Curated Craigslist: Vintage Florals

I may want to scrap my old flower sheets, but I will always have a thing for granny florals. Crewel floral still life textile art is hanging all over our studio and a Mid-Century sunflower oil painting Max’s mom gave us is currently gathering dust in my mom’s storage. Definitely squeezing that piece somewhere in here! But for now, I’m happy scavenging Craigslist for vintage and Mid-Century pieces. Needless to say, this Curated Craigslist is inspired by florals (and that settee in particular!).  Enjoy!

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New Year’s “Home Decor” Resolutions for 2018

Anyone else reeling from the holidays? December and November were a giant cluster-f**k of traveling (somehow we managed two trips up north), working, and frantically finishing class projects. Biting off more than I can chew is what drives me–the season was a success, but I’d be a mess if it didn’t culminate in the much needed three day “holiday” weekend I just experienced. Three days of sleeping in, working on a new online class that I’m stoked for, and spending time with friends and family…and writing out some New Year’s Resolutions.

Our space will never be complete–that is the reality of a thrifter/vintage lover. There will always be a tchotchke to collect or some new rattan piece to buy off of Craigslist and squeeze into our studio…but this year, and speaking of hoarding, I’d like to cut back on buying home decor and shape our space into something a little less cluttered and filled only with pieces we love. Matching our bedding wouldn’t hurt either (hah). So that is the gist of my 2018 interior design/home decor New Year’s Resolution, and I’ve laid out some specifics to elaborate.

1. Buy Cohesive bedding:

I love mis-matched textiles…really I do. But at the moment, our bed is a little too eclectic. Like, random childhood wool blanket draped over a purple fleece blanket with grandma style floral flannel pillowcases eclectic. I DO have a lovely Anthropologie quilt in storage–but it’s all frills and too much of a pain to clean–and I love me a cozy flannel, but I was a San Diego gal living in San Francisco…below 60 was Antarctica. So it’s time for some cooler sheets (and time to let go of the grandma florals).

2. Downsize:

Like I mentioned, I’d like to pare down the clutter around our studio…well, what is mostly my stuff. Max is the minimalist here! I’ve entertained the idea of donating or selling 50 items over the next month. It won’t be an episode of ‘Hoarders’, but it might be painful, so we’ll see how difficult it is for me to part with my odds and ends. Case in point, I don’t really need 100 bird figurines (or do I?). Our new plan is to move back up north again in September (more on that later), so having as little as possible will help, and I have a minute to really get sh*t done.

3. Organize our kitchen:

Max and I received several handy kitchen gadgets (eg. a pressure cooker and spiralizer!!) for Christmas, but the lack of open shelving in our hamster sized galley kitchen means we’ve relegated that stack of boxes to a corner–which we push aside to get to our stove (it wouldn’t be a real studio if we weren’t stepping over things hazardously). The other empty-ish corner has been taken by our makeshift kitchen stool shelf that we stack things on. So a serious Ikea trip or Craigslist binge is in order so we can find a real one.

4. Frame loose prints:

This seems like an obvious thing, but those frames ain’t cheap! Particularly when you have a stack of prints under the bed, and the sofa, and in a paper bag hung up on your coat rack…like I do. But paring those down will help, right?

5. Design our building’s balcony:

This is a small project I would love to take on in a few paychecks time! Our four-plex features a second floor balcony that is currently home to large arachnids that could punch me if I tried to sweep them away. So hopefully Max and I will clear out what (and who) we can and start sprucing up that space.

Happy New Year everyone! New Year’s resolutions?

Go Big or Go Home: 5 Oversized Holiday Decor DIYS

As much as I’m a fan of miniatures, so too do I love giant versions of things. So I’ve obsessed over this season’s extra large holiday decoration zeitgeist…and those big DIY plush Christmas lights and ornaments! I used to sew stuffed animals as a hobby so I NEED to try these DIYs at some point. One of these years I’ll make time for concocting my own giant something something for the holidays. But anyways, here’s some inspiration for next year. I hope you all have a lovely holiday weekend!

Giant Plush Ornaments from Studio DIY!

 

 

Gifts for The Llama Lover

Ok…so the weekend before Christmas may be a little too last minute for a Christmas gift post, but I wanted to add my two-cents to the holiday gift guide conversation with a quickie on gifts for the llama lover:

llama gifts

Have I mentioned that I’ve collected llama figurines since I was a kid? It’s a goofy hobby that those closest to me are aware of, and since then my life has become filled with llama artwork, towels, mugs, and figures from friends. So needless to say, I’m happy the home decor world has found potential in these weird creatures too, and we now have a varied selection of llama miscellanea to choose from! Enjoy 🙂

Where to shop:

  1. Llama Pillow
  2. Llama Tapestry
  3. Llama Cookie Cutter
  4. “Llama” Mug
  5. Llama/Alpaca Figurine
  6. Llama Tea Towel
  7. Belasco Llama Malbec
  8. White Llama Planter
  9. Majolica Llama
  10. Twin Llama Pot
  11. Golden Llama Table Lamp

Halloween Home Decor: Spooky Chic Vintage Finds

During my frequent visits to both thrift stores just up the street from our apartment, I comb desperately for vintage, and usually to no avail. Sometimes the local Goodwill is a hit or miss, and mine has been pretty devoid of those addicting finds that keep me in this secondhand hustle (ok, maybe it’s a hustle to hoard, but still…). My latest mania has been Halloween decor and I’ve been in search of antique clear and black glassware, brass, votives, or any items that can give our studio some festive spookyness while not coming off too…kitsch? It’s “Spooky chic” I’m going for, and being the Halloween obsessed gal I am, I rounded up a few versatile pieces that are perfect for giving a space an eerie Halloween glow, while keeping things chic year round.

I love finding brass display cases while I thrift–these can be filled with twinkle lights, antique jewelry, or maybe a skull or two!
What’s Halloween, or Fall in general, without the cozy glow of candles? These brass sun and moon candle holders are ideal for an altar, Halloween display, or simply as bits of vintage worked into your home decor. After all, there is something inherently creepy about antiques that once belonged to those who are now long gone from this earth.
Like vintage, Halloween and cats go hand in hand. They’re sweet and witchy, and this cat anatomy illustration is an alternative to skull or skeleton accents.
Ever summoned spirits via Quija in your friend’s Victorian basement (hint: I’ve tried)? The next time I use a Quija board, it will probably be framed as Halloween decor. But still, vintage Quija boards can stay up all year round–perfect if you’re tastes lean toward the occult (and even better if you practice)!
Admittedly, I do not know what this book is about and have tried to research–BUT, wouldn’t it be perfect to display for Halloween with other antique books and potion bottles and skulls? Vintage books aren’t just ideal for styling (or reading for that matter)– the musty smell and dusty jacket of an old book fits this holiday.
 Halloween decor calls for ravens and crows–this little fellow is just for fun.
Vintage glassware, like bottles or jars, can really make your Halloween place settings or decor more festive.
 Speaking of tabletop, Fornasetti’s peculiar Lina Cavalieri plates come to mind when I think of Halloween place settings. I’ve always found his obsession with her face odd and also that it has been immortalized on plates…and on this eerily elegant half Lina/half skull pillow! What is more Halloween than a creepy face and skull?
 This stitched spiderweb pillow isn’t vintage, but it’s a chic way to incorporate trendy indigo dyed pieces into your home while sticking to a creepy theme. Though I must say, the symbolism and craftsmanship behind this pillow are lovely.

A Freespirited Fall: 8 Cozy Boho DIYs

Finally, a new post! The past few months have been spent frantically getting our NEW APARTMENT together, adjusting to San Diego life, and splitting my time between work and school. Life has changed so much lately, and things have been difficult, but as always I’m establishing balance.

And yes, you read that correctly: Max and I have a new studio here in San Diego. It has been surreal moving into our own place, and it has presented its own challenges…but I can’t wait to finally reveal what we’re doing with the place in that cheesy, but quintessential home decor blogger “My Home Tour” post!

For now, Fall is falling–getting colder, pumpkin spicier, and cozier for some, and on the hot and sunny side (with the same long shadows and scent of new Autumn blooms in the air) for us here in San Diego. I haven’t had time to craft anything fall related amidst the chaos of this move, but I’m sure some of you out there do. And there are plenty of cozy, boho DIYs to give your home that Fall feeling. Here are a few:

Yarn Tassel Pillow Tutorial

When I think of Fall, I think of cozy, and when I think of cozy, I imagine pillows! Tassels are an easy way to add a boho feel to those Autumn pillows you’ve tossed onto your sofa or bed.

DIY Wreath

A wreath that will last through the holidays, this DIY combines a bit of textile design and your favorite flora.

DIY Chai Candles in Canning Jars

Candles are a necessity if you’re looking to add more ambiance to your home or if you want a cozier vibe;. I think I’ve mentioned before, but I’m pretty obsessed with them. I have half empty jars everywhere around our apartment. This chai candle DIY is perfect for adding some Fall scents to your home. And it’s candle making with canning jars–what’s more “Fall” than that?

Branch Weaving 101

This is a DIY I would love to try soon–weaving between found branches. These little woven pieces are perfect for hanging on a wall, for displays on a table, or altar embellishments. Oh, and they’re cheap to make!

Felt Flower Bouquet

Personally, I love flowers but struggle to keep them alive. So felt flowers are a fun alternative (and much lovelier than faux flowers, in my opinion). This tutorial gives options for different types of flowers, so creating a Fall felt bouquet is easy.

DIY Fresh Floral Moon Pumpkin

This is one of my FAVORITE DIYs! An effervescent alternative to kitsch Autumn decorating and its oversaturated oranges, yellows, and browns. Somehow, even as more of a chic, floral piece, this pumpkin still feels a bit–witchy?

Boho Fall Wreath

I believe that a principal of bohemian living is working with what’s around you to build your nest. This feather wreath uses pre-bought feathers and raffia, but wouldn’t it be so lovely with found foliage? Feathers this beautiful may be difficult to come by in your yard, but other twigs and branches and such can be substituted for the raffia. I’m really just a scavenger who loves to collect things, so I’m biased!

Mud Cloth Crochet Pillow Pattern & Tutorial

This is a super cozy take on traditional mud cloth pillows! Again, pillows just scream coziness, and crochet and knitting are total Fall activities (speaking of, I need to start crocheting gifts again!). It looks like a simple single crochet pattern with some stitching–so it may not be terrible as a beginner project.

An Ongoing Trend: Sediment, Swirls & Stone

In a post a while back, I discussed a trend I love in interior design, and one that has enjoyed more than a few minutes in the decor spotlight: stone. On the walls, as furniture, or in artwork (or represented as such), I love the organic appeal of stone and its ability to add a sense of opulence to a space.

An speaking of, in general I’ve become quite taken with organic modern design. Maybe it’s that longing for minimalism I mentioned earlier, or the coziness that natural accents, like a woven rug or live edge table bring, but every time I stumble upon a home tour where a room is more or less filled with wooden furniture and layers of natural textiles–and of course, a fuzzy rug or sheepskin–I just want to throw all of my random findings out the window and bring in the neutrals!

Not really…but I do love love love the idea of organic modern and the feeling of calm it gives me. Stone gives me that same sense, with some added glam, and I’ve watched designers and creatives turn the trend into marbled swirls of pattern on walls and floors, and layers of color in artwork.

The first time I saw this sediment wallpaper browsing through Pinterest, I was smitten and knew I would try to recreate it (or find the wallpaper) in my own home (one day…).

Sarah Sherman Samuels’ M.O. is designing bright textiles filled with both geometric and organic patterns. This is from her new series of wallpapers!

This “geode” floor created by Pernille Snedker Hansen is color eye candy and so unique! One of the coolest floor “DIYs” I’ve seen (though really it’s her ow beautiful artwork and process).

When it comes to the agate/geode trend, Anthropologie knows what’s up. Not only do they sell an agate top side table, but they also offer this beauty in a few colors.

I love the bold colors in this painting. Not stone, but the layers allude to something similar.

Layers of fringe and fiber? Yes, please! This woven wall hanging from a home tour on The Design Files is stunning and a wonderful example of how organic design moves across mediums. It was created by the home’s owner and a co-founder of this workshop on The Windsor Workshop! Personally, I hope to be able to create pieces like these someday.