Posts Categorized: Design

Book Club + Design + Projects / Friday, 12 May 2017

Book Club artwork and discussion

artwork by Printed Peanut

How are you enjoying this month’s book club selection? We’re reading, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio  and it’s been wonderful hearing so many of you who have already read it or seen the movie. What are your thoughts so far? We have some discussion questions below to get your clocks ticking.

And to go along with it, we have worked with one of my favorite illustrators, Louise Lockhart of The Printed Peanut, to create some original artwork. She created a poster with a quote from the book that reads, “It’s all a matter of what you set out to do” as well as a bookmark. It would make a great Mother’s Day card, doncha think? 

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Book Club + Design + Life / Friday, 5 May 2017

Favorite design books for spring

Favorite books for spring

In general, I’m one who likes to check out books from the library as it saves money and space in your house, but design books are different. They are reference books used for inspiration or tutorials to have on hand when you’re making. For this reason, in addition to our monthly book club, I decided I would share some of my favorite design and craft books with you in a new feature called Lars Library. Every season I’ll share my favorite books, generally new releases, so you can be in the know on the latest and greatest books on the market right now, books that you should definitely add to your design library. Check in every so often for the best of the best. You can find them all on one page here.

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Design + Life + Wedding / Friday, 28 Apr 2017

Bridal Tip: Vintage Stamps

Bridal Tip: Vintage Stamps

“Details matter, it’s worth waiting to get it right.”

Steve Jobs was one smart cookie. Becca here with a quick wedding tip! The above quote has become my wedding (life) motto. I love the details! They are the icing on the cake, the finishing touches, and the elements that bring everything together. Now, I know many of you will argue that you’ll drive yourself crazy with being too finicky about every little thing. This may be true for some people. But for me, it’s the little things that make my heart sing! That being said, whether you’re a detail oriented person or not, there are a few simple ways to personalize your big day within reason. One being: Vintage Stamps! There are so many beautiful vintage and current stamp designs that will really send home your wedding look. Read on →

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Design + Life / Thursday, 27 Apr 2017

Where are we moving to?

Strolling the neighborhood with Realtor.com

Last month I shared our goal to buy a house this year along with my tips on how to start looking for your dream home (you can read about it here) and this time I’m back with a status update on where we are in the process. I’ve partnered with realtor.com to showcase their app and website, which is something that I’ve been using for awhile before we connected up. It’s the most comprehensive and accurate information for home buying out there so it’s really a one-stop destination if you’re in the market for a house. I especially love to use it when I’m traveling, which has been a lot lately, to see what the market is like in other cities. You can never be too educated (or nosy 😉 ).

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Design + Life + Projects + Style / Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017

How to make a style board

How to make a mood board with Mae Mae Co on The House That Lars BuiltHow to make a mood board with Mae Mae Co on The House That Lars Built
I’m thrilled to introduce a guest contributor for today, Megan Gonzalez. Perhaps you’ve seen her work with her company, MaeMae. I’ve been a fan of her beautiful work for quite awhile now and I’ve long been impressed with the style boards she creates and features on her site for each client (and the movie she created?! It’s a must watch!). They are in itself beautiful works of art. As I’ve been featuring more and more style boards here for different projects (remember Becca’s wedding inspiration board?), I thought it would be wonderful to hear from the expert on how to create them for your own projects.

Hi! I’m Megan and I run MaeMae, a creative studio located in Minneapolis, MN. Since I was in elementary school, I have collected magazines tears, notes and drawings from friends, and postage stamps. When I got my first computer in college I filled folders on my desktop with photos and designs I found online as well as scans and photos of pages from books I discovered at the campus’ library. Now if I didn’t have the job I do, I think we’d label this all compulsive hoarding… but fortunately I get to put all of these found and collected objects and images to good use in my work! Read on →

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