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03.24.16

DIY FLORAL CURTAIN

diy floral curtains | designlovefest

this DIY is a reduce, reuse, recycle project at it’s best. remember our beloved floral christmas tree?  after a few months of looking at all those flowers and thinking about the good ole days we finally figured out a way to repurpose them so they could be on display in the studio all year.

diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest

this project was surprisingly easy. we had to custom make our sheer curtains due to the unusual size of the windows but ready made versions are easy to find to fit most residential spaces. once you have sheers and your faux florals all you need is a pair of scissors and some high quality craft glue. our favorite adhesive for this kind of project can be ordered here or found in most craft stores.

diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest

the key to this project is to try to make the backside of the flowers as flat as possible so that they adhere well to the curtain. using scissors just clip the area where the stem had been connected as flat as you can but making sure to leave the end of the plastic piece. in some instances it is helpful to add a little glue to the remaining plastic part so that the petals all stay together. then just glue, glue glue. we started by glueing the large flowers first and then added smaller and smaller flowers along the way to create the sense of the flowers falling into a pile at the bottom.

diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest
diy floral curtains | designlovefest

this is the perfect, relaxing weekend project. it takes a little while but it’s easy and and fun and in the end you can make yourself a little piece of floral magic.

project by: natalie for designlovefest
photos by: ivan solis

03.04.16

MAKE IT/ YARN WRAPPED LAMP SHADE

diy lampshade | designlovefest

lighting fixtures really make a room come together but they can also be quite expensive. we wanted to create something unique and special for our office space without breaking the bank. this modified lamp shade diy is quick and easy and requires just a few inexpensive supplies. it’s a total win, win. we saw this one and figured we would try to DIY it!

diy lampshade | designlovefest

supplies:

  • large lamp shade, we used this one
  • oversized yarn in two colors
  • tacky glue
  • foam brush (not pictured)

start by measuring the circumference of the bottom of your lamp shade with yarn, add a few extra inches and fold that amount over itself to double the thickness. using the contrasting colored yarn tie a knot at the end. pull out the yarn about an inch and tie another loop, continue this until you have a long enough piece to wrap around the bottom of the shade.

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diy lampshade | designlovefest

using the tacky glue adhere the two tone portion of your yarn to the bottom of the lampshade. the nice thing about tacky glue is that it doesn’t dry too quickly so you have time to get the yarn perfectly in place. after your first layer dries you can use a foam brush to apply wider areas of glue and simply continue to wrap the yarn around the shade.

diy lampshade | designlovefest

continue until you have made your way to the top of your shade and add a little extra dab of glue to the end for good measure and to keep the tail end of the yarn from fraying.

diy lampshade | designlovefest

we added an optional macrame element to the exposed portion of the lamp chord. for directions on how to wrap something with a macrame knot see our COOLer cooler video here.

diy lampshade | designlovefest
diy lampshade | designlovefest
diy lampshade | designlovefest

project by: natalie for designlovefest
photos by: ivan solis

02.24.16

REAL TALK / PERSONAL GROWTH

personal growth | designlovefest

each week on mondays we have a little “real talk” discussion in our studio. sure, it feels a little like therapy. we just put out on the table topics on our minds, struggles we are dealing with, funny or uncomfortable situations with friends or guys. then we come up with the topic for the week. today we are discussing personal growth and when we feel like that happened for us. what was a point in time you could FEEL yourself changing or growing? can you look back and remember getting over a rough period and how you did it? let’s talk about it…

TOPIC: what year do you think you experienced the most personal growth? tell us about that time.

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02.01.16

ABOUT TOWN / DATE SPOTS LA

eating out at restaurants. can we call this a hobby? it’s definitely a huge part of our lives over in the designlovefest office. we get these two questions a lot, so we figured we would answer them here in our new LA column. and please answer below in the comments with YOUR two faves so we can try some new spots!

date spots LA | designlovefest

WHAT’S A RESTAURANT YOU WOULD TAKE YOUR FRIEND FROM OUT OF TOWN?

joanie: brunch at the commissary at the line hotel. i love that you get to sit inside the greenhouse and that it’s right next to the pool. feels like a mini – vacation

bri: for dinner, i would say speranza for pasta and wine and a patio full of plants. i’ve had many looooong friend conversations on that patio. they make their own pasta there too! i love the linguini with clams. ps, make sure you get the free almond cookies at the end.

date spots LA | designlovefest

erika: the rooftop bar at the ace hotel. it’s a great way to show them the city with a good view. plus, there’s live music from time to time.

wendy: chado tea room, cute place to experience a fun tea tasting where you’ll select your favorite tea flavor as you pair it with their delightful sandwiches, scones and dessert. perfect for a party of two!

natalie: the edendale, they have food if you feel like you need to eat without having to do a sit down dinner (but they have that option too) and there are lots of different areas to post up and have a conversation.

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date spots LA | designlovefest

WHAT’S ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE DATE SPOTS?

bri: little beast. this is my NEW favorite date spot. it’s in eagle rock, the food is great and it feels like you’re dining in someone’s cozy house. mushroom risotto, whole chicken, beets and burrata. good for the soul.

joanie: put your name in at silver lake ramen, walk next door to thirsty crow for happy hour cocktails (the old fashioned and the fizz are my favorites).

wendy: maru santa monica. ideal location to go for amazing french and japanese inspired dishes, their dimly lit atmosphere creates the romantic mood while the scrumptious desserts complete the night. highly recommend the chocolate bread pudding, order two, you won’t regret it!

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natalie: eat at the taco truck or pizza at two boots and then work it off on the dance floor at funky soul at the echo.

erika: mohawk bend. it’s a restored 100-year-old movie theatre and they have a TON of beer taps that are all $6.50. good beer = happy guy.

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