the designlovefestival was such a blast. a toooon of work, but a blast for sure. one of these days i will learn to execute more of my easier ideas haha. we held the festival a few weeks ago, had 150 people come through, sold plants and bunch of other amazing things. it was very cool to work outside what i normally do and create something this large from scratch. i definitely learned along the way. check out some of what happened below!
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I love to display pictures and prints everywhere around my home and office, it just adds so much personality and it feels so good to look back at some happy memories. I’ve found some fun hanging ideas around the web I’d like to share with you! I especially like the idea of covering a wall from the very bottom to the very top (how come I never thought of this) Using a wall corner is pretty cool too! I’ve also included some pretty inspiring DIY photo hanging ideas. What’s your favorite? –stephanie
from urban outfitters
Nicole franzen via sf girl by bay
by homey oh my
via the jungalow
via design sponge
from urban outfitters
from urban outfitters
birch & goldberry sent us these hand-painted wrapping papers this week and we turned them into desktop wallpapers for you! aren’t they pretty?
they make the cutest gift wrap for the holidays! you can get the paper at their store here. and click through below to download the desktops for your computer or phone!
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running. hate it. i can think of 10,000 things i would rather be doing. but! if i can just get myself out that door, i’m never sorry i’ve done it. there are a lot of reasons i run (or fast walk) but the most important reason for me is mental clarity. i feel so much lighter and happier after a couple of miles and a good sweat.
my little running crew, joanie and my sister lacey and I meet up every so often and run it out. it’s easier to find motivation with a crew, than just by yourself. joanie likes to tell us, as we run, all of the positive things running is doing for our bodies, it’s pretty cheesy but actually works to distract your mind.
something we’ve been using lately (because as much fun as it is to talk to each other while working out, it’s too hard to breathe, talk and run at the same time) so we will talk during warm up and then all use the spotify running feature, which is actually very cool and super simple. to use it you select “running” from the side bar, click a playlist, start running and it chooses music that co-insides with your pace, (can be running or walking!). so if you start out running 10 minute miles and want to speed up for the last mile, the music will change so that the beat matches your stride which is seriously amazing because music is half of my motivation when i run.
we use spotify exclusively around the office for work jams, i use it in my car, for all my parties…it’s the best. so i’m happy they added this cool workout feature.
they also created original running beats, they don’t have lyrics but they are just straight music that you can also run to, i’m particularly fond of the “burn” one if you want to check it out.
what do you run for? my main motivation is mental clarity, but i’d love to hear what gets you out the door. and if you already use the spotify running feature, or happen to check it out let me know below what your favorite playlists and genres are, i’m always looking to mix it up!
don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for the opportunity to win a running motivating prize pack! because who doesn’t need a little extra push?
SPOTIFY RUNNING GIVEAWAY!*
• 1 pair of bose soundsport in-ear headphones
• $75 nike gift card
• 1 year premium subscription to spotify
• and healthy snacks!
here’s how to win…
1) let us know your favorite Spotify playlist or fill in the blank “will run for _______” in a comment below and we’ll select one winner!
open to US only, 18 years of age and older. one winner will be randomly selected and notified on wednesday november 11th. you must claim your prize within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected.
* the prize was provided by spotify, but spotify is not involved in any other way with this giveaway. this post was created in partnership with spotify. all opinions are my own
photos by: jesse chamberlin
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)
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