Posts Categorized: furniture

collaborations + Design + furniture + Interiors / Monday, 9 Sep 2019

Back-To-School: Designing Multifunctional Small Spaces before and after

Back-to-school has us thinking about the infamous “dorm room.”  Such a small space with generic and mismatched furniture. Decorating your first “space” is a coming-of-age ritual: looking for inspiration for bedding, wall art, plants, etc…  However, keeping a small space functional and cute can always be a little tricky. This got us thinking about Mary’s small space guest room (about 86 sq. ft.). We teamed up with DHP furniture once again (you can see previous posts here!) to create a multifunctional room that’s perfect for students and young professionals alike with the help of some of our favorite pieces.  With names like “Brittany” and “Jasper” (a happy coincidence!) we couldn’t help BUT snatch them up for our Back-to-School inspired room. Check out the before and after of Mary’s new space!
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DIY + furniture + furniture makeover + Projects / Monday, 29 Jul 2013

Furniture makeover: trash can

Chronicle Books sent over a copy of the brand spankin new Furniture Makeovers by Barb Blair and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I’ve been doing lots of furniture makeovers of my own, but completely winging it. Meaning, I have no idea what I’m doing, I just kind of go for it. I’ve been devouring it ever since so I can learn the proper techniques. There’s nothing worse than finding a beautiful piece of furniture and then not knowing how to fit it into your decor so you just pass it up. (Ok, there are FAR worse things–just petty first world problems I like bringing to your attention.)
While I was at my parent’s house in California the last two weeks, I noticed that the hordes of crepe paper rolls that my mom had on hand for the millions of flowers she made for my sister’s wedding, sat in the box they came in. Wouldn’t they fit snuggly in a plain-o trash can? And look a bit better and out of our way? So, I made it over. And then added some pom poms for extra good measure. Because who doesn’t care for a little pom?
Materials: super cheap aluminum trash, spray paint for metal, yarn to decorate, pom pom maker if you’re the type, spray paint primer for metal
Step 1: Prep your trash can by giving it a good scrubbing.
Step 2: Prime your trash can. I used one whole can.
Step 3: After waiting for the primer to dry (I waited 1/2 hour), spray it with your color choice. I chose a lovely faded mint that looks a lot better in real life. Blast my amateur photography skills.
Step 4: Add another layer.
Donzo.
To add pom poms: Surprisingly, this was my FIRST TIME EVER making pom poms. Are you shocked? Ok, not my first time. It’s my first successful time. And only because my mom had some pom pom makers on hand. I made a variety of sizes and then added a braid around the bin with some yarn that had pom pom garlands built in (from Michael’s). 

I left this one in California, but I’m going to do the same for myself here for my studio because if you saw my studio you would be horrified. I need a professional organizer in my life! The crepe paper rolls and wrapping paper are spewing out of the room.

Have you ever made over a piece of furniture? What are your tips? Help a girl out! 

Design + furniture + Interiors + Outfit to room + Style / Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012

Outfit to Room: I



I am super pumped to introduce a guest new column, Outfit to Room, written by Katie Farber of This, That, + the Other. Katie was one of my very first blogging friends who I met in real life a few years back at her darling apartment in NYC. We just had so much in common and it’s been great fun to see each other grow and progress in life and careers. In a way she’s kind of been like a childhood pen pal. We’ve been trying to figure out how to collaborate for quite sometime and I finally asked if she would bring this column that she writes for on her blog to Lars because I love it so so much. So, without further ado…

Brittany and I have a lot in common: we’ve both sported cropped blonde pixie cuts; have an affinity for a particular Georgetown home from our Washington, DC days; and have a never-ending love for Domino Magazine’s “Turn this Outfit into a Room” column. While the magazine has been partially resurrected, this regular featured (sadly) has not. So, in the midst of winter I decided to start recreating my own version.

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