Artist Feature + Artist Interview + Life / Tuesday, 13 Aug 2019

Becoming interview: Ingrid Fetell Lee

This year we were inspired by Michelle Obama’s book, Becoming, our Book Club book for January, and we decided to focus on learning from women who we find inspiring and can tell us about their journey of “becoming”. You can read the rest of the interviews here. Stay tuned for more each month.
I’m pleased to share a new interview with professional joymaker and author of Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness, Ingrid Fetell Lee of Aesthetics of Joy. We read her book last month for @LarsBookClub, but the more I read the more I was intrigued with her as a person and how she became who she is now. Her focus on joy and color through the lens of design has led me to feel like I’ve found a kindred spirit! I find her answers so fascinating and I can’t wait for you to read it.

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DIY + Home + Projects / Monday, 12 Aug 2019

Color blocked thread Wreath

For the last few months, the entire Lars team has had a somewhat unorthodox love affair. Don’t worry, it’s nothing too saucy, just that we’ve been enamored (one might even say obsessed) with…would you like to guess? Lampshades and lighting fixtures! I know, I know, we’re the biggest nerds on earth, but who cares? We can’t help it; we see them, we like them, we want them, and then, of course, we make them. We’ve been on an absolute lamp overload as of late and especially the work of Ana Kras, so we decided to mix things up just a little bit with our next project. We have yet to fall out of love with the plate and cup light fixtures we made a while back, so we decided to turn our latest obsession, these threaded lampshades, into this amazing door wreath!

If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll realize that this project combines two Lars hallmarks; color, and wreaths. We combined the two, because we absolutely cannot think of anything we would love more than this vibrant door wreath. Can’t think of anything more inviting to welcome your loved ones into your home!

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Book Club + Life / Friday, 9 Aug 2019

National Book Lovers Day

Happy National Book Lover’s Day to all of our bookworms out there! Paperback or hardback, fiction, non-fiction or crafting, books are a huge part of what we do here at The House that Lars Built. In fact, we love books so much that last year we decided to take our love one step further, and embark on a journey to create our own! If you haven’t already, take a look at it sometime and see all of the love we just had to put on paper!

In honor of this momentous occasion, we have put together a list of books to show some love to the novels, tomes, and treasures that have been influential in our learning and growing. We hope the books on this list are just as inspiring to each one of you as they have been for us! Whether you’re a logophile, a bibliomaniac, or just a simple librocubicularist (someone who likes to read in bed), we think you’ll find something to love. In the words of Frank Zappa, “so many books, so little time” so without further ado, we present to you a small fraction of some of our all-time favorites! Read on →

housekeeping + Life / Thursday, 8 Aug 2019

Fall 2019 internship call

We hereby declare that Fall 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, business, and new this semester–writing! 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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Design + Projects / Thursday, 8 Aug 2019

14 Tips and trick to hang Spoonflower wallpaper

I won’t try and hide my mission in life right now–get as many people to hang up wallpaper in their homes as possible. There’s just no better way to add color and pattern and really customize a space to your own taste. It’s such a part of my current repertoire that I have it all over my rental apartment. In fact, when I presented the idea to my landlords, I made a slide show presentation complete with mood boards and a top ten list as to why wallpaper belongs in their investment. I won’t bore you with the list for now…(ha, you’re safe!), but here’s the deal: Wallpaper is now made to come off like buttah. It ain’t your 80s paper, which you can never get rid of. 

In my living  room (see here), I had a professional install it. He did an amazing job. And for my bedroom (see here), we decided to take a stab and do it ourselves. And when I say “we”, I mean I watched from the sidelines as my team impressively went to town. They did a fantastic job, so I decided that we needed to share our tips and tricks on how to hang wallpaper, and in this case, Spoonflower wallpaper, since that’s what we used here. 

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