Party + printable + Projects / Thursday, 22 Feb 2018

Printable Shamrock Crowns

Printable Shamrock CrownsSt. Patrick’s Day is swiftly approaching and we want to make sure you’re prepared to receive all the kisses! And none of the pinches of course. Typical protocol for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day tends to be wearing green and drinking. We do things a bit different around here at the Lars Studio. So instead, we’re wearing Printable Shamrock Crowns and floral dresses and eating lucky charms for all three meals. Who’s with us?! We’re also honoring our love of rainbows, of course. So make sure to wear your green on St. Patrick’s Day with Printable Shamrock Crowns for you and all your friends! You’ll be sure to find some gold.

Avoid any pinches and download the Printable Shamrock Crown after the jump!

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Life / Wednesday, 21 Feb 2018

My new normal

We’re 3 weeks into our new life with Baby Jasper and I’d like to say that I have a firm grasp on it…HA! I learn something new as if it’s going to stick, and then the next day it’s out the window. I guess the pattern is that there is no pattern…yet! I’m hoping it comes. So today, I thought I’d give you a glimpse into my new, very glamorous life, along with a few things that I’m loving. Listen, no need for social-media-jealousy-inducing feelings here, just a 3 week old new mom in oversized sweats. Pin away, folks!

Please note: These are the first sweats I’ve ever bought. I’m a notorious dress wearer, but the idea of wearing adult diapers in my nice frocks doesn’t really make me feel too great. I needed something that I could wear during the day and then hop into bed. It’s just TOO much hassle to change clothes, no?!  Read on →

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Book Club + Life / Tuesday, 20 Feb 2018

February 2018 Book Club Art

February 2018 Book Club Art

Any fans of the Olympics out there?? It truly is wonderful to watch the world come together in the form of athletic competition, isn’t it? In light of this special month, we chose Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid, even though its ending is not what you’d expect – at least, certainly not what you’re hoping for. Although Samia worked tirelessly to overcome so many hardships as a young woman and athlete, there were still circumstances in the world to thwart her efforts. For those of you who have not finished yet, I’d rather not spill the beans, but keep reading! Here are some questions to think about, and further reading suggestions. Is there an Olympic story YOU have read and loved? Please share! Make sure to print off the book art done by Amelia Giller! February 2018 Book Club Art

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DIY + Home + Life + Projects + sewing / Thursday, 15 Feb 2018

DIY Rainbow Floor Pouf

Did you catch my announcement of the arrival of Jasper Bradshaw? He arrived two weeks ago and we couldn’t be more over the moon. He’s a total dream boat. He sleeps and eats well. We’re just working on things like “how to like being outside”. You know, the usual.

I’ve been spending some serious time in his nursery (check out the tour here), as many new moms do, and I feel so lucky to have such a beautiful space for such a beautiful little soul. The glider from Serena and Lily arrived last week and as soon as it was delivered, I sat down and and never got up. In fact, I’m here right now. It’s absolutely perfect. Thank you to all my Instagram friends who helped me settle on the fabric–it was a tough decision! Ultimately I went with “storm”, which was perfect for the rest of the color palette of the room. I added in one of their orange Avery throw, made of the softest alpaca, as well as their Astoria pillow cover, which complements the orange tree corner so well. My dear friend Merrilee, made him one of her famous bunny dolls, which I won’t let him touch until he’s a grown adult. I knew I wanted to bring in a bit more color into the space and when I stumbled on this DIY floor pouf, I thought it would be a great way to bring in the rest of the color palette of the room since it was leaning heavy on the blues. We made our own version of a rainbow floor pouf by adding in the palette from my original inspiration board (see here). Plus, the rainbow theme adds in another dose of whimsy, which I thought it needed because the room was becoming a little too serious.

This pincushion inspired DIY Rainbow Floor Pouf works as an ottoman, a chair, a footrest, or even a coffee table substitute. You can customize the color palette to fit your space. The total cost of this project is between $50-$100 depending on the fabric, so I found it to be much cheaper than options I was finding elsewhere.

Check out the full tutorial and a free template!

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Life / Wednesday, 14 Feb 2018

Introducing Baby Boy Jepsen

You guys! If you’re not following over on Instagram (@houselarsbuilt), then you’re missing out on pertinent information, like HOW I DELIVERED A HUMAN! Probably my ultimate DIY project 😉 His name is Jasper Bradshaw Jepsen and he’s perfect. He arrived January 29th, 8 pounds 11 ounces and 18 inches.

Listen, I’m too tired right now to talk about how over the moon we are about his arrival and how I can’t stop looking at him and how he has probably none of my features (ha!), but believe you me, I have much to say about it. In fact, I wasn’t planning on giving you a birth story–I like to keep private things private–but it’s just too good not to share. I’ve decided to write about it after all, mostly as a way for me to process what happened, because the labor/delivery certainly didn’t turn out as we had planned. Stay tuned!

In the mean time, lucky me has a wonderful team who has been keeping everything running smoothly so I can take some time to adjust into motherhood. That said, I’ll be popping in every now and again to say hello. In fact, we have a fun post set for tomorrow introducing a little project for him where he’ll be making a cameo.

As to not bombard you with endless pictures of Baby Boy, I’ve started another Instagram account to share more personal photos. You can follow me over at @brittanyjepsen for a closer look.

Ok! That’s it for now, but don’t you worry, more deets on the way!

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