Posts Categorized: decorations

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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decorations + halloween + Party + Projects / Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014

Decor for your Halloween party

Decor for your Halloween party
Decor for your Halloween party
Decor for your Halloween party

Happy October! Right on cue, Utah welcomed fall in with crisper weather, rain, and falling leaves.

If you’re just joining us here on Lars, we’re showing you how to throw the perfect Halloween party, complete with printables (like this invitation), costume ideas, and today, food, and decor ideas. The theme of the party is vanitas, which is an art history reference describing the brevity of life and nearness of death. In art, this concept was portrayed with decaying flowers, blown-out candles, and rotting fruit SO, we thought, wouldn’t that make an awesome party theme? Because who doesn’t want rotting fruit at their party, right?

Here are some decor ideas for your party. Think “what would be in a Dutch baroque painting?” and create a number of vignettes around your space. To get you going:

  • Stacked old books
  • Skulls (I got ours at Michael’s. They’re made of styrofoam so you can carve them out and use them as a vase to put flowers in!)
  • Shells
  • Candles and candlesticks. Lots of them!
  • Honey and honeycomb
  • Dried or old flowers (finally, you black thumbs are in luck!)
  • Rotting fruit. 
  • Taxidermy
  • Linen tablecloth
Art directed by Brittany Jepsen

decorations + Design + holiday / Tuesday, 8 Oct 2013

Decor for those who hate Halloween

I have a friend who says that she hates Halloween. I get it. We’ve turned a day into remembering the dead into a spooky, fright-inducing terror and the idea of dressing up in costume has become an excuse for girls to show off their goods.

HOWEVER, that doesn’t mean that Halloween cannot be done right. Steer it towards a celebration of the season, and it’s got my stamp of approval. With decor details of the fall harvest, you immediately impose good taste and warmth. Here’s how to do it:

  1. A simple line of sugar pumpkins or small pumpkins along your mantle. So classic. Pumpkin mantle
  2. One of my favorite places in the world, especially during Halloween, is Georgetown in Washington, DC. If you want to see it done tastefully, go there. Georgetown residents grace their stairs with hordes of lovely pumpkins and stalks of corn and mums in urns. From here
  3. Cut out a hole in a pumpkin and turn it into a diorama with a forest scene. So clever. Diorama pumpkin
  4. Tons of mini pumpkins in a cloche. I’m doing this. Pumpkins in a cloche
  5. Another stairway with tons of pumpkins. You just can’t go wrong. Pure class. Pumpkin entrance
  6. I love these frosty the snowman pumpkins. Carrots and pumpkins. Snowman pumpkins
  7. GINORMOUS pumpkins en masse outside. Paul and I bought seeds to plant a 500 pound pumpkin in our yard this spring, but didn’t think we could do that to our landlords. That doesn’t mean I’m not still aching to do this. Giant pumpkins
What’s your trick for a tasteful Halloween? See more ideas on my Pinterest board. I also wrote about some more ideas for the Caesarstone blog.

Copenhagen + Crafts + decorations + denmark + DIY + Projects / Monday, 16 Apr 2012

On My Basket: Aluminum can flowers for spring

Did you have a lovely weekend? I sure hope so. Ours was filled with exploring more of beautiful Iceland and playing a murder mystery dinner game with the friends we are visiting here. I’ll be showing you more, but FIRST! I did this DIY before I left Denmark (can you tell by the same dress I’m wearing!?! so sorry, I usually try and mix up my clothing changes). Since Denmark is the land of bicycles (40% of Copenhageners ride to work) I thought it’d be nice to do a monthly series of what’s going on with my bike basket decor. What do you think? Yay? Nay?
You definitely know spring has arrived when women start putting the fake flowers on their bike baskets. I wanted to try something a bit different–something better suited to rain so I tried out aluminum cans and a flower punch. 
You will need: aluminum cans, flower punch, paint brush, acrylic paints, duct tape, wire wire cutters, glue for metal
Step 1: Punch the can with the scissors.
Step 2: Cut the aluminum getting as much out of the flat part as you can making a rectangle.
Step 3: With the flower punch, punch the aluminum can rectangle.
Step 4: Paint the flower white. You’ll need to paint a few layers.
Step 5: Brush some color onto the petals to create a loose brush effect. Don’t use much water.
Step 6: Glue two flower punches together so they are two layers.
Step 7: Fold the petals and then slightly curl them to create volume.
Step 8: Attach a pice of wire about 4″ long to the back of the flowers with the duct tape.
Step 9: Insert the wire into the basket and twist it in the back. Cut off extra wire if necessary.

These flowers should withhold the elements much better than the fabric flowers and you can change it up according to the season.

Photography by Hilda Grahnat

Happy spring!