Life / Friday, 5 Apr 2019

April Book Club: Secret Garden

Secret Garden Book Club

It’s April! Whether you’ve still got snow on the ground or not, we’ve probably all caught spring fever by this point, right? Spring is a season of rebirth and renewal, themes readers have found and cherished in this month’s book, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. If you haven’t read this magical classic, you’re in for a treat!

Orphaned, sickly, and unlikable, young Mary Lennox is taken in by her unknown uncle to live at the gloomy and mysterious Misselthwaite Manor located on the Yorkshire moor. Spoiled and selfish, Mary’s life soon changes as she meets new people, finds new interests, and more importantly, a garden that’s been closed and untouched for ten years. This is a story of healing, growth, and second chances. Join us as we read The Secret Garden this month—and also compare different movie versions! You’ll have to share your favorite one. 😉 Stay tuned for discussion questions and artwork later this month!

Buy The Secret Garden here
Watch The Secret Garden (the 90’s version is beyond gorgeous and it’s by Francis Ford Coppolla.)

Design + Projects / Thursday, 4 Apr 2019

Colorblock guest room makeover with Behr

This post is sponsored by Behr. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow Lars to create unique and inspired content for you.

We love partnering with our friends at Behr and this time we have a dramatic makeover to reveal. As you read in yesterday’s announcement, our business director, Mary, recently bought a blank canvas house ready for some Lars loving. We decided to go CRAZY with it with a color blocked pattern based on my recent trip to Mexico City (see post here).

For this assignment, we knew we wanted to tackle her tiny guest room. Mary always has guests coming into town so we wanted it to be a conversation starter. The room was pretty standard: beige and carpeted so we knew we needed to add some PIZZAZZ.

Before in all its beige glory: Read on →

Design + One Room Challenge + Projects / Wednesday, 3 Apr 2019

One Room Challenge Week 1: Spring 2019 Room Reveal

You may have seen our Instagram announcement last week and if not…we are thrilled to announce that we are participating in a new round of One Room Challenge with 19 other fantastic designers. Huzzah! We loved being involved last time, though it was a little (ok, A LOT) frantic with the renovation of one of our office spaces (see here), and this time we’ve had a bit more breathing room so we are stoked to get going and show you every inch of the process!

One Room Challenge, now in its 15th season, is a 6 week event where bloggers and designers transform one room of a house into magic in partnership with stellar brands. It’s churned out some really great eye candy (see previous years here). You can see everyone’s progress on their respective platforms (see the links at the end of this post) week after week all culminating with a feature on Better Homes and Gardens at the end. They’re all so different and it’s really amazing to see how everyone is presented the same options but use them in dramatically different ways.

So far, we’ve kept our intended space a secret…any guesses which room we are tackling (besides the major hints with these photos)? Read on →

Projects / Tuesday, 2 Apr 2019

DIY paper rainbow tree

With our recent Wildbird release, we received a ton of requests to demonstrate how to make the rainbow paper tree prop we made for it. I have to admit that I love how it turned out and I think it would be an awesome accent piece to make for a kids room or for every day. Plus, you don’t have to water it, which is always a good thing, no? You can’t kill it with negligence! Just don’t let it live outside and you’re all good.

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Life / Monday, 1 Apr 2019

Intern call for spring and summer

Winter 2019 Internships

We hereby declare that Spring/Summer 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, and business. 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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