A Mild Tassel/Pom Pom Obsession

For a while I’ve been seeing blankets embellished with huge pom poms and tassels and I can’t help but want to go out and thrift a blanket and a few rolls of bright yarn (as if I don’t have enough) to make one! The weather here in San Francisco has been a bit nippy and I’m jonesing for more ways to stay warm, and what better way than a cartoony throw?

This DIY has been around for a few years, yet I continue to see it in styled spaces and shops, so I thought I’d do a short round-up of ways to add these poufy poms to a blanket:

  1. DIY Giant Tassel Throw via Bre Purposed

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2. DIY Chunky Tassel Blanket via Design Sponge

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3. Tassel Throw Blanket DIY via Tidbits

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4. DIY Anthro Inspired Tassel Throw via Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

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5. Pom Pom Blanket DIY via Better Homes and Gardens

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Thank goodness I actually do have more yarn than I know what to do with! Time to start planning for Winter # 2 and of course, Fall🙂

-Tufted

“Collected…Not Decorated”

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I completely agree! My favorite spaces are filled with the individual’s personality and their collected treasures (also thank you to the now non-existent blogger who created this little graphic).

It’s been months since I’ve posted but I’m going to try to get back on track here in a few weeks. Life has been crazy busy and I’ve been in and out of creative jobs (the life of a contractor!) and interning at an interior design startup in the San Francisco Bay Area. I hope to be writing again very soon!

-Tufted

Colorful Kitchen Cabinets

When I worked as a furniture photographer for a startup here in the city, unique furniture always appeared in my studio–including some very cool cabinets. I had the opportunity to style refurbished Hoosier and curio cabinets, vintage shelves, and countless IKEA Expedits (people went through them like water and then bought them back).

I was again inspired by one of Justina Blakeney’s spaces–a workspace with a lovely pastel pink curio cabinet full of colorful glasses and dishware, and stacks of geometric pillows on top. It looked amazing in the studio, but it would be a dream cupboard in my future kitchen (I’m always plotting and planning for the day I move into my own place, obviously). Anyway, I wanted to share a few colorful cabinets I think are perfect for brightening up a kitchen:

The dream color. I was smitten with Justina Blakeney’s cabinet when I saw it in her studio. I love how everything around it pops, especially the bits of yellow in the craspedia and the pillows above–and the vintage style glasses inside look just as chic

The dream. Like I mentioned, I was introduced to Hoosier cabinets while photographing furniture. Their multiple compartments were fun to stage with our thrifted dishes and every now and then I’d find a newly painted piece. Given a fresh coat, Hoosiers look adorable in a kitchen–I hope I can find one when the time comes!

Another pink cupboard! As you know, pastel pink is one of my favorites–and it’s a wonderful color on vintage pieces. The cabinet reminds of a Hoosier, but with lovely etched glass that sets it apart and gives it its charm. Definitely a perfect place for serveware storage–it also looks gorgeous next to that huge cactus.

October Sweets

Much has happened since my last post, meaning I haven’t quite had the time to update The Tufted recently. I am in the midst of job hunting, hustling, and answering the question that has plagued my generation: what am I doing with my life? So for a bit my posts will be down to one or two a week.

Anyway, I’ve rounded up some delicious sweets perfect for the Fall and this lovely month of October. I’m not sure what the weather has been like in other states (California is the center of the universe obviously), but it has been warm enough here that I’m not shivering through my San Diegan skin and “cold” enough that there is some semblence of Fall. My perfect combo. Enjoy these desserts:

Peanut Butter Candy Corn Cookies:

Maple Bundt Cake:

Easy Vegan Apple Crisp:

Bake Pumpkin Doughnuts with Cardamom Crumble:

An Eclectic and Artful Home in the Haight

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted BlogI met Jamai at the Storeenvy “pop-up” shop in downtown during my search for jobs and creative folks when I first moved to San Francisco. If you’ve ever wandered through the city and noticed a green T-Rex terrorizing the Golden Gate Bridge (on a t-shirt), it’s Jamai’s artwork, sold through his clothing brand Animal Instincts.

Jamai recently finished a series of gorgeous wine and coffee painted Victorian homes (seen above resting in the hallway), which I saw in person when I photographed he and his wife Meredith’s place in the Haight. The two (and pooch, Bandit!) live in their own apartment, with all of the eclecticism and Victorian style you’d expect a San Francisco home to have. Their collection of artwork (much of it his own work), mis-matched furniture, and various knick-knacks adorn every nook and cranny of this fantastic home and truly make it a cozy, personalized space.
An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

The sofa in the living room is was what I remembered most about the apartment, and its contrasting color explosion that includes a bevy of patterned and retro needlepoint cushions, a serape, and a crochet zig-zag blanket.

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted BlogJamai works out of two areas of the house: a small closet-like room in the hallway (where he keeps his merchandise for shows ) and the living room. And as home goods seem to be my obsession, I was delighted to find a few Victorian house pillows from his new series, like the one above looking quite appropriate and lovely on his vintage tufted chair

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

The eclecticism of the apartment flows into each room, including the kitchen where intricate illustrations and bright, ethereal paintings pop against its yellow walls, and a string of dainty craspedia and dried flower filled bulbs hang above the table. I didn’t realize until later, but a series of enlarged Loteria cards–a popular Mexican bingo game–hang above one doorway, no doubt belonging to Meredith, who spent time teaching English in Mexico years ago.

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

The hallway of the house is its own miniature gallery, with books and framed prints in a corner and canvases hanging along the walls. Jamai’s “office” can be found there as well, with piles of his Animal Instincts t-shirts and unfinished Victorian pillows.

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted BlogThe lavender walls of the bedroom and its subtle gray duvet and disheveled pillows make it a peaceful space. I love how its gallery wall mixes various framed pieces, including a beautiful silver mirror, handmade jewelry display (assuming it’s handmade!), and an expressionistic watercolor.

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

An Eclectic Abode in the Haight on The Tufted Blog

I’m currently redoing my own backyard, so I loved seeing Meredith and Jamai’s well kept patio and the bulb string lights hung across. The space is well kept and looks like the perfect spot for small gatherings and nice weather. It definitely tops off their apartment.

Thank you Meredith and Jamai for letting me photograph your home!

Fantastic Bohemian Living Rooms

For the individual who loves a modern space without the rigidity and lack of organic elements that characterize it, bohemian modern is the way to go. Personally I’m an artist of the eclectic variety, so the style appeals to my love of mixed design and I am always delighted to read about bohemian spaces on my ever growing list of interior design blogs. Days ago, I was very inspired by Justina Blakeney’s submission to Loloi Rugs’ styling competition (third image down), and wanted to share a few more photos of beautifully designed bohemian living rooms that I’ve collected recently:

The mix of pieces in the living room above really pulls at my style heart strings: teak and inspired Mid-Century pieces, hanging macrame planters, kilims and hand woven rugs, bolga baskets, cactuses, and a saffron armchair come together to create a lively and free spirited space.

This industrial living room leans toward the bohemian side of the spectrum with scattered Moroccan and quilted poufs, throw pillows and lounging space galore, pots of overgrown plants, and of course, a quintessential resting cow skull. The white brick and open loft style of the room make it modern and are what really get me about the room.

Apart from my new found appreciation for Shibori dyed tapestries, and the drapes featured here, I am stunned by the other pieces in this living room and Justina Blakeney’s gorgeous feat in styling. Lush and fuzzy blankets, mixed patterns and textures, and that beautiful painting! Justina is my bohemian hero.