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gosh, this year has brought so much change and i’m feeling so incredibly grateful for everyone and everything in my life. i wanted to celebrate thanksgiving with some of my closest friends before we all head our separate ways for the holidays. i’m also really excited to have a space to entertain in my new home, so figured it was the perfect way to get me into unpacking mode and invite some friends over for the first time.
the inspiration for the evening was dutch masters meets 70’s california thanksgiving – a bit funky, but with lush, classical florals and traditional elements. we often work with Mirassou Winery and i was so happy that they supported the vision of this party and helped make it come to life. it ended up being such a lovely evening celebrating with some of the best people i know.
we’re also hosting a giveaway with Mirassou below where you can win some entertaining essentials for the holiday season!
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as you can tell we’re loving all the faux fur out there right now and excited to integrate some into our own wardrobes. (see our post all about it yesterday!) we thought it would be fun to try our hand at a simple tote bag made with one of the furriest textures we could find. it might seem like faux fur would be hard to sew but it is actually quiet easy and very forgiving. the fur covers even the wiggliest of seams and if you don’t have access to a sewing machine you could even give hand sewing a try.
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have you ever had the feeling that something is about to become a trend but you just can’t tell for sure? that’s when we ask the magic 8 ball, and lucky for us there is one at the studio.
insert natalie. i’ve been friends with her for a few years and she is always telling me “this is going to be very big soon, promise.” and i’ve just learned to just trust it. some people have good instincts on trends. i mean, she told me the song “thrift shop” was going to be big when it had like 2,000 views and then BOOM. so we figured…let’s start a trend column, it will be fun. ps, let’s all welcome natalie officially to the blog! she’s been doing DIY posts on here for years (our first one here!) but now she’s officially on the DLF team and i’m really excited to share a bunch of new ideas with you guys. ok, here we go…
we love when fall finally comes around and we can switch up our wardrobes a bit, layer pieces, grab a jacket, and trade the sandals for a pair of boots. but the usual fall palette of burgundy, hunter green and mustard yellow has left us wanting a little more.
lucky for us there appears to be a shifting approach to the colors of autumn. we’re starting to see it pop up in fashion, home decor, photography and even beauty trends and it all feels so fresh.
muted pastels like lilac, sage and blush get a little kick with teal and poppy. earth tone browns help round it out and remind us that we’re in the season to start getting warm and cozy.
if our favorite spring color combos that we all fell in love with had a fall counter part, this is it.
for our new trending column we will be exploring all facets of design, home, fashion, foods, the list goes on. we’re on the look out for what is next and eager to share with you all the newness that we’re finding. we are excited to bring you new recipes, visuals and DIYs all inspired by the trends that we feel are up and coming.
what do you think about the new fall colors?!
it’s finally starting to feel cool around here and we are here to talk a little bit about halloween decor! we’ve been super into ceramics lately and have noticed a lot of handmade ceramic light fixtures that got us thinking about how to tie that back into decorating with pumpkins this season.
there is also such a variety of types of pumpkins that are available to us now, that we figured this would be a perfect place to showcase them. we got ours at whole foods, but keep your eye open for those unique pumpkins when you take your trip to the pumpkin patch!
• knives of various sizes, serrated knives work well
• metal spoons of various sizes
• drill and drill bits, wood worker’s spade bits are ideal for large
• masking tape
• pipe cleaners
how to make them:
• start by cutting the bottom out of your pumpkin so that it rests flat
• pull out the strands and seeds and with your metal spoons scrape out as much as possible from the inside of your pumpkin
• mark your pattern on your pumpkin with small bits of tape
• drill holes in your pumpkin using your desired drill bit for the size holes you would like
• after you finish drilling, wash your pumpkin off and if necessary scrape out the inside walls one more time
• use a pipe cleaner (or two) to remove any bits that remain in your drilled holes after washing
• to illuminate your pumpkin we recommend battery powered pillar candles
we hope you make these cute pumpkin lanterns, we love how they came out. remember, shelf life for any pumpkin is about a week, so if you want yours to last through the holiday, time your carving accordingly!
project by: natalie for designlovefest
photos by: ivan solis