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04.16.17

DIY OUTDOOR UMBRELLA

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we’ve come to the last post in our week of the Springvent calendar with Clorox. hopefully you’ve found some time and space in your week to add some of the projects we’ve gone over and if not, there is always next week to give it a-go! we wanted to end the week with a fun DIY to get you ready for the warmer months ahead, a DIY outdoor umbrella! the whole project can be completed for less then $100 and is a high impact addition to any outdoor space.

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here is what you’ll need: 

  • patio umbrella, new or used – we purchased this one from IKEA 
  • acrylic paint and brushes
  • colored tape
  • tassel fringe, available where you buy home interiors fabric (our 6.5 ft umbrella needed 7 yards of fringe)
  • glue gun

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getting started:

  • you may want sketch out a few designs to come up with a plan, dots, dashes and stripes all look good and are easy, if you are inclined to get more complicated the options are limitless. we wanted ours to have a bit of a hand painted feel and opted for dashes, dots and a few other design elements to pull it all together. 

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make it:

  • tape off areas that may need masking and work out spacing and pattern density
  • paint areas that are taped off and other designs
  • wait until paint is dry and remove tape
  • with a warmed up glue gun adhere the fringe to the edge of the umbrella.

ta-da! a new outdoor umbrella for your space!

my patio is my happy place. i love spending time out there, hosting friends for drinks, having small celebrations or just eating dinner with my boyfriend. it’s definitely my favorite part of my house and it’s really important to me to keep it clean and orderly. we recently got a ton of rain in LA and it really did a number on my patio furniture and tile. pillows got moldy, there was mildew on the furniture and the tile was straight up dirty.

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it sounds kind of crazy but it honestly upset me to see my favorite space like that so i spent an hour out there scrubbing and hosing everything down and it made a huge difference. i used Clorox regular bleach and also their outdoor bleach. i followed this guide on how to clean everything and i recommend you do the same to find the right measurements and treatments.

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images by: Ivan Solis
DIY project by: Natalie Shriver

(this post was created in partnership with Clorox. thank you for supporting the companies that allow us to create original content for you!). 

12.01.16

POM POM TREE SKIRT DIY

pom pom skirt DIY | designlovefest

finding a cute holiday tree skirt that is unique and doesn’t break the bank is a real challenge. that’s why we created this velvet tree skirt DIY that you can make on your own and use for years to come! we also have a DIY on the poms too so you can make that pretty little garland that’s hanging on our mantel!

pom pom skirt DIY | designlovefest
pom pom skirt DIY | designlovefest

we partnered with the SoCal Honda Dealers who understands that the holidays can be a stressful time and are hosting all sorts of fun events in southern california this holiday season to make things a little easier. like their annual Christmas tree lot buy out where they give away trees at four locations in Los Angeles and Orange County. you can follow along with them on facebook to find out when and where their #RandomActsofHelpfulness are happening!

now, let’s make it!

pom pom skirt DIY | designlovefest

what you’ll need:

• square piece of velvet or fabric of your choice
• 2 square pieces of fabric of your choice 1″ smaller than your first fabric (this is optional. We’re using velvet, so we need some extra weight to help the body of our skirt)
• yarn
• clover pom pom maker size medium
• fabric glue or thread and a sewing machine
• scissors
• saucer
• measuring tape
• chalk pencil

pom pom skirt DIY | designlovefest

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11.28.16

WREATH WORKSHOP 2016

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after last year’s beautiful wreath workshops, we decided to make it a holiday tradition with moon canyon. this year, we went in a totally new direction though…

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kristen transformed her studio into a fall wonderland for the students, with every single wreath ingredient you could think of. i love the warm colors, the textures, the feeeeeelings that the room gave me. we wanted to experiment this year and go for a light and bright wintery vibe, with unique wreath shapes and a step away from your average traditional wreath. kris created some amazing examples to inspire the students and then they had a few hours to snack, sip on mulled wine and get creative.

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urban palate created a gorgeous spread, with autumn bruschetta (with a beautiful pomegranate mouse!), a pumpkin trifle with spiced mascarpone, and probably the best truffle cheese i’ve ever had. the food was a real hit, i love working with them.

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kristen shares an office with hillary from bliss and mischief (one of my favorite clothing brands) and they sold some of their cute tee shirts, embroidered denim and the high waisted corduroy pants i’m wearing above at the workshop.

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and then we all got to just play. at first i was really intimidated to make one, but by the second class i got super into it! i’m happy i did, because now i have a cool wreath for my mantle. it was so fun walking around the classes and seeing the creations people came up with! i was so impressed with everyone.

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and they were easy to make!! we started with a few branches and connected them with wire. and then just kept adding on and attaching with more wire. some people went with a linear wreath and hung it up with a string, and others went for the circle.

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such a fun afternoon. thank you to everyone that attended, and moon canyon for being the best! and thank you ivan for capturing the day. here’s my finished product…

photos by: ivan solis

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06.06.16

COLORING POSTERS PT. 2

printable color posters | designlovefest

and we’re back with two more coloring posters! hope you enjoyed the first round here. this time we have “there are always flowers for those who want to see them” and “living the dream.” you know the drill, click below to download below and start coloring!

printable color posters | designlovefest
printable color posters | designlovefest
printable color posters | designlovefest

if you’re curious about the pencils we used to color them in, they’re called prismacolor and you can buy them here. they’re great because you don’t have to push down super hard to get consistent color!

printable color posters | designlovefest
printable color posters | designlovefest

let us know if you used any of the designs! we’d love to see them at #DLFcoloring

printable color posters | designlovefest

DOWNLOAD THE FLOWERS DESIGN HERE (1922)
DOWNLOAD THE LIVING THE DREAM DESIGN HERE (1937)

concept by: natalie shriver
design by: maddy nye
photos by: ivan solis

05.31.16

COLORING POSTERS PT. 1

printable coloring poster | designlovefest

our artist in residency natalie has been on the hunt for the perfect adult coloring book and when she came up empty handed on her search she decided we needed to create one. we worked with maddy nye on the designs and we love how they turned out. there are four total designs and today we’re showing the first two featuring the phrases “pursue magic” and “blissed out.” not only are they totally therapeutic to color but we also made them poster size so you can print it, color it and frame it!

printable coloring poster | designlovefest
printable coloring poster | designlovefest
printable coloring poster | designlovefest
printable coloring poster | designlovefest

and they’re completely free! just click the download button and print! because we wanted ours to be poster quality we took them to office depot and had them printed on a slightly heavier, matte paper. it’s really inexpensive (we printed 8 for $8!) and worth it if you’re considering making it a piece of art in your home as framed art can really add up.

printable coloring poster | designlovefest
printable coloring poster | designlovefest

we’re super stoked about these and would love if you shared your finished products with us. tag #dlfcoloring so we can see them! and we’ll be back next week with two more designs!

p.s. we used prismacolor pencils on these ones! 

printable coloring poster | designlovefest

DOWNLOAD PURSUE MAGIC DESIGN HERE (1766)
DOWNLOAD BLISSED OUT DESIGN HERE (1645)

concept by: natalie shriver
design by: maddy nye

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