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/ Friday, 2 Jan 2015


Dress the Rainbow with The House That Lars Built
 Brittany Watson Jepsen here. I grew up teething on the seaweed of Southern California though I preferred reading and creating in the great indoors. My mom’s favorite quote was “a creative mess is better than tidy idleness” and so my childhood was spent creating art work, music, and yes, lots of messes. On track to becoming a museum curator I was haunted by those creative messes and enrolled in permanent “creative mess status” otherwise known as a master’s in interior design at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC. I graduated in 2010 after spending summers working with professional creative messers including Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble in NYC. There I designed products for Tiffany and Co., Schumacher, and Dempsey and Carroll and helped create beautiful interiors for fancy schmancy penthouses. The summer of 2009 I studied textile design and wrote a column for design*sponge. I married Paul in September of 2010 (perhaps you’re here because you saw pictures of our wedding?) and moved to Copenhagen. We have since moved back to ‘Merica–Provo, Utah to be exact–where I can currently be found crafting up a storm in our little home at the base of the Rocky Mountains and staring in front of a computer screen blogging for this here blog. Check out some of my projects here

I offer a variety of services: create, publish, amplify.

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christmas + Design + gift guides + holiday / Monday, 1 Dec 2014

Christmas decor for your home

Tell me! How was your Thanksgiving weekend? I was home for the weekend getting to know my little new niece, Wynne. Oh man, that sweet little thing is nourishment for the soul.

The holidays are fully on my mind and I’m dreaming of a colorful, whimsical Christmas. Here are some of my favorite choices to decorate the home for the holidays. Wouldn’t a pink tree be so rad?! I like to mix it up with a healthy dose of color intermixed with some more neutral elements like white lights. It keeps it from looking too gaudy. Colorful bulbs on a colorful tree would be especially rad.

How are you decorating for the holidays???

  1. Zig zig stocking (love the texture!)
  2. Wishing star pom garland (wouldn’t this be beautiful on a tree or on a mantle?!)
  3. Blue and silver ribbed onion ornament
  4. Mercury glass globe wreath
  5. Clear bistro lights
  6. Fresh cedar star wreath
  7. Geometric wooden ornaments
  8. Glass globe ornament in such gorgeous colors
  9. Warm white faceted lights
  10. Colorful sisal trees (so sweet on a mantle or centerpiece)
  11. Wishbone ornament
  12. Miniature rainbow bulb set (perfect for #crafttherainbow, eh?!)
  13. String of lights (ON SALE!)
  14. Adorable mushroom sculptures
  15. Jade glass globe 
  16. Sisal swan ornament
  17. Felt mistletoe
  18. Gold glass spire tree topper
  19. Pink Christmas tree (WANT!)
  20. Copper tree skirt (So classy. I love this option over a fabric tree skirt).

DIY + halloween + Party + This week / Friday, 31 Oct 2014

Happy Halloween!

Well, anyone else exhausted from Halloween and the day has only begun? With all the costumes that went on here on the blog over the past month or so, Paul and I still don’t have some for tonight. That’s the life of a crafter I suppose. I admit that I do like the challenge of putting something together last minute. Let’s see if I’m up for it after all. Right now I just feel like staying cozy in my Mary Engelbreit sweatshirt with my green smoothie.

This week on Lars: 
Tongue Twister Halloween costumes (I love our She sells seashells one!)
Animal headwraps part 1
Animal headwraps part 2
Camille Styles’ book is out now! 
Today is the last day to enter the Winter Water Factory giveaway!
Ghost tablecloth

Loving these Halloween ideas:
These costumes with balloons
Glazed donut pumpkin seeds
Spooky Pie Pops
WOW! Make your own harvest table for under $80!
These adorable pumpkin buckets

Lars elsewhere this week: 
Every house needs some of these
5 clever ways to hang theses
I made some cherry pumpkins for Design*Sponge 

Must sees/reads:
I know I’m WAY behind (274 million views late), but this video is mesmerizing and I can’t get it out of my head. So gorgeous. 
Living in Hocus Pocus
How to create a great storyboard
#Crafttherainbow continues on Instagram! 

Don’t forget! The 3rd Annual Halloween Costume contest goes until Tuesday! See here for deets

The photo above is from my Instagram. I made a pumpkin family like last year’s DIY collaboration (see here). Thank you Oh Joy for the sweet mini party hats. We’re clearly loving her new Target line. And her winter collection is out now

Life + This week / Sunday, 26 Oct 2014

This week

Make a horizontal striped pumpkin.

This week I did some experimenting with some alternative ways to craft a pumpkin. Independently from on another, Ashley, who helps me out a lot with projects, and I came up with horizontal stripes. I love how it turned out! You simply find two pumpkins in a similar size (turns out, it’s really hard to do!) and cut them in cross sections. The white pumpkin was a cinch to cut but the orange wasn’t so friendly to me. I ended up using a small little sharp knife versus a large knife, so I could really dig in.

Other than that, #CraftTheRainbow continues strong on Instagram. If you haven’t seen it, I started a 30 days of crafting the rainbow where every day I post supplies that form a rainbow and so many people have joined in! It’s been so fun seeing the submissions come in. Every time you post you’re entered to win a supply of colorful materials. And there are some GOOD prizes! Pop on over to Instagram for more @houselarsbuilt . Speaking of contests, I’m hosting the 3rd Annual Costume Contest. Read here for more details.

And thank you to everyone who participated in the 9 for Novogratz giveaway. It was such a great loot and I’m pleased to announce that Rachel is the winner. She will be contacted by email. Stay tuned for some more awesome giveaways this week and leading up to Christmas!

This week on Lars:
How to throw a Tortured Artist Halloween party. 
Trisha made the cutest stop motion video to show the new pink walls in the house
Make some projects with succulents!
Georgia O’Keefe costume recipe
The 3rd Annual Halloween costume contest
Birth of Venus Halloween costume recipe
Printable name tags perfect for a Halloween event

Lars elsewhere:
8 rad gift wrap ideas
Color block your home
Use reclaim wood in your space

Must sees/reads:
I love how Design*Sponge is paying homage to the rooms inspired by Wednesday Adams
Love this mummy idea from Oh Happy Day
The best shop recently opened in SLC called Bohem and it has an online shop too! The best textiles and furniture that the owners design with artisans in India.
Congrats to Twig Creative on their new line of toys! 
These wood burned trays from Brittni at Paper & Stitch are rad!

Photo from my Instagram feed