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04.03.15

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 24

“the colors in this aristotle quote are inspired by this still life from mireia ruiz.” –maddy

(photo source and hand drawn type by maddy nye for designlovefest)

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04.02.15

DIY / TOILET PAPER HOLDERS

DIY Toilet Paper Holder

i am VERY excited about this one. one night natalie and i were hanging around her house eating thai food, as usual, and we concepted this idea to upgrade your toilet paper holders in a stylish way. these are something everybody has in their homes, and they are very rarely given second thought when it comes to design. but why not? it’s so simple and can make a bathroom look that much cooler!

so we decided to make a little project out of it. we thought of hotels that we loved and designed TP holders based on their aesthetic. because we’re weird like that. but i truly love how this came out! i need to change the holder in my bathroom immediately. now, let’s get to the project and how you can make your own…

THE ACE HOTEL in PALM SPRINGS
the ace hotel is mid-century desert modern

Desert Modern Toilet Paper Holder
DIY Desert Modern Toilet Paper Holder

supplies:

• drawer pull (ours are from anthropologie here, here, here, and here. i also love this one.)

• half inch tube or pipe cut to six inches in length, you can use brass or copper pipe, we love clear acrylic tubes because you can slip any kind of colored paper or fabric inside like you see here. plexi tubes can be found online here.

• 24 inches of leather cord, rope, twine or ribbon, whichever suits your fancy

DIY Toilet Paper Holder
DIY Toilet Paper Holder

how to:

• make loops at either end of your cord that are large enough to fit around the drawer pull easily.

• drill a hole in your wall that is just slightly smaller than the hardware on the back of the drawer pull and twist the pull into the wall to create a knob.

BRI’S FUTURE HOTEL OF HER DREAMS
if my dreams come true one day and i can design a hotel, it would be scandinavian inspired with no shortage of color…

Scandinavian Inspired Toilet Paper Holder
DIY Toilet Paper Holder
DIY Toilet Paper Holder

• feed the cord through the pipe and hang both loops on the knob.

THE BEACH HOTEL in TULUM
the beach was understated luxury in a relaxed natural environment

Tulum Hotel Toilet Paper Holder DIY
DIY Toilet Paper Holder
DIY Toilet Paper Holder

• to replace your TP simply pull one loop off the knob and feed the cord through the TP roll. it’s as easy as that!

THE VICEROY in LA
classic sophistication and contemporary chic

Contemporary Chic Toilet Paper Holder DIY
DIY Toilet Paper Holder

which style is your favorite? hopefully your mind is spinning with what materials you are going to use to make your own at home!

DIY Toilet Paper Holder

photos by: jesse chamberlin
art direction by: bri emery, designlovefest
props by: natalie shriver

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03.31.15

BAKED DOUGHNUTS / ALMOND BREEZE

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have you ever had baked doughnuts? they are surprisingly so delicious and a healthier option to satisfy your doughnut cravings! ivan is sharing this beautiful recipe with us today in partnership with our awesome long-time sponsor, almond breeze. we will be coming up with more fun brunch recipes in the coming months, so keep an eye out!

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and how cute is this illustration that redcruiser made for us? i love her style…

BAKED DOUGHNUT BRUNCH
Makes 6-8 servings

doughnuts

Ingredients:

• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 cup almond breeze
• 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
• 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 1 egg
• 4 tablespoons butter, softened
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• coconut flakes

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MAKING THE DOUGHNUTS: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl whisk together 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and set aside. In a small saucepan on medium heat, stir in the 1/2 cup almond breeze, 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract, 1 egg and 4 tablespoons softened butter. Stirring constantly with a whisk until butter melts. Combine the wet mixture to the dry flour mix until smooth. With a large spoon, pour the doughnut batter into an ungreased doughnut pan. Bake for 12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove baked doughnuts immediately from pan and place onto a cooling rack.

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PINK GLAZE
• 2 tablespoons almond breeze
• 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 2 cups powdered sugar
• food coloring (red, blue)

how to make: In a medium size bowl scoop in 2 cups powdered sugar. Add in 2 tablespoons almond breeze and 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract. Mix well until smooth consistency (Add in additional powdered sugar for a thicker consistency). Separate the glaze into two even batches on an additional bowl. For the first pink glaze; one drop of red will do, mix well. In the second bowl use 5 drops red and 2 blue to achieve a darker hue of pink. Dunk in each doughnut and set back onto cooling rack (keeping a towel underneath the rack will ensure less cleaning time as the glaze drips until hardens) Garnish doughnuts with coconut flakes.

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photos and styling by: ivan solis
illustration by: redcruiser
want more food posts? click here!
this post is in partnership with almond breeze. all opinions are my own.

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03.26.15

DIY HANGING PLANTER

This DIY, brought to you by Alyssa Hoppe, is a modern twist on Japanese string gardens known as Kokedamas. I love the contrast of the thin string with the hanging plant, and the natural wooden blocks and beads on the string make it even more beautiful. What a great way to add some life to your home or office…

Materials:

• Hellebore
• Orchid
• Rhipsalis Capilliformis
• Sheet Moss
• Peat Moss
• Akedama (clay bonsai soil)
• Waxed Cotton String
• Round Wood Beads
• Square Wood Blocks

Tools:

• Drill
• Drill bit
• Embroidery needle
• Scissors
• Gloves
• Water Bucket
• Bowl

How-To:

• First, drill holes in the blocks and set them aside.

• Next, soak your sheet moss in water for 5-10 minutes. Set aside while you prep the plant.

• Take your plant of choice and gently remove the soil, exposing the roots.

• Cut long pieces of string and lay them across each other in the bowl. The strings should be long enough to tie around around the root ball.

• Lay the soaked sheet moss inside the bowl on top of the string.

• Next, lay down a thin layer of peat moss on top of the sheet moss

• Make a soil mixture of 70% peat moss, 30% akedama.

• Using this mixture, form a ball around the roots of your plant.

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03.25.15

COOL, RIGHT?

a kinetic flower garden hangs in Tokyo…pretty cool, huh?

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