Life + This week / Friday, 14 Sep 2012

This week

This week, Mom and I returned from a delightful trip to Provence where we hopped from village to village searching for our dream home. We found plenty to keep us happy. I’ll be writing more about that soon including our fave villages and places to stop. We were especially delighted with the ice cream (Mom loved the citron and I loved their chocolate orange). Wednesday we spent the day at a practice and dress rehearsal of the brand-new ballet, The Golden Cock, by the Royal Danish Ballet with their incredibly bold and bright sets and costumes, which, you know I loved.

This week in blog news:
Receiving a telegram made my day and now you can send yours too with a little discount!
This Girl
My cousin Bryson’s show in San Fran opens tonight, go see it!
The Adorned Bride on Brooklyn Bride

all photos taken on my iPhone via Instragram @houselarsbuilt

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…

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

Brooklyn Bride + Design + downloads + paper + Projects / Thursday, 6 Sep 2012

Printable monogram stationery

I made some monogram stationery for Brooklyn Bride last week. You can download all 26 letters of the alphabet and then print off the letter of your choice to make your own stationery set. All you have to do is cut it out. Easy beazy. The cards are a standard 4 bar size (3 1/2 x 4 7/8″) so if you find an envelope at 3 5/8 x 5 1/8″ you’re golden. I had such a ball pairing the colors together. My kind of relaxation! Click here for the Brooklyn Bride’s download.