Posts Categorized: Life

flowers + hats + Life + paper / Monday, 6 May 2013

“The best day of my life”

Preface: I am a bit of a walking zombie from all this traveling so this will either be really cheeky or lacking in luster.
We all know I’m joking, right? Right? I got some flack from Al Roker, so I just want to be clear. For those of you just joining, I entered the Kentucky Derby hat contest on the Today Show and they flew the three finalists into NYC last week for the show to choose the winner. 
Here’s how it all went down. First up, I couldn’t have asked for better weather in NYC. NYC, you treated me well. I had shipped my huge paper flower rose hat prior so it was there waiting for me when I arrived. Cute lil’ thang. We got a glimpse of the prize the day before: a replica of the real Kentucky Derby trophy. 
We stayed at a hotel across the street from Rockefellar Plaza so that early the next morning we could be ready for our big day. The other two ladies were so sweet. One was from Nashville and the other from Louisville, so as the lone Westerner, I felt a bit illegit. I mean, how do you compete with two Southerners? It should be illegal. That morning I arrived to the studio stripped of make-up so that they could make me over Ooompa Loompa style. 
Oh oh! I must say that the night before, I raided Anthropologie right across the street for a more appropriate outfit for my TV debut. And I found a peter panned collar shirt with HORSES RACING on it. I mean, does it get any better?! 
Behind the scenes, you watch the show live as it’s being filmed. The guy from The Office was on it that day. Darryl. Craig Robinson to be exact. He made us clap for him when he arrived back in the studio from his interview. Well, of course I’ll give you a round of applause!Your studio audience doesn’t.
Was I nervous? Not until I got on the stage and had to stand–perfectly still–with the huge hat on my head. You see, I have a habit of fainting so this would have been one of the less preferred places to faint. McDonald’s ball playground? Much preferred. Soon, June Ambrose, celebrity stylist, was the judge along with Al Roker. I muttered some nonsense, which you can watch above. One thing I wasn’t allowed to mention? This here BLOG! Truly!
And then…drum roll please…… I won! Now, if you watch the clip, you’ll hear the part about how the other contestant based her hat on her 7 friends and two of them are cancer survivors. Guys! There is no way I should have won this contest! I mean, give it to the cancer survivors for crying out loud! Well, now I have a huge carry-on to take with me. I’m thinking of turning it into a DIY project. But what????? Any ideas out there? 

flowers + Life + paper + Party + workshops / Friday, 3 May 2013

DC paper flower workshop

Yay! It worked out! I hope you all get this message in time for the paper flower workshop in Washington, DC THIS Monday, May 6th at 7pm at the studio of Kate Zaremba. The cost is $35.

Spots are limited so please RSVP to me at thehousethatlarsbuilt@gmail.com or come the day of and we can see if there are any openings.

I can’t wait to meet you!

photo by Jessica Peterson

flowers + Life + paper + Party + workshops / Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013

Paper flower workshop in NYC

You said yes so now it’s happening! I’ll be giving a paper flower workshop at Kollabora this Thursday, May 2nd at 6:00 for $35 in Soho on 39 Wooster St, 3rd floor.

Spots are super limited so please RSVP to me at thehousethatlarsbuilt@gmail.com or come the day of and we can see if there are any openings.

I can’t wait to meet you! Are you coming?!

PS- I just sent off my hat to NYC to arrive by Wednesday in time for the show…$500! eeeeek!

photo by Jessica Peterson

giveaway + Life / Monday, 29 Apr 2013

Hand-painted pillow giveaway

On The Interior Collective, a blog I’ve been writing for for the past few months that’s more interior design focused than I’ve been doing here on the blog, I wrote about how tie-dye and ombre is back and better than ever. Designers have taken it to a whole new level of hippy goodness.

Since I love supporting independent artists who put out stellar products, I’m giving away a gorgeous hand-painted pillow (or cushion as you Brits would call it) by Fiona Pitkin of Colorbloom who hand-paints each product in her Etsy shop. A pillow is a perfect way to tap into the trend without committing to it too much. Fiona spends quite a bit of time perfecting the colors and then paints it onto a silk/viscose velvet. This one is inspired by a giraffe. Isn’t it so lovely?

To enter, head on over to Facebook and “like” The House That Lars Built and Fiona Pitkin and then leave a comment, below letting me know that you’ve entered.

BONUS VOTE, if you follow @houselarsbuilt on Instagram or share it in some other way.

The contest will end next Monday, May 6th.

PS- I’ll be Interior Collective’s guest expert this week on the blog so if you want to get some interior design advice FOR FREE, ask away here.

flowers + Life + paper / Friday, 26 Apr 2013

Going on the Today Show!

On a tip from Melanie from You Are My Fave, I entered the Kentucky Derby Hat contest at The Today Show. Well, I was notified today that I’m one of three finalists. Ha! They’re flying me out to NYC on Wednesday and I think I’m going to be on the Thursday show. I don’t really know how they select the winner, but if it’s by the audience vote, will you vote for me? I don’t even know what you win if you’re selected the winner, but in my dreams I win enough money to fill a swimming pool of gold like Uncle McDuck.

I’m going to stick around NYC for a few days and then head on down to DC for a few days too. East Coast, I love you. Let’s be friends! Would there be any interest in some paper flower workshops in DC or NYC? If so, let me know and I’ll get something going.

EDITED: I am teaching a workshop on Thursday, May 2nd at Kollabora in Soho.

Oh, and this is the hat that I entered. A huge paper flower hat. Because, you know, I like flowers and big things.

EDITED AGAIN: Turns out, the rose is the official flower of the Kentucky Derby! The winning horse each year is adorned with a garland made up of 400 red roses and now winners have been known to dip flowers in silver to preserve them. I feel like this is sign.

EDITED AGAIN AGAIN: My segment will be on tomorrow at 9:15 or 10:15 depending on where you are in the states. Just DVR it. I’ll only be asked one question by Al Roker. Bring it!

Thank you Melanie!

Fab photo by Griffith Jones