Life / Friday, 9 Sep 2016

My little garden and sale on containers

planter garden

If you’ve been following me along on Instagram or Snapchat or now Instastories, you will probably have seen some sneak peek of my garden, which I have spent way too much time (and money) on. I LOVE my little garden so much. And I LOVE giving tours of my garden. Just stop by and I’ll take you on the minute long tour (it’s small remember).

Gardening has become my way of slowing down and remembering not to work. Because I’m not very good at it. I spend every morning giving my plants a little bit of hydrating love and then it’s off to work.  And now that the growing season is coming to an end, I thought I’d show you how it turned out.

This year I got a few new pots and I thought I’d share my resources with you so you can prepare for next year. Some of them are on sale now so it’s best to start now! Or ask for them for the holidays. Boom! Read on →

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paper + Projects + YouTube / Thursday, 8 Sep 2016

DIY paper leaf fall garland

DIY paper fall garland

It’s time to (reluctantly) welcome in fall. You know how I feel about fall. NOT into it. BUT, I am into this paper leaf fall garland. You also know how I feel about garlands. You can never have too many! And this one is perfect for the home or for a party. Mine is sitting on my mantle right now! The perks to having paper fall leaves? No bugs or dirt!

Here’s the video!

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Projects / Wednesday, 7 Sep 2016

DIY newspaper garlands

DIY newspaper garland

I spent the weekend clearing out our house in anticipation of the Lars Studio Sale this coming Saturday. We’ve only been living in the US for 3 years now yet somehow I’ve accumulated SO. MUCH. STUFF.  I thought the sale could use some good old-fashioned car dealership decor. Around here, car dealerships put up a lot of crazy ornamentation. They’re so flashy and odd and secretly, I love it all. BUT, I don’t want to spend any money on it. You know, what’s the point of a garage sale if you’re spending money on it? I started thinking of the cheapest way to do it and ended up with another old-fashioned treasure: newspaper. It’s cheap (ie: free if you go to the right place) and created a rather rad look! DIY newspaper garland

See the full tutorial after the jump! 

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Book Club + Design / Tuesday, 6 Sep 2016

Lars Book Club: September

alphabetical-by-michael-rosenIt’s that time, folks! We’re shopping for school supplies, packing lunches and backpacks, and the leaves are beginning to show off their colors! While we’re in the “back to school” mode, we thought we’d learn something new along with the kids. Have you ever wondered how our alphabet evolved into what it is now?? Why and how were those 26 letters chosen to represent sounds, then combined to form words? In Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story, Michael Rosen gives the reader the history of each letter, its pronunciation, what sound it represented, and how it was written – starting with the ancient Phoenicians up to the present, where the alphabet is changing every day due to technology and texting. The stories and facts presented with each letter and chapter are fascinating and Rosen’s jokes and word games will leave you chuckling. The evolution of the English-language alphabet (something we use every day yet never stop to think about) is truly mind-boggling! Enjoy!

We’ll be checking in with another free printable quote and bookmark with another fabulous guest illustrator, along with some discussion questions, so check in soon!

Get Alphabetical here 

by Julie Richardson  |  Photo by Anna Killian  |  Styled by Brittany Jepsen for The House That Lars Built 

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Design + downloads + Life / Monday, 5 Sep 2016

September calendar desktop

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Happy September! Enjoy this pretty desktop calendar and phone wallpapers!

Access the wallpapers here.

by Monica Lynch 

Get more desktop wallpaper and iphone wallpaper here

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