DIY + Projects / Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018

Louis Vuitton + The House That Lars Built Trash Can Makeover

DIY Louise Vuitton trash can

We partnered with Louis Vuitton to give our trash can a makeover! Inspired by the one and only Kim Kardashian, we wanted everyone to feel glamorous disposing of their garbage! Such a mundane task can become a burden, but when you jazz up your trashcan with Louis Vuitton decals, it becomes the highlight of the week. Irridescent vinyl ups the glam factor and turns a blasé trashcan into a shiny art piece that your neighbors will envy. Get the templates for the Louis Vuitton logo and give your own garbage, (or your friend’s!) a makeover à la Kim Kardashian! And don’t worry, the city can’t even get upset–we created decals instead of paint!DIY Louis Vuitton Kim Kardashian trash can

Turn your trash into a real treasure with printable Louis Vuitton Logos!

Have fun prepping for April Fool’s Day! 😉 The trash collectors should get a chuckle.

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Party / Monday, 19 Mar 2018

Paper Tulip Backdrop

Paper Tulip Backdrop

Spring has sprung! Well, maybe it’s still springing? Either way, we’re eager to get back to our gardens and flower pots! This month, our featured illustrator is Kathryn Zaremba (see her printable poster and bookmark here and an interview!) and we were so inspired by her tulip wallpapers, I knew we had to do a paper rendition! Plus, those tulip bulbs should be sprouting up within a month or so! So even if it’s still too early in your neck of the woods to start planting your seeds, put up this Paper Tulip Backdrop to tie you over! Perfect for baby or bridal showers, birthday parties, or even an Easter Brunch.

Print off the templates to make your own Paper Tulip Backdrop!

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Life / Sunday, 18 Mar 2018

Baby Boy’s birth story

Well, hello there! Long time no real talk, huh? It’s 6 weeks postpartum and trying to carve out some time to share Baby’s journey here has taken a bit longer than anticipated. In between learning how to feed a mini human from my own body parts, how to soothe him when he’s hysterically screaming, how to put him on some sort of “schedule”, and mixing it in with my own survival skills ie: eating, showering, changing my own diapers (TMI I know but I really didn’t know about the diaper part so I thought I’d share for interested parties) and working, I’m realizing that time as I knew it has changed. Life now works in a set of designated time windows. Baby feeds every 2.5-3 hours, Baby opens his eyes for as long as he can, or rather, we try to put him down whilst he loudly contends before Baby sleeps, and repeat. And during those windows I have between 0 to + or – 2 hours to get everything I need to get done, and that includes running a business. Ai ai ai.

SO, what are we waiting for? No more time for chit chat, the countdown to the next feeding has begun…let’s go! Read on →

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Book Club + Design + Life / Friday, 16 Mar 2018

March Book Club Art

March Book Club Art

We’re halfway through March, readers! How are you liking Broad Strokes?? Are you impressed by these incredible women as much as I am? They accomplished some incredible feats. We’ve got some discussion questions for you below, as well as some fabulous printable artwork for you, illustrated this month by Kate Zaremba (you may remember the New Year’s Eve crowns we partnered on years ago!), who runs a design company with clever patterns for the home.

When I was thinking of illustrators to pair for this book I immediately thought of Kathryn. We first met in NYC when she worked for Jonathan Adler and I was interning there and then we reconnected at graduate school in DC. She’s an uber creative go-getter who shines bright light wherever she goes. Her whimsical work is clever and enchanting and makes you think. Lately, her work has been focus on themes of women empowerment so you can imagine why I thought of her! Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with her next week, in which I hope she reveals that she played Michelle Tanner’s best friend on Full House or payed Annie on Broadway back in the day 😉 And if not, now you know! Ha! You’re welcome, Kathryn! Read on →

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Life / Thursday, 15 Mar 2018

Craft the Rainbow is available for pre-orders!

Craft the Rainbow by Brittany Jepsen

You see that book in the flesh? It’s real! Let the games begin! I’m so so thrilled to announce that Craft the Rainbow: 40 Colorful Paper Projects from The House that Lars Built, our huge labor of love/book that’s been in the works for years/I can’t believe the time has finally arrived, is now available for pre-order! Hallelujah! I just received my copy and it’s GORGEOUS! It’s as smooth as buttah with gorgeous gold leaf engraving and creamy pages. You guys, I agonized over every single page of this book down to the ribbon used in the binding. Sadly, I’m not joking. It’s thrilling to see it all come to life and reveal it to the world!

The book officially comes out April 24th, but listen, I’ve got a secret to tell you: you’re going to want to buy it on pre-order NOW because we have the best pre-order gift in the history of pre-order gifts. We’ve teamed up with Angela Liguori of Studio Carta, the beautiful Italian ribbon and accessories shop from Italy, to offer you her famous Florentine scissors FOR FREE! It’s a $32 pair of scissors absolutely free if you order our book between now and April 24th.

BUT, there’s a special way to order it and I don’t want you to miss out on doing it correctly so listen up!

Learn how to receive your pre-order gift below!

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