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DIY faux fur tote | designlovefest

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.








we’re feeling ready for the holidays over here! this time of year comes and goes so quickly that it’s nice to get a jump start on festive activities to soak up every minute of it. today we’re talking about gift wrapping techniques with simone and kristen. simone is a trusted resource in los angeles for specialty gift giving and gift boxes and kristen is our go-to floral genius. take it away, ladies!

there are so many different ways to wrap a gift and today we’re focusing on florals and fabric. imagine the look of delight when you pass one of these gifts along to a loved one!

here are kristen’s tips for incorporating florals into your holidays gifts:

• With holiday foliage a little goes a long way. I like to use lots of different greens to create a fragrant holiday gift topper. I make a bouquet of greens and attach it with ribbon to the top of the gift. forging outside is a great and inexpensive way to make this work.

• When adding flowers to a present I use floral glue. Hot glue would also work in a pinch! You just have to be careful to add the flowers right before you are going to present the gift. Use hardy florals like tulips, hyacinth, roses, amaryllis. and avoid flowers that fade fast out of water like peonies. 

• Some of my favorite (and easy to find) holiday greens: pine, spruce, cedar, juniper, holly, fir, and pine cones!

• I have been into strung blooms lately and think stringing hydrangea petals or hyacinth blooms to create a ribbon is a unique way to decorate your holiday gift. Rose petals would work well too!

simone’s insight on wrapping…

Fabric: I love the idea of wrapping packages in your favorite fabrics, or else a fabric you think the gift’s recipient will love. We used one of our favorite HTH linens (which of course can be reusable) a crisply preppy gingham, a beautiful leather. The idea of the wrapping itself being a keepsake piece really adds a nice layer to this.

Tip: When you choose your fabric, make sure the fabric you choose is a bit bigger than the boxes and make sure you have extra for mistakes you might make. Most of the time, tape won’t be strong enough to hold fabric, so you can use a tiny little bit of a glue gun (don’t overdo it for the sake of preserving the fabric). If you’re really ambitious, you can hand stitch it on with a really loose whipstitch, which will produce a relaxed look. Another way to secure the package is to wrap the package in the style of Japanese Furoshiki (directions below) accented with a sprig, or with the with the ribbons you use (more on that below!)

• Lay out your fabric on a flat surface

• Tie two opposite corners together over the package

• Pull across the other two corners to meet together and tie.

Ribbons: this is such a fun accent to add to a gift and it really can take it to another level. Ribbons are a great, easy way to add texture and personality — you can chose a ribbon that’s clean and classic (like the black grosgrain), layer ribbons of differing widths, even string flowers onto sewing thread.

If you use a doubled ribbon, a cool technique is to layer it and use a wider and thinner option for dimension (this is great because, let’s face it, we can never quite decide on just one ribbon!)

We also used a wide silk for the leather wrapped gift which we wrapped around a couple of times. For the fresh flower petals, you just thread a needle and trail it through petals. It’s actually really easy —it just takes a bit of time. Such a beautiful, romantic detail.

Keep in mind that the above are such personal touches. It’s all about play and having fun with it. The wrapping doesn’t need to be perfect, the ribbons can be a bit organic in feel  – push things off to the side! Wrap things a bunch of times and layer them. Have fun with it.

For an added touch of surprise and texture, add non-gift-wrap items to the gift i.e. crystals, bells, foraged pinecones. Think of unexpected elements that work with the color palette, theme, and general vibe of the gift. Bonus: These will act as keepsakes in and of themselves.

The most important thing is the idea of letting go of pristine perfection and instead thinking creative, fun, and festive. You gift recipient will love you all the more for it.

florals by: moon canyon 
gift wrapping by: simone LaBlanc
photos: ivan solis



i had a beaded curtain as i kid that i loved. it was a cheap, plastic and probably meant to be a retro nod to 60’s or 70’s. the beads were multi colored and transparent and made the best shimmery sounds when you walked through them. it wasn’t fancy but it made my room a place unlike any other in the house. thinking back on i found myself in an internet rabbit hole in search of any new innovations to this classic and surprisingly i found very few. -natalie

after a lot of searching i did eventually come across a small handful of very lovely and one of a kind versions. feeling a little more inspired i decided i’d give it a go and see if i might be able to DIY one worthy of a house inhabited by adults. the plan was to make it simple and graphic, allowing texture and shape to take the place of wild colors and plastic bits.


• 3/4 inch wooden dowel cut to the width of the door jam were you plan to hang your curtain plus 2 inches

• 2 inch styrofoam balls, we used about 60 to create the density we wanted but this will depend on where you hang it

• 1/4 inch natural cotton cord, ours was a large spool we got at Michael’s

• paper pulp

• white acrylic gesso

• a drill with 1/4 inch bit (not pictured)





pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest
pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest

it’s finally starting to feel cool around here and we are here to talk a little bit about halloween decor! we’ve been super into ceramics lately and have noticed a lot of handmade ceramic light fixtures that got us thinking about how to tie that back into decorating with pumpkins this season.

there is also such a variety of types of pumpkins that are available to us now, that we figured this would be a perfect place to showcase them. we got ours at whole foods, but keep your eye open for those unique pumpkins when you take your trip to the pumpkin patch!


• pumpkins
• knives of various sizes, serrated knives work well
• metal spoons of various sizes
• drill and drill bits, wood worker’s spade bits are ideal for large
• holes
• masking tape
• pipe cleaners

pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest

how to make them:
• start by cutting the bottom out of your pumpkin so that it rests flat
• pull out the strands and seeds and with your metal spoons scrape out as much as possible from the inside of your pumpkin

pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest

• mark your pattern on your pumpkin with small bits of tape
• drill holes in your pumpkin using your desired drill bit for the size holes you would like

pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest

• after you finish drilling, wash your pumpkin off and if necessary scrape out the inside walls one more time
• use a pipe cleaner (or two) to remove any bits that remain in your drilled holes after washing

pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest
pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest

• to illuminate your pumpkin we recommend battery powered pillar candles

pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest
pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest
pumpkin lanterns DIY | designlovefest

we hope you make these cute pumpkin lanterns, we love how they came out. remember, shelf life for any pumpkin is about a week, so if you want yours to last through the holiday, time your carving accordingly!

project by: natalie for designlovefest
photos by: ivan solis




so excited to bring you another post from the lovely ladies of bird dog wedding. they really outdid themselves with this one, it’s stunning!


“I’ve always been fascinated by the colors you can create through natural dyeing. Mother nature can produce such a wide range of colors with depth you simply can’t find in synthetic dyes. And I mean who knew you could get pink dye through avocado pits!? So we’ve decided to put together a little step-by-step tutorial to hopefully inspire you try your own little dye project at home. You can try this with some curtains you want to update, a ball of yarn for your next knitting project, or just for the fun of seeing what colors you can achieve.” – Sarah

1. Start with clean and untreated fabric. Cotton, wool, and silk will pick up color much better than synthetic fibers.

2. Soak your fabric overnight in water to make sure it is fully saturated. This ensures it will pick up the dye color evenly.

3. Prep your dye material. A quick trip to your local grocery store or flower shop will provide all the inspiration and materials you will need to produce beautiful natural dyes.

One of the easiest and most satisfying materials to use are onion skins. They release their dye very quickly and produce a deep vibrant color. The red skins produce shades of brown while the yellow skins produce pale yellow to a deep golden amber. For this experiment we chose onion skins but a few other options to keep in mind:

Yellow- Turmeric, Onion, Pomegranates, Marigolds, Zinnias

Pink- Avocado pits, Prickly Pear, Annatto Seeds, Strawberries, Beets

4. Next, fill a large stainless steel pot with enough water to fully submerge the fabric. You want everything to be able to float around freely.

5. Place your dye material into the pot and bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer and place clean wet fabric in the pot. 

6. Let fabric and dye material slowly simmer for at least an hour, stirring occasionally. After an hour you can decide to take the fabric out if you’re happy with the color or just remove the pot from the heat and let it sit overnight.

7. Once you remove the fabric rinse it under cool water to remove excess dye. Hang your fabric to air dry and enjoy!”

how gorgeous are these fabrics they dyed!? i absolutely love the color palette! and kristen did such a great job capturing these images. 

i love how they dyed trims too! would be such a fun addition on a pillow or blanket.

those shades of pink are really speaking to me. thanks to an amazing group of vendors for pulling this off!

Concept + Execution: Sarah Reichardt with Bird Dog Wedding
Photographer: Kristen Kilpatrick

Model: Carmen Collins
Location: Airbnb designed by Claire Zinnecker

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