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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
have you started holiday gift shopping yet? i love picking out items specially for each person. it makes a gift extra special when it’s handmade with love, so i handpicked some of my favorite diy’s here for you. make these fun projects and give them as gifts this holiday season!
make them here:
dip dye placemats
tapestry wall hangings
potted plant wall hanging
gold foil pillow
the holidays are officially upon us and one of the things we like best about the season is celebrating with our friends, families and coworkers at holiday parties. it gives us a chance to catch up, reflect on the year that was, sip a cocktail or two (or three) and maybe even hit the dance floor. this year we thought we’d ditch the ironic christmas sweater in favor of something a little more glamorous.
LET’S DRESS UP OUR SHOES!
we’ve spent more hours then we’d like to admit on pinterest eyeing the over the top shoe trends that have been hitting the runways as of late. which got us thinking that this would be the perfect time to create a pair of our own to hit the town in. (and that don’t cost us one million dollars)
we found a great, inexpensive pair of high heels with a nice shape here, sourced some baubles at one of our favorite places in the LA fashion district, got a tube of high quality glue and got down to business.
in no time at all we transformed a pair of simple platform heels into show stopping, party ready works of art that we might never take off our feet.
i thought it was really cool that we could find one pair of shoes that allowed us to create three totally different styles that reflected the personalities of the girls in the studio. how FUN WOULD IT BE to have a holiday shoe decorating party!? very fun indeed. snap photos of yours and tag us so we can see your masterpieces.
photos by: jesse chamberlin
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if you’re anything like us, wrapping a gift is just as important as finding the perfect treasure that goes inside the box and we’re always looking for the most unique ways to make a package extra special.
with the gift giving holidays steadily approaching we set out to come up with a fun and festive way to take your wrapping skills to the next level, and it’s easy enough that anyone can do it, really. all you need is some wrapping paper, scissors, a few of our favorite Scotch® tapes and some ribbon. by simply layering patterns on patterns you’ll be impressing your friends and family with your one of a kind gifts in no time.
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as you can tell we’re loving all the faux fur out there right now and excited to integrate some into our own wardrobes. (see our post all about it yesterday!) we thought it would be fun to try our hand at a simple tote bag made with one of the furriest textures we could find. it might seem like faux fur would be hard to sew but it is actually quiet easy and very forgiving. the fur covers even the wiggliest of seams and if you don’t have access to a sewing machine you could even give hand sewing a try.
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