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DIY + Party + Projects + Wedding / Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Make a tassel boutonniere

Here’s my latest for Brooklyn Bride. I created an alternative to a traditional boutonniere inspired by military epaulettes–in the wake of Memorial day and all.

For full instructions, check out Brooklyn Bride.

giveaway + Life + Scandinavia / Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Josef Frank giveaway

Remember how Josef Frank might be one of the most talked about designers on this here blog? (see here, here, here, here, here) Well, I just love the famed designer, particularly his textiles. Last month, I did a post about how to work his fabrics into your whole house and now I’m super pleased to say that Svenskt Tenn, the one and only design store in Stockholm, Sweden where the Austrian Josef Frank made his patterns famous, is sponsoring a giveaway. One lucky winner will win a hand printed cushion 40x40cm in his famous ceylon pattern. Each side is a different pattern.

To read more about how to work the lovely prints into your home, read this post.

1. “Like” The House That Lars Built on Facebook OR follow on Instagram (@houselarsbuilt)
2. Leave a comment here on the blog telling me that you’ve entered.
3. Bonus votes if you share this giveaway.

The giveaway will end one week from today, Tuesday, June 4th.

Good luck!

Home + Interiors + Life + Scandinavia + travel / Friday, 24 May 2013

Gunillaberg part 2

Have you put Gunillaberg on your bucket list yet? Well, prepared to do so after this post. If you love some beautiful interiors, you’re in for a treat. 
If you’re just joining Lars now, I posted part one about our roadtrip to Gunillaberg, Sweden, summer palace of floral artist Tage Andersen (my creative hero). I showed the lovely grounds and animals in part one and today I’m showing the interior of the palace itself, which Mr. Andersen designed from the furniture to the flooring. It acts as both a house and a gallery. He exhibits artwork by a few different artists.
This chair in the office is my favorite.
And let’s talk about flooring. Because the painted wooden floors rocked my world.
A sofa that he designed with triangle pillows, of course.

 A close-up of the window-paned linen bedding. How gorgeously simple is it?

Beautiful stone bathtub.
And a selfie in the three-way mirror.
ROOTS ALERT! Or as we call it nowadays, ombre.

Guys, there’s more! As you daydream about this place this weekend, be excited for the next installment, which I’ll show more of the architecture of the grounds.

Happy weekend! 

DIY + Projects / Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Sewing kit DIY & template

Here’s the deal (or “dill” as some Utahns like to say): Last year I attended the blogger’s conference in Berlin, The Hive. As I recall, the hem of my vintage dress was unraveling and I was overjoyed when I found a sewing kit in the bathroom. Someone was thinking ahead! Because I love nothing better than multitasking, I decided to take the kit with me and sew it while I was listening to the speakers. I’m classy like that. Well, that turned into me putting it in my bag, which turned into me taking it home that night. Which then turned into me taking it home with me to Copenhagen. Nice, Brit. Well, needless to say, I felt horrible. I told the organizers of the shindig and they said something along the lines of how we should make a new one and pass it down each year. Like a spirit stick at summer camp. I was all about that. So, here it is! You can even download your own sewing kit, but don’t worry, it won’t have the same confessional on it. 
Supplies: sewing box (I found one that’s magnetic so the pins stay, perfect for traveling! Get it from Amazon here), muslin bag 8×5″ (from here), travel scissors, mini sewing kit with needles and thread, measuring tape, safety pins, big safety pin, patches, hem tape, templates, iron-on transfer paper for light fabrics (from Amazon here), sticker printer paper (from Amazon here)
Step 1: Print out your templates. The Inside template goes on the box and you can print that on sticker paper (see supplies list above for recommendation). The outside template goes on the muslin bag and can be printed on an ink-jet printer.
Step 2: Trace the paper to the size of the box and cut it out.
Step 3: Stick it onto the box.
Step 4: Insert your materials into the kit. The metal objects will stick to the magnet for easy transport.
Step 5: Follow the directions on the package for the iron on transfer. My tip: Make sure you don’t hold the iron on too long like me and burn it a bit. And cut completely around the parts of the text.

I hope someone has a need for it this year at The Hive. Wish I could join you, ladies! Have a wonderful time! 

DIY + flowers + Projects / Monday, 13 May 2013

3 ways to arrange lilacs

I’m back from the East Coast and now I’ve had a bit of time to detox now and enjoy the Utah spring. It’s GORGEOUS! The cherry blossom stage is done here, but the lilacs are in full bloom and you know I love me some lilacs (my ode to Danish lilacs should make me embarrassed, but I’m shameless) Thanks to our unknowingly generous next door neighbors, I snagged some lilacs for every room in our house. Oopsies. As much as I love seeing flowers in their natural state, I think it’s such a shame not to enjoy it inside too, so…call me a thief with no shame. I know lilacs are donzo in California but maybe they’re still going at it where you are? Take advantage of them. Snag some! Here are three ways to arrange them, no professional flower arranging skills needed.
1. Lilacs arranged in one big vase. The beauty of lilacs is that they are clumpy so they naturally fall in a beautiful, full way. Mine is sitting on my table for all the smell and enjoy.
2. One lilac stem in a teeny tiny vase. I got this “vase”, which is actually a battery jar from the original Thomas Edison company, from the local antique store. Isn’t it adorable? I placed it on my owl side table, which you can’t really see, but it’s awesome and should make an appearance in the future.
3. Lilac clumps in a mug. I took off all the leaves from these lilacs and stuck them in my brand new mugs by Michelle Christensen of My Little Belleville. She paints them and sells these on her Etsy shop here.
He’s too precious.

Supplies: To achieve this look, you’ll want a collection of vases in various sizes. I love using jars, those battery jars I mentioned above, mugs, cans, pickle jars, peanut butter jars. I only own one real vase from Ikea. You’ll also need flower cutters, lilacs, and floral tape if you really want to be fancy. I didn’t use floral tape here because they worked out without it. The floral tape is to create a grid across the tops of the jars to make sure they even spread out.

To arrange the flowers: Start by criss-crossing the flowers and then inserting the subsequent stems at angles. This will help them keep their shape.

Easy squeezy. Do you have lilacs where you live? I don’t ever remember seeing them in Orange County growing up so moving to DC where it grows like weeds, was a revelation.

Spring, I love you.