Book Club + Design + printable / Friday, 16 Dec 2016

Lars Book Club: December

 Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk free printable bookmark from The House That Lars Built by Michelle ChristensenThe holidays are here! And with that, an inspiring but easy book to curl up with! Are you enjoying Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk?? That really is such an accurate title – we put labels on ourselves, we make excuses, we get intimidated, and we let that jerk of an inner critic take over. Well, I hope Danielle Krysa’s book is picking your brain about why you may be stuck in a creative rut and how to get out of it. Or maybe you thought you weren’t the creative type at all, but were wanting to be…only to realize that that one skill or hobby you love really IS your creative outlet! Whatever stage you’re at, take notes from Your Inner Critic and push yourself to try something new. Below are some questions for you to think about, and some further reading suggestions as well.

Our guest illustrator for this month is Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville who created a quote from the book and corresponding bookmark FREE to download! Michelle is a friend who has done lots of rad illustrations for Lars in the past. (You must be familiar with her famous faces by now…I have bought so many things from her!). We were lucky to get her for this month’s book club read! Enjoy!  Read on →

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Crafts + decorations + Helsinki + Home + Projects + Scandinavia / Thursday, 15 Dec 2016

Himmeli: Geometric Home Decor

Himmeli: geometric home decor past and present

We’ve been long time lovers of the himmeli for a while now, evident here and here. Himmeli is considered the quintessential Christmas decoration of Finland, but is popular in all Nordic countries. It is a geometric straw mobile or chandelier and can be transformed into a variety of interpretations. The Swedish word for chandelier is takkrona, which means ceiling crown. I love the idea of having homemade ceiling crowns all over your home. I feel like it captures Scandinavian design perfectly: clean and simple but stunning and interesting. This book, Himmeli: Geometric Home Decor Past and Present by Swedish author Eija Koski is a beautiful compilation of Himmeli projects and the ultimate go-to book for all things himmeli.

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gift guides + Life / Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016

Brittany’s Wish List

Brittany's wish list

Did you ever write Santa a letter letting him know you’ve been good? Followed, of course, by the long list of toys you hoped would appear on Christmas day as rewards for said good behavior. You’d send it off to the North Pole, very confident you’d see being seeing those gifts soon under the tree. Don’t you wish it still worked that way? I know I do. So instead I’m letting you all know that I’ve been really good this year in case you want to reward me! HA! Just kidding. I do still enjoy compiling wish lists… or pinterest boards… of lovely and beautiful things to inspire and swoon over. I figured I’d share all the pretties with you in case you need some gift ideas for others! Or a little reward for yourself for being good this year 😉 Take a look!

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Book Club + Design + gift guides + holiday + Inspiration + Life / Wednesday, 14 Dec 2016

Lars favorite design books of 2016

Best diy design books of 2016I am convinced that there are few things better than cozying up with a good book on a cold winter day. Add some hot chocolate, a fuzzy blanket, and snow falling lightly outside and you might as well call it heaven. Hence why I created the Lars Book Club (Check out this months book here!). Not to mention, they make ideal gifts because you can customize it to anyone’s tastes. In case you are scrambling to find the perfect gift for a creative art-loving someone, we rounded up the best DIY and Art books of 2016 to help you out! They are all crazy beautiful and are sure to please the pickiest of recipients. Make sure to snag one for yourself while you’re at it! Read on →

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christmas + collaborations + DIY + holiday + Projects / Tuesday, 13 Dec 2016

DIY Felt Holly Wreath

DIY felt and pom pom holly Christmas wreath

by contributor Kathleen Ballos of Snowdrop and Co

Browsing vintage items on Etsy is a never-ending source of inspiration for me. You really never know what you’re going to find! For today’s holiday project, I was inspired by this vintage brooch. I stumbled upon a few months ago. I love how festive it is – it actually reminded me of Brittany’s oversized berry and holly garland from a few years ago! The brooch already looks like a mini wreath, so I simply made red pom poms to be the berries and cut green felt into leaves and voila! A DIY felt holly wreath! I’m already thinking of making another one in muted colors, with some glitter applied onto the edges of the leaves. For now though, I’m excited to hang this wreath on my door to celebrate this Christmas season!

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