Posts Categorized: Life

Life / Thursday, 24 Jan 2019

Becoming: Laura Harmon

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

When we moved to Provo, Utah about 6 years ago now (what?!?! VERY difficult to believe I’ve lived here longer than any other place in my adult life), a new shop had opened, Harmony. It’s a quilt, knitting, and adorable gift shop on Center Street in an old Pioneer home. It’s owned by Laura Harmon and her daughter Rachel, and run by their various family members. It’s very much the definition of a family-run business. For a culture known for its generations of crafty, scrappy, hard-working women, Harmony both elevates and has become an important community for makers. I find myself visiting for no reason at all, just because I like the idea that I could make something from their lovely array of fabrics. Many a Lars projects have come from this one of a kind shop.

Today we’re talking with the owner Laura, mother of 8, chic, classy, and kind. I love stopping in, hoping that she’s around so I can soak in her character. There isn’t a more lovely soul!

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Life / Wednesday, 23 Jan 2019

Becoming: Justina Blakeney of The Jungalow

Justina Blakeney of The JungalowIf you’re just joining in, for the month of January we were inspired to change up our content for the month to focus on women who we find inspiring and can tell us about their journey of “becoming” based on our Book Club book of the month by Michelle Obama. You can read the rest of the interviews here. Stay tuned for many more!

I’ve been a big Justina Blakeney fan for years. I admire her focus and drive in creating the beautiful home furnishings and interiors brand, Jungalow, which brought the re-advent and modernization of the bohemian style. She’s smart, talented, and on a mission to bring good design to the world! I’m constantly learning from her as a person, business person and artist, shop owner, and author. One of the things I admire most about her is how she has figured out what she wants and works her rear off to make it happen. For example, she sets time aside every day to work on becoming a better illustrator and artist showing me how you just have to make time to improve. Without further ado…

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Life / Monday, 21 Jan 2019

Becoming: Whitney Lundeen of Sonnet James

Whitney Lundeen of Sonnet James

If you’re just joining in, for the month of January we were inspired to change up our content for the month to focus on women who we find inspiring and can tell us about their journey of “becoming” based on our Book Club book of the month by Michelle Obama. You can read the first one with Grace Bonney here. Stay tuned for many more!

I asked our readers on Instastories who they would like to see in this interview series and we received a number of requests to feature Whitney Lundeen of Sonnet James. I am a proud Sonnet James fan and wearer so it was a natural, great choice. And, the timing couldn’t be more perfect as Whitney was a contestant on Shark Tank YESTERDAY! Go and watch her kill it (I’m going to watch it tonight on Hulu!) Read on →

collaborations + Design + Life + Projects / Thursday, 17 Jan 2019

Custom pillows and DIY lampshade

Custom Pillows with Roostery and SpoonflowerFor her BFA a number of years ago, my sister designed several textile designs and had them custom designed on the then new-to-me platform, Spoonflower. She then sewed pieces of clothing and had all the guests at her final show dress up in them. I was living in Denmark at the time so sadly, I was unable to experience the magic, but I’ve been told that it was indeed magic (You can see some of her work here). They had brought her designs to life.DIY lampshade with Spoonflower fabric

Spoonflower was the first platform I had heard of that offered the ability to create custom fabric from your own designs. I first heard about them while I was a graduate student in interior design and textile design. I ended up trying out a number of different patterns of my own designs over the years and being super pleased with it. Well, I hadn’t checked in with them in awhile and was super surprised to find out how much the platform had grown over the years. If you’re unfamiliar, on the platform, you can either design your own fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap and get it printed on a variety of fabric and paper OR you can sell your designs OR you can select from the other designer’s fabrics. And there are SO many great options to choose from!

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Life / Monday, 14 Jan 2019

Becoming: Grace Bonney

For January’s book club, we’re reading Becoming by Michelle Obama. I started reading the book during the holidays and was so inspired by it that we had to switch our schedule that we included first in our line up–it’s that good. Her view on “becoming” is that you are not static and always in the process of becoming something more or better–a new and improved version of yourself. It couldn’t have hit home more because it’s something I’ve been focused on the last few months.

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