DIY Paper Tube Chandeliers

DIY Paper Tube ChandeliersAs soon as I laid eyes on the ‘Cocktail Lights’ of Hanna Anonen I fell in love immediately. The colors and playful shapes were so stunning. I needed to make a DIY version. These DIY Paper Tube Chandeliers are a fun way to bring color into a space. I love the impact a lovely chandelier can have on a room. These chandeliers are a fun alternative to basic desk lamps and don’t require any side tables! You can customize the color palette to whatever you desire, limited only by the paper variety at your nearest craft store. Paper, embroidery hoops, and twine are all you need for this DIY. You can easily install a hanging light bulb in the center of the tubes. On the other hand, they’re perfect without the light to serve purely as decor!

Small Space: Kitchen Renovation

Blinds.com

This kitchen renovation has been a long time coming. We have a very small kitchen with pretty poor lighting. It always seemed a little sad and drab. A huge part of the problem was our metal, mini-blinds. Yes, like the ones in a college dorm room. They were very fragile, difficult to work with, and cheapened the whole space. Luckily, Blinds.com came to my rescue! Our new blinds elevate the space, keep a clean look, and a perfect for our small windows. You can bet I’ll be spending more time in the kitchen now.

Read on to see which Blinds.com product we used and get a discount code!

Bias Tape Weaving Pillow

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Bias Tape Weaving Pillow

We loved our DIY Bias Tape Weaving so much that we knew we had to make something with it! The trick was deciding exactly what to make with it. After much deliberation, the Bias Tape Weaving Pillow was born! This eye-catcher is the perfect puff to grace your couch this summer. In punchy colors, it adds a splash of color and an interesting texture. It would look equally lovely in muted shades for a more subdued look. Just pick your palette, whip out some bias tape using our tutorial, and get weaving!

Bias Tape Weaving Pillow

See how to make your own Bias Tape Weaving Pillow!

Colored my Kitchen to help me Cook

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As you might know by now, I rarely step foot in a kitchen. I really don’t have much to do there. Cook? As if! But I LOVE all things kitchen design. The hardware, the cabinetry, the accessories, oh my! In my dreams I’m designing a line of kitchenware–items I’ll never use but gaze at for their beauty. I love adding beautiful tea towels, an adorable butter dish, potted plants (see above). I figure if it’s beautiful I might somehow trick myself into wanting to spend more time there. So far, no dice.

Additionally, aside from my lack of culinary skills, the kitchen isn’t my favorite room in my house. It’s tucked around the side of my house and doesn’t receive much light. It’s always felt a bit stale in color and energy in comparison to the rest of the more lived-in spaces. Though we rent our walk-out basement apartment, our landlords are the best and they have always said we can do whatever we want to the space, but, it IS a rental after all, and we always thought it would be a more temporary housing solution so we haven’t invested much into it.

You can imagine how thrilled I was to partner with BEHR®Paint once again (remember Baby’s nursery or our studio mural?) and participate in their upcoming Color Clinic event, the same event we participated in last year, by adding some color love to our kitchen. YES PLEASE, I said. This kitchen of mine could certainly use some help so I might as well experience first it to help you know what to do for your own kitchen makeover. As I’ve come to learn, paint makes such a world of difference!

DIY Rainbow Floor Pouf

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Did you catch my announcement of the arrival of Jasper Bradshaw? He arrived two weeks ago and we couldn’t be more over the moon. He’s a total dream boat. He sleeps and eats well. We’re just working on things like “how to like being outside”. You know, the usual.

I’ve been spending some serious time in his nursery (check out the tour here), as many new moms do, and I feel so lucky to have such a beautiful space for such a beautiful little soul. The glider from Serena and Lily arrived last week and as soon as it was delivered, I sat down and and never got up. In fact, I’m here right now. It’s absolutely perfect. Thank you to all my Instagram friends who helped me settle on the fabric–it was a tough decision! Ultimately I went with “storm”, which was perfect for the rest of the color palette of the room. I added in one of their orange Avery throw, made of the softest alpaca, as well as their Astoria pillow cover, which complements the orange tree corner so well. My dear friend Merrilee, made him one of her famous bunny dolls, which I won’t let him touch until he’s a grown adult. I knew I wanted to bring in a bit more color into the space and when I stumbled on this DIY floor pouf, I thought it would be a great way to bring in the rest of the color palette of the room since it was leaning heavy on the blues. We made our own version of a rainbow floor pouf by adding in the palette from my original inspiration board (see here). Plus, the rainbow theme adds in another dose of whimsy, which I thought it needed because the room was becoming a little too serious.

This pincushion inspired DIY Rainbow Floor Pouf works as an ottoman, a chair, a footrest, or even a coffee table substitute. You can customize the color palette to fit your space. The total cost of this project is between $50-$100 depending on the fabric, so I found it to be much cheaper than options I was finding elsewhere.

Check out the full tutorial and a template!

Lola Dutch Inspired Mobile

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Lola Dutch Inspired Mobile

Have you heard the importance of having a tribe? I’m talking about a close group of friends who support, inspire, and uplift you. It’s a thing and it’s a darn good one. I’m lucky enough to have a great tribe of girlfriends who I’ve known for years, all of whom are super duper creative. My dear friend Sarah Jane, is one such genius! She is an amazing illustrator and her book that she’s been dreaming about for years comes out today! Lola Dutch is a magical tale of a girl who dreams big. It’s written and illustrated by Sarah Jane and her husband, Kenneth. This is such a gem among children’s storybooks and it’s already getting a ton of attention.

Lola Dutch Inspired Mobile

There are quite a few beautifully illustrated chandeliers throughout the book, so we decided to create a Lola Dutch inspired Mobile! Wooden beads and bright pom poms make up this whimsical mobile. It would look adorable in a children’s room, in a craft corner, or any place that could use a fanciful touch. This mobile only takes a few hours to create, making it a perfect weekday project! We were inspired by the stunning work of Galbie Studio. Check out her Etsy shop to purchase one of her lovely creations!

Painted Faux House Plants

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Paint your plantsNo green thumb? No problem! I may or may not struggle a bit with keeping my house plants alive. Some do swimmingly and some crash and burn. So this year I decided to rid myself of some of the stress and go faux! That’s right, I’m jumping on the fake plant bandwagon. But I couldn’t just have any plain ol’ plants, I wanted Painted Faux House Plants! Polka dots, shapes, and stripes (a la this!)! Instead of giving myself a makeover for the new year, I’m giving the plants a makeover! Just find some homely faux plants and jazz them up with paint to give them a new life.Paint your plants

Get the full tutorial for the plants! 

Rainbow Envelope Organization System for our new stationery suite

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Rainbow Envelope Organization System

This post was in partnership with MOO. All opinions and designs are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow Lars to continue creating original content!

I will be the first to admit that I’m not the tidiest or organized person out there. It’s something I have to work hard at! However, I love when everything has a place and I know exactly where to go to find it. There is a special satisfaction that comes from tidiness, of that I’m sure. Our new business cards and stationery printed by MOO were just the inspiration I needed to get my life in order, that is, a small corner of my life.

Rainbow business cards with moo.com

As you might recall, I’m a huge fan of MOO. We worked with them last year to create some new packaging for our business cards and other stationery elements and I can’t recommend them enough. Due to the growth of our company, we were in need of some new business cards for the upcoming year. Lars has some really exciting and fun projects coming up in the next few months and we wanted to incorporate that imagery into our new business cards. So a rainbow assortment was the natural way to go! We are thrilled with how they turned out! They have a new line of cotton business cards made from recycled t-shirts (yes! t-shirts) making them entirely tree-free. And you know what? They’re beautiful. The cards and stationery inspired us to create a rainbow envelope organization system to keep all the odds and ends of my life in check. This is the ultimate command station that would be perfect for a home or work office. The wonderful thing is, all you need is a pegboard and some paper envelopes. I can already feel the stress melting away.

Check out the how-to after the jump!

Layered Fan Art Piece

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DIY layered paper fan wall decoration

Accordion fans, medallions, whatever you want to call them, they’re adorable and have been popping up all over the place! Typically used as party decor, we decided we needed a reason to keep them up a bit longer than one day. We created this layered fan art piece intending it to act as a more permanent home decor feature. You can easily bring color and texture into your home without spending more than 10 dollars and an evening putting it together! We’re always down with that kind of project. By texturing some cardstock and using spray paint and gold leaf to add dimension, paper fans take on a new life. Hang this installation up in your entryway and greet your guests with an artful display!DIY layered paper fan wall decoration

Get the full DIY and start your folding! 

4 reasons why I love my new artful TV

My new TV looks just like a painting!

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.My new TV looks just like a painting!

Lars’ Favorite wallpapers and a sneak peek of the book!

Best wallpapers

One of our top posts of all-time is our Guide to Where to Buy Wallpapers and I’m so glad because it’s a post I spent a long time creating. It’s meant to be helpful for when you’re selecting your own–personally, I cannot wait for that day! It can be rather hard to come across the good stuff. Wallpaper is one of my favorite design elements for a home and something I dream about nearly every day so when I was making preparations for our book, I focused a lot on selecting the right ones for the feeling we were going for. I thought it would be helpful once again to see where we sourced the wallpapers we chose for the book, so consider this both a #sneakpeek and a #helpfulguide.

Continue to see the full list of our top wallpaper resources!

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.