Posts Categorized: Life

City guides + Design + Life + Style + travel / Monday, 8 Apr 2019

Copenhagen city guide

I’ve been wanting to share my favorite Copenhagen tips for years now and I don’t know how it’s taken 9 years to do so. Wait, yes, I do! Consider it one of those “never a tourist in your own city” moments, meaning, I experienced it all, just never wrote it all down in one concise list. Well, thanks for your patience! I’ve received numerous emails over the years asking for my recommendations and I’ve given them out, but I always thought that I needed an extra “oomph” to get it out into the world. That extra oomph was our recent trip to Denmark visiting family and revisiting some of my favorite haunts. Guess what? They still hold up! And they’re amazing.

If you’re planning a trip to Denmark, here’s what you MUST do:

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Life / Friday, 5 Apr 2019

April Book Club: Secret Garden

Secret Garden Book Club

It’s April! Whether you’ve still got snow on the ground or not, we’ve probably all caught spring fever by this point, right? Spring is a season of rebirth and renewal, themes readers have found and cherished in this month’s book, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. If you haven’t read this magical classic, you’re in for a treat!

Orphaned, sickly, and unlikable, young Mary Lennox is taken in by her unknown uncle to live at the gloomy and mysterious Misselthwaite Manor located on the Yorkshire moor. Spoiled and selfish, Mary’s life soon changes as she meets new people, finds new interests, and more importantly, a garden that’s been closed and untouched for ten years. This is a story of healing, growth, and second chances. Join us as we read The Secret Garden this month—and also compare different movie versions! You’ll have to share your favorite one. 😉 Stay tuned for discussion questions and artwork later this month!

Buy The Secret Garden here
Watch The Secret Garden (the 90’s version is beyond gorgeous and it’s by Francis Ford Coppolla.)

Life / Monday, 1 Apr 2019

Intern call for spring and summer

Winter 2019 Internships

We hereby declare that Spring/Summer 2019 Internships are now open! We LOVE our interns at The House That Lars Built and we offer a variety of positions focusing on craft, graphic design, social media, and business. If you like what we do at Lars and would like to join the team or know someone who would fit the bill, please don’t hesitate! We think it’s a pretty fun gig 😉
Read more about how to apply below!

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Life / Tuesday, 19 Mar 2019

Becoming: Erin Jang of Indigo Bunting

If you’re just joining in, this year we were inspired by Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, our Book Club book for January, and focus on learning from women who we find inspiring and can tell us about their journey of “becoming” based on our  of the month by Michelle Obama. You can read the rest of the interviews here. Stay tuned for many more each month.

This month I’m pleased to introduce you to designer and art director, Erin Jang of Indigo Bunting. You may not have realized it, but you have definitely seen her touch on publications like Martha Stewart (back in the day! I knew every page!), The New York Times, Color Factory and more. Her work is thoughtful and clever, cohesive and highly edited. I look to her work as a pinnacle of taste. On a more personal note, I’ve been lucky to meet her in person and she’s a genuine and kind individual who lifts everyone around her. A true breath of fresh air. I’m so glad to learn more from her today. Take notes, she’s got some great advice!

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Design + Life + Projects / Tuesday, 12 Mar 2019

Floral installation tablescape

Floral installation on The House That Lars Built

It’s been warm(er) and sunny(ier) here the last few days and Mother Earth is teasing us for spring. Please tell it is so! We’re craving the fresh blossoms, sweet smells, and bright colors that come in the next few months! Bring on the garden parties, you know?  We couldn’t help but dream of future dinners on these Lenox Trianna Blush dishes framed by a gorgeous floral installation. They’re perfect! Classy, elegant and the perfect shade of pink.
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