christmas + DIY + Projects / Wednesday, 28 Nov 2018

Head to Toe Swedish Christmas with Cricut

The Christmas season has arrived and everyone on the Lars team is putting up their tree! It’s always difficult determining how I want to decorate my tree each year: classic red and greens, all white, lovely pastels? However, changing your holiday decor each year can get a bit pricey… but not when it’s done with paper! This year we partnered up with Cricut to create a Head to Toe Swedish Christmas made entirely out of paper! That’s right, ornaments, garlands, tree topper, and gift tags that you can cut out with your Cricut machine and be done in a jiffy! We were inspired by traditional Swedish Christmas decor; Straw ornaments, Dala horses, and advent stars, all turned into paper versions. So DIY your holiday this year and tap into the Christmas spirit.

Get the templates to make your own!

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Book Club + Life / Tuesday, 27 Nov 2018

November Book Club Art

November Book Club ArtReaders!! How have you liked The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society? So many of you said you’d read it, and would read it again! Have you read the book and seen the movie (and which did you like better)? This book truly strikes a chord with so many of us, whether we relate to the book’s themes of loss, love, or uniting with others in the face of something dark and terrible. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows included some superb questions in the back of their book (really, they’ve touched on everything!), but here are some others we’d like to ask you! Please feel free to share your thoughts on Instagram @larsbookclub! This month’s fantastic artwork was illustrated by Emma Block and will have you dreaming of a cozy night in!

November Book Club Art

Discussion Questions

1. How did the book’s format of letters and telegrams influence the story? Did you enjoy it? Why or why not?

2. The book was filled with fabulous characters. Which one did you relate to the most? How were Dawsey and Markham V. Reynolds different, and what kind of influence did they have on Juliet?

3. How has a book or book club helped you make lasting personal connections? Do you think books really can find their way to you at just the time you need it?

November Book Club Art

Download the Book Print and Bookmark Here!

November Book Club Art

If you enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, you might like:

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner (a 2016 book club pick!)

The Summer Before the War: A Novel by Helen Simonson

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir: A Novel by Jennifer Ryan

 

Photography by Jane Merritt  |  Artwork by Emma Block 

christmas + DIY + holiday + Projects / Monday, 26 Nov 2018

Christmas Photo Advent Challenge

Christmas Photo Advent Challenge

There are few things I like more than Advent Calendars. The anticipation that builds throughout the whole month of December is unparalleled! This year we wanted to create an Advent Calendar that really encouraged us to enjoy the season. We’ve teamed up with FUJIFILM to create the Christmas Photo Advent Challenge! We’ve compiled a list of 25 things to do in December that are sure to get you into the holiday spirit–consider it your Christmas Bucket List.

Christmas Photo Advent Challenge

Each day in December select one item from the Advent Challenge printable and commit to do it that day! Then take a photo of yourself doing the activity and print it out using the FUJIFILM instax SHARE® SP-3 SQ printer. This printer is amazing because you don’t need a special camera to take these photos. You simply download the Instax SHARE app and print photos you’ve taken on your phone, from social media apps, or photo accounts on the FUJIFILM instax SQUARE® film. It’s really genius because you can make sure you’ve got a perfect photo BEFORE you print. Yes, please! Read on →

Life + Shop / Friday, 23 Nov 2018

Best of Black Friday Sales

Since the Thanksgiving sales are a perfect time to gather gifts (for others and yourself), we put together a little shopping guide to help you prepare.  Since some of those larger interiors pieces sometimes take a little more thought and planning, we wanted to give you as much of a preview of as many sales as we could from our favorite brands.  And we had to include some favorite finds in the fashion and gift categories too! (Stay tuned to stories as we will continue previewing sales throughout the week–our own, our partners, and our favorites!)
Happy shopping! And Happy Thanksgiving!

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Design + Life / Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018

Decorating a Forgotten Space

Do you ever get an itch to rearrange the furniture? Or just decorate completely? I find myself getting bored really easily, so my home decor seems to be constantly changing. In this spirit, the other day I made a trip to Tuesday Morning and found just the items I needed to give my living room a little refresh. I have some underutilized areas that I felt could benefit from some sprucing up. A chair, a throw, a few pillows, some foliage and we’re in business! Tuesday Morning has an eclectic array of home decor items at amazing prices and you just never know what you’re going to find! It’s all about the serendipitous find! Each location has unique finds so make sure you check out your local store! Take a look at my favorite picks below!

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