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Brooklyn Bride + paper + Party + Projects / Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013

Geometric paper garland DIY

I recently worked on an exciting project (details to come soon!) and we made this geometric paper garland for one of the scenes. I’m so excited to share it with you today. Isn’t it great? Just a nice dainty touch to a room or party. Check out Brooklyn Bride for the full instructions. A HUGE thank you goes out to Maurine for being an A+ intern and executing the project so well. Thank you!

UPDATE: Turns out, there’s a great French designer, Maïze, who has been making garlands like this for awhile. Though I was unfamiliar with her work, I think you should buy from her! She’s got lots of amazing garlands. Here’s her website.

DIY + furniture + furniture makeover + Projects / Monday, 29 Jul 2013

Furniture makeover: trash can

Chronicle Books sent over a copy of the brand spankin new Furniture Makeovers by Barb Blair and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I’ve been doing lots of furniture makeovers of my own, but completely winging it. Meaning, I have no idea what I’m doing, I just kind of go for it. I’ve been devouring it ever since so I can learn the proper techniques. There’s nothing worse than finding a beautiful piece of furniture and then not knowing how to fit it into your decor so you just pass it up. (Ok, there are FAR worse things–just petty first world problems I like bringing to your attention.)
While I was at my parent’s house in California the last two weeks, I noticed that the hordes of crepe paper rolls that my mom had on hand for the millions of flowers she made for my sister’s wedding, sat in the box they came in. Wouldn’t they fit snuggly in a plain-o trash can? And look a bit better and out of our way? So, I made it over. And then added some pom poms for extra good measure. Because who doesn’t care for a little pom?
Materials: super cheap aluminum trash, spray paint for metal, yarn to decorate, pom pom maker if you’re the type, spray paint primer for metal
Step 1: Prep your trash can by giving it a good scrubbing.
Step 2: Prime your trash can. I used one whole can.
Step 3: After waiting for the primer to dry (I waited 1/2 hour), spray it with your color choice. I chose a lovely faded mint that looks a lot better in real life. Blast my amateur photography skills.
Step 4: Add another layer.
Donzo.
To add pom poms: Surprisingly, this was my FIRST TIME EVER making pom poms. Are you shocked? Ok, not my first time. It’s my first successful time. And only because my mom had some pom pom makers on hand. I made a variety of sizes and then added a braid around the bin with some yarn that had pom pom garlands built in (from Michael’s). 

I left this one in California, but I’m going to do the same for myself here for my studio because if you saw my studio you would be horrified. I need a professional organizer in my life! The crepe paper rolls and wrapping paper are spewing out of the room.

Have you ever made over a piece of furniture? What are your tips? Help a girl out! 

Life + paper flowers + Wedding / Thursday, 25 Jul 2013

Donzo.

Well, the last female Watson wedding is over and I think everyone is relieved about that. Dad is hugging his checkbook tight and Mom is saying “no more paper flowers ever again.” That’s what she thinks….muhahaha. Mom has been planning on doing a blog for awhile, so I’m now officially putting pressure on her in public so you all can witness the miracles my mom produces. She is every inch a creator. If you know my mom, please pester her with a little, “when’s your blog coming out.” She’ll thank you one day.

I published a few hints on Instagram (@houselarsbuilt) of the big event, but I thought I show a peek to all of you out there in blog land. You know, just in case you don’t follow my every move…*gasp*. Once again, think big paper flowers. But  think better than my wedding. Mine was alpha. Hers was 2.0. Sometimes the first child is the experiment, am I right all you oldest children?

photos from my Instagram @houselarsbuilt. Speaking of, I’m hosting an Instagram-only giveaway along with One More Mushroom right now where you post a picture of the room you most want to be. Check it out for more details. Contest ends tomorrow.

Design + flowers + Scandinavia / Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013

Bouquet a day

I met Juliane Strittmatter at last year’s Hive conference in Berlin. She wore a lovely dress with a wonderful peter pan collar, blunt bangs, an adorable bob, and red lipstick. She was striking. After chatting with her for some time we realized we had a lot in common and we became fast friends. Juliane is the wonderful dollmaker of Froken Skicklig, where she makes and teaches classes on dollmaking. A German, she currently lives in the fields of Southern Sweden.

Juliane recently created an Instagram account (@frokenskicklig) and at the same time, created a little project. She didn’t want to share many personal photos or doll photos so she started Bouquet a Day #onebouquetperday where she goes out to collect a new bouquet a day from the fields surrounding her home. You can imagine that I nearly died when she started sharing these photos.

AND THEN, she gave us glimpses of her adorable vintage dresses with the bouquets. As if it wasn’t already enough.

She says, “This little project is good in many ways. First of all, it helps me to capture and ‘preserve’ those precious summer days – winter was very long this year, we had snow until April. Secondly, picking flowers as a daily ritual helps me to sort thoughts and ideas. I really have to be present, have to see or find the flowers (or else I can’t pick them) and being distracted would be quite counter-productive. Being on a flower hunt means that your senses have to be open. Thirdly, documenting these daily walks does also mirror my way of working. Nature plays an important role in my work as a doll maker, I would work differently when I am in the city. 

Lastly I want to add that flowers seem like a much better and more exotic choice than posting photos of umpteen latte macchiatos and fancy cakes at cafés in exciting big cities. At least that is how I try to convince myself that this here is the place to be, the South Swedish woods and me being a Berlin girl who misses her hometown quite a lot at times.”
Let’s take a look:
and many many more below:

I’m absolutely astounded at how she can name off all these flower names so I had to ask. Here’s what she says: “I know quite a lot of flower names. When I was a little girl, I was very much into flowers, had a lot of books on plants, and had a flower press, made herbariums–and by that I learned the German and the Latin names. I have to look up a few English names from time to time, but I know most names even in English and Swedish. My mother is a passionate gardener, so it runs in the family.”

Isn’t she remarkable? I love this project and wish I could join in. Alas, my flower options are a bit more limited than the fields of Sweden, but I now have a goal to go visit her and go flower collecting. Is that alright Juliane?

Please check out her lovely site, Froken Skicklig and follow along on her Instagram @frokenskicklig and #onebouquetperday

Interiors + Style + Style Sheets / Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013

Style Sheets: Henri Matisse

This is the third post in a new collaboration called, Style Sheets. The style sheets are imagined by Jessica Lynn Williams, an interior decorator in Brooklyn (and part of the reason why Kate Spade windows look so fab!), and illustrated by the wonderfully talented Michelle Christensen. Take a look at the previous style sheets here.

Henri Matisse is our first male style icon for the series and it’s a natural fit as he’s one of our favorite artists. He was a master of color and pattern, which makes for an oeuvre emanating life and exuberance. Naturally, his interior must be equally bright and patterned-full. 

ALSO, if you’re on Instagram, I’m holding my first Instagram-only giveaway/game. Look up @houselarsbuilt for more deets. Hint: you must answer the question, “If I were a room, what would I be?” FUN!