions arriving in February at  Flutter, we are  having a store-wide sale! This week until the end of this coming Sunday, January 23rd, everything in the store is 20% off! This includes furniture, such as this lovely red velvet lounging sofa and hand painted side table. If you have had your eye on something, now is the time? There are still a few great pieces of furniture and pretty home decor left in the shop, as well as clothing and accessories, so come in and get them before they vanish into other happy homes. 
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All of the clothing and jewelry are included in the sale as well. I have been coveting this purple dancing dress for a while now, I think it belongs in my costume collection…
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Frocks galore on sale!
red clothing rack
pink clothing rack
Gown
pretty sparkles
burgundy velvet chair
I would love to curl up in this velvety chair and read all of the amazing books at Flutter one of these rainy afternoons, with King in my lap. I wonder if that’s allowed?

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tiny chair and velveteen rabbit
bear chair
big horn sheep
animal heads and hats
burlesque vanity
pillows

Hurry in before everything flutter’s out off the shelves!

{All photographs in this article by David Paglia Photography}

Vay-cay in L.A.


This weekend I went to L.A. to visit family and family friends. It was so gorgeous down there! Lola and I went to Disneyland and had an amazing time. It was my first time this year being out in the heat, trekking all over that park for 14 hours in 90 degree weather- I think I was a little delirious towards the end. We drank a few $4 bottles of water and ate about 20 frozen lemonade cups. I was really inspired by all the fantastical structures everywhere with dreamy shapes and colors, the intricate landscaping..oh, yeah, the rides were good too. I love all the rides on boats. I kept noticing the wallpaper, too, like in the new orleans cafe, or the haunted mansion- unfortunately, these pictures are a little blurry because I took them mostly with my camera phone in the dark. These pictures remind me of the games in the back of kid magazines, where they show you a super close-up of, say, toothbrush bristles, and you have to guess what it is. If you can’t guess what these pictures are of, check the answer at the bottom. xo sk




1. exhibit tent roof, 2. ambient shapescape in “its a small world” (it made me cry (the ride, not the shape)), 3.underside of a tiki-room lamp, 4. wallpaper in the mark twain cafe (i think thats what it was called), 5. delphinia

new look for spring: a tan, and rain gear

I had fun taking photos in the shop today, everything looked extra appealing. I love the creepy porcelain doll heads! Lola was a good sport and posed with them for me. I think I might get one and plant a trailing lobelia in it, it would look so awesome growing out of the top like a wild hippie baby, or out of the eyes.. maybe too creepy. A flutter chia pet! I have been sprouting lots of plants, some in unusual places, like nooks in statuary in the yard and in broken pottery. I planted peas by the bus stop across the street from my house, and seeded some window boxes. Basically, everything looks like prime real estate for my seedlings. Unfortunately, the hail yesterday bruised some tender sprouts, but I am pretty sure that one sunny day will perk them up. I had a great weekend, the highlight of which was going to the Whitsell to see Muppet shorts and rare outtakes. Jim Henson and his crew were absolute genius! I laughed so much that I was crying. Check it out my favorite bit: Animal, Beaker and the Swedish Chef singing “Danny Boy”