Posts Categorized: Life

letters home + Life + old-fashioned + telegram / Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012

I’m a little old-fashioned & giveaway winner announced.

These days, I tend to associate the mail box with bills, yet I still get a giddy joy every time I see something in the mail box. When I opened up the box last week, not only did that giddy joy return, but upon further inspection, I started to laugh out loud. As in LOL. My sister had sent me a telegram requesting my immediate return to America. I felt so Elizabeth Bennet for a moment. I did a little research and found out that there’s a company in Australia, Telegram Stop, that sends out telegrams the old-fashioned way. All you do is type in your message, provide the addresses and voila, a couple of days later, your chosen receives an adorable message complete with stops.* Anywhoo, I contacted the company and they have agreed to give Lars readers a 10% discount on all telegrams. Wahoo! Just use the code LARSHOUSE at this site.

Go makes someone’s day! I promise it works!
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And the winner of the Heute Schmidt bag is……Kirsten H! I’ll be in contact with you! Thanks to all who participated!

Photos by Amanda Thomsen

*Did you know that a “stop” was a way not to pay more for punctuation?! The more you know…

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Europe + Life + This week / Friday, 7 Sep 2012

This week

Greetings from Provence! I write this while my mom sleeps. I wonder if she’ll ever wake knowing what she’s been through in the last 4 days. She took the longest flight ever (LAX>Istanbul>CPH) to come visit me all before jumping on a plane to Nice. THEN, after a 3 hour drive through the Southern villages of France (top left photo), we arrived in our little apartment where we are staying for the weekend. Needless to say, I hope she sleeps all day! Our apartment is situated in the Luberon Valley and we are more than thrilled to be here. The colors! The building materials! The temperature! (I speak in exclamation marks far too much). It feels like a dream. I can’t wait to write more about it for you.

This week has been quite eventful. Paul and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary at a little restaurant located in the plaza of the bottom right photo. We had some friends from England come to visit us and we got to do some site seeing including the Little Mermaid (top right). Sunday we visited with Paul’s adorable niece in her darling neighborhood with thatched roof houses (middle right). If you’ve been wondering how I transport my oversized paper flowers around without a car, let me tell you, it takes creativity. And lots of twine, (middle left). (Bottom left), having some fun with the French murals in our little town.

This week on the blog: 
The giveaway for the Heudt-Schmidt bag is open until Monday. Enter now! (plus, there’s a secret giveaway on the Facebook page ONLY!)
I shared a lot of our wedding photos on our anniversary and a couple of thoughts on marriage. Join in the convo!
Katie’s Outfit-to-Room series gets better and better. I love this one just in time for NYFW
Free printable monogram stationery to add to your collection on Brooklyn Bride
Ashley made a tres cool video about Blog’nhagen
I also featured Ashley and her husband on my latest post called “What does it Mean?” on Brooklyn Bride where I explore how brides brought meaning to their weddings.
September’s Craftenhagen is announced with a special guest workshop host, Heidi from Wool Rocks. It will be Thursday, September 27th at 7pm. RSVP here! Anyone is invited.

all photos taken on my iPhone via Instagram. Follow along @houselarsbuilt

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Design + Home + Interiors + Life + Outfit to room + Style / Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012

Outfit to Room: 4

In case you live under a rock or fail to subscribe to the same multitude of fashion-related e-mail newsletters that I do, New York Fashion Week is upon us.  So, in an ode to one of my favorite designers, Lauren Moffatt, today’s “Outfit to Room” features a darling look, aptly titled “the Catcher in the Rye Sally” colorblock dress.  The English major in me is geeking out.

by Katie Farber of This, That, & The Other 

DRESS  |  PILLOW  |  CATCHER IN THE RYE  |  CHAIR  |  TRIANGLE ARTWORK  |  SOFA  |  TABLE

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giveaway + Life + Products / Tuesday, 4 Sep 2012

Giveaway

I love coming across companies with heart. Heute – Schmidt is a designer sister duo in Germany who create fabric by the yard, bags, kitchen accessories, and jewelry with a graphic twist. They make everything in their workshop. Today they are giving away one of their 100% cotton, handprinted bags. The bag comes with a leather handle and measures 50x70cm. The winner of the bag gets to choose the pattern and color. Personally, I want them all (especially the yellow half circles on the bottom right!).

To enter, head on over to Facebook and “like” The House That Lars Built page then leave a comment below on the blog letting me know. Bonus votes if you help spread the word by sharing it on Twitter or Facebook.

Once you get to Facebook you’ll find a special SECRET giveaway which might have something to do with a little company you might have heard about before specializing in gem stones that starts with an S and ends in warovski. Just sayin….

The fun ends Monday, September 10th and the winner will be announced Tuesday, September 11th. This contest is open to all international applicants.

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flowers + Life + paper + Wedding / Monday, 3 Sep 2012

2 years and thoughts about marriage

Paul and I celebrate two years of marriage today. Yay! On one hand I can’t believe we’ve been married for two years and on the other hand, whoa! I feel like I have SO much to learn still. Most of all, I’ve learned that I’m a SLOW learner. You can be taught your whole life how to have a happy marriage, but you can’t know HOW to apply it until you’re in it and learn things that work for you and your partner. For example, not going grocery shopping together is one of our keys to happiness. Check.
I’ve had a few people mention how they can’t seem to find my wedding pictures on this blog and looking back, it’s because I didn’t post too many here. They were originally published on 100 Layer Cake so I thought I’d post a bunch load today, including some never before footage (so reality show-ish!). Careful, it’s gonna be a doozy.
I remember the day feeling surreal. A lot of the steps of the day kind of seemed like robotic motions because you’ve seen weddings on tv, movies, with friends, etc and then all of a sudden you’re the star of the show. Even if you’re sick (I had a cold and Paul’s back had gone out) you’re running on pure adrenaline and you keep that smile plastered on your face. I was determined not to be frantic or nervous or bridezilla and I don’t think I was, but maybe you should ask someone else for the truth.
But, let’s talk about regrets now. One thing I regret about the day was that I didn’t have our family and friends speak at our reception. I would have LOVED to have heard the speech I’m almost positive my dad prepared. If you know my dad, you know he doesn’t mind a mic (to put it mildly).
The biggest thing I’ve learned about marriage so far is that it’s not something you can do half-heartedly. If you want a marriage to work, you gotta WORK at it. It’s a consistent investment of time and thought. You can’t do something thoughtful one day and think you’re good for while. It’s an every day thing. It’s an “I love you so much I want to make your day good” thing. Oh my, I’ve got a long way to go. I’ve learned that I’m not perfect. Ha! I must have thought I was when I was single. Well, needless to say, marriage is humbling, terrific, relentless, fulfilling and so many other opposites. Thankfully, I’ve married a very patient man who I’ve grown to love more and more each day.
What’s your key to a happy marriage? I’d LOVE to know!
Click below to read more about the wedding reception.

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