Shop + Style + Wedding / Friday, 25 May 2018

Royal Wedding Mood Board

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Was anyone else inspired by the Royal Wedding this past weekend? Honestly, I’m sad it’s over! We won’t have another royal wedding for a long time! Although there were elements of the wedding I would have altered (not about the small bouquet trend–more is more!), I thought it was breathtaking in its entirety! To keep the fun going a little bit longer, we put together a Royal Wedding Mood Board inspired by the special day of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Aubrey Hepburn, lush foliage and English Gardens, and a muted palette create a beautifully timeless wedding. We also put together a lookbook for the wedding, complete with everything you need to put together a royal-inspired wedding! What was your favorite part of the wedding? We want to know!

Shop all the elements of the Royal Wedding!

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DIY + Projects + Scandinavia / Thursday, 24 May 2018

DIY Dala Horse

DIY Dala HorseIf you are any bit familiar with The House That Lars Built, or you’re good at reading in between the lines, we are a design company with a strong adoration for Scandinavian aesthetic. I went to design school in Copenhagen, married a Dane, and continued to live there until 2014. There is just something about Scandinavian design, culture, and lifestyle that I can’t quit. One item of Swedish culture I fell in love with are the Dala Horses!

The Dala Horse (or Dala Häst as it’s pronounced in Swedish) is a traditional icon of Sweden. It’s a carved and painted wooden horse, most commonly red, with intricate hand-painted details. They are utterly charming and come in a rainbow of colors. Because we’re such big fans, we decided it was high-time we created a DIY Dala Horse. After a little digging, we discovered you can order raw wooden Dala horses on Amazon Prime! This is such a fun way to customize a traditional emblem. We covered ours with loads of florals in pretty pastels. But these horses would be adorable in a million different renditions: color-blocked, Alexander Girard-inspired, whatever you dream up! We want to see your creations!

Learn where to purchase wooden horses to create your own DIY Dala Horse!

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Artist Feature + Life / Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Illustrator Feature: Lisa Congdon

Lisa Congdon

Photo by Kimberley Hasselbrink

Chances are you’ll recognize her work, but if not, Lisa Congdon is a fine artist, illustrator, and designer you’ll want to get to know! I’ve been a fan of Lisa’s work for years. It’s bright, cheerful, and inspirational. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and she is the author of over 7 books! Her illustrations were featured in one of our last book club books, “Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History.” Getting a later start in the art world, Lisa is an amazing example of following your dreams and working hard for them. Make sure you download the book art she illustrated for us inspired by our very own “Craft the Rainbow!”

We hope you enjoy this inspiring look into Lisa Congdon’s creative process!

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DIY + Projects + tabletop / Monday, 21 May 2018

Painted Plaid Paper Tablecloth

Painted Plaid Paper Tablecloth

Tis’ the season for throwing a brightly colored brunch, summery soirees, lovely luncheons, and gorgeous garden parties. In regards to decor, we’re leaning towards the simpler route in this case. Let’s face it, if you have to worry about pricy and time-consuming tablescapes, it’s never going to happen. Anyone relate? We created this Painted Plaid Paper Tablecloth because it’s brightly colored and perfect for spring and summer. Not to mention easy, cheap, and disposable. Please and thank you. To create this all you’ll need is white butcher paper and some acrylic paints from the craft store. So don’t be discouraged to throw a few gatherings in the next couple months! This Painted Plaid Paper Tablecloth is the perfect addition.

Painted Plaid Paper Tablecloth

Learn how to paint your own plaid tablecloth!

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Life + Party / Friday, 18 May 2018

This Girl: Royal Wedding Edition

Royal Wedding Edition

Image via Bon Appetite

Are you going to be watching the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tomorrow? Coverage starts at the crack of dawn here in the US–5:00 a.m! Anyone setting their alarm clocks? I’m reminiscing about the last Royal Wedding when I was actually among the spectators! But if you’re celebrating in the comfort of your own home, we’ve put together a This Girl: Royal Wedding Edition. It’s a compilation of things that will make your Royal Wedding experience the best one possible. What to make, what to wear, what to buy–we’re covering it all! And make sure to check our new online shop to see all our Royal Wedding goodies!

Royal Wedding here we come!

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