5 Ways to Wear Green

5 Ways to Wear Green

We made a list of five ways to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day years ago (2014, can you believe it?!), which you can find here. Well, we wanted to add to it, because it turns out we’ve had some bright ideas since then!

St. Patrick’s Day Beaded Bracelets

Just a few weeks ago, we came out with these St. Patrick’s Day Beaded Bracelets! It’s the perfect solution if you don’t want to overwhelm the world with green or don’t have any green in your closet already. These sweet little bracelets are delicate and refined, and give you that splash of green you need. You might even find yourself wearing them on other days besides St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day Buttons

These St. Patrick’s Day Assorted Buttons from our shop are another great way to add just a touch of green to your outfit. Bonus: you don’t even have to make them! Just order and you’re all set. And come on, these little beauties are adorable. You’ll be looking forward to St. Patrick’s Day just so you have a reason to wear them.

Rainbow Collar Pin

Another great accessory, our DIY Rainbow Collar Pin has been around for a while now and it’s a beloved classic! Rainbows are a classic St. Patrick’s Day icon, and the great thing is that (if you hadn’t noticed already) the color green is always present in a rainbow. Plus, I love me a good little collar pin accessory and this one fits the bill perfectly. It’s cute, functional, and protects you from the pinches.

St. Patrick’s Day Crowns

Did someone say St. Patrick’s Day party? These two St. Patrick’s Day crowns are the perfect party accessory for your guests! We have two versions, a printable and DIY version, so pick whatever suits your fancy. Not interested in having a party? Then just have fun and wear a crown for the day! Its delicate and playful and you can relax, because no one will miss that pop of green.

Painted Shoes

If you’re into the subtle details, these Painted Shoes are for you. Paint a rainbow or some green on the soles of your shoes and flash those colors when someone tries to give you a pinch!

Other Options

Here are some other ideas for how to incorporate green into your St. Patrick’s Day this year:

More Inspiration

Loved this post on ways to wear green and want more St. Patrick’s Day inspiration? Try this lovely St. Patrick’s Day Wreath. Also try this St. Patrick’s Day crown, or these kid-friendly coloring pages! And if you’re in need of a new spring craft, try our DIY Paper Orchids! Not interested in making anything? Check out our shop for some seasonal favorites you’re sure to love.

Hint Hint Hubby: Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas 2021

It’s that time of the month, I mean, year! Time to celebrate your love, of course! I gather you are here for some insight and guidance. 2020 was rough to say the least, and last year’s Valentine’s Day happened before all the mayhem. The lady in your life has dealt with her share of trials this past year and needs some extra pampering. Let’s shower her with some extra love and gifts she will appreciate.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

We categorized our Valentine’s Day gift ideas to help you narrow down your search. From practical to romantic, from unexpected to comforting, we have you covered! Explore our curated list below, and check out the Lars Valentine Shop for more ideas!

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Valentine's day gift guide

This is just the beginning of the Valentine’s Day Gifts we carry in our Shop. Click here to see more accessories, cards, decor, and more.

Romantic Gifts

Spoil her with a purse she didn’t know she needed, earrings that are on trend, candles that are on her wishlist, linen sheets that have over 2000 positive reviews, slippers and bubble bath soap that will make her feel like a queen. Indulge her hidden wishes and top it off with chocolate straight out of a Wes Anderson film. These are the gifts that are sure to win you a personal Husband-of-the-Year award.

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Useful Gifts

So much time has been spent indoors and naturally there have been things around the home, things that are used every day, that are in need or are in desperate need of sprucing up. She might need a beautiful brass wick candle trimmer because it’s difficult to cut wicks that are towards the bottom half of the container. Speaking of candles, lighting candles on a modern Moroccan candlestick or these glass candlesticks will instantly upgrade dining at home. (And don’t worry, both of those candlesticks are great options even if your significant other is a picky decorator.) For everyday use, these pink blue light glasses, felt coasters, watering cans, and colorful slides will brighten ordinary tasks. There’s an upgrade you can find for almost everything she uses, and that is a gift that will tell you you notice all her hard work.

 

Unexpected Gifts

These gifts may not have crossed your mind but will be a pleasant surprise. Consider a charming chess set made of plexiglass board and wooden game pieces because she watched A Queen’s Gambit and is ready to learn or renew her love for the game. If she is not into chess but still loves boardgames and puzzles, this Scrabble Deluxe Edition or any of the puzzle sets are sure to provide some fun times together. If you want to pick out clothing or accessories and are unsure of her taste, you can stay safe with a nice pajama set and/or a chic headband. There are plenty more unexpected Valentine’s day gift ideas she will love!

Homey Gifts

Does your lady love decorating and rearranging the home? Gift her this functional and display worthy handblown glass cloche with matches. Or an oil diffuser that serves as a beautiful flower arrangement. If she’s redecorating for spring, a pop of yellow with this throw and striped pillow will definitely brighten things up.

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Wrap it Up

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Don’t forget the gift wrap! Check out all of our exclusive wrapping paper designs here, including the fun bold shapes above + our Cherry Wrapping Paper and Chocolate Truffles Wrapping Paper made specifically for Valentine’s Day!

Find more ideas from last year’s post or make a larger version of our Valentine Fruit Piñata and fill it with gifts you’ve found above. We also think face masks, cozy loungewear for working from home, blue light glasses, or some new office decor would make amazing gifts. Click any of those links to see our favorite options available! Look forward to more Valentine’s Day gift ideas in the coming week.

DIY Statement Headbands Inspired by Amanda Gorman

Statement headbands have been trending over the past few years and they are here to stay for 2021, thanks to Amanda Gorman! We’ve seen a resurgence of headband designs made with velvet and satin, embellished with pearls, rhinestones, and beads. They almost resemble Renaissance and medieval headwear that adorned the hair like a tangible halo glow. On Inauguration Day, Amanda Gorman glowed as she read her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” and her red headband simply accentuated her shine. Gorman’s “fiery red” headband by Prada quickly sold out since her speech, so we wanted to recreate the look by making our own headbands.

How to Make Your Own Statement Headbands

Supplies:

Plain 1.5 inch wide headbands (without teeth), 1/4 yard upholstery foam (½ inch thick), a permanent marker, scissors, a glue gun and glue, 1/3 yard fabric, a satin ribbon to finish.

Amanda Gorman headband DIY

Puffy Amanda Gorman Headband:

  1. With your permanent marker, trace the outline of your headband onto the foam. Cut it out outside the lines, giving about half an inch of ease on each end (as the foam bends it scrunches up a bit and loses some length). If you want your headband to be extra tall, cut two foam shapes.
  2. Making sure the foam and the headband are centered, glue the foam to the top of the headband. It’s easiest to keep it centered  if you start with the two ends, then glue the top and sides.
  3. If you are making yours extra tall, glue another layer of foam on top 
  4. Trim the foam to create a smooth silhouette. It’s especially helpful to trim down the foam by the ends of the headband so that it tapers. Take your time on this step.
  5. Cut an oval of fabric 24 inches long and six inches wide. 
  6. Center the headband on the fabric and wrap the fabric up and over the foam. Glue the fabric to the underside of the headband. Repeat on the other side. It’s best if you keep the glue on the center of the underside of the headband so that it can be covered with the ribbon later. If you have excess fabric, trim it off. 
  7. Work your way around the headband, smoothing out big wrinkles along the way. 
  8. Trim the excess fabric from the end of the headband, leaving about an inch. Fold it under the bottom and secure with glue. 
  9. To finish your headband, cut a length of ribbon long enough to run the entirety of the inside of the headband with about an inch to spare. Glue the ribbon to the underside of the headband, covering any raw edges. Fold the end of the ribbon under to create a clean edge and secure with glue. Where the headband tapers fold both sides of the ribbon under so that the ribbon doesn’t extend beyond the sides of the headband. Glue down and repeat on the other side. 

Amanda Gorman headband DIY

Braided Headband:

  1. Cover the headband in fabric. To do this, cut a three inch wide strip of fabric just longer than the headband is. Center the headband on the fabric and glue it down so that it covers the top, and fold the ends under the headband. Secure with hot glue and press down to avoid pesky bumps. Trim away excess fabric. 
  2. Cut three four-inch-wide strips of fabric and fold them over so that they form a hollow tube. Dot hot glue along the side of each and secure the fabric tubes. 
  3. Stack the three tubes and glue them together. Loosely braid the three strands together, taking care to keep the glued seam down. It can help to tape the strands to a table here. Secure the end of the braid with hot glue so that it doesn’t unravel.
  4. Starting in the middle of the braid, attach it to the top of the headband, with a dot of hot glue. Plump up the braid as desired and glue the braid down across the length of the headband. We pulled the braid a little bit tighter at the ends so that it would have more dimension at the top and taper at the sides. Trim any excess braid where the headband stops and add a dot of hot glue to the strands to keep them from unraveling.
  5. To finish your headband, cut a length of ribbon long enough to run the entirety of the inside of the headband with a few inches to spare. Glue the ribbon to the underside of the headband, covering any raw edges. Starting on one side, trim the ribbon so it extends just beyond the end of the headband and fold it up over the bottom. Secure it with glue. Cut a three inch piece of ribbon and glue it to the inside bottom of the headband. Fold and glue the end of the ribbon to create a clean edge, and wrap it around the base. Secure with glue and repeat on the other side. 

Knotted headband:

  1. Cover the headband in fabric. To do this, cut a three inch wide strip of fabric just longer than the headband is. Center the headband on the fabric and glue it down so that it covers the top, and fold the ends under the headband. Secure with hot glue and press down to avoid pesky bumps. Trim away excess fabric. Cut the fabric so that it ends right where the headband ends.
  2. Cover the raw edges of the fabric with a strip of ribbon. Cut a length of ribbon long enough to run the entirety of the length of the headband and glue it down, covering any raw edges. Don’t worry about the ends of the headband; we will finish those later. 
  3. Cut a strip of fabric six inches wide and about 30 inches long. Fold it over so that it forms a hollow tube. Dot hot glue along the side and secure the fabric tube. 
  4. Tie a loose knot in the center of the fabric tube. Make sure that the seam side isn’t up in the knot or on the top of the strips coming off the knot on either side. 
  5. With a dot of hot glue, secure the knot. Use another dot of glue to adhere the knot to the top of the headband. 
  6. With the seams down, glue the strips of fabric to the headband. Fold up the ends and fold in the sides, and wrap these around the bottom of the headband. Secure with hot glue.

As Amanda Gorman stated within the last lines of “The Hill We Climb,” may we be brave enough to be the light, in our country and our world.

We want to see how your style your Amanda Gorman headband! Tag us on instagram so we can see your iconic looks. 

Amanda Gorman headband DIY

In the Mood for: Little Women

Which Little Women character are you?

Little Women was on our list of 50 creative and inspiring movies, and we’ve compiled some style inspiration for you based on the March sisters. Find your style picks below!

Meg

Meg March, the perfect example of fashion on a budget. With the right eye, you can fill your closet with classy pieces without breaking the bank! Below you will find our balance between comfort, price point, and glam:

And we can’t forget, Meg is also a supermom! Her love for children will always come before her love for fashion and luxury. Accessories like this pearl headband instantly glam up an outfit, while staying right out of the reach of a little Boo’s reach. Even in the middle of all your many mom duties, don’t forget to set aside time for romance! Put on this dainty statement necklace and hit the town with your true love! Take a note from Meg’s diary, little details like pom pom shoes and puff sleeves will take your wardrobe to the next level this year.

Jo

Jo, fiery, ambitious, and forever on the go. Below you will find items for the Modern Jo March:

If you are the tomboyish and passionate kindred spirit to Jo, we have curated this list with you in mind! Nothing can get in your way, you are sure to trade heels for sneakers, so we included our favorite pair in just the color scheme for you. For you and Jo, accessories are an after thought, but you don’t have to sacrifice sensibility for fashion – these geometric earrings will catch eyes at interviews and elevate your style with ease. We imagine Jo’s favorite current print trend would be leopard print, so this print necktie is just the touch. Of course you will need a good writing desk and a pencil case (you never know when the right story will hit you!) Even if these items seem a little girly, like this floral purse, don’t be fooled – this is all about function (maybe with some style tips taken from Meg.)

Beth

Oh Beth, the sweet and soft sister we could all learn to be more like. Beth’s list is all about comfort. If you’re a homebody, we have you covered:

This knit sweater has such a lovely bit of lace even the most selfless of us are tempted to slurge. Even in the middle of all your giving, don’t forget to take care of yourself! Have some fun this this cute sloth phone case, or these velvet hair bows! Your home is your sanctuary, so dress it up right in this subtle floral wallpaper. (We imagine Beth’s favorite current print trend would be florals.) Make memories with all your loved ones with this pastel polaroid camera!

Amy

For the bold artist in all of us, Amy’s list is full of color, shapes, and fun! We know even everyday items like hand soap and staplers can be masterpieces, as you’ll see below:

Refined, artsy, and stylish – our vision for Amy’s interior design style. We imagine Amy’s favorite current print trend would be abstract shapes, and are dying over this paint stroke light shade. For you Amy March Soul Sisters, we found this amazing purple chore coat (imagine your paint brushes in those pockets! Ah!) and these painted vases. Whether you have been to France yet or not, want to carry around this phone case everywhere you go? We say oui! You are art, dress like it with this floral sweater.

Which modern March Sister’s style are you drawn to the most? We would love to hear in the comments below!

If you loved this Little Women inspiration, check out more of our “in the mood for” style inspiration here. And if you love the book, check out our Little Women book club from January.

In the Mood For: Andy Warhol Inspired Home Decor

Who Was Andy Warhol?

Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1928. Aside from being an influential artist, Andy also delved into film making, producing, and photography.

At first, his career aspirations were to be a commercial illustrator in advertising. When some of his art pieces gained traction, he began to establish himself as a well-known artist. His art gallery, known as The Factory, attracted a wide range of people, from celebrities to bohemians and everything in between. Did you know that Andy actually invented the phrase “15 minutes of fame”?

In the 1960s, Andy Warhol’s work began to reflect the time period. His most famous pieces were depictions of Campbell’s soup, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, electric chairs, mushroom clouds, and Coca-Cola. 

Learn More About This Great Artist!

Andy Warhol is one of the icons featured in our Great Artists! Course. During this 6 week kid’s course, an entire week is dedicated to hands-on projects designed to instill a love for creative learning while learning about Andy’s life and work! The course includes the Andy Warhol paper dolls shown below + daily videos, lessons, DIY project tutorials, and other fun printables. Click here to learn more about this art course!

You can find home decor inspired by other icons from our Great Artists! Course in our archives! Frida Kahlo here, Alma Thomas here, and Monet here

What was Andy’s interior design style?

Some sources say Andy Warhol was a hoarder. He would go shopping and then never take things out of bags. Large rooms would turn into big unorganized closets. 

In his interior design, he actually had very traditional, understated tastenothing crazy wild or colorful like his art. He liked antiques, statues, and for different rooms to have different design themes like art deco, American West, traditional American, French, Roman, etc. He didn’t host guests at his home, not even close friends. 

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Andy Warhol Inspired Home Decor

Even if your design style is understated like Andy’s, you can enjoy “pops” of color (see what I did there?) throughout your home. Take a look at our fun Andy Warhol inspired home decor (plus other stuff, like masks of course!) and channel your inner pop artist.

 

Check out our Great Artists! Course for kids that includes some wonderful projects cooked special for you by our Lars team. During the course your family can create Warhol inspired pieces to perk up your home.

Fun Andy Warhol Gifts

Gift some colorful Andy Warhol inspired gifts paired with access to our Great Artists! Course this Christmas! It makes for a unique present for the little artist your life. Plus you’ll be gifting 6 weeks of fun and creativity!

 

This post is a part of our In the mood for series. In this series we show you how to recreate interior design styles and fashion inspired by people we admire! Click any of the links below to check out the past posts in this series!

Anne of Green GablesEmma WoodhouseIris ApfelWes Andersonthe Royal FamilyLittle WomenMonetFrida Kahlo, Alma Thomas, and Alexander Girard

Our New Casetify Collection: BLOOM

Our History with Casetify

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know all about our debut Casetify collection, which launched last fall. Since then, we haven’t been able to get enough! We painted mini pumpkins inspired by the collection, which was such a fun DIY twist on the phone cases. The retro florals featured in that collection also snuck its way into our new spring tablescape! After some time passed and we became familiar with our new phone cases, we also released a Casetify honest review, which you can read here.

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Our New Casetify Collection: BLOOM

We couldn’t help but give you a little teaser along the way to get you excited about our launch. Remember those nesting Easter eggs? Well keep those in mind as you scroll through the phone case options–a few of them just might look familiar. Here’s the link to our full collection of brand new phone cases!

My Bloom Magazine Inspiration

This new collection leans fully into spring and the myriad of beautiful flowers in bloom. Hence the name, Bloom. But the name wasn’t only inspired by beautiful blooming flowers. When I was a kid, I made a magazine called Bloom! Can you believe it?! It’s like I knew what would follow, so many years before phone cases were even on the brain. This magazine was thorough, too–it included ads, recipes, advice, the whole nine yards.

Here are some highlights of the magazine, because they’re too good not to share:

If you couldn’t read that, it says “the claw. A softener, a loosener, an everything.” Amazing.

Needless to say, I’ve been thinking about flowers and gardens long enough that it was about time for a phone collection featuring them.

Garet’s Inspiration Behind the Collection

Garet, our designer, worked night and day to design this magnificent flower garden of a collection. Her connection to painting and, specifically, flowers, goes way back as well. She’s named after her grandmother, Margaret. At Margaret’s funeral, they had peonies in honor of her since she loved them so much. Hence, this jaw-droppingly lovely peony was born.

The story goes on. Garet’s aunt, who took care of Margaret before she died, taught Garet to paint–especially flowers. Garet’s aunt instilled a love of painting flowers in Garet from the time she was young and it has, shall we say bloomed? Ever since.

Some of our Favorites

Here are some of our favorite cases:

Look familiar? You may be thinking of the Easter dress we made out of the secret garden print!

But florals aren’t the only options in this versatile collection. We also have some bold, geometric prints that are lovely as well.

I especially love the tumbling blocks! The best part is all of the customizable options Casetify offers. I can’t get enough of that neon yellow with the pink and red tumbling block!

Casetify Discount Code

For followers of The House that Lars Built, Casetify is offering a 15% discount at checkout with code THTLB15. 

If you get one of our cell phone cases, tag us with #Larsforcasetify. We would love to see them! 

 

Jasper’s Viking Cardboard Box Costume

Over on Instagram I’ve been doing a Jasper Costume Countdown from the previous couple of years. Do you remember them? First year, we had fun with a Picasso and Painting mommy and me costume. That little pudge! I can’t even handle it!

Picasso and Painting

But for actual Halloween night I turned him into a colorful French clown. Don’t ask where the make-up ended up.

The next year, he played Jared Leto at the Met Ball

And then Mommy and Me as Lady Liberty and her little tourist.

And then a squirrel for actual Halloween night.

DIY Cardboard Box Viking Costume

This year, I was inspired by his Nordic DNA and went a little more savage. Now, if you recall from this post, I have a number of requirements that accompany each costume choice. If you’re child has no opinions a la Jasper, then you can do whatever you darn well please and that’s when these decisions matter most. I really should have gone with a rotund animal selection because Jasper still has all the right curves (thankfully!), but a little mini viking was too cute, especially before he truly does become more savage with age.

Additionally, Paul’s number one choice for Jasper was Odin. It was a bit *much* for me so we got some use out of it in this more temporary context.

Cardboard Box Costume Viking Costume

I was inspired by my friend, Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag who creates the loveliest cardboard costumes. She has a series of cardboard box costumes that I love  so what started out as a plain ‘ole Viking turned into me thinking I turn his wagon into a ship and then before too long it became a cardboard box.

Here’s how I did it:

Materials for Ship:

  • cardboard box big enough for your child to fit into
  • Craft knife
  • Glue gun
  • Sharpie or pencil
  • acrylic paint in brown, blue, red, yellow, gold
  • string or rope
  • dowel
  • poster board
  • paint brushes

Instructions:

  1. Cut an oval hole into the top of the box and cut the other side out completely
  2. Draw and cut out your dragon design. I inserted it into a hole in the box and then secured with glue gun. Repeat to the tail.
  3. You can see in the pictures that I painted the sea first, but in hindsight I should have painted the brown of the ship first and then done the sea afterwards. I ended up doing both.
  4. I wanted a painterly/weathered look so I didn’t add too much paint onto the box, but enough to cover all the markings.
  5. I added in some metallic gold paint for accents. And then the sea with large strokes.
  6. Viking ships have those round shields on the side so we added those on too.
  7. We created a red and white sail with paint and added holes into it for the dowel.
  8. I added straps into the box from the end of the ship to the front so that they can be used as shoulder straps.

DIY Viking Helmet made from Cardboard

Jasper has been taking his viking hat EVERYWHERE we go–to the grocery store, returns…It’s hilarious. I’ve been wanting to make this Viking hat from Zygote Brown because it’s too darn cute! The one she has uses a different technique for the horns, which is AMAZING. I was spending SO much time on it that at midnight I had to say “serenity now” and figure out a faster technique so I did just a 2D version with the shape itself.

DIY Cardboard Viking Hat Materials:

Instructions: 

  1. Use the Zygote Brown viking hat base (the price is worth it because it involves exact math!)
  2. Cut out the 2D horns and insert them into the side of the hat and glue in place.

I did have to give his hair a little boost because it’s so long that the curls are getting weighed down. Curling iron to the rescue!

DIY Viking Costume

For the actual costume, our sewing intern made a few fun things:

  1. Sweet furry vest (the furrier the better!). It just so happens to be the same as the squirrel costume from last year!
  2. Spats She also made some spats in the same material to go over his shoes. I tied them up with twine so that they would hold in place and provide more texture.
  3. Turtleneck and pants I used this cream turtleneck from Maisonette and some pants he already had.

And that’s it! Love my little viking and yes, of course he’s taken on the persona and all the comes with it perfectly 😉

Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Show is your costumes with the tag #LarsInCostume

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Palm Springs Style You Can’t Miss

The city really took off after the 1940s when the Golden Age actors of Hollywood wanted a retreat from the growing sprawl of Los Angeles. With all of that wealth coming to town, architects came along with it. William Krisel and John Porter Clark and Arthur Frey and Jack Meiselman and so many more created masterpieces and tract houses alike in this town. While you and I probably can’t commission the architecture gods to build us new homes, we can take cues from their style! It’s also a very real possibility to snag one of the homes for yourself if you’re in the market.

John Porter Clark home. The sky is bright blue, the house is modern and flat-roofed and brilliant white, and the foreground is beige gravelAlbert Frey home made of glass and steel tucked into the plants and rocks of Palm SpringsA white and black Jack Meiselman Home at sunset. Palm trees sway in the background, and the front yard is xeriscaped.

Color Reigns

The look of Palm Springs is one of openness and ease, minimalism with playful twists. With the pervasive sun and expansive sky, most of the homes in the area are painted white but you’ll be hard pressed to find a neutral-colored door. Pastels and neons reign! Hooray! There is this random house that isn’t one of the rat pack mansions or anything, but it has become famous because of #thatpinkdoor. A few cans of paint is all it takes for you to bring this Palm Springs styling tip home with ya! 

Vertical image of a modern white home with a pink door, agave plants, and structural landscaping

Don’t Forget to Look Up

If you go visit Palm Springs, odds are you’ll be so busy looking at all of the fabulous architecture that you might not notice the sky. Who am I kidding – it’s huge and bluer than you’ve ever seen it before. You can’t miss it. The architects who polished this corner of desert into a gem certainly didn’t! It’s almost as if they designed with the sky as the centerpiece. Check out this picture from my good friend Frank’s house. Architect E. Stewart Williams wasn’t messing around – he was showcasing the skies. My favorite Palm Springs houses have windows that are higher than I’m used to seeing. They also have cantilevered sections and skylights. This stunning photograph of the Sunnylands Estate, AKA “Camp David of the West” shows how important the sky is to the design of the property. By the way, Obama and Xi Jinping hung out here a few years back. If it’s good enough for them, it’s good enough for me! 

Image of a house with a huge blue sky, topiary-style trees, modern flat roof, and a pink ramp leading into a flat blue pond.

Geometric Ease

Okay, thanks for humoring me while I ranted about the sky for a bit. A huge part of the appeal of Palm Springs is its ease. I just look at pictures and feel relaxed. The design is simple to understand; it’s all about straight lines and symmetry. I love this photo of a room at Twin Palms – the sunburnt orange color is definitely an homage to the earth tones outside. I love that color as a headboard! The symmetry of the room is so precise and uncomplicated that it looks good from every angle. Imagine having a wall of matching prints of identical size behind you for zoom calls! The exteriors of Desert Modernist homes tend to have breeze block and hardy plants that are almost impossible to kill. What’s not to love about that? 

If you’re looking to add some freshness to your space, try channeling the vibe of Palm Springs! Its simple color scheme, sky-inspired design, and linear geometry create such a feeling of comfort and relaxation. That’s exactly what I want right now!!

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Palm Springs-Inspired Accessories

Looking for more style guides? Don’t forget to check out our In the Mood For series! We’ve found fashion, home decor, and accessories inspired by Frida Kahlo, Josef Albers, The Queen’s Gambit, Andy Warhol, Alma Thomas, Monet, Wes Anderson, The Royal Wedding Anniversary, Jane Austen’s Emma, Iris Apfel, Little Women, Alexander GirardAnne of Green Gables, and Hamilton.

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DIY Detachable Rickrack Collar

Collars are super in right now as a part of the whole cottagecore trend and I am DIGGING them. I mean, you have to be super careful about them so as not to appear too 19th century. You can modernize it a bit more by wearing a blouse tucked into pants. I’m not much of a pants owner so I had to go with my dress here, but I’m going to assume that you own pants–am I correct? Ha! A lot of the ones out there are collars connected with the blouse but I wanted one that you could detach and pair with lots of different ones.

I LOVE a collar on kids too, though admittedly, I think I’d probably put it on a girl if I had one more than my boys. But, who cares?! They’re so fun! Almost like a necklace.

Rickrack is the braided trimming in a zigzag pattern often used as decoration on clothes. In the past, we used them to embellish blouses, and most recently, we used them in our baby bonnet pattern. We love the trimming so much, we wanted to use it in creating other matching accessories for the whole family. Starting with mom and child, make a rickrack collar that you can attach and detach to any outfit. Because rickrack has such a nostalgic appeal, they will maintain its classic look and feel for years to come. Read on to find out how to make one for yourself using our rickrack collar pattern.  

Materials:

Kid and Adult matching collar pattern, 1 yard cotton fabric (we used this gingham by Robert Kaufman), medium rick rack, matching thread, hooks and eyes, scissors, hand sewing needle, sewing pins, iron, sewing machine. A sewing machine isn’t strictly necessary, but it sure speeds things up! 

Instructions:

  1. Download, print, and cut out the matching collar pattern. If you’re making a collar for a kid, hold up the patterns to one of their shirts to decide which size will fit best.
  2. Cut out your fabric. Make sure that you cut the collar back pieces on the fold!
  3. Pin the collar front pieces to the collar back along the shoulder seam. If your fabric is printed, the right sides should be together.
  4. Sew along the shoulder seams. 
  5. Press the seams open. 
  6. Repeat steps 3-6 with the other collar back and front pieces so that you have two identical pieces. 
  7. With the right sides together, pin the two pieces together. 
  8. Sew around the perimeter of the collar, but leave a gap about three inches long where you don’t stitch at the bottom of the collar back.
  9. Through the unsewn gap, turn the whole thing right side out. Press all the seams so that they’re nice and tidy. Make sure that you press the corners where the collar meets in the front so that you see the point. It can help to push the corner out with a pencil or a skewer.
  10. Starting at the top corners (where the collar will meet just below the neck), pin your rick rack to the edge of the collar. 
  11. Topstitch all along the edge of the collar, securing the rick rack down. This will also close up the gap you used to flip the collar right side out.
  12. You’re almost done! To finish your collar, hand sew the hook and eye on at the top corners. 

If you make this collar we would love to see it! Use #LittleLars to show us. Bonus points if you make two and match with your little one!

Printable New Year’s Crowns

NYE Party Accessories

We’ve made New Year’s printable crowns in years past, and this year our crown is inspired by our wrapping paper. We’ve done a few in the past (see here and here) and they’re always a crowd favorite, so we thought we’d add to the group and fill it with all the craziness that this year has been–lots of patterns and colors, of course!

Like every other holiday this year, New Year’s Eve is bound to look a little different. But you still deserve to get a little glitzed up, even if you’re lounging in sweats as you watch the ball drop (wait…has that been canceled?).

Of course, the older I get (and the more kids I have), the more New Year’s Eve becomes just another night in, and I don’t usually make it to midnight. Still, I think 2021 needs a nice big welcome from humanity so we don’t get a repeat of this year…

Printable New Year’s Eve Crowns

These crowns are a cinch to put together. You could even leave out the paper and let everyone make their own! Could be part of the night!

Materials

Instructions

  1. There are 8 patterns in the PDF (here). Use two patterns per crown (or print off more to put the same pattern together. We recommend printing onto cardstock! Keeps them sturdy and reuseable! We designed them on 11×17″ paper so they could be big! If you don’t have that size for your home printer, we used our local print shop.
  2. Tape the two pieces from the inside and glue on the outside so you don’t see the seam.
  3. The tab is meant to be adjustable to the size of the head. Cut a slit where the head fits comfortably.
  4. Glue on poms for maximum effect.

We’d love to see your crowns in action. Tag us with #LarsMakes or #HolidaysWithLars so we can see them!

Other NYE Projects

If you liked this project, you’ll love these ones:

Galaxy paper crown tutorial is here (it’s got that vintage look we all love)
Printable NYE crowns
NYE party invitations
DIY Star Crown

Casetify Phone Case: Honest Review (Updated)

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Honest review of Casetify phone case

Last fall, we launched our new collection of phone cases! And just a few weeks ago, we launched our second round of cases, BLOOM, complete with a whole host of new floral designs. We were thrilled with the way the aesthetic elements of the cases turned out. Such fun color combos and patterns–I mean, what more could you ask for in a phone case? Well, durability and good protection for your phone. But there was no way to know just how good these phone cases would be until we tried them out. We’re still in the middle of it, but we want to give you some honest feedback about these Casetify phone cases and if they truly do what phone cases are supposed to do: protect your phone and look good at the same time.

Update:

Since last fall, we’ve had some time to get to know our Casetify cases. We want to be honest with you about the pros and cons of the cases so you’re not unpleasantly surprised by some details. So. The following reviews are from the team at The House that Lars Built. They’re complete with our customized experiences; our journeys with our individual cases. Hopefully this information can shed some light on these cases that we love to look at and also want to be able to keep for a while.

Hailey’s honest Casetify review:

How long have you had your Casetify phone case?

I’ve had my current case since our collection of phone cases was launched. But I’ve used Casetify for years!

What’s your honest opinion? How is your case holding up?

I have cracked every phone I’ve ever owned so I was a little skeptical that a non-bulky case would actually protect it. But boy has Casetify delivered! I’ve used Casetify cases for years and I’m never going back. I love that I can always find way cute designs on Casetify, too.

Brittany’s honest Casetify review:

How long have you had your Casetify phone case?

I’ve had my current one (this one with a yellow edge) since our collection came out, but I’ve been using a Casetify case for a few years now.

What’s your honest opinion? How is your case holding up?

Prior to my Casetify case I had a case that just did the job–it wasn’t cute! I had dropped my phone enough times and cracked the screen that I didn’t want to risk it anymore. I got a translucent yellow Casetify case a few years ago and loved the look because my phone was also yellow so it was MAJOR yellow vibes–my favorite vibes of all the vibes.

The case is strong without feeling like a barricade and cute so it checks off all my boxes. I put a screen protector on the glass itself because I always seem to defy all odds with cracking the screen and that’s done a great job too. (I use this one if you’re interested).

I actually chose two cases from our collection because I couldn’t decide and I switch them out. I use this pink/red colorblock one (I chose the translucent neon yellow rim) with our blue socket and this folk floral one with translucent yellow rim with this green flower socket.

Compostable

One reason I really really love Casetify is because their cases are compostable. They use their own material that is made from plants and bamboo and each one is compostable and biodegradable. They break down into carbon dioxide, water, and other naturally occurring minerals–no toxins left. SUPER into that.

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Jane’s honest review of Casetify phone cases:

How long have you had your Casetify phone case?

I’ve had my case since September 2021. It’s been a game changer for me!

What’s your honest opinion? How is your case holding up?

I’m obsessed with so many designs from our new collection with Casetify. But I narrowed them down to the Pink & Red Checkers with a blue outline. This is my first time using Casetify. I love that you can customize the case and that they have a variety of materials you can choose from, especially if you are environmentally friendly.

I’ve used other brands before and they have been durable, but heavier and chunkier for my hands. My Casetify case is super sturdy and lightweight! Of course, we all drop our phones and every time I’ve done that my phone is perfectly fine with no cracks in the screen or dents in the phone. I worry less about keeping my phone looking brand new and safe. My only complaint is a small chip in my most recent case, but it still protects my phone perfectly.

I’ve also noticed that Casetify cases can be a bit slippery. Sometimes when I set my phone on the magnetic holder in my car it slides around a bit. But I do love how easy it is to slide into my pocket.

Carrie’s honest review of Casetify phone cases:

How long have you had your Casetify phone case?

Since October 2021.

What’s your honest opinion? How is your case holding up?

I’m not exaggerating when I say it still looks brand new. I’ve dropped it a few times already but can’t see scuff marks yet, and it protected my phone from any cracks, even without a screen protector. I’ve had so many issues with past phone cases getting dirty, ripping, and just looking pretty sad in general. My previous phone case before Casetify was a minimal, red one (I thought it would show the dirt less than clear or white), but it quickly started to look dirty from rubbing against the inside of my pockets and bags. With this new Casetify case, I don’t see any discoloration after 7 months, even though the border is clear. Very happy with it!

Oh, I also love that it’s so smooth and wipes off easily. Much better than some silicone cases I’ve had which attract dust and lint from my pockets like crazy. I’ve never had a problem with lint clinging to my Casetify phone case as long as I’ve had it!

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Sophie’s Casetify Honest Review

How long have you had your Casetify phone case?

I’ve had my phone case for about 3 weeks.

What’s your honest opinion? How is your case holding up?

Wow I love my new phone case. After three weeks it’s still just the best case I’ve put on my phone EVER! The case is so durable and cute, so it’s the perfect combo.

Our Takeaway: Pros and Cons

Based on our current experience using Casetify phone cases, we have been pleasantly surprised by how durable they are, not to mention some of the cutest phone cases we’ve ever seen.

We’ve broken the reviews down into a list of pros and cons for you to analyze all in one place:

Pros

  • Cute designs
  • Lots of customizable options
  • Compostable
  • Durable and long-lasting compared to other phone cases we’ve tried
  • Even as it yellows with time, stays sturdy
  • maintains color well without rubbing off

Cons

  • A little slippery for car magnet holders
  • Some complain that the clear border yellows over time (but this takes at least a year or more to start happening)
  • The occasional chip or dent can happen, but that’s rare
  • A little stiff and hard to put on/take off your phone
  • Can be a bit on the pricey side ($40-$80, as opposed to the $10-$30 range you’ll find on Amazon).

Overall:

Casetify cases are some of the most durable and long-lasting cases we’ve tried. No phone case is invincible, but these ones last as long as you need them to before you start to want a new phone anyway. In addition, they do an excellent job at protecting your phone while still being minimal and not overly bulky. They can be a bit stiff to take on and off, but that’s because they’re more durable than your average minimal case. And they do slip beautifully into pockets and purses without getting stuck or attracting lint. And in addition to how wonderfully long-lasting and durable they are, they are by far some of the best looking phone cases we’ve seen (We might be a little biased on this one, ha)!

One additional note: we’ve had a few people complain about the higher price of Casetify’s phone cases. As mentioned above, the cases range from $40-$80 most of the time, depending on phone model and customization options. This can be a deal breaker for some, but we find it relevant to remember that durability and price usually go hand in hand. By paying a bit more for your phone case, you’re also paying for a biodegradable, durable phone case that will last and protect your phone well over time.

That said, this Casetify collection has our stamp of approval and you can rest easy adding it to your cart. Here’s the link to our Casetify collection.

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More Inspiration

Loved this review and want to see more Casetify content? Step right this way. Here’s the post where we launched our original collection, and here’s BLOOM, with some lifestyle photos and style inspo. We’ve also done a lot of DIY’s inspired by the collection! See our retro florals backdrop and tablescape, nesting Easter eggs, and painted mini pumpkins.

Easter Basket Choose Your Own Adventure

Easter Basket Choose Your Own Adventure

When I’m stumped and can’t decide what direction to go with Easter baskets, one thing that helps me is picking a theme. Last year, we dedicated this Activity Filled Easter Baskets post to helping you pick some different themes for your Easter basket. Have a budding chef in your home? What about a gardener or artist? With your theme in mind, here are the steps to this Easter basket choose your own adventure:

Step 1: Pick an Easter Basket!

The first step in our Easter basket choose your own adventure is picking the perfect basket. This can be tricky! There are so many options to sift through. Well, we’ve already done the sifting. Here are our picks:

DIY Easter Baskets

  1. Rope Easter Basket. This one is a brand new Easter basket released just yesterday! We’d love to see what you do with it!
  2. Woven Paper Easter Basket. Another great option, this one is so quick, easy, and equally pretty.
  3. Dip-Dyed Easter Basket. This is a general tutorial on dip-dying, so we’d recommend consulting our list below for options to purchase. Then dip dye to your heart’s content!

Easter Baskets to Purchase

Here are some more options if you’re not interested in making your own Easter basket this year:

Oh, and don’t forget about the Easter grass and other accessories. Here are some amazing options we love:

Step 2: Something To Wear

Who doesn’t want to gift their child with an adorable Easter outfit? You can cater it to their interests, as well as the theme of your Easter basket. Little chef? Think apron. Budding gardener? Maybe something flower-themed would do the trick.

Here are some adorable items from our shop your kiddos will love:

Bunny Rabbit Enamel Pin, Bunny Shaped Hair Clip, Bunny Hair Clip Kit, Wavy Headband, Colorful Hair Ties, Flower Bead Hair Ties, Easter Bunny Baby Bonnet, Sunglasses, Children’s Crown, Daisy Earring, Daisy Earrings 2, and Flower and Pearl Earrings.

And here are some other ideas!

Step 3: Books and Activities

Next step on our Easter basket choose your own adventure are books and activities. Books are a great way to avoid giving your child a sugar rush and also giving them hours of entertainment. Cater the book to your Easter basket theme and you’re all set!

Here are some options from our shop we think will be instant hits:

Springtime Activity Kit, Springtime Printable Activity Pack and Honeycomb Easter Eggs.

And here are a few other options:

Step 4: Toy

We couldn’t leave toys off our Easter basket choose your own adventure! What child doesn’t love toys? What about Easter themed toys? Even better. If you’re on a mission to craft the perfect themed Easter basket, we have tons of suggestions for you.

From our shop we have some great options: the Floppy Bunny Plush Doll, Easter Bunny Stuffed Animal, Garden Game, Color Pencils, and Building Blocks.

Here are more options if you’re interested:

Step 5: Treat

Last but not least on our Easter basket choose your own adventure are treats. Of course, just because you’re trying to vary the options in this Easter basket choose your own adventure doesn’t mean you can’t include some classic Easter treats in your basket. The Paper Carrot Treat Box from our shop is the perfect thing to stuff with goodies and include in your easter basket.

Here are some adorable and tasty treats we love!

More Inspiration

Looking for more Easter inspiration? Check out our Easter shop for many more ideas to get you in the mood! Also see our past blog posts featuring Easter content here.