04.22.14

TULUM TRAVEL GUIDE

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tulum? WOW. seriously, wow. i have been to mexico quite a few times but this time was really special. a few months ago, 3 friends and I decided to take a girls only trip. we all find so much inspiration from travel, and wanted to just take a few days to recharge and feed off of each other’s creative energy. it was one of those hilarious & memorable short trips that i probably will never forget. here’s what we were able to do in the three days we were there, in case you are planning a trip… (ps, the ruins are supposed to be amazing, we just didn’t make it due to time)

LOVE YOU JEN, JESSE & PAIGE!

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SEE ALL OF THE TRIP PHOTOS & DETAILS AFTER THE JUMP…

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04.21.14

MAKE IT / 55

my obsession with flowers and plants is no secret so when the girls of poppies and posies told me they were going to teach us how to create a hanging chandelier with eucalyptus and flowers, i was game. they have recently expanded their team to include an installation artists and will begin offering their clients more large scale installations like the one below.

i’m excited that they wanted to share a DIY on how you can make a hanging chandelier. wouldn’t this be amazing for an outdoor brunch or reception? it has such a magical quality.

what you’ ll need:

• Wire wreath frame
• Spool wire
• Straight wire (gauge 28 recommended )
• Wire clippers
• Floral clippers
• Water picks
• Silver dollar eucalyptus
• Hellebores
• Clematis

how to make it:

• Once you’ve decided how small or large you’d like your floral chandeliers to be you can attach your straight wire to three sides and attach the 3 pieces at the top to easily hang the chandelier once it is completed.

• If you’d like to have more than one tier in your chandelier attach a wire wreath frame to another with you straight wire.

• We chose to use silver dollar eucalyptus as our base because it is a hardy green that drapes nicely.

• Use your spool wire to attach small pieces of eucalyptus to the wire wreath frame until your designer look is accomplished.

• If you’d like to add flowers to your floral chandeliers you can purchase water picks to allow your flowers to continue to drink. Just weave your flowers in through the eucalyptus by sticking them into the wired eucalyptus. You can also use your spool wire again to attach the flowers.

what do you think? are you going to bookmark this one for your next event?

project by: Poppies & Posies
furniture byPatina Rentals
photography by: Trent Bailey Photography

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04.18.14

ASHKAHN’S COOL CARDS

you don’t often think of a dude as a greeting card designer and that’s exactly why we think ashkahn is so cool. he designs all of his own cards and each one is letter pressed with ink and foils on french cotton paper by a master printer in LA. he works downstairs in our studio building and we’ve loved getting to know him!

his goal is to make sure none of his cards ever see a trash can. (a very possible goal, i think) his graphics are clever, witty and make you smile. i know i would DEFINITELY smile if i received one of these on my doorstep, wouldn’t you?

a little Q&A with ashkahn:

what’s your favorite card you’ve ever made?
“my favorite card i ever made is TO ME YOU ARE A WORK OF ART” (below)

what’s your process for coming up with your phrases?
“i sit down and stare at a fluorescent colored wall for 6 hours before picking up a pencil and notepad.”

if you weren’t making greeting cards what would you be doing?
“i’d be a bum drinking at a tiki bar on a far away beach where names don’t exist.”

shop ALL of ashkahn’s cards here!

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photos by: sheila gim for designlovefest

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04.17.14

DRESS YOUR TECH / 45

we’re so excited to share these fun desktops by karen kimmel today! she is a los angeles-based designer, creative director and artist whose work features organic shapes inspired by nature and swathes of layered color. her collection of vibrant accessories and home decor is available at her shop, here.

if you gotta be inside working at your computer during these sunshine filled spring days at least treat yourself to a vibrant desktop…

and you can download all of the desktops from the past here!

CLICK THROUGH TO DOWNLOAD ALL OF THE PATTERN WALLPAPERS…

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04.16.14

MY BEDROOM MAKEOVER

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i’ve been waiting so long to post this! happy to finally get to show you guys the transformation of my bedroom. i brought in victoria from sfgirlbybay to help me on this project, because she is SO GOOD AT IT. really, she’s an interior queen and i knew our aesthetics were in line. i feel like i know how to decide on what i like and don’t like, or style a smaller vignette…but when it comes to putting a whole room together, it just wasn’t happening for me.

we never put much effort into this room when we moved in, we just put a bunch of random things from our old loft in it and let it be. the space just felt so unfinished compared to our living room, and i really wanted to create a relaxing and ADULT bedroom to fit the style of the rest of the house. victoria helped bring the whole vision to life and i could not be more grateful! ps. i know the before shots aren’t perfect, but it actually is pretty accurate of how the room looked most days.

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click through to see ALL the photos and enter a big modernica giveaway for your very own bedroom.

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CLICK THROUGH TO SEE THE WHOLE BEDROOM POST & ENTER THE $500 GIVEAWAY…

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