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.
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.
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.
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
this tree came from my desire to flower bomb AGAIN (remember this?!) natalie and i went through a bunch of different flower options and decided our favorite look was to wrap the flowers twirling up the tree. and while it would be amazing to have these as real flowers, then it would only last a day or two! so we decided on a wide variety of silk flowers (we got ours here) to get more bang for our buck and make it last all the way till christmas.
to make the tree, cut the stems down to about 2 or 3 inches so that the flowers can just stick right in the tree. on some of the larger flowers we wrapped them with wire so make sure they stayed secure. but it worked just great to stick them in the tree.
start with the larger flowers to determine the placement of your design and then fill in with the smaller flowers. this will help a lot! also, if you have kids or pets, you may want to wire the flowers that are in arms (or paws) length down at the bottom.
we stuck to a wide range of textures, color tones and shapes to make the tree very dynamic and have a lot of depth. i would say choose 3 or 4 colors for your color story, much more than that and the tree will start to look too busy. we set the tree up in joanie’s apartment and it looked just perfect with her neutral decor!
also, a little tip. silk flowers can be pretty pricey (luckily you can reuse them!) but to cut down on costs you don’t have to wrap the flowers all the way around the tree if it’s in the corner like this! the design gives the illusion of that, and that’s the most important. we spent about $300 on flowers and then we are going to reuse them as a permanent installation in our office during the year. you could go as lush or as sparse as you’s like though. save them in a box and decorate your tree with a different floral design next christmas!
and here’s a little note from joanie…
“we have a constant flux of guests coming over to our apartment this holiday season, so it’s nice to have some treats on hand to serve. our current rotation is Irish coffee and peanut butter kiss cookies. i wish i could say i used some famous family recipe but i didn’t. i used this one, and swapped in butter for the shortening. the trick with these cookies is to nail the ratio of dough to kiss, which is something i didn’t do very well with this batch but, they are still really delicious.”
we hope you are inspired by this floral tree and make your own this year or next! happy holidays from our little team. xo
photos by: ivan solis
styling by: natalie shriver
cuuuuuue the nostalgia. i took this morning to put together a list of my favorite designlovefest moments from this year. i’m definitely the kind of person that likes to continuously push myself, mark goals (mine from last year here!), criticize my weaknesses and work on them, and celebrate the happy memories. i’ve had one hell of a year. it’s been the year of transition and growth. and let’s just say growing pains don’t always feel great. i’ve hired more people onto the team (and love all of them), i’ve moved twice, i got over a heartbroken mess, i traveled a ton, i learned to enjoy living alone, i found a therapist, i explored all sorts of creativity….2015 was a wild one for me. and next month, i’ll be 30! take a trip down memory lane with me…
and i want to send a very sincere thank you to all of you that come visit this site. it really is, 7 years later, my true passion. i love sharing with you my big moments and my little ones too. thank you for letting me express myself to you guys everyday. your comments and love mean the world to me. i hope everyone has a super relaxing, pajama filled holiday. and i encourage you to look back on your year and all the things that made you feel happy and proud. sometimes we don’t notice the challenges we have overcome and i think it’s important to recognize them. lots of love to you all!!! -bri
this year started off very hectic! i took on one of my biggest projects yet with procter and gamble in new york, art directing “instagrammable” booths for 11 different brands. it was a huge rush and taught me a lot. but i must say one of the best parts was my team being stuck inside our rented apartment in brooklyn during a “giant blizzard” (that never happened) we drank wine, sat by the fire, laughed a ton and had the best time together.
see the full NY post here
we dipped our toes in the product pond with these designlovefest + casetify phone cases based on a ton of artists from our dress your tech column. i love them all! and i remember how fun it was to see them in person for the first time. stay tuned because we have more fun products coming out next year!
see the full post here and buy the cases here
one of the last things we did in our old studio was a movie night. we decked out the place with tons of pillows and rugs and a bunch of us watched the graduate. that was memorable.
see the full post here
my first trip to new orleans, ever! my friend anna and i went a few months ago and had such a great time exploring based on all of your awesome recommendations.
see my new orleans travel post here
and how could i forget nicaragua with three of my best friends. i made a really funny highlight video and blogged about the beautiful hotels we stayed in. you guys should definitely go!
see my nicaragua travel post here
we sure did transform our old studio 100 different ways. this over the top girly soiree was one of my favorites.
see the full party post here
we did a lot of DIY posts this year, and even more lately. the thing with DIY is that there are soooo many out there. we do our very best to push ourselves and find things we would really do ourselves and that have a unique spin on them. here’s a couple i really loved this year:
bedazzled holiday shoe DIY here
cool toilet paper holders DIY here
easy clay wall planters DIY here
gold foiled pillow DIY here
how to dye fabric with nature DIY here
at my old apartment i had a back patio that was begging for a makeover. so we did it! and threw a taco party back there. you should see the before…
see the full makeover post here
definitely the highlight of my year was what i was calling my “bripraylove” trip. after some heartache and struggle, i decided it was time for me to go on a long trip abroad. i was so stuck in a rut, sad, at home. i needed to get out there in the world, be inspired, see new things, forget about boys, drink in strange bars, try new foods…so i planned a 6 week trip abroad this past summer. it was the best decision i ever made. i grew as a human, worked through some of my shit, and saw some amazing places. and those TULIP FIELDS! best day of the year. see all the posts here…
see the paris post here
see the italy post here
see the amsterdam posts here and here
see the berlin posts here and here
see the tulip fields post here
we started #dlfgetfit. after said “bripraylove” trip, eating everything under the sun, drinking with friends and strangers…i came home needing to seriously get in shape. my pants didn’t fit and i hated it. i did this first post about how weight changes over the years and that started a whole series about how we were eating and working out and the progress we were making.
see the very first weight post here
see the whole fitness column here
mumu beach club! i teamed up with my best friend cammy and her clothing line and we threw a malibu beach party that was the BEST time. i love throwing parties so much, especially when they turn out like that.
see the full party post here
well this is a highlight, but also a bummer. i decided to get this vintage ’77 red mercedes. the car i have always wanted! my dad was in town and he used to have the same car and he convinced me to just go for it. unfortunately the car came with all sorts of problems because the guy who sold it to us was a total crook. but old cars are bound to have issues. i haven’t been able to drive it much because i have to get it past the CA smog test, but we are workin on it. hopefully next year i will be road tripping with this gal.
i try to make an effort to collaborate with people that inspire me for no other reason than to be happy. i am constantly sitting around thinking about photos i want to create with other artists. this one with chantal and amy turned out gorgeous!
see the full post here
we moved studios! and not because we wanted to, ha. our landlords decided they were going to take over our space and so we had to find somewhere new to call home. we drove around the arts district, wrote down numbers, scrambled, asked around, and then serendipitously found this spot and moved in very quickly. it was a lot bigger than our other space, but we had a couple more friends move in and now it feels like one big happy family. it’s not done yet, but we are settling in and love it there.
the designlovefestival. wow, a ton of work i wasn’t expecting! sometimes my ideas can be my worst enemy and best friend. i wanted to have a pop up shop that sold already potted trees and flowers…which then grew into hammocks! and prints! and wreaths! and blankets! and ceramics!….see what i mean? it grew larger than i thought it would. but we learned a ton, met a lot of great people, and got to put on a pretty rad jungle party.
see the full post here
rent the runway! yes! a little idea in our minds turned into a 4 post project with 16 outfit changes, an all day shoot and a cool sleepover afterwards in the hills. we experimented, we got weird, we climbed on roofs…i loved every second of that dress up day!
see the first post here
see the second post here
see the third post here
see the final post here
and then out of nowhere, i bought a HOUSE. what in the world? i had been lightly thinking about the idea of investing in a house. after years of living with a boyfriend of mine, after we split i stayed in our apartment and rent was not cheap all by myself. i figured if i wasn’t going to get a roommate, i should be putting money into something i could call my own. i went to two open houses and still never thought i would really buy one. then, on a random sunday, my friend anna and i went to another open house and the second i walked in the door i just had this feeling that i REALLY needed to get this one. it felt like it was made for me. so i got impulsive, and just made the jump. i never thought i would have bought a house on my own as a single woman. it was empowering. it was scary. it was cool. i love LA, and now i plan on being here for a verrrrry long time.
my first chance to be a hostess in my new house! friendsgiving on my patio. lots of wine, amazing food, intimate setting. that’s my kinda night.
see the full post here
this hair shoot was a blast.
see the full post here
this floral christmas tree. a lot of people ask me “where do you get your ideas?” and truly some of the best ones come from sitting down with natalie, a pen and paper (usually no computer because it’s too easy to get overly “inspired”) and a bunch of nonsense ideas. wordplay. rambling. bad ideas. good ideas….and then there’s that ONE. the one we know we have to do. that happened with this tree and a few days later our idea became a reality!
see the full DIY post here
cheers to 2015!!
hi friends. i have always LOVED reading through your travel recs. they seriously help me so much while i’m planning. the trip is still coming to life, but here is what i am loosely thinking below. i would really appreciate your comments. thanks so much! -bri
first stop in early april is paris. this place will always have my heart. i remember the first time i walked out of the cab onto the street and it felt like music was playing. i will be headed there for work with a friend and i am hoping to see some new sights and restaurants. i’ve always had a different experience each time i’ve gone, which proves that the people you travel with have such a big impact on how the trip is going to be! (see old posts here and here)
i have a few days open in between paris and tuscany so i think i am going to take a train to geneva to stay with a family friend for a few days. i believe he lives somewhere between lausanne and geneva. i’m looking forward to eating fondue, relaxing…i have only been to switzerland over a christmas holiday with my family about 8 years ago and it felt like everything was closed down and freezing. but i remember it being very beautiful, so i am anxious to explore it again.
then, i will be going to tuscany for a few days for a blogger trip and staying in this villa. apparently there will be cooking and floral classes happening! i don’t think i will have a ton of time to get out and see the sights, but if there is ONE thing i can’t miss what would you say it is?
i think i am most excited to see amsterdam. it’s been on my bucket list for a while and i’ll be there in may! i can’t wait to rent an apartment (hopefully one with a bike!) and wander around those little streets. any recommendations on neighborhoods or things i must do would be amazing! would you say jordaan? rent a houseboat?
and the last stop will be berlin. i went about 4 years ago and remember feeling like i could live there one day. it’s sort of hard to explain what i loved about it so much. i could just feel a design energy there that i really liked. the all white interiors, the nicely designed cafes, the impeccable fashion sense. last time i stayed in mitte, and i would love to explore a new neighborhood. where would you suggest? kreuzberg? also i am thinking about teaching a social media workshop when i am there, would you be interested??
AAAAAND! i will be renting out my 2 bedroom silver lake apartment on airbnb while i’m gone if you are interested in coming to LA for the spring. ideally, i would love a tenant looking for a longer stay. check out the listing here.
(photos, paris 1, geneva 1, tuscany 1, amsterdam 1 2, berlin 1, my house 1)