Our house has undergone a major facelift within the past few weeks and I must say that it is lookin good. Remember what it looked like before? Brick with a red tile roof. Our landlords, who live on the bottom two floors (we live on the top), have replaced the roof with a black tile roof, plastered it and painted it white and added really lovely windows. And we are most happy that there is now insulation. Yes, after they tore off the roof it was discovered that there was none, which explains so much about why it’s just as cold inside as it is outside during the winter.
You all know that, up until recently, my Lars uniform was a puffy, flowy dress in any color or pattern I could find. I lived in dresses! In any weather or circumstance, I would never fail to don a dress. However, since welcoming Felix into the world and moving the Lars office into my home – I must admit, I have found a new uniform of choice. LOUNGEWEAR. Who knew I would ever become a loungewear gal?! NOT ME! Ha!
In fact, this new obsession of mine has taken over my wardrobe so completely that most days I find myself sliding into full-on pajama territory. I basically wear the same thing night to day…and then night again. But honestly, I’m not even mad about it. The latest addition to my PJ drawer is this set from the Sleepy Jones + Purple collaboration. When my favorite sleepwear brand and mattress company put their minds together to create a new pair of PJs, you just know they will be the most comfortable item in your closet.
How to Complete The Ultimate Cozy Look
My favorite part of these new Sleepy Jones + Purple Pajamas? THE STRETCH. I could go on and on about the stretch. Especially when my time is currently spent feeding Felix and working at the same time (somehow?!). I feel stretched thin, so of course I need my loungewear to feel stretchy too. They truly provide the all day comfort I have been longing for.
I do need to tell you now though, ordering your own pair of Purple PJs is a fluffy, soft, and slippery slope that will inevitably lead to a full Purple bedtime set up. And that is where I find myself now, wearing my new pajamas, surrounded by new Purple SoftStretch Sheets, and Harmony Pillow. But can you blame me? “Stretch” and “harmony” are suddenly my two favorite words, especially to describe my sleeping situation.
To complete my night time routine, I decided to add a DIY Sleeping Mask to match my new stretchy goodness made from a quilt (remember our quilted coat tutorial?!)! I am already dreaming of the endless good nights of rest I’ll be getting now and perhaps you might benefit from it as well!
DIY Quilted Sleeping Mask
Items made from quilts (like the now popular quilted coat) is the new black and so I had to try my hand at it. It helped that I had scraps leftover from when Romy made mine. Turns out, it makes the coziest sleeping mask (and you better believe I’ll also be turning it into a face mask!)
- Print and cut out your template. Make sure that your printer settings are set to print actual size.
- Trace your template onto your quilt or top fabric, your satin, and your cotton batting. Cut these out.
- With the front of the satin facing up, place the satin on top of the batting and pin in place. Pin the two strips of elastic to the satin/batting layer with the ends lining up where the triangular markings on the template are. Make sure that the elastic isn’t twisting and that they don’t cross.
- With the front facing down, pin the quilt piece to the satin/batting layer. You now have a sleep mask sandwich with batting on the bottom, then satin facing up, then elastic, then your quilt piece facing down.
- Mark two places at the top of your mask about three inches apart where you will start and stop the stitching. You need to leave this space so that you can flip your mask inside out.
- With a seam allowance of 3/8ths of an inch, sew around the outside of your mask.
- Grade this seam by cutting the batting layer closer to the seam. This makes it so that the outside of your mask doesn’t have such a bulky section around the perimeter.
- Flip your mask inside out from the space you measured out in step 5. Now the end is in sight! You should have satin in the back and your quilt facing forward, with elastic to hold it to your face.
- Gently iron your mask with the satin side down. When you do this, fold the raw edges from the hole under so that they blend in with the rest of the perimeter. Pin in place.
- Topstitch around the outside of the mask. This is where you will close the hole you left to flip it inside out.
- Following the seams in your quilt, stitch in the ditch to quilt together your layers. Trim all your threads, snuggle up in bed, and start snoozing.
Once your DIY sleeping mask is complete, pair it with your own Sleepy Jones + Purple PJs for ultimate coziness.
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Like the other prints in the Lars Print shop, each design can come however you’d like–as a download where you can print it off yourself or as a print in the mail in a variety of sizes or it can come framed and/or matted. Here we put three together and I think they work perfectly together, no? All that Art Deco glory–so good!
You can find the prints in our Lars Print Shop!
And you can find our art lovers guide to Miami here!
You can see Jane’s work here.
Art prints for every style
From illustrations to photography to quotes, the Lars print shop has wall decor for every style! If you’re looking for some bold pieces to accompany your Miami prints on a gallery wall, you can find plenty of patterns and bright colors in the Lars shop prints! Or, if you’re going for a more subtle, pastel wall, you can browse through some of the illustrations to match the Miami art prints.
We even have a couple of art prints for Coronavirus relief charities. You get beautiful pieces of art AND help out communities during the pandemic. It’s a win-win.
If you love these Miami prints but aren’t sure how to start your gallery wall, we’ve got you covered! Learn how to make a gallery wall here, and let the decorating begin!
Many of us are sprucing up our homes and planning to decorate for spring. Our Marimekko roundup highlights many home decor items that are perfect for new additions and finishing touches. You may even consider replacing some items like the old dish towels and oven mitts hanging sadly in the kitchen!
Marimekko for Your Kitchen and Dining
While we’re on the topic of oven mitts, choose from this oven mitt or this pot holder for pops of bright flowers in the kitchen. Or maybe you need a new set of dishtowels. The deep magenta and orange hues add a pleasant statement anywhere they hang.
Switch your current placemats to these bold prints. Add these plates or these and some glass tumblers or mugs to complete the table setting. The magic of Marimekko design is that there is no wrong combination of prints and colors! You can mix and match any design and surprise yourself in seeing that they somehow complement each other.
For Your Bedroom
Simple additions like wallpaper and new bedding create an entirely new atmosphere to a room. And we love a great accent wall! Use this striped wallpaper or floral mural to create a vibrant mood. Moreover, add these striped sheets on this comforter set and you will have encapsulated our Marimekko spirit.
Marimekko for the Minimalists
For those not so inclined to bold colors, Marimekko also offers neutral pieces that add the perfect amounts of pattern. There are cream colored hand towels or a chestnut colored polka dotted one, a beige polka dotted bath towel, an off-white and beige throw, a black and white floral bed sheet set, and these subtle pink vases (1, 2). Patterns and textures provide subtle accents in neutral pieces.
For the Everyday
Maybe you can’t make such dramatic changes at the moment. There are still ways to make big impacts with small changes. Switch up your bath towels for some red florals or red and pink stripes. You’ll feel like you rolled into Candyland! Or you can add these fun slippers to your everyday loungewear and carry a colorful tote bag on your weekly trips to the market. Switch up your makeup bag or create a smaller one for everyday use. Although we may have less reasons to go out these days, when the occasion arises, carry a chic clutch instead of a big purse.
Marimekko Dresses and Fashion
Embrace your inner Marimekko spirit and create your very own wonderland of vibrant colors and prints.
One of my favorite parts of this bold Finnish brand is they also sell fabrics! This way you can give your home decor a fresh DIY makeover in full Marimekko style.
For our long time readers, do you remember our flooring we installed in our old apartment? You can see that Resilient Flooring from Pergo here. Pergo is a Beautifully Responsible partner. These partners are committed to not only sustainability, but also durability. I love supporting a company that utilizes mindful manufacturing and I love it even more when they over deliver on their promises.
Resilient Flooring Everywhere: Danish Style
In keeping with Paul’s Danish background, we installed Pergo flooring in pretty much every nook and cranny of our apartment–no floor to floor carpet allowed! With Utah’s ever-changing weather and our small foyer, we knew that having a floor that could handle the dust and grime of fall along with the water and moisture of spring was a priority. Sure enough, 4 years later and the floors have been a dream. They’re unbelievably easy to clean, and when you have an active toddler, quick and efficient cleaning is also a must. Their scratch resistant qualities are true to their name. Years of moving furniture didn’t leave even so much as a scuff on this floor. Here’s a little walk down memory lane. The apartment started with carpet everywhere.
And then we added in the Pergo Resilient Flooring everywhere.
And then we did some more cosmetic work to the apartment and put down an area rug because I like the color and patterns!
As most of you are well aware, we moved at the end of last year in the chaos of a studio move, pandemic, and my third trimester. Lars was also on the hunt for a new designer to add to our team, and here is when Gwen steps into the story:
Enter Gwen, our Crafter!
Hello! Brittany and I met last fall when my husband and I were looking for a new place to live. We had been living in a shoebox of an apartment. So between the two of us and our adorable whirlwind of a dog, Lula, we were getting pretty cramped. A mutual friend referred us to Brittany’s old place. She sent us pictures from the blog, saying “she’s made the inside absolutely perfect!” Um, yes, please. When we came to check it out and meet our landlords we fell even more in love. After making sure that Lula and our landlords’ dogs could get along, we made it official! About a month later Brittany, Paul, and Jasper were in their new house and we had settled into their old one.
Not long after we moved, I saw Brittany’s listing for a designer at Lars. I immediately texted my mom “would it be too weird if I applied to work for someone whose old house I’m living in?” Well, I guess it wasn’t, because the rest is history and I have been part of the team since November.
Putting our Resilient Flooring To The Test
Since moving in we have adjusted the placement of our furniture several times, and in all the hustle and bustle our Pergo flooring has stood up like a champion. It is a great color too, and doesn’t look constantly dusty like wooden floors tend to do. It’s seriously the ideal intersection of low-maintenance and beautiful that I think all of us are striving for. Because who has the bandwidth to be worrying about their floor right now? Our soggy boots and occasional spills have been no problem. And maybe most impressively, Lula’s antics haven’t left a single mark, even when she gets the zoomies.
A big part of something being environmentally sustainable is not having to replace it all the time, and I foresee the Pergo flooring lasting for a long long time and for future generations of renters, their families, and their pets. Long live…longevity!
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I started this This Girl with the “reading” room that I found from Katy Elliott as I’ve been scouting out places to go in the South of France in September. Anyone have any tips? I’m looking for one place where we can stay for a number of days that an art lover would love. A town with cute shops and markets. A town where we can find fabrics and flowers and where we are inspired to paint and photograph. Am I the biggest mooch alive? I swear I’m not super needy in real life, I just trust my dear readers’ opinion. Shoot!
I’m not necessarily an “electronics” person. In fact, I didn’t have a TV for all of my twenties. However, you’d never know it now with the level of enthusiasm I have when I speak about my new TV. It’s by Samsung and it’s called The Frame and I’m very openly and unabashedly in love with it. Yes, this is TOTALLY a sponsored post, but really, I can’t even express how passionate I am about this piece of technology. I wish you could just come on over and I’d take you through it (stay tuned! I will on InstaStories!). In fact, we sold our previous TV a few days ago and the guy asked why we are selling it… “Because, take a look at this!” and I proceeded to spend 10 minutes telling him how awesome it is. Somehow he still ended up buying our 4 year old used TV. There are the four reasons I love my TV so much.
Which Stuga floor did we go with?
Making it into the house
What did we do to the stairs ?
How to care for our Stuga floors
Other than that, I ordered the floor care kit and it comes with everything I need to take care of it. Pretty much it’s what you might expect light water. They also say that you can sand the floor down twice and that’s pretty much only if you want to restain the wood. So we are good for a long time!
This post is sponsored by Stuga but all opinions are my own.