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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!

flowers + Life + travel / Monday, 1 Jul 2013

Top destinations for flower lovers

I’ve been extremely blessed to see some beautiful places throughout the world. I like to say that I don’t like to travel, I just like beautiful places–traveling is my vehicle for getting there. I love beautiful places so much that I’ve prioritized it over other things like an amazing wardrobe, furniture, and other fun delights and securities. I took my first trip to Europe when was 12 on tour with the Orange County Junior Orchestra after joining because I heard they were going to France and England (oh yeah, and I guess I liked the music too). I had always been fascinated by the books I read as a girl that were set in beautiful places like the brooding moors in Sherlock Holmes and the floral nooks of The Secret Garden. After a few more trips to Europe, living on the East Coast, and then finally marrying a Dane and living in Denmark, I feel like I am only a bit more conversant in beautiful sites to see. I know there is so much more out there.

Beautiful places, particularly gardens and old estates, make my heart burst. I didn’t realize how much a part of me they were until I noticed that other people couldn’t go on a run without stopping at every corner to look at the flowers. (That, and I hate running so I’ll stop whenever I can). I also started to notice that I love flowers. Like, I REALLY love flowers. I love floral fabrics, silk flowers, paper flowers, flower rugs, flower pillows, real flowers. Flowers everywhere. Perhaps I have an abnormal condition?

With that flowery talk out of the way, I’d love to get a list going of the top places to go for flower lovers. I’ve asked a couple of people who I know have a similar affinity to flowers to share some of their favorites too, florist Sarah Winward and garden expert and BYU Museum of Art director, Mark Magleby. Additionally, I’d love to hear what YOU have to say. I haven’t found a comprehensive list anywhere, so I’m thinking this could be a help to all of us and help us create a bucket list.

My suggestions

  1. Monet’s Gardens at Giverny in France. As cliche as it is, Monet is my man.
  2. Tage Andersen’s residence and gardens at Gunillaberg in Sweden. You know I’ve now written about it like 5 times
  3. Carl Larsson‘s Sundborn home and garden in Sweden. He’s also one of my favorites.
  4. Karen Blixen‘s home and museum in Denmark (I went last summer and just realized I haven’t written about it yet)
  5. The lavender fields of Provence (I just missed it last year and I was devastated)
  6. Stourhead in England. I nearly died of beauty there. It’s mostly just gardens. This is also where the new Pride and Prejudice was filmed.
  7. Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC. I think this might be the loveliest place in the world. I lived a few streets from it and had a season pass. That, and the cemetery next door, are pinch-yourself-I’m-dreaming worthy in spring and fall. Here’s a little post. I also love that it was started by two women who just loved flowers and gardens. Read more about it here.
  8. Hillwood Estate in Washington DC. The gardens are delightful and the interiors are crazy ornate.

Sarah makes the loveliest arrangements. She’s got an impeccable eye.
  1. Around the end of June, purple lupin are blooming all over Iceland, they practically cover every hillside. They are up to four feet tall and the dark purple color looks amazing against the green mossy landscape.
  2. Israel has red anemone that cover lots of hillsides in the spring. I think this is so memorable for me because a red anemone isn’t the type of flower that I am used to seeing grow in the wild.
  3. Jasmine vine in New Zealand completely covers jungle areas. The smell is intoxicating and I wanted to clip entire walls of it to bring home. 
  4. Locally in Utah, I loe the Mt. Aire trail up Millcreek canyon. In the late summer there are wildflowers and butterflies all over the trailside.

Mark Magleby, Director of the BYU Museum of Art
Mark was my thesis instructor during my undergrad at BYU. I went on study abroad with him and his family to England, Scotland, France, Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands about a decade ago. He specializes in 18th century art and architecture and his scholarship focused on the gardens of Stourhead as well as the creation of a database of English garden history. You can see why I would turn to him, non?
  1. The greatest of all the English flower gardens may be Sissinghurst Castle garden with is color coordinated garden rooms. 
  2. Another would be the kitchen gardens at Rousham, which are riotous with flowers in the spring and summer. The most famous parts of the garden are designed by William Kent. 
  3. I also think that the herbaceous boarders are excellent at both Hampton Court and Kew Palace. 

    Now, what about you? What are your pics? Please write them in the comments below. I want to visit all of them!

    top image from here

    Architecture + Life + Scandinavia / Monday, 17 Jun 2013

    Gunillaberg part 3

    I’m finally finishing off the Gunillaberg trip (see part one of the entrance, and two of the interiors). If you’re just joining in, my mom visited us in Copenhagen last September and we took a day trip to the summer home of floral artist/sculptor, Tage Andersen, in Sweden. The palace is the former home of the first Swedish representative to America and Mr. Andersen has turned it into his home and playground. It’s open to the public as an indoor/outdoor museum. He’s just opened up a brand new orangerie and I’m dying to go back to see it. Today I’m showing the more remote parts of the property: the gazebo, bathroom, cafe, and reflecting pool. Now, pick your chin from off the ground and let’s do this.

    This gazebo is where Liesel and Rolph should have chosen for their 16 going on 17 number. Isn’t it subtly gorgeous with the monochromatic painting along the frieze? This is the site of my next paper flower workshop…I wish.

    The pathway leading up to the palace and a close-up of the handmade twig table inside the gazebo. Plus, a little lake. You know.
    This might be one of the most magical elements of the whole property: the reflecting pool and topiaries. This is when I really wish I knew how to take a photo. I saw a much better version on pinterest awhile back and can’t seem to find it again. Rats. 
    Now, this is what I would DIE to see. Mr. Andersen planted 1,000 lilies (as described in the sign, below) on the outskirts of his property. Can you imagine? I die. Sadly, we visited in September so, no lilies to be seen, only a funky monkey wanna be that’s super crazy. Here’s somebody’s photo of the 1000 lilies in bloom
    Before the trip, I talked to Monz, Mr. Andersen’s assistant, in the Copenhagen studio, and he told me to watch out for the bathroom. Why, you ask? Because THIS is it:

     Covered in hay.

    The cafe is a tent-like structure…
    …complete with a bird cage. I DIE.

    Guys! Are you dying here with me? I mean, have you seen such beauty? Come on! In my dreams, I’m back again exploring the new orangerie and soaking in the wildflowers.

    ALSO, did you know that there’s a tradition in Sweden for May Day that all the girls collect wildflowers, put them under their pillow, and then they supposedly dream about their husband? CRAZY! Swedes, is this for real? I read it somewhere on the web. Someone please confirm!

    EDIT: My lovely Scandnavian commenters have told me that it’s for Midsummer, NOT May Day. But glad to see it’s confirmed. Thank you!

    Take a look at part 1 and part 2

    Life + Party / Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013

    My birthday and birthdays past

    Not posing at all.

    When I went to go water my flower pots this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon gobs and gobs of garlands outside the door. Dear Paul has magical powers I tell you! He somehow got a hold of these felt garlands from Land Of Nod that I was going to use for another project along with my own flowers. He used my own ammunition on me! They’re perfect! Surprise garlands at your door can only mean one thing…

    It’s my birthday! And because I’m a blogger, I can talk all about myself even more! Lucky you. I have a little tradition of recounting birthdays past because I have a pattern of being in a new city every year. Not on purpose. I wish I could say I was more deliberate in my plans, but it all seems to be on accident. And yes, of course, in my wildest dreams I’m spending Birthday 2013 in Provence, but until I earn my millions and build my vila, Provo, Utah it is.

    June 11, 2012: Roskilde, Denmark
    June 11, 2011: Namje, Nepal
    June 11, 2010: Copenhagen, Denmark
    June 11, 2009: Berlin, Germany
    June 11, 2008: NY, NY
    June 11, 2007: Washington, DC.
    June 11, 2006: Kensington, MD.
    June 11, 2005: San Clemente, CA.
    June 11, 2004: Curitiba, Brazil.
    June 11, 2003: Dana Point, CA.
    June 11, 2002: Venice, Italy.

    and finally…

    June 11, 2013…..PROVO, UT. Ha! This year’s birthday helps balance out my in-America tally.

    Land of Nod was kind enough to provide all the garlands. Thank you! They come in a ton of colors in triangles and circles.

    Moments for Me + Party + printable + Projects / Thursday, 6 Jun 2013

    Moment for me: National doughnut day

    A trip to the local bakery this week told me that National Doughnut day is TOMORROW! And because doughnuts are the new cupcake (right?!) now is the time to celebrate (look at Jordan’s fancy donut party. You can be sure that we are not that fancy round these parts). I always took doughnuts for granted until I married a foreigner who taught me that doughnuts are “so” American. Now, I see them as they should be: a delightful American treat. I’m all about that. Because Paul is also training for the upcoming Tour de Donut, basically a bike race combined with donuts (each donut eaten shaves off 3 minutes from your time), I decided to surprise him with some “donut training” this morning. Of course, I had to make some decorations too. 
    If you’ve been following along, you’ll have noticed that I’m doing a collab with Haagen Dazs where they provide me with a box of goodies each month (including a box of GELATO) to treat me to certain “moments“. This past month they gifted me some items for summer entertaining like fun plates, napkins, and placemats so of course, I had to use them for our moment. 

    A proper doughnut (donut?) celebration includes a donut garland, of course. I made you a free printable for the occasion.

    Supplies: scissors, template, baker’s twine or string, needle, glue stick, hole punch (1/16″) this one by Martha Stewart will change your life

    Step 1: Cut out the template (print off from here. I printed mine from a heavier laser paper). I made two of each, one is the reflection of the other for front and back purposes. 
    Step 2: Cut out the middles.
    Step 3: Glue stick around the middle. 
    Step 4: Fold over.
    Step 5: Cut around the donut.
    Step 6: Punch two holes in the top of the donut.
    Step 7: Thread a needle and pull the twine through the holes.
    Step 8: Add on all the donuts
    Supplies: Scissors, template, skewers, glue
    Step 1: Cut out the flags (download the template here)
    Step 2: Add glue onto the edge of the flag.
    Step 3: Roll it around the top of the skewer. 

     Stick ’em in your tower. Donzo!

    To make it a surprise, cut out some extra doughnuts and lead them from the bedroom into the dining room. Who doesn’t want a trail of donuts? The modern day Hansel and Gretel.
    Ladies and gentlemen, How to eat a donut, by Brittany Watson Jepsen:

    Because I’m classy like that.

    This post was made from a true love of doughnuts, but sponsored by Haagen Dazs. Don’t let me have the only donut party, create your own moments! When you do, tag them with #hdmoment on your social networks. Haagen Dazs will share their favorites on their Moments for Me page. 

    photography by Mandy Phillips from Thimble n Thistle