DIY + sewing / Thursday, 22 Aug 2019

DIY pom pom bag with Anna Alicia

Every now and then The House that Lars Built becomes the lucky recipient of wonderful craft books! Not too long ago our friends over at Hardie Grant Publishing gifted the most incredible sewing book called Bags centered around, can you guess? That’s right, bags! We fell head over heels for this book written by Anna Alicia and decided that it is a must share with our Lars fam!

Bagsis well written and easy to follow. Anna offers step-by-step guidance, plus a wealth of tips and tricks. She focuses not only on helping you create stunning bags that range from a simple drawstring tote to a stylish backpack, but she teaches you simple skills that will lead you to become a master seamstress!

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Book Club / Wednesday, 21 Aug 2019

AUGUST BOOK CLUB ARTWORK

Hello Lars readers! Have you been following along with us as we’ve read Fashion Climbing? An inside look at the fashion world, its designers, and its enthusiasts is always fascinating! Bill Cunningham’s story is a testament to hard work, determination, and the need to keep your originality, don’t you think? This month’s illustration is by our featured artist, Dylan Mierzwinski of bydylanm, who we will be interviewing soon so stay tuned! 

The print and bookmark are available for a free download. Be sure to check out all of the wonderful prints that we have in our Print Shop!

Tell us what you loved about Fashion Climbing and keep up with us on our bookclub Instagram @larsbookclub! We love hearing your thoughts!

 

Crafts + DIY / Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019

DIY Paper Staghorn Fern

While everyone has their talents, most of us can agree that we are all pretty much bad at one thing; taking care of plants. Lack of light, water, or humidity, you name it. Whatever skill it requires to keep some small green leaves alive for more than a couple weeks, we struggle at it.

For that reason, one of our favorite plants is the outdoor fern. Yes, they do require a bit of upkeep to grow luscious and large, but aside from that they’re pretty easy, exactly how we like them.

Still, we wanted to make the lives of fern-lovers even easier, which is what inspired this month’s paper plant, the Staghorn Fern.  We prefer our plants especially low-maintenance, which usually just means we end up making them out of paper. So there you have it, a pretty near perfect paper fern. Not just beautiful, but practical as well. We think you’re going to love it making it, love having it, and most importantly, love not having to worry about taking care of it. In other words, you’re welcome.

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Design + Life + Shop / Monday, 19 Aug 2019

The new Lars Print Shop and flash sale!

We’ve been hustling behind the scenes on a special project and today we finally get to introduce you to our latest addition to The House That Lars Built shop, our Print Shop! Cue the confetti! In it you’ll find a collection of some of our favorite prints from our Book Club series featuring a host of awesome illustrators from around the world as well as some of our favorites from our long-time desktop calendar contributor, Monica Dorazewski.

While we’ve been offering our Book Club posters and bookmarks and desktop calendars as free downloads since we started both series 3 years ago, we’ve had a lot of people over the years request that we take it a step further and take out the hassle of the printing process altogether. We get it! Printing can get tricky! From actually getting it done, to finding a good printer, to putting it in a frame, then finally getting it up. How many of you have had good intentions but still blank walls?!

We heard you! And not only did we hear you, but we have given you the option to get it FRAMED and MATTED! Is your heart beating yet?  Read on →

Design + Life + Products / Thursday, 15 Aug 2019

Our favorite pieces from Drew Barrymore’s new home collection

Just in case you needed another reason to love Drew Barrymore, she’s gone and given us another reason to kiss the ground she walks on. Drew recently launched her home goods line, Flower Home, and wow is it something. She’s serving up all kinds of colorful and whimsical pieces for your home, with everything from an abstract layered table to an adorable pet bed. As a whole, the line makes for a beautifully eclectic collection, as if someone traveled the world and picked out their favorite pieces from each country. Think Anthropologie or West Elm, but with a price point that’s about half that. It might be her best performance since Never Been Kissed.

Flower Home offers a fresh perspective on so many of the exciting trends we’ve seen float through 2019. Ms. Barrymore has, in our humble opinion, successfully taken one of our favorite tones of the year, blush, and pushed it into an entirely new realm. She offers up a little bit of this and a little bit of that to make her collection fit just about anyone’s needs, and make our homes feel like a wonderfully curated, one-of-a-kind space. AND, she even has a great collection for kids, because all you moms out there know how hard it is to find great children’s stuff that is cute and not a bad price.

Her line is available not only at Walmart, but also Hayneedle.com and Jet.com. Below are a few of our favorite items you can shop right now.

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