Copenhagen + flowers + on my basket + Projects / Thursday, 17 May 2012

30 til 30: floral basket

I’m already SO far behind on my 30 ’til 30 pledge. This is not a good sign. I thought I’d kill 2 birds with 1 stone with a second installment of “On my bike” for one of my craft days. For the month of April I made aluminum flowers and this month I caved and went with fake flowers. But really, can you resist these bright, cheap puppies? They’re like a buck at Tiger and they seriously make my day every time I look at them. 

With that, I’m off to Berlin tomorrow for the weekend to attend The Hive.

So where we at? 25 days to go and 27 more projects. 

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Iceland + Life + Scandinavia + travel / Wednesday, 16 May 2012


So far I’ve covered our Iceland trip without mentioning the capital, Reykjavik, once. For shame! It’s the largest city in Iceland though it feels like a town compared with other cities. I was struck by its mountainous yet Scandinavian feel. A lot of homes are built out of corrugated iron so it feels like temporary housing, but I’ve been told it’s very sturdy–did you know the country lies on a huge fault?! Doesn’t scare me much being from California, but add volcanoes to their list of natural disasters you realize they really must love where they live in order to stay. Yikes. The Hallgrimskirkja, above, is awesome. You must go up the tower to see the view of the city with all the colorful roofs. That’s one thing about Icelanders, they love color. Like this wall, below, and the roofs.
There are several of these waterfall installations throughout the city. I can’t seem to find the name of the artist…anyone?

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Design + Home + House + in the studio + Inspiration + Life / Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Floor treatment inspiration

My new studio space has wonderful wood flooring. Two rooms are a beautiful herringbone pattern and the other is plain vertical planking. I’m ACHING to paint on some black and white diamonds like this party scene on the plain planking and then keep the integrity of the herringbone with a wonderful stain. What do you think? Have you ever done either? Any tips?

Party scene 

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30 til 30 + Crafts + DIY + Party + Projects / Monday, 14 May 2012

30 til 30: Mexican picado banners

So, if you’re just joining in, I’m making 30 crafts in the 30 days prior to turning 30. This weekend I made some geometric Mexican picado banners to go along with the pinata for a friend’s Mexican themed party on Saturday. I used Jenny’s instructions found here. They were an absolute cinch to make and I love how they fill the space. I made some more for my new workshop to make the space feel more than it is right now. 

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Life + This week / Friday, 11 May 2012

This week

Besides the two announcements, it’s been a week full of fun stories and happenings. I’m saving the best and juciest one for another day (oh, it’s a goodie…hating the suspense? muhahaha). Are you checking out that elevator photo on the top right? Those are moving elevators without doors. It seemed to be so normal to everyone else but I had to take a few deep breaths before I got on. Also, that’s our house on the bottom left–even more incentive to move into a studio with all the ruckus of the construction.

Here’s what went on this week:
I’m giving away a wedding invitation suite! Have you signed up yet? Help spread the word!
I made fruit balloons for Oh Happy Day
More Iceland photos
I featured my mother as a young girl for this week’s This Girl
My new studio
30 crafts in 30 days til my 30th birthday.
The minimalist bride on Brooklyn Bride

Have a lovely weekend celebrating your mothers!

(all these photos were taken from my iPhone on Instagram. Are you on? reach me at @thehousethatlarsbuilt or here)

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