Design + Life + Party + Projects / Monday, 3 Apr 2017

Lars for Chatbooks

Graduation covers by The House That Lars Built for Chatbooks

I’m thrilled to announce our partnership with Chatbooks on some limited edition special occasion covers! Chatbooks makes photojournaling/scrapbooking a cinch by adding your Instagram photos (or any photos you’d like!) and printing them in a perfectly-sized book. And they’re so cheap! You now you have the option to add on a custom cover and we’ve created a range of them for all sorts of occasions starting with our special graduation book that come in years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017! We’re covering all our bases!

Find out how to get 10% off your entire order below!  Read on →

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Book Club + Life / Friday, 31 Mar 2017

April Book Club: Seven Flowers and How They Shaped our World

April Book Club bookA new month means a new book! In our world today, we have the ability to view, enjoy, or seek out any flower we wish to beautify our homes or bestow as a gift. But these flowers didn’t always exist on our home shores, wherever that may be. They came from foreign lands near and far; they were discovered and dissected, revered and reproduced. Seven Flowers and How They Shaped our World by Jennifer Potter explores a handful of flowers that became religious icons, status symbols, metaphors for emotions and matters of the heart, and so much more. They infiltrated poetry and the arts, and even created financial frenzies! Read along as we discover the origins of the Lotus, Lily, Sunflower, Opium Poppy, Rose, Tulip, and Orchid. Jennifer Potter masterfully uncovers how these beautiful plants changed our world and what they tell us about ourselves. Find the book here and follow us on our @larsbookclub Instagram! We’ll post daily quotes or highlights from April Book Club, and we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Photography by Anna Killian  |   Lars Book Club is led by Julie Richardson

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Design + Life / Thursday, 30 Mar 2017

How to find your dream home

How to find your dream home This year, Paul and I made a goal to buy a house. This comes with much sadness because we LOVE being renters. Ha! The idea of being responsible for so many things sounds terribly stressful and time consuming. At this moment in my life with my work, family, and church responsibilities, I’m really enjoying not being in charge of something, anything! That said, the idea of having a place where I can go to town decorating in whatever way I want really floats my boat. Imagine all the floral wallpapers I’d get to put up! The thought is almost too much to bear.

Realtor.com asked if I wanted to partner to talk about their site and app and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. I’m already on their site all the time so there was no stretch in trying to figure out if it was a good partnership. Authentic? You got it! I already dig their site and use it nearly every day so I can tell you some things I love about it and what I’ve been doing in my search. As you might know, the home buying market is competitive and overwhelming, especially around here where housing prices have gone up a ton recently. It’s a seller’s market for sure. I’ll take all the help/advice I can get and this app is a great place to start.

If you’re also thinking about buying a home here are a few suggestions I have when you’re starting out. Read on →

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Crafts + DIY + holiday + Projects / Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017

Easter 2017 Project Roundup

Easter Crafts Round up

Easter is one of my favorite holidays. It comes at such a happy time of the year! Flowers are blooming, the days are longer, the sun lingers, and gardens are planted. It’s a time of rebirth and fresh starts, which means it’s also a perfect time for crafts and projects! We’ve created an Easter 2017 Project roundup of our favorite Easter projects from the past few years in hopes that you’ll find something so inspire you this Easter season!

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Crafts + DIY + holiday / Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017

Paper Carrot Treat Box

Paper Carrot Treat Box

In the church I attend, we are encouraged to befriend others in our congregation by going on monthly visits, sharing a message of hope, and just taking time to show love. It is an initiative that I can definitely get behind. Additionally, I’m a big fan of showing love through gifts and service so I often share treats with friends and neighbors for holidays or just for fun! This Easter, I wanted something simple and festive that I could easily throw together and deliver. There is nothing better than a handful of Cadbury eggs this time of year (did you hear they have a cookies and cream version!), and tucked inside a printable paper carrot treat box? The Easter bunny has nothing on you.

Continue to download the printable and instructions!

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