Design + garden + gardening + Life / Thursday, 31 May 2018

How to plant a Rainbow Container Garden

Rainbow Container Garden

We selected our current apartment while we were still living in Denmark. Because we hadn’t seen it in person before we moved in, we didn’t quite know what we had to work with. A garden wasn’t necessarily on my list of things I “had to have”, but I was so pleasantly surprised to find that I had a little bit of garden to work with once I got here. Our landlords do a phenomenal job at keeping it up, but they said I could add in some of my own flower selections. That was 5 years ago. I have since been bit by the gardening bug and consider it one of my most (and few!) hobbies that I have outside of work.

This year I wanted to make it more colorful than years past and in honor of Craft the Rainbow our new book and this little board book that I read to Jasper nearly every day (here) , I created a rainbow container garden for the front porch. I only added them in a couple of weeks ago so they haven’t had time to flourish yet, but I thought I’d post about it so you can get started to and then we can watch them grow together and keep each other updated.
Rainbow Container Garden

Here are some things I’ve done to get it going and a list of flower divided by color that you can add to your garden: Read on →

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Book Club + Life / Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon

Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon

Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon

I am extremely excited about our June book club pick! When you think of fashion icons, the subject of this month’s book may not at first come to mind, even though she has become one merely through her own personal love of clothing and fabrics. Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon gives us a glimpse of this eccentric, vivacious woman – and her closet! Full of witty sayings, career advice, and colorful photographs, this book shares Apfel’s philosophy on life and what has made hers meaningful. If you’re not already familiar with Iris, you’ll soon fall in love! We hope you enjoy this fun, easy read as you begin your summer! Follow along with us at @larsbookclub and stay tuned for artwork later in the month. Enjoy!

Photography by Jane Merritt

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DIY + Projects / Tuesday, 29 May 2018

DIY Raffia Pom Pom Wreath

DIY Raffia Pom Pom WreathDIY Raffia Pom Pom Wreath

It seems like the past few days here in Utah start warm & sunny, then by mid-afternoon, the clouds roll in for a light rain that passes through pretty quickly. Now, I don’t mind a little rain every now and then, but here’s the thing I’m noticing: There have been no rainbow rewards! At all!

This rainbow pom pom wreath makes up for what Mother Nature has clearly been missing lately! Using pearlized and matte raffia pom poms and adding delicate butterflies and mini ribbons for detail, we think this rainbow pom pom wreath is the perfect way to bring the rainbow after the storm. This one’s sure to last through the May showers and June gloom!

Read on to see how to make your own!

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Shop + Style + Wedding / Friday, 25 May 2018

Royal Wedding Mood Board

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Was anyone else inspired by the Royal Wedding this past weekend? Honestly, I’m sad it’s over! We won’t have another royal wedding for a long time! Although there were elements of the wedding I would have altered (not about the small bouquet trend–more is more!), I thought it was breathtaking in its entirety! To keep the fun going a little bit longer, we put together a Royal Wedding Mood Board inspired by the special day of the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Aubrey Hepburn, lush foliage and English Gardens, and a muted palette create a beautifully timeless wedding. We also put together a lookbook for the wedding, complete with everything you need to put together a royal-inspired wedding! What was your favorite part of the wedding? We want to know!

Shop all the elements of the Royal Wedding!

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DIY + Projects + Scandinavia / Thursday, 24 May 2018

DIY Dala Horse

DIY Dala HorseIf you are any bit familiar with The House That Lars Built, or you’re good at reading in between the lines, we are a design company with a strong adoration for Scandinavian aesthetic. I went to design school in Copenhagen, married a Dane, and continued to live there until 2014. There is just something about Scandinavian design, culture, and lifestyle that I can’t quit. One item of Swedish culture I fell in love with are the Dala Horses!

The Dala Horse (or Dala Häst as it’s pronounced in Swedish) is a traditional icon of Sweden. It’s a carved and painted wooden horse, most commonly red, with intricate hand-painted details. They are utterly charming and come in a rainbow of colors. Because we’re such big fans, we decided it was high-time we created a DIY Dala Horse. After a little digging, we discovered you can order raw wooden Dala horses on Amazon Prime! This is such a fun way to customize a traditional emblem. We covered ours with loads of florals in pretty pastels. But these horses would be adorable in a million different renditions: color-blocked, Alexander Girard-inspired, whatever you dream up! We want to see your creations!

Learn where to purchase wooden horses to create your own DIY Dala Horse!

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