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i gotta say, one of the smartest decisions i’ve made is moving into a bigger studio. (besides painting it white!) i’ve already been able to use numerous times, i feel inspired, clear-headed and happy! something that made me very very happy was inviting a bunch of my friends over to my studio last weekend for a wrapping paper party. working with epson was a real dream, they let us all be creative and added a really unique twist on the event.
you can watch the video that arian
created first. i love it so much! such good memories with my friends. and somehow the music makes me kinda teary eyed. maybe it’s PMS? regardless, it’s awesome.
my assistant joanie is always telling me i need to go way less overboard when it comes to these events. i try really hard, i do. but i fail every time. i guess i’m like my mother after all. i hired my best friend jen to do all of the styling. she was in charge of sourcing the supplies and setting them all up for the guests. i knew she would do an amazing job, and she definitely delivered.
jen hand painted a ton of white paper with black paint pens (turned out awesome!) and hung the designs all over the room for people to choose from. we also filled baskets with pretty paper from our friend’s urbanic paper shop. then we all just spread out and made a mess…
i handed out a labelworks printable ribbon kit to each of my friends when they arrived (just like a label maker but prints ribbons!) everyone got a kick out of writing funny phrases and quickly printing them.
yasmine made a green garland to decorate our brick wall and created a bunch of floral arrangements to make the space look festive. whoa nelly set up a beautiful brunch spread with yogurt parfaits, jam tarts, pastries and mini frittatas.
and of course the spiked coffee bar was a hit….
don’t you love my friend kristin’s huge bow? she wore it all day. and how about some gold foil wrapping paper for your presents this year? or hand making some like jen’s below…
i also asked my friends to bring some photos on their phone (with a buncha blogger friends that’s not a very difficult task. ha) the new epson printers can print photos right from your phone using wifi. so cool. we scanned a bunch of old photos and printed out instagrams to decorate our packages with. (win the printer, scanner and label maker below!)
we left out a bunch of scissors, tape, twine, stickers, ornaments, paint, pens etc…so everyone could just go crazy with their wrapping.
i mean, i knew my friends were creative but they seriously took it up a level for this. we had such a fun morning wrapping presents, drinking too many coffee/baileys concoctions, and catching up with each other. the holidays can be so busy for everyone, so it was nice to just relax.
luckily there’s still time to get all your friends together and throw one of these parties yourself. let me know if you do, okay? i always love seeing your photos & recreations. happy holidays! - bri
also, i hired asia to create some really adorable printable gift tags that we could use at the party and that you all can print off right here! enjoy. CLICK TO DOWNLOAD GIFT TAGS (282)
photography: woodnote photography
art direction: bri emery
video by: modshift
florals by: yasmine floral design
styling by: jen gotch
gift tag design by: asia pietrzyk
a collaboration with epson. all opinions are my own
for day #4 of our 12 days of giveaways we are giving away a printer, scanner and ribbon maker to one winner! win it for yourself or for your sister in college, your grandpa who loves to scan his old photographs, or maybe your your crafty friend.
prize package includes… Epson Expression Premium XP-810 Small-in-One Printer
| Epson Perfection V550 Photo Color Scanner
| LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit
here’s how to win…
1) “like” the designlovefest facebook page.
2) go to the epson site and take a look around.
3) leave a comment below letting me know your favorite item.
one winner will be chosen on wednesday, december 12th at 10am PST. open to US readers only. the retail value of prize is $400+. also! $20 off any purchase on www.epson.com/designlovefest with the code designlovefest through december 31st, 2013 (US only)
chairish is a cool site if you are looking to decorate your home (i’m currently starting on my guest bedroom.) they have all sorts of great vintage pieces available! you can also sell your items on there as well. i curated a whole group of my favorites for you to browse through in my collection here. i had so much fun doing this…i hope you find some furniture you love.
ALSO! chairish is giving away a $500 credit to their site. (please get that gold bin storage unit below, it’s so amazing! hurry before i decide to splurge on it for my office.)
shop my collection above: gold bin storage rack, rope lounge chair, pink sofa, splatter artwork, pendant light, and cafe chairs. and below: mid-century couch, wood coffee table, barware set, white lounge chair, danish chair set and brass table.
CLICK THROUGH TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY…
as you know from my recent travels, i’ve been using airbnb to book apartments. (italy here, rome here, sweden here) i pulled together 5 cute california spots you could stay in case you are headed west anytime soon! or maybe a staycation? a few by the beach, one in a treehouse (!), an artist loft and one in my silver lake neighborhood. i might even rent that place in malibu for our next anniversary…
click to rent them here:
venice beach cottage, SF treehouse, malibu beach house, downtown loft, silver lake apartment
people ask quite a bit on instagram how i find the places that i stay. here’s a few of my airbnb tips:
- 1. first do research on the neighborhood. location is key! while it’s great to have an amazing place to sleep, you still want to be able to walk around to shops and cafes easily. i usually google the “hip” or “trendy” neighborhoods because it usually means they have a lot going on as far as restaurants and fun sights. then i type that neighborhood into airbnb.
- 2. i always read the reviews. i am skeptical about places with only 1 or 2 reviews. usually the great places have a lot people giving you their two cents.
- 3. create wish lists & organize your listings into the “my trips” section. we did this for our recent european trip so we could share our lists with each other and decide our favorites. that way you don’t have to keep all the tabs open, they will save them for you.
- 4. if i have a minimum budget i always start the filters there. this will shorten the time you have to weed through places. i keep the maximum budget high, just because i like to look. although it’s sometimes torture
- 5. a couple more things i always check for: is it close to public transportation? does it have wifi? is it up 10 flights of stairs with no elevator (yes, i found that out that hard way, with heavy bags) and sometimes i ask the host if the apartment still looks the same as in the photos. you don’t want to get there and it look completely different because the photos were old.
(this post was sponsored by airbnb, all opinions are my own. photos by designlovefest)
today we will be making a napping tent with bramble workshop! make a comfortable corner in your home or office to take a break from your day. take a book in there and just chill out. (she’s also making these custom, if you want to buy one from her etsy shop)
we put ours in the new studio. here’s how to make the tent…
what you’ll need:
• 1/8 inch rope Two wreath forms (from Michaels): 18” and 12”
• 74 unstained wood beads: 46 small and 28 large
• One 2” wood cabone ring
• ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape
• white paint
• silver spray paint
• wood stain in oak
• Four 12 foot long pieces of white netting
• 3M™ Safety Products disposable respirator mask used when spray painting
how to make it:
• Stain beads with wood stain and allow to dry.
• Using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape, mask off 1/3-1/2 of each bead with tape at random angles. Spray paint beads silver, dry, and remove tape.
• Paint wreath forms white and allow to dry
• Cut 3 lengths of rope: two 11 foot and one 8 foot. Set one 11 foot rope aside.
• Mark 11 foot rope at 5 ½ feet and 8 foot rope at 2 ½ feet. This will be the center and where the cabone ring is attached to hang the canopy.
• Measure and mark 9 ½ inches on either side initial marks. (there will be 3 marks per rope.)
• Wrap tape around ends of rope to prevent fraying and make threading beads easier. Use needle-nose pliers to pull rope through if necessary.
• Thread 5 beads through each end so that they’re just above the second set of marks
• Thread rope through 12” wreath form and tie a knot at mark
• Measure 5” from knot and mark
• Thread rope through 18” wreath form and knot at mark (you will only use four of the holes in each wreath form)
• Thread rope through 9 beads (alternating large and small) to hang at end of rope and knot.
• The 8 foot rope will have one end that is shorter- this hangs above the opening of the canopy. The other three ropes should be the same length and have 9 beads on each end.
• Attach 9 beads (alternating large and small) to either end of the second piece of 11 foot rope and spread beads apart at random intervals. This is a decorative element that hangs on either side of the canopy opening
• Attach cabone ring to top of canopy frame using a lark’s head knot.
• Drape the four pieces of fabric over top of canopy structure with about 18” of fabric hanging down in the center of canopy
• We hung a plant from the center for the finishing touch. (planter from urban outfitters)
to style the tent, we used pillows from:
west elm (here and here)
anthropologie (here, here and here)
moroccan wedding blanket from maven collection
triangle pillow by caroline z hurley
baskets from connected goods
i love how the finished product came out. it really adds warmth and comfort to our studio!
project by: bramble workshop for designlovefest (buy a custom tent here!)
photos by: kimberly genevieve
more DIY projects here
This post is a collaboration with 3MDIY.com
a student in my class a few weeks ago told me about a site called behomm. it’s a site where you can just swap homes with someone. so it costs you nothing. the catch is that it’s only for designers and visual artists (meaning there are some SERIOUSLY well designed homes in the mix)
i’m thinking about doing it sometime, but sure do feel the pressure to step up my home decor after seeing all these awesome spaces…
as a freelancer, the freedom to work remotely is definitely the best part. (and believe me, there are some not so great parts about it) but, i sure wouldn’t mind working from paris or new york for the week…
don’t these look great?
i usually rent apartments when i go abraod, so behomm seems like a great alternative. just pay for the flight and the rest is handled.
would you feel comfortable with someone in your home, while you stayed at theirs?