Design + downloads + Life / Thursday, 30 Aug 2018

September desktop calendar

It’s starting to feel crispy! Are you feeling it?! Once again, time strikes us with a reminder of the changing of the seasons and I am NOT READY! But, I am ready to spend a little more time indoors making stuff. Monica, created a lovely wallpaper for your desktop and phones based on some of her recent thrift stores finds and I, for one, am all about that floral chair. Please and thank you! 

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Book Club + Life / Thursday, 30 Aug 2018

September Book Club: How Art Can Make You Happy

How Art Can Make You Happy

How Art Can Make You Happy

September is upon us, readers! Schedules often get busy, so we’ve got a short gem of a book for you to read. But small as it may be, this is a book that has BIG impact. Do you love art, but feel unknowledgeable? Do you want to engage in art somehow, but don’t know where to start? How Art Can Make You Happy by Bridget Watson Payne shares just that and more! Payne unlocks what art can do for you, yes YOU. It can make you feel something, it can help you relate to others, it can bring awareness to the world around us. Follow along with @larsbookclub as we dive into art in a personal, relatable way. It’s a quick yet powerful read! Join us!

Stay tuned for fabulous artwork and questions later in the month! And take a peek at previous months here.

Photography by Jane Merritt

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DIY + Projects / Wednesday, 29 Aug 2018

DIY Japanese Maple tree

DIY Paper Japanese maple tree

Corrie Beth Hogg, a former Lars contributor, is coming out with her new book, Handmade Houseplants on September 4th and we are the first to share an exclusive tutorial from the book. Welcome, Corrie!

Hi all, I’m Corrie and I am excited to be back on The House That Lars Built to celebrate the launch of my new book, Handmade Houseplants. It comes out on Sept. 4th! Today I am sharing a project I put together just for you, so put on your crafting hat and let’s go!

Japanese maple trees are something I grew to know and love after I moved to New York City. I love walking along the residential blocks of Brooklyn and seeing these beauties in shades of pink, maroon, and green in the small courtyards of brownstones. I’ve long coveted one of these maples for my apartment (one day I’ll have a yard) but they are very difficult to keep alive in pots. So, naturally, I decided to make one out of paper!

This variety is called “Shirazz” and its color changes throughout the seasons … starting out scarlet, fading to pale-pink in the summer, and becoming vibrant once again in the fall. For this tutorial, I’ve created a tree, but you could also craft just a branch or two and place them in vases. If hot pink isn’t your thing, go for the subtler pale pink or even green … the steps below will be the same!

DIY Paper Japanese maple tree

Continue to see the full tutorial for this stunning DIY Japanese Maple Tree!

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Projects + Style / Monday, 27 Aug 2018

Lars Matisse-Shirt Collection

We’ve been obsessed with graphic tees lately, and they seem to be popping up everywhere. But what qualifies as the ideal t-shirt? We couldn’t seem to find one that perfectly captured the Lars aesthetic: lovely color palette, reference to history, whimsical, you get the gist. The natural solution was to make our own! Introducing the Lars Matisse-Shirt Collection! We teamed up with Cricut to make Matisse-Inspired iron-on decals for t-shirts. Honestly, we’re pretty obsessed with them! Line drawing portraits, fun faces, and shapes—It doesn’t get much better than that! Now you can make your perfect tee all on your own! Which one is your favorite?

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Artist Feature + Artist Interview + Life / Friday, 24 Aug 2018

Illustrator Feature: Victoria Riza

TAles from the Back Row printable posterWe are so thrilled to be featuring Victoria Riza as this month’s illustrator feature. Victoria was my intern many moons ago and it has been such a treat to see her setting out on her artistic path. I loved hearing her insights on how her upbringing and cultural background has influenced her path in the industry. From the get-go, Victoria has wanted to go into fashion illustration so I could think of no one better to illustrate our book of the month than her. If you’ve been reading this month’s book club pick, Tales from the Back Row, you’ve gotten a glimpse of that. Download this month’s book art illustrated by Victoria and take a look at her story, her favorite podcast, and advice on how to overcome setbacks. She’s also sharing the process she used to create the poster she created for us.Victoria Riza fashion illustrator

Let’s get to the interview of this month’s illustrator feature! 

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