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There’s No Place Like Here: Forestbound & The Snail and The Cyclops

Jul 2, 2009

by Tara Young

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(music by Luc, animation by JuliaPott)

Three years ago, Alice Saunders, a.k.a. Forestbound, and Francesca Zmetra, a.k.a. Thirteen Eighty-Five, (who’s also responsible for the delightful blog, The Snail and The Cyclops) became roommates in an old house in Jamaica Plain, MA. They didn’t know each other at the time but because of their similar styles, they bonded instantly and became close as friends and creative colleagues. Alice’s aesthetic tends toward  old military Americana with a collection of canvas bags, found bones, birch bark, vintage lace and postcards. Francesca’s taste is more feminine, influenced by wartime beauty parlors and apothecaries. These friends share a studio space and each have their own bedroom along with four other roommates in this old Victorian in an artsy neighborhood of Boston. Both Alice and Francesca keep up with modern technology though their Internet businesses, blog, and Flickr sites, but their work and decor are nostalgic for things past: ephemera, vintage wares and trinkets with character.

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  • mgilinfo

    mgilinfo said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the post.

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 10 years ago

    oooo, pretty gosh darn nice little story there-thanks for sharing.

  • mtraub

    mtraub said 10 years ago

    Yes! Old man's hunting lodge! <3

  • adoreneko

    adoreneko said 10 years ago

    Thank you very much for the tour of your house. Love how you found the table at a flea market.

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe said 10 years ago

    So cool, I love the rustic look

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 10 years ago

    2 of my etsy favorites!!! I love their both their aesthetics a lot. Great feature.

  • heidiburton

    heidiburton said 10 years ago

    Love the house, and the interesting things inside! Great that the two of you crossed paths, obviously a good pairing of individuals to live together :D

  • Radness

    Radness said 10 years ago

    Ooooh fun picks :)

  • zuppaartista

    zuppaartista said 10 years ago

    how cute are they! love their style! thanks guys for the peek inside your home! :)

  • studiocvh

    studiocvh said 10 years ago

    such a soft and pretty collection

  • restlessthings

    restlessthings said 10 years ago

    Loved seeing into their world!

  • evihan

    evihan said 10 years ago

    great selection

  • MouseTrapVintage

    MouseTrapVintage said 10 years ago

    Two amazing sellers! I'm always putting items from both of your stores on my wish list. Cheers to the both of you on this feature! Also, hello to Jamaica Plain, the nice little part of B-town where my twin sister lives. :)

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 10 years ago

    wonderful story....and fabulous picks!

  • kidacollective

    kidacollective said 10 years ago

    Great film - so much fun seeing inside your home and workspace.

  • mojospastyle

    mojospastyle said 10 years ago

    Cool Story and I really like to hear about people succeeding. Makes me smile!

  • rustchic

    rustchic said 10 years ago

    i cant get the video feed but the story and pics for this are lovely

  • rntn

    rntn said 10 years ago

    i love this list Thank you :)

  • blogbloglog

    blogbloglog said 10 years ago

    Terrific! Big fan of both of these fab ladies.

  • MagnetGames

    MagnetGames said 10 years ago

    I really liked the video and seeing how you keep your workspaces and rooms! <3 susan.

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf said 10 years ago

    I love it all! The birch bark, dried flowers, 1940's feedsack dresses, the vintage postcards... It was a real treat meeting these two creative gals and seeing their delightful spaces.

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 10 years ago

    if your video feed isn't working here's a link to the video on you tube: Mine wasn't working either.

  • 0liveLoaf

    0liveLoaf said 10 years ago

    you two are so cute!!

  • bonjourdolly

    bonjourdolly said 10 years ago

    Aw, two of my most favorite favorite ladies!!! Both of their aesthetics are so perfect and dreamy, nostalgic and unique, and all things wonderful! The feature was incredible, these are two very special and inspiring ladies with amazin' stores!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 10 years ago

    Love rustic look, absolutely Great, thank you!

  • ohfrench

    ohfrench said 10 years ago

    Oh my goodness, I love these two! My bag is by Forestbound & I follow The Snail and the Cyclops. Love!<3 Thanks so much for posting this!

  • jiorji

    jiorji said 10 years ago

    i love those canvas bags

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 10 years ago

    Living with vintage has a lot more soul and helps unleash creativity. Our home has been like this forever. It's comfortable & comforting. Great feature!

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 10 years ago

    Love all the vintage picks!! The vintage deer plaques are really cool!

  • fernanimals

    fernanimals said 10 years ago

    I love these ladies!

  • HelloMrFox

    HelloMrFox said 10 years ago

    I love their shops and Francesca's blog, so inspiring!

  • luckylife

    luckylife said 10 years ago

    I absolutely love it....both of these ladies are adorable and their style so distinct and unique. I love getting to see how other folks live, especially when it is so lovingly and creatively done. Great job, thanks for sharing with us ladies! And I adore this series, great job etsy team! xo Melissa

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 10 years ago

    Too cool!

  • sacatonjune

    sacatonjune said 10 years ago

    oh i love these two! they are endlessly inspiring! i'm so happy i was able to get a little peak into their lives. great feature!!

  • binkaminka

    binkaminka said 10 years ago

    great article! I love this vintage stuff

  • thesocialcellar

    thesocialcellar said 10 years ago

    Such awesome gals!

  • 13bees

    13bees said 10 years ago

    lovely posting!

  • edor

    edor said 10 years ago

    super charming spaces! love both of their styles...

  • ImSoVintage

    ImSoVintage said 10 years ago

    Love it all. Thanks so much for including my bottle.

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 said 10 years ago

    How AWESOME...another feature about Alice at forestbound. I follow her shop and enhabiten EVERYDAY after coming home from work and checking my own shop. I am mesmerized by their creative style. I'll be sure to check out the other featured shops. Thanks for more good reading. Lisa

  • forestbound

    forestbound said 10 years ago

    thank you to everyone for all the nice comments! and thank you tara for creating such an incredible video! alice

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 10 years ago

    So pretty!

  • thirteeneightyfive

    thirteeneightyfive said 10 years ago

    awwwwwh shucks! I second what Alice says!!!!!!

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca said 10 years ago

    Tara! This is great! I *love* the music you found to go with it!

  • katiearms

    katiearms said 10 years ago

    So unbelievably charming. Another wonderful video Tara!

  • funkeyfinds

    funkeyfinds said 10 years ago

    oh this was so much fun! I loved watching it! [I also loved the wind up toy!]

  • LooFooTooFoo

    LooFooTooFoo said 10 years ago

    that was so cute! hooray for boston!

  • strawberrykoi

    strawberrykoi said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful video! It was a s good as a movie or book, thank you for the pleasure!

  • mybirch

    mybirch said 10 years ago

    Beautiful! Stunning artists :)

  • whiteapple

    whiteapple said 10 years ago

    Best Ever! Those two are super sweet together! Thanks for the house tour girls!

  • tellittothemountain

    tellittothemountain said 10 years ago

    aw, they are the most delightful ladies! this was a wonderful treat!

  • estatesale

    estatesale said 10 years ago

    this was so good! you guys are rad.

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 10 years ago

    WE'RE NEIGHBORS! I live in Jamaica Plain too! you guys are very creative, love it! Hibou

  • bklynstitch

    bklynstitch said 10 years ago

    That was so inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely home!

  • sushipie

    sushipie said 10 years ago

    Oh you two sound so smart and business-like. I want to adopt you both as my friends! xoxo, sp

  • treefox

    treefox said 10 years ago

    god damn, you two!

  • polkadotHOME

    polkadotHOME said 10 years ago

    Very cool! Wonderful place, very inspiring. I have a similar style and share your love of unearthing flea market treasures and natural history items. Thanks for sharing.

  • soniamineo

    soniamineo said 10 years ago

    You ladies are so cute! I wish I could have you as friends! Great taste. Thanks for sharing your space with us :)

  • TeenAngster

    TeenAngster said 10 years ago

    I love, love, love your space! Quite a fan.

  • seedknits

    seedknits said 10 years ago

    oh how wonderful!

  • fallinginswirls

    fallinginswirls said 10 years ago

    Oh how I adore your house. Magic. You two are just too lovely! Great to hear you talking :) Hope you are having a beautiful summer time.

  • anythinggoeshere

    anythinggoeshere said 10 years ago

    I love the bags made by forestbound. What a wonder chance for us to see inside your home. Lovely.

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 10 years ago

    great rustic and earthy picks for this article. i had fun watching the video and taking a peek at all the links.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 10 years ago


  • littlejennywren

    littlejennywren said 10 years ago

    I follow Forestbound on Flickr and love her gorgeous bags.

  • hazelandhunter

    hazelandhunter said 10 years ago

    lovely tour! i love this space!

  • MyWagonette

    MyWagonette said 10 years ago

    i really enjoyed watching this video. thanks for sharing. :)

  • zebracakes

    zebracakes said 10 years ago

    I love those 1940s shoes!!! Too bad they're not bigger!

  • SadovskyJewelry

    SadovskyJewelry said 10 years ago

    Wow that is pretty cool

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 10 years ago

    just love this look. 1940's is my era! i only wish I had been around then!

  • kinchi

    kinchi said 10 years ago

    What a dreamy place, it seems you two are very lucky to have found eachother!

  • EthelandIris

    EthelandIris said 10 years ago

    Wow, what a beautiful home ladies. I wish we had houses like that in the UK. Lx

  • SundraSandrusi

    SundraSandrusi said 10 years ago

    wonderful story!!!and fabulous picks!!!!

  • evihan

    evihan said 10 years ago

    great subject..thanx for sharing with us:-)

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 10 years ago

    neat picks!! love the deer!!!

  • sparrowsalvage

    sparrowsalvage said 10 years ago

    Holy crow, you guys are so much cuter than I could have ever imagined! Love you both- you're such an inspiration!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    Very cute

  • dearbirthday

    dearbirthday said 10 years ago

    oh, i liked them before and now i think i love them

  • Radness

    Radness said 10 years ago

    love the rustic theme :)

  • pocketcarnival

    pocketcarnival said 10 years ago

    I think that's amazing! It's kinda fearless, as interior design. Love it.

  • VintageHome

    VintageHome said 10 years ago

    Love to see where others live & create - very nicely done! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 10 years ago

    soooooooooooooooooooooooo obsessed with this house and everything inside it. you girls are the coolest!

  • LaBellaAmour

    LaBellaAmour said 9 years ago

    omg the cutest thing ive ever seen!

  • kirby

    kirby said 9 years ago

    This is so cute! I LOVE the decor. Very inspirational!

  • goldrevival

    goldrevival said 9 years ago

    agh! just found this old gem! these girls are so inspiring!!! thanks for showing us your little corner of the world :) <3

  • victoriousyouth

    victoriousyouth said 9 years ago

    aw the east coast is so adorable!

  • Elmstone

    Elmstone said 8 years ago

    im pretty sure alice is reincarnated direct from 1915.

  • Tirabaralla

    Tirabaralla said 8 years ago

    I love both styles alto and I feel like they are both part of me, yay forthis vid and feature!

  • Tirabaralla

    Tirabaralla said 8 years ago

    I love both styles alto and I feel like they are both part of me, yay forthis vid and feature!

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